The Rooftop Restaurant -The Royal Shakespeare Company
Special DayWe took a couple (long standing friends) to the Sunday lunch as a treat and to celebrate their Ruby Wedding - it was ideal for the occasion, ambience, service, food was excellant and they said that it would be a day to remember. We then went with them on the "Back of Theatre" tour which nicely rounded off the day.19/05/2013 00:00:00Black Luce's Birthday LunchHad Sunday lunch at The Rooftop Restaurant. Pleasant enough meal and plenty of it. Sadly, the carrots were far too overdone and mushy. Not what I would expect at the RST. Hoping for better next time, in the not-too-distant future, although we live over 150 miles away...19/05/2013 00:00:00Pre Theatre LunchExcellent pre show lunch, very good in all aspects18/05/2013 00:00:00Room with a ViewFour of us chose this restaurant because we were going to a 1pm performance at the theatre and it serves main meals from 11:30. We were shown to a window table with an excellent view, although not all tables have quite such a good view. One couple was held up in traffic so we didn't order until about 11:55. Nonetheless our 2 course meal from the fixed price menu was completed in time for the performance without rushing. Staff were helpful and service quick. The food was good although portions seemed to me small (side orders are available of course), but I don't have enough dining experience to make valid comparisons with similar types of restaurants.18/05/2013 00:00:00Wonderful timeThe food and service were fantastic, could not have been better treated.18/05/2013 00:00:00Pre-Theatre meal - Titus AndronicusI have never tried this restaurant other than pre-theatre. The service is efficient and courteous and the food is of good quality - tasty and well presented and also good value for money.18/05/2013 00:00:00As We Liked ItBeing seated at the narrowest tip of the curving room felt slightly isolating at first, but the view was wonderful. Another time I'd appreciate being in the body of the room around other diners.
The menu was captivating on several levels; food came swiftly. A heel of beef turned out to be a formed pot of delicious shredded beef; corn-fed chicken might well have been fed on precisely that, but it made no difference and was merely a menu-writer's affectation. It was excellent. So too were the 'rooftop' chunky chips. Puddings were outstandingly good. A banoffee pudding filled with surprising varieties of sweetnesses. Service was attentive and very friendly. We shall come again, I hope with friends, and will look forward to it.17/05/2013 00:00:00Pre-theatre diningThis was our first experience of the Rooftop Restaurant. The restaurant was very busy when we arrived, so we were glad we had booked a table. The service was geared up to make sure we would get to our theatre seat in good time. The greeting was friendly and we were shown to our table promptly. The service was excellent, there was a reasonable selection of food which was generally of good quality and the wine by the glass was reasonably priced and suited our palates. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. We would recommend the restaurant even if you weren't attending the theatre.17/05/2013 00:00:00Pre Theatre lunchI was concerned that we would have insufficient time for lunch before the performance at 1.00pm. I needn't have worried. The system works well, and we were assured that we could eat two courses in good time. My elderly mother was in our party- no problem with access and we were all delighted with the view, ambience and menu choices. She was delighted with the risotto, All choices were beautifully presented and cooked. The staff were friendly, cheerful and helpful. We enjoyed a reasonably priced wine and even had time for dessert. Top marks all round! Will definitely return.11/05/2013 00:00:00WonderfulWe had a pre-theatre dinner, which was very enjoyable. My gluten free was accommodated brilliantly. A very tasty dinner in a wonderful surrounding with very helpful and cheery staff.10/05/2013 00:00:00food was delish - will befood was delish - will be back for more. Particularly enjoyed the lamb dish, I have never had such succulent lamb.10/05/2013 00:00:00The expereince of eating atThe expereince of eating at the roof top resturant was the icing on the cake our evening out at the theatre. It was so convient and easy to be on site. We arrived early and settled into being spolit. The service was attentive. The food delicious. The swans and reflected evening sun on the river added to our pleasure. As you like it - we did!10/05/2013 00:00:00Highly Commended for the food.+++ Great food, efficient service, delicious wine.
- - - Unfriendly greeters!09/05/2013 00:00:00Rooftop Restaurant Pre-theaterOne word - Excellent. We have used the restaurant a few times now and on all occasions the service has been to an impeccable standard. The people who work there set a benchmark for service [we dine out a lot]. Meals are first class, served quickly and you are guaranteed to be in your seat by curtain rise. A touch pricey but hey, if you want the best and the convenience, there's a slight premium to pay.
Couldn't be better.09/05/2013 00:00:00Pre theatre mealGood value and very tasty food with friendly service. Excellent for a pre theatre meal.07/05/2013 00:00:00Great MealWe ate here before seeing As You Like It. The service and food were very good, and we felt well taken care of. We particularly recommend the cocktails, and the chunky chips were sublime.07/05/2013 00:00:00I'm in heavenNo Cole Porter music in fact a meal before a rather long but excellent As you like it. Lovely food, staff and atmosphere, would go again certainly, duck salad and lamb main great.06/05/2013 00:00:00Food to die forHaving used TopTable reviews to base my choice on I am glad to say we were not disappointed. This restaurant emailed in advance as to any theatre booking to ensure timing was not an issue, which took away one worry. We were seated along the window overlooking the river and park such a great view, the staff were all excellent and very knowledgeable on choices. There was a good variety for each course and all sound mouthwatering. The presentation was superb and the tastes even better. I would highly recommend the Rhubarb set cream and rascal biscuit dessert, very indulgent, but so satisfying! Service was prompt, but not rushed, to enable us to get downstairs for our show, will not hesitate to return and try some more!04/05/2013 00:00:00Pre theatreReasonable choice on the pre theatre menu for speedy and helpful service, which it was. Wines by the glass good. Food well presented and tasty with decent portions. I particularly liked the carrot mousse with my lamb, enlivened with orange zest. Great view if you bag a window table.03/05/2013 00:00:00Ideal venue for pre-theatreIdeal venue for pre-theatre meal, particularly for window tables with a view. Relaxed atmosphere, quality service, food very good - we liked the lamb - although wines a bit on expensive side.03/05/2013 00:00:00Birthday night out!A beautiful spring evening was the perfect setting to enjoy this open and airy restaurant. The staff were incredibly friendly and unobtrusive - not pushy. The meal was leisurely, prior to attending the theatre. Food was exceptional - I had the lamb which was melt in the mouth and my wife had the speciality cheese salad - delicious. I also had a cocktail - wow! All in all, an experience to remember!02/05/2013 00:00:00Sunshine over Stratford!Great value pre-theatre meal, as ever, especially with 10% discount for RSC members. Yes, there are plenty of eating options in Stratford, and some places will do a set menu cheaper than the Rooftop, but only here do you get the combination of the views, the atmosphere, a regularly-changing menu and genuinely good food.01/05/2013 00:00:00BirthdayA wonderful evening of a pre-theatre supper for a birthday celebration before a performance of As You Like It...and we DID like it very much ! Excellent food and wine-a wonderful setting with views over the town and river ---and top class waiting staff....all in all a very good experience for our first trip to the RSC01/05/2013 00:00:00Delicious pre-theatre mealThe two- or three- course fixed price menu is good value, contains a good range and is ideal for pre-theatre. The third floor setting offers lovely views. The staff take the trouble to recognise special occasions for their guests, which made our visit here that much more memorable.01/05/2013 00:00:00Very pleasant pre theatreVery pleasant pre theatre dining, the staff check which production you are going to see to time your meal accordingly so no stress about missing the start.30/04/2013 00:00:00As You Like ItWe booked in for a meal before a performance of As You Like It.
The meal was served promptly and was delicious with friendly helpful staff giving us plenty of time before going into the theatre.
Just as we like it!29/04/2013 00:00:00pre theatre diningGreat for pre theatre dining, great food , lovely views . Being able to finish wine or have desert in the interval.29/04/2013 00:00:00The Best in Stratford Upon AvonGreat restaurant , I will return on a weekly basis27/04/2013 00:00:00Well done again!We found the staff extremely pleasant and helpful and had a very enjoyable meal. We had plenty of time to get our seats before the performance and returned in the interval to finish our bottle of wine.27/04/2013 00:00:00Brevity.Meal-superb. Service-outstanding. Would we revisit-without a doubt.25/04/2013 00:00:00Could not have been betterSpeedy and courteous service, very tasty and well prepared food, a great view and we were in good time for the theatre. Could not have been better!23/04/2013 00:00:00RSC restaurant Stratford upon AvonWe had a lovely meal for four in the evening after the theatre rush. The styling of this restaurant is beautiful and it makes for a real special occasion feel. The set menu is very varied and offers great value for money (£22 for 3 courses). The wine is quite expensive though. If you are coming to the theatre, you'd be mad to miss out on this. It's nothing like it's grim predecessor.20/04/2013 00:00:00Pre theatre dinnerWe arrived 10 minutes early but we seated immediately, the waitress was courteous and effiecient, orders were taken promptly and service was quick, the food was well presented and of good quality, the restaurant is obvoiusly well organised to ensure diners are served without being rushed to meet the deadlines of the theatre start times.
In sumary good food at competetive price20/04/2013 00:00:00Absolutely gorgeousMy husband and I went for dinner before attending the Theatre. We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather that day, so the views outside overlooking the River Avon were amazing.
We chose 2 courses for £17.50. The food was presently beautifully and was tasted lovely also.
Would definitely recommend for ambience, views, setting and value!!20/04/2013 00:00:00AS YOU LIKE ITExcellent set menu choices, superbly cooked and presented. Service was also excellent, nothing too much trouble. Had a fantastic view over the river and if you advise the restaurant in advance they ensure your table is booked and your meal in served in good time for your show. Excellent value for money.19/04/2013 00:00:00Excellent pre theatre mealThe pre theatre menu is very good value, simple dishes but well prepared from good quality ingredients. The fish, so easily overcooked, was exactly right. The service was friendly and efficient and the staff took the trouble to ensure that the optional service charge (which we were happy to pay) was genuinely optional.18/04/2013 00:00:00Pre-Empress dinnerFirst time at the Rooftop - we were very happy with the quality of each dish, and would thoroughly recommend the restaurant.15/04/2013 00:00:00RSC THEATE AND DINNER AT STRATFORDEnglish Heritage offer for tickets to see `The Empress` with 3 course meal included proved to be very wothwhile.Dinner before the play in the rooftop restaurant was very enjoyable with excellent servise,good food and wine in a quiet setting with wonderful views of Stratford and the Avon.15/04/2013 00:00:00First visit to the RSC sinceFirst visit to the RSC since the refurbishment and very sorry we left it so long. The dining experience was commendable, great service and food, looking forward to our next visit. Thank you and see you again soon.13/04/2013 00:00:00Attentive,prompt and speedy serviceLovely 3 course meal off set menu, complimentary water and efficient service. We used the restaurant pre theatre and did not feel rushed. We had 1 hour from sitting down to curtain up and the prompt service gave us plenty of time. Food was well presented and tasty. The staff were courteous and aware of time restraints. We will return.12/04/2013 00:00:00Pre-theatre eatingLovely modern venue, with the 'theatre- wall' lending its own special relaxed ambiance. The dining areas give you the feeling of personal space integrity, and the staff were lovely. They really DO make sure you get to your show performance on time. As a Coeliac (Gluten-free diet) diner, I can thoroughly recommend it, and we loved the complimentary water in the cork-bottles. My smoked fish-cake starter was lovely but would have maybe benefited from a dribbling of balsamic or something. No comments to make about the other courses however: it was all well-presented & delicious!12/04/2013 00:00:00Atmospheric surroundings withAtmospheric surroundings with exceptonal food and service. Great value for money. Made my trip to Stratford very special. Would thoroughly recommend11/04/2013 00:00:00First tripThe pre performance meal really enhanced our first visit to the theatre and made it special, The service was very professional and friendly. Fantastic venue. We are both vegetarian and thus while we enjoyed the risotto option it would be good to have more vegetarian choice, risotto seems to be the easy option when providing for vegetarians.11/04/2013 00:00:00Birthday treatI had booked this as a treat for my husband's birthday. It was lovely, prompt service, excellent food and service. Bar & restaurant staff courteous and quick to put us at our ease. Only when they served the wine on tasting did I mention it was his birthday, however the11/04/2013 00:00:00A Special Meal in a Unique PlaceWe ate in the restaurant as part of an English Heritage deal. We had phoned ahead to confirm the existence of vegetarian food. The food was unusual, tasty, bordering on the minimalist (my rice dish) but overall tasty and interesting. I should say that there might have been rather a lot of salt on the chipped potatoes! Afte rall, there was salt on the table. The table we had (number one) could not have been better placed. We enjoyed the meal. The people serving were cheerful, quick and attentive. Even when we fussed over a draught coming from an open window, this was dealt with quickly.11/04/2013 00:00:00top eveniingA wonderful pre-theatre dinner - great, friendly service, delicious food, excellent wine by the glass - all calmly yet promptly served pre Hamlet. Great views from a lovely space. Thank you.06/04/2013 00:00:00Wonderful viewLovely meal in a wonderful setting with views of the river and surrounded by theatrical history. Would definitely recommend for pre theatre dinner.06/04/2013 00:00:00To dine or not to dine...Excellent service mindful of fact that needed to be in seats for 1pm matinee, but were able to enjoy 3 courses instead of just 2 which had been advised was all that was time for when booked. Pre-show fixed price menu offered something for everyone from light but delicious lunch (not wishing to nod off during show) to plenty of carbs for guest who was loading prior to endurance event next day. Pleasant ambience with sunny views out over river. Not sure what effect view would have at night as quite rural ie unlit. Would certainly use again. Probably could eat more cheaply elsewhere nearby as spoilt for choice in town.06/04/2013 00:00:00Excellent food - excellentExcellent food - excellent quality
Service was professional but not all that friendly.
Asked for a glass of prosecco but was refused, although it was on the cocktail list as a Bellini.
Thought this was very inflexible but maybe the cocktail was already mixed?
Was charged originally for four people although there were only three of us.
Didn't particularly agree with the optional tip being included in the bill. This should be offered by the customers
on an individual basis.
| would have left a tip anyway but do not feel the need for it to be included in the bill.
Saying all that I would definitely go to this restaurant again and would recommend as the food and the ambience were superb.06/04/2013 00:00:00what a lovely eveningonce again our visit to the theatre was enhanced by a pre-performance meal shared with friends. Excellent value with a relaxed and yet high quality ambience.06/04/2013 00:00:00