Bruce Wine Bar

4.6
324 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 324 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
22 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
3 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
16 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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MD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We went for a nice date night and got what we expected. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect. The downside of the food was it was a little pricey, which we expected, and the quantity of food were very moderate portions. I’d suggest this for a nice occasional date night for people, or for anyone passing through town.

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CN
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a really great meal at The Bruce wine bar! From start to finish everything was delicious. Huge bonus was the wine was half price that evening!!

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P
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You have to their amazing pizza

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. Great atmosphere, excellent service, wonderful choices and food presentation.

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HM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booking was very easy through OpenTable.
The service was friendly and pleasant from the moment we entered.
The food was excellent. Great ambience.

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MS
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional as always. We really love the place.

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LH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You just can't go wrong dining here.....a true gem....staff is extremely pleasant and service is prompt....

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W
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Only thing that would have made our experience better was if there was live music. It was a Saturday so we thought there would be.
Our server wasn’t overly friendly or attentive, but otherwise a great experience.

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SC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never a disappointment ! We are regulars and the music on Friday nights is always great as is the service and food!

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WV
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I arrived at 1:14 pm. There were 3 tables. The table behind me were having pizza which is wood fired and takes 7 minutes. A man came and sat at another table. He was delivered his meal, ate it and left before I was delivered my pizza. I finally had it at 2:05 pm. Some excuse that they had to hand cut the wood for the oven and it had to heat up. I asked about the previous table having pizza and didn't get an answer. I think the waiter didn't put my order in. The pizza was not good this time and lukewarm. I should have said something but I was alone so I just left and vowed not to myself not to return.

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our experience. Will definitely be back. Our family are regulars and recommended you since we were dog sitting. Have written good review to TripAdvisor. Thanks.

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BW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience,

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TM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place very popular !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome!!!!

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our Go To places for excellent food and wine, great service.

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