About Bruce Wine Bar
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 18 cozy seats surrounding the open kitchen and another 30 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 and Sunday Bruce has Brunch!
Canadian, Comfort Food, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 to close
Lunch and Dinner & Sunday for Brunch 11:00-3:30
Live music Friday nights
2$ Corkage Tuesdays
Open Mic Wednesdays
1/2 price wine on Thursdays
Our ENTRANCE is in the alley behind the TD Bank in Thornbury
Arthur St West
CAN$30 and under
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
Bruce caters all types of functions from family gatherings to weddings. please contact us to discuss.
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
Shaun J Edmonstone
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
Bruce Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
We always have a great experience at you ...
We always have a great experience at your restaurant! We love the food, the staff and that it is in town.
The only issue we had was a larger table came in after us, they were rather high maintenance.... It's a small space and our conversations got drowned out😕.
No fault to the restaurant!
Went to the Bruce Wine Bar for dinner - ...
Went to the Bruce Wine Bar for dinner - food and service were good but will probably return for lunch only as we would prefer having dinner without a lot of kids around, which has been our experience the last few times we've been at the Bruce.
What a treasure in thornbury on. Great f ...
What a treasure in thornbury on.
Great food -
i had organic chicken with a wonderful spicy salsa like sauce
My husband had the wood fired pizza
The wine selection was impressive - I had a glass of California cab. Sav.
My husband had a local craft beer
Our server wonderful - knowledgeable and personable
Next time we go will be on a friday
Having worked for clients in Toronto, Mo ...
Having worked for clients in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver I have been lucky to have dined at many fine restaurants. But for simple enjoyment in a relaxed atmosphere it is tough to beat Bruce's wine bar. My wife and I have enjoyed dining at Bruce's on several occasions and have never been disappointed.
The polenta appetizer is a favourite and we love the use of local produce in both the pizza's and main courses. Although not large the selection of by-the-glass wines are well chosen - I have particularly enjoyed the wines from Quails Gate in BC.
I would highly recommend Bruce's for an intimate dinner for two or a small group of friends.
Bruce Wine Bar is a unique dining spot w ...
Bruce Wine Bar is a unique dining spot with top notch entertainment on select nights weekly. The food is always great with creative combinations, with a solid wine/beer selection. Great ambience. It's always a 5 star experience.
Always great food with a varying menu of ...
Always great food with a varying menu of specials. One can taste the freshness and the care the staff take to prepare local and homegrown fare. Great local beers. Steve has a love for independent musicians paired with an eclectic ambiance makes for a memorable experience every time. See you again soon!
Strangely we both had the same starter a ...
Strangely we both had the same starter and entrée. The tomato/buratta salad was mostly greens with perhaps 3 cherry tomatoes cut in half. While it was tasty it was not as expected (I even went back and double checked the description). The braised short rib was a generous portion served with a mashed/crispy potato (like a croquette almost), the carrot puree had no flavor and there were greens on the plate. For desert the flourless chocolate cake (large portion) had good flavor. I had the desert that is served with fruit and a puff pastry - I can't recall the name but it was good. An OK selection of wine by the glass.
Lots of pizza options and I noticed that's what a lot of diners were ordering.
In case it matters to you - they have some high tables for dining including one upstairs that's a communal dining table ... I'm not a fan of high tables and would have specified that I didn't want this if I'd been aware.
The chef Shaun Edmonstone just keeps get ...
The chef Shaun Edmonstone just keeps getting better!!! The food somehow exceeded our expectations which were already high . It was a Friday night and Pat Robitaille was playing. It doesn't get much better than that! Congrats to the hard working team at Bruce Wine Bar for delivering an exceptional customer service experience.
Great little hidden spot in Thornbury. ...
Great little hidden spot in Thornbury. Large wine selection, although they were out of their Rose´ by the glass.
A nice variety of menu items to please kids and adults alike. Food is nicely prepared and the service is friendly.
This was our second visit to Bruce wine ...
This was our second visit to Bruce wine bar and like our first time we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and service. The atmosphere is amazing and we will return many times I'm sure. Our only complaint was that we were seated in the middle of a harvest table with other guests on either side of us, this was much too close for comfort and made it impossible to have an intimate conversation. This was most likely due to the fact that we only made our reservation the day prior, however, we would have much rather waited or come earlier had we have had the knowledge of our seating arrangements. Dispite this awkward situation, we will for sure return and request a private table next time! If you're in Thornbury, this is the place to go for great food and drink!
A quiet lunch with 2 friends turned into ...
A quiet lunch with 2 friends turned into a wonderful experience of great food, wine and a finale of a desserts that were off the chart good. All served by a knowledgeable server, David.
We all voted to return before summer's end!
a less than optimal dining experience
The server did not demonstrate the fundamentals of good service. The food while tasty was expensive. The appetizers (steak tartare) were served with potato chips??? When we asked for something to go more appropriately with our $18 appetizers we were informed there would be an extra charge. The entrees we ordered were $28-$30. The poor service plus the expense made our dinner experience less than hoped for. One of our party was a sommelier and found the wine list interesting. We were taking another couple out for dinner for a special occasion and I was embarrassed. I doubt we will return.
One of the best meals I've ever had. And ...
One of the best meals I've ever had. And I like food. Beef tartare was to die for. The mains were nutrient full without any fillers - think paleo. Local and OceanWise certifies. Every item on the plate had its own well balanced flavour. You will never think I need salt, pepper or hot sauce. Really, really amazing food and a very knowledgable server. Plus nice atmosphere. YOU need to try it. NOW.
Thornbury's gastronomic gem
Hat's off to the Bruce Wine Bar for delivering yet another dining experience par excellence last Friday night that also included superb entertainment at no additional charge. The brussel spout salad brought accolades from our eyes and palate as did the beef tartar. Both dishes are a melange of fresh in-season ingredients creatively assembled to deliver memorable dishes. The splendid wine list is personally selected by the proprietor, an accomplished sommelier, who is readily available at your table to help pair the varietal with the plate. The service is congenial, knowledgeable and professional. Bruce is a must visit when you are in the area.
Our favourite restaurant in Thornbury never fails to disappoint. Tuesday night $2 corkage is great but you need to book early to get a table. We love the ambiance on the lower level, watching them cook up our pizzas. The funghi and fennel pizzas are delicious and great for sharing. The server was pleasant and just the right amount of attentiveness.
You are on to something.
A thoughtful menu full of seasonal ingredients gleaned from local suppliers. It's rare to experience this quality of food in such a welcoming, comfortable, unpretentious environment. Solid service.
I really enjoyed the inventive cocktails as well. Our second visit. We are telling everyone to go and will return as soon as we can.
Great wine list with food and service to match
Pleased to find such a great spot in the County (Grey, that is). Came here with my in-laws for my wife's birthday and wasn't disappointed. They had a great wine list and were very accommodating with food allergies. Already looking forward to my next visit.
Two days ago my wife and I had dinner at ...
Two days ago my wife and I had dinner at Bruce's and once again they did not disappoint. Our main course was exceptional - and we appreciated the local sourcing. And the dessert special was spectacular. The reisling jelly was a perfect addition
Service was good as always, there when needed with excellent suggestions. But never obtrusive.
And the wine list is very well chosen - including the "by-the-glass" selections. I particularly enjoyed the Quails Gate Chenin Blanc.
Very rarely do I write bad reviews and The Bruce Wine Bar has some things going for it. The problem is that we ordered the wrong things. But at a place like this, how can that happen?
The quinoa salad was a horrible delivery of a good idea. Quinoa should be a small portion of the salad not the entire salad. Especially as a salad before dinner. My wife unfortunately had that salad. My salad was excellent but sad to say they are taking it off the menu. The roasted tomato and pork were outstanding. Pricey but very good. We were not that hungry and had come on a Saturday to listen to music. The band that night was a one piece guitar singer out of Saskatoon who may not have fit what we were looking for in a wine bar. He did not play cover music but rather his own. The wine list starts at $40 so be prepared to spend. Our dinner that night was a charcuterie blend. We ordered the small to share with the side of olives. Again a great idea delivered poorly. The pate had a strong vinegar flavor and the meats were good but most of the plate needed to be better. How does that come out of the kitchen. This place was recommended by locals and maybe a pizza and a glass of wine each gets you out around $50 and maybe the pizza is good. The bad thing is the Chef graduated from George Brown Culinary in Toronto like my wife. We were hoping for a good experience. We did have a good laugh though.
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