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
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.
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.
great for foodies and wine lovers
This was a fantastic find! The food was delicious and well seasoned, with smart wine pairings. Too bad my boyfriend and I live all the way in Montreal, otherwise we would definitely come more often! This is a must for anyone visiting in the region.
Another great meal @ the Bruce! Never disappointed
We went for the daily pizza and the beast of the day and it was very tasty. I had the risotto with the rabbit on the side as I wasn't sure I would or could enjoy it and it looked and tasted just like a chicken leg and thigh. Incredible! We'll be back again and again. PS The servers are fantastic too!
We made our reservation 24hrs prior then ...
We made our reservation 24hrs prior then confirmed day of. When we arrived we were informed they did not have a table for us as we were not staying for a 2 hr dinner. We could sit outside. Or share a couch. This should have been communicated when we confirmed our reservation. A reserved table is a reserved table. Up to the patrons to decide how much food they choose to consume.
Another great visit to The Bruce
We came for the pizza and the corkage and we weren't disappointed. The pizza was yummy as always, the fennel sausage one is my favourite and the bacon and tomato is very good too. The perch fish special was delicious and the lentils entrée was very tasty too. The restaurant was busy but the service was fantastic and the noise level just perfect too.
This is a small town restaurant with a sophisticated big city eating experience. The prices are equivalent to Toronto but the quality of the food, the service and the imaginative presentation justify those prices. The wine list is adequate. The noise level upstairs can be a little overwhelming but clearly the patrons were enjoying themselves.
Incidentally, the pizza was among the best I've ever had.
Tiny Town, Tiny Restaurant, Big City quality
While on holiday in the area, I have taken my bff for birthday dinner downstairs annually since Bruce Wine Bar opened and it has always been an excellent dinner that we look forward to all year! She is a bit of a wine snob so she adores the non-lcbo wine list. This time, however, I brought our friends who are professional chef/foodies, so I was a little more nervous. Other than a couple of minor points, they were VERY impressed and we all wondered why we don't have a restaurant like this in Burlington (a population of 175K)!
The new, young and very tall hostess will definitely need some encouragement to speak up, and maybe crouch a little closer...we literally couldn't hear a word she said. We waited a little too long for The Charcuterie Plate, however it was delicious, and put together with thought and care. Our friend Chef Mike's statement was "now this is how a grown-up does charcuterie", a sentiment that was repeated with each ensuing course.
Mains: Our GF, dairy-free diner was blown away by the lentil dish. Hubby and I had the pizza special of prosciutto and peach: the combination of toppings was amazing. And Chef Mike really enjoyed the fennel sausage pizza. The pizza centres were a little too soggy, but the flavors were exceptional.
For dessert, Chef and his better-half shared the gf chocolate almond polenta cake... he made no secret of the fact that he will be adding a variation of this item to his own menu of offerings. Hubby and I had the frozen strawberry mousse with meringues and it was delightful. Again, a perfect combination of tastes and textures.
Since the wine list consists totally of non-lcbo brands, one really has to rely on your server - it was the more expensive labels which were recommended, but her suggestions were very helpful. We think her name was Heidi, and her service was attentive, very friendly, knowledgeable, unobtrusive and professional. Ambiance was pleasant, chairs a little firm. Definitely recommend!!!
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