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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
Virtually empty - 0ne other table when we arrived, two when we left. Food good but not superb. Service haphazard, at one point very good, at another, a vacuum.
But then the pricing- out of this world. Wine pricing in particular was outrageous; my wife ordered a glass of Pinot which came from a screw stoppered bottle (at $C 14 per glass) and which may have been opened some years earlier. 9When i pointed this out it was quickly replaced.
Wonderful location, steps from the Festival Theatre, but requires new management
My husband and I made a reservation on open table minutes before arriving for an early dinner. Though we don't often spend this kind of money at restaurants, or choose this level of fine dining, we were welcomed warmly. Staff members were very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Space did seem a bit limited as we were seated fairly close to another couple. Food was very good. My dish (the duck) was exceptional. We would highly recommend The Bruce Hotel to friends and family, and especially for special occasions.
having heard this restaurant was supposed to be outstanding, we were very disappointed. while the server was positive, she neglected to bring several basic items we asked for, including salt and pepper.
Great location for the Festival theatre but i doubt i'd return.
Excellent experience overall. Food level up there with some of the best restaurants we have visited. Service was good, but pretty much standard for this price point. Ambiance, noise level and overall feel was excellent.
Special occasion and table reflected the occasion and staff aware and complimented event very well, along with a signature dessert.
We booked online. When we were seated and had a look at the menu, we realised the selections were different and didn't include the appetisers that had been a big factor in choosing this restaurant. There were actually two places to eat in The Bruce Hotel: The Restaurant, which is where we were booked and The Lounge, which is where they served the things I was asking about. I asked if it would be a problem if we moved to The Lounge. I wondered if I might get some attitude. Not at all. The wait staff whisked us over to the Lounge and in seconds we were seated and our waiter was taking our drink orders.
The service throughout the meal remained excellent. Each course came out in good order, but we were never rushed. The cocktails were delicious. My husband's beloved Caesar salad came with some sort of weird black lettuce. My husband is not adventurous when it comes to food. I feared he wouldn't eat it. Not only did he eat it, he pronounced it really, really tasty. According to our trusty waiter, the produce in the restaurant comes from a locally renowned truck gardener and he sends along whatever he thinks is best and the chef uses it. This was a success.
My squash soup was beautifully presented and very tasty as well. I hadn't realised this was a chilled soup. My personal preference would have been for it to be served hot, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
I had the mushroom taglietelle. The pasta was perfectly done. My husband's steak frites had a good Bearnaise sauce. But the highlight was the 'frites'. These were the most delicious fries ever. Crispy, thin and salted to perfection. I stole a bunch from his plate. If I lived in Stratford, I'd come to this restaurant just for the fries.
We split a chocolate brownie with a side of ice cream for dessert. Yummy.
The bill with three courses, one cocktail each, three soft drinks and coffee came to $152, including an 18% tip. We thought it was extremely reasonable.
This was a pre Matinee lunch for Myself, my wife and our 15 year old granddaughter. The food was interesting, well made and creatively presented. My wife had the Fogo Island cod, our granddaughter the mushroom tagliatelle and I had the Burger. The Burger was a little bit dry but overall the food was excellent.
Lovely place....a more varied lunch menu please....wonderful salads....disappointing charcuterie board....loaded with meats ....where were pickles,olives...breads...nothing to spread the pâté type spreads on...grilled peppers....very different from charcuteriesI have experienced....disappointed....however, wonderful service with the exchange for cheese board.
I have nothing but praise for the quality of the food at the Bruce restaurant and the service, I must say, was exceptional. House wines were very good. I did have an issue with the room, which acted as an echo chamber. I could barely hear from across the table and most of the time I felt I was being bathed in layers of noise. I would presume that overhead at the restaurant is high, which would explain the prices, which are, indeed, very high. I would not have minded that, except for the noise, which definitely lowered the quality of the experience.
We had a great meal. I found the service throughout the building to be exemplary. We were in the fine dining room, but it appears that they had more casual venues as well. We enjoyed the variety on the menu and the presentation was fantastic. Our server was very attentive and extremely polite. The building itself is lovely. I will definitely be back.
Sometimes on vacation we are pleasantly surprised. The Bruce Hotel in Stratford is not in the old town section and seemed somewhat austere from the outside. The interior however revealed an impeccably designed lobby and restaurant with gourmet cuisine that was totally unexpected. The restaurant was superior in it's creativity, presentation, local sourcing and rich flavors. Chef Arron Carley's outstanding tasting menu with it's wine pairing and impeccable service far exceeded my experiences at many Michelin Guide restaurants. Michelin make a bee line to restaurant as soon as possible.
Tasting menu was fun -- many innovative dishes such as the rabbit tenderloin and the brie ice cream with lavender. Wine pairings were exceptional. Staff could be warmer ... they tried too hard to be "perfect." Lighten up. Enjoy the experience with people who know their food and wine.
Stratfords premier Hotel with outstanding service and accomadation has made dining at
their restaurant a pleasure .
Recomended as the best of charcuterie made in house in North America for lunch.
Dinner has very fresh ingredients and use of forage from the grounds and local area produce. Unusual and well prepared lamb tartare , All entrees are to be savory . Dinner staff are very knowledgeable and gracious.
We had an excellent pre-theatre dinner here. The wait staff was very pleasant and well trained and ensured our meals were served in a timely way with our theatre performance in mind. All three courses were superlative from an imaginative twist on a Ceasar salad, perfectly cooked steak and fish to house made cheesecake and carrot cake and ice cream. The wine list was nicely designed as was the well chosen selection of gourmet teas. We travel extensively and this meal was on par with some of the best we have had internationally. We will definitely be returning!
Very interesting and innovative presentation of appetizers and entrees. Decent wines by the glass. Salmon was exceptional and duck breast was OK. Service was excellent in a very calm environment. Surprising find in Stratford, Ontario. Apparently the chef won a National TV cooking contest.
A great place to come if you are going to the Stratford Festival. It is a five minute walk to the main theatre. Lunch was lovely. The food is interesting with some nice twists on things. The Northern Caesar Salad was very nice. The service was just a bit slow but relaxing but as we had a theatre performance to go to timing was everything. The service staff were very friendly and nice. We would definitely go back and would also probably stay at The Bruce. The patio is small but there is a lovely lounge and dining room.
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