Bridgemans Bistro
Bridgemans Bistro

Bridgemans Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bridgemans.ca/
  • Phone: 7783563568x
  • 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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Bridgemans Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (71)great for lunch (55)great for outdoor dining (49)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (32)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (23)great for brunch (21)notable wine list (17)romantic (17)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Favorite Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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
  • Mill Bay Magic
    Fitforfoodies
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Every seat is a window seat, the view of the marina and mount baker is outstanding. People from all over the world can enjoy the experience of this neighborhood gem!! Food presentation was 4 stars and the flavors in the Butternut Squash Ravioli was fit for foodies. I recommend Bridgemans for lunch or dinner. And I would continue to make reservations each time I want to bring my clients and friends out to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AmaPapa
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The Bridgeman never disappoints! The ambience is lovely, views spectacular, the service is attentive and prompt, and the food is consistently very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    expensive nachos! been there a few times - always out of luck on the ribs :( rib sandwich DRY - really need the gravy steak gravy TERRIBLE
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Gem Discovery
    Tedd
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Tried this restaurant / bistro for the first time. On the water by a marina. Fabulous views and every seat is a window seat. Terrific food made with imagination. Menu not geared for young children but overall very good! Will be returning for sure.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food with a great view
    eastwestfoodlover
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    on the water with a great selection of local beers and good wines; good menu and well prepared. Should please any foodie. World Cup on TV made it fun for us
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made us wait
    Flyer
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Made us wait even tho there was an open set unreserved table .That is not trendy it is annoying .
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Want to love it, but only like it.
    Choopz
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've dined here 3 times now, have had the same bubbly server every time and she's lovely. I've returned my meal the last two times however due to being over cook. Ordered Seared Tuna: cooked through and dry, but was beautifully done on the 2nd attempt. Ordered 6oz Angus steak med rare: cooked to well done, but again the 2nd attemp was fabulous and so is their steak sauce! The downside of having your food re-cooked is everyone was finished well before me, so I felt rushed when they started clearing everyone else's plates... & took away my steak sauce that I set on the side (but was enjoying). I don't like sending food back, but if I'm paying $25 for a meal and they ask how I'd like it done... I'd like it to arrive as per the agreement.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is a gem of a place, however the funky setting & the views recommend it more than the food. It is nicely presented but quite inconsistent in quality (eg. a salmon burger arrived on a huge bun with nothing really on the bun in the way of sauce or mayo. Don't know where the "maple" fit in as we couldn't taste any). We tried a flight of wines which were all very good. Our server was very accommodating in moving us to a table which was in a spot out of the wind.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pedestrian
    jagsaway
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The service was excellent and the location was amazing but the food was only ok. The salad was good but the short rib sandwich was tasteless and overwhelmed by the bun it was on. A dark and stormy is goslings black rum and barretts ginger beer, not sure what I was served but it wasn't what I know as a dark and stormy. Not a bad drink though for what it was. Loved the location and the staff just wish the food had been a bit better
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Spinner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Steak dinner and on tap IPA! Sat by the window overlooking the Marina - awesome! This Bistro is on par with Earls, Cactus Club and Browns Social House - with better prices. A must place to come for a meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden treasure!
    taylormade2dine
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    It is always a treat to eat at this ocean side restaurant. Tucked away in Mill Bay, you are literally on the ocean. Never a bad seat in the house. The views are spectacular and the sunsets breathtaking! The staff are always friendly, professional and the food.......delicious! What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazing!
    ErW2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The restaurant is near perfect in every way. The food is so tasty and filling, the service is very good, and the ability to eat outside is so nice. Also, the prices are very reasonable for the quality that is provided.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upside
    roddymac
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Mill Bay does not have another comparable venue. Its a bit pricey for a casual dining experience, but the setting is lovely, there is lots of light, views, indoor-outdoor dining, the staff is attentive, and the menu variety and food quality is far superior to other venues nearby.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant in Mill Bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a great time. It was my Mom's birthday and she was made to feel special. Food was very good. I would go back again, in fact I have. Great atmosphere - personable. Besides it always nice to sit by the sea and have a great meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ksc1
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We love going to Bridgeman's and always find the food to be of high quality and the views spectacular. If people are looking for a quiet , romantic setting then they may want to go elsewhere. This is a bustling, energetic, local gem - my husband and I always chose the Bridgeman for special and not-so-special dining - we simply love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too LOUD....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    went for first time for supper on our anniversary after hearing word of mouth how good it was. This place is set in a nice location with wonderful views. The food was very good and the service was good. My only complaint was it was so loud in there we had a hard time hearing each other. Neither of us could relax and truly enjoy ourselves due to this. This place is great for those that want to go in a group but for those couples wanting a nice quite night out this might not be for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    supersarah1314
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Been here three times now, each time food has been sub-par. Often too much sauce, too rich, too garlicky, too something. Drinks are good, view is beautiful, service is great and the ambiance is good enough that I keep trying to give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect day! Lovely lunch!
    Canuckdiner
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The setting was wonderful. Cheerful service. Food delicious for me. My guest was not to pleased with the garlic. Felt there was too much. Good parking as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best hidden gem
    island2dine
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Love this place, a drive from Victoria is well worth it. GREAT FOOD AND GREAT SERVICE ALL WITH AMAZING VIEW. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was my 3rd visit, on Mother's Day - staff handled the full restaurant gracefully. The food has been spot on flavour each visit. I live at Shawnigan Lake and will gladly take the drive to Mill Bay to enjoy again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Dinnertip
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great view, Great food, and great service! A beautiful setting with a bistro on the wharf overlooking the bay on a warm spring evening in May Service was prompt friendly and knowledgeable. Food was excellent, and we never felt rushed during the course of our dining experience. The atmosphere was warm and lively. We are looking g forward to our next opportunity to dine at the Bridgeman's Bistro
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The consensus at our table was that the food tasted good but the portions were small especially for the price. We had courteous service and enjoyed the view. However, I would not recommend a romantic dinner here. Too crowded and noisy with the cement floor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Return
    Dinner42
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    A great space for a visit with friends. Loved the service and dinner was delicious. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 135 reviews are from the Bridgemans Bistro reviews archive.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Unfortunately I am allergic to seafood, don't like burgers or higly spiced food so found the menu a bit constricting for lunch. My companions enjoyed their choices though my friend said the chowder lacked any salmon or fish that she could find
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    A great variety of fabulous food, all wait staff were excellent! Like what they have done with the retractable roof and glassed in patio.
    Special Features:
    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.