The Prune
The Prune

The Prune

  • 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: 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
136 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (107)special occasion (96)romantic (65)neighborhood gem (45)notable wine list (42)good for groups (17)scenic view (11)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Old-timer remembers
    Oldtimer
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    An excellent experience. I dined more than once at the opening season of The Old Prune way back when the restaurant was a breath of fresh air from the stuffiness of the older established restaurants in Stratford. I particularly enjoyed the garden. One of the house wines was a Hungarian red at about $2.50 a glass. The quality of the food and the ambience have been maintained or improved - a marked achievement. My only minor complaint is that some tables are too close together. I asked for a vacant table for two close to the window but the host said all tables were reserved. Your coffee is the best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Prune.....Plum On!
    thornhillfoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    From the friendly greeting at the door, to the impeccable service from the dining room staff to the outstanding dinner, our evening could not have been better. We enjoyed the Prix Fixe menu which gave us 3 or 4 categories to choose from. Very interesting array of appetizers, mid courses, mains & delectable desserts. Chicken Liver pate was amazing as was the polenta with cavolo nero. Mains enjoyed were duck breast and hanger steak which were both done to perfection. Almost too full for dessert but not to be missed was the chocolate ganache. Presentation all around receives top marks. Lovely cocktail & wine list. We will go back again when we return to Stratford.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our meals were excellent but I was a bit disappointed in the wine list and the service. I thought the waiter would have been much more friendly and approachable just by virtue of the clientele (lots of theatre goers, out of towners, etc. The wine list was not very extensive. I thought they should have had more of a selection and in the mid price range - $55 to $75.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Who so pretentious?
    RegularStratforder
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    When the host turned down the lights, I asked the server to put them up a little so I could read. The host brought over a flashlight and said "We turn down the lights at this time [of the evening] to create a romantic atmosphere." Let's not take ourselves so seriously, people.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    notsoupscale
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went to the Prune with another couple, expecting a relaxing, upscale dinner. Our expectations were definitely exceeded. The service was impeccable, without being stuffy, the atmosphere was great, with the decor being upscale, but the overall mood being a bit more relaxed, and the food was delicious. The plating was wonderful, particularly with the appetizers, and the portions, while being appropriate for a four course dinner, were not too skimpy. We were able to enjoy our meal, our wine, and our companions, without feeling rushed. We will definitely be returning next season, and we are looking forward to visiting in the off season, when the chef school students are perfecting their art.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Decided to skip out on Saturday theatre and go to the Prune. Service was fantastic, which can be a bit hit and miss in Stratford.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely meal
    takh
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    we greatly enjoyed our meal,it was a special weekend for us and they lived up to our expectations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still fabulous ...
    MAMS
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    ... after all these years! We hadn't been to The Prune, in many years, but decided to try it again. We were not disappointed! Everything was just as fabulous as we remembered ... the ambiance, the service and the food were all outstanding! We'll definitely return!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Perfect evening
    Tica457
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal and were looking forward to good food and a nice atmosphere. We were not disappointed! The waiters we attentive, but not annoyingly so. They gave good advice on the menu and wine. I had the beet salad and the salmon, which were delicious. My friend had the beef, cooked perfectly, and the corn chowder. For dessert I had the new fall menu item, the pumpkin mousse pie with sage ice cream. So beautiful, and delicious. By the end of the evening we were pleasantly full, and happy with our nice evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience
    DRNO
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    From the perfect dirty martini to the delicious pumpkin dessert, we enjoyed our total dining experience! The food was amazing - every dish was perfect as the presentation was a work of art and the taste was memorable. The service was excellent and loved the fact that they have young servers learning the business and being guided by the experienced staff. Would recommend this restaurant as it was a truly wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food poor service
    tpdols
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had dinner at the Old Prune before Theatre. We arrived at 5:30 and barely made our show at 8:00. The food was outstanding, but service was inattentive. Our wine didn't arrive until after our first course, other items came out in a very leisurely fashion. There are enough great restaurants in Stratford that I won't rush back to the Prune.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Prune
    tom1941
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A regular dining toon when we are in Stratford for our annual theater experience. This year the chef himself brought our entree to the table. We'll be back again on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful
    24dinner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My husband and I planned a special getaway in Stratford to attend the Festival but also for a relaxing and special three days. I had always wanted to try The Prune from the reviews and finally made the booking. It was perfect! In every way......We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall review
    shanny
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had not been since 2003 - now under new owners with same chef as before. It was wonderful with great menu and price selections. Staff and servers were excellent! Definitely need reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stratford Gem
    Stratfordgirl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've lived in Stratford my whole life, and have never been to the Old Prune. Amazing food, presentation, and atmosphere. The staff were incredible and made the night absolutely perfect. Would definitely go back again. Top contender for my favourite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    guelphvisitor
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A perfect evening before the theatre. Service was excellent. Risotto memorable and the peach pie a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise
    iMike
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Has been many years since I was here. Was not impressed then It has now become my #1 in Stratford. Kudos to the staff, bartender (Joel?), waitstaff, chefs. Phenomenal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A very good prix fixe dinner. Rather small portions, but beautifully plated. Fine pickerel, hanger steak, beet salad, desserts. Very fine dining in Stratford.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    Dick
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    After dining in Stratford for many years, on our annual theater journey, we discovered The Prune this year. What have we been missing for the last ten years! The Prune offered one of the finest dining experiences we have ever experienced including often dinning in Toronto, New York and many Euopean cities. We will have no need to search the theater dinning brochure next year as we will dine at The Prune.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Dining at The Prune was a wonderful way to spend an evening in Stratford. The food was exceptional - absolutely delicious, impeccably prepared, beautifully presented and perfect portion sizes. Wait staff were friendly, efficient and unobtrusive and more than willing to go "above and beyond". The whole evening was an absolute pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food
    Foodandplays
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After a very nice amuse bouche and some fairly good appetizers it was downhill fast, despite a pleasant bottle of wine. The mid courses were bland, lacking any contrasting favors; the risotto was forgettable and short of the promised veggie components. The main course, served without accompaniment, was also bland, almost tasteless. The items were attractively plated, but lacked substance. It seemed the chef was focused on appearance, not taste. Others seemed to enjoy the dessert, which I did not have. You definitely want to order a veggie dish to go with the main course, and skip the midcourse. Our server was excellent.
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  • Stratford's best
    diningisdynamite
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Lovely food. Very attentive but not obsequious service as we have found in other higher end Stratford restaurants. Great to have choice of how many courses to have in order to tailor it to the time available if you are going to a show or if you have all evening. Attention to detail was there from the start - with drinks, amuse-bouches and bread.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasure
    sistersnightout
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My sister and I ate at the Prune on Thursday before the play . We were greeted right at the front door by two friendl young women and greeted by any staff we passed on the way to our table. That made us feel welcome. We were shown to a table and then decided to move to the window and it was not a problem. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful in choosing our meal and we were given time to make the right choice. The meal was not rushed but we were guided along so that we would not be late for then play. We asked about two young men sitting near us and were told that they were trainees who were being given a chance to have a meal and discover what is was like to be a client. We were delighted with the overall experience
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The evenomh was great.
    Chase
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Everything was excellent, (wine, ambiance, service and flowers) but the food presentation and tastes were extraordinary
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    Dindiner63
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My husband and I were searching for a nice place to celebrate our 26th Anniversary and happened upon the Prune online as we were staying down the road at St. Mary's. The real thing far outshone what we saw online, from the location, to the staff and food...all was superb. What else could one expect from a restaurant that plays host to aspiring chefs during the winter months? It's also a good sign when chefs from other local spots come here to eat as they did this night...even having the same meal we did! Easy to recommend this place as a "must dine here".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    An excellent dinner; always a bit anxious-making to dine pre-theatre, but no worries here - we felt neither rushed nor forgotten. Staff were friendly & gracious, service was smooth & attentive without being fussy. At first, we were seated in the front room beside a large and enthusiastic group. The staff noticed & whisked us away to a lovely table in the back room, We opted for three courses - everything delicious (chicken liver mousse, black cod, hangar steak, peach tarte, chocolate ganache) & portion sizes perfect. Small wine list but varied - staff very knowledgeable & helpful. With complimentary sparkling water and ameuse bouche, our final bill reflected good value. Then a stellar production of King Lear. A truly wonderful evening!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smee
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Loved the attention to detail and presentation. Pleasing to the eye and to the palate. A unique ànd delectable experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service
    GeologistJohn
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The cod was to die for, the watermelon with Basil ice cream was also outstanding. We had a very lONG wait for requested bread,promised a muse which did not appear. 30 minute wait for dessert. Would go again and look for a different waiter , although I think the culprit was actually the manager trying to do too many things at once!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cannot wait to go back
    GreatLakesLove
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first time dining at The Prune. It was a fantastic experience in every way. the Host and waitstaff were all friendly and obliging (and we loved seeing all the young people working there!). The food was just fabulous. Embracing local/regional sources for both the food and the drink is something we believe in. We thought that the pricing was very reasonable and like the concept of flexibility in choosing courses. Our dinner was part of a day at Stratford, and followed attendance of one of the great plays. However, we now look forward to heading to Stratford just for a fine dinner out even after the theatre season ends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive Prune
    finefoodfan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very impressed with attentive staff. Water glasses always full. Everyone very polite and curtious. Unique menu items. Beautiful presentation and flavourful food. Tables very close together which made it difficult for conversation. As room filled up, it became very loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Big C
    TheBigC
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Power actually went out during ou visit but the food was still terrific. Pricey to be sure, but great fior a special night out.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The ambience and the service were excellent. The waitresses were very attentive. Given the price of our meal which came to 175$ for 2 people and only one glass of wine we thought the food would have been spectacular. The beet salad was very small which for a gourmet restaurant you might expect but such a salad should be amazing. It was only ok. My wife had risotto as an appetizer and this was undercooked. The tuna main course not quite cooked properly. Again if we had had this meal at a regular restaurant and the price was about $75 we would have rated it differently but we put it at a higher standard given the reputation and the cost.
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  • Great food, slow service
    Afrogat4
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We certainly enjoyed the food, hanger steak for my husband and black cod for myself. The mashed potatoes were delicious. However, the service was way too slow and I am sure we had to wait one hour between our first and our second course. The head waiter was very apologetic when we made some comments and offered us desserts. Although we didn't accept his offer, we appreciated the gesture. We were not charged for our pre-dinner drinks instead. Shall we be back? Certainly! The menu is short, but there is something for every tasteI
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolutely wonderful
    stho
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    we enjoyed everything about The Prune. The food was creative without being silly; for example, brown butter ice cream was delicious. The signature chicken liver mousse with prunes was also delicious, as was the creamy polenta with herbed goat cheese. Staff is terrific without being annoying. if we lived near Stratford, we'd be there often.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • FatPeter
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Still great after all these years Seamless transition to new ownership Love the young and attentive staff. Bonus ! The Beiber wea NOT there
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous
    Foodie61
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We eat here every time we are in Stratford, which is almost every year. We have never been disappointed, but I must say this summer 2014 was the best ever
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • A rare find!
    Gofigure49
    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.
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    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.
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    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another winning dinner at The Prune
    sandy
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.