Bernard's
Bernard's

Bernard's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bernardsridgefield.com/
  • Phone: 2034388282x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm. Closed Monday's.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Bernard Bouissou
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: WE offer off-premise catering. Please call Elizabeth at (203)856-2537 for more information.
  • Entertainment: Sarah's wine bar features live music Wednesday thru Saturday & our Jazz Masters Series the last Sunday of each month. Bernard's offer live piano music Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday brunch
  • Special Events: Bernard's offers Wine tasting Dinner, cooking classes, Author luncheons, Jazz Masters Series and live entertainment

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 35
  • Public Transit: CT Branchville/NY Katonah
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet on weekends
A word from Bernard's
Bernard's features contemporary French Cuisine in an elegant Country Inn setting.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Bernard's reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (52)notable wine list (33)romantic (32)fit for foodies (29)great for brunch (14)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (9)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Brunch
    JAlovetoeat
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We live in upstate New York, but whenever we get to CT we always make it a point to go to Bernard's. Their menu is very gourmet and the food is absolutely outstanding. Sarah stopped by to chat and we shared dining experiences. With a wonderful piano player and Edwin's flawless service, what more could you ask. It is truly a dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • embottom
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent. Recommended for decor cuisine menu selections Pianist great too
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner
    jrose529
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 34th anniversary at Bernard's tonight and had a fabulous dinner. My veal was tender and delicious and the basil risotto was amazing. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his salmon and some of my veal! The apple strudel with vanilla bean ice cream was a fabulous ending to a glorious meal. The service was wonderful, as was the atmosphere. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Setting ... Tasteful Music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had the 7-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Unexpectedly each course was not identical for each of us (except for the dessert and fois gras, for which we were very grateful!). Instead of 7 different tastes, we had 12. Four different appetizers (lobster and scallops and then tuna and crab), two different fish (sea bass and halibut), two meat courses (wild boar and veal), a cheese course (plated to our taste), and a lovely dessert plate. Service was attentive and the wine pairings appropriate with several very interesting/unusual tastes. Overall, a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at Bernard's
    Andrew
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Beautiful experience...the food, classic French...the service, just right...the space, very pretty...the wine possibilities, exciting and fairly priced. All happening on a quiet mid-week evening. Happy to pay for quality.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    venividivici
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Came here for our 2 year anniversary, and it was one of the most romantic meals we have ever had. Food was phenomenal, and we were well attended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    Samsonites
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The atmosphere of Bernard's definitely says "special occasion," and indeed our intended anniversary dinner there was just that. Located in a beautiful historic building in a quaint, New England town, the experience held great promise. I give high ratings for both service and ambiance. In fact, there was a piano player that evening, which added to our enjoyment. The menu was limited, but interesting. Our food was good, but we each had a problem with it not being hot enough - he with his appetizer of escargot, and me with my main course of salmon. In both cases the problem was not so bad that we had to return the food to the kitchen, but it could and should have been better. I'm glad that we dined at Bernard's, but we won't rush back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jack
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Beautifully prepared meals for special occasion fine dining. The seafood is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chilled Enjoyment
    Mumu
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    It was a very nice experience if it wasn't for the freezing temperature caused by the air conditioning. Even after we got woolen sweaters from the car, the ice cold air made it very, very uncomfortable even around your head and neck. After brunch, we headed to the next Starbucks to warm up - what a shame. That is enough reason not to go back in the summertime, since you don't want to dine in hiking clothes .... too bad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wiltonian
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service was excellent as was the wine list. The food was very different and creative in its description and appearance. The main course, a T Bone Steak, was very disappointing in texture and taste (not very tender & covered in sauce). Cheese options are excellent and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good French Cuisine
    tennisplr
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food and service were good. I picked the wrong wine(St. Veran) and it was a disappointment
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jody
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our wedding anniversary celebration Sunday brunch was absolutely delicious! Thank you for this creative and lovely meal. Jody
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too salty
    2ridgefieldrockers
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our main courses were too salty never happened before so we will cautiously go again
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we are hooked
    ricky188
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our 5th time eating at Bernard's and the food and service have been consistently excellent. This time the warm lobster salad and softshell crab were wonderful. We can't wait for an excuse to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    foodie92
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great food, lovely staff. Worth the drive to Ridgefield.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Foodie918VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I thought this restaurant would have a stuffy feel and be too "French" for my liking. However, I was so impressed! The food and service were perfect, the ambience welcoming, and the prices were definitely reasonable for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Pleases
    suzee
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    An elegant, but friendly dining experience. Food nicely prepared. Great variety. Very friendly and accommodating staff!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mike
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service was very slow which might have been due to the fact it was Father's day weekend. Food was good. Did not like the slow service!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A long time favorite!
    luvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We have been going here for many years. The food is always delicious. The pianist plays a wonderful mix of delightful music which enhances the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Had a memorable night celebrating my wife's 60th birthday. Food was outstanding and Sarah bent over backwards to plan a special birthday dessert surprise. Server's were very helpful and extremely friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fair
    MLML
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We drove for an hour to get to Bernard's because I had heard that it was special. It was not worth the effort. The wine we ordered wasn't available and two of the dishes we ordered turned out to also not be available. The food that came was good though not memorable. The service was indifferent at best.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mr
    APSultan
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We decided to try the Seven Course Tasting Menu. This proved to be an outstanding decision. There were really a lot more than seven courses. They would bring each one of us different things. We had the option of eating it all or sharing. Even item was cooked to perfection; plated well; and served correctly. I cannot say too many good things about an outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    GrandmaT
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Took my adult daughter here to celebrate her birthday with our husbands and we had a wonderful meal. Enjoyed the piano player as well who chose great selections. Service was great until the end - it took quite awhile for our desserts. May have been due to the lateness - we were last there. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • recent dinner
    dutchVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our waitress from South Carolina was great - sweet and attentive. However, disappointed overall. Atmosphere is starting to feel a bit dated, but most surprising was the front of house staff. My wife fell coming into the restaurant because of a poorly laid outdoor carpet, the maitre d' saw her fall, and didnt come to the table to ask how she was doing until after appetizers. Not even a cursory offer to get a cocktail or dessert ( on top of knowing we were ther for our anniversary. While we brought an EXTREMELY important bottle from our private cellar which we shared with both the chef and the waitress, we bought an additional bottle and were STILL charged $40 for corkage...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    JoeCVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    From beginning to end this was an outstanding experience. I've been to many Michelin rated restaurants in New York City and this restaurant can compete with any of them. The service was outstanding and the food was the best I've eaten in Connecticut. It's apparent by the food preparation and service that the owners have a lot of pride in this restaurant. This was a great find in a very nice section of Connecticut.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to their usual standards.
    jwcooper
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    On a Sunday night, the 'B' team must have been in charge. Service was exceptionally slow even though they weren't that busy, and the food was disappointing compared to our previous visits. And it was a big disappointment that their House Cured Bacon Sampler was not available that night. While the house-cured Bresaola with the goat cheese fig pine nut crepes was very good, the Wild Boar 2 ways was a big disappointment, with the chop as tough as cardboard and with little flavor. The Jumbo Lump Crabmeat salad had little flavor: the grapefruit overpowered it and the Crispy Sweetbreads had little taste either. The Cheese selections were fine but the promised bread was missing. We've loved Bernard's in the past but all 4 of us were disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    modernartbrews
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food was excellent as was service. The price point was high, but we knew that going in. The wine bar upstairs was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our first visit was for an early Mother's Day dinner. Service was very spotty even at 5:30 and the prixe fixe menu offered few to no modern choices. Both our servers seemed surprisingly inexperienced. As a non-dairy eater, they served me the same first "on the house" course as I ordered for an appetizer. I managed to get my weeks worth of beets in one meal! We each chose a different main dish and all three were just ok. I can easily say the wine was the best part of the meal and that was $25 a glass.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wife, daughter and I went for Mother's Day dinner. Incredible. Many restaurants simply mail it in on holidays, but Bernard's, which is always fabulous, really takes it up a notch on holidays -- service, food, everything, was just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    John
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Superb food and terrific service! One of the best dining experiences in recent memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alisa's Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Bernards was a pleasant find. I had eaten here many years ago when it was under different ownership. The ambiance is lovely and it is a romantic spot for a special dinner. The food and service are both very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Country Dining
    henley
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    A lovely, first class experience. Our only wish was that they had been somewhat more generous in pouring a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Greatfuldinner
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Top notch service, food and wine. Cuisine is balanced and delicate, harnessing wonderful flavor combinations from the high quality ingredients. Exceptional wine list. They made a cake from scratch on short notice for my daughter. When it cooled outside they brought us blankets.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Choice
    KathBonVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We wanted a special dinner to celebrate our anniversary, and Bernard's lived up to our expectations for the evening. Great service, excellent wine list, and very fresh, well prepared food. The piano player was a nice touch, and overall Bernard's gives good value. Only thing I cannot understand was why it was not packed on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 413 reviews are from the Bernard's reviews archive.
  • Sunday in the country
    Buzzeats
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    It is a 45 minute drive for us to visit Bernard's and it is worth every minute of the drive. Bernard's is a great venue to celebrate a special occasion. New Years Eve was a special experience and our quiet Sunday dinner was just as exceptional. The ambiance, and gracious professional service is a great foundation for the truly outstanding food. The attention to detail and food quality makes Bernard's a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a taste
    macmom
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Foodie group decided on Bernard's for a birthday celebration. Since it was our first visit we opted for the tasting menu but no wine pairing. Each course was expertly delivered and the group thoroughly enjoyed having different selections for our male and female members. Just for fun we had the server choose wines on the spot instead of from a set pairing list. He did an outstanding job from start to finish. You'll definitely see us there again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelence Achieved
    SandysRascal
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My party of 3 was at Bernard's for Easter Dinner. Each and every aspect of our dinner was superb. We were among the last people seated at the end of the day, yet there was no indication from the service or the presentation of the plates or the quality of the meal that we were there at the end of their day. Each course could just as easily have been the first plate sent from the kitchen. From start to finish, Bernard's was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Bernard's!
    LUVPC
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Such a wonderful experience -- again! Forgot to mention when reserving a table that one of our guests cannot manage stairs, but our table was waiting for us on the second floor. No worries! The Bernard's welcoming team addressed the matter immediately and without making us feel uncomfortable. The food selections for appetizer and were terrific, and just the right amount of food was served for each course. Loved the precursor treat and the dessert! A consistently wonderful experience overall!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb dining experience!
    Onthego
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We are never disappointed when we eat at Bernard's!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first class in every way
    Joanie
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    everything about Bernard's was top notch! the food was perfectly prepared and plated beautifully....service equaled it. The wine list is excellent and the complimentary dessert wine was the perfect end to a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet