Bernard's
Bernard's

Bernard's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bernardsridgefield.com/
  • Phone: (203) 438-8282
  • 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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bernard's reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (43)notable wine list (30)fit for foodies (29)romantic (28)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (6)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A delicious celebration
    partygroup
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Had always read great reviews and finally made reservations for an anniversary dinner with friends. The bar upstairs was fun and we were immediately greeted. Our table for dinner was ready early and sat for a lovely dinner. The menu was hard to choose from. So many wonderful choices. We requested a truffle risotto as a interim dish between the appetizer and entrée and was easily accommodated. The soufflé was scrumptious. Service was excellent with good recommendations upon request. We look forward to returning for another spectacular dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Piano man
    OVREZ
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Perfect place for brunch. Wonderful pianist adds that special touch. Great food, womderful ambience. Impeccable service. Come enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Ridgefield treat
    Francie
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Though I have been there before my friends had not and they loved it- a visual feast and lunch was a delicious feast as well! We were. NEver rushed and spent almost 4 hours eating and talking with exceptional service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bernards
    jasonVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Lucky to find Bernards, in Ridgefield for a concert, a real gem. Beautiful room with fireplace, excellent service, immense and value laden wine list, lots of half bottles to sample. From the amuse to desert a terrific dinner, nicely presented and delicious. Halibut exceptional! Service was attentive and ample time between courses so no feeling of being rushed. Altogether a wonderful experience. We hope to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yrer
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I re-visited this restaurant after several years. I was really impressed with virtually every aspect. The menu was so intriguing with so many desirable choices that I ended up picking an extra appetizer for the table. Each dish was presented very attractively and with obvious skill. The food was perfectly cooked in my judgment and for those accompanying me. I was impressed with the wine choices and enjoyed my selection. Service was first rate: prompt, friendly, and appropriate. The dining room setting is comfortable. Why then do I not give this a 5 star rating? The down side for me was that I missed the intense flavor that I had expected with such great ingredients, but I will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food
    laugrous
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have spend a unforgivable evening. Great food, great wine great deserts.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bernard's Review
    Celeste
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was excellent. However, the service was extremely slow. We sat for 25 minutes before we were brought a menu. The staff that clears the plates between courses and serve the bread/water were excellent. The waitress was very slow. Our 3 course meal took over 3 hours. We would try the restaurant again because the food was so excellent. However, the service has to be better or we would not go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeds all expectations!
    Busychick3
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    From beginning to end, everything at this restaurant made our visit a wonderful memory, not just a fine meal. The service, presentation, cuisine, and wine left nothing to be desired. A unique menu with a diverse array of choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A ittle disappointed
    outstanding
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Over the years, we have dined at Bernard's several times and found the food and service outstanding. But on Sunday, service was uneven and some of the food items (especially the cooked spinach leaves) left much to be desired. We hope that our next visit will prove that this was just an off day and that the whole dining experience will return to "outstanding."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Outstanding food and service.Had a wonderful meal and experience. We traveled 2 hours (en route to another destination)to eat here and iot was well worth the time. We will clearly include this venue in our plans the next time we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kelso
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were at Bernards on a quiet Wednesday night. There were only 3-4 other tables while we were there between 6-7:30. There is a related restaurant upstairs, Sarah's Wine Bar, with a separate less pricey menu but the same chef/kitchen. Sarah's Wine Bar was pretty busy. The food at Bernard's was very good. The waiter was the best that I can recall-very knowledgeable, professional and personable. The menu is interesting but pricey: apps - lobster bisque and crabmeat salad, entrees - lamb 3 ways and salmon, no dessert and 2 glasses of wine each was $160 without tip.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynlovesfinedining
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great ambiance, great food and service! Have been there twice. Now and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slipping?
    BuckoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not what it once was. Had been some years since I dined at this highly rated restaurant. Remains a great loaction and ambience, the service attentive but less knowledgeable than I recalled. The food wasn't outstanding, or even excellent. It was very good and less than inpired. Perhaps it was an off night, I'll try once more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LeftyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Great menu, excellent food, wonderful service, very attentive staff. Fabulous choice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful space, delicious food
    littlefeather
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It's hard to review perfection! The food is some of the best I have ever eaten. The ambience is beautiful and relaxing. Service was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • embottom
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent. Recommended for decor cuisine menu selections Pianist great too
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Setting ... Tasteful Music
    LoveTheBigIslandVIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 439 reviews are from the Bernard's reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best in Connecticut.
    Kath
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I loved this place when it was the Ridgefield Inn and love it now that a charming young couple--Bernard and Sarah--have taken it over. Food and ambience downstairs remain true to an era that knew how to pamper people. Upstairs, in wine bar, a great, great scene (and food!) for a different experience. I like both.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate