Great food but even greater wine pairing
Last night of a 9-day trio through Newfoundland. We’d just spend 3 days at the Fogo Island Inn, which set a very high bar for high quality dinners. We had reserved Raymond’s on the recommendation of a friend from St John’s. And we’d heard about it from Anthony Bourdain’s show. It lived up to its reputation. We loved the casual but upscale environment, the view out to the harbor made a great distraction, the servers were outstanding with well-delivered descriptions of the food and the wine. We did the 5-course prix-fixe and I did the wine pairing. Wait staff were very accommodating of our one request for a substitution and for a remake of a cocktail. The food was excellent and the wine pairings were well thought out. But what made this a really great dining experience was the interaction with the staff who were all so knowledgeable and friendly.
I had high expectations for Raymonds and it was a BIG let down.
My wife and I saw Raymonds on every top restaurants/must visit restaurants lists for St. John's so we though it was a sure thing.
It ended up being a pretentious overpriced waste of money.
If this would have been my first fine dining experience it probably would have been the last. Luckily I have been to various fine establishments where I ended up spending more money and thinking it was worth every penny.
The portions were almost non existent and with the exception of a parsnip puree nothing caught my attention (seriously, a parsnip puree was the highlight of my meal).
Our waiter looked and sounded the part but seemed to lack any interest in us. He was there and gone
so quickly that I didn't even get an opportunity to let him know that we were celebrating an anniversary. The server taking care of the table next to us was warm and chatty and I found myself wishing we had her instead.
At one point the Sommelier (that was a nice enough lady but really didn't seem to fit in at such a fine establishment) came to present the wine pairing and my wife's previous wine glass hadn't been cleared. By the time they sorted that out, my wife had finished her tiny portion course so the wine was paired with NOTHING!
The night before our trip to Raymonds my wife and I went to Mallard Cottage and spent a quarter of what we spent at Raymonds. We got more food that had my taste buds singing and the service was top notch.
Not only will I not recommend Raymonds, I will actively warn people against wasting their time and money there.
St. John's is full of so many great restaurants that you are better off saving the money you would have spent on one visit to Raymonds and use it to splurge at 2 or 3 other great establishments in the area.
My husband and I celebrated our 4th anniversary at Raymonds as we are in town for the week. We had the 3 course meal as we wanted to choice our own options. We both enjoyed the appetizer and main course, but were disappointed by the dessert. I read on Instagram that their dessert chef had won an award as one of the Top dessert Chef's in Canada, but the desserts we got were very simple (ice cream with fancy presentation). May I just had expectations after the main and appetizer. Hence, I gave 4 stars, overall we received great service at the restaurant, and enjoyed the quiet but elegant dinning environment.
Food and presentation of the dishes were top notch. Service was excellent
The restaurant was beautiful, with an elegant but comfortable ambience.
Our waiter Andrew, and the sommelier (sorry, I can't remember his name) were so knowledgeable about the food and wines, and made the whole experience much more than just a place to have dinner!
The food was delicious and perfectly done, and the wine recommendations complemented each dish perfectly.
A perfect way to end our Newfoundland trip!
A superb super special birthday dinner.....excellent as always, many thanks, tj
The food, ambiance and service were excellent! We decided to have a three course dinner with wine pairings - truly impressed with how complementary the wine pairings were for each dish. It was also very nice that some of the pairings included local (Nova Scotia) wines. Wonderful experience!
Great service excellent staff
We loved everything about our meal. We travelled from bc and a big part of the trip was our dinner at Raymond’s. Our server Reagan was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. Along with the sommelier who’s name we forgot they went above and beyond to make our experience memorable and all around amazing. The food was fantastic and a true reflexion of the time and place. Highly recommend it.
The ambience was excellent. Our every request was granted. The servers were very informative and friendly like all Newfoundlanders we have met. The Halibut was excellent and the portion was large. We had a cheese tray for an appetizer and would heartily recommend it. You receive a variety of crackers that are unique to the restaurant that made the pairing with the cheese enjoyable. The dessert was delicious but disappointing in size. It was about two spoonfuls of dessert with one spoon of ice cream. I would recommend the wine pairing. The Nova Scotia Ancienne Chardonnay was the best.
What a fabulous unexpected spot in St. John's Newfoundland.
We had the 7 course tasting menu with the wine parings. The food and service were outstanding. The sommelier and wine pairings were also fantastic. I would highly recommend this as one of the best food experiences in Canada.
Amazing service, atmosphere and food. We will definitely be recommending to our friends
Enjoyed the 5 course tasting, well presented , well explained and very tasty. A perfect evening with friends
Fantastic tasting menu at Raymonds. Food is amazing and I got to experience lots of uncommon local ingredients which made the menu even more special. Service is exceptional, my waitress was able to change an onion purée for a different sauce because I’m allergic to onions. This is a top tier fine dinning restaurants in North America. In my own opinion, it can get ready to catch a Michelin star.
Overall our evening at Raymonds was good, but the 5-course selection with wine pairing for two at over $500 was far too expensive for the overall experience. Unfortunately, there is no pricing on the website menu, so it was a complete surprise to find out that it was so expensive. We have been at restaurants that are at 1/2 the cost of Raymonds that would be as good in terms of quality and ambiance. If money matters, you might want to try somewhere else.
Dinning at Raymond’s is a unique experience. A perfect spot for that special occasion.
Excellent service and the food was outstanding - definitely worth the splurge!
Wonderful service and amazing food!! The entire evening was a great experience!! I certainly will return.
I was so excited to go to Raymonds because I saw Ross Larkin on the Top Chef show and his them for his food was all from Newfoundland. Everything was so unique. The restaurant offers several ways to enjoy their food: 3 or 5 or 7 courses. Even though I knew I could not eat 7 courses, I ordered it anyway because the lobster and sea urchin comes with this option. It was wonderful. The desserts were great too. About 30 minutes after I got there, a large part of downtown St Johns experienced a power outage so the restaurant lost power.
They were so informative and found a way to keep cooking until the power came back on. I thought that they were so classy and kept us updated that it was a very chilled and extra special evening. Great setting and the service was wonderful. The wait staff is charming and not rushed and they explain everything they serve you. They also have a special sparkling wine made for them. I can say it was also outstanding. Can't wait to go back.
On our first visit to St. John's Nfld, we knew we wanted to spend the final evening of our trip enjoying something special in an evening and a meal. Knowing that Raymond's had recently been voted #12 on the list of Top 100 Restaurants in Canada made it an easy choice!
Everything about our Raymond's experience was top-notch, including the luxurious but comfortable atmosphere, the professional but friendly waitstaff, and of course the delicious and impeccably-presented components of our 3-course taster meals.
We would absolutely recommend Raymond's, whether you are celebrating a special occasion or are just in the mood for a special meal!
We had a wonderful time. Food was outstanding as well as the service. It was an overall exceptional experience.
We had the 7 course chefs choice tasting menu with wine pairing ,best cod we had, nice choice of wine selection, dessert was better than expected, pancake with sunflower seed and jam was tasty ，staffs who served us food are acknowledged of what the restaurant are serving the guests, have clearly explained everything that’s served on our table, we’re very satisfied , we had an extraordinary experience with the restaurant, will most likely come back again next time visiting st.john’s
We did the 7 course tasting menu and were really amazed by the complexity of flavours that the chefs at Raymonds were able to create. Every course was delicious. The moose carpaccio was our favourite. The service was friendly and attentive. We did not opt for the wine tasting menu as we believed that the cost was not a good value and preferred to spend our dollars on the food. I would like to have seen that an establishment at this culinary level would be paying their staff a living wage so no gratuity would be necessary.
We had a great experience and wonderful anniversary
Very elegant, staff and service excellent, food very good, not for the casualty dressed, very expensive.
Outstanding meal in lovely surroundings. We were visiting St. John’s for the first time and just had to dine Raymond’s of course. Yes, it lived up to the hype! Never knew cod could taste that good! And the moose- delicious! The solicitous staff was the cherry on top :))
Amazing experience. The staff were incredible.
Excellent! The food and wine were wonderfully complex. This place has reignited my love of food.
Our first time on St. John’s.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Raymond’s and the wonderful local offerings. Such a treat!
Thank you for such a lovely evening.
We enjoyed the 7 course tasting menu. Each course was beautifully prepared and presented. There were some unusual flavours and many surprises. We were treated to the tastes of Newfoundland at its best. Executive Chef Jeremy Charles and Chef De Cuisine Ross Larkin are a formidable team.
Jeremy Charles' restaurants are on the cutting edge and a must visit if you are in St. John's. Raymonds is certainly one of the best in Canada.
For sure the best restaurant experience in Newfoundland.
Wonderful from start to finish!
Amazing culinary experience! Andrew was our server and was incredible!
Oh my - lovely space, exquisite service, fabulous food and perfect wine pairings. Thank you everyone.
Fill up on the delicious bread or you’ll leave hungry. Menu was less than exciting and extremely limited. Dessert was awful. Vinegar beet sorbet that made your mouth pucker and your senses will have a difficult time recovering.
Overpriced which includes $14 for what amounted to two glasses of Perrier.
I’ll give the sommelier points for creativity and the pasta was super...but I left hungry and poorer.
Given the much ado about the Chef Jeremy Charles and the chef de cuisine, I was hoping for dinner on par with some nice three stars in Manhattan. Not close...no amuse buche, nothing extra. No exceptions to the five course.
I felt completely ripped off. They’re not anywhere close to a three star in Manhattan and they shouldn’t act like they are. I’ll be sure not to believe the hype next time.
I left with no feeling of Newfoundlander warmth and friendliness.
An excellent evening. The food was superb ant the staff, the best we’ve seen anywhere
It was a great experience to do a fresh tasting menu in St. John's. The food was good overall but we were a bit disappointed with the taste given the high cost. Unless you are happy to splurge on a dinner, I would recommend finding a more price-friendly restaurant somewhere else in St. John's (and there are tons which are very good!).
It was one of the best dining experiences of my life
My husband and I went to Raymond’s last night. The Place was nice, cozy and service was great. However I was not impressed with the food itself especially for the price, it was disappointing as I’m such a foodie. First we started with a cheese and meat tray which was not too bad. We decided to do the 3 main courses. I had the Veg Pasta which I will say was really good, my husband had the moose Pasta which was ok. We then waited over an hour to get the main course which I had the Lobster and it was so tough, very buttery and creamy but it was over the top. My husband had the pork and you could see the blood in it before he even cut it, raw meat not so good so it definitely needed to be cooked more. For dessert I had Raspberry and my husband had partridgeberry and it was so disappointing. Just like you threw jam on a plate and served it. The 3 courses took about 3 hours which I found extremely long, we started at 7:50pm and let around 11pm. First time there and based on experience I would not be excited to return