The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant

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Pre/post Theatre
Enjoy a formal dinner in The Restaurant or opt for the more relaxed atmosphere of The Lounge.

*** Please specify Dining Room or Lounge menu when making an online reservation in the Special Request Box. Limited seating available in the Lounge area. ***

The Restaurant offers the perfect place for fine dining. Soft tones and a vaulted ceiling lend an air of romance. Seventy-four seats are divided between our Main, Hamnet (semi-private), and Judith (private) dining rooms. Afternoon tea is served one Sunday a month, 2-4 pm by reservation only.

The upscale, casual Lounge is a great place for a drink or dinner with friends. Mondays feature our fun and creative "Local's Night" menus.

"Looking into our past and understanding our roots as well as looking forward into the undiscovered wilderness of our nation we will forge New Canadian Cuisine."
- Executive Chef Arron Carley
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MS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor, attentive staff and excellent food!!

M
Vancouver
40 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings, fantastic service and wonderful food. The Bruce hotel is great for brunch, lunch or supper. Really enjoyed our meal, the service and surroundings.

SM
Toronto
49 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and atmosphere is all first class! Our second wonderful dining experience in a month and it won’t be our last!

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Bruce.

PP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Leslie made the day. Her attention to detail and sense of timing was impeccable.

I told everyone Who might be remotely interested how great the service was.

The food was good. Presentation excellent. I had the pickerel which may have been a little over cooked, and the sides could have been a little warmer, but all in all very good.

We will from definitely go back, and, continue to talk about it.

Thank you Leslie

d
Las Vegas
42 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular and service was out of this world. Very great wine list as well.

SH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I was just a little disappointed in our timing. Restaurant was not that busy and yet we were there prior to noon and received bill around 1:20 p.m. and then headed to a 2 pm performance at the theatre. We would have had dessert but no time

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food, tea, and desserts were all delicious. The Bruce hotel is very nice and the staff were very friendly.

RF
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best restaurant in the area by far. Excellent food and staff. We felt welcomed and comfortable. The perch was absolutely amazing. We would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return soon.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Bruce Hotel , birthday lunch for my sister was wonderful.. would certainly go back. Service was amazing. Surprise birthday desert was a awesome. Will be back.

A
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and top notch chefs, the food quality is better than all of the high end hotels and restaurants in Toronto.

C
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our lunch visit very much. The staff were welcoming and gracious. It happened that there only a few guests so it was quiet and we wandered about enjoying the artwork and decor. When we asked, a staff person took time to tell us some of the history and to answer our questions. The food was very good and the walk through the grounds to the theatre was enjoyable. Our only regret was that we had hoped we could come back after the performance and have a wonderful peach dessert that we noticed as we were exiting. Alas, it turned out to be available only as part of the dinner.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot find yourself ever venturing wrongly with The Restaurant at the Bruce - their service is some of the most spectacular I’ve experienced, and on-par with many of the Michelin star restaurants I’ve dined within. Yet still, this Restaurant - and the Hotel as a whole - remain a steadfast and endeared haunt of mine. If you have within you a sense of things that are finer and a preference for the excess, this Restaurant is calling your name - you’ve only to listen.

After all - if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.

T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We booked reservations at The Lounge inside the Bruce Hotel. We also had theatre tickets so timing was important. We were seated in the dining room. After realizing the menu was different, much more expensive and more formal, we asked to be seated in the lounge since we booked it for its menu. We were told they sometimes have a problem with online bookings and that the Lounge was totally booked. We asked if we could order from lounge menu ( we were literally so close we were looking inside the Lounge) told no... we cannot. After waiting 15 min, they seated us in The Lounge. Ordered wine, soup and a charcuterie board. Waited another 10 min then told we needed to get all food at once since we were running out of time. Also told, they were out of that wine. We are now 30 min into our reservation and still only have water.
Service was terrible and unorganized. Cellar board was just ok.
Hotel was stunning and relaxing.... too bad the restaurant doesn’t seem to have its s*** together.

b
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

the food was excellent and our server was lovely, but there were some snags - pretty sure they were understaffed. One of the drinks on the menu (the Amanda) wasn't available, which seemed a bit weird because it was mostly gin LOL. Also, it took a long time to get our drinks - the salad came before we got our cocktails and the wine came after the entree. Also, there was no one who could recommend the wine - we ended up just ordering a cab sauv.

Having said all this, I have now eaten at The Bruce three times and the food is really, really excellent.

SM
Toronto
49 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience, even just for lunch. The best Club House Sandwich EVER!! So fresh. Can’t wait to go back and try The Bruce Burger or the Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

A must stop in dining experience before or after a visit to the Festival!

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Perhaps it was the confusion between menus on open table, or the phone call (very unexpected ) from the hostess, but we found ourselves booked into a VERY formal dining room . Lovely bread with honeyed butter, interesting appetizers, and delicious mains.... The menu promised exquisite- sounding additions to the mains, but these additional tastes were tinier than a salt spoon - practically impossible to discover the taste. My wild halibut was good, my companion's steak was also good and well prepared. The sides ..not very interesting.
I found the concept of" all Canadian food" to have definite limitations when it came to flavour. No lemons, olive oil or other non-local foods were used. The good service disd not quite make up for the prices.

C
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a repeat visit after the theatre. The food and service was excellent!

C
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Be prepared to make this a special event as you will probably be spending a good amount of time, enjoying excellent food that is well presented in a comfortable setting (and with the prices to match).

GS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the service and the food at the Bruce. From the initial greeting at the front door, to the host and servers and finally to our departure, we felt we were attended to. We had the hamburger on their homemade brioche bun and the chicken. All was delicious and portions were right.
It was a bit pricy but not unexpectedly so for this kind of service and ambience.

JM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch before heading to a play. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. And service was excellent, accommodating a few special requests.
Would highly recommend this venue.

MN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bruce is a beautifully set location, service was amazing, the inhouse churned butter with honey from hives out back was a great start. Just need to find the back path for return visit.

GR
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

HAVE ALREADY RECOMMENDED THIS DINING EXPERIENCE TO MULTIPLE FRIENDS . Good Food and great service and ambiance

KB
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five middle-aged women ate at The Bruce Hotel restaurant before attending a performance at The Festival Theater. We absolutely thrilled with this decision! The restaurant is very "bright" and done in tones of white so it is airy and comfortable. The service was top-notch. I had the lamb dish and would highly recommend it! Two of the ladies had the steak and the other two had the halibut and all of us were pleased.

CS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You don’t have to spend big bucks to eat at The Bruce - I went for lunch and it was lovely and affordable. Excellent server Leslie was very accommodating about the menu, as I have celiac. The chef is a master - every bite had that little something extra to it. Layers of flavor and skill in every bite. I am PICKY and this was yummy. Very upper crust and white tablecloths and chandeliers and such - definitely on another level.

SH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a remarkable meal! We enjoyed the fauna tasting menu with wine pairings and it was worth every penny. The wait staff, sommeliers, and chefs all took time to come and chat with us. The food was beautifully presented and perfectly seasoned. Each chef took their part very seriously which resulted is wonderful and unexpected flavour pairings at each course. After dining here once we have encoded that our next Stratford stay will be at the Bruce so that we will have easy access to dining there throughout our trip. Thank you - it was exceptional.

KB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was perfect except for the Pickerel was charred black. I asked for mine to be well cooked but my friend did not. They were both charred.

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch spot. Love the Bruce.

RO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was our server, and she was exceptional. The menu in the bar lounge is not extensive, but it was big enough. The only complaint is that I was trying to reserve in the restaurant, but OpenTable put us in the lounge due to no space in the restaurant. I thought the lounge was the same menu, but it is not. However, the food was so good that I would gladly return to the lounge, and I will want to try the restaurant for the prix-fix menu and wine pairing.

A
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at The Bruce Hotel is always great, top notch staff and the most delicious food that they provide to their guests.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won't find better service in Stratford.

A
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience has been amazing. I am on a busy trip, and has been going back there for the last two nights, and will go back again tomorrow. The service has been great from the moment you walk in to this hotel.

M
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was fantastic! We had dinner in the lounge and it was perfect for a pre-theater dinner. I would highly recommend!

MB
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fine dining experience. Chef Aaron and his team are exceptional and staff is superb. Just sad that the pastry chef is leaving October 5.

CB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the Hostess to the Bartender and the Servers, all of the them were outstanding and each of them wished me a Happy Birthday!! The food was amazing and plentiful and since it was Locals Night a fantastic 3 course meal was only $35!!! Will definitely be back again!!

RH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Although we heard the service was slow we thought we had lots of time with 1:45 minutes before the theatre. Nope. Had to run to make the start of the play as our (admittedly new waitstaff) seemed to forget about us. Very nice setting with good food and cocktails. Will try again.

NZ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every bite, delicious, relaxing excellent service. Memorable.

NA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beet salad and lamb dinner were delicious. The chocolate dessert was OK. The lamb was so tender and done to perfection.

DH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the Chef’s tasting menu with its new fall elements. We were repeatedly blown away by the tastes textures and aromas of each unique and carefully crafted dish. The server and sommelier were both courteous and informative. The Chef and his entire staff deserve high marks! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

NO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife's birthday and we are glad we chose the Bruce for Lunch. The service was exceptional and the food excellent, although I had the Pickeral that was grilled and I found a little dry. A touch of lemon or dill sauce would have made it excellent. Norm and Ingrid.

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