We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Horribly Pretentious and Too Expensive”

The Prune Restaurant
Reserve with OpenTable
The Prune Restaurant is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #20 of 138 Restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$39 - US$55
Cuisines: Contemporary, Canadian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Nile Street
Description: Contemporary Canadian cuisine under the creative guidance of Executive Chef Bryan Steele which celebrates the bounty of local producers and growers. Innovation and creativity explores world cuisines while the classics are presented in new and sophisticated ways to create an uplifting and memorable dining experience. The wine program showcases boutique labels from both local and international growers, and our front-of-house team offers elevated service in a casually elegant style. We pride ourselves on every guest feeling welcomed and fulfilled long after their dining adventure.
Santa Fe
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Horribly Pretentious and Too Expensive”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

The Prune presents a very ambitious menu, which would be difficult to satisfy at the very best restaurants, and certainly not in Stratford! What pretense. Portions were small, presentation lacking, service mediocre, prices exhorbitant and food boring.

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
3 Thank HarpistSantaFe
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

273 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    169
    59
    25
    12
    8
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Kleinburg, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Disappointing Dinner at exorbitant prices.”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

We should have know it was not going to be a good experience when we were seated at a table jammed in to a corner with the restaurant practically empty. We thought well, with the heavy rain perhaps the other diners were just late. Not the case- only 4 tables occupied while we were there. From uninspiring cuisine,my wife ordered the venison and it was served on a bed of limp greens with no vegetables, to asking the server to bring us our wine 10 minutes after our main course had been served, it was a disappointing experience. At these prices- $49 for 2 courses, $64 for the 3 courses- we expected more. Don't go.

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
2 Thank David M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Toronto
Level 6 Contributor
415 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“Significant improvements with change of ownership”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

A couple of years ago we had one of our worst dinners ever at a fine dining restaurant when we ate here - ignored for twenty min., red wine poured into used white wine glasses, poorly prepared bland food, cold coffee. We knew that the owners of the Stratford Best Western had bought the place and decided to go back. What a change. We were seated at the same table we ate at last time but the service and food was night and day different. The menu was much more interesting, for ex. lamb tartar for an appetizer with chilies and coriander, and the food was delicious. Portions are sized to suit the multi course pris fixe menu. Wine suggestions are on the menu for every item, but many are not available by the glass, so we asked the server to ask the sommelier to suggest something appropriate. He came over and explained the glasses chosen for our two appetizers and was able to suggest a half bottle that worked for both our main courses. The restaurant is almost exclusively serving Ontario VQA wines from top notch wineries.

Homemade bread and excellent butter as well as an amuse bouche of a Thai spicy coconut soup were offered to start the meal. They have also introduced a water filtered system to remove the chlorine from the local water. - a great idea as Stratford water has a very unpleasant taste. The ambiance is quiet elegance and the view into the back garden is lovely. Music in the background doesn't compete with your conversation. $275 with tip for 2 with wine so less expensive than Rundles but still a $$$$ restaurant. A few blocks from the center of town. They have their own parking lot - gravel, so be careful in high heels as they can get nicked.

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank alwaysplanahead
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ottawa, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Annual Stratford must do”
Reviewed 7 September 2013

We go to the Stratford Festival every year. The Prune is our must do restaurant in Stratford. Beautiful atmosphere and very creative food. We try new places each year but the Prune is by far our favorite.

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank CMYERS2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not worth the price”
Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

We took guests out for dinner to this establishment hoping we would have a pleasant dining experience. Our table was not ready upon arrival and it was suggested thatwe wait in the garden. The following meal was a disappointment. The servings were small and not memorable. The rhubarb crisp dessert was oddly presented and not tasty at all. The wait staff was young and inexperienced. The ambience during dessert and coffee was ruined by other wait staff setting up tables for the next day. This all came with a very hefty price tag. We will not be back!

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank Sharon S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed The Prune Restaurant also viewed

Stratford, Ontario
 
Stratford, Ontario
Stratford, Ontario
 

Been to The Prune Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing