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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” (93 reviews)
“lamb shank” (28 reviews)
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American, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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20 Wellington St | Ontario, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

In a city known for its excellence, Rene's Bistro for us, remains at the top of a long list of excellent places to dine. What's more it just keeps getting better! The service is superb; staff friendly and always a 'recognition and 'Welcome back' greeting...More

Thank Ben H
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I have been coming here for years and have never had a bad meal or overall experience. Margaret (owner and hostess) and Rene (owner and chef) are fantastic. Margaret is ALWAYS a pleasure to talk to and very accommodating. It's not a...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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6 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.
10 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
US$ 6 - US$ 29
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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