Bridgemans Bistro
Bridgemans Bistro

Bridgemans Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bridgemans.ca/
  • Phone: (778) 356-3568
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Dion Ponech
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are currently planning a catering division of Bridgemans Bistro! Watch for updates here, on our website and facebook.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mill Bay Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bridgemans Bistro
Welcome to Bridgemans Bistro. A place that honours the proud tradition of building bridges and the people that build them.



We are open and ready to serve you. Located at the state of the art Mill Bay Marina in Mill Bay BC, Bridgemans Bistro is comfortable, welcoming, warm and friendly. We pride ourselves on our excellent service and our tasty and affordable menu.



Grab a seat on our outdoor patio with fantastic views of Mount Baker and the Saanich inlet. Overlook our marina with a pint of Bridgemans lager or a glass of wine from our unique wine list.



With friends, food and drink we unite.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Bridgemans Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (58)great for lunch (43)neighborhood gem (40)great for outdoor dining (31)special occasion (30)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (22)hot spot (15)romantic (14)great for brunch (9)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Friday Night out
    Horazio
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Good quality food with reasonable amount of options. Beautiful environment at a nice location. Will recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could have easily been summer
    Flashk2
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a great Friday night date night again at the BB. Full moon and window seat were great and warm even on the terrace. I enjoyed my favourite Caesar Salad followed by the Sockeye Salmon. 9 oz. of the local House Red enhanced everything. See you next Friday!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to Mill Bay
    2Greys
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is a great place for lunch or dinner. We stop here often with friends and visitors. The food is always good, the service proffessional and the location is hard to beat. The view is a fine finishing touch on an already good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Local Eatery
    Zoe1
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great to have a place to eat in Mill Bay that is on the water with a great atmosphere and good service. Need a little more emphasis on the food as the quality is not always consistent. Overall it is a good place to eat lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mill Bay's Gem
    RJay
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    What a discovery! With friends and family living in the Victoria area and us living in the central Island area, we are often looking for a relaxing place to meet for lunch at the half-way point. Bridgeman's Bistro was recommended to us by a friend and we were not disappointed. We have been twice. This visit, we had the Creamy Seafood Chowder and it is the best ever! Wonderful food, relaxed atmosphere, great service, beautiful view! We are spreading the word!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Had brunch. Didn't realize that was the only menu to chose from . Would have preferred a larger selection. All in all a great time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheQueen
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The place it self was great...Service was fabulous...Husband had the ribs and love them...I had the steak and lobster and the lobster was excellent but the steak was tough....Will go back and try other menu items.....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Location
    Tory
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Fun, friendly, gorgeous view of new marina. Needs a little more variety on the menu for those of us who avoid gluten/bread. Nachos are the best we've ever had. Service is just a little bit slow, but not a problem if you have time. Really good spiritual energy about the place if you are sensitive to such things. Feels good just to be there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We made a reservation and had a view of the kitchen. The cannelloni was unremarkable, the quinoa burger was cold. Service was everywhere but not with us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 70th Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great place to share in a Birthday celebration. Although we did not use it, they apparently have a shuttle service if you live in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jillian`s Birthday Dinner Party On!
    NannyBelle
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our party arrived for the 4:30 booking, received service promptly and continued very very good for the entire time. Even though they were short staff, the chef put out every dish looking good and well done. We ate all the appy`s , main dish good portion and recommend Ruskin Ribs, NY Steak and Carbonara. The House Seaser, a yummy surprise, had a fun good time!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!!
    gailrn
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I live in Duncan & had no idea this restaurant existed. What a gorgeous setting. I will definitely recommend this restaurant. I am anxious to go there for Dinner sometime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Much for Lunch
    outofpocket
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    It was very expensive, IMHO. Had I ordered the crab cake appetizer (2 small cakes) and a caesar salad, the meal would have been $28. As it was, my pasta dish was $16, so with coffee and tip, more than $20 for lunch. Too much. The food is very good, tho. They will have a new lunch menu on October 6th, so hopefully the offerings at that time will be more reasonable. I'll try it again for lunch soon, and if the prices are still way out of line it will only be someplace I would go for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were visiting Mill Bay and found Bridgemans Bistro on Open Table. What a lovely place! Fish and chips were very good. Everything came out fresh and piping hot. Would definitely recommend to others and return ourselves in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost got it right.
    Rider
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My fathers 92nd birthday. A very rainy day, but with the enclosed deck and heaters on it was a great setting. Service was very good, the food was timely and delicious, not easy to please a 92 year old. Can't beat the view. One small but important item though, the hostess needs to either say good by or a thank you for coming when the customer is leaving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed at first
    Misfortune
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Even with a reservation, it took awhile to get in, hostess appeared confused and was not fast. We were seated in the table where no one wanted, in the direct sun and it was too hot. This part of the restaurant needs some air flow (open windows), it was too hot. Took forever for the waitress to get to us and when she said she would be right with us, she wasn't and we didn't even have water for how hot it was where we were seated. I had to get up and wait again to ask the hostess if we could be moved. Once moved, it was cooler inside and a different waitress was right on us. Food was fast coming out. I am disappointed because no one would help when we needed it. We were not acknowledged and while waiting, so many staff just ignored us
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall a good dining experience
    crankyoldman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Although I was disappointed that my wife's coffee was served in a cup with lipstick on it, the prawns served with the Caesar drink were rubbery ...actually disgusting and we found the noise level by the bar disturbing. We will book earlier next time to be sure to be seated on the patio. A few more options on the menu would be nice as well. The option to make reservations on-line is great. We are Mill Bay residents and are thrilled to have you in our community. I'm sure you'll be very successful but a little more attention to detail is required to achieve the high score.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 75th birthday
    Energize
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall we had a great birthday dinner for my mom. For the most part the food was great! I was disappointed with the prawn appetizer. They appeared to be the extra large prawns that are flown in from Japan. Not local prawns. They were tough and very hard to remove from the the shells. The only other complaint is that while the burgers are good, they are too gourmet so they fall apart. You have to eat them with a knife and fork. The cod and chips were great as was the club house wrap and rib sandwich. The ambience and views are wonderful. The service was lovely. We enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time!
    foodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a spectacular time. Food was great and so was the wine, thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning waterfront view
    Littleodd62
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Exceeded our expectations, we brought guests from New Zealand. A beautiful place to bring out of town visitors or to treat yourself.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Lovely location. The noise level was extremely high, mainly by young people shouting and laughing made it very difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Much NOISE!
    Enjoy2Dine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was the high noise level that spoiled Bridgeman's for me. The host's explanation was that it was due to the fans in the kitchen. We were a good distance from the kitchen, but still had almost to shout at each other to make ourselves heard. We considered going outsold, but they had large heaters going that made it too hot. We have decided not to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view of nature
    Aussiebelle
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The best entertainment was watching the sea otters play while sipping a local glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • judip
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great burgers, great ambiance, a fun place to take a group, or just a couple
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    happy2eatout
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday this week at Bridgeman's Bistro and we were very pleased. It was busy even for a Tuesday night, but we had a reservation (a must in the summer I think). The food was excellent; well cooked, flavourful, and beautifully presented. The only 2 complaints for that evening...the service was a bit slow, especially after we arrived and it was some time before our drink orders were taken and a few of the entrees weren't as hot as they could have been. Overall these 2 factors wouldn't put me off going back in the future. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood. Eating
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Place!
    Badgie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Ive been plenty of times, indoor and outdoor, lunch and dinner. Loved every meal, drink, and experience! My favorite restaurant by far!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overrated
    millbaygirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great view, small portions, limited menu, nothing special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • zenwood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Really enjoyed having lunch overlooking the marina. The food was great and the service was excellent. I love the venue and will not hesitate to recoomend to family and friends. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    yummy4us
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food was fantastic for our party of 7. Unfortunately, noise level was high and couldn't hear each other. Next time we should ask for something for young children (5 and 2 yrs old), long time for them to wait for food as restaurant was very busy. A small plate of chips would go down well in this instance. This was our first visit and you are now on our list of top restaurants to add to our favourites. Thank You!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We come here often for lunch in the summer as we bring our boat over from Saanich Peninsula so it is a great outing on a nice sunny day. We found the noise level high this time as we opted for a table inside this time to be away from the sun and it was very difficult to hear for our guests and to have a conversation. Food rating was based on food choices this time and the method of preparation but it was very well prepared and very nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sitting location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were at the Bistro for lunch on Sunday. It was a lovely sunny day and I requested that we have a table outside. Unfortunately, it was directly in the sun. There was no shade and none of the windows were open. Thus, it was extremely hot and somewhat unpleasant. All the other tables seemed to have some shade but that was not the case for us. Perhaps a fan, or an open windows, would rectify the situation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • padipadi
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Spectacular summer day...excellent service and delicious food. 5 stars all the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 166 reviews are from the Bridgemans Bistro reviews archive.
  • ejk1stag
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    It was a "working" meal -- and perfect in every way. Got a lot accomplished.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appies!
    carmel
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great appies, great service but not so great on the main course of ribs and steak!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy Night Good Eats
    Antiquehowse
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The night we ate was one which there was a very large party at the restaurant. So much so that they ran out of salmon, which I had my taste buds set for. However, once I got past that disappointment, the wait staff worked hard to see that we were taken care of even though they were very busy. Both meals were excellent and we enjoyed the fact that we were sitting out over the bay. Great views and we enjoyed the evening. I would like to go again when there is less of a crowd..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu is very very nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love to sit outside for 2 reasons; It's wonderful on the deck (wind, light, fresh air, view) and 2nd, it's very noisy inside. However, I'm told that I'm overly sensitive to noise. Some acoustic treatment to the interior would be very helpful. Too many hard surfaces.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • natural bc
    imajan
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    the best of BC as far as the location goes! Love being on the water and in nature as an added value of our dining experience. The food choices are great and service is attentive and personable. My second visit. There will be more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    tryanythingonce
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I enjoyed the Black Bean Burger. The view is nice. Servers are friendly. I appreciated the time allowed for my friend and I to have a long visit while enjoying lunch. We both live in separate directions of the Island and Bridgeman's is our halfway point to meet. The location is great. I like that this restaurant allows us time to spend catching up!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large Group
    Spinner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We made reservations for eight and upon arrival our table was ready. We had two small children with our group and the staff immediately provided crayons and colouring sheets which was greatly appreciated. Great meal and outstanding views. Our guests from England were suitably impressed! This is a great Bistro to relax and enjoy a great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean view with Mount Baker awesome
    bLEEHay
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    What a great experience. Scenery definitely something to see to complete your BC West coast experience. Food was great, good value to. Would go back again. A gem for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate