Bruce Wine Bar

4.6
382 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
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Don’t let the name fool you, this unique eatery boasts more than just a wine list distinguished by a Wine Spectator award.
Designated a Feast Ontario restaurant for its’ commitment to sustainable and organic regional fare, Bruce also serves up the best wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza north of the GTA. Add an impressive roster of independent Canadian musicians playing Fridays and you’ve got the vibe!
A funky eclectic design houses 25 cozy seats surrounding the open kitchen and another 40 in a loft-inspired space which includes a communal harvest table.
Once a tiny wine bar serving small plates three nights/week, Bruce has come into its’ own as a full-scale restaurant offering seasonally focused lunch, dinner and take-away menus daily, as well as catering for private parties and large events.
Feed your curiosity!

The Kitchen serves up lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian, Comfort Food, Pizzeria
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Hours of Operation
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30-9:00
Friday and Saturday 11:30AM- Close
Live music Friday nights
2$ Corkage Tuesdays
Open Mic Wednesdays

Our ENTRANCE is in the alley behind the TD Bank in Thornbury
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Phone number
(519) 599-1112
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Shaun J Edmonstone
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Catering
Bruce caters all types of functions from family gatherings to weddings. please contact us to discuss.
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Cross Street
Arthur St West
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Parking Details
During the day we would request that you park across the street in the public parking area. In the evening feel free to use the parking at the restaurant
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Public Transit
Small town
Behind the TD Bank in Thornbury
Public Parking available across the Street at the Thornbury Post Office
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Entertainment
On Friday there are two dinner show and 7 and 9pm featuring up and coming canadian artists..sometimes it can be a little loud!
On Wednesday night we host an open mic from 8-10pm. featuring singer songwriters and poets
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Special Events & Promotions
$2 Corkage every Tuesday Night (*applies only to 750ml bottle+ $15 min food charge per person)
Open Mic Wednesday Nights-seat covers may apply
Every Friday night Live music *( cover charge or seat cover may apply)
Large parties Minimum food orders apply
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Wine
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DW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warm casual decor with good food and well-rounded wine choices for every budget. One of the best choices for the region and a must if you're eating locally.

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AP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went out for dinner at a nice restaurant in Toronto last week, very expensive - Bruce Wine Bar meals were all delicious, as usual, and the bill was considerably less. Very pleasant, friendly wait staff. Our friends had never been before and were impressed. We have never been disappointed.

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D
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Having bad knees however, I found that the stairs were a bit too much for me to want to tackle on a regular basis. Anyone with bad legs, please note that the dining area is up a rather large flight of stairs.

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EI
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice cozy ambiance and very very excellent food! I’ll be back :)

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DB
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Loved the whole experience except for the number of kids! Who brings their kids to a wine bar? Also it took a while for us to order a glass of wine and it would have been nice to have more choices by the glass. Nonetheless, the wine was delicious and the pizza was outstanding!

I would definitely return but maybe come at a later time.

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k
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

This was a special birthday dinner for a friend's birthday and her first time dining here. The restaurant has two levels with an semi-open kitchen and bar height tables on the main level. When I arrived and saw that we were seated on the main level by the entranceway, I asked if there was something upstairs and the server responded curtly "no, we are all full - it's March break". Yes, there were many children, relatively well-behaved, but I would have preferred to 'show off' the upstairs restaurant to her. (We did take a walk upstairs after dinner - no kids up there). We stayed and dined, but there was quite a din! In the past, the rustic food has been excellent, however, this time the kale salad on the menu was substituted with romaine and the thai soup-of-the-day was served without bread or even a crostini. The special pizza was a disappointment, garlicy but bland. The ice cream dessert was tasty, but not much of it. Thornbury is know for it's up-scale, pricey restaurants, but this time Bruce Wine Bar did not measure up.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My friend and I shared the fungi pizza and the feature which was chicken and dill sauce and they were literally the best pizzas I've ever had!
Didnt love having to sit in between two groups at a long table but by the time the pizza was in my mouth i didnt care haha

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food

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MT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great evening, Cindy was great and the food was great value for the money. Good wine list for such a small venue.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was great, except there was a person 2 tables away who’s phone rang 3x and he took the calls and his text or email alerts kept going off the entire time we had lunch-It’s too bad people don’t just understand how rude this is. And that it affects ambiance for others.
I also think a suggestion from restaurant staff to put it on silent may have been warranted.

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RT
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice lunch with friends from out of town. Service was excellent and food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our food was delicious! Loved the Kale salad! Our server was so friendly! We had a great time!

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MG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful little restaurant in Thornbury. Great design, ambience and vibe! We liked the wine list, paired menu options were outstanding, service was perfect and dessert was very good as well. A jewel by the lake!

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CZ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love everything about that place! I cant wait to celebrate there again soon.

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HB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

We dine at the BWB on a regular basis, but Saturday's lunch was very disappointing. It was an hour before we received our food, my husband and I shared a burger, which had obviously been sitting for quite a while, was not hot and our friends pizza did not arrive till after we were finished and it was not good. Very disappointing, our server offered us a complimentary dessert, which was kind but really didn't make up for the poor lunch.

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RL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friday nights are always awesome. Live music hits the spot. Best pizza around! And enjoy your meal with good wine...

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BW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentines Day; wonderful meal!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding meal, and terrific, knowledgeable waiter. Wild boar was very good, and the recommended wine pairing was perfect. Top shelf!

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a
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Was seated at a communal table for Valentines Day...no prior warning. Ordered 2 drinks, 1st came after 20 minutes, 2nd another 10 minutes later. Having said all that, server was excellent, as was the food. Maybe under staffed?

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C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We aLove It here! Easy to make a reservation, staff are always friendly and the food is amazing! Being upstairs is fun and it’s a unique space.

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S
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints, and always friendly faces that remember you name. It still amazes me that the foodies around the Collingwood , Thornbury area have never been. This is a must stop on your food circuit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We arrived at the anointed time, and our host, with little ceremony directed us to our table. We ordered the short ribs, but got pot roast, that's what it tasted like. Not that it wasn't tasty, but we were disappointed, as there was not a rib to be found on the plate, and at a premium price, $33/plate. We ordered wine by the glass, a mediocre Pinot Noir, at $13 a glass. Pizza, the house specialty, may have been a better bet. We were somewhat appeased by dessert, a great chocolate confection. Be aware that the acoustics of the place do not lend themselves to conversation with companions. Dinner for two, with wine and tip came to about $160.

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H
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We always enjoy The Bruce! We know we can go there with confidence of a great meal: whether it be salad and a pizza or one of the specials.. the food is consistently great! We highly recommend it

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IC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We booked two weeks prior but got seated downstairs. Ambiance is like sitting in a takeout restaurant. We kept our coats on because every time the door opened we would get hit with a blast of arctic air (it was the coldest day of the year). Family beside us at the bar had two kids who were yellers and were climbing up on the bar area. Even though the food was good overall a mediocre experience. Would suggest they keep dowmstofor walk ins and take reservations for upstairs. May not make the trek back

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great time with great food and cocktails. Live the weekly entertainment.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Brilliant food, service and ambiance. Live music.

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B
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a great experience. Tonight entertainer Cory Mercer was exceptional.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We just love Bruce wine bar. The chefs really are extra skilled and the people are so friendly and fun.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good but entree portion small.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner. Our server was really sweet and attentive and the food was interesting and very tasty. My second time there and I would go back.

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FR
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit very much from the very accommodating hostess to the knowledgeable and helpful wait person. The food was outstanding. The hostess was very accommodating in adjusting our seating arrangement at our request. The only negative comment would be the noise level based on live music in such a small space. Although the music itself was good the noise level was too high to allow for quiet conversation

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Great ambience and food however the kitchen could not manage orders well. Food was slow and ready at different times. Very disappointing.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly staff with good service. Excellent pizza, salad and sandwiches for lunch. We sat on the high bar stool table downstairs closest to washroom. They also do a brisk takeout pizza business.

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DB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful and warm. Loved
It

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a great time and enjoy a great meal at Bruce

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JS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and quiet ambience. The pizza is scrumptious!

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DG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We just moved to Thornbury and trying the local restaurants. So far they have all been very good. We thoroughly enjoyed the Bruce Wine Bar and will definitely return for their pizza. So delicious! Wine is a little expensive.

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DL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Bruce Wine Bar is such a lovely spot and promises good ambiance, good service, good wine and good food featuring locally grown seasonal produce, products and meats. What more could you ask for? The boneless short rib was cooked to perfection and the Ontario pulled duck pizza was delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our entire meal and will visit again and often!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’m a regular at Bruce’s and it is always outstanding. Tonight was, however, EXCEPTIONAL.

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MK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely servers....very friendly and warm atmosphere.
Attentive staff.

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