Bridge Bistro

4.1
32 reviews
CAN$30 and under
European
Welcome to the Bridge Bistro. We are an independent, locally owned restaurant, located on Highway 3 and along the Elk River, with the most amazing views overlooking the beautiful Lizard Range.



Made in house, European and north American style cooking, Eggs Benny’s, bowls and skillets for breakfast, soups and stews, wraps and sandwiches, quesadillas and pizzas for lunch and for dinner we offer burgers, pastas, pizzas and explore with Canadian wild meat; Alberta boar schnitzel with spätzle and Alberta Bison Carpaccio to name a couple. New for this winter is our appetizer / small plate menu, we offer 12 different little plates, you can pick and choose, and have a few as you main, or share one.



On nice sunny days, we open up our overhead doors, and invite you to join us on the patio or if you so choose, feel the sun and the breeze even sitting indoors.

NOTE TO GUESTS: UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE UNABLE TO GUARANTEE ANY RESERVATIONS ON THE PATIO DURING PEAK SUMMER SEASON.
What 32 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
Food
4.2
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Liketotrynewplaces
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Food is good! Menu is however a little limited. Wine list is poor only two per glass red or white options. None of which are good. So had a cocktail instead! Staff was very friendly and food came in good time. Interior could use a facelift, looking a little tired.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s a wonderful restaurant in a beautiful location

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RBW54
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Don’t be put off by the uninteresting street appeal of this place. Once you get through the doors the ambiance and character take a step up. The service is friendly, helpful and efficient. The food (we both ordered the ribeye special) was well prepared, very tasty and reasonably priced. The bar offers a range of local brews on tap a a modest wine list but we found a bottle that paired nicely with the meal. We will definitely go back.

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ShelleyH
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an unexpected pleasure of different tastes and variety of food. One girl took care of most of the restaurant effortlessly.

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Bthewik
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Had a great meal with the family. Great atmosphere and nice to have a kids menu. Was busy so people like the place, would definitely go back.

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vipjanen
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

I realize it's Fernie but this place just tries too hard. The restaurant is nice inside but the menu should be simpler. I had roast chicken and it was tough and dried out.

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MarianM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I had the trout w/ risotto . Trout was lovely, risotto too creamy - otherwise it was fine dining.

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dissapointed
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Ambience was pleasant. service was excellent, although food was slow to arrive and terribly disappointing when it finally came...Food was obviously from frozen packages, fish was still cold in the middle. Pasta was grey in color, chicken greasy: will never be back.

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MerleneW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was very busy (New Year’s Eve) but they were obvious adequately staffed, as there were no delays with the service or the kitchen getting our meal to us.
All the staff were super friendly.
The food was very nicely cooked and presented.

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BarryW
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner! Both the food and service were great. Will be back.

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Lynne
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, upscale food, wasn't expecting this in a small place like Fernie. Would definitely eat here again. The burger was to die for.

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Suzie
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good and the service was friendly but a bit slow. We ordered their combo ribs and chicken entree and said the two of us would share it. It arrived one a plate with no second plate nor a knife to cut the chicken apart easily. It was tasty enough but making it easier to share would have been appreciated. Lots of family groups dining there and having a good time. We seemed to be the onlyseniors in the place

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LoriB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tried to eat here last but was closed for a special occasion, so this year had to try again. Was well worth it. Seated immediately, attentive staff and good food. Enjoyed ourselves but ate way too much.

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vipNanCantCook
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the clam chowder and gyro special. Our meals were great. Value for what we paid. The restaurant was very inviting and the staff had no problems accommodating our change requests on the meal.

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vipNichochan
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

We've been to this restaurant three times, years apart, on trips to Fernie. The first visit approximately 5 years ago was fantastic. The visit 2 years ago, and just last week were not great.

The location next to the river is wonderful and I am sure the patio outside would be great in the summer. The decor inside is very nice and the service is always excellent - very friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately the food is not that great - with the exception of the escargot - which were fantastic.

I ordered the Asian noodle bowl. It was vermicelli rice noodles topped with an odd assortment of vegetables (mostly corn and peppers) and seared tuna. But the tuna was seared in an incredibly overpowering rub of something that tasted like Cajun blackening spices, and then topped with pickled ginger. Very strange.

My husband had the Lamb Shoulder which was over cooked and smothered in the strange yogurt sauce. It looked like they were going for something that was Indian inspired - but the potatoes on the side looked and tasted more like breakfast potatoes and were incongruous with the rest of the dish. Again, very strange.

They are very heavy handed with their cooking and flavours, and appear to be trying to hard to be hip or trendy.

We love to support local businesses and try new foods both at home and when we travel. We really want this restaurant to succeed and are not trying to be mean spirited. We hope they take this as constructive feedback. But unless they fix the menu I would stay with simpler fare such as the fish and chips or the burger.

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Naimijjjhhhbnnnnnnn124566
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

They didn't have reservation because they said they don't deal with open table .
Found out table to be very close to table next to us, could hold hands

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the perfect spot for 3 people who weren’t sure if we were having late breakfast or early lunch at 11 AM. Also one person was vegetarian. Our food was hot, well seasoned, well presented and just the right portion size. Waitress was attentive and very polite. A perfect finish for a 2 day weekend family getaway.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and wind in small bistro setting. Bernie is beautiful. Make this your dining spot!

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viphappytoeat
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We had a nice meal with good food. The waitress was very helpful but the food did take quite a long time to arrive. It seemed they had a large crowd just ahead of us unfortunately.

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RDsamanthaAB
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We stumbled across this place not far from our hotel on an overnighter through Fernie. It was amazing. Both our meals were fantastic. The Tuna Poke Bowl I had was phenomenal. The wait staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Will return for sure if we're ever in the neighborhood again. The patio area was lovely for a nice evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really good value local bar/restaurant. Great fun atmosphere with seating out on riverside terrace. Unpretentious. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was perfect we really enjoyed everything about our visit

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Mocha
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Four of us went for brunch on a Saturday. I made a reservation on Open Table. When we got there, the waitress said she didn't have a reservation for us. This was NOT good. Luckily, it was quite early in the morning, and there were plenty of tables free. What happened? Did the reservation platform not work? Was the waitress not trained to check for reservations on the Open Table platform? Or did she just not check for reservations before her shift? Whatever it was, I was NOT impressed. If the restaurant had been busy, we would have been out of luck. On the other hand, the food and atmosphere were very good. Three people had the eggs benny, and they were all good. I had the build-your-own breakfast, also very good. I liked that the sauteed mushrooms were very flavourful.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A nice little restaurant with good service and good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

After a hard day of skiing on Christmas Day, The Bridge Bistro is always so warm, welcoming, and working hard to ensure that our family's Christmas Day dinner is special. Thank you to you all who make that possible. Happy 2017!

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Whatever
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I really did like the selection. To see elk, wild boar and mussels on the menu was quite amazing. However the quality didn't keep up with the promising menu. The quality of the mussels was very good but the sauce had a very different taste and spices that you wouldn't expect with mussels. So all 3 people who tried them didn't like the taste at all. The medium steak ordered by one party was overcooked. The elk dish was not very warm and all served in a pile (meat, red cabbage and heavy gravy). One person ordered roasted vegetables and was very satisfied. But given that we spent more than $200 for 4 people, the quality was quite poor.

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vipLipman
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The only negative was that it was 20 minutes before a hostess even came to all us customers waiting for a table. Many customers were getting agitated. I understand that they were overwhelmed because all the other restaurants in town were closed and they were short staffed. However, someone should have come sooner to explain this. There must have been 20 people waiting. We sat on outside patio and it was freezing - everyone was freezing and someone asked why the heaters were not on - I am not sure what the answer was. It was just a series of unfortunate events, however, I would go back again. It was just one bad day for them.

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vipRichW
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2016
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Food is just OK. Only go for the view of the river. Brisket potato skins were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wonderful food, great service, great view and good value....would recommend!

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KirkS
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Wonderful meal with excellent flavours. Wait staff could use a little more training but were pleasant in nature.

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donnar
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

The elk stew was quite good. The duck was not tender and had an OK sauce: it didn't have risotto as promised. Other diners' meals looked tempting. The waiter was very pleasant and even brought tastings of the wines. We would like to return to try more.

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Kellyp
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We shared the beef brisket potatoe skins and they were fabulous! A must have.
The kids pasta was extremely heavy on garlic, very good sized portion.
The rack of lamb was good but too undercooked for me. I asked for it medium as I am pregnant and it came blue.
Excellent ribs and chicken!
Very disappointed with desert especially for $7.
We would def go back.
Great for kids and adults.

FAQs

Bridge Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 423-3002.

Bridge Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 32 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.