The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant

4.5
420 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
Enjoy a formal dinner in The Restaurant or opt for the more relaxed atmosphere of The Lounge. Light and airy, The Restaurant offers the perfect place for fine dining. Soft tones and a vaulted ceiling lend an air of romance to the venue. Seventy four seats are divided between the main, semi-private and private dining rooms. Upscale casual is how we would describe The Lounge. A great place for a drink… or a meal. Dark and intimate, it is the spot for a casual dinner with friends.
Executive Chef Arron Carley describes the vision for the new 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.“
Pastry Chef: Gilad Rozenberg
Forager: Phil Phillips
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian, Contemporary Canadian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 7:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dining Room: Thursday -
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Lounge: open daily 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(855) 708-7100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Arron Carley
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Private party facilities
Two private rooms: one seating up to 45 people; the second, an intimate private room with its own entrance seating up to fifteen people.
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Private party contact
Molly Berg mberg@thebruce.ca: (519) 508-7100
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ontario St.
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Parking details
All hotel guests include private covered lot. Restaurant guests may park on site during their dining experience.
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Special events & promotions
Holiday parties and family occasions find an elegant home at The Restaurant at The Bruce. Recognizing each event is unique, our staff will work alongside you to create the perfect affair- from simple to elaborate.


WEDDINGS & CORPORATE RETREATS

With exclusive use, service and privacy are taken to the next level. Brides and CEOs can relax in the knowledge that their event is the only focus of staff and the entire property is exclusively for the use of their guests.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 420 People Are Saying
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PA
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quiet, white linens, good quality food. Didn't stay at the hotel, but may look into it for next time.

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

We went for supper, all of the staff were exceptional. They made our visit very enjoyable. The food was great and the price reasonable.

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DA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A truly genuine experience. The atmosphere was comfortable and pleasant while being a step above. Creative dishes prepared with excellence. Tremendous attention to detail from the cocktails through the desserts.

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MR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very friendly greeting and loved our table. Our waitress was excellent and attentive. The food was fabulous. Really looking forward to returning for lunch or dinner.

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TM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening before theater...the hostess Merle was extremely helpful. We will be back!!

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CV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bruce is one of the nicer hotels I have stayed in. Very well appointed through-out. Staff exceptionally courteous and helpful and the food was outstanding. Perfect get away for our sister's weekend. I will return.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

only problem dining room was closed and we are in the bar area
pleasant but would have bee. nice to know that dr closed

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HM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Table was scratched and pitted. Sent buns back as They were so stale I couldn’t even break one open. Sent food back as fries were cold. Overpriced for quality of the dinner.

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MI
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The meal was as we expected...very good!
I am a celiac and they accommodated my needs easily. On our way home we planned to return and stay in the lovely hotel!

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JC
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience at this restaurant. The food was very inspired and the service was outstanding .

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JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate at the Bruce before an evening theater show. The food was exceptional -- one of us had the beet salad and halibut entree; the other had the squid appetizer and duck entree. There was no room for dessert! The depth of taste was remarkable across all of our choices. When lentils can almost outshine halibut, you know you have a good dish! My only quibble was the longish gap between appetizers and entrees. We still got to the nearby theater in plenty of time but the pacing was a little off.

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n
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at The Bruce. Good wine list and selection. Also, the people who worked at the bar, desk, and in the restaurant were very attentive.

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DR
Grand Rapids
60 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is fantastic! We always do the three-course meal and the liver pate as well as halibut is outstanding! Wine selection is comprehensive so try a Canadian wine!

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

I have a wonderful relaxing brunch at the Bruce with a very attentative (but not too much) staff. The food was great and it was so relaxing to eat and watch birds fly over the private garden

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OT
Detroit
119 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Limited menu but delicious food and perfect service.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The only thing stopping me from rating The Bruce 5 stars across the board was a slight lack of professionalism in the service. It was friendly and efficient but it really is irritating to be told that every single choice we made was “perfect” and “wonderful”. What I order for dinner is not perfect or wonderful and I don’t want the wait staff’s approval of what I choose to eat. It’s patronizing, not polite. I expect better from a high end, expensive restaurant like this. The sommelier was outstanding.

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ST
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

We were very impressed by the minimalist decor and the view outside the soaring windows.
however the food was a disappointment from start to finish, including barely warm coffee.
The service was impeccable but the whole experience was disappointing as the food, after all, is why you are there.

Sharon taylor

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good friend and I came for dinner before the Rocky Horror Show to celebrate her birthday and promotion. We both work in the industry and were beyond excited for dinner at The Bruce. We decided to go all out and do the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings. It was absolutely beyond anything we could have imagined. Every dish was absolutely perfect, with the highlight for me being the venison and for my friend the grilled cheese and pate. Our server Dana was fantastic, going through each dish with us and sharing in our excitement and nerdiness for all of the food. Jonny, the sommelier, was so knowledgeable and described each of our pairings beautifully. The Chenin Blanc was ridiculous. Overall such an amazing experience, from the food, the wine, the service, ambience; everything was perfect.

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W
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food & service! The town & theatre worth the drive!

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RS
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant at the Bruce was excellent! Food and service were both superior, and the room was very nice with tables nicely spaced and large picture windows connected to exterior grades. First rate!

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h
Manitoba
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience and service was excellent. As we had no choice re: the day of meeting, we came on a Monday and were restricted to the lounge menu. Almost all the selections which interested us were deep-fried which was not in our view healthy. I had the skirt steak and it was not well marinated. the vegetables were overloaded with french fries and a few over cooked fried onions. The two desserts tried were considered to be very good (strawberry shortcake and pannacotta). Even the pannacotta seemed to have too large crand greasy a crueller for the delicacy and tastiness of the dessert. We were very happy with the server who did everything she could to accommodate us by turning down the music and being as unobtrusive as possible as we were having a small family re-connection. I would only come again perhaps on a day the dining room menu was available and not limited to the lounge menu.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic brunch! Will return for dinner in the future

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MA
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizers (smoked salmon & duck mousse) were amazing. We had the halibut special that was absolutely perfect. We would order any of these items again! The weakest part of the meal were the desserts. They were average but beautiful. They also need to add some type of chocolate on the dessert menu. We hope to visit there again.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary here, after a wonderful play. Great food, service, and wine selection! The only down side is we thought the prices were high.

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LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pricier than I usually go, but worth it. Dinner is an event, with superb presentation. Lunch is less so but still good.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu choices focussing on ‘Canada’ were much appreciated. Our servers were professionally friendly and knowledgeable. Also enjoyed the live piano music.

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Although I made the reservation one week in advance, we were not placed in the dining room, but in the lounge. The food and service were good, but we sat beside a lady working on her computer and not eating and with a family of young children. As two senior ladies, I expected better quality for me and my friend from your establishment.

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n
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

service was nice & attentive when we ate lunch on the patio. It is very close to the festival theater (walking to it), With that said I was surprised at the tiny size of the salad (only a few pieces of lettuce, one third of the bowl had nothing on it, making it seem like they forgot to finish filling the salad plate bowl), and when I had an expresso at the end of the meal it came in a demitasse cup, but there was only about 1 tablespoon of expreso in the cup, again only a partial serving & for $ 2.50 ! - having lived in france for a long time as well as plenty of dining on this continent I was shocked at the tiny serving and seriously it doesn't cost but a few cents more to create a proper serving size

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RO
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but pricy. Service was excellent but a bit slow

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ES
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely but pricy restaurant with wonderful service. Only a short walk to the Festival Theater. And it’s QUIET.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We had the pickerel, lamb, and pork cutlet from the lunch menu. All great meals and price was reasonable. The dinner menu was way overpriced though at $40 to $50 a meal. Langdon Hall in Cambridge isn’t even that expensive and the quality and inventiveness there is much greater. However, the wine prices were reasonable - $10 for a glass at the Bruce vs $20 at Langdon.

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DD
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for breakfast. Service was as amazing as the food.

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MP
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. One of my top rated restaurants and a restaurant I use to compare all others against.

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DH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed the seasonal tasting menu with the wine pairings. Our experience was outstanding and we highly recommend this restaurant. The paprika honey butter served with the sourdough boule was made from honey made on premises by local bees! It doesn’t get any more carefully done than that.
Thank you Chef Arron, our server John and our talented sommelier Brie who made our evening so special.

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

Breakfast was outstanding. Everything we ate and we ate a lot was yummy and not particularly fattening!! We ate breakfast twice and each time consistently delicious! Great service and ambiance (of course we chose the less formal dining room) and comfort!

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

This was our first visit to the Bruce and will certainly return. Food and service was great.

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K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first experience at this restaurant and definitely won’t be our last! The food was creative and delicious! The service was attentive without being overbearing. We did the wine pairing. The sommelier was very informative! Can’t wait to come back next year!

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TW
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Dining Experience! Food, staff and surrounding all great! We will return!
A gem right here in Stratford!♥

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LP
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place for a special occasion
My lady friends and I always enjoy our lunch dates at the Bruce, beautiful atmosphere,great food, no rush lots of time to catch up, just perfect

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I
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious starters lived up to their well-crafted narratives, especially the Haida Gwaii Tuna. We appreciated the attractive split of our shared Duck entré. Service was attentive, ensuring a timely departure for the 8:00 pm show at the Festival Theater.

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