Raymonds Restaurant

4.9
1250 reviews
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Farm-to-table
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
  • Tasting Menu
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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HM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent all around!! Would recommend to everyone to try!

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NA
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an amazing meal!
Our server, Regan, was one of the best parts of the dinner.
The location and restaurant itself are beautiful and the food; AMAZING!

Such a special night!

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Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Basic ingredients at a premium price. Cuts of meet (lam

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We found the reservation system including online menu to be outdated and a bit glitchy. The scallops and beef were truly outstanding. I ordered the carrot dessert because there used to be a superb carrot cake on the menu. The present carrot dessert was very disappointing, being "deconstructed", and consisting of a few raw carrot slices, a few tasty crumbs, and a tsp of ice cream. The dessert notwithstanding the overall experience, was excellent.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience

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BT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a first time special occasion treat to to wife and its something we have rarely done in the past . We loved the experience ,great servive ,very friendly,very professional,great food ,great presentation,and the wine pairing was just fantastic. We knew it would be expensive for our taste but we didn't mind this one time as the TIP was about the same as we would normally spend on an entire meal elsewhere.

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p
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing food and staff are great. very accommodating for any allergies. the chef altered my first course and made me a specific desert.

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H
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service!! A beautiful experience

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HH
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

one of my favorite places. I would recommend it to any one

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Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Service was fantastic. 7 course with wine is excellent.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

There were 5 of us in our party and we’ve all previously dined at Raymond’s and enjoyed fantastic food and service however this most recent experience was anything but. We ordered the 7 course tasting menu and waited 1 hour and 40 minutes for our first course. They forgot the first course which was only discovered when they presented us with the second course. Upon recognizing the error our server took back the second course and made us wait another 20-25 mins for the first course to be brought out. Our server did make efforts to make up for the error and slow service but it was a frustrating and disappointing experience nonetheless. There were three courses either entirely off or at least partly consisting of white first. And in general we all felt the food was quite bland. We all felt the servers were all friendly. Considering the price tag associated with a meal at Raymonds the dinner was not at all worth. With that price tag one should expect consistently high quality service and exceptional tasting food. We won’t be heading back anytime soon.

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MH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fabulous evening. The service was spot on, the food and drink delicious. All the meals came at once and we so tasty. The pacing of the evening was just perfect.

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JK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything you’d expect from a 5 star restaurant! Do yourself a favour & get the 7 course!!

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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reunion of sorts. Siblings from 3 different provinces and our father enjoying each others company. Food and service was amazing!

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CL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Raymonds is a bucket list dining experience. Everything from the service, to wine, to food, was exceptional. The highlights of our 7 course tasting menu were the lamb tartare and moose pasta. I highly recommend the wine pairing offered with the tasting menus. Raymond’s is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

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ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful experience we had. Service was impeccable and food was outstanding. Every staff member seemed like they cared about the restaurant and the patrons. The chef was incredibly accommodating to my vegetarian needs and created lovely and creative dishes. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The ratings are indicative of a harsh critic but explainable. The overall experience was outstanding ( 5 stars) but that being said, my spouse wasn't keen on two of the dishes in her 3 entree offering. She is very much a love of many international cuisines, not a picky eater or nearly as critical as myself, but two of her dishes just came up short (she had some elements that didn't seem to match together or make sense but the main entree was stellar). I think i may have enjoyed her dishes more than she did and all of my dishes in the 5 course plan were outstanding. I had to dock a star because i had to agree that the very first thing she was served, a baked crabapple, was seriously disappointing. It was bitter and uninteresting and rather confused us as to why it was served at all. At this price point, you shouldn't expect anything disappointing in the food. The service section lost a star because of the sommelier. He was knowledgable but didn't bother to ask about his audience. He spoke to a very educated (ISG certifications) guest assuming they wouldn't know anything about a gruner veltliner grape (or other similar comments). Know your audience before you present the wines or your presentation can come off as insulting. The value lost a star because this isn't a 'value' type restaurant but i would give it back a half star if possible because i found the wine pairing ($70 for 5 wines) to be very reasonable. Expect to pay half your mortgage for a dinner for two with wine, but to reiterate, the overall experience was outstanding and we wouldn't hesitate to go again and would love to see how the menu changes by the time we get to attend in the future. Note that we went on a quiet night so could not evaluate the total noise level without a full restaurant. For our evening, it was very pleasant.

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MT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food and service. Everyone in our party of 6 loved the experience.

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CW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great and service was impeccable. I think our servers name was julian great job and some of the best food I ever had.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tasting menu with excellent service. Compared to other elite restaurants in a similar price point across Canada and around the world, not quite in the league it aims for and, so, slightly overpriced. Still best in St. John’s for special occasion fine dining.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Second time through a 7 course tasting menu and just as impressed as I was the first time. Consistent, creative, beautiful, and most importantly it was delicious.

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MK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was okay. Not the best restaurant in Canada by a long shot. Good service when you got their attention. Food was good. Nice place but two hundred a head is full price

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f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic tasting menu and glorious wine list
Service was impeccable and the food did not disappoint - it was a memorable culinary event not to be forgotten.

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O
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our tasting dinner and wine pairing. A couple of dishes standed out more than others, but all very good.

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TO
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meets all the hype and would suggest this restaurant to anyone who comes to St. John's. Will book this again if I were to come back. Even went for Brunch at Merchant Tavern their sister restaurant and it was incredible as well.

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DT
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the top 3 restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.
The picture below is of a glass of 40 year old Highland Park Scotch

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Boise
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!!!!!!
Great ambiance and friendly staff.

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DS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have dined at Raymond’s several times now and must say that this most recent meal was by far the best to date. My companion ordered the 3 course meal and I the 5 course meal. This was prudent since neither of us has a huge appetite and we share everything. As such we began with our appetizers (she had an amuse bouche and I had the chanterelle pasta...which was divine). We continued with beef tartare and turbot in a sea urchin foam...the turbot was spectacular albeit very small...4 modest bites at best. We then enjoyed a beautiful although again small portion of lamb and the beef tenderloin which was rather large if not enormous by comparison. Desserts were delicious as usual...service was exceptional...from attentive, knowledgeable waiter Connor to captivating and enthusiastic sommelier Mark. What I have learned is that the 3 course meal offers as much, if not more food than the 5 and 7 course meals...just with less variation. I would not recommend the 7 course option as it costs $50 more than the 3 course meal and I have left hungry after consuming the 7 samples of delectable morsels presented me...though if you plan on dining at Raymond’s only once, the 7 course option would be a once in a lifetime event for most people.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Raymond’s is a nearly flawless setting to enjoy conversation and impeccable food, wine and service. We enjoyed every aspect of our 7 course tasting menu with the exception of the end of the meal when, as the last table in the restaurant we felt a bit abandoned by the server who took over our table. First, my husband had to get up an ask for the check, then the server stood over us, hovering with an attitude of inappropriate aggression whilst we wanted to confer about the bill and the tip we wished to leave our wonderful servers. It was very off putting to say the least. In any establishment it’s best to give the diner(s) space to consider the bill- especially after almost 4 hours of eating and drinking. More intuition and tact would have been greatly appreciated. In a place so rightly renowned as Raymond’s it seemed bizarre and marred an experience that we would otherwise give the highest possible rating. Hopefully better etiquette will develop around this practice.

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C
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable service, delicious food. Pricey but not more than one would expect for similar tasting menu.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was good but the portions were just too small. We left quite hungry after a $400 meal for two trying the 5 courses. Waitress forgot about drinks twice and it was cold in the dining room.

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DO
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our dinner was sublime & we highly recommend Raymond’s.

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Massive thanks to the service staff tonight: Andrew, Marek, and Ryan! We loved it - you guys crushed!

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SC
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting St. John’s from Toronto and received a recommendation to dine at Raymond’s from one of our clients here who has visited Raymond’s serveral times. We were there for our four year wedding anniversary and it was truly an experience we will never forget. It’s been very difficult to eat other meals since because they simply don’t compare (haha). Our server, Adam, was very welcoming and took good care of us. Between him and the chef they were able to easily and kindly accommodate my husband’s dairy intolerance. We enjoyed the 5-course tasting, oysters, extra dessert, espresso and a bottle of wine and had the best dinner ever. We’re so glad we went and cannot wait to visit again. Thanks to the entire Raymond’s team for the most amazing foodie experience of our lives and a date we will take with us forever.

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Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

5 course set menu was good but the portions were all extremely small. Unfortunately not at all good value for the price.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On vacation and enjoyed the experience.

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TW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Flavors explode with each and every bite. We had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. It was expensive, but good value for one of the best meals I have ever had.

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N
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal meal. Flavours were creative and complimentary. We added the wine pairing and it was a great decision. The service was incomparable to anywhere else.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experiment. Food, service and ambience is second to none. Can be a bit noisy if you are sitting near the wrong crowd but we were also there on a Friday night. Will visit again.

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