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
897 reviews since 25 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.8
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (757)special occasions (272)fit for foodies (223)good vegetarian options (133)afternoon tea (116)romance (112)disabled access (99)outstanding value (97)sunday lunch (87)outdoor eating (69)business meals (68)brunch (54)group bookings (46)child friendly (43)Show More
  • Celebratory Dinner
    Primedining
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    It was our 5th Wedding Anniversary, and I wanted somewhere different to celebrate that we hadn't tried before. The reception, and service we received were perfect we were not rushed and our wishes were granted as requested. The menu was extensive offering several choices of each course plus side dishes, we chose 2 and 3 courses between us each course was served quickly and we wee given plenty of time to eat comfortably. The staff were very attentive, and helpful, taking photo's for us between courses. I would certainly return again and recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Great value
    Theatrediner
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    The food was very good, served by delightful staff in one of the loveliest settings in England. Extremely good all round experience.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • fit for a king
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    A pre-theatre booking with the promise that we would be in our seats in The Swan well before curtain up. We were and without any rush or fuss. Overall, a great experience for a special occasion. Bravo "Rooftop". Bravo RSC. We fully intend to visit again and again.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Great location & Food
    Kimmi
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We arrived a little early for our table and were a little worried about how quiet it seemed. So we enjoyed a very nice cocktail from the bar, sat outside and took in the great views and lovely weather. We then realised the reason for the quietness was a change in service from pre theatre to evening diners. We were sat in our own lilttle secluded corner overlooking the river which was beautiful. Food and wine was excellent. There are only 2 negatives that i can draw from our experience, the first being that the lighting was motion sensored.... so the lights behind us kept flicking on and off. (bright to pitch black) and the second that time between courses was a little quick. Other than that great value for the quality. Thorouhly brilliant.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Too few servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    The food and atmosphere at the Rooftop were both very good. The service was mostly acceptable - while the attitude and intent of servers was clearly very good, they were simply stretched too thin. My primary server was taking care of so many tables in addition to mine that she was nearly running from table to table. The other servers looked harried.
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  • Wonderful food, excellent service
    allyluvs2go2ashow
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Would recommend the rooftop restaurant at the RSC before seeing a show. The service was excellent they were very attentive ensuring the meal was prepared in a timely fashion without seeming rushed. The food was really delicious and there was an excellent choice which suited all of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • keep it simpler
    Timon
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Some attempts to use more unusual ingredients and flavour combinations did not always work that well though others worked well. It would probably pay you to stick to basics for at least a few menu items and be more imaginative with the rest.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect before the theatre
    Chas
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Good choice of food and good quality - we particularly liked the locally smoked salmon.. Good choice of wines by the glass - as well by the bottle. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Excellent views over Stratford. Recommended.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Excellent service and super food
    Querkafleag
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    From the moment we arrived until we left the staff were very attentive and made us feel special. The food was delicious and very well presented. We liked it so much that we booked a birthday lunch for 9 for November!
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late wine
    Teacup
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Food arrived promptly, but we had to remind the waiting staff about our drinks, our bottle of wine finally arrived after finishing our starters and after the main meal arrived. Would of been nice to have a glass of wine with our starters. Food excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely!
    SimonJ
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    A lovely relaxed meal between two theatre shows at the RSC. Staff friendly and efficient and the food very good indeed. It also wasn't as pricey as we'd expected. Oh and lovely cocktails too!
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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  • DerekJ
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We had a memorable evening at the Roof Top Restaurant.... everything was excellent and it was a perfect place for our 21st wedding anniversary meal.... we also enjoyed Henry IV Pt 1 the following night....
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful evening meal
    celebration
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wonderful setting, very pleasant staff, excellent steak meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pre-show dining venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Nicely situated restaurant overlooking the River Avon and the RSC theatre environs. We enjoyed a relaxing pre-show dinner with good quality food at a reasonable price. The menu was varied and offered a particularly good range of choices. We would definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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  • Great Lamb
    RCP1
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The ambiance was okay, even though we were not able to dine al fresco. The staff was very pleasant, if not the most available. The menu is limited, but I had the best lamb I have ever tasted, and I live in a part of the world where lamb is quite commonly eaten. In our case, we were eating post-performance, and it was a good way to do it. This is a very nice way to do dinner-theater.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, disabled access, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Excellent pre-theatre meal &service
    ThreeMerryWives
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Lovely restaurant, food delicious, service pleasantly efficient. If you've had less than this please give another chance as we did. Staffing problems, reflected in some previous poor reviews, seem to have been totally resolved. We have already booked again. Eating here pre-theatre makes for a delightful relaxing experience.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review children policy for dinner
    silver1
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The food and service was excellent for dinner and better than expected. The only criticism is that there should be no very young children in the evening and the guy next to us was wearing shorts
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, disabled access, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • convenient for RSC
    Sundaylunchers
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Tasty meal in a great setting. Remember to book early to get a table with a view.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AndyPandy
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    A lovely setting, the perfect mix of culture and food. The food was very good, nice staff and a special place. Try. And go when they are not too busy as our main course took 45 minutes to arrive.
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    special occasions
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  • Rooftop
    tonyVIP
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Very good and geared up for the theatre! Great service, food is very good blue and very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jus perfect
    oldmary
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    I chose the restaurant as it was convenient before a play; I was surprised by the quality of the food and the overall efficiency. I would have a meal there any time
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    pre/post theatre
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  • great place for a relaxed dinner
    Tolly
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Having attended a matinee performance at the theatre , it was a pleasure to come back in the evening and have a relaxed meal with friends after the evening performance had started. The tables used were those overlooking the river as a less busy time than pre-performance , the waiters were helpful and friendly and the food very enjoyable. As a wheelchair user , it was easy access and no issues with space, so would be very happy to return in the future.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, disabled access, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    A most enjoyable pre theatre dinner which added to my overall pleasure in visiting Stratford.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service
    Rod288
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    My over-riding memory of my visit to The Rooftop Restaurant was the professionism of the waiting staff. My wife and I were served by three or four young people at different times and each one was excellent: friendly, without being 'over the top'; knowledgeable; and just generally very good at their jobs. Also nice to have a vegetarian option that doesn't involve cheese!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Good food, poor service
    Matt
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Food generally good; pork belly fat not crackled. Service was woeful; pace moved between fast-food like to non-existent - I watched my drink sit on the bar for 10 minutes before collecting myself!
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, view & servers, slow
    FRgourmet
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Excellent food, wonderful view from a window table, However we had booked for 17h30 to be able to appreciate our meal and make curtain time at the theatre at 19h15. Unfortunately, we were still waiting for our main dish beyond 18h30. We were told it was a problem in the kitchen, but I'm sure we had simply been forgotten. This is too bad as we truly enjoyed sitting up high, looking down on the park and rooftops below, and the duck paté was extraordinary. Unfortunately, I had to gobble down the main dish, and therefore cannot say much for it and there was no time for desert.
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  • An evening treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    A splendid view, fine food, friendly service, all in time for the evening theatre performance.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • H.W.H. (N. Wales)
    Falstafflookalike
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Good food. Attentive and very helpful service. And the Bard to follow. What more to look forward to, next time?
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, disabled access, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-theatre lunch and dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    "Very civilised!" was our mutual feeling over our pre-lunch glasses of chilled white wine at our window table (and many thanks for the latter, with its wonderful view of the river, the swans and the bridges). The food was excellent, and we especially recommend the sea-bass and the liver - both amongst the best we have ever had. The strawberry Eton mess was beautifully light and refreshing. The restaurant is light and airy, and the staff welcoming, friendly and attentive We greatly look forward to another pre-play visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my experience
    ChefdeCritic
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    I was rather impressed with the food but unfortunatly i ordered a fillet steak and it came out rare when i asked for medium rare. I did ask a waitress and they did take it back which i was pleasent about and they brought a new one out to me. Overall i would reccomend the restaurant to my friends.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect setting for early supper
    Tiger
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We had an early supper after watching the matinee "Two Gentlemen of Verona" . Very good food and wine in a wonderful setting overlooking the river. This gave us the perfect setting to discuss the merits of the play with our friends.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    Delicious
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We very much enjoyed our visit to The Rooftop Restaurant and our table near to the window was a lovely surprise. The food was well presented, with one exception (see private note below) and the service was outstanding.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, tight timing at lunch
    Willfan
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    The food, ambiance, view and theatre occasion all make this a great restaurant but despite excellent waiting staff the food takes too long to arrive for a comfortable pre-performance meal. Perhaps the food could be less ambitious giving patrons time to digest and enjoy the menu more. All praise to the waiting people - friendly, helpful and totally rushed off their feet to do justice to the lunch/dinner. Best eat there as an occasion on its own, not as a prelude to Shakespeare.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Good food but terrible service
    Timbo
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Having booked to see a matinee performance in the theatre at 1:15pm, we booked the restaurant for lunch beforehand. We booked at 11:30am to have as much time as possible before the performance. We made the staff aware when booking that we were attending the matinee that day, mentioned it when being seated and had our tickets and program on the table throughout the meal. It took an hour from being seated to getting our main courses. After finishing, we sat for 20 minutes before anyone cleared our plates, at which point it was too late to have dessert or coffee, so we asked for the bill. Eventually it came but nobody came to take payment and we had to go to the desk to pay. The food, when it came, was very good but poor service ruined it.
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  • Excellent
    PauliBrew
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Booked for our pre-show Wedding Anniversary meal and we were not disappointed. A lovely river view table, friendly and helpful staff, excellent food and even an "interval" pudding - Eton Mess with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate around the side of the plate! All in all, a lovely evening.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theatre dining
    MartinGlos
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    For some reason we had never previously considered eating in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre restaurant before a performance. Bad mistake, we hace learned. The food was great, the facilities good, but the service was absolutely terrific - we really enjoyed the meal and we did not have to go far to our seats. The only danger was the possibility of falling asleep during the performance - but the company made sure that it was no real danger. A perfect evening, and one of the best days out we've had for a long time
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  • pre and post theatre
    magister
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Pre Theatre our food was not hot, and went cold quickly because of cold plates/presumably to speed things up?! This was not the case the previous evening at 7.30 when our total experience was much better.As we had booked for 5.30 pre theatre there was really no shortage of time. We felt it necessary to request side vegetables since we were only having 2 courses and the portions were quite small. Cold chicken is still edible but not cold cod.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theatre restaurant fits the bill
    grannyvette
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Our pre-theatre dinner was, as usual, delicious and served in exemplary timely fashion by smiling, helpful staff. The view over the river and beautiful Warwickshire countryside always adds value to the occasion.
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  • Food with a view
    Arlequino
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Lunch at the RSC Restaurant...what a lovely view! And the food was really great. A lovely soup, followed by a delicious little schnitzel of chicken for me, and superb Cornish mackerel, followed by tender calves' liver for the other one. Then steamed sponge pudding for one, and a delightful Eton mess for the other. Service was efficient and unobtrusive, and the whole experience excellent. Cannot wait to go again!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    The service was excellent and the ambiance The food did not live up to this. One veggie disappointed that alternatives both potato based and too heavy for summer eating. Not enough accompanying vegetables or salad and those otherwise extra. Tiny portion of ice-cream. Wouldn't recommend other than for a coffee to enjoy the surroundings. Could do better.
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