St. John's, NF A1C1A5
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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm -9:30pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Raymonds Ratings and Reviews
The overall experience was great and the service was perfect. Chef Charles' execution and creation on seafood was the best I ever had before(Amuse, Scallop, and Cod were so delicious); however, there are few things I would say that can be improved was the main course and dessert. The main course was Duck (Partridge, apple, celery root), Partridge was good, seasoned well nice doneness. But the duck's skin was a bit too chewy to me, not sure if it was because the render of the fat was not enough. The dessert's flavor was good(Brown butter, cultured cream, strawberry), the only thing I would say is that I couldn't feel the Newfoundland-based taste in it.
It had been awhile since I last visited, and it did not disappoint. Having always ordered the tasting menu which tends to be a little more creative and exotic, we opted to order off the menu. The moose ragu pasta has been a staple since the beginning and with good reason. I had the halibut as a main and the portion was quite large. It was perfectly prepared amongst local fresh root vegetables. I can't remember the dessert just that it featured chocolate mousse and raspberry. Everything was delicious and the service and atmosphere; both impeccable.
Raymond was amazing to say the least! My wife and I had the 7 course meal and wine and it was beyond divine ! Each course was interesting and original, and the dessert was like nothing I have ever experienced in my life. Words can not describe ! Overall the food, drinks and service made that meal if not the best one of the best I've ever experienced ! Must try !
It was a pleasure to visit Raymonds this past weekend with my parents on a quick trip home to visit St. John's. Always love flying in over the narrows, despite the bumps. This was my second visit to Raymonds and it is a fantastic restaurant with a definite take on local cuisine and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the service from our waiter Mr. Vokey. Of course, it is extremely expensive so it is not somewhere I would go regularly but it is nice to go from time to time. I will say that I was quite full after the meal (we had the three course table offer). The atmosphere was nice and the noise level was not too loud and the tables were not too close together.
St. John's has many great places to eat but Raymond's is very worth a visit as long as it fits your budget.
Had a 5 course tasting menu ($115) with wine pairing ($65). Negotiated with the server to replace the cod dish with a scallops dish ( the restaurant has an exclusive deal with local divers that provide amazing scallops from some "secret" location) - which they accommodated no problem. First dish - 4 +1 small bites arranged on a wooden plate included an oyster, snow crab, smoked Arctic char and local beers. The +1 was a razor clam thrown in because their drivers had found it ( very unusual this far north). The snow crab was great, the char fantastic and the razor clam a delightful surprise. It was paired with a sparkling wine from Nove Scotia ( Benjamin Bridge winery) - an excellent choice. The second dish was Moose Heart Tarter which it turned out the server had arranged on top up the 5 dishes that were originally part of the menu. The tarter was fine, but nothing more - had been paired with a Riesling from the same brewery which didn't have the structure to match the moose. Next dish was the scallop dish - really good, but again the wine pairing was underwhelming. Next dish was a veggie ravioli - nothing interesting, the organic wine from Puglia - had the lightness of a burgundy but lacked character ( except the first; all the wine pairings were somewhat disappointing so I'll stop mentioning them). Next dish was bites of pork - filet plus belly; well prepared but uninteresting. Another bonus dish came - sorbet of pear; very nice - before the actual desert which was small sweet bites - all good. Service was really excellent, I just wish the wine servers had better stuff to work with - I firmly believe great wine can elevate any meal, but in this case it didn't.
I go to Raymond's at least 2-3 times a year. Each time everything is top quality, predictable. Attention to detail is what makes the big difference. I travel across Canada for business, and I always pick the best restaurant in every city I go to. And Raymond's is by far my favorite place. When I travel to St. John's, before booking my flight and hotel, I make sure I can book a table at Raymond's. This is how good it is!
We had, as in the past 6 years, held our anniversary dinner at Raymonds. This year the experience was exceptional and worthy of our return again, hopefully before the anniversary date. The food was sublime and the service was impeccable and personal, with personality. Many thanks to the two Jeremy's (and Mr. Charles who drove us there in their new concierge service) for a wonderful evening. Really appreciated the anniversary touch and I wish you the best of success in 2017.
I congratulate you on doing an excellent job at Raymonds & the public will never be disappointed with the food or service.
If I may make one suggestion..... I believe the price of alcoholic beverages are overpriced for the easily obtained/NLC products..... I appreciate that all businesses' need to make a profit, however, I believe the prices should be a little more reasonable for the beer, spirits, & wine.
Thank you for an excellent dining experience & promoting NL.
This was a wonderful experience. I was on my own when I had dinner at Raymond's -- a situation that often gives one a deeper insight into a restaurant than normal. The food was wonderfully interesting and good -- the braised rabbit being especially memorable. I was however particularly fascinated to observe the professionalism of the wait staff. It was so impressive to watch the service at a large table where there was a party of fourteen people. As each course was ready, a platoon of seven waiters and waitresses streamed out of the kitchen, moving as a unit, each one carrying two plates of dinner to the table. As a result everyone in that party was served simultaneously: impressive, almost military precision!
Our Raymonds experience was simply exceptional. Our server was very well informed and went out of his way to answer questions and provide a quality dining experience. The food is superb. When you order, you have an idea of what's to come and you assume it will be very good. When the plate arrives, the creativity on the plate, the flavor profiles, and the commitment to local ingredients take your eating pleasure to a whole new level. The portion sizes are not excessive which allows you to enjoy several courses, from 3-7, depending on your appetite. In St. John's, it is definitely a dining experience you cannot find elsewhere.
I have eaten in many high end restaurants throughout North America and Europe. This is if not the best then a tie for it with another in provence France. The service is excellent. The attention to local ingredients is phenomenal. The cost though high is very reasonable for the quality of food and service. This restaurant makes me proud of Newfoundland and what it has to offer on the world stage.
We have dined at Raymonds every year since the restaurant opened to celebrate our anniversary, and we still find the experience exhilarating. Yes, it is costlier than other restaurants in St. John's but we think it is worth it. Service has always been impeccable and the tasting menu with wine pairing is what we order most times. I guess we enjoy not knowing what will be served for each course. Creative combinations of food and over the top flavours. I've seen some reviews that state the serving sizes at Raymonds is small. However, I find that the food is so flavorful that there is no sense of leaving the restaurant feeling underfed. The brain obviously interprets 'big flavour' as a means of controlling appetite. In short, we were delighted to dine at Raymonds this past weekend, and we'll be back next year.
5 part tasting menu with wine pairing was definitely a good choice.Everything served was exceptional, and the wine was perfect with each dish. Service was spot on, with staff being friendly, but not overly so.They were present and attentive,and the pace of the meal was just right. Our server Andrew gets A+ :)
We were celebrating our daughter's graduation. This was the perfect place for such a special occasion.
Our waiter, Martin made us feel at home from the moment we sat down. He was very knowledgeable about all the questions we had read the menu.
Great evening, warm and wonderful ambiance. Can't wait for the next excuse to return.
Honestly the experience was every bit as wonderful as the food...servers were 100% and the sommelier was fabulous!! It isn't a place that you would pop out for a bite, but certainly an occasion place.
Will definitely be back..
Kudos to all!!
Rick and Kathleen
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