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The Parlour Gastropub
The Parlour Gastropub

The Parlour Gastropub Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://theparlour.ca
  • Phone: (519) 271-2772
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast

    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am, Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am - 10:30am

    Lunch

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner

    Sunday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am

    Brunch

    Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Max Holbrook
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: If you are not already familiar with us, we are a 240 seat, historic restaurant in downtown Stratford, 1 block from the Avon. We have lots of free, easily accessible parking. Our dining room consists of beautiful woodwork and stained glass, reminiscent of the 1800's when the building was originally built. We have a number of private dining rooms available for groups of 20 to 100 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining rooms available for groups of 2 to 100 people (rental charges may apply)
  • Private Party Contact: Randy Simpson (519) 271-2772

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St Patrick
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Parlour Gastropub
For over 30 years the Parlour has been a dining favourite of visitors and residents alike. We offer an inviting atmosphere with innovative twists on classic fare that stress quality and freshness with every recipe and every ingredient. We also offer a relaxed lounge and patio to compliment your dining experience. Open 7 days a week year round.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Service was friendly and efficient, food was local and very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My daughter and I enjoyed our dinner before attending King Lear at the Stratford Festival. The servers were friendly and helpful. There was a good selection of options on the menu at a variety of price points. We both enjoyed our food choices very much. I would definitely return to this restaurant on a future visit to Stratford."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food, at a reasonable price, in an elegant dining room. It has an upscale feel, but the owners haven't felt the need to dream up fancy names and jack up the prices to be impressive. They just impress with good food and service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food took an hour to arrive, although it was good when it did. Not suitable for pre-theatre dinning. Had 6 o'clock reservations, ran into the show at 7:57pm. Didn't have time for dessert. Appatizer arrived before my drink order. Than we were brought bread after our appetizer. Not Reccommended! We were not the only customers in our area that were unsatisified. Go to "The Church"."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Fish was excellent but the salad I ordered in place of french fries was miniscule and the lettuce was limp and looked sad and unappetizing when it arrived. It really wasn't a salad - just a pile of sad lettuce. My friends ordered soup which they said was delicious but the bowls were so shallow, that the amount of soup turned out to be very little - considerably less than a cup."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Loved the upbeat atmosphere, you did not have to worry about it being quiet. Told that Thursday is wing night. Very expressed with attentive service. The chicken supreme was very tasty and moist and the Caesar salad was one of the best I have had recently. Hubby had the flat iron steak special and very pleased. Friend enjoyed the mushroom ravioli and thought the lamb sausage was just okay. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • " Normally go to Prune or Rundles. Parlour was suggested but cannot compare with the other two."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Service was painfully slow. Food was good but over priced for what it was, not a big shock in Stratford though."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I visit Stratford regularly to attend Festival plays. We were too late to make a reservation at our first choice, so searched TA for an alternative. Well, we were well advised on this one. The Parlour has interested decor, tables suitably spaced, friendly and helpful service (server Steve did a great job), an excellent selection of wines and beers, and good menu choices. We had the short ribs special and it was first rate. Since TA reviews recommended the house special dessert - pavlova - we had to give a try. We shared, and good thing. it's huge and delicious - mostly air we were assured. We are meeting friends in Stratford for dinner soon and I know it will be at The Parlour. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "all of our food was amazing.Didn't know what to expect when we made reservation. One of my friends is thinking of bringing her mom there when she visit stratford later in the year. will most likely visit this restaurant again when i visit stratford."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Have dined here off and on for over 25 years. The last visit (over two years ago) was disappointing in the dishes presented. This visit my dish was prepared to a "T"! A flatiron steak with frites and a side salad - done to order and PERFECT! My husband ordered what he thought was a main dish, Crispy Chicken, that came as a salad (he has never eaten so much water cress in his life)! While plentiful, not quite what was expected. BUT -he also had VERY nice cheese cake dessert - he was most pleased with that! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We had dinner before going to the theatre on Thursday, recommended by our host at the Grandville Manor B&B... Our waitress was wonderful, helpful with both wine and meal selection. The meal was excellent, the dining room fabulous and while enjoying a leisurely meal, we still had more than enough time to walk to the theatre for the show. Definitely a place to return to."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I dined here before and got great food... This time it was a mix up with the order.... rare cut went to the person who wanted well done and vice versa. the waitresses seemed not to know the difference....."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our frites with aoeli dip was delicious and the slim fries were wonderful. The salad with house dressing was also excellent. Our service was first rate as well. This was paired with a flat iron steak and we all loved it. We were full and did not try any dessert. I would revisit this restaurant the next time I go to Stratford."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My steak and salad, the Nachos and Pavlova (the latter eaten on an earlier visit the same week) were superb. The frites a bit soggy, the hamburger (also from the earlier visit) a bit dry but still tasty. The local dark beer was very good. We booked through open table but the maitre'd mixed up my reservation with someone else with the same first name as my surname. So, while seating us at the bar, kept telling me that I had booked only for two people, not three. Once he discovered his error, we were moved to our table, and the service was exceptional. The waiter found out we were going to an 8 pm show and ensured we would finish eating on time and was very knowledgeable about steak cuts."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Instead of being seated in the dining room,we we're given a table in another rather formal room.which we found uncomfortable and not conducive to an enjoyable dining experience.There was only one other stuffy looking couple in the room and they sat us in the corner so the men were sitting back to back.We asked to be seated in the dining room but were taken to the "only available "area in the bar with a snide comment"now you can watch CNN".Several people arrived after us who did Not have reservations and were given tables in the dining room.Our server Nadine was very courteous.My husband enjoyed his meal.Mine was so so.The chicken club sandwich was cold and looked like it had been sitting under a warming light for a while."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We went as a group of 6 for a special occasion, reservation booked well in advance. We were sat far in the back corner near the bathrooms.. And staff we're not interested in making it a special meal by any means. 2 people had the chicken sandwich and both were disappointed with the burnt chicken and lack of pretzel in the "pretzel bun". 2 of us also had the steak frits, and ordered it medium well. Both we're served medium rare at most. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We enjoy very much visiting the Parlour after an afternoon at the Festival Theatre. Wonderful prime rib !!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "To be told the reason you are waiting 40 minutes for apps is because the chef thought a Saturday night of a long weekend was a good time to give staff the night off is a bit much. Explains why steak medium arrives rare. Cinnamon knot stale. Actually felt bad for server who was sweet."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We have lunch here usually once a year when we visit Stratford. The menu changed a couple of years ago but there are still enough choices for most people. Three of us had the fish and chips; the serving is quite large (1 piece of fish was enough for me) and there was a bit more batter than I like but the taste was very good. Two people in our group had the chicken club sandwich and they said that it was also quite good. One thing that we always order is the Pavlova for dessert. It's a large serving and great for sharing. Their Pavlova is probably the best that I've had and we'll continue to order it each time that we're at The Parlour."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Entering through what appeared to be an old English-Pub style bar and restaurant done in rich wood and comfort, we had no idea what to expect. Not a large menu, but larger than the website's, with something for any taste, we ordered the charcuterie plate (the homemade chutney and pate were incredible - we would go back fro those two things alone), the beet salad (nice light dressing with a sweet vinegary bite), and the beef short ribs (sitting on a comfortable bed of cheesy mashed potatoes). Dessert - the Pavlova is a 'must have'; very light. The lemon crème brule - just OK (more lemon). Wine selection is very good - sommelier is available to help, and overall service was excellent - have now booked rooms at the Inn and dinner for July!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We've been eating at The Parlour for years. Quality of food and menu choices are always dependable. Ambience is unparalleled. Great for all occasions. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I couldn't be happier with our experience at The Parlour. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was spectacular. Love this gem!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We had a late brunch 2 pm, so there were only a few other people there, hence it was pleasantly peaceful. Food was generally good, I enjoyed the huevos rancheros, surprisingly on a folded flour crepe with beans and cheese inside. My wife did not enjoy her eggs benedict so much. Our daughter liked her fish and chips, though the fish was heavily breaded and oily in its deep-fried batter. Ambience is nice because of the historical decor. $28"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My wife and I travel from London to meet a friend for lunch who travels from Waterloo. The food and service are good, and we enjoy getting reacquainted for a couple of hours with no hassle. The menu changes in the months between our visits, so we can opt to try new things. I tend to always have the fish and chips....thankfully that always seems to be a choice. The wine list has reasonable choices by the glass or bottle. There is a parking lot for guests, which is particularly convenient for us. And reservations can readily be made with opentable."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I would definitely return to try more desserts. The Pavlova was amazing, and a nice surprise for our birthday guest. The Vegetarian Curry was enjoyed by everyone at the table."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We've dined here for years. It's a nice balance of English Pub and up-scale. A great bar if you just want drinks. It is kid friendly, but I wouldn't recommend it as kid friendly. If you're kids aren't picky eaters and they are well behaved, then fine. But if they need a bit more stimulation, go elsewhere (for everybody's benefit). The food is excellent, but priced a little on the high side compared to other good restaurants that are close by. Also the new menu is rather limited. I'm never disappointed when I eat here, but with the wide variety of choice that we have in Stratford, the Parlour isn't always my first choice."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband had the prime rid and I had the strip loin, I found both fairly bland. The presentation and vegetables were well done but I needed quite a bit of salt and pepper to enjoy the meat."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The food was amazing, well presented, plenty of it. Even though it was busy, we were never rushed. Will definitely be back and will recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "the Parlour is always at the top of our list, excellent food and staff every time."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "I took me and my girlfriend here for her birthday. They were absolutely splendid. The food was great, the atmosphere was beautiful, place was quiet and they even gave use a free pavlova for my girlfriends birthday. I strongly recommend The Parlour for any occasion."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "The Parlour was one of two restaurants in Stratford who used Open Table. The menu looked great, and I do love me some dining points. The meal was good, but the pavolva dessert was definitely the stand-out. Split with a friend! It's a bit pricey for pub food, but it's on par with inflated Stratford prices. It's also a quick walk to the Avon Theatre (where we saw a show), and the service was great so there was never any worry of us being late for our show!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The atmosphere is pleasant, quiet and has character, given the historic feel to the building. The server was helpful, made suggestions and willing to engage in a conversation to answer questions. The spinach salad with goat cheese and granola was excellent. Flank steak, salmon and prime rib were all excellent quality and presentation was appealing. Too full for dessert, but specaility coffee was a nice ending to a wonderful dining experience before theatre."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The Parlour continues to be one of the best restaruants in Stratford."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Not only was the food delicious and perfect, service was friendly and excellent. Would definitely recommend!!!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We visit Stratford restaurants before attending a show. After driving in from the GTA, we want to relax in a quiet place, enjoy good food and drink, and be pampered. The Parlour has a nice enough ambiance, and our waitress was absolutely wonderful ... but the food is nothing to write home about. The appetizers (escargots & house flatbread) were WAY too greasy. My roast beef (seemed safest in an English-themed locale) was quite good. My wife couldn't finish her burger, saying it was like shoe leather - no juiciness at all - our dog liked it! Also, I had asked in advance for a "nice quiet nook" ... they put is in an aisle surrounded by tables of six to eight. Still, the noise level was not bad at all, but the mood factor was a zero:-)"
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Menu choice could have been a little bigger, Food came in a reasonable time. Everyone enjoyed their food selection. I had the Vietnamese stir fry and was very happy with my choice."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "The Palour has been a favourite dining spot for several years, initially with my young daughter on our yearly treks to Stratford and more recently with the ladies for our annual weekend in Stratford. There is always great food, very attentive service, an interesting menu, and a lovely atmosphere. I have never been disappointed. Plus, the hotel rooms upstairs are convenient, spacious, clean, and well appointed. We will be back again next year!"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "The reviews for this restaurant were good so we decided to book for dinner before a show. The service was very good. Our waitress was friendly and made an effort to accommodate my food allergies. The starter salad was fresh and enormous! The duck curry was tasty but needed more duck and less gnocchi. My dinner of chow mein noodles, stirfry vegetables and chicken was awful. There was a pile of unappetizing noodles, a few dry pieces of chicken and very few vegetables. I hardly ate any of it. The waitress did not inquire why I did not eat my meal. I did not volunteer any information because we had to go to a show. I would not return to this restaurant as there is not enough incentive to give them another chance."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "From the warm welcome at the door to the final processing of the check, service was impeccable. Many restaurants could take lessons from this one! The food was a bit more variable. The Caesar salad was generous with a house-made dressing and warm bacon lardons that really added flavour. The short menu has some intriguing choices on it, but I opted for a special, a prime rib. Although I asked for rare, this arrived much closer to medium. It was tender enough that I didn't complain, but still was not as ordered. Carrots, mashed potatoes, and gravy were plentiful but bland. A crusty Yorkshire pudding, and freshly shredded horseradish were better. More of a rib-sticker than a gourmet meal, but definite gourmet prices for food and wine."
    Dined on 9/25/2013