Raymonds Restaurant

95 Water Street, 579-5800


The birth of local rock and roll

Two of the most popular bands to appear in the early 1960s seem to have appeared simultaneously on opposite coasts of the island: The Ravens on the east, in St. John’s, and The Ducats on the west, in Port-Aux-Basques… What was happening to make this happen?

26 February 2009

  1. Des Ryan · February 26, 2009

    The new standard for decor, service and complex flavours in the city. We had the tasting menu and from the fresh oysters to the handmade pasta it was a foodie’s delight. The decor is simple and elegant – beautifully classic. A very, very special night out.

  2. David Yon · February 26, 2009

    Service haut de gamme,très bon choix de vin,
    cuisine délicieuse,décor somptueux
    A conseiller à tous

  3. Mark · February 26, 2009

    All i have to say is A+. 3 Course meal was Delicious and there is nothing bad about this restaurant that i can say. I will be back again!

  4. Beverley · February 26, 2009

    fabulous atmosphere. exemplary service. great food and lots of it. wine cellar gets a 5 star rating on it’s own. Can’t wait to return.

  5. Tom · February 26, 2009

    Had a meal there over Christmas and there’s a reason it’s jam packed every night. At one point, a friend remarked ‘This is as good as the best restaurant anywhere else in the world’. Everything – the food, the wine-pairings, the ambience and the service – was top notch. If you’re worried about needing to be a real ‘foodie’ or high ranking official to go there, fear not – Raymond’s is for you if you like good food, that’s the only thing you’ll need.

  6. ryano88 · February 26, 2009

    Had Raymond’s for the first time last night and it more than lived up to its reputation as the finest fine dining in the city.

    Every tinsy little detail of everything was presented to perfection: our server was great, the whole place is beautiful, ambience was just perfect, and we got lots of TLC from Jeremy B.

    But that food… mmm-Mmmm! Made me feel like the food critic guy in ‘Ratatouille’ how every single bite would just zoom you away to a happy place. This is food whose taste will get stuck in your memory for ages to come – an experience not to be missed.

    Go now before the summer madness hits (I think this place is going to be BUSY)!

    11 out of 10, for sure.

  7. veggielover · February 26, 2009

    The best meal I have had anywhere, with perfect wine pairings, luxurious environemnt, people who know what they are doing, quality all around. Go there, you will no tbe disappointed. I tried the tasting menu and wine pairings and was taken to a higher place for three hours. I cannot wait to return. We are so lucky to have the two Jeremy’s and their team in St. John’s.

  8. Maire O'Dea · February 26, 2009

    Raymond’s was recommended to us by family members who had dined there. Their recommendation was certainly well warranted. We enjoyed very fine food and wine, complemented by great service and ambience. We had the extra benefit of meeting friends who were also dining there and left our own table to join them. Amongst us all we had sampled most of the items on the menu and all reviews were enthusiastic. We had a great evening and we will definitely be back and will recommend to friends.

  9. Derm · February 26, 2009

    pretty fucking amazing

  10. Kayla · February 26, 2009

    Its hard to give a rating because there was things that were great and things that were bad. On sat March 5 my partner and I had a reservation for 8:30 and we had to wait almost an hour to be seated. We had the reservation made weeks in advance and was looking forward to a nice evening out. We often do fine dining and this was the only place we haven’t been in the downtown area. This is something that we like to do once a month to enjoy and nice meal and great conservation…but this time the conservation was about the long wait, which was not very pleasing i must say the most.
    Other then the wait the food was great as well as our servers. The atmosphere was so elegant and quiet. I hate to give a bad review but we all know waiting for a table when you are hungry really sucks especially when you had a reservation. However we were offed a complementry drink at the bar while we waited and enjoyed a bowel of nuts but thats not what we came to Raymonds for….Don’t think we will be back!

  11. Shelley · February 26, 2009

    I can’t add anything more than what has already been said. The food & wine is absolutely fantastic, and the service is even better. I can’t wait to go again. We’ve tentatively planned to come here twice a year – on our wedding anniversary and the anniversary of when we met, which are about 6 months apart.

  12. Sheila · February 26, 2009

    Dined in many fine restaurants in North America…this one is superlative to say the least. Jeremy B and Jeremy C have an amazing establishment which has done wonders for the Downtown Dining experience in St. John’s and surrounding areas! Congratulations. Spectacular service accompanied with impeccable food…leaves one speechless. You must experience it for yourself!

  13. megn · February 26, 2009

    Had a great meal here. We were seated in the lounge which was very elegant but somewhat less formal than the main dining room. They were playing more laid back music in this room which we enjoyed. It wasn’t the best meal I ever had as some people are commenting, but great nonetheless. Service was pretty good, our server seemed a bit clueless (for example, commenting that the desserts were made from scratch – at that price point I should hope they are!). I suspect the service would have been more attentive had there not been a local celebrity seated next to us. We’ll definitely be back but it’s too early to declare this the best restaurant in town for me.

  14. LA Tucker · February 26, 2009

    For the price and recent hype, my expectations were exceedingly high.

    We went on Tuesday at 5:30 to celebrate an Anniversary. I asked for a cosy seat and was placed in the centre of the dining room. The main dining room is impressive. It is a classic black, white, sparkle scheme that does not disappoint. The seating is generous and comfortable.

    The fresh olive bread and whipped butter was good. The potato and parsnip appetizer was delicious. The Charceuterie plate was varied, interesting and tasty.

    For an entree, we both had Filet Mignon served with whipped potato, grilled asparagus, mushrooms, carmelized onion in a Yorkshire pudding. It was good except the onion was overly mushy and as a result made the pudding soggy. The steak was a tender cut but somewhat lacking in flavour. This was remedied in part by the tasty reduction that was drizzled over the meal.

    The service was stellar; attentive, pleasant and knowledgeable.

    We skipped dessert due to the heavy main but enjoyed a lovely tea & coffee.

    Overall it was a very good experience. I was a bit disappointed with the main and would perhaps try something different next time. I’ve had much better steak at Basho or Atlantica for a similar price.

  15. The Scope · February 26, 2009

    2011 Best of Food & Drink winner: Best Place You Have Yet to Try
    2011 Best of Food & Drink winner: Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying
    2011 Best of Food & Drink winner: Best Restaurant Wine List
    2011 Best of Food & Drink winner: Best Special Occasion Dinner
    2011 Best of Food & Drink winner: Best Service
    2011 Best of Food & Drink winner: Best Chef (Jeremy Charles)

  16. JennyS · February 26, 2009

    No words to describe this amazing restaurant. Nothing in NL or Eastern Canada for that matter can compare to the experience I had. I have dined at some of the finest restaurants in Canada. The only disappointment is that it is not wheelchair accessible and when I am old and decrepit and wanting to dine at Raymonds, I will have to have strong young men carry me in!

    Keep up the good work of highlighting the wondering province of NL and Labrador!

  17. jojo · February 26, 2009

    It’s more than just a meal at a restaurant. It’s an EXPERIENCE. And an amazing one at that!

  18. Lisa · February 26, 2009

    I was in St. John’s on business from Toronto, traveling on my own, but not willing to compromise on quality because of my solo status. The young clerk at the Sheraton told me I “must” go to Raymond’s, however, by the time I arrived the restaurant was fully booked (Note: make reservations, it is worth the pre-planning effort). I decided to take my chance at having dinner in the lounge, which offers the full dinner menu. The young female maitre de seemed flummoxed by my arrival and insistence at having a dinner at the bar (rate 0 of 10 in grace in handling customers), but Ryan the bartender from Montreal made me feel most welcome and that, combined with the fabulous food, made for a spectacular evening. Make sure to come and dont be dissuaded by the dippy maitre de. Fabulous dinner, fabulous wine, fabulous evening!!!!! Lisa

  19. Mike · February 26, 2009

    Most people seem to have good reviews on a new restaurant; simple because it’s just that – new and different. The food here is good, don’t get me wrong, but nothing you can’t get at most fine dining restaurants downtown or in most other cities for that matter. In fact, you can get a better, tastier steak at a lot of places for less money. The service was ok as well, not outstanding though. As others have mentioned, wait time can be LONG, even with a reservation and don’t count on your seating location request being accomodated. Maybe that’s just because it’s new and they are trying to fit in certain people first (aka VIP’s), I can’t really say. The building itself, to me anyway, was the only thing that stood out and made it worthwhile.

    Will I be back? Probably, but I think I’ll wait for them to work out the kinks first and learn from some of their mistakes and hopefully act on suggestions made by customers. Again, the building and design is great and fine dining is as much about the atmosphere as it is about the food.

  20. west coast best coast · February 26, 2009

    I wrote a terrific review, but then the Scope fucked it up with their shitty website not loading it. Since it is too long to write out again, I will just say that our meal and service was fantastic. Very expensive – more expensive than my meal at Keen’s Steakhouse in NYC! No vegetarian options on the mains when I went. Overall it was worth it though, great experience. I also love it when the kitchen sends you extras! a glass of bubbly and 2 starters each for free ain’t too shabby.

  21. ChefNL · February 26, 2009

    Very nice food and service is great.
    Wine fantastic!
    If you want top of the line this is it!

  22. Steve · February 26, 2009

    Le Meilleur restaurante de St. John’s!

  23. megn · February 26, 2009

    Last Spring, after my first visit to Raymonds, I wrote a review stating that for my money there are better options in St. John’s. We’ve been back a few times since and have had more positive experiences, but this past weekend we had such an amazing evening I had to write again. This time we ordered the tasting menu and every course was a delight, especially the raw oysters and the arctic char dish with peas, bacon and salsify. I had contacted them regarding food allergies which they accommodated extremely professionally with no hesitation – a tall order considering one of the allergies was to fish and their menu can be quite fish-centric. I haven’t been this impressed by a meal in a LONG time. Raymonds has now become a favorite.

  24. megn · February 26, 2009

    Had another fantastic meal here recently. We were treated to a glass of champagne to start our meal as we were celebrating a birthday – nice touch. Service is unsurpassed and the food, as always, was amazing. Standouts were the rabbit pasta and cannoli dessert. Can’t wait for our next visit.

  25. chrissy · February 26, 2009

    finally checked out raymonds and got to chat with the two jeremys. both are beyond friendly, super hard working, and very deserving of all the praise they receive. if you’re still unsure about checking it out, please do. you will not be disappointed. i can’t wait to check out their next menu.

  26. Renee · February 26, 2009

    I actually had a dealing with the manager on the phone and she was extrememly rude. I had booked a reservation online for someone and she seemed to know the ladies name but said she couldnt find the reservation online that it was lost which of course made no sense.The cumstomer was not a guest at my hotel and had walked away so there was no way of me letter her know the situation. I informed the mamager of this and she said well theres nothing she can do for me ??? I asked to speak to a Boss higher than her and she said it didnt matter because they would say the same thing she said. I was blown away. I then wrote a letter to them online stating what had happened and got no response. I am still taken back by it all and i would never send anyone there ever in my life and i actually work at a very populr hotel in the city on the frontdesk.

  27. Out of sight food critic · February 26, 2009

    This is by far the best Fine Dinning in the city…. I was walking Downtown when I came across Raymonds. I had heard lots of good things about the place and I often read reviews online of different restaurant’s in the city. I did not have a reservation I just walked in and after a minute of checking they sat me at two top. I order a bottle of wine had an appetizer(cant remember the proper name but it was a pasta and crab dish.) For my main I order the Beef wellington. It was possibly the best Main course dish I have ever order!( I have worked at 4 star hotels and worked in 4 diamond restaurants where breakfast for 4 would cost an average of 200 dollars!)
    Now the food was of the charts but believe it or not the service was even better, I never once had to ask for anything or even try to pour my own wine. Everything I order came out Hot and a detail description of what it was as it was placed in front of me. I have eaten at just about every spot downtown as I do live down here and by far the best
    in the city…………..
    For the comment made by Renne
    Your message makes you sound like a stuck up concierge( I want to speak to the presidents president is what you sound like.) You put total blame on the restaurant for your error. You say you were treated rudely or was it you were getting good service but not hearing the answers you wanted to hear? Errors can happen as I am sure you can attest working at a hotel and especially communicating online!(Pick up a phone and call..gezz there is one right in front of you!)
    You say you will never recommend this restaurant to anybody, well that will be your hotel’s lost. My question is, Have you ever been to Raymonds or do you usually eat the leftovers at the buffet at your hotel?

  28. I love Noms · February 26, 2009

    Renee, you should really check out all your facts before posting. You may have spoken to a girl at Raymonds but she wasn’t the manager, as there is no female manager at Raymonds. And by the tone of your post maybe she was coming across as rude to you because you were acting rude or unreasonable with her to begin with.

  29. Barbara Hynes · February 26, 2009

    Jeremy my son you would put a taste on a beach rock!!!
    I live in Edmonton but from NL and I just watched Land and Sea, when I come to NL again I will come for wonderful meal!

  30. daryl · February 26, 2009

    very good food, snobby male server.