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A menu where ingredients are sourced locally - 23 Restaurant Lounge, Stratford, ON
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23 Restaurant Lounge

4.5
4.5
27 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Farm-to-table
23 Restaurant Lounge features a menu inspired by the geography and seasons, where ingredients are sourced locally from community farmers, foragers, and artisans who provide wholesome natural products. To complement your dining experience, our Head Sommelier can recommend the perfect wine.

Our restaurant also features a lounge where you can sit back, relax, and unwind with a cocktail or fine scotch after a long day exploring our beautiful city.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, French / Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (519) 272-1776

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Denis Hernandez

  • Private party facilities

    23 Restaurant Lounge is perfect for a range of events from celebratory dinners and large cocktail receptions. Our event manager is available every step of the way to ensure a seamless event including exclusive menus from our Executive Chef and Sommelier.

  • Neighborhood

    Stratford

  • Cross street

    Located in the heart of downtown Stratford off Downie street.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 27 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. DK

    DawnK

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place is permanently closed. DO NOT MAKE A RESERVATION! It was a bummer to head over there after a show and find all the doors locked.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Do not book here they are closed and for some reason still taking reservations.
  3. DR

    DesertRat

    Palm Springs

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A GEM. 23 was a wonderful find. A super place for a before or after theater special event. Walking distance to all 3 Stratford Festival venues. The menu was very inventive. We tried all the appetizers, then did the lamb, risotto and the tuna for main and finally the goat cheese cheesecake. The flavors were amazing. Elegant presentation and perfect portions. We all loved our meals. The room was nicely decorated, with carpet, table cloths and drapes. Other restaurants should be so nice and quiet. We could all talk! Our waiter was attentive, informative and enjoyable to have. The prices were a bit on the high end, but the food matched that easily. I hope we get to see these people again. A memorable night for us.
  4. DC

    DoreenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were four woman from Windsor,Ontario and from reading reviews we decided to try this new fantastic restaurant. Our dinners were amazing and desserts were to die for. Our waiter and manager made us feel very comfortable.(We we’re a bit loud I think😉. Even the chef came out to greet us and he is amazing. My friends and I will return hopefully this summer.
  5. A

    April

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing!! Friendly staff. Will definitely be back. The short rib and the tuna was on point. You have to eat here.
  6. GM

    GillianM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and personalized service from chef and wait staff were exceptional. We were thoroughly impressed by the creativity of the menu. We’ll most definitely return!
  7. D

    Denise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were extremely happy to find 23 Restaurant Lounge in Stratford. It's a new restaurant, but clearly an excellent addition to this wonderful town. Our meals, the risotto and the short ribs, were outstanding. The food is fresh and inventive. Of the various restaurants we visited in Stratford, 23 Restaurant Lounge was by far our favorite! The food, the service, the atmosphere were all exceptional.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were pleasantly surprised to find a new dining option in Stratford. The location of 23 was very convenient, especially if you have a show at either the Avon or Studio theatres. The décor is very nice and we found the restaurant spacious with a good sound level (we were able to have a good conversation). Colin waited on us, and was very friendly and attentive. I had braised octopus as an appetizer with the rabbit as my main dish and the cheesecake for dessert. My wife had the cauliflower an appetizer with her main as the tuna and she had the corn dessert. The octopus was done very well, was very fresh and was very tasty with the clams, mussels and chorizo. The rabbit was the star of the show – the tiny bits of guanciale and the spaetzle were just divine. My wife’s cauliflower was scrumptious with the cannellini beans. The tuna was very creatively paired with pickles, charred corn, fingerling potatoes and salsa. Needless to say, we both cleaned our plates and rewarded ourselves with dessert. The fried cornbread was amazing and the caramel popcorn was a nice touch. My cheesecake was paired with fresh strawberries. For the quality of food, and a $70 bottle of wine, our bill came to only $(CAD) 250, comparable to what we’d pay in any other of the places in Stratford where we usually have dinner. There were many other dishes on the menu that we’ll look forward to trying the next time we’re in Stratford.
  9. JT

    JT2022

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time! Better then most high end spots in the GTA ... and its not even in the GTA! lol
  10. PR

    PennyR

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We unexpectedly had gala opening tickets to one of the Stratford Festival plays and, when we discovered our usual restaurant was full, we decided to try 23. We'll definitely be back. Our group of two couples tried the scallop, pate en croute, and braised octopus appetizers, the duck breast, rabbit and tuna entrees, and the goat's cheesecake dessert. Everything was yummy. The sommelier made a very good recommendation. A request ti prepare the scallop appetizer without the pork belly was handled appropriately. Our server was also attentive to time and had us finished in plenty of time to walk the red carpet at the opening night!
  11. AS

    AdamS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Excellent service, recommend the chef’s tasting menu 5 course with wine pairing . One of the finest meals I have had for some time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic, Karan and chef Denis are absolutely lovely. The food was carefully and perfectly executed. The drinks and attention to detail were that of the utmost priority and overall everything was amazing. Thank you restaurant 23!
  13. N

    Nadia

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the tasting menu and everything was quite unique and incredibly tasty! An amazing culinary experience, highly recommended!
  14. MY

    MarkY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nice addition to Stratford’s restaurant scene. Will recommend.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Every staff member including the chef came to greet us and everyone was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend the duck pithivier and the goat cheesecake which were incredible.
  16. LZ

    LZ27

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and beautifully presented. The care and thought that went into each dish was evident. Service was great. Would definitely return and would definitely recommend.
  17. C

    Caoimhin

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have been able to enjoy 23 twice and both times were great evenings with wonderful food. Looking forward to our next visit!
  18. AF

    AnneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous and our server was great. Enjoyed my birthday dinner there.
  19. AA

    AARONM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food had great presentation and taste. The service was fantastic. The piano player was very talented.

    23 Restaurant LoungeResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you so much for your wonderful review we look forward to having you again!!

  20. PG

    PaigeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was AMAZING, and the service was excellent!! The restaurant had a great atmosphere and the live music was lovely.

    23 Restaurant LoungeResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you so much for your wonderful review we look forward to having you again!!

  21. BM

    BrayMills

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 23 restaurant and lounge is a lovely spot, serving upscale, quality cuisine without a pretentious vibe. Excellent food/wine pairing, superior service and easy listening, live music in the background made for a beautiful Valentines celebration! We had a great time and are already planning our next visit. Our compliments to the chef and staff! Thank you.

    23 Restaurant LoungeResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you so much for your wonderful review we look forward to having you again!!

  22. MW

    MartinW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    A great meal. A few hiccups with the service but not unexpected after the long Covid shutdown. Heck - even I almost forgot to put pants on.

    23 Restaurant LoungeResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you so much for your wonderful review we look forward to having you again!!

  23. a

    annettes

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I felt that they were not staffed or prepared for a grand opening. We waited 50 min for our drink, we did not even have water or the free sparkling wine they advertised. We ordered the beef Wellington and they ran out. So we had to choose something else. I got the wrong appetizer. One member in our party received her Finn cold. Mine was Luke warm. We ordered lamb the table beside us got 3 lamb chops we got 2 no explanation no discount. Our waiter was very apologetic but too many issues to make us question a return visit. Value did not match the cost.

    23 Restaurant LoungeResponded on February 16, 2022Hi Annette, We would like to thank you for attending our opening weekend. We appreciate the feed back good or bad, we have made necessary corrections front and back of house to ensure service runs much more smoothly. We understand that your first visit was not favorable but we would like to make it up to you in the future.

  24. KJ

    KevinJ

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner on the Saturday of the Grand Opening weekend. There were a few teething pains in flow, but the staff were super good natured and friendly, and the majority of the patrons were adult about it. The food was spectacular! Possibly the best lamb rack I have had, along with an excellent calamari appetizer and funky and tasty goat cheese cake. A fantastic experience, will definitely be back and strongly recommend!

    23 Restaurant LoungeResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you so much for your wonderful review we look forward to having you again!!

  25. NM

    NancyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The best part of 23 is the food. The chef really knows what he’s doing. Would strongly recommend to my friends.

    23 Restaurant LoungeResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you so much for your wonderful review we look forward to having you again!!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went in this passed Saturday with my girlfriend, and all I can say is wow! The food was outstanding and the service was on point. If you are a lover of food and great cocktails, you MUST come here

    23 Restaurant LoungeResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you so much for your wonderful review we look forward to having you again!!

  27. JC

    JiminyCritic

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a special night out, this place is a great option. Friendly, responsive service and superb cuisine make for a great dining experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

23 Restaurant Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (519) 272-1776.

23 Restaurant Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located in the heart of downtown Stratford off Downie street.

  • Neighborhood

    Stratford

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, French / Canadian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Denis Hernandez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (519) 272-1776

  • Private party facilities

    23 Restaurant Lounge is perfect for a range of events from celebratory dinners and large cocktail receptions. Our event manager is available every step of the way to ensure a seamless event including exclusive menus from our Executive Chef and Sommelier.

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