Love The Bruce. Delicious meal and the ambiance is wonderful!
Great service, the staff is very attentive and food is outstanding.
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
An amazing menu wonderfully prepared and magnificent service!
The Bruce was a great choice for Brunch on Sunday. Much more civilized as compared to the usual breakfast joint or buffet experience.
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.
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.
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
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.
Great evening and dinner. Lovely atmosphere wonderful food, wine and service,
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!
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!
Simply outstanding. Room was fantastic. Issue w shower knob. Too tight to turn on/off. Excellent service. Would highly recommend.
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.
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
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.
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.
Best choice for prix fixe before theatre . It is only a 5minutes walk. Perfect wine pairing . We recommande the chocolat dessert !
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.
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.
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 .
Great food. Great service. The atmosphere and décor are outstanding. Very upscale. You won't be disappointed.
Excellent restaurant. Great spot for dinner before a show at the Festival Theater. Very good quality food.
Enjoyed the Lounge this time instead of the regular dining room. Nice relaxing atmosphere. Great service. Will return. Highly recommend. Wonderful venue.
the food was excellent and the service was discreet. Our server was also knowledgeable about the menu.
Fantastic. A restaurant that I compare all other restaurants against. I don't travel to Stratford without reservations at the Bruce.
Excellent food, service and elegant ambiance in a very up scale hotel.
The menu is too limited. Two burgers out of four lunch sandwiches seemed limiting if you didn't want burger. More diverse choice.
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.
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.
Extraordinary food with native Canadian ingredients and a new Nordic spirit; bison was delicious and salmon a plate straight from sea
Superb food and service. Great spot for pre/post show at the Stratford Festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.