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The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario

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Contemporary, Canadian
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151 Albert St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3K5, Canada (Nile Street)
519-271-5052
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Contemporary Canadian cuisine under the creative guidance of Executive...
Contemporary Canadian cuisine under the creative guidance of Executive Chef Bryan Steele and Chef de Cuisine Ryan O'Donnell 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.
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TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 92
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Still Thinking about the Butter Cake!

We attended opening night last Friday and I'm still thinking about the Butter Cake - a week later! Who knew that something so simple could be so wonderful? Our experience at the Prune was great. The service was very thoughtful - Thank You Joel! The food was spectacular - (who knew I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Cora B
,
Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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148 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We attended opening night last Friday and I'm still thinking about the Butter Cake - a week later! Who knew that something so simple could be so wonderful? Our experience at the Prune was great. The service was very thoughtful - Thank You Joel! The food was spectacular - (who knew I would love Spatzle as much as I did?)... More 

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Stratford, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We went to the opening of The Prune the other night and the food was outstanding. A lot to choose from - good portion sizes and absolutely delicious. Wine list was excellent. What makes this restaurant such an experience is not only the food and wine but the impeccable service. The staff are professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. Fantastic new... More 

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Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

CGFordArnold, Thank you for your comments. We too are saddened by the loss of our black cod, but are happy to welcome the Churchhill Farm's lamb and Slow Roasted Pork to the family! We strive to satisfy every guest through both inventive cuisine and friendly but knowledgeable service, so we are glad that you enjoyed your experience and we look... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Didn't do a ton of research on this place before I booked so didn't know what to expect. Ended up being blown away by how amazing the food was. I ate things I normally wouldn't touch (bone marrow, lamb) but somehow knew I could trust them not to lead me astray. My little bit of adventurousness was greatly rewarded. The... More 

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Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

Jonathan, Thank you for your comments, and for taking a chance on us (great risk = great reward). We often ask our guests to trust in our kitchen team's skill and experience and to explore ingredients and items that they may not be familiar with. Conversely, our wine, cocktail and beer list also encourages exploration of brands and varietals that... More 

Montreal, qc.
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We found this restaurant to be extremely over priced for the meal and atmosphere. Also the service left something to the imagination...

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Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

Bellapont, Thank you for your comments, and we regret that you did not enjoy your experience with us. We strive to provide exceptional value and service to all of our guests, standards that are regularly met. In the future, if you believe we have fallen short of your expectations, please bring it to our attention and we will do our... More 

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

By way of full disclosure, our visit to The (Old) Prune was in July 2013. But the experience still burns. Pretentious, overpriced, not-very-good food served by condescending waitstaff. The surroundings were pleasant--but you can't eat decor. An unpleasant experience.

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Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

TheKudzuKid, We appreciate your comments and regret that you did not enjoy your experience with us in 2013. We made some significant changes to our menu, pricing structure and service style in 2014 and those changes were received overwhelmingly well by our guests. In light of this I hope that you will make a point of visiting us again in... More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Top Contributor
236 reviews 236 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I would rate this restaurant five stars due to the total dining experience. First, the staff are knowledgeable, friendly and focused on the Customer! They take Customer service to the highest level. Second, the wine list is extensive and varied - Sommelier is extremely knowledgeable and very warm and welcoming - not an arrogant one in the place! The food... More 

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Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

Nancy O, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us. Our team is committed to providing exceptional food and service to all our guests, which is why we were no strangers to welcoming guests back again and again. We are glad that you enjoyed yourself during your visit to the Prune and look forward to... More 

Toronto, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We went for late sitting last week and ended up waiting over 90 minutes after finishing our appetizers for the mains to be served ... with no real explanation or apologies ...

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Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

ontraveller2014, Thank you for your comments. Our service and kitchen team work together to ensure that every guest is satisfied with the timing and delivery of our offerings and apologize that this was not reflected in your experience with us. Being a theatre town, the importance of timing is evident to us and our kitchen team works tirelessly to maintain... More 

Ajax
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

First of all, I wish I could give our experience a score of 4 1/2. We have wanted to eat at The Prune / The Old Prune for many years, but we usually are in Stratford after the restaurant closes for the season. The service is excellent: very knowledgeable wait staff -- formal-ish, not snobby. The choice of two-, three-,... More 

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Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

dyyzs, Thank you for your response. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. We have worked hard to create a dining experience that is both elegant yet approachable while maintaining a sense of value. We look forward to welcoming you back in Spring 2015 for some exciting changes from both our kitchen and service team. Regards, The... More 

Brampton, Canada
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We enjoyed a decadently delicious dinner at The Prune. Having not eaten here in many, many years, we were delighted to find that everything was as we remembered! The service was outstanding and our meals were perfectly prepared and presented. We chose the two course dinner, which came, as all meals do, with an amuse bouche and a petit four.... More 

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Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

maggie_schaal, Thank you for your comments and Welcome Back! While we made some significant changes in 2014 the Prune is committed, as it always has been, to customer satisfaction and guest experience. We look forward to welcoming you back, with more frequency, in Spring 2015. Regards, The Prune Team More 

Bedford, Canada
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My expectations of this restaurant were high. Off the beaten path in Stratford this gem is a must. We arrived with out table of six and our table was not ready. So they sat us at a huge communal table for some drinks. It was nice to relax with a beer before service. Once our table was ready, Alex our... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Shelley W, Manager at The (Old) Prune, Stratford, Ontario, responded to this review

notkevin, Thank you for your response, and the beautiful mouth-watering pictures. We like to think we are the favourite amongst all our guests and we can see you are no exception. Our service staff are always smiling, (our kitchen staff too if you could see them) a sentiment we hope are shared by our guests. We look forward to welcoming... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 151 Albert St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3K5, Canada
    (Nile Street)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford
  • Phone Number: 519-271-5052

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 56
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions

Description

Contemporary Canadian cuisine under the creative guidance of Executive Chef Bryan Steele and Chef de Cuisine Ryan O'Donnell 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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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