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About The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant

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

Cuisines:
Canadian, Contemporary Canadian

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

Cross Street:
Ontario St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(855) 708-7100

Website:
http://www.thebruce.ca/dining.html

Parking Details:
All hotel guests include private covered lot. Restaurant guests may park on site during their dining experience.

Executive Chef:
Arron Carley

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.

Private Party Contact:
Chris Parson cparson@thebruce.ca: (519) 508-7100

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.7

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
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Worth the Drive (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Outdoor Eating (4)
Romance (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Brunch (3)
Lunch (3)
Neighbourhood Gem (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Organic (3)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Group Bookings (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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People Watching (1)
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Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined 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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 19, 2017

Simply outstanding. Room was fantastic. Issue w shower knob. Too tight to turn on/off. Excellent service. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We were there in summer and enjoyed being outdoors more so than inside. The food was ok but not outstanding selection for a casual lunch and this was new menu. My friend who is GF found that the kitchen did not listen to her requests. Love the boutique hotel atmosphere and will go back just not a great experience this time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
Food4
Ambience2
Service2
Value1

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Virtually empty - 0ne other table when we arrived, two when we left. Food good but not superb. Service haphazard, at one point very good, at another, a vacuum.

But then the pricing- out of this world. Wine pricing in particular was outrageous; my wife ordered a glass of Pinot which came from a screw stoppered bottle (at $C 14 per glass) and which may have been opened some years earlier. 9When i pointed this out it was quickly replaced.

Wonderful location, steps from the Festival Theatre, but requires new management

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband and I made a reservation on open table minutes before arriving for an early dinner. Though we don't often spend this kind of money at restaurants, or choose this level of fine dining, we were welcomed warmly. Staff members were very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Space did seem a bit limited as we were seated fairly close to another couple. Food was very good. My dish (the duck) was exceptional. We would highly recommend The Bruce Hotel to friends and family, and especially for special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Organic, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love this place it is quite the gem situated in Stratford walking distance to festival theater you can always count on a quiet , clean and superb food and service when you arrive. The restaurant is elegant but not pretentious. Great drinks.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Best choice for prix fixe before theatre . It is only a 5minutes walk. Perfect wine pairing . We recommande the chocolat dessert !

Food2
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 20, 2017

having heard this restaurant was supposed to be outstanding, we were very disappointed. while the server was positive, she neglected to bring several basic items we asked for, including salt and pepper.
Great location for the Festival theatre but i doubt i'd return.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Excellent experience overall. Food level up there with some of the best restaurants we have visited. Service was good, but pretty much standard for this price point. Ambiance, noise level and overall feel was excellent.
Special occasion and table reflected the occasion and staff aware and complimented event very well, along with a signature dessert.

Tags: Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Le menu dégustation Faune était bien présenté , très goûteux et équilibré. Le choix des vins accompagnant chaque met excellent . Nous y retournons ce soir avant le théâtre pour un menu différent .

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food. Great service. The atmosphere and décor are outstanding. Very upscale. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Great spot for dinner before a show at the Festival Theater. Very good quality food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Enjoyed the Lounge this time instead of the regular dining room. Nice relaxing atmosphere. Great service. Will return. Highly recommend. Wonderful venue.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Great Beer
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 14, 2017

the food was excellent and the service was discreet. Our server was also knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Fantastic. A restaurant that I compare all other restaurants against. I don't travel to Stratford without reservations at the Bruce.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent food, service and elegant ambiance in a very up scale hotel.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The menu is too limited. Two burgers out of four lunch sandwiches seemed limiting if you didn't want burger. More diverse choice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Pre matinee lunch. Shared the charcuterie board for starter. Huge ,waitress put rest in fridge and we picked it up after theatre-we had it in the evening. My wife had the Fogo island cod and I had the mushroom tagliolini. All fantastic.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Organic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

What a nice surprise to find this gem of a restaurant so close to Stratford Festival Theater. Beautiful setting, gorgeous dining area, beautiful outdoor patio seating and the menu was innovative and the food delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Extraordinary food with native Canadian ingredients and a new Nordic spirit; bison was delicious and salmon a plate straight from sea

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Superb food and service. Great spot for pre/post show at the Stratford Festival.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 23, 2017

We booked online. When we were seated and had a look at the menu, we realised the selections were different and didn't include the appetisers that had been a big factor in choosing this restaurant. There were actually two places to eat in The Bruce Hotel: The Restaurant, which is where we were booked and The Lounge, which is where they served the things I was asking about. I asked if it would be a problem if we moved to The Lounge. I wondered if I might get some attitude. Not at all. The wait staff whisked us over to the Lounge and in seconds we were seated and our waiter was taking our drink orders.
The service throughout the meal remained excellent. Each course came out in good order, but we were never rushed. The cocktails were delicious. My husband's beloved Caesar salad came with some sort of weird black lettuce. My husband is not adventurous when it comes to food. I feared he wouldn't eat it. Not only did he eat it, he pronounced it really, really tasty. According to our trusty waiter, the produce in the restaurant comes from a locally renowned truck gardener and he sends along whatever he thinks is best and the chef uses it. This was a success.
My squash soup was beautifully presented and very tasty as well. I hadn't realised this was a chilled soup. My personal preference would have been for it to be served hot, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
I had the mushroom taglietelle. The pasta was perfectly done. My husband's steak frites had a good Bearnaise sauce. But the highlight was the 'frites'. These were the most delicious fries ever. Crispy, thin and salted to perfection. I stole a bunch from his plate. If I lived in Stratford, I'd come to this restaurant just for the fries.
We split a chocolate brownie with a side of ice cream for dessert. Yummy.
The bill with three courses, one cocktail each, three soft drinks and coffee came to $152, including an 18% tip. We thought it was extremely reasonable.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This was a pre Matinee lunch for Myself, my wife and our 15 year old granddaughter. The food was interesting, well made and creatively presented. My wife had the Fogo Island cod, our granddaughter the mushroom tagliatelle and I had the Burger. The Burger was a little bit dry but overall the food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This is a high end upscale hotel with a foodie type chef who prepares each meal with love and thought. Food portions are adequate and the price is upper but good value for the quality.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Scenic View
Food3
Ambience5
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on August 18, 2017

Lovely place....a more varied lunch menu please....wonderful salads....disappointing charcuterie board....loaded with meats ....where were pickles,olives...breads...nothing to spread the pâté type spreads on...grilled peppers....very different from charcuteriesI have experienced....disappointed....however, wonderful service with the exchange for cheese board.

Food5
Ambience2
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I have nothing but praise for the quality of the food at the Bruce restaurant and the service, I must say, was exceptional. House wines were very good. I did have an issue with the room, which acted as an echo chamber. I could barely hear from across the table and most of the time I felt I was being bathed in layers of noise. I would presume that overhead at the restaurant is high, which would explain the prices, which are, indeed, very high. I would not have minded that, except for the noise, which definitely lowered the quality of the experience.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We had a great meal. I found the service throughout the building to be exemplary. We were in the fine dining room, but it appears that they had more casual venues as well. We enjoyed the variety on the menu and the presentation was fantastic. Our server was very attentive and extremely polite. The building itself is lovely. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The service was impeccable and the food was perfect. We only had breakfast here and were not staying at the hotel, but if you want a fine dining option you will be treated very well here. Ritz-Carlton service and ambience in Stratford.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on August 12, 2017

The staff was friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients. The food was outstanding and unique. All of the individuals in out party enjoyed themselves completely. We would definitely return for another meal.
Thank you

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Incredible culinary creations! Perfect service. The menu is creative. Local ingredients shine. We will be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Sometimes on vacation we are pleasantly surprised. The Bruce Hotel in Stratford is not in the old town section and seemed somewhat austere from the outside. The interior however revealed an impeccably designed lobby and restaurant with gourmet cuisine that was totally unexpected. The restaurant was superior in it's creativity, presentation, local sourcing and rich flavors. Chef Arron Carley's outstanding tasting menu with it's wine pairing and impeccable service far exceeded my experiences at many Michelin Guide restaurants. Michelin make a bee line to restaurant as soon as possible.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on August 12, 2017

Not our first time and very happy to see it thriving and well maintained and offering the same classy dining ...thoroughly enjoyable and will return many times.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (West Virginia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Tasting menu was fun -- many innovative dishes such as the rabbit tenderloin and the brie ice cream with lavender. Wine pairings were exceptional. Staff could be warmer ... they tried too hard to be "perfect." Lighten up. Enjoy the experience with people who know their food and wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We had an exquisite tasting menu and wine pairing. Congratulations to the chef, the sommelier and the waitstaff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Stratfords premier Hotel with outstanding service and accomadation has made dining at
their restaurant a pleasure .
Recomended as the best of charcuterie made in house in North America for lunch.
Dinner has very fresh ingredients and use of forage from the grounds and local area produce. Unusual and well prepared lamb tartare , All entrees are to be savory . Dinner staff are very knowledgeable and gracious.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Wonderful lunch. Had the Ruben and the house made pastrami was delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients

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