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Rene's Bistro

20 Wellington St | Ontario, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
+1 877-508-1777
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mussels” (97 reviews)
“lamb shank” (29 reviews)
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American, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
20 Wellington St | Ontario, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Rene's Bistro is a small gem--not many tables, excellent food, and very popular, so you definitely need a reservation. Little chance to get one same day or last minute. It's a bit dark inside, so you might want to reserve a table near the front...More

Thank tonigoldfarb
Reviewed 3 days ago

Simply lovely, fresh, delicious food with professional, friendly service. Nothing snooty in this elegant little bistro. Could have eaten there every night.

Thank JWrites
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This restaurant is very busy ahead of evening theatre. We were seated promptly and given water and menus then everything stalled. After about 10 minutes our wine order was taken and promptly delivered. It was another 15 minutes before our dinner order was taken. We...More

Thank L0l2l0ngs
Reviewed 5 days ago

I make two trips to Stratford every season, and I always dine at Rene's. I have brought many people to this restaurant, and we always have had a great experience. However, my last visit was disappointing. I am allergic to a particular cheese, and I...More

Thank gernotluci
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice, but very small restaurant. Wait staff was excellent(Barrett). He checked on us often, and answered all our questions pleasantly. I had the Tilapia special which was very good. Hubby had the Lamb shank which he also enjoyed. I was very disappointed with the...More

Thank Maryann B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu has a nice variety--something for everyone. My personal favorite is the Salmon and when available as a special, Artic Char--both delicious. The staff members are all friendly and efficient. The décor is pleasant and the desserts are to die for. Also the bruschetta...More

Thank corinneo303
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very small but elegant eatery. Served us wine without charge when they found out it was my birthday. The food was beautifully prepared and served. Not your usual American fare but more European or that found in an upscale fine American restaurant. We had a...More

Thank Carl C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had phoned to make a reservation, but they were not open yet. The message asked that you leave a message about the time you wanted to book your reservation and your phone number so they can call you back. I did, and said that...More

Thank Lucy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

PEI mussels done in a variety of ways require us to visit every time we are in Stratford. Their menu also boasts decadent macaroni and cheese with lobster, filet of beef, lamb shoulder and a vegetarian Wellington. Save room for dessert and coffee before going...More

Thank sckristin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just had an amazing and top notch dinner at Rene's Bistro in Stratford after seeing Guys and Dolls. I had the lamb shank and my partner had the coconut chicken curry. Both were superb. We started with the daily soup (cream of sweet corn)...More

Thank luvt0travelthew0rld
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7 September 2016|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
You can order off the menu.
Gerry J
28 August 2016|
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Response from Lynne M | Reviewed this property |
Just as the above clients have suggested, this restaurant will take care of any food issues you may have including gluten free food. I love this restaurant to bits and have no problem with recommending it highly.
11 April 2016|
Response from Joanne G | Reviewed this property |
We made a reservation on line for 22 and didn't have a problem.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 29
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Wellington St | Ontario, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford
  • Phone Number: +1 877-508-1777
Rene's Bistro is located at 20 Wellington Street in beautiful Downtown Stratford. Rene Delafranier is the Chef of our Bistro. Rene is also a graduate of the Stratford Chef School. Rene uses fresh local ingredients on the menu. Everything is made in house this includes the breads, vinaigrettes, soups and even the desserts. Thank you so much and we look forward to you dining with us. Please visit the website for the correct menu items. Thank you
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