The Prune
The Prune

The Prune

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theprune.com/index.php
  • Phone: 5192715052x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French / Canadian, Contemporary French, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Bryan Steele
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Catering: Full scale catering and event management services offering the celebrated quality of cuisine and service for which The Prune has become renowned.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining rooms available for groups of 2 to 50.
  • Private Party Contact: Bill Windsor 5192715052x
  • Special Events: The Prune is happy to host your special event and/or wedding. Previous guests have loved our beautiful garden setting, professional service and outstanding cuisine.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nile Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available next to the restaurant and on street
A word from The Prune
Contemporary Canadian cuisine under the creative guidance of Executive Chef Bryan Steele and Chef de Cuisine Ryan O'Donnell celebrates the bounty of local producers and growers. Innovation and creativity explores world cuisines while the classics are presented in new and sophisticated ways to create an uplifting and memorable dining experience.

The wine program showcases boutique labels from both local and international growers, and our front-of-house team offers elevated service in a casually elegant style. We pride ourselves on every guest feeling welcomed and fulfilled long after their dining adventure.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Prune reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)special occasion (110)romantic (73)neighborhood gem (47)notable wine list (43)scenic view (15)good for groups (10)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • One of the best
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Eating at the Prune is a culinary treat not to be missed if in Stratford....don't hurry over dinner....it is better to savor the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A rare find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    One of the most amazing meals ever. From the chicken liver mousse served on a wooden tree trunk and garnished with a glowing cinnamon stick, to the perfectly cooked and sliced hanger steak to the home made cherry pie, everything was a surprise and a delight. Complimentary sparkling water made on site, knowledgeable and well-trained servers made this an evening to remember. The prix fixe menu of two, three or four courses was reasonable for a gourmet dining experience. The venue is a converted Victorian home nicely renovated with just the right touches of history and modern ambience. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stephanie
    CarmanVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was superb and the presentation was excellent, but to top everything off was our server Stephanie. It is extremely unusual to have a server bring a special delight to your dinning experience, but my party of four all agree that she delivered in her own way a superb experience . In fact service and food was so good we decide to comeback the next night again for dinner. I recommend when making reservation to ask for Stephanie and you will see for yourself what we all enjoy in dinning experience. We have dine for six nights in Stratford and would recommend the Prune as our top choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another winning dinner at The Prune
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I returned to The Prune after a year, and it was every bit as fabulous as before. We each had their four-course dinner: I had smoked salmon with deviled quail eggs, risotto with fresh peas, hanger steak with wild mushrooms, and chocolate ganache with brown butter ice cream for dessert; my partner had chicken liver mousse with Armangac prunes, polenta with mascarpaone, roasted chicken with wild mushrooms, and finished with lavender panna cotta. Everything was outstanding, and largish portions. We started with a glass of cava with the amuse (lentils with beet, topped with goat cheese), then our server paired wines individually for each of our three main courses. The back garden room is lovely, and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server
    CarmanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    If you want an outstanding blowern away experience ask for Stephanie as your server. Friend, honest, bubbling personality and she adds to this unique. If fact we enjoyed the food and service so will we went back two nights in a row. If you get a chance to experience desert I recommend the Cherry Pie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good choice before a play
    BernieVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was good to very good. Had a concern when allergic food presented after restaurant made aware of allergy. Luckily a guest at the table became curious of presentation.made the rest of meal "Nervous"
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We visited with elderly relatives before going to see a show at 8pm and even though we arrived at 5.30 we were rushed at the end of the meal because the service was so slow. The food was excellent although a little skimpy on the bread and cream for coffee (had to ask for more of both).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a great evening at the restaurant after hearing for years that it was overpriced and served small portions, this was not the case, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining in Stratford
    Thought4food
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Creative food choices succeed admirably. Nice location in an old home. Staff are used to theatre goers who need to finish in time for the upcoming performance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Works of Art
    eatwelldrinkbetter
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was presented beautifully. We took a photo of panna cotta dessert with hard meringue shell garnished with fresh blueberries and lavender petals. Everything tasted wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous food at reasonable prices
    LauraM
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dining room is comfortably but elegantly modern, in soft muted colours. Service is attentive but not overbearing - a perfect blend. But the highlight is the food. An excellent beet salad, a tasty risotto and a tiny complimentary amuse-bouche began the meal. However it was the main dish which set this restaurant apart. Salmon poached perfectly in a light fennel broth so that the bottom was lightly cooked and the top was almost raw. Beside it were ribbons of zucchini resting on a gently sweet tomato marmalade - would love that recipe. My friend and I ordered the three course option for $59 and had a couple of glasses of wine. With tax and tip, my half of the bill was $93, incredibly reasonable for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must Visit
    PruneFan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food, ambience, and service were outstanding. Leave room for the warmed sour-cherry pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy of an ovation
    food4fun
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    After a superb lunch at Mercer Hall and an outstanding performance of Crazy for You, our expectations were riding pretty high. The Prune lived up to that and more. The quiet-old-neighbourhood like exterior belies a surprisingly contemporary interior. The atmosphere is a nice balance of comfortably formal ambiance and relaxed unpretentious yet professional personal attention. The service was enhanced by the exceptional knowledge of the menu items and wine list suggestions offered by our server. From the absolutely delicious buns put down at the outset, our meals were exquisite. Big portion lovers might balk, but we liked that we could have four reasonably sized high quality courses and still not feel uncomfortable. FABULOUS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stratford gem
    KarenFromDetroit
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The Prune (formerly The Old Prune) features an eclectic prix fixe menu with a choice of a 2-course, 3-course, or 4-course selections. The highlights of our meal were the risotto and the black cod. Both were served at the exactly perfect state of done-ness, were beautifully presented, and heavenly tasting.The service was impeccable, but not stuffy. It's been many years since we went to the Old Prune, but we will visit the Prune more often. It's worth the 3-hour drive from Detroit even if we weren't seeing a play. And like most Stratford restaurants, they fully understand the need to get you served on time so you can get to the theater without a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food ... but don't go hungry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I'm somewhat over nouvelle at this point. The food was good but too spare, and really there could be one or two fewer tables to give just a little separation. Good approach with Prix fixe and the service team is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    rodgerreccomends
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The Prune has long been one of my favorites when I attend the Stratford Festival. The food is excellent as ever. I was a bit disappointed in the service this time. After my meal, nobody offered me coffee or tea. They just seemed to be anxious to hustle me out the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kudos!Outstanding quality&service.
    CarmelannaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Well done! From start to finish. It was pouring rain and they called a taxi for us to get us from the theatre to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greenthum
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Equal to the caliber of the shows we saw - outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choice for Stratford
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant is fine dining but not pretentious. My husband had the oysters rockefeller and thought they were the best he's ever had. I had an extremely flavorful beet salad with candied walnuts. My issue was with the salmon that was very under-cooked, my portion was really really rare looked like sashimi on the top 3/4's. Slightly pink on top would have been fine, they did take it back but it came back overcooked, however coupled with shredded zucchini and tomato marmalade the flavors were very tasty. The desserts were fantastic, blueberry panna cotta that was very light. I would highly recommend, the service was fantastic!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The [old] prune shines anew
    Playgoer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Simply wonderful. The prix fixe menu offers only good choices, and presentation receives careful attention. I ate a beautiful salad of varicolored beets, perfectly cooked fish, and a light (but not innocent!) confection of blueberries, panna cotta and meringue. Servers were both friendly and efficient, conveying a care for the food they served and the enjoyment of diners. I called to ask about adding friends to my OpenTable reservation; despite their limited tables and a pre-theatre rush, they were eager to accommodate us. This restaurant has excellent word-of-mouth in its new incarnation. It deserves its reputation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • caroldines
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent, gourmet food with good wine list. Rather expensive but well worth it! The view of the garden was nice and the service was attentive. Portions were on the small side but right for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbian
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We thought that the rooom we ate in , The Garden room ,was lovely!!! The waiter was very knowledgeable,also very pleasant,!!Service was impeccable.!!! Loved his reccomendations, especially the Dessert....We enjoyed the cheese plate! I must,say..it was an excellent dining experience!!! Thank you for a wonderful evening,great food and we loved the music!!!! Will return again !!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The Prune was great
    stratfordfoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had a full meal on Tuesday. The service was really good. The meal was exceptional. The fact that it was in such a beautiful setting only added to the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gemstone in the Prune
    kimberlite
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    From start to finish this was a wonderful experience. All four of us were wondering why we had not tried the Prune before. Every appetizer(soup, pate,smoked salmon) was a happy dance in the mouth. Every main was delicious. Service was beyond amazing--friendly, attentive (but not too attentive) mannerly, and full of wine paring expertise. The restaurant was very busy, so would suggest reservations and ask for the garden room. We will go again and tell everyone it was well worth the expense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stratford Excellence
    family4
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best spot in Stratford. Sophisticated yet warm and comfortable. Casual elegance. Excellent food. Attention to pre-theatre timing but never rushed. Could have lingered for hours. Charming manager and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Prune like no other
    BuntzVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We dine at The Prune once each summer, when we make our annual visit to the Stratford Festival, and always have a fine experience. This year we began with smoked salmon with deviled quail eggs and wonderful velvety chicken liver mousse, after the amuse bouche. I had delicious black cod in an Asian preparation and my wife enjoyed a lovely pieced of salmon, complemented by glasses of Malbec. Chocolate bread pudding provided a grand ending to the meal. Service was very professional and we appreciated the new price points of the prix fixe menu. Wish we could dine here more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    KturnVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The (Old) Prune has been a longstanding favorite when visiting Stratford. This past weekend we found the service and food up to its typical high standard. The menu has changed a bit and you now have a choice of a mid-dinner course. Our table had the cod, chicken and baked pepper (vegetarian) entrees and all were exceptional. Try the chicken-liver mousse as an appetizer and don't miss the deserts which were just the right finish and incredibly tasty. We shared the cherry pie which had the lightest crust, along with the lavender pannacotta which is a must. We found a great wine value with a spanish rioja. Many thanks to the incredibly talented kitchen and wait staff for a memorable evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and presentation
    Amber123
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food and service. Menu interesting and varied. Will definitely be back but would request Garden Room table as front room tables were very close together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Richlyn
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The Prune of Stratford is one of those 'hidden gems'. Set a block from the main drag, but easily walked to from town. Excellent choice of menu and selection of wine and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Food is served 'nouvelle cuisine' - meaning just the right amount and not piled high on your plate. A high recommendation.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food perfection - service to match
    rshathaway
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We dined at the Prune for the first time to celebrate our 21st anniversary. This was absolutely the best dining experience we have ever had. Every course (4) was culinary perfection. The wine selection is unique and outstanding. The food was matched by the incredible service. I had requested a quiet table to celebrate our anniversary and we were accommodated. What's more several of the staff offered their congratulations - they had done their homework. The exemplary service continued all night. If you are in Stratford, you have an obligation to your taste buds - dine at The Prune.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Martin
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We try to get to the Prune. Every time we visit Stratford.We think it is the best restaurant in the area with great food,great ambience and an attentive and knowledgable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    theJlos
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We found the Prune's prix fixe menu offered outstanding value on our recent visit. First courses and entrees are varied and prepared with great attention to detail. We had salmon and black cod and were extremely pleased with the choices. Presentation is appealing and serving staff are attentive and friendly. The wine list has a nice selection of wine by the glass as well as a broader selection of bottles. Within walking distance of the Stratford Festival's two main venues, it is a great choice for a pre-show or evening meal .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience
    Km32
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was creative -- very good tasting and well-presented. The service wasn't so great. Our waiter took quite awhile to come to our table and after our order was taken he passed by once to ask how everything was but we never saw him again until we walked out--he was at the front desk and just say "bye guys" to my husband and I. The restaurant has a lot of young people supporting the service--they were great (and we heard they are part of a culinary program). We asked one how the restaurant got its name--he had a ready answer. Their wine selection was... interesting. Primarily Niagara wines, which the waiter said he doesn't like. We found a good one, though.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food !!
    JFSWDF
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great place for a special occasion or pre Theatre. Food was excellent- nicely presented. The buns to die for. Our server (Alex) was the best, professional, friendly - he was very knowledgeable about the food - able to answer all questions. In fact his description of the black cod made it sound so good that I decided to have that instead of what I had chosen, it was cooked to perfection and it lived up to his description. The hanger steak excellent also. Not a place for people who are looking for large volumes of food, but for those who want to savor each bite. The service was a little slow, but it allowed us time to savour the excellent wine while waiting . If dining before theatre, allow lots of time for a nice relaxing meal.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stratford Highlight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The Prune is certainly among the best restaurants in Stratford, Ontario. As one would imagine they cater to the theater crowd but even a small pre-theater meal will be outstanding. Great food, great presentation, innovative and creative. Eat there when you have the time to fully enjoy the food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant
    Suzy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Whenever I book a play at Stratford, I book a reservation at The Prune. It never disappoints. Exquisite food, ambiance, and service.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Great night
    brrtee
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We chose the Prune for a family celebration and the night couldn't have been better, from the beverage selection, to the menu choices and of course the outstanding service, we all felt perfectly attended to and loved the food immensely. Thanks to all at the Prune
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing
    Nance
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner. Everything was delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theatre dining at the Prune
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Lovely restaurant , creative dishes ! Appreciated the choice for 2, 3 or 4 courses for prix fixe selection
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Romance
    robbiebuzz
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I visited the Prune in Stratford for a romantic evening out. The Prune was outstanding. Romantic setting , professional service and the food was fit for a king. We loved this experience and will be back . A great place for friends to have a lovely time and a great place for lovers to find that sparkle.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.