About The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant
Stratford, ON N5A 4R5
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 - 5:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am -4:00pm
Dining Room Menu is served Friday and Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Lounge open daily 11:30 am until 10:00 pm
Late Night Menu available.
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:
Chris Parson: (519) 508-7102
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, 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
I love the dining room at the Bruce. The colour palette of white and sage green is so clean, fresh and upscale.
New Year's Day Brunch; scrambled eggs or omelette made to order, plentiful sausage & bacon, eggs Benedict, cold shrimps, fresh oysters on the half shell (I understand they ran out close to 1:30) quite a good variety of salads both pasta and greens (Caesar, Greek & tossed) and very nice rare rib roast with Yorkshire puddings (although the jus was a tad greasy). Desserts ranged from a fabulous chocolate brioche, strawberry muffins, macarons etc.
Mamosas or Bloody Mary cocktails offered as well as a selection of beers and ales. Lovely loose leaf tea blends available, ask your server.
No one offered to take my coat and just a small glitch with which table was reserved for me.
I would most definitely go again next year. Book weeks in advance and reserve for well before brunch ends.
Our group enjoyed the decor and ambience of the dining room. It was quiet and unhurried, we were quite comfortable visiting after we completed our lunch. I think everyone enjoyed their food, one of our party has celiacs disease and was quite happy with the menu choices. If there was one small criticism, it would be that some parts of the drink service were slow and disorganized. The dining room was not busy.
I had the pumpkin gnocchi and it was terrible. I did not enjoy it at all, as it was oily and obviously deep fried. I was expecting a boiled gnocchi like most gnocchi is. I guess it was partially my fault for ordering this without asking how it was prepared, but I never expected a gnocchi saturated through with oil. Everything else was good - the cocktails, the charcuterie platter, and the dessert.
The ambience was wonderfully peaceful and relaxing .The service was friendly,attentive and just right . We both had the pork which was flavorful ,beautifully presented but tough . The turnip?was uninspired and the cabbage had a large core .My octopus was interesting but again tough .I have had better .My husbands celery soup was very good . The wine list was extensive with lots of good choices reasonably priced.There was only one fish choice the day we were there.
We came for lunch before seeing an afternoon play. This was a beautiful space, a sunlit room with big windows overlooking greenery outside. The food was very imaginative, and the service impeccable. There were only two other tables occupied so it was very quiet. Lots of space between the tables. Fresh flowers on the tables, and thick crisp napkins. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back next year.
The main dishes were excellent although limited choices. I loved the use of local ingredients and that they have a forager to source some of their ingredients. The table were a bit too close and did not afford a private cozy feeling. The dessert was OK, I had a bavarois which is nothing like the fluffy texture consistency I love (I've had in Lima, Peru and is divine). Also the peach dessert was average.
As a businesswoman who frequently dines alone, I tend to view new restaurants with a certain amount of trepidation. However, The Bruce Restaurant was recommended to me by a Stratford friend, so I gave it a try.
I was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. Service was unobtrusive and attentive. This is not a place for a quick and casual bite, but a restaurant where the food IS the evening's entertainment.
I hope to dine there again soon.
We had a group of 12 for lunch before the theatre. We were warmly greeted and shown to our table. Our group filtered in slowly, but, the wait staff was patient and helpful. Our meal was delicious and hot. Everyone raved about the selection of The Bruce for lunch. We will definitely return next year. Thank you for a lovely afternoon.
This is our 3rd visit in three years. This year unfortunately is the first time that we were disappointed with the food. Chef definitely has the chops to do well but he overreaches when he tries to use wild ingredients from foraging to incorporate into his food. The result is that while the main ingredient is excellent, the accompanying sides are slightly off in terms of texture and taste. Sometimes quite jarring. We went back a second time and decided to stick to steak frites and salmon which were much better. Please get Aaron Linley back.
The service both times were excellent. We will definitely return.
Had a lovely brunch. Service really is impeccable, especially for Stratford. The only things that we thought could have been improved were the crispy potatoes that came as sides...perhaps a little too plain? And the red fife bread in the eggs benedict would have benefitted from more toasting. The omelette was great, as was the dessert.
The room still feels a little empty - maybe some big plants or flower arrangements or something would warm it up.
We were there on Sunday at noon. We couldn't order from the lunch menu only from the brunch menu because it was Sunday. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy but it took a long time to take our order. And a long time to receive our food.When my food arrived my eggs Benedict was cold but my home fries were hot. The flavours were excellent but gelatinous hollandaise sauce wasn't very appealing. Both times that we needed refills for the coffee we needed to call the waitress over. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy so there really was no excuse for cold food and slow service. I had very high expectations because it is listed as one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada. But based on our experience, I wouldn't agree.
Lovelydining room and wonderful service for a lunch with friends we haven't seen in years. We had a superb time and lingered without any pressure from the staff. We have been at this gem of a location several times this year and each time it's been great. Only wish they had a daily special at lunch, just for variety.
Welcomed by pleasant Maitre 'd to nice spacious dining area in a quiet corner for my wife and I. Service outstanding and food delicious. Mitre' d came by near end of dinner to inquire about everything and was most interested in making sure everything was satisfactory. He ensured we had a nice desert and that we were happy.
It was truly an amazing experience !! We came for dinner before we were to enjoy a play at the theatre. The service and surrounds of the dinning room was impeccable. Our servers were made aware of our theatre tickets and had us out in time but did not make us feel rushed, very classy!
I'm a foodie and a good cook (some would say great). Having unusual ingredients doesn't guarantee good food. My duck was tough (I had to spit out several bites). The flavor was good but the basic meat cooking was not. And my husband's pork was also tough. The braised lamb shank I had the night before at a different restaurant and at about one third the price was much better. Restaurant is also very noisy.
Food is truly excellent and it is a lovely space. It is very pricey but worth it for a special occasion splurge. The only issue we had was that although we arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and were seated promptly, it took over half an hour for our order to be taken. As we had the theater in, at that point, less than two hours, we were quite concerned about making the curtain. Although the server assured us that he had never had anyone miss a curtain yet, we did in fact have to bolt our dessert, rush to the theater (not so easy with a mobility issue) and just barely made it in time, which was not the relaxed end to a lovely meal that we had anticipated. We will certainly try it again the next time we are in Stratford, but of all the excellent meals we had in our 6 night stay, this was the only one were the time was an issue.
The main dining room was hosting a private party so we were seated in the Lounge area.
The waitress seemed in a hurry and wanted us to order our cocktail and dinner selection all at once. We did so, however waited about 15 minutes before our cocktails arrived. The scotch and gin pours over the rocks were scant. Once the cocktails were delivered, we did get a basket of bread and small corn fritter from the kitchen. We noted how small the pour was for the wine that was served at a neighboring table so we decided we would not order a glass with dinner. The food presentation was creative. The vegetables and polenta overpowered the meat in each dish. We declined dessert.
The food was excellent, but the service was poor.
It was slow - It took over 25mins to get a cocktail despite knowing that we were attending a show after dinner.
It was inaccurate - they brought the wrong wine twice,
It lacked attention to detail - our dessert (which was supposed to be a 6 cheese platter) had only 5 and included all the cheeses we asked to avoid.
A shame really - since the food was so good. But at this price point, there is a certain expectation in regards to service and they underachieved.
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 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!
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