Bruce Wine Bar

4.6
340 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian

Don’t let the name fool you, this unique eatery boasts more than just a wine list distinguished by a Wine Spectator award.
Designated a Feast Ontario restaurant for its’ commitment to sustainable and organic regional fare, Bruce also serves up the best wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza north of the GTA. Add an impressive roster of independent Canadian musicians playing Fridays and you’ve got the vibe!
A funky eclectic design houses 25 cozy seats surrounding the open kitchen and another 40 in a loft-inspired space which includes a communal harvest table.
Once a tiny wine bar serving small plates three nights/week, Bruce has come into its’ own as a full-scale restaurant offering seasonally focused lunch, dinner and take-away menus daily, as well as catering for private parties and large events.
Feed your curiosity!

The Kitchen serves up lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian, Comfort Food, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30-9:00
Friday and Saturday 11:30AM- Close
Live music Friday nights
2$ Corkage Tuesdays
Open Mic Wednesdays

Our ENTRANCE is in the alley behind the TD Bank in Thornbury
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Phone number
(519) 599-1112
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shaun J Edmonstone
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Catering
Bruce caters all types of functions from family gatherings to weddings. please contact us to discuss.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arthur St West
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Parking details
During the day we would request that you park across the street in the public parking area. In the evening feel free to use the parking at the restaurant
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Public transit
Small town
Behind the TD Bank in Thornbury
Public Parking available across the Street at the Thornbury Post Office
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Entertainment
On Friday there are two dinner show and 7 and 9pm featuring up and coming canadian artists..sometimes it can be a little loud!
On Wednesday night we host an open mic from 8-10pm. featuring singer songwriters and poets
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Special events & promotions
$2 Corkage every Tuesday Night (*applies only to 750ml bottle+ $15 min food charge per person)
Open Mic Wednesday Nights-seat covers may apply
Every Friday night Live music *( cover charge or seat cover may apply)
Large parties Minimum food orders apply
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Wine
What 340 People Are Saying
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CW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening at The Bruce Wine Bar. The food was exceptional and unique, served piping hot! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and did a wonderful job of keeping us happy. We will definitely go again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service!!

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PC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bruce wine bar is my wife and I favourite place to eat and enjoying the atmosphere

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c
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bruce Wine Bar is absolutely wonderful. My fiance and I always have either lunch or dinner here whenever we are in Thornbury. Staff is always attentive and friendly. And the meals are always prepared to perfection!

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Just what we were looking for on our weekend away.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Sat at the long communal table, which I’m ok with. When reserving you have the option to request up or downstairs, and I imagine you can request a small table. Excellent soup, as always, in my experience. And the Bruce version of the Caesar salad is so good. Had the braised short ribs. Not as good as last year’s recipe, sadly. Nicely cooked, generous portion, but in my opinion could have had more flavour. Side veg was kale and mushrooms - I found the kale chewy. I generally don’t enjoy kale for this reason, but my tablemate liked hers. And she found the beef tasty and rich! Dessert was OK; apple and cake, do not recall name of it. Very good wine offered by the glass; we shared a 1/2 litre. Will certainly go back, but I may not order the short ribs.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff, tasty food with a creative flair, a relaxed setting, wood pizza oven = a great night out at Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury!

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T
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great woodfired pizza! good wines and quick service. definitely worth a dinner date

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MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Bruce Wine Bar as had received a gift card. Pleasantly surprised and exceeded our expectations. We will be back.

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ST
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Short rib dinner very dry, not the usual fall apart moist , kale was very tough to chew, would not order again

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J
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A world class local treasure. Exceptional food, entertaining wine list, perfect service. The best!

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruce Wine Bar was a fantastic restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. Our serve was attentive and informative and the food was delicious. We had just got engaged and Bruce Wine Bar was the perfect choice for a celebratory dinner. We would absolutely be back and have already recommended it to a number of our friends!

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HF
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are in Blue Mountain take a trip to Thornbury for this hidden treasure. We love this place! I love the decor and atmosphere. Very romantic upstairs for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent with great knowledge of the food and wine.
Food was amazing. That is our third time there. We will be back.

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GN
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

After trying all the fancy pizzas (I find the pizza to be the best value on the menu), in future I will go with the ckassic Margarita.

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MW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The pizzas were wonderful, but the one and only vegan option which I had was a big disappointment. Described as a Curry but was undercooked veggies and no curry flavour at all. It was just a big salad with lentils

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KG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Really nice restaurant. The service was excellent. Despite our food taking a little longer than expected we still loved everything about this place.

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m
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again an absolutely fantastic experience at Brust Wine bar. Anytime we are anywhere in the neighbourhood we are always making it a point to get there. Their food and wine pairings are outstanding, the wine selection is fantastic, the service is really down to earth and the menu is really really good.

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AP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed the food very much, as usual. We forgot about the live music on Friday nights - the band was good but it's a small space and the noise made conversation difficult.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the live band! The waitress was nice and friendly as well. All around a great place, we have been here before and will be back again. I've already recommended it!

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my husband and myself enjoyed the meal. Getting upstairs was difficult for me but, I managed and took my time going up and coming down. ( not handicap friendly and does not indicate it on web site) It was very pleasant and quiet when we arrived to celebrate my birthday. People started to arrive and kept their voices down which was enjoyable and you could talk to each other. At the end of the meal a group arrived and sat at the long table by the bar and the volume increased considerably. (Very annoying) The waitress and bar maid were excellent.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked lunch here from a recommendation of a host on airbnb. Loved the restaurant decor inside, calm atmosphere, food was delicious, and service was friendly and fast. A definite place to stop and try!

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CS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went for lunch and ate upstairs. The setting is very casual with small tables and one big communal table. We had the tuna tartare, the charcuterie plate and the beef sandwich special. The tuna was our favourite it was delicious. The charcuterie had a variety of meats and pates with pickled egg and pickled apple which was delicious. The beef sandwich was a little disappointing, but that might have only been because the first two dishes were so tasty.
Will definitely go back again. We spent two hours there at lunch time on a Saturday and didn’t feel rushed at all. Very friendly staff.

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B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food.Creative cooking and excellent wines. Recomended.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were spectacular! As always. Try the weekly cocktails specials you won’t be disappointed.

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LS
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very nice but our table was placed right next to the band that was playing. Could hardly hear ourselves talk. Kind of ruined the evening out with our friends.

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KM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy Bruce's Wine Bar. Love the atmosphere and the food.

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C
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Loved the Duck!

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LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal again! Always consistent with great value !

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome , beat food and cocktails up north

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GC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent night out, friendly and very accommodating

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ML
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waiter was rushing us...the beer arrived 5 minutes before the meal...so the meal was finished before the meal. Waiter asked if we wanted dessert twice even though we asked him to let us finish our beer. We ended up having coffee and dessert elsewhere. Food? Not good. Lentils salad with 3 slices of vegetables..for 25$. Pizza with almost no ingredients on it. Do not go.

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AM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Special touches - birthday dessert plate. Delicious appetizers and pizza

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K
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Offering a night of inexpensive corkage is a stroke of genius on their part. Combine that with a pizza from the wood-burning fireplace and you have all the makings of a great evening.

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. The soups are so flavourful and the pizzas are interesting and delicious!

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N
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great staff, fun evening, good pizza and other foods (salad was so so). I agree with some of the other comments about the comfort of the chairs....could be better.

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G
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a really great Friday night at Bruce Wine Bar. Great wine, awesome pizza, good salad and fantastic live music. Service was very good. Wonderful relaxed environment. We will be back again and again!

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RJ
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

All good, food, service. Chairs are super uncomfortable. Wine selection is extremely limited. This is a good restaurant, but it is not a wine bar.

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a
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we eat at Bruce Wine Bar, it’s an excellent dining experience from start to finish!

We’re always seated promptly, and we’re well-looked after throughout the evening.

From appetizers to desserts, the meal is spectacular! One of our favourite apps’ to share is the polenta bites - delicious!

Do yourself a favour when in Thornbury, and dine at Bruce Wine Bar! You’ll be glad you did!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Bruce wine bar and we will definetly return. The food was exceptional, the staff was responsive and friendly. We also really enjoyed the atmosphere. We had the cheese platter and loved EVERY bite.

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