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.
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.
At the last minute a large group of us were lucky enough to find room at the Bridges dinning room downstairs. I was a bit aghast at the prices at first, but it proved worth it!! The muscles were amazing - a friend and I shared these and a pizza. Sharing is the way to go to max the entree prices but the food was all soooo incredibly yummy - I am eager to go back for more. Our server was incredible - excellent with his timing and gave wonderful suggestions - best way to go is to ask for the server's opinion!! He was so great he even divided the bill including the wine we all shared and made it an amazing evening for us all. Will be back for the food!!
The old bridges is better. The new decor, new uniforms, and new menus is too casual for such an expensive place. I paid way too much $ for such a small, tasteless entree. I wont be going back for a while...
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.
We happened in for a burger today and were surprised that the burger and fries easily compared with The Red Onion and Vera's in terms of size and quality. $13 for a burger and fries - a bit steep, but par for the course when eating on Granville Island. If you can eat better for less in the market, I'd be surprised.
I've been here twice; once in the summer and once in the winter.
Summer: sat on the patio, got the soup, which was nice, but the view was much nicer!
Winter: sat inside (obviously); the food was COLD (it had been sitting out a while), the service was barely passable, the meat was overdone, and I could have made something similar and tastier in my own kitchen in less time, and for far less money! I won't be returning for sub-par food, sub-par service, and an ambiance I could go elsewhere to get!
The menu is pricey but the meals are decent except dont order the oysters. They were 3.25 a pop and were really tiny. The glob of hot sauce was bigger than the actual oyster. I felt really ripped off. The steak was good but the appy's are really small (think 2-3 bites for $10+).
I would have to say that it might be a good place to take people from out of town who have never seen Granville Island but it is clearly an expensive tourist trap.
Service was however excellent.
We've been regulars at Bridges Wine Bar for years .. what happened? Overpriced, mediocre wine list, greasy rubber calamari and a waiter who clearly wanted to be somewhere else doing anything else. Left out the main dish, then brought out the wrong items. The shifts changed mid-meal and he wanted to bring our bill early ... really bad form. Not what we came for and we won't be back any time soon. What a heartbreak - we used to love this spot.
I took my family to Bridges for Mother's Day dinner this past weekend, on May 8, 2010. I was very disappointed with the level of service provided by our server (blonde woman). Each time we were ready to order, or were looking for her, it was at least another 10-15 minutes before she would show up at our table. We constantly felt like she forgot about our table; she was not attentive at all. And her attitude throughout the night, was not overly friendly. She never asked if we had any questions about the menu or offered to tell us any specials. And each time we asked her a question, she seemed anxious to leave our table. The kicker was when she brought me the bill and did not give me a pen to sign the receipt and write the tip amount. Maybe she knew she didn't deserve a tip. =)
The service was very disappointing for a restaurant that has a long reputation of being a fine dining staple of Vancouver. Although the food was good, the poor service overshadowed it. There are so many other restaurants in Vancouver, with just as good or better food, and exceptional service. I excepted more from Bridges.
I will not be returning to Briges. And I would not recommend Bridges to any friends.
Before seeing a play, the ladies and I went to dine at Bridges on Granville Island.
Parking is horrific (not the restaurant's fault) but be aware and plan to spend at least 10 minutes seeking for a spot. When we arrived we were seated promptly (we had reservations) but even on a Saturday night at 7pm, the place was not full. I am told they had an upstairs but we sat downstairs where the view of the water and dock is exquisite. The ambiance gives off feelings of open, clean, and quality. The chairs were comfortable, the utensils were presented beautifully and the lighting was flattering.
The server was friendly, efficient and knowledgable throughout the dining experience. Our drinks arrived in less than 5 minutes and the food followed in less than 10 minutes. This earns high points in my books as I was hungry and appreciated this timing.
The menu did not offer alot of variety. Pizza, burgers, a few soups and salads. I had the fish and chips. It came with a delicious side of in house cole slaw but for the rest I'd say it was just mediocre. Their choice of tartar sauce is poor as it tastes bland, the fish seems overcooked and the fries were a bit salty. I ordered a Shirely Temple for a beverage and was delighted when it was mixed right.
I don't find much value here. My fish and chips entree was $18, which of course is very overpriced. The menu had nothing less than $15, and that includes your regular cheeseburger for $16. And they tacked on a 15% gratuity automatically. I think people are really just paying for the view and perhaps the location they are in.
This is a place to come if you are feeling frivilous with your money and is looking to impress either a first date or a celebration for your birthday.
I was absolutely disgusted by my experience at Bridges. I understand that it is a busy place on sunny days, but that is no excuse for the exceptionally slow service we received. Moreover, when the meal finally did arrive it was cold (apparently it had been ready for some time just sitting in the kitchen) and burnt beyond acceptibility. I was ill for several days following this meal. I will not be returning to the restaurant and I recommend that anyone reading this do the same.
I have now tried Bridges twice and both times have found the food to be tasteless and overpriced. Our group had the crab and halibut burgers and the fish and chips and both were completely tasteless.
Our total bill with a couple beers and a pitcher of margs was 150$. I would definitely suggest going to Sandbar for the price if good food is what you are looking for. If you want to sit in the sun and drink beer and margs this is a great location but don't expect much more.
Food: My friends and I all started with the Seared Hokkaido Scallops.
It was accompanied Japanese eggplant relish, wasabi vinaigrette and sweet miso sauce. The scallops were done just right, and the sauces added a bit of spice. For the main entrée, I ordered the organic game hen. It was tender and moist, and the polenta and jus went well with the hen. The rest of my friends ordered the same. For dessert, I ordered the chocolate and hazelnut torte. The torte had the denseness of a brownie, but not as heavy or sweet. Very tasty.
Service: We had made reservations are were seated promptly. Our food arrived in a timely fashion, no long waits, and the server was attentive. However, I was surprised that my request of simple syrup for my ice tea was not meet, and that I was never asked for a refill for the iced tea. But overall, service was good.
Value: My total for the night came to about $48, tax and tip included. For that price, I wasn't wowed by anything, but the food and service was decent.
Ambiance: We had a table that overlooked the boats docked across the way. The fog outside added a glow of sorts to the boat lights. Inside, had the usual tea light on each table, nice relaxed atmosphere.
All in all, the Dine Out experience at Bridges was good, but some improvement could be made.
Bridges has a bit of a secret. Its one of the best restraunt bars there is in Vancouver. If u find it on a nice summers day youll know what im talking about, its great for social food as well as real food. Very hip and great place to meet opposite sex. Food is very fresh and clean as well as affordable, great service as well.
I was warned so i probably should not complain.
This really is a restaurant for the tourists and it most likely will stay that was.
The service was alright, I think the girl was actually quite pleasant and attentive and I should probably give her more than three stars, but since the food absolutely sucked I am not going to make anything about this review look to good... I mean I want to give the food zero if possible please? Flavorless, cold and unappetizing looking.
I guess there is enough tourists through there in the summer to pay their bills all year and they never take the time to complain since they will never be back anyways.
Yes, ok the view is nice but you are better off getting a sandwich from the market and sitting out on the dock.
I took my girlfriend here for Valentines day. We arrived at the restaurant at 6:30. Upon seating us, the hostess tells us that we have a 2 hour window. At first I thought, it's Valentines day, I can understand why they did that.
Then came the fact that they asked us to share the menu. I don't know about you, but I like having my own menu to read off of. But this is me being picky. I then ordered my appetizer and entree (Steak, of all things). The waiter was quick in getting us our drinks and bread which we appreciated. However, it wasn't until about 7:10 that we got our appetizer.
Anyway, my favorite indicator of whether the food was good was to test the entree. I ordered the steak which was a huge mistake. But that's not even the problem. We waited another 1hour and 15 minutes to get our second course. By this time, it was 8:25 or so (5 minutes from our alloted time allowed in our table). Of course they weren't going to rush us out when we just got our food but the time lag was ridiculous. The steak was tasteless and rubbery.
Everywhere we looked, we saw unhappy customers. People were openly voicing their displeasure and shaking their heads. I truly felt for the couples which had only hoped to have a nice, romantic evening out. To have to wait almost 2 hours from the time you are seated just to get your entree is unacceptable. The waiter wouldn't even make eye contact with customers or check up on them. One couple left right after appetizers because they waited over 1 and a half hours and still no sight of their entree. Another couple had finished their drinks and their bread and their order hadn't even been taken!
In the end, I left half my steak on the plate, got up, paid for my meal and left. It was a horrible experience, and I hope that no one takes their loved ones out to this place for an intimate dinner because you will just leave with a bitter taste in your mouths.
Great view and scenery but food is over priced and is not worth it. They know it as the place is packed as people are willing to pay for it.
May not be a better sundeck in Vancouver but is it worth the $18 you will pay for 15 mussels? I don't think so.
Enjoy the view but order the beer - at least you know you what you are getting.
We had a very pleasant visit at bridges today, while on our dine out tour with seven friends. The staff was very helpful already before the food, even though our group size kept changing continuously, during the course, I was very pleased by the professional service. I asked for help or a comment on my choice of wine and decided to go for the recommendation, shared by two of us with different meals. Not only that, but then the ambience at night was a blast.
I saw, and tasted most of the items on the menu, but had the prawns, monkfish and crème brûlée combination myself. One big plus: the overall portion size was physiologically perfect, we were absolutely happy about the quality and the stomach signalised well above average satisfaction. One con was my dessert, which could have been torched a bit more as I insist on the cracking of the crème, while I only got a soft thump from my spoon. But, that is just the texture. We will certainly go again, but I will have to check their in-real-life prices as the dine-out value was to good to be true.
The patio is huge and the view is wonderful. We were disappointed with two aspects of the night. Firstly, the alcohol content of the pitcher of Lemon Press $21 was little or none. Two of us shared it and didn't think they put any more than 2 ounces of vodka in it. Seondly, our waitress gave us the wrong bill (forgot to include items ordered towards the end) and was insistent that we were not covering the cost of the bill. She made us look incompetent in front of the staff when in fact it was her that messed up and gave us the wrong bill. Not a great visit.