Keystone Alley Cafe

4.1/5
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Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,
  • Coffee Shop,

Cuisine type

  • International,

Features

  • Extensive Wine List,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Pre Theater,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
34 Brunswick St, Stratford, ON N5A 3L8
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  • $11 To $25,

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debo7962
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I went to Keystone Alley this past Saturday -apparently it use to be very good but then sold. The food was mediocre at best. The presentation was lacking. And the dessert was terrrible. On top of that they had a dessert called ‘6 for the kitchen’ - the price was $10. There were 5 desserts but thought perhaps this is a sample of each. We asked and the server said... ‘It is a $10 tip for the kitchen’ - That was it! How lame is that?

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 3/5
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JMAEOH
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5 Stars!

The Keystone Alley is an absolute must. I have been there numerous times and every time I leave feeling wowed. The atmosphere is 5 stars. The food is 5 stars. The service is 5 stars. And the outdoor patio is absolutely a 5 star.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Evelyn07
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Our Favourite Stratford Restaurant

This has become my favourite restaurant in Stratford. In the summer they have the best patio in town and in the winter they have the most beautifully renovated restaurant. The food is 5 stars and the service is always excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant. You won't be disappointed.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Consistently good food and service

Keystone Alley offers consistently good food and service. We've been coming for a few years now. Things get quite hectic right before showtime at the theatres, so let them know if you're going to a play.I had the fish special, which was pickerel with potatoes and asparagus (all very good and fresh). Husband had the beef tenderloin. Our dinners were both very good. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert was warm and delicious -- a comfort food treat! Service was a little slower this time, probably because we came at 7:30 p.m., just as they were trying to finish serving the pre-theatre crowd.

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Restaurantica12
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Nice lunch entree albeit limited vegetarian selections. Service is lovely. Chef owned is always good.

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Restaurantica12
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FANTASTIC

WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD A GREAT DINNER TONIGHTS DINNER WAS THE SAME. MY STEAK WAS GREAT AND MY WIFE AND A FRIEND HAD LAMB, WHICH THEY SAID WAS FANTASTIC. PRICE WAS TO BE EXPECTED FOR A FINE RESTAURANT DINNER.

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Restaurantica12
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Flavour was very bland - very average. I started...

Flavour was very bland - very average. I started with the sprimp- cooked to perfection. Then the duck - boring. Wife had steak - average. Dessert also a little boring

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Food will leave you full and wishing you could...

Food will leave you full and wishing you could eat the last morsel. Dishes were presented in an attractive melange, cost was reasonable given the portions and quality, and service was friendly and efficient if you are dining at a leisurely pace. Chicken entree had a strange combination of deep fried vegetables and creamed broccoli. Great as independent choices, but a little too eclectic on one plate. Only other recommendation would be to upgrade the decor, as this could be a contender of fine dining establishments if they presented a white table cloth, dished out for some heavier cutlery along with etched crystal glasses, and replaced the "Howard Johnson" booths (as earlier quoted below) with white leather and mahogany. Some contemporary centrepieces would servce well, too. But I would definitely visit again, if not to fight over the creme brulee once more. (Consensus: Amaretto was, hands down, the favourite of the three.) Total cost for 2 people: ~$125 including tax and tip.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Total with tip for 3 was $105. It's been...

Total with tip for 3 was $105. It's been 6 months since my last visit and maybe my expectations were too high, the food was equally well done, pork tenderloin medium was good, salmon was fresh, lamb curry delicate. Creme Brulée was still good just b/c I liked desserts But overall I am finding that it's not worth $30 now I've tried almost all menu items. Next trip to Stratford I'll try other restaurants.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Excellent food, attentive service, lovely venue...

Excellent food, attentive service, lovely venue. My only complaint would be that my food arrived in front of me several minutes before that of my companions. The lamb was very well prepared. The salad was a bit banal (citrus fruit, lettuce and pinenuts). My husband's scallop dish was excellent. The torte was tasty, but a bit skimpy. Overall, however, it was a very tasty meal.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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My 3rd visit to Keystone in 6 months (I tried at...

My 3rd visit to Keystone in 6 months (I tried at other times, but they were booked solid) On par with their dinner, their lunch is equally excellent. Good portion for lunch (although I could've eat more), and nice presentation of the food and decor makes the overall experience more enjoyable Server is excellent every time I go, either a big size party of a date. There is a reason why they remain open in the Winter - they are that good

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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We had no reservations but it was an off season...

We had no reservations but it was an off season Thursday evening. They were busy but able to seat us immediately. Service was very good, friendly and attentive but not obtrusive. The waitress was helpful in discussing dishes. Both entrees were good with the pork loin dish being very flavourful and came with interesting vegetable sides that were seasonal and very different from the standard fare. We have been to Keystone Alley before and always found it worthwhile. I find the prices a little high (liver was over $20) but I've never had a bad experience. I had recommended it to friends who dined on the patio in the summer and enjoyed it very much.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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very enjoyable lunch. bread was unique - it was...

very enjoyable lunch. bread was unique - it was like a giant pretzel shaped like a bun. suited the sandwich perfectly. all ingredients fresh and top quality. the salad and soup sides were well done. good balance of price and quality. attentive service

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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I can't quite give it a "10" which would indicate...

I can't quite give it a "10" which would indicate perfection, but our food was as good as we've ever had anywhere. It was highly recommended by our motel keeper and he was right on the money. The service was very prompt and unobtrusive. A superb experience altogether.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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I was looking for a restaurant in Stradford for a...

I was looking for a restaurant in Stradford for a small "wedding lunch" that could cater to various people, from the daring to the picky...from over 65 to 12 years old -- and I found it! The food was very well presented, the service was fabulous. The waitress was extremely attentive and very knowledgable -- she even found a way to make sure that the pickiest of our party would get EXACTLY what he wanted. My husband & I enjoyed it so much that we went back for our first anniversary (Sept 2004)-- and we were quite pleased to find that the quality of the food and service hadn't diminished in any way. With all the fabulous choices in Stradford kudos go to the owners & staff!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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The food at Keystone is not quite as refined as...

The food at Keystone is not quite as refined as Pazzo (see my review) but it is still good and the portions are what one would expect -- no leaving hungry after three courses. In my opinion, the Keystone offers is the best quality/price ratio in Stratford, although I haven't yet tried Avoca. The dinning room decor looks a bit like a Howard Johnson's, but they have a lovely patio with a awning that keeps diners protected from the elements.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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