Where to dine

There are many fine restaurants in Stratford, we can't list all but feature those that are consistently good. We change our recommendations periodically to reflect comments and input from our guests as the season rolls.
Please support our small and independent restaurants/bakers/deli's downtown for your dining or picnicing needs.

Fosters for excellent steaks or simply mingle with the actors on their patio after the evening show. Best vegetarian burger in Stratford, hand made on-site unlike most in Stratty-consider yourself informed! Open 7 days a week. Good breakfasts. Check MARTHA'S CORNER at Foster's. A tribute with help from Rod Beatty in pictures and art of which will rotate in and out monthly. Sit with a glass and contemplate Ms.Henry's stunning career, we miss her.
Lovage, Think French Bistro. Fun. Tue-Sat

The Common, Chef/owner Tim has travelled much of the world, menus reflect this. Wonderful quiet patio at the rear of the property.
Elizabeth. Ohh, what can we say. Thank you for coming to Stratford. Tue-Sat.
Bluebird Resto & Bar Casual, carefully curated quality fare. Tue-Sun.

The Starlight Drinks/Snacks/Events Daily 5pm till 'close' A neighbourhood snackbar in the heart of downtown Stratford. 64 Wellington St.

Bijou Tasting menus, a la carte. Live music weekends

Stratford chefs school have their winter dinner series running Nov-Feb.

The Prune fine dining (think Michelin Star) restaurant has moved to The Chef School dining room during the summer months (May 24th through to September 28th) a quick walk as they're nearby at 136 Ontario St. Enjoy!

Chef Ryan O'Donnell has added a vibrancy to the Mercer Hall menus (think bar food meets Japanese small plates) and who now have an extensive list of craft beers on tap & in bottle. 7 days a week

Stratford Thai Cuisine is inexpensive but tasty eaterie. Green curried chicken is my favourite there. Set 2 course menu at lunch is about $16.

have 2 restaurants. Their speedy pizzeria downstairs. Cafe Bouffon  French food served in a stunningly redesigned space on the main corner of downtown Stratford. Formerly Pazzo Taverna. 


The Hungry Ninja. 46 Ontario St. The menu is authentic Japanese fare, with Japanese basil and edible flowers imported directly from Japan.

The Gentle Rain, a health food store. 30 Rebecca St, closed Sunday.

Sirkel Foods Mon-Fri 8-3. Homemade bread, salads, sandwiches, baked goods. Call ahead if possible for take out. Quick service 519 273 7084
Soup Surreal In house soups, stocks, chilli (along with Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, & Vegetarian items)
We get our take out sushi from Mr.Kim just down the street at The General Store- 136 Ontario St. It's terrific. Take out, some pre made rolls available, but YOU MUST CALL AHEAD if you'd like a specific roll 519.275.2726.
The Milky Whey for your international and local cheeses.
An excellent bread bakery is Downie Street Bake House....Wednesday to Saturday. Pick some sourdough up before leaving town-it's the best to be found in Perth Co or maybe even Ontario.
Also at the bakery is pop pizza's available on selected Monday's at JR's. A local favourite. Pre Order only and worth the wait.
BowlBar Sit in or take out. 'Fast food, made with only wholesome ingredients'. Every day 11-7
Wild Hog Country Market for meats, cheese, produce and grocery and more recently take home meals. Edge of town - you'll need a vehicle! Closed Sun & Mon.
For your daily 'booster' shot:
We have a wonderful coffee houses here, Ann Revel Caffe (519 301 1600) It's at 37 Market Square.
Edisons cafe now known as The Ashborne Cafe and Bakery moving to 95 Ontario St with picnics to go in summer. (Vegan friendly)
The original Balzac's coffee is a minute walk from the house, opens at 7am. 149 Ontario St.
Nancy at the BuzzStop on 17 York St, for coffee and cigars.