Excellent French food and friendly wait staff. Service was a little slow on a Saturday night. And the average age of the visitors is high so you might feel like you're in Florida during the early bird special. But the food is more than worth it.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went for our anniversary;
Went for our anniversary; ordered flowers were waiting. Waitstaff very attentive and the food was excellent.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
decent easter dinner
Easter dinner was a nice selectiion from a fixed price menu.
The appetizers were all very nicely done (our table of 4 had 3 of the 4 available choices
Asparagus soup was silky smooth and tasty; tuna tartare was creatively presnted and good mix of flavors, and the lobster fricasse was excellent
For the main courses, the snapper in morrel sauces was particularly nice - the sauce made the dish - a rich creamy concoction, that was tasty without being too heavy. The lamp offering was nice, though nothing sensational - and the beef wellington was adequate - the crust was a a bit limp, and the meat underdone to our taste, but the truffle sauces was good. Dessert sampler was ok - small. for $70, decent meal, a tad overpriced.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We love Bernards. Our Easter
We love Bernards. Our Easter Brunch was outstanding and professionally served by the Owner's daughter. A fantastic experience.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place, awful diners!
Wonderful dinner, great food, amazing service!
The problem is that the people at the next table were loud and obnoxious. Be careful who you sit next to!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was amazing. Very creative
Food was amazing. Very creative and wonderful flavors. Service was attentive without being too much. Piano music was very nice.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent. Waitress
Food was excellent. Waitress was nice, but knew very little about food and it's componenets. Tasting menu was great, but took over three hours (with me telling them we need to leave soon after thrid course to get home for babysitter). Would definitely go back, but probably do ala carte.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Impressed with Bernard's!
We went to Bernard's to celebrate 2 birthdays - a very special occasion. It was our first visit but will certainly not be our last! We have dined at most of the area's finer establishments and over time have found them lacking...disappointed at paying a lot for a little. Bernard's impressed us across the board...ambiance, food, service.
Thanks for a wonderful evening.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lobster and Duck
The food was excellent. My companion, who has been to many fine restaurants and spent her summers in Nantucket for many years, said that her lobster was one of the best meals she ever had. She was also enamored of the wine (by the glass selections can leave something to be desired, but we wanted only a single glass between us, so that is what we had to choose from), the dessert, the appetizers, and the environment. My food was also excellent and I found the service to be quite good.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went on Mother's Day - the
Went on Mother's Day - the service was slower than usual (as one would expect) however, the food was still perfectly served and wonderful - everything was served hot ...wonderful attention to detail and special food...
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bernard's never disappoints.
Bernard's never disappoints. If you expect going to a restaurant to be an 'event' this is the place for you. Food and service are prepared and presented with obvious care. We drive forty minutes to go there and it is always worthwhile.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A place for special memories
The best way I can explain how wonderful Bernard's is, is to say that my wife was smiling all night long. We sat next to the piano player (Johnny Morris - superb!) and had a wonderful meal. The wine list is an education in French wines. Go!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
go for the wine list
Had an excellent tasting menu, not fabulous, but nevertheless memorable. Fantastic wine list with some true bargains. If you know your stuff you can drink excellent wines for less than half of what restaurants comparable to Bernard's dare to charge.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food presentation and taste
Food presentation and taste was superb. This is a very pleasant establishment with a well trained staff although a little slow initially to take your order for drinks. It is located in the charming New England town of Ridgefield. The décor is nice but could be upgraded.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very pleased with everything to celebrate our 56th Wedding Anniversary. The food ,ambiance and service were exactly as we had plaanned. The Flowers arrived at our table and the Hostis was very gracious and our servers were very attentive to our special needs.
Thank you for a very memerable occasion!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved brunch at Bernard's. young musicians day was especially nice listening to Madeleine play the cello beautifully. We took our 10 and 12 year old who tried new foods and loved the afternoon! We can't wait to go back!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fine dining in Ridgefield
The elegant and welcoming dining room
is very comfortable. The salmon I
ordered for lunch was perfectly cooked
(not raw and not overcooked) in a light
sauce with leeks and morels. Sarah,
the co-owner, came to our table to make
sure that everything was to our
liking. She is a delightful hostess.
Bernard's is now high on my list!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had heard a lot of hype
I had heard a lot of hype about Bernard's. For the most part, it lived up to its reputation. The menu is very interesting and diverse, focusing on foods and herbs harvested from the gardens on the grounds. Ultimately, the food was quite good, but maybe not as good as one might expect based on reputation or on the complexity of the descriptions in the menu. I don't often comment on service, but have to note that it was pretty outstanding. And if you like wine, particularly French wine, you must check out the wine list. All in all a very good night.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real treat!
For a special night out, feel as though you are at a country inn! Exceptional food!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfortable and elegant theme
Food is excellent. Even my mother only likes Chinese food and is very happy about the food. Breads are tasted yummy. Appetizers are good. Entrees are good and my opera cake creme is great. Service is super.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, fun atmosphere upstairs
My fiancé and I went for my birthday in hopes of a great meal, and were not disappointed. I had the lamb, which was literally melt-in-your-mouth delicious. My fiancé had the angus steak with similar results! The scallop appetizer with the garden grown zucchini blossom started us off, and was cooked to perfection, with the veggies so fresh and simply prepared. Our server helped us pick a wine suitable to my tastes and appropriate for our meals.
After dinner we took the rest of our wine upstairs to relax on the patio. Our overall dining experience was just wonderful and we will be sure to return!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bernard's never disappoints! We have dined there four times and the food, service, overall dining experience never is lacking or below expectations. This last time, we ate outside with friends of ours in the garden. It was our friends first time there. As usual, our meal was outstanding, the ambiance could not have been better. We felt like we were in our own back yard enjoying a beautiful Sunday with good friends. excellent food, and fabulous service. The tomatoes in the special appetizer were actually picked from the garden we were sitting near. It was absolutely delicious. I just cannot say enough about this special restaurant. Believe me we will dine there often and soon.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was slow but the servers were quite good and required Sarah to prod serving of the main course.
The food quality was generally good but the Haddock was overcooked and dry.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was a very enjoyable "pre-show"
Was a very enjoyable "pre-show" dinner. We were seated and served with plenty of time before our evening show at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The pre-show dinner was a little pricey but not out of line with the other dinner choices.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Eating great food in an atmosphere of beautiful piano and wonderful service, Bernard and Sarah and their team make this one of the finest spots in Connecticut and the surrounding NY area. We are treated like family here. We will be back often.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attentive staff without hovering, great food and wine assisted by knowledgeable waitstaff. Pianist added to the ambiance without dominating it. All around excellent evening, fit for the birthday celebration that it was. Not our first time and we look forward to returning again.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as usual! Wonderful piano music accompanied out delicious meal, lively oomversation with our gracious hosts.A restaurant that never fails to please....a gem!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to go!
I had the pork belly starter which was excellent. As a main course I had the lamb trio which was also excellent.
Service was perfect. Corkage fee was $40 which is a touch on the high site to me.
Overall a great place to go.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anniversary Dinner Gem
Thirty six years of a wonderful marriage demanded an equally wonderful restaurant to celebrate the date and Bernards was it. Cut to the chase: exceptional service, brilliant wine list and superb food. We will not wait for another anniversary to return.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I received a gift certificate to the restaurant from a group of friends to celebrate an important event in our life. We absolutely loved our time and felt the ambiance, food and service were superb. We will remember the evening for a long time. I would highly recommend the restaurant.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely, good food, great wait
Lovely, good food, great wait staff...we had a wonderful anniversary dinner. TY.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first visit and we will be back. A great restaurant for a special occasion. The venison with Grand Veneur sauce was the best I've ever had and my wife loved the pork chop/spatzle. The wine list was impressive and the staff very helpful in selecting pairings.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Indulgent, lovely dishes, superb wines, gracious atmosphere.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food excellent service not so
This was first time at Bernard s. The food was excellent. the wait staff not so. This Sunday a 50th anniversary party was being held in the main dinning room so brunch guest were directed to a small ante room. When my party arrived we were the last table to be seated. One table was finishing up their entree and preparing for dessert. Two tables had menus and had drinks. We were shown to our table but not given menus. Our drink order was taken and then the waiter left.His assistant seemed in a fog. We concluded it was his first day. We were given menus after orders were taken at the table across from us. The waiter literally took their order and then gave us the menus. I cant believe they didn't have enough menus to go around.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and ambience
My husband and I went for my birthday. Food was fabulous.Enjoyed the piano background music. Brian our waiter was excellent.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
BACON, BACON, BACON !!!
I took a client for lunch and we had a perfect meal . The chef is amazing everything is made on premise , even all the bacon in the Seven Bacon Sampler which is heaven on a plate . Each tasting of bacon has it's own garnish that compliments it perfectly. I highly suggest this as well as the charcuterie plate as a starter with a glass of wine ( awesome wine list !) while you peruse the menu for more delectables.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must for foodies
The foodies paradise. Creative menu, wonderful choices an outstanding service. The staff knew the menu, offered advice which was spot on. They were attentive but did not hover. The general manager steps by our table twice to ensure everything was to our liking.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Benard's is outstanding
My wife and I went to Bernard's on an early Saturday night for our anniversary dinner out. It was outstanding food, drink, wine and most of all the service. Friendly servers and bus boys also the unseen but noticeable kitchen staff for the timeliness and quality of the food. The food was prepared perfectly as ordered. It could not be a better experience. Thank you all at Bernard's for making our anniversary a special evening.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I selected Bernard's for an
I selected Bernard's for an Autumn outing to Ridgefield CT to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. I can't say enough about the excellence of this restaurant. Our server, Dana, was charming and most helpful. Our table was in a cozy room with fireplace and pianist in the adjacent room. The creative menu utilized locally grown produce and seasonal items. We had a pumpkin mousseline/shrimp appetizer and a delicious and unusual bacon sampler. For our main courses, we had pistachio encrusted hailbut and duck breast with a fig sauce, and for dessert. we had a pumpkin cheesecake and pineapple polenta cake with blueberry maple sauce. The wine list had an extensive selection, many surprisingly affordable. A perfect dining experience!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful Autumnal Brunch !
Brunch at Bernard's at this time of year, is truly a memorable experience. While dining, one can view the lovely colors of autumn as they look through the windows at the beautifully decorated grounds surrounding the restaurant, The food is extremely fresh and it is so beautifully presented. Many of the items on the menu--especially the desserts ( pumpkin cheesecake- yum!)-- reflect the season. The servers are friendly and attentive. The piano music is the finishing touch on the most elegant brunch in town!!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Bernards for my husband's birthday and had a lovely evening. I had noted in my reservation that I would like the table by the fireplace and that was exactly where we were seated. We chose the chef's tasting menu with wine and everything we had was fantastic. The service was attentive without being intrusive, the piano music was very nice as well. We could not have asked for a nicer evening.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I took my family to Bernard's for my wife's birthday and was extremely happy with the ambiance, service and food. My wife is a foodie and in the Restaurant business, so she is very critical of other restaurants when it comes to service and quality of food, but she could not have been more pleased.
Apparently the pianist does not play on Sunday nights however which was disappointing, but again, this is a must for special occassions or a nice romantic dinner.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Awesome dining experience
Awesome dining experience and we shall certainly return
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food has always been a passion. I try to create some of the dishes I've come by....but not this time. I found it nearly impossible. As I ate sweet breads for the very first time, as always, I tried to deconstruct the ingredients that made it dance in my mouth. After a few bites I had to let go and just enjoy. This happened through every coarse. The experience at Bernard's was exquisite. The atmosphere was as comfortable as an old pair of slippers. The attentiveness of the staff from the moment you're greeted in the parking lot by the valet service, to the table side visit of the owner. Making it back into the kitchen where the magic happens was a treat. Chef Michelle Greenfield is the heart of Bernerd's kitchen. Thank you. :)
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely Dining Experience
We went to Bernard's for a Sunday brunch. The menu had a great selection, the service was attentive and the eviorment was cozy and perfect for a fall day.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took a friend for her birthday to Bernard's, clearly a great spot for that as four other tables were also celebrating birthdays! The lunch menu is very creative and varied - something for everyone and, while somewhat expensive, worth every penny. The crab salad was extraordinary, lightly seasoned, very generous in amount and a lovely presentation. The duck confit salad was equally wonderful. Desserts were gorgeous and delicious. Service was very friendly and attentive but a touch erratic. It seemed to be an aberation that day and certainly was nothing to complain about. The dining room is charming, cozy and quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation, something increasingly hard to find these days! I would highly recommend Bernard's
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice romantic dinner
My husband and I are always looking for good local Westchester/CT restaurants for date nights - Bernard's has great food, romantic atmosphere, and very reasonable prices for the quality of food/service. Our crab appetizers, his duck and my lobster main dishes, and our apple tart dessert were all fantastic. And he rarely views duck to be prepared to his liking, except at a couple places in the city. We would come here again and highly recommend. Don't think it is a place for young kids (at least for dinner). It can get a little loud if you are sitting right next to the piano player, but the live background music to us was a nice add.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
our thanks for making our thanksgiving lunch so special. the service, the menu, the flavors of the food, the presentation- all top notch.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanksgiving tradition the easy way
We find that we can count on sitting back and having a relaxing holiday with our kids, their kids and our dear friends over delicious food, great service and in a warm, soft, beautiful setting on Thanksgiving at Bernard's. It has taken all the stress away so that no matter who we invite along, we know they will be impressed with the quality of the food and the service and all we need to do is enjoy each other's company. Thank you, Bernard's!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bernards is one of the best
Bernards is one of the best French Restaurants in all of New England.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM