About The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant
A voyage through our culinary history, offering the best of Canadian produce—both wild and farmed.
Devoted to the celebration of nature, Executive Chef Arron Carley and his team are present-day pioneers, intertwining modern and ancient culinary techniques and philosophies. They forage native plants and novel ingredients in their constant quest to feature the unique natural aromas and essences of these uncultivated ingredients. Foods that cannot be found in the wild are sourced by local suppliers and farmers with whom the Chef has fostered strong, mutually beneficial partnerships, to ensure superior quality and privileged choice of produce.
Executive Chef Arron Carley
Sous Chef Sam Santandrea
Forager Phil Phillips
Canadian, Contemporary Canadian
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:30am - 10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am -2:00pm
Dining Room Menu is served Tuesday to Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Lounge open daily 11:30 am until 10:00 pm
Late Night Menu available Tuesday to Saturday until midnight.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
All hotel guests include private covered lot. Restaurant guests may park on site during their dining experience.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Kevin Wallace: 5195087102x
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We stopped here for brunch while attendi ...
We stopped here for brunch while attending the Stratford Festival. The food was wonderful. I had brisket hash with a fried duck egg and my husband had their take on Eggs Benedict. We sat outside in the lovely garden area. It was very quiet and a lovely setting for brunch.
The Bruce did a great job looking after ...
The Bruce did a great job looking after us! I had messed up and booked a table for 4 instead of 5, and they accommodated us right away. We were in for a pre-theatre meal and they timed it perfectly. Menu featured local items, and they were delicious. The Prix Fixe menu is good value - we were a bit taken aback by the prices for the main plates, but in the Prix Fixe it made more sense. Very interesting wines too. A great choice for a delicious meal before a visit to the Festival Theatre!
I loved dining at the Bruce - the outsta ...
I loved dining at the Bruce - the outstanding creativity of the menu and the excellent service made for a fabulous meal before theatre - our flight made us a bit late and the excellent maitre' d got us in and out in 75 minutes to make the curtain and we didn't feel rushed! Definitely will return.
Beautiful new luxury hotel in Stratford ...
Beautiful new luxury hotel in Stratford with a restaurant that offers fine dining. Our family of 5 enjoyed an anniversary brunch on Sunday August 14th in their dining room which was aglow in natural light. We sampled their pancakes, eggs benedict and French toast. They were all very fresh and flavourful.
We had a lunch prior to a matinee perfor ...
We had a lunch prior to a matinee performance at Stratford. My wife and I were joined by our 14 year old granddaughter. I had the burger which was excellent, my wife had the salmon and our granddaughter had a chicken done two ways. Everything was beautifully prepared and was excellent.
Proximity to Festival Theatre is #1 draw ...
Proximity to Festival Theatre is #1 drawing point. It is a superb location! However, Bruce dining is too pretentious -- it has the elegant trappings, but there is 'no there there'. Staff is very cordial and welcoming. Food is nice but, with exception of Coho salmon on lounge menu, taste is average to inferior. They try hard but miss. Attractively plated, but flavor of various ingredients, in effort to be inventive, generally do not meld very well. We have had far better food and value for the dollar elsewhere. In more than one case, one of our guests commented on the 'stingy pour' of a simple scotch on the rocks. It was obvious to everyone at the table.
This restaurant is trying very hard to e ...
This restaurant is trying very hard to establish a reputation as a top restaurant in Stratford. They are doing a good job generally with nice touches like an amuse bouche and very attentive staff. We were asked if we had alergies or dislikes to ensure we were happy.
The food was tasty and beautifully presented.
My companion asked for a mixed drink that was not in the bartender's reportoir. When it was not to her satisfaction the restaurant voluntarily removed the charges from the bill.
My only negative was the value for money; the price was high for value received. To justify the prices I would expect a bit more original and creative cuisine.
this is an excellent restaurant with an ...
this is an excellent restaurant with an innovative menu, marked by local and foraged foods. The service has improved considerably over the past year, and was always polite and helpful. we dined in a lovely room, and we would encourage the management to buy the Tom Campbell paintings currently on display. Our one negative comment: the recorded music played in the main dining room is 1) a longish loop, so that one cannot help hearing the same excerpts over and over again, and 2) is as far as the selections are concerned, a bit like the restaurant equivalent of Elevator Music. Finding some other background should be easy to do, and would improve things.
Service was beyond slow despite many rem ...
Service was beyond slow despite many reminders that we had theater tickets. Menu is small and "precious." We got the feeling that the restaurant, which is quite small, is still getting its act together. Our waiter was very apologetic & nice but we won't be back.
Creative and over-the-top menu with tast ...
Creative and over-the-top menu with taste combinations that really don't work. Imagine "Smokey" ice cream. One plate was garnished with "reindeer moss". Who needs it? I found one appetizer called "potatoes and dirt" not edible. When you add in the high prices, it was overall an unpleasant experience. I won'r return.
I use Opentable quite often and hardly c ...
I use Opentable quite often and hardly complain. The BRUCE , although pretentious ,is not a quality restaurant. No one (4) had a decent , tasty meal. I sent mine back because it was so bad, it was taken off my bill. Even the salads were fair and pricey!
There are many other quality restaurants in Stratford that are worthy of your recommendation.
We really enjoyed our brunch at the Bruc ...
We really enjoyed our brunch at the Bruce. Our server, Jessica, was lovely and our meal was delicious. Food was very reasonably priced, though I thought $5 for a cup of tea was a bit much and for $12, I'd expect the mimosa to be a bit larger.
A high-end restaurant with a very intere ...
A high-end restaurant with a very interesting menu, but as usual, when the menu item lists 5-10 ingredients in a dish, it means there is probably a miniscule amount of each. Thus yummy slices of pickled radish that accompanied one dish (forgot which) would comprise barely 1/2 a medium-sized radish. The chef wants to use only ingredients grown/raised in Canada, but it seems unreasonable to make black pepper unavailable for that reason. The wines were not all Canadian wines. The chicken liver-foie gras mousse was dreamy. The dining room was attractive, and the service was outstanding--completely knowledgeable, joking when and only when we invited him to engage.
Luckily the US-Canadian dollar exchange rate was favorable for us, otherwise it would have been too expensive.
We opted for the lounge rather than the ...
We opted for the lounge rather than the dining room. Lounge has excellent food with a little less ambiance but a correspondingly less expensive menu. The outdoor patio looked lovely, but was full when we arrived. The Bruce is an exceptionally convenient spot if you're taking in a show at the Festival Theatre since parking is taken care of and the walk is only about 5 minutes.
Without doubt, this was the best dining ...
Without doubt, this was the best dining experience we have ever had. The staff were very knowledgeable about the food and the service was outstanding. The food was incredible with locally grown ingredients used in highly creative ways. We went into the kitchen and personally thanked the chef for his menu planning and ingenious recipes.
The food and unique local ingredients we ...
The food and unique local ingredients were wonderful. Honey made from on - property bees was just one of the unique elements. The indoor dining room was quiet and relaxing. Unfortunately so was our waiter...who may have had too many tables to properly take care of us.
Food was good to very good, depending on ...
Food was good to very good, depending on the dish. Service was really terrific; friendly, very informative; attentive without being intrusive.
Lovely patio and gardens, but this time the weather required indoors. Dining room very attractive and quiet.
It was a great lunch experience. My hus ...
It was a great lunch experience. My husband and I have different food likes. We were both pleased with out selections. I ordered the pickerel. Wish I would have taken a picture of the presentation on the plate. It was a work of art. My husband was happy with his steak and frites. We will definitely return. We'd like to stay at the hotel in the near future and agreed that it would be a great location for a business meeting.
Walking distance to the Festival Theater ...
Walking distance to the Festival Theater (10 min), makes this a great pre theater dining vanue. Like all the high end restaurants in Stratford, the menu is limited. The menu is constrained by the insistence of the chef to use only ingredients produced in Canada.
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