The Rooftop Restaurant -The Royal Shakespeare Company
The Rooftop Restaurant -The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Address:
    The Rooftop Restaurant, Waterside
    Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB
    Neighbourhood:
    Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Cuisine:
    British
    Price: £25 and under

The Rooftop Restaurant -The Royal Shakespeare Company

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rsc.org.uk/eat
  • Phone: 01789403449
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30AM - 4:30PM

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30PM - 9:30PM.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, British
  • Executive Chef: Nick Funnell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The town of Stratford Upon Avon is serviced by local rail links from London, Birmingham and further afield, while numerous bus services are available for local visitors. Taxis are also readily available.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Bridge Foot Public Car Park is situated a short walk from the restaurant, and there is metre parking along Waterside and many of the adjoining roads. Parking can be a problem at peak times, so please allow plenty of time to find a space before joining us.
A word from The Rooftop Restaurant -The Royal Shakespeare Company
Enjoy the very best of British food in relaxed, contemporary and stylish surroundings with stunning panoramic views from the third floor of the Royal Shakespeare Company's theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. Our informal yet striking dining room is unlike any other in the Midlands, with a terrace looking out onto the River Avon and surrounding countryside – the perfect spot for summer eating and drinking al fresco. To complement the views, a simply prepared and beautifully cooked menu sits comfortably alongside a wine list packed with the best the Old and New World have to offer. You don't need to see a show to eat at the Rooftop Restaurant, just an appetite.
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The Rooftop Restaurant -The Royal Shakespeare Company reviews from OpenTable diners
870 reviews since 30 October 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.8
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (739)special occasions (264)fit for foodies (204)good vegetarian options (119)afternoon tea (109)romance (108)outstanding value (98)disabled access (94)sunday lunch (83)outdoor eating (65)business meals (59)brunch (52)group bookings (43)child friendly (40)Show More
  • Pre play meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    Ideal for stress free pre theatre meal.prompt service with satisfactory food.Bit of a stark ambience
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Rooftop Restaurant
    annonymous
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Went there for an post theatre dinner. Lovely staff, delicious food, great value and fantastic views. I would definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Not just for the theatre!
    annieg
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Good food, good service, good venue and good value! Excellent if visiting the theatre and well worth considering even if not.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • Lovely pre-theatre restaurant
    DININGOUT
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Relaxed atmosphere with pleasant staff and lovely food from some local suppliers and also a great wine choice. Will be back.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Excellent service, very well presented food and good value foe money. Very helpful staff and a very enjoyable way of eating before the theatre.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    We had lunch there befor a play and loved the fast and attentive service and the choices in the menue even for those of us with food incompatabilities - well thought out, well cooked and served in a most effective and friendly way: we will be back...
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Crumbs on table and chairs were off-putting. Have been 3 times before . Thought standards had dropped this time.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • Excellent but for one thing
    ManueldeNavarre
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    The food quality was excellent, presentation too was super and service was friendly even though it was an exceptionally busy pre theatre period. My only criticism - the portions were rather too small.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical experience
    Ianmac
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    We went for a meal before the performance, and to celebrate my wife's birthday with some friends. The staff were professional, charming and attentive. They made the evening special.The food was well cooked and presented, and arrived in very good time (allow 2 hours to eat). I ordered the sea bass, which came with a very well made aioli. All our friends said the desserts were out of this world. For me, the cheese selection was good. There is an excellent wine list, with a good selection of wines by glass. The Sancerre was really exceptional - and living in France I drink a lot of Sancerre. Overall, the bill for five people dining, with two bottles of good wine, two courses and coffee was £202, which I consider a bargain by British standards.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little to recommend it
    TheExplorer
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Other than its view across Stratford there is little to recommend the rooftop as a restaurant. The menu promised something that was just not delivered, without exception the food was bland and in one case strange (diced carrot in a Ham Hock Terrine - a cheap filler perhaps!?). The service was ok, although you know it's not genuine when you are asked if your starters are ok before you've even picked up your cutlery. In my opinion this restaurant takes it's (literally) captive audience for granted and does not feel it has to make an effort with the food to draw custom - We wont be going back.
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  • Excellent
    direstraits291
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    I love this restaurant, fantastic food, excellent service and good value
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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  • Amazing
    SiDyer
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    well I must say the food was amazing, the staff were friendly polite and made my partner and I night magical, I planned and did propose to my girlfriend! I was in contact through e-mail with Laura the hostess manager to arrange for champagne after I had asked the question and went the extra mile to even take pictures.... The food was outstanding for the price will definitely be going back and recommend it to everyone even if the are not seeing a short!
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slick as always!
    Mum2Run
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Always great for pre-theatre, service excellent and food was interesting, not to mention great value
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great Food and great service
    SusanneH
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Visited for a pre-theatre lunch; very interesting selection of items of dishes (hard to choose). Local and seasonal produce. food very tasty and swift and pleaant service so we had plenty of time for lunch and getting to our seats. Thorougly recommended.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    A good meal and an enjoyable experience. Very attentive service, no rush to get to the performancne.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I thought the restaurant was well laid out. The service was top notch. Greeted with a smile as soon as we walk in and taken to our seats. Food was exceptional. And extremely good value for the price. I will definitely be eating here again.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine2together
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Discreet, efficient and friendly service from all staff. Wide range of options and special requests to take into account health needs not viewed as a problem at all. Food beautifully presented and flavours subtly matched and complimented one another. Food very fresh and the food itself allowed to shine. Portion sizes generous and fit for real people. As a vegetarian I had pretty much given up trying to eat out in England, my experience at the Rooftop Restaurant has very much restored my faith and I have already recommended to others.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Superb food
    Minibreaker
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    Went for a pre-theatre supper and found the restaurant very good value, with efficient service and a good choice of wines and drinks. The food was outstanding, with generous portions and beautifully presented. The starters were especially impressive. Exceeded our expectations and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it or to go again. The views would have been impressive, but it was very wet and overcast! Still, it WAS a very nice setting. Only minor gripe would be that we were seated and given menus but our server then left the table before asking if we would like an aperitif, which we did - we didn't want to be drinking that drink with the meal. We did subsequently order one, but it's nice to have that while you peruse the menu.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent food with an amazing view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Excellent food, really great staff and amazing location. The design of the restaurant means that whether you want a quiet romantic diner or a fun group booking the place can accommodate. My wife and I enjoyed one of the best evenings out for years. The food was excellent and the staff very helpful and knowledgeable not only about the food and wine but about future menu changes, events and other facilities in the theatre. Will definitely return and can safely say that this is my new favourite restaurant. Next time will probably go to the theatre as well.
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great theatre; great restaurant
    43inthedusk
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    From the first efficient greeting to the payment of the bill, our experience couldn't be faulted. The serving staff were keen and enthusiastic, the food good in presentation and content, and the wine, though not cheap, wasn't overpriced. All four of us enjoyed ourselves and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday treat
    thongordamien
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I was having a birthday treat, having two plays in one day with dinner in between and the experience did not disappoint. The service was as good as ever, friendly attentive staff always adds to an occasion. We did not feel rushed despite the business of the restaurant and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Our pre-theatre dinner
    Jenny
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We booked, allowing plenty of time before the play started. The restaurant was very busy with others also dining to a deadline. We had just a few minutes spare to find our seats. But the staff are very aware of this deadline and coped admirably with this pressure without looking frazzled. The service, as always, was first class. Another memorable meal in a fantastic setting. Looking forward to our next trip. This mini-break in Stratford was to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Excellent value
    Jamie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The service was quietly attentive and efficient and only topped by the excellent standard of the food.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, disabled access, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Pre-theatre Dinner, 6/10/ 2014
    Picky
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Booking arrangements very efficient, with email reminder 24 hours beforehand. Staff attentive and making sure that meal is served in good time before theatre performance., with a need to rush. The ambience was very pleasing, and the view delightfu. The quality of food, in my opinion, slightly disappointing; eg, My Parma Ham & Pear Salad - ham a little dry, and pear not really quite ripe enough. Main course - Lamb dish - a little lacking in excitement, but tender and very well presented. The Calves Liver was delicious. Desserts were excellent. Would certainly return here as the whole experience was most relaxing.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Our daughters 21st Birthday Lunch
    leedog78
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    All of the staff were friendly and made us feel very welcome. Service was excellent and a great view over the River. Extra effort was made as we had booked stating it was a celebration lunch for our daughters 21st birthday. Our meals were all beautifully presented and delicious. We will certainly return and recommend the Rooftop to our friends. Many thanks
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    special occasions
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  • Excellent food and ambience
    Lizzyd
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Food and service was excellent and in lovely surroundings. Was especially pleased to be able to get fresh mint tea.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Superb Service, totally unexpected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    A totally unexpected experience that was booked as we were going to the evening RST performance. The service was possible the best I have had closely followed by the food and ambience
    Special Features:
    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    LSJ1
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Everything was exceptional, from the atmosphere to the service, to the cocktails to the food. The price for 2 or 3 courses was very reasonable, lower than I would expect for the quality. Sparkling water is included, which is a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in a good place
    eater
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Super place brilliant views excellent food, attentive staff what more could be wanted?
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • A pre-theatre treat
    Annierose
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Delicious food with plenty of choice, and excellent service. The portons aren't huge (and I do feel that at this price there shouldn't be any need to have to order side dishes) but this is a good thing because it means you have room for all three courses. Service is impeccable, presentation and flavours superb and it is a lovely place for a pre-theatre treat. My only complaint is the 10% service charge which is sneakily added to the bill. NO! DON'T DO THIS!
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • As you Like It
    theatreaddict
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    You don't have to be a theatre goer to enjoy excellent food & exemplary service at the RSC's rooftop restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon. The dinner menu includes 3 courses for less than £25 with free bread & free still or sparkling water. They also have a good wine list with some excellent wines sold by the glass. Last night I enjoyed a tasty salad of parma ham with peaches, buffalo mozzarella, rocket & honey with home made bread, followed by beautifully pink melt in the mouth calves liver with celeriac puree, confit carrots & onion jus, with a side of lovely al dente, sugar snap peas, spring greens & broccoli. I had just enough room left for a wicked tiramisu to round off my meal. It won't be long before I'll be making a return visit.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Birthday dinner/theatre experience
    JRmanxwool
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    This was a birthday gift for our parents, their comments were: 'Our meal was great last night and we had seat by the window overlooking the Avon. The waiter whispered happy birthday when we sat down and my dessert plate had it written on in chocolate too. The production was great with a large cast- it was a truly memorable evening.'
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative and varied menu
    katpat23
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a lovely Saturday lunchtime meal before a matinee. He was able to order a 2-course meal, while I nibbled on his and chose a wonderful cheese board. We were shown to a table that overlooked the river and distant fields, and started off with complimentary bottle of sparkling water. The staff was very attentive and friendly, though I wish they had asked us if we had an RSC membership so we remembered to get our 10% discount!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EddieB
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    We love this restaurant. It completes a theatre visit for us. Good, always spoilt for choice, good service by delightful staff and a wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • A Truly Wonderful Experience
    Cornwall16
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    It was a perfect start to the evening at the theatre. From entering the restaurant the atmosphere was vibrant and welcoming. Although the service was slightly slow (which made us aware of being late for the start of the performance) it was made up by the absolutely delicious food and wine. The staff were excellent friendly and professional. Would most certainly recommend this dining experience but would book a table allowing good time before the performance to fully appreciate the evening.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Portions were small and service either too fast or too slow.
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  • Golden Wedding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    We arranged for a small group to have lunch on our 50th and was most impressed. Everyone enjoyed the occasion. It was particularly nice that the restarant was open all day which meant that tere was no pressure to leave.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eat3meals
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    First class, cannot be bettered. Food, service, surroundings and ambience of the highest standard.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Theatre
    BillH
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    They are clearly very well managed to deal with the particular requirement of a good meal served quickly.
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    disabled access, pre/post theatre
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  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    We had a lovely relaxed meal in pleasing surroundings. Staff were attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.