Due to the large number of hungry theatre-goers and the fact that Stratford has one of Canada's top chefs schools - the Stratford Chefs School
- there is an abundance of high quality dining options in all price ranges. We haven't lived here long enough to have tried them all, but below you'll find a list of some of our favorites and ones that consistently get good reviews. Visit this Stratford Tourism Alliance page
for a more comprehensive lisiting.
Dinner reservations are a must for most restaurants during the high season.
The Shakespearean Gardens, Queens Park, all around Lake Vicoria - there are many great spots to picnic in Stratford. We have a couple of picnic baskets to loan out
and can offer many good places where you can fill said basket for a delightful al fresco lunch. Here are a few suggestions for picnic fare:
The Bakery at Pazzo
, 76 Ontario St.
This new addition to the Pazzo complex features an assortment of artisanal bread, sweet & savoury pastries, espresso, coffees, & teas.
The Butcher & The Baker
- 26 Wellington Street.
Artisan Craft Bakery and traditional Butcher & Deli featuring local producers. Buy some fresh bread, cheese, etc. and head down to the river.
The County Food Co.
- 38 Erie St.
Offering an extensive menu of à la carte dishes, so you can mix and match items to build your own meal. Indoor and patio seating as well as to-go.
The General Store
, 136 Ontario Street - A variety/convenience store, and they also make and sell excellent sushi to go.
The Gentle Rain Natural Foods Store
, 30 Rebecca St.
Organic and natural food, snacks & drinks - and a broad selection of vitamins & health supplements
The Milky Whey Fine Cheese Shop
, 118 Ontario St.
Featuring cheeses from around the world as well as many artisanal & small batch cheeses made in Canada including selections from Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.
Your Local Market Co-op
, 129 Downie St.
New in 2011, this grocery store & bakery focuses on locally sourced goods. Anyone can shop here - members get a discount. The bakery features inexpensive artisan breads, sweet pastries and daily "street food" options (wraps, savoury pies, etc
York Street Kitchen
- World Class sandwiches. Cafe setting but also great for getting to go for a picnic by the river. Can get VERY busy in the summer.
- Head to Pazzo's downstairs pizzeria for fantastic thin-crust pizza. Build your own pizza from their extensive list of fresh toppings. Full bar.
Boomers Gourmet Fries
- Stratford loves its fries. You'll see Ken's French Fry van parked near City Hall most every day - and Ken's does good basic fries. But if you want to try Goat Cheese Poutine
or some Vegetarian Chili Fries
, head to Boomers. You can also get burgers (including veggie ones), chicken sandwiches and fish.
The Boar's Head Pub
- Well-kept beer, good pub fare & friendly service, the Boar's Head is a good place to hang out with some locals.
Simple Fish & Chips
- Excellent Fish & Chip cafe that emphasizes Oceanwise
fish, local greens and non trans-fat oil. Located across from Foster's Inn near the Avon Theatre.
Downie Street Burgers
- Gourmet burgers (with some vegetarian options) served up in a comfortable setting right across from the Avon Theatre.
- Exit our B&B and head away from downtown on Huron St. about 1 km (a little over half a mile) and you'll find a popular local diner. Daily specials. Patio seating in the summer.
Down the Street
- Busy, cheery, and very popular bistro. Creative, full-flavored menu. Good place to stop for a drink as well - if there's room!
Foster's Restaurant & Lounge
- "Good comfort cuisine, clean crisp decor with friendly service." Dine on the lounge side for a more casual (and less expensive) experience.
- In operation for more than 25 years, Keystone Alley's menus pay close attention to fresh ingredients, taste and presentation. Just around the corner from the Avon Theatre. Some outdoor patio seating available.
- Excellent sushi plus much more: appetizers, soups, salads, Tempura, and Teriyaki. Lunch specials.
Raja Fine Indian Cuisine
- Delicious Indian food presented in dining rooms with rich decor.
- New to the restaurant landscape in 2008, Chef Rene Delafranier has worked in many of Stratford's top spots and is a graduate of the Stratford Chef School. Creative French/Italian-inspired recipes and beautifully presented, Rene's offers high quality dining at a very reasonable price.
The Sun Room
- "Innovative and affordable cuisine" Vegetarian, seafood, stir-frys, and steak.
International flavours with spicey alternatives. Will also cater to special diets.
Taj Fine Indian Dining
- Another excellent Indian cuisine restaurant. Located near the Avan Theatre.
- "Modern French" cuisine with Asian & Italian influences. Emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Menu changes daily.
The Church Restaurant & The Belfry
Opened in 1975, The Church is a Stratford institution. Modern French cuisine with an evolving menu that uses local and organic produce. Upstairs at The Church is The Belfry
, offering French bistro cuisine with Asian influences.
The Old Prune
- Elegant dining in Edwardian surroundings. A bountiful array of fine ingredients available from local growers and suppliers make up their International menu.
Out of Town:
The Westover Inn
- Located in nearby St. Marys, the Westover Inn presents and extensive menu of regional cuisine. Vegetarian options and children's meals are available.
Woolfy's at Wildwood
- located minutes from St. Marys at the corner of Highway #7 and Perth road 118, Woolfy's serves a varied menu of seafood, poultry, pork & beef.
For more information:
Stratford Restaurant Reviews
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