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Raymonds Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.raymondsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (709) 579-5800
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm -9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Raymonds
Living in Newfoundland and Labrador, we’re blessed in having access to some of the best seafood, meat, and produce in the world. Having such a bountiful larder right on our doorsteps means we’re able to adopt a truly sustainable approach to fine dining – sourcing locally-grown ingredients and getting to know independent purveyors. We've made every effort to make dining at Raymonds a unique and rare treat. Visit us at 95 Water Street in the heart of downtown St. John’s. Our dinner menu, prepared by head chef Jeremy Charles, is inspired by rustic Atlantic Canadian cuisine. It features authentic dishes that take advantage of Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich variety of seafood, wild game, berries and vegetables, while also exploring innovative, 'haute cuisine' ingredient combinations and finishes.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Truly the finest dining experience I've had. Not just in Canada, but anywhere."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I cannot describe how pleased we were with the food, wine, service, and ambience. They made a special evening into an incredible evening. There was nothing I would change."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I eat out a lot in this and other cities. The knowledgeable, friendly yet respectful service, wine list, food preparation and presentation at Raymond's are all outstanding making Raymond's the equal of many fine restaurants in Montreal, London, Paris and Geneva. The clever use of locally sourced seasonally available foods is always a culinary delight and is especially recommended."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We rarely go out to dinner because I love to cook, and frankly, are generally disappointed at the quality of food and service at most restaurants. We'd been thinking to go to Raymond's for some time, but were hesitant to spend so much money on a dinner. We needn't have been. The entire experience was wonderful! The food is lovingly sourced and gorgeously prepared, the wine pairings were spot-on and the service excellent. It really is an experience more than a dinner, and we look forward to our next time! Cheers!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our night at Raymonds. The food is good and the service is better!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Eight friends from "the Pearl" made our way to Raymonds for the first time expecting an upscale dining experience. Raymonds exceeded all our expectations. The staff were very personable and efficient, the meals were done to perfection and the drink refills were just in time. We did not expect the wait staff to tend to us so closely, nor did we expect 8 meals to be presented simultaneously. It has been a week since we dined at Raymonds, and we are still talking about it. We shall return in the future."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We found the server friendly but very rushed in his service and explanation of the food. The restaurant was quite busy and this was obvious in our experience. The sommelier was excellent! - well informed and paired the wines with our food selections perfectly. The food overall tasted good but the temperature was not there. This is a high end fine dining restaurant and I would recommend it to high earners but ask for a reservation when it's not expected to be busy."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband has tried for many years to give me a great birthday dinner, which means that we've eaten at most if not all fine dining restaurants in St. John's but had avoided Raymonds because rumor had that the "food was great but....VERY expensive". Only half of this rumor is true! Food was great, from appertizers through entrees (best beef tenderlion I've EVER eaten) to dessert. All were well balanced, perfectly prepared and presented. The accompanying wines, selected for us by the sommelier (this was suggested by extremely helpful, descreet and funny waiter) were outstanding, i now know what an asset a good sommelier is! the bill...was comparable to and in some cases actuallly less than hubby had paid at other establishments!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Another terrific meal at Raymond's. And we should all be grateful that this top drawer restaurant exists and it just may raise the bar in this city which has been seriously lacking in his level of dining experience. The restaurant and small bar are unlike many Toronto restaurants where the noise level is offensive.. The staff at Raymond's set a calming tone and the food, service is superb and the food is consistently of the highest quality. These people actually care about the food they're serving to their guests, it's reflected in their continuing efforts to source home grown suppliers of the highest quality. I would rather go to this restaurant once a year than go to a restaurant this is mediocre but not charging mediocre prices."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We have been to Raymonds a number of times (about 10 times) and for the very first time it was a bit of a disappointment. The food was not as good as in the past and the service was very mediocre. The fish was mushy and bland."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed another 7-course tasting with wine pairing that was exquisitely prepared and presented. Probably the best yet! We love this place and the people behind it, and love the familiar vibe the moment you step through the doors. Raymonds is peerless."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I recently came back to St. John's for a is it and went out to Raymond's Fantastic! From the beautiful view of the harbor to the espresso and Baileys, the evening was just wonderful Service was personal, food superbly done and of course the company was the best. I especially liked the touch that the sommelier would pair the wine by the glass to anyone's meal. A truly lovely evening."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I took some clients out for dinner. We saw Hedley in the lounge. Who knew we were cool enough to be in the same place? The sommelier was fantastic, we got excellent service and attention and it was a winning place to take my clients."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We had dinner at Raymond's in the heart of winter and despite this they were able to locally source a number of fresh and unique items for our dinner. We choose the 7 course tasting menu paired with wine and would do so again. The first course included New Brunswick oysters and caviar, but the highlight was a local fried lichen. Remarkable! The dinner never disappointed with every dish unique, well prepared, and professionally served. In fact the service at Raymond's rates with the best we have experienced at home or abroad. Highlights of the meal were the in-house moose pasta, a wonderful pairing of cod with short ribs, and the most unique dessert based on buckthorn berries. The paired wines were also spectacular and well matched."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "had a good meal my companion thought it was great i don't know who the chef was he is a good one"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We dined with a group and had a lovely experience -- as always the service was top notch. A shout out to the sommelier; she offered us some inspired wine pairings. We had perfect oysters, nicely seared arctic char, and a fine plate of duck. Raymonds remains the best restaurant in the city; we look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her Birthday and wished we went to Bianca's. I'm no restaurant critic so I'll be keeping this simple, the food came kind of mixed together, it was pretty weird as everything tasted the same don't really know how to explain this. This was really a disappointing experience and it's too bad that I decided to check this out for the first time on my wifes Birthday as it would be a memorable occasion for the wrong reasons. I should also mention that the service was 1st class."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "It was our first time at Raymonds and we really enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious and the service was perfect. It is pricy but for a nice treat out its deffinitely on the to-do-again list. I especially like the halibut and my husband really enjoy the steak, it was cooked to perfection! The only downfall was we did the wine-pairing and the dessert wine was not so tasty, we also dont like strong white wines though :)"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "It was the first time we have been to Raymond's and we were not disappointed! The food was fantastic, though the restaurant is quite expensive. We knew the restaurant was expensive going in so we weren't surprised there though. They use as much local as they can and the food was exceptional as well as the staff. Our server was friendly, attentive, but not too in your face, perfect! It is definitely not a place we can go all the time because of the cost but a definite for special occasions."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Most enjoyable meal! The amuse bouche was interesting, and the appetizer of kale and beet salad refreshing and light. Delicious entree of duck breast, with a great combination of vegetables that enhanced the taste of the duck. Husband had the steak which he rated as excellent . Lovely creme brûlée for dessert , with a nice touch wishing us Happy Anniversary. Good knowledgable service. Good atmosphere. Great presentation of each course. A good experience for a special night out. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I have visited Raymond's a number of times and have always found it excellent. Last night was no exception. Our waiter knew us, and had read the note I had made in the online reservation. The servings were generous - I ordered 15 oysters and received about 20 of them - ostensibly because they were small. I don't know about that, but they certainly were fresh. The amuse-bouche was novel and good. The halibut was excellent, fresh and flavourful. My male guest was enthusiastic about his steak, and he is hard to please in that regard. The wine pairings were appropriate, and one of them - a blanc de noir from Pinot Noir grapes, from Germany, was a new experience. And the service was perfect."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "This was a special evening out. Raymonds made it special!! So much care goes into everything they do it is instantly a different dining experience. My husband and I eat out every week somewhere nice for our date night. We went to Raymonds to celebrate my husbands birthday, wonderful, wonderful meal and service. Recommend the chefs 5 course selection."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Our visit to the Raymonds was for a special occasion and we intend to return for many more. Having had the opportunity to dine outside the province we have to say that Raymonds equals or betters similar establishments in all aspects of fine dining. First and foremost the presentation, food and servings were fabulous including the tableside service which is second to none. Cheers, Paul & Debbie"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great dining experience, food was awesome and service was the best!!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "As usual Raymonds never ceases to amaze. Perfect service, and food? I'm still at a loss for words. I'll return."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great food. Would recommend the tasting and pairing at least once. Great atmosphere for higher end dining experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Wow. It was great. The food was very good. The service was excellent. We knew going in that the prices were high but the service certainly made up for it. From the time we walked in the door and a hostess took our coats until the time we left in a cab that was ordered by our waiter we we catered to. It was a very enjoyable evening and we will certainly be returning."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "remember your first bike ride, your first goal, your first...um...you know? if we're lucky, our lists never stop growing. i have an addition to the list of memorable firsts...my first meal at Raymonds. the line which usually separates sustinence and art has been erased by the creativity and loving care of Raymonds kitchen. Do yourself a favour and eat art tonight."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Raymonds is without a doubt one of Canada's best restaurants and certainly the best in a small town. The food is imaginative, local, and beautifully presented. The wines (we had a tasting menu with an flight of wines selected by the sommelier) are outstanding and each glass is accompanied with a helpful, informative description by the sommelier himself including an explanation of why it was chosen to accompany that particular course. The service is impeccable. A great restaurant I am proud to have in my home town."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Raymonds & I will definitely return. The evening was a brilliant blend of superior food and wine coupled with outstanding service provided by Joel. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings & while the meal in itself was amazing, Joel's knowledge and enthusiasm added that extra touch to make it a perfect evening."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The overall experience was just wonderful - every time we go it is simply the best and Saturday night was no exception! The food was fanastic, the service was second to none and the atmosphere was perfect. The only thing I would have changed was the temperature, I was a little cold."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "While there are a few other restaurants in town that we patronize, there is absolutely no Comparison to the food, service and atmosphere at Raymonds. Jeremy Bonia takes the meal to another level With wine pairings! An absolute must!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great sommelier -- excellent wine pairings with the 5 course meal. Will have to try to 7 course next time. Food was excellent but not really worth the cost. The same standard of food is much cheaper in a larger city like Vancouver. However, it's one of the best in St. John's and once in a while it's ok to splurge. My favourite course of the 5 was the squab. Delicious and melt in your mouth."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My wife took me here for my 50 birthday. Great food and service. Especially liked the Arctic char."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food great tasting. Service was wonderful. Definitely recommend the Lester's Kale and Beet Salad as appetizer and the Chocolate Almond Dessert."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The best in St John's, if not the best value. Lackluster and poor value compared to restaurants in the same price range in other parts of the world."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "My party and I felt very welcome, no snobby staff here! The service was well paced and the staff was highly informative and knew their stuff. Then came the food!! Every individual bite was fantastic (I had the duck which was very juicy and even the vegetables were amazing). Entree portions were spot on, however, appetizers were just a little large and filling, but I'm sure that opinion would vary person to person. I look forward to going back and would recommend to anyone! If you are able, ask for a table near a window for the view."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I have worked in many restaurants over the years and dine out a lot. Ive seen many restaurants come and go. It's a transient business. Raymonds has been around for 3 years now , I have been there maybe 12 times and have never ever had a complaint or issue.I truly hope they are around for a long time. It's the next best thing to a departure lounge!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "4 of us dined on Saturday night, Jan 11, 2013. We had the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing. It was excellent. The service was fantastic and the staff were wonderful. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed a nice family holiday evening out with three young adult children (one foodie, one "all-knowing" momma's boy, and one open-minded non-foodie). We all enjoyed the 7-course tasting, with my favorite comments from the kids being "I want to drink the last bit of the foam" and "can I lick the cured moose shavings off the plate??" The server was friendly and fun, and Raymonds accommodated all allergy restrictions and wine preferences perfectly. The experience was not lost on the one who likes to put down, complain and criticize either... A wonderful evening had by all at Raymonds."
    Dined on 12/29/2013