Chez Bruce
Chez Bruce

Chez Bruce

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezbruce.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02086720114
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

    Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 6:30pm - 10:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 10:30pm

    Sunday: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, French
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Poole, Matt Christmas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a lovely first floor dining room overlooking Wandsworth Common which can be booked for parties of up to 16 guests for exclusive private use. Please note, this dining room is not ordinarily available for private use on Friday and Saturday nights or at Sunday lunch.
    In addition, we have staged many highly successful parties and events where guests hire the entire restaurant for very special occasions; anything from a birthday, wedding or anniversary celebration to a Burgundy Wine Grower's dinner.
  • Private Party Contact: Elmarie Clusker 02086720114

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    We are 200 yards from Wandsworth Common British Rail station, not to be confused with Wandsworth Town station. By train, Clapham Junction is 3 minutes away and Victoria station 12 minutes. The nearest tube stations are Clapham South and Balham, both about 15 minutes walk.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    Limited paid parking is available at Wandsworth Common station as well as on Bellevue Road and St James's Drive.
A word from Chez Bruce
Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin opened Chez Bruce in 1995. From the outset, it was their intention to serve the very best food and drink but within a relaxed, informal yet thoroughly professionally orchestrated environment.
At Chez Bruce we are not particularly into gadgets and tricks in the kitchen. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making could be listed as specialities. We also take the cheese board very seriously indeed and it forms an integral part of the restaurant's day-to-day life.
The Directors of the restaurant are fanatical wine-lovers and are very proud of the restaurant's wine list which truly is one of the very best in the UK.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasions
  • Diners' Choice WinnerModern European
Chez Bruce reviews from OpenTable diners
620 reviews since 21 October 2013
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.1
    Value4.1
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (474)fit for foodies (388)romance (300)business meals (163)sunday lunch (134)outstanding value (85)good vegetarian options (58)group bookings (48)brunch (26)disabled access (14)child friendly (9)afternoon tea (7)pre/post theatre (7)outdoor eating (4)Show More
  • Reliably good
    Dutchboy
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    This was my third time at Chez Bruce and, as at the two previous occasions, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Professional, courteous, approachable staff; great food, made from the best of ingredients and beautifully presented; not directly cheap but fully in line with the quality provided, so good value for money (and I was so full that I skipped breakfast the next morning, so saved a bit of money there ;-).
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • lovely atmosphere
    SylwiaLC
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    I spent lovely evening with my girlfriends in Chez Bruce. Service was excellent. Outstanding food.
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The food was amazing, as expected. Atmosphere was very good as well. Loud but not too loud. Unfortunately I didn't see any of the front of house smile once and we all felt that they didn't really want to be there. It didn't ruin the meal but such a small thing would have gone a long way
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    romance, special occasions
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  • good saturday night out
    goodnightout
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    good food, wine and excellent service, through out the meal. Friendly staff that knew what they were doing helped to make our visit most enjoyable. Perhaps a little expensive but you do get what you pay for. Worth it over all...
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    fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ScotMorr
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was really impressed by this place. The bill for such quality was actually very reasonable. An excellent sommelier who really helped in picking the wine (at a reasonable price). Overall, very good. One tiny gripe is that the restaurant is very hot - don't wear too many layers!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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  • 10 year anniversary
    Decade2late
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    First time we went to Chez Bruce was when we got married, and we were not disappointed! Ten years, two children and a move out of London our fist thought on what we should do to celebrate was to return to Chez Bruce. The food, wine and service was everything what we remembered, if not more. Don't want to wait another decade before we return.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Up to its usual standard
    KewDiner
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Chez Bruce never disappoints and this meal was no exception. The "hautiest" of cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Another spledid meal!
    THEVOZE
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Fantastic variety as ever of 'in season' produce. Great mix of flavours. Fantastic wine. Friendly and knowledgable staff!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Formal Engagement meal
    Malky69
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I wanted somewhere special to present the engagement ring to my Fiancee and also enjoy a celebration meal. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted spendidly and escorted to our table. The table staff made us feel welcome and were attentive. The food was divine, could not fault it!!!. All 3 courses were delicious and well presented (Spiced fishcakes, Griddled scallops, Black face lamb and CremeCaramel with rum soaked raisins and choc cake plus cheesecake desserts). We were able to bring our own wine (for a small corkage charge) and were treated to a free glass of house Champange as a treat plus some other nibbles. The place deserves its Michelin star. Its a shame Bruce and his head chef were out. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Gary
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had a great time, nice atmosphere and the baked fig desert was amazing.
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Amazing food
    MaskCocktail
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went for a Sunday lunch and it was outstanding for the price. Good selection of starters and mains. First class experience.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SuzyWong21VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We have never had a bad meal at Chez Bruce and they did not disappoint again. Wonderful food, a lively restaurant and great ambience, wonderful service and good value.Still remains my favourite restaurant - thank you.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a fantastic place
    Angharad2004
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Excellent value and delicious food. I had the mini spiced fish cakes to start which were wonderful. My main was the grilled beef, also wonderful. Lovely Prosecco and the white wine we chose was pretty good too. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    JKSW12
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    We has the standard 3 course menu for £47.50 excl service and drinks. The standard was overall very high - the starters were superb, the different elements each being perfectly cooked and complementing each other very well. Main courses (lamb, red mullet) were similarly well-cooked and presented, although perhaps a bit too diverse - perhaps too many different things on the plate with flavours that didn't marry quite as well as the starters? (But this is a minor quibble.) Desserts (baked figs with amaretto parfait, creme caramel with poached pear) were excellent. Good-sized portions - not too small and "nouvelle cuisine". Service was surprisingly quick given that the restaurant was full and the complexity of the dishes. Good value.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy2Dine
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    Chez Bruce is nothing short of outstanding. Once again the food, service and atmosphere were perfect for our lunch. It is a must go restaurant.
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday meal at Chez Bruce
    JL2014
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    The service was attentive and friendly. I appreciated being given the recipe for their Parmesan Biscuits - printed on the back of a copy of the evening's menu. A birthday extra, offered when I had expressed admiration of the biscuits. The food is creative, without being overwhelmed by flavours. In the first course, the salad of black figs with gorgonzola and walnuts worked well and I enjoyed the spiced fishcakes. The roast cod was tasty as a main course. Vegetarians have limited options at Chez Bruce; it's wise to check the menu in advance. Finishing with the quince and almond tart was a real treat.. We like dining early (7-00 booking). That was useful since, as the restaurant filled, it became less easy to hold a conversation.
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    special occasions
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  • Delicious
    Vern
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    We both had seaford starters and wow, Chez Bruce nailed both dishes! The mains and desert were of course good too, and the the service was formal with just enough quirkiness to make us smile
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monty2012
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    We have been going to this restaurant for many years and the the consistency of this restaurant is amazing we know 100% what we are going to get fantastic every time.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Ideal for special occasions
    TuxedoPong
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Tucked away in Wandsworth, chez Bruce is an unpretentious little gem offering top-notch cuisine to the budget-wary foodie. The prix fixe menu embodied a quintessential marriage between modern French and Mediterranean cuisines, with ample choice for all. They accommodated my distaste for garlic well, and the staff were perfectly helpful, even if a tad obsequious. One very minor criticism of the service was that we had about five different servers over the course of our meal (including he whom I assumed to be the sommelier) -- this took away from the 'homely' ambience that the restaurant name implies. I would've also liked to some soothing ambience music, but that's a personal preference. Overall an excellent experience; I plan to return.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Flossie
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Charming and attentive service without being obtrusive. Was spoilt for,choice on the menu. Our food was delicious, looked stunning and is memorable. A lovely lunch, thank,you.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Top Quality
    Caradoc
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    For me a good dining experience is above all about the quality and taste of the food. And in the case of Chez Bruce these are outstanding. Unlike some French Michelin-starred restaurants, Chez Bruce does not bother with the amuse-bouches or an extremely servile (and quasi-religious) service. Instead the service is good, attentive but not obsequious. And although I was originally told we would be seated upstairs (which is a little less enjoyable) they promised to try and seat us in the main dining room on the night, and they were as good as their word. We ate lamb, cod and a vegetarian course. All the dishes we tasted were really excellent. Our French guests were mightily impressed!
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    special occasions
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  • Very helpful with dietary needs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    Very impressed as the waiter had the chef annotate the menu for us to reflect changes that would meet our dairy & gluten free needs
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Luncher
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    Over the years my family have eaten at Chez Bruce a number of times and have never been dissapointed. On this occasion it was our wedding anniversary and my wife and I wanted a quiet, romantic lunch. The table in the window alcove I asked for had been reserved, as requested, the welcome was as warm as ever and the service exemplary, lunch was superb, with all the subtlety and lightness that I associate with Chez Bruce. The wine list is extensive and excellent, the sommelier served the wine by the glass and a half bottle (we were driving) with as much charm as if we'd ordered a full bottle of his finest Bordeaux. The cheese board was groaning with a wide range of delicious British and French cheeses. Chez Bruce consistently delivers!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Great London Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Pretty restaurant with great service and food. My Fresh Pasta with Duck Ragout and Chantrelle Mushtooms was extremely delicious as well as my Lamb done 2 ways with Braised Eggplant was also terrific. Add a cheese course to your tasting menu. It's a beautiful tray with over 20 selections. Service is very attentive and a wine list with a nice selection.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie76
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Civilised, good service - portions not too large and a nice menu. The Sunday lunch menu was good value and I'm sure it would be great in the evening too.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Highly recommend an evening meal here. Make sure you don't miss the cheese board.
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  • Delicious
    Tulip
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    We booked a late table as we were travelling down from Norfolk that evening. At 9.30pm the restaurant had a lovely buzz and everyone was clearly enjoying themselves. The food was interesting and absolutely delicious. We all chose different items from the menu so that we could sample each other's food - everything was beautiful - in particular the scallops were 'melt in the mouth' tender. We all loved the Parmesan biscuits served with our pre-dinner drinks. Staff were friendly, helpful, and attentive, without being intrusive. We had a wonderful evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Have been several times, usually for dinner, and have always had a great meal. This was lunch on my husband's birthday and did not disappoint. Food prices for lunch and dinner are very good value for the quality, wines and drinks seem comparatively expensive, although in line with similar restaurants. Little piece of birthday cake complete with candle was a nice touch.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • james
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    The range of choice for the lunch menu and the unwavering calibre of the cuisine make this one of the most consistently enjoyable restaurant experiences in London. Every time I have been to Chez Bruce in the last 3 or 4 years has been a pleasure and the imagination applied and care taken to every single plate served is exceedingly rare in my experience. This is a genuinely serious centre of culiary refinement where the quality of what is on offer is absolutely guaranteed.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Usual high standards
    Mildred
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    As always chez Bruce was a fabulous dining experience. Good value for lunch but the high standards remain the same. The service as always was friendly unobtrusive but totally on the ball. In all a great restaurant. I only wish we had restaurants like Chez Bruce in North London.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • THEVOZE
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    Fantastic food, as ever, and great wine. Was somewhat disappointed in the service. Somelier was fantastic but some of the waitresses gave a distinctly disinterested feeling which is the first time I have expecrienced that in many a visit!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful meal
    Psynapse
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    We have been five times in the last year, trying it on different days and times. This was our largest group and the most challenging for the restaurant as we had a vegetarian, a lactose intolerant, and a wheat AND dairy intolerant guest out of the six people. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The food was, as always, to a high standard; with the grouse and black faced lamb particularly good. I rated 4 stars for ambience only because part way through the meal the lights were turned so low that our most senior guest (89years old) found it hard to see in the gloom (and we noticed other guests give a frown or a quizzical look when it happened!). However the staff again responded well, turning them back up. Not cheap but the best.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    Foodlovers
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Continues to be a top class restaurant, where dining is a real pleasure
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the journey
    Katherinekc
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We loved everything about our meal and the experience. This was our first time, and we will be back. The welcome and service was excellent. The food was inventive and delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    jamjoob
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    When we left my fiancé said... no food will taste good again if I compare to that meal :) Food is delicious and service outstanding.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service
    joshB
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Slightly disappointed with our experience on friday night 9.15pm table for two. We were overlooked and couldnt order our food. the couple next to us who arrived 9.30 had their starter before we ordered. I had to ask the waiter to order some food. No apology, Also the waiter that was constantly filling up water glasses was hovering over us too much not giving us space. Also the tables were too cramped together feeling you had to whisper to each other.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful lunchtime indulgence
    KelvinC
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    We both had an excellent 3 course Friday lunch. All the courses were wonderful, and the cheeseboard was just stunning. The restaurant was busy with a nice buzz, the service attentive and impecable. If only this could be a regular Friday lunchtime indulgence.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Superb food
    Sofia
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was our fourth visit to Chez Bruce and again we were mesmerised by the fantastic food and service. We had three courses each and each dish was spectacular. We were given helpful advice and recommendations for choice of wine and dessert wine. We had a lovely evening celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid restaurant
    chef123
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great restaurant and your can clearly see why it has a star. Thourughly enjoyed my my meal.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pallet delight !
    Catalina
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Chez Bruce's food quality only gets better, we had our wedding dinner there 8 years ago and we keep going back to celebrate our anniversary and birthdays. The menu is constantly changing and making the most of seasonal produce with exciting options. Everything is prepared to perfection and you can feel it the minute it is presented at the table, not to mention the first bite. Exquisite! The atmosphere is a bit loud, which could be too much when the restaurant is full...which is always! The service has always been impecable, however during our latest visits we have noted that some of the new waitress and waiters do not understand the character of the restaurant making it akward winking at you with suggestions or giving you thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.