Bruce Wine Bar

4.6
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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.
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The Kitchen serves up lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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RitaS
Toronto
1 review
Reviewed on November 15, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Delicious food and excellent service. Great for families or girls night out.

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AndyJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Reviewed on October 4, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Been here a couple of times and its always fantastic. A place to be

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RoseL
Toronto
2 reviews
Reviewed on September 25, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Came here a while back and it was amazing thank you

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venooch
Toronto
8 reviews
Reviewed on August 24, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great wood fired pizzas, amazing wine selection.

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vipDWM1
Toronto
12 reviews
Reviewed on August 21, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

What a great find in Thornbury. Just off main street it feels like a secret. The food on offer is diverse and thoughtful. Never had anything on the menu disappoint. Highly recommend.

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ElissaD
Toronto
1 review
Reviewed on August 12, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Very friendly, local people who also make AMAZING traditional UK food. My family and I go here almost every time we're in town. I get a scotch flight and the shep. pie. We take all of our guests here too. There's parking nearby as well as this restaurant is in the small town of Thornbury. There aren't annoying tourists here.

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vipDaditW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm casual decor with good food and well-rounded wine choices for every budget. One of the best choices for the region and a must if you're eating locally.

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AnnP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went out for dinner at a nice restaurant in Toronto last week, very expensive - Bruce Wine Bar meals were all delicious, as usual, and the bill was considerably less. Very pleasant, friendly wait staff. Our friends had never been before and were impressed. We have never been disappointed.

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theDoley
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Having bad knees however, I found that the stairs were a bit too much for me to want to tackle on a regular basis. Anyone with bad legs, please note that the dining area is up a rather large flight of stairs.

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vipEstherI
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cozy ambiance and very very excellent food! I’ll be back :)

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vipDebbieB
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Loved the whole experience except for the number of kids! Who brings their kids to a wine bar? Also it took a while for us to order a glass of wine and it would have been nice to have more choices by the glass. Nonetheless, the wine was delicious and the pizza was outstanding!

I would definitely return but maybe come at a later time.

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kikic
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

This was a special birthday dinner for a friend's birthday and her first time dining here. The restaurant has two levels with an semi-open kitchen and bar height tables on the main level. When I arrived and saw that we were seated on the main level by the entranceway, I asked if there was something upstairs and the server responded curtly "no, we are all full - it's March break". Yes, there were many children, relatively well-behaved, but I would have preferred to 'show off' the upstairs restaurant to her. (We did take a walk upstairs after dinner - no kids up there). We stayed and dined, but there was quite a din! In the past, the rustic food has been excellent, however, this time the kale salad on the menu was substituted with romaine and the thai soup-of-the-day was served without bread or even a crostini. The special pizza was a disappointment, garlicy but bland. The ice cream dessert was tasty, but not much of it. Thornbury is know for it's up-scale, pricey restaurants, but this time Bruce Wine Bar did not measure up.

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MeaganC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My friend and I shared the fungi pizza and the feature which was chicken and dill sauce and they were literally the best pizzas I've ever had!
Didnt love having to sit in between two groups at a long table but by the time the pizza was in my mouth i didnt care haha

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food

MT
MichelT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great evening, Cindy was great and the food was great value for the money. Good wine list for such a small venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great, except there was a person 2 tables away who’s phone rang 3x and he took the calls and his text or email alerts kept going off the entire time we had lunch-It’s too bad people don’t just understand how rude this is. And that it affects ambiance for others.
I also think a suggestion from restaurant staff to put it on silent may have been warranted.

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RofromTO
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch with friends from out of town. Service was excellent and food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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JillS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was delicious! Loved the Kale salad! Our server was so friendly! We had a great time!

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MarceloG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful little restaurant in Thornbury. Great design, ambience and vibe! We liked the wine list, paired menu options were outstanding, service was perfect and dessert was very good as well. A jewel by the lake!

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CristinaZ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about that place! I cant wait to celebrate there again soon.

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HeatherB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We dine at the BWB on a regular basis, but Saturday's lunch was very disappointing. It was an hour before we received our food, my husband and I shared a burger, which had obviously been sitting for quite a while, was not hot and our friends pizza did not arrive till after we were finished and it was not good. Very disappointing, our server offered us a complimentary dessert, which was kind but really didn't make up for the poor lunch.

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RichardL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday nights are always awesome. Live music hits the spot. Best pizza around! And enjoy your meal with good wine...

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vipBethW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day; wonderful meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, and terrific, knowledgeable waiter. Wild boar was very good, and the recommended wine pairing was perfect. Top shelf!

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addie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Was seated at a communal table for Valentines Day...no prior warning. Ordered 2 drinks, 1st came after 20 minutes, 2nd another 10 minutes later. Having said all that, server was excellent, as was the food. Maybe under staffed?

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Chrisc
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We aLove It here! Easy to make a reservation, staff are always friendly and the food is amazing! Being upstairs is fun and it’s a unique space.

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Stonewhite54
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints, and always friendly faces that remember you name. It still amazes me that the foodies around the Collingwood , Thornbury area have never been. This is a must stop on your food circuit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We arrived at the anointed time, and our host, with little ceremony directed us to our table. We ordered the short ribs, but got pot roast, that's what it tasted like. Not that it wasn't tasty, but we were disappointed, as there was not a rib to be found on the plate, and at a premium price, $33/plate. We ordered wine by the glass, a mediocre Pinot Noir, at $13 a glass. Pizza, the house specialty, may have been a better bet. We were somewhat appeased by dessert, a great chocolate confection. Be aware that the acoustics of the place do not lend themselves to conversation with companions. Dinner for two, with wine and tip came to about $160.

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Heron866
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We always enjoy The Bruce! We know we can go there with confidence of a great meal: whether it be salad and a pizza or one of the specials.. the food is consistently great! We highly recommend it

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IvanaC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We booked two weeks prior but got seated downstairs. Ambiance is like sitting in a takeout restaurant. We kept our coats on because every time the door opened we would get hit with a blast of arctic air (it was the coldest day of the year). Family beside us at the bar had two kids who were yellers and were climbing up on the bar area. Even though the food was good overall a mediocre experience. Would suggest they keep dowmstofor walk ins and take reservations for upstairs. May not make the trek back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time with great food and cocktails. Live the weekly entertainment.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant food, service and ambiance. Live music.

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Bala
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always have a great experience. Tonight entertainer Cory Mercer was exceptional.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love Bruce wine bar. The chefs really are extra skilled and the people are so friendly and fun.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good but entree portion small.

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susanw
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner. Our server was really sweet and attentive and the food was interesting and very tasty. My second time there and I would go back.

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FranR
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our visit very much from the very accommodating hostess to the knowledgeable and helpful wait person. The food was outstanding. The hostess was very accommodating in adjusting our seating arrangement at our request. The only negative comment would be the noise level based on live music in such a small space. Although the music itself was good the noise level was too high to allow for quiet conversation

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Great ambience and food however the kitchen could not manage orders well. Food was slow and ready at different times. Very disappointing.

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jen39
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff with good service. Excellent pizza, salad and sandwiches for lunch. We sat on the high bar stool table downstairs closest to washroom. They also do a brisk takeout pizza business.

DB
vipDeniseB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and warm. Loved
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