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Bridges

1696 Duranleau Street
Vancouver, BC V6H3R9
Tel: (604) 687-4400 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 687-0352
Neighbourhood: West Side
  • Cuisine: Pacific northwest, Seafood, Steaks
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Service: Banquet
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Ocean Wise, Patio, View, Fine dining
  • Bridges is a Vancouver restaurant nestled on the water's edge of Granville Island, just five minutes from downtown Vancouver, Canada. Bridges Restaurant offers four unique dining experiences - The Restaurant, Bistro Wine Bar, the Bar and outdoors on the Dock - all combine unparalleled water, mountain and city views with award-winning food, served by friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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Bridges Too Far
By mcnite of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Sadly, September seens to have brought a need to relax, lower the standards and generally offer a crappy time. Picture a lovely September day with a bid of lingering warmth, a hurried but polite and efficient server. Now cut to the food - fish and chips were about all that appealed to either of us after reviewing the strangely morphing menu. Some very odd combinations so we opted for safety.

The fish arrived luke warm and the chips were actually cold. Whether they can't figure out timing for plating or the server went into a coma, this just wasn't acceptable. After some time the server returned and we told her the problem.

No problem. Shw wooshed our plates away and returned shortly with a side of hot fries; now that was what we wanted in the first place. In a matter of minutes (I believe they may have been microwave minutes, our food reappeared - - - and I do mean our food. Yes, we wanted to pay $22 for reheated fish and reheated chips.

We've had some excellent meals there in the past but the prices have climbed while the quality is gone.

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Holy Tourist Trap
By PromQueen of Kitsilano (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 11:57am [Dine in]

Never seen a place in this city care less about their customer. The food is insanely overpriced for what you get.

I had a chicken burger that cost me $19!! Okay, if it was special, but it was not. Tasted no better than what you'd get a neighborhood pub-which is not bad. It was very average food, but considering they are charging about double what everywhere else does, I'd expect a lot more than average.
My partner had the regular burger, which was only $17. Much better? Nope. He said it tasted like your average ground beef patty with lots of filler. Plain and boring, absolutely nothing special.

Sure someone is going to justify location for the price. But we were sitting inside the restaurant, and well, It could have been any cheap bistro anywhere.

I've heard talk about this place for so long, I am horribly disappointed, and looking at the consistently poor reviews on here, it's clearly a standard there. And clearly they don't care.

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Inconsistent is the Problem
By Davros of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

I have had both the pleasure, and displeasure to dine here on multiple occasions. We have had everything from terrible, to amazing service. We've had spectacular food, to dry tough flavourless food.
We now only go during the off season. We have noticed a pattern, and it seems to be when we go on a quiet day in the off season when everything is good. I guess when tourist season kicks in they arent able to handle the volume well.
Also, in the off season weekdays we've been there a couple times where there is only one other table in the place, which makes it a lot more intimate and romantic. Its our private dinner.
So, during the summer months, I say avoid this place, leave it for the tourists, and visit in on a rainy monday in November, it will be worth it...and I think the view is nicer then anyways.

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Great spot on Granville Island
By Scott Qwerty of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:27am [Dine in]

I hadn't been in Bridges upstairs dining room in several years, but we had some out-of-town guests visiting from Wisconsin recently, and decided to give them a full tour of Granville Island capped with a dinner at this Vancouver classic.
I had forgotten how amazing this room and its views were. Seriously, it's so relaxing when we left - full and happy - and stepped out into the night it was sort of that feeling you have leaving a spa after a half-day package. Looked-after, glowing, and a little buzzed.
We shared a bunch of different plates: mussels (excellent!), tiger prawn cakes, scallops, rack of lamb, caesar salad and some delicious pommel frites, among others.
Topped it all off with some great BC wine (one red and one white, a Cedar Creek and Burrowing Owl, okay maybe two of each) and tasty desserts.
I didn't realize how old the building is. I wonder if it is designated as a civic heritage structure? I'll have to check next time.
Anyway, Bridges is recommended as a terrific spot for out-of-town guests and locals alike.

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Meh overall
By juston_cha of Vancouver West (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 9:39am [Dine in]

Menu items were very pricy for what you get. Appetizers, had the hearts of romaine, a dozen oysters, muscles and clams. Romaine was $12 for that you get about $0.50 worth from your local supermarket and it's topped with a bit of roasted garlic, not horrible but horrible value definitely, muscles and clams tasted like chicken not my taste, didn't like. Oysters, server didn't introduce which was which type of oyster, $40 for a dozen "miscellaneous" oysters just don't bother.

Entree items were much better ranging from $25-45 tried a t-bone, halibut, duck, and lamb rack. All solid choices but nothing more. Everyone was still hungry after appetizers and desserts.

Desserts were good, tried the cheesecake and a napoleon. although at $12 each you could definitely do better both in quantity and taste.

But worst of all was the service, food took forever to arrive, server brought us ketchup 10 minutes after fries arrived and were all gone, drinks were never refilled and when she offered, took another 10 minutes.

Overall I have to say the only reason to be there is for the view, sun setting is absolutely beautiful. But if you can do without the view or find alternatives, just avoid this place.

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Location, location, location
By bubblejumm of Richmond , BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Bridges has a really good location. No wonder it's a popular choice especially in the summer days to come!

My bf and I had our anniversary here. Although it was a busy Saturday dinner time, we were seated in about 15 minutes. It was packed, clearly because it was very sunny and the perfect weather for eating on the patio.

FOOD- The food was not too bad. I had the halibut and my boyfriend had fish and chips. I had long island iced tea and that one was terrible! The alcohol in it was sooo damn strong, I felt like I was just drinking rum, which was gross just as is.

SERVICE: The service was okay. The server was serving a lot of people so at times it was very difficult to catch him, and it took him awhile to bring our food out. At least he took our picture without rushing us.

VALUE: Guests are definitely paying for the location. If you're not going to eat on the patio, might as well go somewhere else. The food is a little overpriced for the amount they are feeding you. We paid quite a lot, and did not get that much. And that long island iced tea was soo not worth it =[

AMBIANCE: Great summer sunny day restaurant. It has a cool, upbeat vibe, and there are lots of people and lots of things to view in the Inlet.

RECOMMEND? Yes, to those who would like to enjoy a great location in Granville Island. Perhaps to experience the full G.I. experience, by paying a little more.

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The Dining Room Upstairs
By JLgirl of West Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

We dined upstairs in the dining room. It was quiet for a rainy Saturday night. We were seated by the window, but couldn't really enjoy the view as it was dark and stormy. Service was attentive right from start to finish. Complimentary bread basket to start. For appetizers we had Caesar Salad, Soup of the Day, and Trio of Tartare. For the main course, we ordered salmon, sablefish, lamb, tenderloin, paella, and scallops and prawns. All were delicious. Everyone enjoyed their selections. Desserts were additional $10 (eg. creme brulee, cheesecake....etc). Bill came to just under $400 for 6 of us.

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Go for the View
By moyaspilot of maple ridge (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 9:45am [Dine in]

I have been to Bridges many times for both lunch and dinner and I have not been disappointed. The food is decent. Service is usually good.
I have never had a bad meal there. It's like going to Keg.. but
if you go, sit outside on the deck, especially in the evening, It's wonderful there and an Amazing view!
Even If you only order a bottle of wine and watch the sun set!

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You work in the service Industry!
By orbisnova of Langley (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 12:03am [Dine in]

We went there for lunch today. We were greeted by a shy hostess, she sat us at our table, didnt tell us any specials. We waited for a server to come around. A few servers were mulling about, the bartender was eating behind the bar :O Finally after a while, our server came and asked us if we were ready to order. We hadnt even gotten drinks yet. We asked for drinks and an appetizer.

He came back with our waters and then asked if we were ready. He was very abrupt and I felt like we were being rushed. We ordered. Our food came at a decent time, he never came back to check on us, until we were almost done, and at that time, I asked for the bill.

The food was excellent. I was very disatisfied with the service, but we still left a very decent tip.

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lovely evening
By laetitia347 of burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 11:10am [Dine in]

On wednesday night, I took my wife for dinner at the Dining Room at Bridges and were nicely surprised. The food was excellent and the service was very good, of course the ambiance with this kind of view is outstanding. They have a pre fix menu for $38 for 3 courses which is very well priced for this kind of restaurant. Just a lovely evening throughout.
P.S: I learned that night that every friday is half price on the whole wine list, definitly will be back to check this out!

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Why do people still come here?
By igobble of Kitsilano, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:20am [Dine in]

Must be location, location, location. It can't be the food quality and service. They hire pretty people with no customer service skills to work there - at least they're usually pretty. The service is crap for what you pay. Hey, listen to my accent, I'm from Vancouver, you can brush off a tourist because they're not likely to come back but be nice to the locals or we'll post on boards like this. The prices are way out of line for what you get, the view is nice, but if you happen to live on the Westside like us then you're not going to be impressed by view alone. Before you consider eating here, remember this isn't the Bridges we used to know 10yrs ago - this is just another Milestone's/Cactus Club wannabe now.

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Sticker Shock
By sblessley of Vancouver West End (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

After realizing that nearby "Go Fish" is closed on Mondays, starving, we sat down here rather than face the mobs at the also-nearby Granville Market restaurants. Had we seen the prices before sitting down; had we not been starving, we'd have given it a miss.

We had lunch around 2pm on a Monday -- not exactly peak time. Service was friendly but slow. Two of our party split a fish 'n chips order ($21?), I had the Salmon Fillet Burger ($18!). Both came with a large portion of fries; the salmon came with a bit of mesclun salad mix, the fish and chips an onion-laden coleslaw.

The fish was nicely fried: fried haddock is more comfort food than haute cuisine. Wasn't overdone, wasn't underdone, was fried at proper temperature. What else can one say?

The salmon burger was excellent, and at a $9 price point I'd line up to enjoy it twice a week. At $18... never again.

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Our luck, we had great food and good service
By advcardio of northshore (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 9:54am [Dine in]

The 4 of us sat out on the patio for a couple of hours enjoying the view and the food. The salmon with a blueberry sauce was just right and so tasty. My friends enjoyed their appy's, salads, wiine, fish and desserts. Our young server was eager to please and quick with our requests.
We only come in the summer but always seem to have a nice time, but maybe it's just our luck looking over the previous reviews.

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Not even good enough for our tourists
By peppe of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

This is a review for the downstairs restaurant. Been there a few times with the family in the last year to provide a fair review. Every time, the servers seem disengaged. The clam chowder just tasted odd and not fresh (tried it different times), and the menu just seems inconsistent - as if they don't really know what they want to serve, that there is no consistent theme to it. They do have a wonderful location especially if you like patio dining by the water. However, there are many other alternatives in Vancouver if that's what you're into. We see tourists almost every time we go and can't help but think it's a tourist trap. They're probably on some visitors guide but I wouldn't go back, nor would I take any of my out-of-town guests there.

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Good place to hang out.
By Jamie.S of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

I was hanging out on the Island with friends and decided to come here for a couple drinks and a bite to eat. We sat in the pub which was cozy with a fire place and comfy couches. They had half priced snacks so we got the habanero dip, calamari, and chicken wings. The food was good and the service was quick and friendly. I’ll definitely come here again.

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you've got to be kidding
By gupp of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 20, 2012 - 9:56am [Dine in]

Arrived at 3:30 for an early supper. Seated outside on the patio. Wonderful setting. Took 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged we were there. Another 15 minutes to get our drinks. Finally placed our order. Chicken pita (okay), fish and chips (C lovers is better). Now we know to expect to pay more for downtown Vancouver and waterfront but really? 2 drinks each, a sandwich and fish and chips for $75 with tip $84...oh and from the time we sat down until we had gotten our meal.....1 hour and 10 minutes...returning? not likely

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If not for the view....
By jklau65 of granville, vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Saturday 6pm
No reservations
Table for 2 adults and one toddler
Seated in the ground floor area of the restaurant

We were not asked by the host which part of the restaurant we wanted to be in.
After inquiring we were informed there was a wedding party upstairs.
My wife had the ceasar salad and the seafood linguine.
I had the duck confit salad and the NY steak.
Ceasar was alright. Linguine was ok.
Duck was oversalted.
Seasonal vegetables came with my steak. All I received was 1/4 of a red bell pepper and a stalk of brocolli with 4 florets.
We also had one iced tea and a sorbetto.
Total of bill for food was $95.00.
Considering the service, location, type of dishes ordered and ambiance we were just paying for the view.
The value for food just not there.

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Mediocre across the board
By Bon Apetit of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a few times now and have never left feeling that I would love to go back. When other restaurants on Granville Island are completely booked, Bridges remains pretty empty and it's not hard to see why. Their menu is uninspiring to say the least (burgers, nachos, standard fish-fare) and for the prices they charge they could at least put the menu in laminate and not on a crumpled sheet of paper.
The bar is extremely loud. It's got a great view and is in a good location on the docks but the internal ambience leaves a lot to be desired.
Uninspired menus breed uninspired food, and that's what you get here. I had Mussels in a Thai curry sauce that tasted nothing like Thai curry sauce and was oversalted. Basically none of the prices are a good value, there is a better version of everything they serve from pizza to burgers to seafood elsewhere on the Island.
To top it off our waitress took 20 minutes in between every action from the extra time to get our order together to getting the bill to ringing through the credit card, and was in plain sight chatting the entire time we were there.
Mediocre throughout.

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Over cooked & Over Priced
By trd of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

Ordered the salmon with scalloped potatoes and asparagus.
Asparagus & scalloped potatoes mainly burnt. Salmon burnt & dry around outside. Salmon inside was moist. Should have returned, but time was a factor. Mentioned to server, who briefly apologized, but no compensation or mention upon leaving. Will not return or recommend.

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go for bad service and overpriced food
By badgerbalm of pretentious yaletown (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Excellent place if you want poor service (or in our case non-existent), and/or if you want overpriced food.

Like other reviewers have said, this place packs them in, then do their best to make you wait. And wait. And wait some more.

We went to the bar, and nobody came to acknowledge us. We actually seated ourselves, and waited about 10 minutes. Still nobody even knew we were alive, so we gave up and went and ordered our drinks at the bar.

We wanted to have something to eat, so waved down a server and ordered pizza. $17 for a thin crust pizza, and and even though it tasted good, split between the 3 of us, we were still rather hungry afterwards.

All in all, I highly recommend this place if you want to serve yourself, and if you want to waste money on food.

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