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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Bridgemans Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (70)great for lunch (53)great for outdoor dining (44)neighborhood gem (44)special occasion (33)good for groups (24)fit for foodies (23)romantic (19)hot spot (17)great for brunch (16)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (4)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Bridgemans Bistro reviews archive.
  • 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