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About Bernard's

Bernard's features contemporary French Cuisine in an elegant Country Inn setting.

20 West Lane
Ridgefield, CT 06877
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Wednesday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Cross Street:
Route 35

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 438-8282

Website:
http://www.bernardsridgefield.com/

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

Catering:
WE offer off-premise catering. Please call Elizabeth at (203)856-2537 for more information.

Parking Details:
Valet on weekends

Public Transit:
CT Branchville/NY Katonah

Executive Chef:
Bernard Bouissou

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Bernard's offers Wine tasting Dinner, cooking classes, Author luncheons, Jazz Masters Series and live entertainment

Private Dining

Whether an intimate dinner or a large celebration, you’ll find the elegant interior, decorated for the Holidays or perfect for your special event. An impressive grand staircase and Steinway piano adorn the entrance while several uniquely designed dining rooms provide space for 10 to 140 guests.

Bernard's Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
Romantic (24)
Quiet Conversation (18)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Cozy (12)
Live Music (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

A very elegant ambiance with excellent service and cuisine

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Brunch was reasonable and delicious. Was catching up with old friends and we enjoyed the atmosphere and light piano background we were able to enjoy each other

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Even allowing for the fact that it was New Years Eve the service was pathetic for a restaurant of this caliber. Really only one server who knows what he’s doing (and unfortunately he wasn’t serving us). It’s. a shame because the poor service completely undermines the delicious food coming out of the kitchen. Also think that $175 not including alcohol for the prix fixe dinner was a bit steep considering the food and the overall experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful meal! Amazing wine list........creative French specialties........sweetbreads, brie & blk truffles, etc! Loved it all!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wish I had thought to ask for the prices on the specials. My salad was $22 for an appetizer!!! The entree version was $18...when I questioned it they said that different scallops were used but honestly I would've ordered the entree size instead. Otherwise it was a nice meal, the food was fresh and good, the service was pretty good. Bernard's is a very nice overall experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We found the Beef Wellington to be drowning in gravy. Too much sauce on the pumpkin ravioli as well.
The food was very heavy and not five star as we expected. The owners are lovely but we felt it was overpriced.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My family and I went to Bernard's for Christmas Eve brunch. I had made the reservation 6 days prior to December 24. When I called to make the reservation, I did ask the cost of the brunch. I was told that the menu was not yet available, but that typically brunch ran about $39.00 per person. I felt that that was okay so I proceeded to make the reservation. It was noted that if I cancelled anytime after the 22nd, I would be charged $20.00 per person and we were five people so I did not want to cancel. In any event, we arrived on the 24th only to discover that the cost of the brunch was $95.00 per person. I just about fell off of my chair! It was 2.5X what the person on the phone had mentioned. Perhaps we should have left, but I felt embarrassed and we chose to stay. We did have a delicious meal, but when dessert arrived, we were never asked if we cared for coffee or tea or cappuccino, etc. We had to find someone to ask for that. As well, the waitress began clearing the dessert dishes well before I was finished with eating mine. I feel that a restaurant of this caliber should have better service and should be more up front with the cost of their holiday menus!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was creative and delicious, piano player was soft and melodious, wait staff ample and courteous. All good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Cozy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, the background piano music and overall relaxed, genteel atmosphere. Our evening was exceptional - a special occasion at a very special restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We met friends at the upstairs bar and found several other couples enjoying their very creative cocktails. Our bartender was extremely friendly as were the guests in the bar area. We then went downstairs for dinner and each of us ordered something different. The venison was delicious (the best my friend's husband has ever had). We had two fish dishes and a beef dish--all were excellent. We loved the brussel sprouts that were served with the fish dishes. We also had two salads--split them and was plenty for the four of us. Don't forget to meet the owners--great story about their family and their business venture!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Superb appetizers and desserts, main course not quite as good, but still very tasty.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Don't use my name, email or any nickname for me. I think your restaurant is great but don't want my name used publicly in any reviews.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always a delightful experience - Wine and food, service and ambiance are all wonderful. I especially enjoy the piano player in the main dining room. Also, tables are not crowded together and your table conversation is private. A bit pricy but worth the cost.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was exceptional. I enjoyed the halibut and the chocolate trio. The pianist added to the romantic atmosphere. The owner visited our table. Recommend it for special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Elegant, delicious, and gracious. Perfect for any special person or occasion.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We sat there for one hour and 10 min. before our meals arrived. Service was very slow.
Will not go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Dinner was outstanding - everyone raved about their entre, the wine and dessert! Service was very attentive and the ambiance was perfect with the fire burning in the fireplace and the wonderful pianist setting the mood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Bernard's. It was our first meal there and everything was delicious. We went there with little information other than online reviews and we were not disappointed. It was not an inexpensive meal, but thoroughly enjoyable. The service was excellent and the meal not rushed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at Bernards. This was our first visit to Bernards and the menu was creative and the food excellent. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very nice dinner. A bit pretentious with the parking and coat check. I’m not in favor of the mandatory 20% tip....Owner spent much time talking to one table, but did not interact with the other 4 tables. Would have been a classy move to ask all the diners if they were pleased and enjoyed their food.....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We've been to Bernard's many times and the food never disappoints. Always great. Staff is knowledgeable and has a sense of humor.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is one of our top five restaurants in Westchester.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

As always, great food and wonderful attentive service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Lobster dish was raw ruined the meal unfortunately also the dessert was bland (apple tart) the foie grad trio was outstanding

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It is always a pleasure to eat at Bernard's. The food is terrific and very creative and the presentation is awesome.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

For years I have rated Chez Bernard as the best suburban restaurant in the region. We went for the Brunch service, at noon. Fresh flowers, soft live piano music in the background, wonderful choices of French cuisine including terrine, salmon, creme brulee, elegant service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Bernard's was fabulous. It was worth the 1-1/2 hour drive for dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Generally prefer eating for two in the main dining room, but was not available that evening. Food doesn't disappoint. Service attentive.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Haven't dined here often but, over the years, it has always been excellent whenever I have.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

3 of us enjoyed the wine pairing special. 7 course meal with hand picked wines to match each course. Phenomenal! Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always a great experience. Classic and delicious food, great wine, wonderful service and relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Although Bernard is a little far from Manhattan (about 1 1/2 hr going and closed to 2 hr for the return) we would recommend to try this restaurant. We have been there a few times and are yet to be disappointed. We like the ambiance, the relaxing decor, etc. Food served is good to very good, selection for lunches and brunches are varied; products used are fresh and prepared with care; small croissants served with the breads selection are very good. Personnel well trained and attentive. Wine list by the bottles, although huge, offers a few bottles at reasonable prices, which is not that always the case in most upscale restaurants in the Tri-State area. Bravo to the Chef and his wife Sarah.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent. Great food, great value for the money. Had an excellent time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The best of only a few authentic ,classic French restaurants in the area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Attentive and knowledgeable service. Provided the table requested on the Saturday night of a holiday weekend. Very classy. Live piano music great touch. Quality food creative menu. Lovely outdoor decorations for the season. Chef sent over drinks and special birthday dessert. Co-owner Sarah paid us a visit. Would definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a lovely evening at Bernards. We were able to enjoy quiet conversation in an unhurried atmosphere. Our young waiter delivered fantastic service that evening, and the food was very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We'd never been before--something that we have already remedied in our minds. This is a wonderful dining spot with meticulous service and glorious food choices.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The best French restaurant in Westchester! Amazing! Food with vegetable from the garden, peaceful atmosphere, very attentive and French speaking waiter. We'll go back! Just a little far from home.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Haven't dined at Bernard's in sometime and sadly, it has lost it's luster. Granted, it was a Tuesday evening, not busy, but still , it was a special occasion and we were all underwhelmed. Food was just not the quality I was hoping for. The striped bass was rubbery, dry and flavor- free, and was not anything like striped bass that I'd seen before. Under cooked Brussel sprouts, and an OK risotto were the sides. Wouldn't go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Over rated, old, not at all progressive

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