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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
Chef de Cuisine Gilad Rozenberg
Sous Chef Sam Santandrea
Forager Phil Phillips
Stratford, ON N5A 4R5
Canadian, Contemporary Canadian
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:30am - 11am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11am - 4:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11am - 2pm
Dining Room Menu is served Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm - 10pm
Lounge open daily 11:30 am until 10 pm
Late Night Menu available Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights - 10pm to 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:
Chris Parson firstname.lastname@example.org: (519) 508-7100
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
My wife and I took our 15 year old granddaughter for lunch prior to a matinee at the Festival Theatre which is five minutes walk away. My wife and I had pickerel beautifully done while our granddaughter had mushroom tagliolini which she enjoyed. As we were leaving it started to rain so the hotel (the Bruce) lent us umbrellas telling us to leave them at the box office.
Great food, service and atmosphere. I like that it is generally locally sourced. We were originally booked for the lounge but decided on outside and staff were accommodating for us. Nice change from other high end restaurants where they have mediocre food at expensive prices.
Only criticism I have is the chairs outside are a bit awkward for eating. I'm on the shorter side so I felt too low and not supported enough for my back. However for lounging and having a drink, the chairs are comfortable.
I will definitely come back and recommend The Bruce to others.
This was a special occasion to celebrate three different birthdays with my children and grandchildren, after seeing Treasure Island at the Avon.
The food was absolutely fabulous, very creative with local Canadian products and while the adults had the Tasting menu, they kindly obliged the four children in the group with the Lounge menu and dinner selections. Everyone completely polished off their dinners, which with children can be quite unusual. (ages 5-12) We sampled each others dishes, compared notes, and we all thought that we each had made the best possible menu choices!!
Highly recommended, but likely better with just adults. It was a lovely evening for everyone and the children happily played in their beautiful gardens while waiting for dinner to arrive
The Caesar salad was sort of deconstructed with whole lettuce leaves in a relatively narrow bowl. Hard to cut up. Because of your service protocol, you held the mains until my dad finished the salad which he didn't. As a result, the pastrami of my mom's Reuben was overdone.
Arkona cocktail was lovely. Asparagus soup delicious.
The service we received from our server was very courteous, knowledgeable and efficient, in short, very professional. Dallas made sensible recommendations and we were not disappointed.
The Québec Venison was superb, the only suggestion we would have put forward would be to include a green vegetable on the entrée dish.
Overall, a wonderful way to quietly celebrate a 40+ anniversary. The quiet was greatly appreciated.
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.
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