Raymonds Restaurant

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Farm-to-table
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.
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DS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We made a point of going to Raymonds during our visit to St. John's because we saw it on Parts Unknown. They focus on local, in season, ingredients. It was superb. The service is top notch. We did the five course tasting menu and the complexity of flavours, complimented by the wine pairings was an experience I will not soon forget.

d
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding in every way! I was visiting my elderly mother and took her there for her birthday. We both thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Service was fabulous and the food was excellent. I've eaten in many fine restaurants all over the world and it's so nice to find one of this caliber in my hometown.

LW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Right downtown St. John’s, it was easy to access on foot or by car. I’d booked far in advance, but had mistakenly booked for Saturday instead of Friday, but they were able to accommodate us (thank you!)
All the staff, from the hostess to our server to the sommelier were warm & friendly and full of information about the food and wine. Everything we ate was delicious. I will definitely return!

EK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very noisy with the table of 10 or 12. Great food and the service was excellent. Would like to try again but from Iowa.

g
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a shock a delight to enter one of the most elegant dining rooms we have had the pleasure to enjoy, and to do so in St. John's. Most unexpected. The food was likewise elegant and well-presented. The ingredients were very local. Some of the presentations were very unusual and risky. The service was very personal and leisurely. I could go on about everything, but that would feel picky. It was simply the best dining-out experience we have had in a long time. The only downside was that it was not easily accessible.

KG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely would recommend Raymonds. Excellent service, amazing food and a special atmosphere. I look forward to going back!

W
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First visit to NL. A recommendation. Not just dinner but an eating experience! Lovely room,china and food

D
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service the wine pairing the food the staff a big thank you to the chef

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly staff, clean, comfortable, Nice view, food was amazing. I booked in advance and was very happy to be able to go. As I only had a two night stay.

Thank you

T
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

What a terrific restaurant. Definitely lives up to it's reputation. Very knowledgeable staff and beautiful food presentation.

TR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Sadly we did not enjoy our meal at all. We had to season 3 of 4 dishes ourself with the just purchased Newfoundland salt from my purse. We compared our dishes to what we might have had in the fine dining room on a cruise ship. Boring, bland, unmemorable generally. Tartare dish stood out because it reminded us of childhood Old El Paso taco night. When the waiter inquired as to our favourite course I suggested the wine was the best of the night and he didn't inquire further. Wine pairings were very skilled, delicious wines. When we asked to not be served the sweet wine with dessert we were given a replacement that didn't work and a bit of attitude unfortunately.

CH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal food presentation and wine pairing. We were all very impressed by the meal in terms of inventiveness and taste. Portions are smaller than I remember them being in previous visits but were satisfying nonetheless

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, including the sommelier! Food outstanding especially the tomato and cucumber salad, homemade GF pasta (!) and the beef.

GS
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the most memorable dining experiences ever. Everything — from the service to the preparation — was impeccable.

HH
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We usually enjoy Raymonds but this time was a big disappointment. My wife had the cod and it was good. I ordered the lamb and it was inedible. I understand that at least 5 other people had the same problem. I was offered another choice but by that time my wife was nearly finished and would be by the time my meal would be ready so I declined. I was also tired of trying to chew the lamb. They did take if off our bill as one would expect but overall it was a disappointing evening.

OT
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We LOVED Raymond’s our server Julian was amazing and met our every need. If you’re looking for fine dining that sticks to local, I mean actually sticks, this is for you. I would suggest the five course tasting menu!

d
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. Nice to see menu directed around what’s fresh and in season. Service is paramount and wine pairing takes your experience to another level. Atmosphere is very cozy and the decor is amazing. Glad to see all local products used on menu and even soap in the washrooms!

SJ
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It may not be difficult to spend a lot on a meal for two, but it’s rare to find a place that can provide a true gourmand dining experience.

Raymond’s is one of those places.

The combination of very well prepared dishes complemented with carefully selected wine pairings made for a truly wonderful evening. The service was personable, friendly and informative without ever being intrusive.

It was a lovely way to spend the evening.

RH
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall marvelous. My only complaint is that we made the reservation for 9 pm but the table was not ready until 9.30 pm. The waitress tried to compensate the wait with a glass of sparkling wine but still it is frustrating.

FB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our dinner was superb. The only tiny flaw was the two luke warm flat whites that we had following dinner. When we brought it to our server's attention, she very promptly replaced them with two that were piping hot. Lovely experience overall.

w
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Food and service was fantastic.

M
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere and service are superb. The combination of local ingredients and quality of the dishes along with variety of wine is hard to top. The only low point would be the small portion size for our healthy appetites.

A
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the waitress was amazing - Brittany is a genius and a treasure

AH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very elegant fine dining experience. We loved the food and the descriptions offered by the extremely attentive servers.

DP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our 3rd anniversary dinner at the same corner table. Excellent and I hope we can get the same table next year!

JB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Somewhat formal exoperience could be delivered with a little bit of levity but enjoyed the ecorrience thsnk you

F
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

There was confusion between servers in the beginning, so we waited too long. But the food was excellent and the sommelier is very competent.

HM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was impeccable but I felt that the food was not equivalent to the high price.

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The 7 course tasting meal with wine pairing was the perfect celebration for my 50th birthday. Everything from beginning to end was spectacular.

MA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was spectacular, the wine pairings perfect and the food delicious.

SC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had a very enjoyable meal at Raymonds. We did a five and a three course tasting menu and selected our own wine (although they also offer a wine pairing option). Food, wine, service and setting where perfect for an anniversary dinner. Highly recommend for that special event.

CA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

In my opinion this is a "bucket list" place. Been once, maybe not again? The entry level 3 course menu is fine but simple: four starters, three entrees, four desserts to choose from. But it is $95 pp so you may not be able to go every week. Having said that the food is wonderful, the service is impeccable, and there are some excellent moderately priced wines to choose from. A lovely elegant room, with a semi hushed sound level adds to the ambience.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful!

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DC
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had the seven course tasting menu and the food and service were excellent.
A mocktail, and a bottle of water and coffee. $186 plus a $40 tip makes it an expensive dining experience.

JJ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I have ever had! The food was incredible and the flavours of each course were beyond anything. It was extremely expensive but definitely worth the experience!

OT
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was awesome! Great dining room. Staff made it feel like it was special.

LG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had one week in St. John's and ate at many restaurants. We had the 5 course dinner with paired wines at Raymond's. It was enjoyable and something I really looked forward to -- however, when all was said and done, I think I enjoyed similar foods and wines at other restaurants for half or even a quarter of the price. And the Newfoundland friendliness was completely wiped out in favor of a stiff formality. I'm really not so sure that the codfish was as fresh as others I had in less formal circumstances. I would say "Go to Mallard's Cottage three times over for the same price as Raymond's."

P
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed Raymond's very much. We were a little underdressed with couples celebrating anniversaries or other special occasions around us dressed to the nines. The menu is fixed with three, five and seven course selections. Wine pairings are offered with all of them. Bthe food was beautifully presented, explained and very good. The beef done exactly as requested. Gluten free options were readily available and made in house.

VP
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Raymonds was recommended to us by a friend who had previously had dinner there. We were a little skeptical at first because we could not see the menu online, but we were certainly not at all disappointed with this restaurant. It was probably one of the best meals we have had anywhere in Canada. The flavours the chefs create are unbelievable. I am lactose intolerant, and they were able to create things just for me, without compromising taste, quality and appearance. The in house sommelier was extremely knowledgeable about wines and pairings and recommended the perfect wine with our meals. We would highly recommend Raymonds to anyone visiting the St. John's area. You will not be disappointed.

OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience once again.

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