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The Prune
The Prune

The Prune Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theprune.com/index.php
  • Phone: (519) 271-5052
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Contemporary French, 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 (519) 271-5052
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 and 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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 !!!!!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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 ."
    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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Whenever I book a play at Stratford, I book a reservation at The Prune. It never disappoints. Exquisite food, ambiance, and service."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner. Everything was delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant , creative dishes ! Appreciated the choice for 2, 3 or 4 courses for prix fixe selection"
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was our best dining experience at The Prune in our decades of visiting this wonderful restaurant. The food, our waiter, the ambience, the wine advice, all were top-notch. In fact, when asking about wine, our waiter/sommelier told us that there was a wine not on the wine list that would be perfect for what we ordered, and it indeed was. It was also the last bottle they had of this particular wine! All in all, a perfect and perfectly wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great three-course prix fixe dinner at Prune. Our server was attentive and our courses arrived at regular, unhurried intervals. The food was outstanding and we will return when we are in Stratford next."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We go once a year to Stratford to enjoy the Theater Festival. You can be sure that Prunes will be part of our regular itinerary. Amazing food, ambiance, décor. All the ingredients were there to ensure an amazing moment. Service from Alex was exceptional. He has this sense of finding how the guests like to be served and customizes accordingly. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! to the team. Way to go! We'll be back! (Thanks Jessie for the recommendation - I owe you!)"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The attention to food is fabulous at the Prune, The use of local foodstuffs is great. The meal overall first rate."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Although the atmosphere at the Prune was lovely and the service perfect, the meal was not without its disappointments. We were ready for the portions to be modest/small, as is customary at some of the finer restaurants. But the rolls were just a step above hamburger bun quality- white puffs, little texture or taste, no butter. Two of us had risotto which we found chewy, not creamy, like a scoop of rice with veggies. The polenta was excellent, as was the bass, which all 3 of us chose. The main course is served almost alone on the plate and vegetables are extra. Desserts were good (chocolate bread pudding ) but very small portions. All in all we had a nice meal but not unforgettable. We'd try another place before we returned there."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went to The Prune to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I noted this in our reservation with Open Table, and all of the serving staff congratulated us. Simply put, the food was divine and the service exemplary."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Lots of really great things on the menu, all carefully planned, beautifully presented, and delicious. I had the beet salad, risotto, the salmon entree, and chocolate bread pudding. My dinner companions had the soup, hangar steak and potatoes, chicken and chard, strawberry dessert, and apple cake dessert. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We had dinner after a matinee performance. It was a really pleasant and relaxed meal. Great service. We all agreed, the chocolate bread pudding was our favorite part of the meal."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Without a doubt the Cod was cooked to perfection with a Thai flavor to it. And the sweet pea soup had a wonderful, light flavor to it. The risotto was a let down, rather bland (there is no salt or pepper on the table) and way to many peas in it. If there are only 2 of you, beware of where they seat you. It's an old house made into a restaurant. Very cozy and eclectic in atmosphere, but don't get the table that stares into the kitchen, is squished into a corner, and is the main path where all the waiters rush by on there way to the dining room."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "A favorite Stratford restaurant. Excellent service; great staff. Our party of 4 enjoyed the full meal with wine. Great attention to detail; answered all questions about the menu items with specific information. Support staff was excellent making sure our dining experience was excellent. A definite return visit will be planned. We also went to the new restaurant, The Bruce. The Prune is competitive to The Bruce and even better for some in our group."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had an delightful dining experience and will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The Prune is a favourite spot of ours in Stratford. Every time we come to Stratford we enjoy a delicious meal here. We can count on attentive service and are never disappointed with the food."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Once again a great meal at a comfortable table with a perfectly trained and informed staff. The seared tuna was done the way it needed to be. The wine list provided the necessary choices. Dessert and tea ended the meal with perfection."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We started with a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate Canada Day. Appetizers were an heirloom beet salad, house cured salmon and their take on oysters Rockefeller which featured Caribou oysters with a miso-flavoured crumb on top that was lightly broiled (delicious). Two of us had the roast chicken with foraged mushrooms (morels - yum) and the others enjoyed the stuffed poblano pepper entree and slow-cooked salmon. Our waiter suggested a Cabernet Franc from Pearl Morissette Winery that was not on their wine list. It was our introduction to the wines of this Niagara-based vineyard and it was a perfect choice. The service was perfect (well-informed, helpful, unobtrusive), the food and wine were delicious and we will be back!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "One of the things that we enjoy most about going out for dinner is having choices on the menu of items we wouldn't or couldn't prepare ourselves. The dessert we had from this menu was not only delicious, it sparked our interest and was totally different from what we ever could have imagined. It was a real treat to go to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "incredible foods and fantastic service I recommend this to everyone"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " We went before the evening show. The food was very good. The service was attentive. We selected a bottle of lower priced wine and were pleased with our selection. Although pricey, I would say it was a reasonable value for for what we paid. I would recommend the place for a special occasion or as part of a romantic evening."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Simply put, this was the best dining experience I have had in a very long time."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was a lovely place to celebrate a special birthday. The food was I great and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had been to The Prune in the past and found the service and food not the best. This time we had the best service and amazing food. So far the best dinner in Stratford"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "While the ambience and service at The Prune were excellent, the kitchen tries too hard to be gastronomically cutting-edge. If a chef wants to do molecular, please be easy on the foam. Please cook the lobster completely. And please, please stay away from parsnip ice cream and rhubarb jelly. That dessert dish was tortured out of all resemblance to its original elements. The pea and asparagus soup was lovely. Should have stuck with that alone. It didn't need that meat ball in it. I applaud the locavore efforts...but if going that way, then trust the ingredients themselves and stay out of the way! Let them shine -- don't pummel them into submission to the chef's whims...."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Staff was not engaged and bordered on snobby when it came to ordering our meal. We came to celebrate a special occasion and it felt as though the staff could've cared less. Food was well prepared, but uninspired. Ambience was in line with a "modern" retirement home."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
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