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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

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
Romantic (24)
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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 on September 8, 2017

Service and food are great.Will definitely return.They made my wife's birthday a great choice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We arrived early and the place was quiet. The waitstaff was very attentive, intelligent and informative. Great place for a spirited conversation among 3 couples. Wine was excellent, the pace was proper. As for the food, it was interesting and definitely of the sort of what even an excellent cook such as my wife, would not make at home. Flavorful, eye pleasing and somewhat off the beaten path of high end restaurants. All prepared properly and shared among the 6 of us with equal response...delightful !

We wish the owners an long and successful run. Keep this standard and the rest is assured.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We have dined here numerous times. Driving 45 minutes one-way and worth every moment!!
Upstairs is Sarah's Wine Bar, upbeat, lighter fair with small bands on certain evenings. Downstairs is more formal (blazers very common) with a fantastic piano player on some evenings. Food is superb!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We ate out in the garden--and everything was fabulous from the food to the service to the setting.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Absolutely delicious - every course from oysters on the half shell and crabmeat stuffed squash blossoms (fresh from Chef's garden) to the fabulous lamb , beautifully presented - was A+. Assorted rolls fresh from the oven were welcoming as were the excellent mango margaritas!This all topped off with a trio of chocolate dessert samplings. Compliments to The Chef! Looking forward to returning.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent warm lobster salad, peach and fig parfait with Chablis oh and oysters on the half shell first. Wait service was very friendly and very professional.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Seasonal, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

First time to Bernard's after years of hearing about it. Creative menu was well executed. Visual entre appearance was outstanding and flavor combinations were wonderful. Staff was knowledgeable and very accommodating. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Attentive service , the food was excellent ! Try the bacon sampler . If you love wine I have never seen a better wine list , with pictures of the country of the wine you are looking at . I never order fish(red meat , lamb) at a high end restaurant , ordered the grouper and was not disappointed. My wife got the duck who usually orders fish and she loved it. Very very good food . A perfect ending to a relaxing 12 th Anniversery day.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Organic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

For special occasions or just to treat your spouse, Bernard's is a great choice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Music
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

delicious again. We finally tried the halibut and it was great. All dishes are beautifully prepared and with good service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Have dined many times at Bernard's, and always congratulate myself on doing so.

One of my favorite dishes is the house speciality, pork chop ...perhaps the finest, on a regular basis, I've ever eaten.

I recommend the "staples" over all, and haven't found them to be lacking.

Love it here.

Ricard

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The food was truly exceptional. Since there were multiple parties going on, we were seated upstairs in the wine bar. While it was not as formal, they certainly made up for the inconvenience. We were gifted with the bacon sampler, which I highly recommend. Sarah was delightful and we will definitely return!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

A GOOD MEAL IN A QUIET AND REFINED SETTING. THE EXPERIECES AT BERNARD'S HAVE ALWAYS BEEN POSITIVE.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Wonderful brunch on Fathers Day. Lobster bisque was excellent. Salmon entree as well. Nice deserts. Great piano music in the background. Wonderful civilized experience in this fast paced world.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Absolutely fantastic brunch across the board. Food, service and ambience were all equally superb. Expensive but well worth the occasional splurge.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We had table next to kitchen hall/piano and were generally ignored by the wait staff -- we felt invisible. Scallop appetizer was cool when served. Entrees were excellent,

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

A slice of class. Cooking and service are a profession and art.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I had to go to Ridgefield with my son and booked for lunch after reading reviews. It was better than we expected. Amazing service and delicious food. Waitress went extra mile to serve us and even with my small kids everyone was super nice and caring. Nico did am AMAZING job helping us to pick the right wine. He knows everything about it and we ended up having 2 bottles. Loved the place and going back for sure!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Casual, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Fun, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Quiet night at Bernard's, but my wife and I were very happy and able to talk at a good decibel level. Service was very friendly, but professional; dinner high quality...food well prepared and served in an enticing manner. Ambiance was quiet (they purposely keep a large group in a separate room) and quite romantic atmosphere! It has become our "go to" restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Bernard's is always good. The food is great French style "comfort food". This last time the service was its usual outstanding. After being there many times, I have to admit the duck I had was tough and the sping like rolls were burned. That just tells me that something was wrong in the kitchen that night. That's not the usual situation. I plan on going back again and again.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Fantastic service and attention to detail.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Overall pleasant experience for my Daughters Graduation Ceremony luncheon. Only complaint would be demeanor of our waitress. Not very friendly or informative. Food was excellent but long wait for dessert.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Impeccable, yet genuinely friendly, warm service! Great piano playing during dinner added to the evening - wish we lived closer! Impressive wine list too.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

we had the pleasure of dining here 3 times lately. The tasting menu with wine was amazing. Having a regular dinner was superb also. Servers, Chris who is fantastic and Tito who is wonderful, made our dining experience altogether great. It is a lovely, quiet place with extraordinary food and wine and I wished I lived nearer than the 2 hr. drive or we'd be there much more often.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

A lovely dinner indeed
Softshell Crabs were to die for
Halibut main course excellent
And the crème brulee trio a great dessert to share.
All in all a wonderful experience.
Wish the piano player was there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Bernard's never disappoints. A real restaurants for grown-ups. Excellent wine list.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Good selection of seasonal dishes. Very well prepared. Special wishes totally accepted. Very quit dining room. Service was outstanding. Very busy at around 6 pm . Much better at 7:30 or later. We have recommended this restaurant all ready to other people.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Our first experience was excellent. We will be back soon

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

A wonderful special occasion restaurant for us. When in town for a show at the Ridgefield Playhouse, Bernards is a must. Incredible wine list, attentive service, made a special request and the chef was excited to oblige!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Outstanding food. Exceptional service. From start to finish we felt well cared for by everyone. Stella's experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Anniversary

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Asked for a nice table for anniversary dinner; was seated next to cash resister and wait station, about the single least romantic spot in the entire establishment. Really?

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

If you love French inspired food-----this is the place to go. Service was very good and caring. We ate in the smaller room and it was medium quiet. No overdone laughs were heard.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The restaurant atmosphere and cuisine were delighful!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

what an amazing tasting dinner we experienced. Our server Chris was just excellent in describing the many dishes we had; each a triumph. Each accompanying wine was also described in detail and was perfectly matched to the course. We had tried this restaurant once many years ago on a busy Sat. night with a much simpler menu. This time, a week night , was quiet and the menu was so much more than I recall before. It was one of our best dining moments ever. I would recommend anyone to try this but allow time as the courses are spaced apart so one can savor each in a relaxed way.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent attention to gluten-free needs, outstanding food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers day

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day brunch. Very limited choices. Food was good. Price was $85 per. Online said $39.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day. Very nice

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

All aspects of our experience was outstanding. Bernard's is a beautiful restaurant with wonderful ambience and congenial and attentive service. Food beautifully prepared and presented and chef's special and seasonal preparations were so original, such as the trio of foie gras and the bacon tasting plate. Desserts were a tasty finale to a five-star meal and dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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