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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, 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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 89
    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
This is the best dining experience in Stratford!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2014
Nancy O
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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145 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Montreal, qc.
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
210 reviews 210 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
83 reviews 83 reviews
57 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 

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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 

2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It looks unassuming on the outside, but it has some of the best food in Stratford. Reasonable distance to theatres, attractions and the river. Reasonably priced 2,3,4 coursed meals. All come with amuse bouche, risotto and ground cherries. Kind and un intimidating staff. Stomach filling portions! Must eat when in Stratford.

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

hotelguru123456, Thank you for your comments and we are honoured to hold such an important distinction. We look forward to welcoming you back next spring. Regards, The Prune Team More 

Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We arrived as the pre-theatre crowd were leaving. This allowed for a leisurely meal. Food and service were wonderful. The wine list was adequate, but not notable. Our food however was very good and carefully prepared. Great attention to presentation and preparation. I am a sucker for their hollandaise. Light, foamy and glorious. We were delighted with the restaurant. Our... More 

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

Paul R, Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience with us. We take pride in all our offerings and make frequent changes to our menus (food, wine, beer and cocktails) to reflect seasonal availability and exciting ingredients. We look forward to welcoming you back next Spring. Regards, The Prune Team More 

Norton Shores, Michigan
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It has been a long time since we dined at The Prune, in fact it was called The Old Prune at that time. I understand that new owners have taken over and that it also has established a relationship with the students at the Stratford chef's school next door. My corn chowder was perhaps the real hit of the evening... More 

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

foodie544, Welcome back! We have made some significant changes but we remain committed to guests satisfaction as demonstrated in our kitchen team's offerings. We look forward to welcoming you back next Spring. Regards, The Prune Team 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 39 - 55
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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