Bruce Wine Bar

4.6
371 reviews
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy
  • Notable Wine List

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
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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentines Day; wonderful meal!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 19, 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
12 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
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 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
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service & great food. Don’t need anything else.

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CK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Probably best pizza had but couldn’t change ingredients on it salad way over priced salad was overpriced too for its size thought the dumb waiter was a neat idea cool place overall a great experience good wine too

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening at The Bruce Wine Bar. The food was exceptional and unique, served piping hot! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and did a wonderful job of keeping us happy. We will definitely go again soon.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome service!!

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PC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Bruce wine bar is my wife and I favourite place to eat and enjoying the atmosphere

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c
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Bruce Wine Bar is absolutely wonderful. My fiance and I always have either lunch or dinner here whenever we are in Thornbury. Staff is always attentive and friendly. And the meals are always prepared to perfection!

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Just what we were looking for on our weekend away.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent. Sat at the long communal table, which I’m ok with. When reserving you have the option to request up or downstairs, and I imagine you can request a small table. Excellent soup, as always, in my experience. And the Bruce version of the Caesar salad is so good. Had the braised short ribs. Not as good as last year’s recipe, sadly. Nicely cooked, generous portion, but in my opinion could have had more flavour. Side veg was kale and mushrooms - I found the kale chewy. I generally don’t enjoy kale for this reason, but my tablemate liked hers. And she found the beef tasty and rich! Dessert was OK; apple and cake, do not recall name of it. Very good wine offered by the glass; we shared a 1/2 litre. Will certainly go back, but I may not order the short ribs.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly staff, tasty food with a creative flair, a relaxed setting, wood pizza oven = a great night out at Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury!

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T
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great woodfired pizza! good wines and quick service. definitely worth a dinner date

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MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to Bruce Wine Bar as had received a gift card. Pleasantly surprised and exceeded our expectations. We will be back.

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