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Mon, 5/21
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The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant

4.6
324 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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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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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 324 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.6
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Lovely lunch prior to a theatre date. Will return.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely enjoyed lunch at The Bruce. Kate was an excellent server and the food was fabulous. We really had a great time. Thanks,

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Quality food, with excellent, attentive, Service. Would recommend to Friends. Going back Soon.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Bruce's Mothers' Day Brunch has always been superb and the 2018 edition notched it up even higher! The setting is very understated-elegant. Tables well spaced out. Wait staff all performing at high levels - and the food: superbly thought-out, prepared and presented, and the variety was very broad.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

From the moment we pulled up to the Bruce Hotel, we were impressed with the décor, attention to detail and service!! The people who work here are absolutely wonderful at their jobs! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Love The Bruce. Delicious meal and the ambiance is wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service, the staff is very attentive and food is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The Bruce Hotel Restaurant in Stratford is a gem. In addition to the restaurant & dining experience, we also stayed for the weekend. We had multiple meals, including afternoon tea, in the the main dining room or adjoining rooms. I cannot think of enough superlative words to describe the entire experience.

Firstly, all the staff are trained. If you know what that means you'll realize how exceptional it is.

Of course, the food is second-to-none. From the menu design and preparation & presentation of the main courses to the work of the onsite pastry chef, it is outstanding. I particularly appreciate the chef's desire to maintain a seasonal Canadian theme with the ingredients. We live in a great country with great food yet it seems everybody is trying to present a menu from somewhere else.

The wine list is just right. The selection is broad enough to cover most tastes & pairings without being so large as to be ridiculously pretentious. The sommelier is very knowledgeable & helpful without being condescending.

The Afternoon Tea brings out the tea sommelier! That's a first time I've seen that in Canada.

You get great value for price. Prices are not so high as to be elitist and yet fair enough to allow for good fresh ingredients and quality preparation.

The hotel's facilities are modern and well kept as well. It has every little convenience a guest could need, but that is for a different review!

All-in-all, it was a 10 out of 10

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

An amazing menu wonderfully prepared and magnificent service!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The Bruce was a great choice for Brunch on Sunday. Much more civilized as compared to the usual breakfast joint or buffet experience.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I just treated my friend to a birthday breakfast at the Bruce. It has become our go to place for special occasions. Our server, Leisal, is so friendly and very knowledgeable about the food that is served.
The Bruce is a gem.
Marilyn

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Impeccable service and food! Amazing attention to details and staff that went above and beyond our expectations. It’s with the cheese tray was fabulous., the sommelier outstanding, totally elegant and one of a kind evening. It’s no wonder the Bruce Hitelis in the top 10 in Canada! So fortunate to have e them in Stratford, Ont.
Thank you
Susan Molenhuis

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We enjoyed our brunch with a few exceptions. My husband was offered a coffee refill but I was not. The Eggs Benedict looked terrible. When I made my reservation on line with Open Table, it was stated that the cost included a tip and tax. When I paid the bill, I discovered that this was only included if you bought the complete package of hotel and brunch. I would have liked to know exactly the situation before paying. The prawns were wonderful as were the croissants and a nice selection of cheese. I noted when I made the reservation that one in our party was a gluten free guest and the other had an allergy to poultry. There were some lovely desserts but just fruit for the gluten free. I noted this to one of the servers and they brought me a serving of sorbet. It would have been nice to have a serving of flourless chocolate cake or something similar. I had the tenderloin roast but it was tough. We usually enjoy our visits to The Bruce but not so this time. However, the smoked salmon was wonderful! MildredR

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I will always recommend The Bruce Hotel Restaurant to anyone looking for excellent food and an experience, no matter the occasion. The Bruce Hotel is the full-package experience thanks to the joint effort of the FOH staff and chefs.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Great evening and dinner. Lovely atmosphere wonderful food, wine and service,

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Well, it never disappoints. The Bruce was lovely for brunch again today. The Mickey Mouse pancake for our son was a sweet surprise as was the chance to visit with Santa! We will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Myself and three friends had lunch at The Bruce Hotel this past weekend and cannot say enough good things about it. The food was delicious (everyone loved their various options), the charcuterie board was lovely, and our server was great. For a special occasion, you should definitely go!

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Simply outstanding. Room was fantastic. Issue w shower knob. Too tight to turn on/off. Excellent service. Would highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on October 18, 2017

We were there in summer and enjoyed being outdoors more so than inside. The food was ok but not outstanding selection for a casual lunch and this was new menu. My friend who is GF found that the kitchen did not listen to her requests. Love the boutique hotel atmosphere and will go back just not a great experience this time.

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3.0Dined on October 4, 2017

Virtually empty - 0ne other table when we arrived, two when we left. Food good but not superb. Service haphazard, at one point very good, at another, a vacuum.

But then the pricing- out of this world. Wine pricing in particular was outrageous; my wife ordered a glass of Pinot which came from a screw stoppered bottle (at $C 14 per glass) and which may have been opened some years earlier. 9When i pointed this out it was quickly replaced.

Wonderful location, steps from the Festival Theatre, but requires new management

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband and I made a reservation on open table minutes before arriving for an early dinner. Though we don't often spend this kind of money at restaurants, or choose this level of fine dining, we were welcomed warmly. Staff members were very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Space did seem a bit limited as we were seated fairly close to another couple. Food was very good. My dish (the duck) was exceptional. We would highly recommend The Bruce Hotel to friends and family, and especially for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Love this place it is quite the gem situated in Stratford walking distance to festival theater you can always count on a quiet , clean and superb food and service when you arrive. The restaurant is elegant but not pretentious. Great drinks.

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Best choice for prix fixe before theatre . It is only a 5minutes walk. Perfect wine pairing . We recommande the chocolat dessert !

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2.0Dined on September 20, 2017

having heard this restaurant was supposed to be outstanding, we were very disappointed. while the server was positive, she neglected to bring several basic items we asked for, including salt and pepper.
Great location for the Festival theatre but i doubt i'd return.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Excellent experience overall. Food level up there with some of the best restaurants we have visited. Service was good, but pretty much standard for this price point. Ambiance, noise level and overall feel was excellent.
Special occasion and table reflected the occasion and staff aware and complimented event very well, along with a signature dessert.

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Le menu dégustation Faune était bien présenté , très goûteux et équilibré. Le choix des vins accompagnant chaque met excellent . Nous y retournons ce soir avant le théâtre pour un menu différent .

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food. Great service. The atmosphere and décor are outstanding. Very upscale. You won't be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Great spot for dinner before a show at the Festival Theater. Very good quality food.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Enjoyed the Lounge this time instead of the regular dining room. Nice relaxing atmosphere. Great service. Will return. Highly recommend. Wonderful venue.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

the food was excellent and the service was discreet. Our server was also knowledgeable about the menu.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Fantastic. A restaurant that I compare all other restaurants against. I don't travel to Stratford without reservations at the Bruce.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent food, service and elegant ambiance in a very up scale hotel.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

The menu is too limited. Two burgers out of four lunch sandwiches seemed limiting if you didn't want burger. More diverse choice.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Pre matinee lunch. Shared the charcuterie board for starter. Huge ,waitress put rest in fridge and we picked it up after theatre-we had it in the evening. My wife had the Fogo island cod and I had the mushroom tagliolini. All fantastic.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

What a nice surprise to find this gem of a restaurant so close to Stratford Festival Theater. Beautiful setting, gorgeous dining area, beautiful outdoor patio seating and the menu was innovative and the food delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Extraordinary food with native Canadian ingredients and a new Nordic spirit; bison was delicious and salmon a plate straight from sea

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Superb food and service. Great spot for pre/post show at the Stratford Festival.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

We booked online. When we were seated and had a look at the menu, we realised the selections were different and didn't include the appetisers that had been a big factor in choosing this restaurant. There were actually two places to eat in The Bruce Hotel: The Restaurant, which is where we were booked and The Lounge, which is where they served the things I was asking about. I asked if it would be a problem if we moved to The Lounge. I wondered if I might get some attitude. Not at all. The wait staff whisked us over to the Lounge and in seconds we were seated and our waiter was taking our drink orders.
The service throughout the meal remained excellent. Each course came out in good order, but we were never rushed. The cocktails were delicious. My husband's beloved Caesar salad came with some sort of weird black lettuce. My husband is not adventurous when it comes to food. I feared he wouldn't eat it. Not only did he eat it, he pronounced it really, really tasty. According to our trusty waiter, the produce in the restaurant comes from a locally renowned truck gardener and he sends along whatever he thinks is best and the chef uses it. This was a success.
My squash soup was beautifully presented and very tasty as well. I hadn't realised this was a chilled soup. My personal preference would have been for it to be served hot, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
I had the mushroom taglietelle. The pasta was perfectly done. My husband's steak frites had a good Bearnaise sauce. But the highlight was the 'frites'. These were the most delicious fries ever. Crispy, thin and salted to perfection. I stole a bunch from his plate. If I lived in Stratford, I'd come to this restaurant just for the fries.
We split a chocolate brownie with a side of ice cream for dessert. Yummy.
The bill with three courses, one cocktail each, three soft drinks and coffee came to $152, including an 18% tip. We thought it was extremely reasonable.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

This was a pre Matinee lunch for Myself, my wife and our 15 year old granddaughter. The food was interesting, well made and creatively presented. My wife had the Fogo Island cod, our granddaughter the mushroom tagliatelle and I had the Burger. The Burger was a little bit dry but overall the food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

This is a high end upscale hotel with a foodie type chef who prepares each meal with love and thought. Food portions are adequate and the price is upper but good value for the quality.

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