The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant

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347 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post-theatre
Enjoy a formal dinner in The Restaurant or opt for the more relaxed atmosphere of The Lounge. Light and airy, The Restaurant offers the perfect place for fine dining. Soft tones and a vaulted ceiling lend an air of romance to the venue. Seventy four seats are divided between the main, semi-private and private dining rooms. Upscale casual is how we would describe The Lounge. A great place for a drink… or a meal. Dark and intimate, it is the spot for a casual dinner with friends.
Executive Chef Arron Carley describes the vision for the new menus: “Looking into our past and understanding our roots as well as looking forward into the undiscovered wilderness of our nation we will forge New Canadian Cuisine.“
Pastry Chef: Gilad Rozenberg
Forager: Phil Phillips
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian, Contemporary Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: 7:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dining Room: Thursday -
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Lounge: open daily 11:00am - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(855) 708-7100
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Arron Carley
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Private Party Facilities
Two private rooms: one seating up to 45 people; the second, an intimate private room with its own entrance seating up to fifteen people.
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Private Party Contact
Molly Berg mberg@thebruce.ca: (519) 508-7100
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Ontario St.
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Parking Details
All hotel guests include private covered lot. Restaurant guests may park on site during their dining experience.
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Special Events & Promotions
Holiday parties and family occasions find an elegant home at The Restaurant at The Bruce. Recognizing each event is unique, our staff will work alongside you to create the perfect affair- from simple to elaborate.


WEDDINGS & CORPORATE RETREATS

With exclusive use, service and privacy are taken to the next level. Brides and CEOs can relax in the knowledge that their event is the only focus of staff and the entire property is exclusively for the use of their guests.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

They were wonderful - went the extra mile at every turn. Food was phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Attentive staff, beautiful setting and good food.
Very knowledgeable regarding the wine, help my wife and I to find a gem. Nice and close to the festival theatre, which was very convenient as we walked through the park to the play after our meal
Thanks for a delightful evening.
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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Delicious, all-canadian food, including the root beer! The service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Lovely atmosphere.
Staff very professional.
Very enjoyable dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

One of th best restaurants in Ontario! Chef Aaron’s food is always creative and superb!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Innovative menu. Beautiful setting. Exquisite service.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Any meal at the Bruce is always a memorable experience!! I had my birthday lunch there this time and I am always thrilled by the excellent level of service that myself and my guests receive at this establishment. This time the tea sommelier remembered our tea selection last time and brought out our favourite tea to finish off the meal, and it was complimentary. I was absolutely gobsmacked! If you're looking for world class service and exceptional food, please consider the Bruce!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Our dining experience at The Bruce was a truly magical meal. The use of locally sourced products, combined in creative tastes on beautifully arranged plates, was a completely unique experience. The service was great, with knowledgeable servers and sommelier and we were done with plenty of time to get to the theatre.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We had the chefs table with wine pairings, what a culinary adventure we got to enjoy. Service was top notch.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

First time dining here and will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This is a beautiful dining room. The menu is quite extensive without including tired and trait items found on too many menus these days. The service is most friendly and very attentive. The food is superb and the presentation on the plate is spectacular. All courses, appetizers, main and dessert were delicious. Not a drop was left on any of our plates. This is, by far, Stratford's best dining experience and I would rate it as one of the best in Canada.
Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Dinner before Stratford gala opening

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Delicious food and beautiful venue. It was our anniversary and everyone congratulated us. They even brought out a special small "dessert" for us on the house. We will definitely return the next time we go to Stratford.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely birthday celebration dinner at the Bruce Hotel after a matinee at the theatre. The cuisine was creative, original and very Canadian. We were impressed with the chef's ingenuity, delicious fare and menu options. The service was friendly and attentive. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Although we went on Father’s Day we expected it to be busy, even so the staff still had time to be friendly and welcoming. The food was superb, especially the Waldorf Salad and the Scallops were perfectly cooked. Excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food is fantastic. Extremely intense taste. One of the best restaurants I have been to.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The tasting meal was excellent but because we chose this option we would not have time for dessert and our Stratford production of the Music Man ...they gave us the option of coming back for dessert after the performance .What to say the desserts were better than the theater production which was excellent !
The desserts are worth a journey on their own. I always say if the restaurant is good ,... is this up to a "Canoe " moment in TO. Well this eclipse's Canoe !
Well ,the desserts at the "Bruce" are living ,edible "Art"..do you want to indulge or admire. Tough decisions we were allowed 2 desserts ,I ordered 3 ..shouldn't have on a eating basis but visually and tasting wise should have ordered all but that would have wasted them.
The desserts orders were "Farmers' Fields ,Boreal Forest and Tundra." Look them up masterpieces of art and flavor.
I s the "Bruce one of the best restaurants in Ontario...YES !!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We sat outside on the lovely patio and had two vegetarian dishes; the legume burger was the best 'bean burger' we have ever had! Great service, and wonderful location very close (within walking distance) to the Festival Theater at Stratford.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

From a 7 course menu to specialty entrees the Bruce is the Stratford go to venue for a unique dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Had lunch again at The Bruce and it was great. Service, attention to detail, food and wine were all excellent. Always happy to have lunch there. Thanks for the wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Absolutely excellent in every way

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We've come here a few times already, which is why we came back. Service usually outstanding, food usually yummy, elegant and quiet. This time it just wasn't as impressive. The food was good, but not great. It should be, for the price. Additionally, when the bill came, one of the charges was inconsistent with the price listed on the menu. I asked the server about it....she didn't know (shouldn't she know the prices?). And yes, we were over charged. They did make the correction, when I requested they do so. There was no apology offered. This was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Lovely lunch prior to a theatre date. Will return.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Absolutely enjoyed lunch at The Bruce. Kate was an excellent server and the food was fabulous. We really had a great time. Thanks,

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Words cannot describe how wonderful our meal “experience” was. We had the Tasting Menu with mock-tails.

Would certainly recommend to anyone and we will be back! (Reservations are a must and be sure to allow plenty of time to enjoy it all)

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Quality food, with excellent, attentive, Service. Would recommend to Friends. Going back Soon.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Bruce's Mothers' Day Brunch has always been superb and the 2018 edition notched it up even higher! The setting is very understated-elegant. Tables well spaced out. Wait staff all performing at high levels - and the food: superbly thought-out, prepared and presented, and the variety was very broad.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

From the moment we pulled up to the Bruce Hotel, we were impressed with the décor, attention to detail and service!! The people who work here are absolutely wonderful at their jobs! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Love The Bruce. Delicious meal and the ambiance is wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service, the staff is very attentive and food is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The Bruce Hotel Restaurant in Stratford is a gem. In addition to the restaurant & dining experience, we also stayed for the weekend. We had multiple meals, including afternoon tea, in the the main dining room or adjoining rooms. I cannot think of enough superlative words to describe the entire experience.

Firstly, all the staff are trained. If you know what that means you'll realize how exceptional it is.

Of course, the food is second-to-none. From the menu design and preparation & presentation of the main courses to the work of the onsite pastry chef, it is outstanding. I particularly appreciate the chef's desire to maintain a seasonal Canadian theme with the ingredients. We live in a great country with great food yet it seems everybody is trying to present a menu from somewhere else.

The wine list is just right. The selection is broad enough to cover most tastes & pairings without being so large as to be ridiculously pretentious. The sommelier is very knowledgeable & helpful without being condescending.

The Afternoon Tea brings out the tea sommelier! That's a first time I've seen that in Canada.

You get great value for price. Prices are not so high as to be elitist and yet fair enough to allow for good fresh ingredients and quality preparation.

The hotel's facilities are modern and well kept as well. It has every little convenience a guest could need, but that is for a different review!

All-in-all, it was a 10 out of 10

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

An amazing menu wonderfully prepared and magnificent service!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The Bruce was a great choice for Brunch on Sunday. Much more civilized as compared to the usual breakfast joint or buffet experience.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I just treated my friend to a birthday breakfast at the Bruce. It has become our go to place for special occasions. Our server, Leisal, is so friendly and very knowledgeable about the food that is served.
The Bruce is a gem.
Marilyn

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Impeccable service and food! Amazing attention to details and staff that went above and beyond our expectations. It’s with the cheese tray was fabulous., the sommelier outstanding, totally elegant and one of a kind evening. It’s no wonder the Bruce Hitelis in the top 10 in Canada! So fortunate to have e them in Stratford, Ont.
Thank you
Susan Molenhuis

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We enjoyed our brunch with a few exceptions. My husband was offered a coffee refill but I was not. The Eggs Benedict looked terrible. When I made my reservation on line with Open Table, it was stated that the cost included a tip and tax. When I paid the bill, I discovered that this was only included if you bought the complete package of hotel and brunch. I would have liked to know exactly the situation before paying. The prawns were wonderful as were the croissants and a nice selection of cheese. I noted when I made the reservation that one in our party was a gluten free guest and the other had an allergy to poultry. There were some lovely desserts but just fruit for the gluten free. I noted this to one of the servers and they brought me a serving of sorbet. It would have been nice to have a serving of flourless chocolate cake or something similar. I had the tenderloin roast but it was tough. We usually enjoy our visits to The Bruce but not so this time. However, the smoked salmon was wonderful! MildredR

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I will always recommend The Bruce Hotel Restaurant to anyone looking for excellent food and an experience, no matter the occasion. The Bruce Hotel is the full-package experience thanks to the joint effort of the FOH staff and chefs.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Great evening and dinner. Lovely atmosphere wonderful food, wine and service,

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Well, it never disappoints. The Bruce was lovely for brunch again today. The Mickey Mouse pancake for our son was a sweet surprise as was the chance to visit with Santa! We will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Myself and three friends had lunch at The Bruce Hotel this past weekend and cannot say enough good things about it. The food was delicious (everyone loved their various options), the charcuterie board was lovely, and our server was great. For a special occasion, you should definitely go!

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