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“Posers will like this place”

Raymonds Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 371 Restaurants in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: Canadian, International
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Good for: View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
St. John's, Canada
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363 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
“Posers will like this place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

This is one of the newest restaurants in St John's, which, despite its small size is nearly overrun with excellent high end choices for places to eat.

Located on Water Street, at the edge of the business district, this nicely decorated, high-ceilinged building has been completely remodeled to appeal to those with a lot of money. There are lots of waiters, wine experts, and all seemingly busy. There is a small bar at the front of the building.

We were interested in going as a family, mainly as the restaurant has gotten a good deal of attention. Also, my husband had eaten there once before and wanted to see if his first blah experience was a fluke.

Overall, our impression was that the restaurant was good, but nothing overly special.

Our waiter was pleasant but not friendly. He liked to correct pronunciation and seemed somewhat supercilious. We hardly saw him so it wasn't a big deal. We did notice that the tables around us had much friendlier waitstaff.

The menu was quite limited. There was a lot of "we have such incredibly expensive items here you MUST be impressed" going on. Caviar at $80 a serving, a seafood platter appetizer at $90 etc. Drinks at $15 per.

We ordered our meals and waited an hour to get the appetizers. Only one out of the four were interesting or delicious. My salad was ho hum, the seafood chowder filled mostly with zucchini and other veg and hardly any seafood, and the lobster soup, while tasty, was only a few spoonfuls.

The main courses were pretty much the same. Another hour wait. Lamb and tenderloin good. Duck okay. The side dishes were too salty for me to eat.

Desserts were good but again nothing wowed.

We found the performance of the waiters (having to bring all the food to the table and set it down on the table top in a synchronized maneuver) silly. Obviously someone thinks that denotes a classy establishment.

The bathrooms are on the floor beneath and clean, unisex spaces. There is only on-street parking, which can be problematic.

The bill came to over $400 for four (which included two glasses of wine and three desserts).

We eat out a lot and have extensively traveled. Some restaurants we've visited are far more expensive, many are a lot cheaper. We had the impression that Raymond's was trying really hard to prove how exclusive and special it was and that a lot of people who have visited it (and posted here) were really taken in by that. Name droppers will want to brag they've eaten here. The inexperienced will equate a high price with excellence. As a family we weren't too impressed. There are many great restaurants in town where the meal will definitely please and be great value for money.

  • Visited July 2012
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3 Thank AmberK
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St. John's, Canada
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“ist class all the way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

Drawn by recommendations from friends,my husband and I visited last week and loved everything about this experience. Beautiful building downtown.with separate bar area. large tables,crisp white linens,lots of space between guests. Food was excellent and wonderfully presented ,Attentive staff who were very knowledgable and a great wine list.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank SUSAN M
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
“Truly outstanding meal and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

To start, the restaurant is located in a beautifully restored building with ultra-high ceilings and gorgeous decor. The tables are well spaced so the noise level is quite reasonable. Each dish is exquisitely prepared and presented. Both the appetizers and main courses were outstanding. It was exceedingly hard to pick since everything looked and sound good. The accompaniments were very innovative and tasty. Service was very professional with a nice balance of excellence versus being overbearing. The sommelier was exceedingly gifted. The recommendations were perfect and very inspired. If you like single malt scotches, they have a wonderful collection and the sommelier is also very knowledgeable in this area. All in all, an outstanding meal and highly recommended. Fine dining at its best.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank FuzzyBeaver
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Exceeds expectations, easily!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

My wife & I were attracted by the #1 rating that was bestowed for its place in new restaurants in Canada. We expected a lot and the 7 plate sampling with wine pairings was excellent. Co-owners, both named Jeremy, are a very good team as sommelier and chef. The staff is warm and attentive.
The cuisine is excellent. Highly recommend without reservation. Noticed in the room was leading St. John's art gallery owner Emma Butler with a group including Newfoundland artist David Blackwood. They were celebrating the vernissage of his show at her gallery and his major exhibition at the prov art gallery, The Rooms.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank D J
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Grand Falls Windsor, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

A last minute trip to St. John's to celebrate my husband's birthday simply had to include Raymond's Restaurant. And, knowing its popularity, we considered ourselves very fortunate to get a reservation. It was our first visit to the restaurant and we'd heard the accolades about Chef Jeremy and Sommelier Jeremy and the food, wine and service they offer. Everything was true ... it was amazing! We chose our courses complete with wine pairings and enjoyed the experience tremendously. My main course choice of lamb was incredibly prepared and my husband was delighted with the duck. In fact every course was excellent. The attention to detail, our friendly and attentive server and the frequent, enthusiastic discussions with both sommeliers helped make it a very special celebration. We'll be back!

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank HomedicMunes
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