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 Dining, 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
Welcomed by pleasant Maitre 'd to nice s ...
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.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at The Br ...
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at The Bruce Hotel in Stratford, Ontario. The cuisine was excellent, our wine steward knowledgeable, and we left feeling like we just had an experience! Loved this upscale restaurant!
It was truly an amazing experience !! We ...
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 ...
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 love ...
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 priva ...
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 ...
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 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.
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