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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 email@example.com: (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
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.
I visited for brunch on Sunday. Service was tremendous. The Cod was lightly crusted on one side and cooked perfectly. It was served in a flavourful light broth with beans and roasted tomatoes. The tea selection was a welcome addition. The only slight miss for me was the carrot cake dessert. I will definitely be returning again, especially as the atmosphere was so lovely and quiet which is certainly rare these days.
Enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the patio with my wife prior to seeing a Stratford production. The asparagus vichyssoise was excellent as was the mushroom pasta. My wife enjoyed her Reuben sandwich and we finished lunch with a latte. Service was friendly and very attentive. The food was well prepared and very tasty. Highly recommend.
My husband and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and chose The Bruce for our dinner. We had checked it out in the afternoon and both decided we loved the ambiance of the setting. Our server was Chris, who was outstanding. He gave us privacy when needed, but had an uncanny ability to be there when we needed him. The sablefish was so tasty and my husband had the prime rib, which was beautifully presented and prepared. I also need to mention the head bartender Joshua. My husband doesn't drink, and he created an absolutely amazing non-alcoholic beverage to compliment his beef entree. Over-the-top delicious and very unusual. Lastly, I ordered the butter tart cheese cake, and my husband ordered the rhubarb dessert. My husband had a "pretty woman" moment cutting his rhubarb, and within minutes a server was at our table with more rhubarb. We didn't realize anyone noticed, so it was such a beautiful surprise. We loved our special occasion and would absolutely dine at The Bruce again.
All in all a fabulous evening.
We had an incredible dinner. My dear friend treated me to dinner for my birthday, and it was a memorable occasion, including the awesome wait staff, the delicious food, the beautiful happy birthday blueberry tart, and even the loan of your umbrella on such a rainy night.
On the occasion of our wedding anniversary, as well as the approaching Canada day, we chose the Bruce restaurant in Stratford, Ontario, to sample Chef Arron Carley's "New Canadian Cuisine". We were very impressed with the culinary artistry, not only in presentation, but in the care- and skillful choice of ingredients. The fact that everything served was truly Canadian and largely from the wild, was wonderful. The balance in the taste of each course was very good and much appreciated. Two members of our party chose the "Flora" tasting menu, the other two the "Fauna". We omitted wine paring as we were driving. Regrettably there is no provision for photographs in this review - too bad. I will give a short description, pictures are available on my facebook page, as well as on TripAdvisor.
Fresh strawberries w. lemon verbena. Blanched asparagus brown butter sponge, edible flowers, egg yolk emulsion Acadian caviar. Elk tartare, wild berry dressing, pickled ramps, ox eye daisies, currants and sunchoke crisps. Ontario rabbit ballontine w. torched brie, lingon berry compote and smoked carrot purée. BC rockfish w. wild rice, morels and peas. House made spruce cheese, with apple dye and roasted apple purée.
The crowning glory of this innovative menu was, without a doubt, the wonderful dessert aptly called "The woods". Spiced birch cake with juniper and wild ginger, chocolate maple ganache, spruce creme fraiche, cedar jelly, juniper and Ungava gin ice cream.
There were two little flies in the ointment. The noise level, due to the design of the premises, was, as I have experienced in a lot of modern facilities, quite high. The second item could, I'm sure, be remedied quite easily. Our young waiter was excellent, however his support personnel was inadequately trained and omitted to place flatware on occasion and at one point the Maitre d' pulled out the chair for one of us, the napkin fell and he picked it up and placed it back on the table.
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.
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