Sometimes we need a break from the city and to escape to a town that is quaint and adorable. Stratford, Ontario is only a two-hour trip away from Toronto and is home to an amazing theatre, unique shops, and Justin Bieber. This little town is a summer getaway for many Toronto artists and is known to have some random celebrity appearances.
To satisfy a Torontonian is a feat, so we’re going to hook you up with some of the best restaurants in Stratford. Some of the best food can be found in this little town whether it’s a small burger spot or fine dining, you’ll be sure to love it. No need to thank us, just go and enjoy an amazing meal to see for yourself.
Plan a trip for a day or a weekend with your favourite travel buddy to try any of these 20 amazing restaurants.
1. York Street Kitchen // 24 Erie Street
Even though this cute restaurant is no longer located on York St. their delicious sandwiches are still classic. Operating since 1989 this spot is a hit for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Make sure to try the Othello or go wild and make it custom!
2. Gene’s Restaurant // 81 Ontario Street
Home to Stratford’s best Chinese cuisine, Gene’s is a staple to any resident of Stratford. This family run business is known for its amazing food and welcoming atmosphere. Try out the Singapore Noodles, you won’t regret it!
3. Revival House // 70 Brunswick Street
This French-inspired cuisine is out of this world. Revival House has only been in the Stratford food scene for a few years but never disappoints. Grab an antipasto board or a beautiful duck confit!
4. Sirkel Foods // 40 Wellington Street
Not only is Sirkel food one of the hottest brunch/lunch spots in Stratford, their staff is also amazing. Get some of the best sandwiches (made with homemade bread), soups and salads in your life at this local treasure!
5. Annex Room Restaurant // 38 Albert Street
Not only does the Annex have beautiful suites to stay in, their restaurants is also amazing. They offer lunch and dinner, plus have their own pizza menu. If you’re vegan or gluten-free don’t worry, many of their dishes can be altered for you!
6. Boomers Gourmet Fries // 26 Erie Street
Hot damn, there is no better place to get poutine in Stratford than Boomers. This local dig even got a spot on John Catucci’s You’ve Gotta Eat Here! so you know that it’s got to be amazing. Get the Poutini Martini for a great mix of everything!
7. Downie Street Burger // 107 Downie Street
There is nowhere else in town that can make a burger quite like Downie Street Burgers! Tucked on the corner of Downie and George, this spot has a gorgeous decor and the perfect atmosphere for catching up with friends. Try the Avocado Bacon Burger and change your life.
8. Jenn & Larry’s – Brittle n’ Shake’s & Ice Cream // 49 York Street
Yes, we know this isn’t necessarily a restaurant but EVERYONE loves dessert. Jenn & Larry know exactly what we all love by serving up classic treats with a modern twist. This father-daughter now sell pre-made treats so you can enjoy at home!
9. Bentley’s Bar, Inn and Restaurant // 99 Ontario Street
This spot is known for a night out in Stratty but their food is also unreal. With daily specials and a classic menu, everyone will find something to love. We recommend the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli because it’s spectacular.
10. Raja Fine Indian Cuisine // 10 George Steet West
Once Raja brought Indian cuisine to this town people were hooked. Get your favourite dishes such as Tikka Masala, Vindaloo or Butter Chicken and enjoy their beautiful, welcoming decor.
11. Pazzo // 70 Ontario Street
Not only is Pazzo one of the best spots in town (if not the best), their multilevel restaurant offers an atmosphere for any occasion. Head to the Taverna at street level for a simplified Italian cuisine and the Pizzeria for a classic Italian dinner of pizza or pasta.
12. The Prune // 108 Albert Street
Operating since 1977 The Prune has held down being the most sophisticated spot in Stratford. Their homey restaurant is known for its gourmet dishes and regular celebrity appearances. Make your reservations soon as they fill up quick!
13. Features // 159 Ontario Street
This amazing spot is one of Stratford’s best-kept secrets. Only open til 3:00 P.M, Features is the only go-to spot for breakfast after a long night, even being voted best since 2007. Known for the Paul Bunyan, a breakfast so large it’s served on a cookie sheet, your buttons will be busting after a meal here.
14. Monforte on Wellington // 80 Wellington Street
Monforte took over this cute spot on Wellington after Evergreen Terrace closed down and they surely have not disappointed. Known for their Taco Tuesdays and hilarious inauguration day menu, this restaurant knows how to have fun with its customers. Stop by and check out their menu as it’s always changing!
15. Will’s // 92 Downie Street
Located right across from the Avon Theatre, Will’s is the best sport’s bar in town. Not only are the bartender’s sweethearts, their Deep Fried Mac and Cheese and Spinach Dip are off the chain. Take a break from the dip to play some pool, air hockey or even an arcade game in their back room.
16. Scooper’s Ice-Cream // 28 Erie Street
We all scream for ice-cream, am I right? No Stratford summer would be complete without this staple on Erie St. Try one of their ice cream squalls or freshly made frozen yoghurt and be transported to sweet-tooth heaven.
17. Romeo’s Corner Cafe // 584 Ontario Street
Situated just outside of the downtown core, Romeo’s Corner Cafe is one of the best spots to grab lunch or dinner. With fresh breakfast, sandwiches and delicious desserts everyone is sure to find something they love. Watch out for their daily specials, you don’t want to miss out.
18. Two Gals & A Diner // 30 Queensland Road
After Dave’s Diner headed for Sebringville, Two Gals & A Diner took over and brought back that diner atmosphere that everyone loves. This laid back restaurant will satisfy all of your brunch needs at a great cost!
19. Fellini’s // 107 Ontario Street
Oh Fellini’s, where would get authentic Italian food without you? Not only is their atmosphere perfect for a date or meal with friends, their food is unreal. Never will you look at pasta the same after having a bowl of their amazing Spaghetti Quinoa.
20. Ken’s French Fries // Festival Market Place Parking Lot
Sure it’s a food truck but Ken’s Fries change the game. This truck has been around since forever and has been serving the best fries known to man since. Sometimes some salty, greasy fries are all you need.
21. Foster’s Inn // 111 Downie Street
Not only can you eat at the amazing Foster’s Inn, you can stay there too. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, why not take some time to enjoy this oasis on Downie? Trust us and grab the Egg’s Benedict on Crab Cakes.
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