Bruce Wine Bar
Bruce Wine Bar

Bruce Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://brucewinebar.ca/
  • Phone: 5195991112
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 to close
    Lunch and Dinner

    Our ENTRANCE is in the alley behind the TD Bank in Thornbury
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Shaun J Edmonstone
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Music Friday nights

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arthur St West
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bruce Wine Bar
Welcome to Thornbury’s best kept secret.

Come and discover why Bruce Wine Bar and Kitchen is fast becoming the latest hot spot in town. Tucked away in the alley behind the TD Bank, this unique eatery features two venues in one. Take out or dine in, and feast on traditional Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, salads and sandwiches downstairs in The Kitchen, or head upstairs to the Wine Bar for an array of fine wines, spirits and craft beer, delectable shared plates and live music on Friday nights. Up or down, the vibe is warm, relaxed, and as intimate as going to someone’s home for dinner. So pull up a stool at the communal Wine Bar table, or gather the family around a high-top in The Kitchen… and join the house party today! (But don’t leave until you get the lowdown on the ‘sexy’ couch!)

The Kitchen serves up lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday. Dine in or take out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Bruce Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (26)good for groups (25)special occasion (25)romantic (13)hot spot (12)great for lunch (11)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great!
    mach2
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    2nd time in 2 weeks ..... just like the first time it was super!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening at The Bruce Wine Bar
    FoodiefromKW
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had heard that the pizza is very good at The Bruce Wine Bar and it certainly was. I also had a delicious buratta (fresh mozzarella) salad. Cool atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caloriehunter
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I brought my family in for dinner at Bruce on a busy Thursday evening and we had a fantastic meal. It was a first time experience off some of us and the Bruce crew blew them away with their finely crafted food and exceptional service! Thank you for the great time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Evening,
    MickOS
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We enjoyed our group gathering at the Bruce Wine Bar, the atmosphere and wine were excellent. Make sure you make a reservation and bring some friends. It worked great for our group of 6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing wait for our table
    Gorts
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a 8:30pm dinner reservation and did not get seated at a table (the first one that became available upstairs) until 9pm. We were able to sit in the waiting area and the wait staff were attentive and we were able to order our appetizers and main courses so at least we could eat at 9pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our fantastic dining experience
    Luvbruce
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We love Bruce every time we dine there. The food and the service are always top notch. The specials are always fantastic as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The service was great all around but I didn't much care for the food I ordered. I had a caesar but the romaine they used was limp, bitter and warm. The veggie pizza was soggy. My husband did better with the tuna appetizer and short rib main and enjoyed them both
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Choice
    MeafordCottager
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have dined there several times, and our expectations always are met. Service from either David or Heidi is excellent. The menu is somewhat limited, but the food is fresh and Chef Sean always comes up with a new way to add that little extra something. We've had scallops twice this summer, and they rank among the best we've ever had. We especially recommend the dessert called ''Summer Mess'' which is a mix of seasonal fruit, chocolate, ice cream, mousse, and (did I mention?) more chocolate. Reservations on weekends should be made a couple of days in advance, which is a testimonial that others enjoy it as much as we do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always fantastic!
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Bruce's is simply a fantastic unique food experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Choice!
    a2zrealtor
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a great dinner here. It is a small venue with great food. When we arrived the people at our table before us were just finishing up, so we sat on a comfortable couch. We ordered cocktails - we had Manhattans that they make with some yummy special cherries and they were excellent. Shortly after our drinks came we were seated. We chose the charcuterie board (we got the large version) and the steak tartare (based on other reviews) Both were excellent but the tartare was outstanding! We were pretty full after that and decided to share a pizza with mushrooms and a cream sauce - to die for! We liked it so much we are going to go back once more before our vacation is over!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing...as always....
    Bonnielass
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The Bruce Wine Bar never disappoints - Chef Shaun is awesome at every dish I've had....most recently tuna. The service is fantastic with energetic and friendly servers and the ambiance is perfect for 2 or for 10. My husband and I go every week! Run to The Bruce for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Organic Meets Warehouse
    D21J29
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was above average, service great, very cool decor, beverage list extraordinary....the only negative was that we were at a table in the middle of the room, kind of sticking out in a traffic area, price was reasonable, will recommend for sure Loved the wood fired pizza, have had it all over the world.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing pizza !
    Foodie99
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The resturant has a very cool vibe to it. The service was great and the pizza was amazing. My only complaint was we sat upstairs and Unfortunatly or table was right under the AC until, so I froze during dinner. They did turn it down but it was still cold.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    carefully crafted with a deft touch. Just enough. Loved the fennel. Great mix of grill flavours counterpointed by the delicacy of fresh seasonal veg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUR NEW FAVORITE PLACE!
    Lani
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our friend Steph Dunn happened to be playing there one Friday night in June. My husband and I decided to check out the lunch menu that day and have been back several times! I actually came on my own that Friday night to listen to Steph play and felt very comfortable on the "couch"! A great venue for some intimate listening and tasty food and drink. We have celebrated a birthday dinner and a romantic dinner upstairs where the service is wonderful and the food equally so. You'll love it at Bruce Wine Bar. You wont be disappointed and you'll want to return as soon as you feel hungry again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance, food and service
    Luvbruce
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We always have a fantastic meal at Bruce. The food is always imaginative and delicious
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PedroVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The menu is limited, liked the old menu. There is a TV in the area we wee sitting, very distracting and now necessary, this is not advertised as a sports bar. Will not be back for a while
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Woodfire for power outage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner here. There was a power outage just before we arrived but the staff were able to continue the wood fire pizza oven despite the lack of a/c! Great pizza (kids loved the cheese one) & delicious salads.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nickname
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a lovely time at Bruce wine bar. The staff was very accommodating. Since it was a Friday night, there was live music, which was excellent, however the dining room was excessively noisy which did affect our overall experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary
    youngatheart
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were really impressed with the interior. Very comfortable. Service was great. Timing to come and see if something was needed was great. Not too often but often enough that you did not need to call for assistance or be continually interrupted while in a conversation. Started with a Caesar salad which was shared. It was very good with fresh sliced cheese on it. Both our meals arrived in a timely matter. Neither one of us care much for drinking but I had a glass of wine and my husband had a rye. It just seemed the thing to have. Over all it was a great experience. Unfortunately. for us the cost of the meal is a little more than our budget allows. Although we will return for special occasions. Its just too good not to come back.!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    KCooke
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Another amazing meal at Bruce! Beef tartar to die for!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent local fare
    funfoodandwine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, food and wine! Beast of the week is a great and fun way to propose the specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent meal!
    KCooke
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Never had a bad meal at Bruce! Our favourite in Thornbury!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dozenth visit as good as the first.
    NoBigMac
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The BWB has become a regular stop whenever we're in Thornbury. The menu changes with the season, so never gets tired. And even if we miss a few favourites from previous menus, there's always something outstanding to make up for it. The food and the service here are about as good as it gets. Do your tongue a favour...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Tuna Tartar Can be Imroved
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I have had lunch at Bruce's Wine Bar before and have been happy with my meals. Last time I ordered the tuna tartar. It really is an incomplete dish. It needs some side or salad to call it a lunch. Serving just the raw fish in cone shaped wontons does not do it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best!
    KCooke
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We've never had a bad meal at Bruce! Everything is awesome!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally delicious
    enjoythemoment
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I have been to the Bruce Wine Bar for both lunch and dinner. The lunch special was delicious and so imaginative. Dinner was wonderful - delicious venison, beautifully prepared and presented. So much of the food is locally sourced which only adds to its freshness and wonderful flavor!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 16 reviews are from the Bruce Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Always Good
    tburyeater
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The Bruce Wine Bar can always be relied on to provide a great dining experience. The staff is friendly and helpful and the food is excellent whether you're looking for a light meal, great pizza or something more substantial. The menu has lots of original options, plus tried and true favourites. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal as always!
    KCooke
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Best pizza, salads, risotto, in house charcuterie as well as amazing mains. Excellent wine list and awesome service. One of my favs!!!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a special experience
    Gigi705
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Bruce Wine Bar & Restaurant has become our favourite eatery in the Blue Mountain area. It was our daughter's birthday and we were offered Proseco to celebrate.The food never disappoints and the brick oven pizza with its designer choices are the best your taste buds will savour . Ambiance is great and so is the service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I have eaten at Bruce Wine Bar many times as it has consistently delicious food. Their menu is not huge but everything they serve uses high quality ingredients that are well executed. They serve pizzas cooked in wood burning oven. The atmosphere is very cozy and the serving staff is always very friendly and engaging. It is my favourite restaurant in Thornbury.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fave place
    Alyupnorth
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Bruce is our favourite date spot and we love it. Bring back the polenta fries and long live Mapmaker!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot to unwind after
    nightsurgeon
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great spot to unwind after a weeks work and a drive up from the city. Quality food, great service and energetic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious !!
    Magdelina
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My husband and I were seated at the communal table. Always a fun and friendly vibe. We usually order salads and pizza, as their pizzas are all amazing, but this time we decided to order their evening features. My husband ordered the venison chops which he thoroughly enjoyed, and looked amazing. I had the striped bass, which was presented wonderfully and done perfectly. The evening was great! Highly recommend Bruce wine bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bruce Wine Bar Nails it again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My husband and I have been to Bruce Wine Bar 6 times now since "finding it" last winter. We are only in Thornbury for ski season (9 weekends) so our availability is limited. We have been with our two teenagers, with multiple couples, and just by ourselves and in every scenerio, it is a hit!! Live music on Friday nights makes that evening our favourite!! You can't go wrong - food is fabulous, wine list is simply wonderful and service is attentive without being at all hovering. I would eat there every weekend if it were possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was average
    luvztravel
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    6th visit to the Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury. The past two visits, the veal shank was tough. Like it had been cooked too fast. I expect braised meat to be fall off the bone tender - it wasn't. Soup was excellent. The halibut in the special of the evening was also overcooked. The waitress recommended the Ontario "proscecco" and it was very good! For the price of the meal for two - I would expect my main courses to be perfectly cooked. A bit disappointing. I love the ambiance and the music. However, I think we will stick to the pizza and soup or salad in the future.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming setting, servers and chefs
    Peariche
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We had wanted to try this restaurant for a while. So happy we did! The food was outstanding. Though there is an upstairs dining room where live music performances occur on Friday nights, we two sat downstairs at the bar in a spot where we could watch the activities in the kitchen. It was very relaxing and interesting to watch the group work and they were very nice to field the odd question. The food was fresh, deliciously prepared, and very nicely presented. We cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal had by all
    Gorts
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Wide range of moderately priced wine Food selection very good and the special fish (tuna) was fantastic The pakora appetizer and the warm olives (very yummy) was enjoyed by all Thank you for a very pleasurable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern highlight
    Scruffy
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The lunch menu featured interesting sandwiches, soup and salads as well as pizza. French fries were fabulous, as were both sandwiches. Great wine, but made for a bit of pricy lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day at Bruce Kitchen
    FoghornLeghorn
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great evening. Beautiful decor and excellent menu and wine list. We choose from the valentine's day specials. The food was generously proportioned, but my meal was over-salted. Otherwise, food was great. Service was excellent and there was a jazz trio that provided the perfect live music for a special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.