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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Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm -9:30pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Raymonds Ratings and Reviews
The tasting menu was great and the food ...
The tasting menu was great and the food was great, but the portion size for at least one serving (i.e., the main) needed to be larger. I know it may defeat the purpose of 'tasting' but people would like to leave filling full after spending nearly $1000.
Raymond's caters to pretentious people w ...
Raymond's caters to pretentious people who don't understand what good food is. It is way over-priced and the quality of the product, as well as its preparation leave something to be desired. Much of the food needs to be deconstructed and the dishes are over complicated and small portion sizes. If you're looking for excellent food with a much better atmosphere, go to Mallard's Cottage.
We went based on Raymond's reputation as ...
We went based on Raymond's reputation as one of the best in Canada. Because of our great expectations, we were a bit disappointed with the experience. The food was good (not extraordinary by any means) and the service was mixed (the sommelier - not the one mentioned on the web site - was particularly inept and kept banging the bottle against the glasses when pouring). Overall a good time, but not a great value when thinking of the 300$+ addition for two.
If I could live in Newfoundland again an ...
If I could live in Newfoundland again and had the budget for it, I'd eat here every week. The food is inspired. It was probably the best meal of my life. The service was outstanding from when I booked the reservation until dessert. Heavenly!
Outstanding as usual. Five course tastin ...
Outstanding as usual. Five course tasting menu was creative and surprising. They never cease to amaze with flavour combinations. Their use of local ingredients will delight even the most demanding foodie. It is a highlight of every trip to St. John's.
What a treat to dine at Raymonds! We lov ...
What a treat to dine at Raymonds! We loved the five-course tasting menu. Such delicate food, and such a range of tastes and textures. The sense of Newfoundland produce comes through loud and clear. We particularly loved the raw scallop dish which tasted of the bracing Atlantic.
The food was extremely well done. The se ...
The food was extremely well done. The service was very weak. The front of the house is just poorly organized. Given the price point, excellence in all domains should be the expectation. Thus, I can't recommend Raymond's sadly.
Pricey menu too limited
The decor and setting is beautiful and very formal. The restaurant commands a premium price but unfortunately the menu is not customer friendly. There are only fixed price menu options (3, 5 or 7 courses) - the 3 course offers customer choice selections but the 5 and 7 course meals are blind. We opted for the lesser priced (but still rich) and visible 3 course menu. The 3 main course options were not special and seemed extreme for such limited choices - pork, duck or cod ??? I was disappointed that I could not find a conventional and special meal choice - especially for such a premium price and high expectation build-up. I regret going there and would definitely recommend that anyone considering dining at Raymonds confirm the menu in advance.
We chose the tasting menu because the di ...
We chose the tasting menu because the dinner menu seemed limited and missing the Newfoundland-sourced items I had been expecting. A good decision as every course was an adventure in ingredients, preparation, and creativity. The food server was knowledgeable and interesting; the wine server was full of personality, information, and great matches. The extra gifts from the kitchen took the experience over the top. I had been looking forward to this evening for months and it more than lived up. Many thanks for kicking off a terrific two weeks in your beautiful province.
Amazing dining room and seasonal ingredients
Hard to beat a place like this when in St. John's, Newfoundland. Being honest, however, I am typically not a fan of white table cloth restaurants and prefer a more relaxed environment. Mainly, because often the price goes up to pay for the decor. And that's what happened here. The food was fresh and delicious, well prepared, but overpriced for what it was. The drinks list was great, but was a bit standard. I started with a fresh aglionetti, well made, but doused in standard sauce and covered in so much parmesan I could barely find the dish. The valpolicella win paring was on point. For the main dish, the cod was perfectly done and the accompanying fiddleheads ans mussles were perfect. A well-made fish dish, but not as mind blowing as the price has made me anticipate. I ended with a rhubard deconstructed pie which was fantastic, probably my favorite part of the meal (which is unusual for me to prefer the desert) and the Anchor Coffee at the end was fantastic as well. In the end, Raymond's is well worth the visit if you want to have a special evening overlooking the Harbour with some very delicious locally sourced plates. I would simply note that it is not the foodie hotspot I thought it would be, especially for the price.
Best Dinner Ever
We selected the 5 course and 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing.
Our server Adam was very attentive yet unobtrusive. The Sommelier was spot-on and wonderful as well. The ambiance was perfect - elegant yet relaxed. The chef was absolulely amazing - it truly was the best dinner we have ever had, and we enjoyed every minute of it.
A real gem in Newfoundland
There have been a lot of fabulous reviews of Raymonds. I was very happy to see that it lived up to the hype. We dined at Raymonds twice during a week in St John's. The first was the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. it was excellent. So good that we went back with friends and ate a la carte.
A beautiful room. A deep, and interesting wine list. Mostly local ingredients, well prepared with impeccable service.
Raymonds is not just a great Newfoundland restaurant. It would be a gem anywhere in the world
There were 4 of us and we decided to do the 7 course meal and 2 of us did the wine tasting with it . The food amazing ! And the dishes which it was served on we're beautiful. The wine pairing was awesome! All was incredible. But you can just go and have dinner without all those courses so don't let that scare you. Definitely going again when in St. John's again
Food: Hit & Miss. Certain items were ou ...
Food: Hit & Miss. Certain items were outstanding, while others almost tasteless. We felt that they were often trying to overcomplicate things unnecessarily.
Service: Old school fine dining. Things went perfectly and the server was lovely, but we felt like we were in 1985 at a food lecture. Some must appreciate this approach, but it created an arrogance that wasn't supported by the creativity, consistency, and quality of food that is required if one is going to preach.
The evening started off with a few misst ...
The evening started off with a few missteps in the service. We were greeted immediately and water was poured and then we waited and waited for our server to take our wine order. After a delay, we were told that they were out of our wine choice, but the sommelier would suggest a comparable wine. More waiting and waiting.... Eventually we received our choice, and it was very good.
The orders were taken, and more waiting.... It seemed that there was plenty of wait staff, but we definitely felt ignored. We received our appetizer- my husband had pasta with morels- delicious. I had one lonely scallop on a shell. Delicious but a small portion for the price I thought. Half way through, the waiter came by with a plate of three scallops, admitting that the had brought me the wrong starter (I think it was part of a tasting menu which we had not ordered.)
After that, things got back on track, and the brilliant food soon made us forget about the sloppy service. The halibut was the best fish I have ever had and was cooked perfectly. Delicious food, but the service needs some tweaking.
Great service, beautiful interior. We fe ...
Great service, beautiful interior. We felt special with out having to dress up in a suit and tie. Dinner was fantastic. I had the 7 course tasters menus and my wife had the 5 course with the wine. Great presentation for each plate and the wine selected for each serving was perfect. Finished off the night with Spanish Coffee and a shot of Patron.
Hope to be back
Amazing Local Fare
Not really much to say here except the food is absolutely to die for. Jeremy Charles uses local and foraged ingredients to make familiar sounding treats into fine dining. The braised rabbit pasta, and blueberry oat desert are prime examples of this. It is an expensive place, but not so much so that you should avoid it. You can easily spend just as much or close to at a lesser chain place if you are having wine and cocktails, but the experience and food is so much better. Great for special occasions.
Fantastic as usual
As usual Raymonds was superb from beginning to end. We had a table with a fantastic view of the Narrows. We started with the Charcuterie which has many interesting meats, it was great for two and was an interesting exploration of tastes and textures. The main course fish was very enjoyable and the portion size was generous but not too big. We had desert which was ideally just something sweet at the end of the meal. The tables are widely spaced and so you can talk without being overheard.
Look forward to the next visit. Highly recommend it.
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