ERA Bistro

4.4
157 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
Contemporary and fresh with an emphasis on local, Fairtrade & sustainable ingredients. Located within the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Admission to the museum is not required to dine.
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4.6
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h
Manitoba
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

it was a generally quiet afternoon. I had taken a young woman for her birthday to the Museum for a tour and lunch after. She really enjoyed their burger and the chocolate mouse dessert. I had the steel-head trout. I found the salad stringy and hard to manage in a restaurant setting but overall everything we had was good. The staff were thoughtful and not intrusive.

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KB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Carrot fries are my only complaint - deep fried carrots - no place for these on such a healthy menu

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LH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place for an outside venue to listen to good music by the Doug Edmond band , beers were good ( lake of the Woods blond) chicken club average along with the hamburger considered the menus is small and not really my cup of tea , if you come for the ambience and beer or wine it’s great

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N
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

I Made a reservation for 12:15, thought it would be best to reserve a table since the restaurant is located in the HRM, and figured it would be very busy.
When we arrived at the restaurant, the inside had only had 3 guests,. I had reservations for the patio, there too, there were only 3 guests, it was very quiet.
We were seated promptly and requested a table with an umbrella. The hostess was very nice and cleared the table right away and seated us.
This is where the restaurant fails at service. We sat there for about 20 minutes, debating whether or not we should get up and leave. When our server arrived, I asked if she had forgotten about us, she replied that she was trying to balance the inside patrons with the patio patrons of the restaurant. There was only 3 tables inside, plus another server on duty! When our meals arrived, it was another 20 minutes before we were checked on to see if everything was alright and to top up the coffee. The servers were polite and friendly but lack the operational skills required for the restaurant.

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JK
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful day to sit outside. Professional and pleasant service, good food!

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LI
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Nice ambiance and the food was very tastey. We like the open kitchen concept. The prices are quite reasonable - we were tgere for brunch. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. It was quite busy in the restaurant when we were there with a couple of large parties. Also a bit loud as there were some busy children in there at the time but happy voices so it added to the pleasant atmosphere. I would recommend it and definately return.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I enjoyed my time on the patio with a friend. As a vegetarian who cannot tolerate garlic, I found few food choices. I lucked out in that you happened to have tofu, which you apparently don't usually carry. The tofu was okay, not very tasty. I appreciated that I was able to get a source of protein, and not just a salad. I think a place like ERA should offer more for the vegetarian.

My friend had the salmon and found it very tasty.

Our server was excellent (sorry don't remember her name).

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L
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

The menu left so much to be desired. The pairing of sausages with pickerel cheeks and grains sounded very unappealing, we didn't order it. The one dish we wanted Salmon Trout, it was listed on the menu and we ordered it. The server came back and said it wasn't available. Why not say that before we order it? What else would we like so we quickly had to chose whereas in hindsight we should have just settled with the Vietnamese spring rolls (which were very good) and our wine and left. But it was our anniversary dinner so we chose (1) Pork Souvlaki with arugula - no Greek would eat arugula with that! (2) Butter chickpeas with added Shrimp. Another mistake because shrimp and butter curry sauce do not work. Chicken, yes. The shrimp were flabby and tasted underdone. All in all a very disappointing dinner. Surely ERA could do much better with just some great tasting local dishes and forget about being trendy. It didn't work for us.

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RR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy coming to this wonderful place for lunch. The food is great, ambience is terrific; we simply love being here.

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KG
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, friendly service.
Noise level is a bit loud for my liking but it won’t stop me from returning.

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C
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food, the atmosphere and the service. The staff made use feel really special especially my mom. We took her to Era's for mothers day. The price wasn't overly expensive for brunch. Totally worth it to give her a special day.

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DF
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We thought we were getting brunch since our reservation was for 10am. We were able to order from the lunch menu though. I had the whitefish po’ boy and was a bit disappointed. The fish was over fried and needed seasoning. I ordered (because the server said they were fantastic) the carrot fries and I was very disappointed. The batter was way too thick and needed seasoning. My guests had a Caesar salad and the vermicelli salad which they said was good. Coffee was good. Server was very friendly and efficient.

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AN
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and great food. We like to come here for a nice meal even when we're not visiting the museum.

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The soup and salad required a little more seasoning.

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had brunch and visited the museum

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JL
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, good food. Nice to be in a space that is quiet enough for conversation.
Only critique - we had to wait a few minutes before we were greeted at the door.

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A
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I loved the open concept and the food presentation was amazing as well as very tasty!

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p
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service here are stellar . Lots of choice of excellent dishes made with local ingredients. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. We always enjoy stopping here, even if we are not visiting the museum.

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BD
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was very tasty and staff were very friendly and accommodating.

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SN
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal The Monte Cristo sandwich was hot and good. Dessert was creme brûlée and it was a sweet delight.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Love the Bistro Burger but to upgrade the side salad to a small Caesar brought price to $19 so a bit pricey!

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ES
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a spectacular dinner on New Years Eve. The choices were exceptional, everything from the first course to the last. The staff were friendly, joyful and shared the workload well. We had a quiet meal as a couple and were not bothered by large groups nearby, as well as a child at one table with his parents. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the room as well.
We look forward to another New Years eve dinner next year.

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WT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

First visit. Wonderful experience and will definitely be back.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

It's a shame that they have such a small and unappetizing menu and terrible chef in this beautiful location. We brought an out-of-town guest lecturer here, thinking she should experience some of the CMHR during her visit. I knew that the bistro space is very cool-looking, too, having been there over a year ago. The lights were too bright this time, but the real disappointment was the food. The selection on the menu is limited, heavy, and not inherently consistent, and the execution of the meals was worse. The battered carrot fries were soppy with grease and the "jumbalaya" was vegetable free: potatoes on wheat berries with sausage -- so, carbs on carbs with some meat. Huh? Really disappointing. Why can't the bistro get one of the many great chefs that come from Red River College to shake things up?

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BH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding. We went for Saturday brunch and had the burger and the croissant melt. I would highly recommend either. We also order a side of pancakes, which were huge and delicious. Great coffee, great service. Will definitely be back.

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LA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My friend and I were very happy to find this place! Definitely coming back!

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PS
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love the food and the excellent service at ERA.

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RH
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved the place but more soundproofing might help. We will definitely be back.

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YH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was there for brunch and it was outstanding. The service, the food and the atmospere were fabulous.

I highly recommend this restaurant.

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J
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an outstanding evening out at Era Bistro on the patio. Fabulous food, great live music and an attentive waitress!!!

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CJ
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Sitting in the patio is like an escape from the city within the city. Wonderful service :)

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PS
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food at ERA is always great and the service impeccable.

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I was disappointed in the quality of the food-- summer salad was iceberg lettuce only, one boiled egg ( tasted old)... I wouldn't serve that at home .. the dressing was bland ... I have been to the bistro on 2 other occasions and found the breakfast to be better... in such a beautiful modern setting.. why wouldn't the manager demand exceptional quality food??

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SP
Manitoba
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch for Mother's Day. The menu had something for everyone. The dishes were delicious and flavourful. Beautiful presentation. Great service and wonderful atmosphere. Beautiful location.

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i
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughters and I enjoyed our Mothers day Brunch very much. The Banana French toast was amazing. As was the omelette croissant I had. The staff were very friendly. I'll come again!

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FF
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

While not overwhelmingly busy and even though we had been advised of 2-hour seating, the service was slow. Our server was pleasant but certainly didn’t follow the two minutes or two bites guideline. The noise was excessive for the size and number of people in the space. The food was very good. Reasonable serving size and average cost. Lots of choices, family friendly.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely Mother’s Day brunch at the Bistro then made a day of touring the museum and gift store. The variety of brunch choices was more than adequate, the mimosas were delicious and desserts were lovely. We were lucky enough to have our own table for this special occasion although sitting at a communal table would be fun in other circumstances. I like the patio as well.

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K
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very nice restaurant in the spectacular Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

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OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Era bistro has my favorite eggs Benedict in the city. And amazing coffee. Service is great.

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QD
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was good, as we as the service.

My group was particularly impressed because a group of 25 came in without a reservation so the restaurant was very busy. Another member of the staff, in this case I believe it was the manager, stepped up to help out with making sure we were still seen to despite the chaos, it was appreciated.

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