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The Bistro

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French, Contemporary
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1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R1L0, Canada
18009989908
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view
Description: As you travel up or down Vancouver Island, stop in at our orchard bistro...
As you travel up or down Vancouver Island, stop in at our orchard bistro for lunch. Enjoy local cuisine, a large patio overlooking our orchard, and, of course, apple cider hand crafted just steps from the bistro's kitchen. Located in the middle of a working cider farm, this unique Vancouver Island restaurant combines cider pairings and seasonal menu items inspired by nearby Cowichan Valley farmers, vintners, and cheese-makers. The restaurant has two eating areas. You'll find the main room with its traditional fieldstone fireplace and spacious tables. The main restaurant also features a granite cider tasting bar - perfect for a cider and some conversation while your lunch is being prepared. Guests can also enjoy their meal on the large covered patio where you will find plenty of outdoor space to sit with friends, sip coffee, or sample ciders and local wines.
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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Welcoming for children

We visit here a few times a year, often with visiting guests. Our latest visit was for Christmas Eve brunch, so our party ranged in age from 70 to 4. We could order from both the brunch and lunch menus that day. The house-made charcuterie was excellent - we were glad to have added it for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
historygirlNanaimo
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Vancouver
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have gone to Merridale cider over the past few years because it is unique with its apple orchard surrounding the restaurant and excellent apple cider produced onsite. On our recent New Year's day visit, the food was disappointing ! The eggs benedict was served cold and my pizza had a thick crust that must have come out of the... More 

Helpful?
Thank VancouverKitsilano
Janet D, Owner at The Bistro, responded to this review

Hi VancouverKitsilano, Thank you for visiting Merridale during the past few years, we appreciate your continued business. I'm sorry to hear that you had a disappointing brunch on New Year's Day and I will be sure to pass your feedback on to our culinary team. I can assure you that we continue to make our pizzas entirely in-house, but we... More 

Nanaimo
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We visit here a few times a year, often with visiting guests. Our latest visit was for Christmas Eve brunch, so our party ranged in age from 70 to 4. We could order from both the brunch and lunch menus that day. The house-made charcuterie was excellent - we were glad to have added it for the table - and... More 

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Thank historygirlNanaimo
De Winton, Canada
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57 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

If you find yourself in the Cowichan Valley the Merridale Cider restaurant is worth a detour. The cider tasting experience is fun and their products tasty. The restaurant however exceeds these with its diversity and quality. The locale is lovely and to me, the icing on a fine dining experience.

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Thank SoulFood_Traveller
Janet D, Public Relations Manager at The Bistro, responded to this review

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Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

My girl friend and I went for lunch - we were pleasantly surprised at the choice of food and sampled the wine - all very good!

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1 Thank 143863
Janet D, Public Relations Manager at The Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks to you and your girlfriend for returning for lunch. Glad you had a great experience at Merridale. We appreciate the review! More 

Victoria, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Upon arriving at merridale I was enthralled with the beautiful property, but my positive experience ended there. I entered the bistro area and made my way to the bar to inquire about a tasting. I was greeted rudely by one of the staff, I was told to "wait just a moment" while said staff member returned to what appeared to... More 

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7 Thank Rebecca S
Victoria, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The establishment is run horribly, servers are very rude especially the manager. The place is gorgeous, its a shame its being run as bad as it is.

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5 Thank jazpuk
Janet D, Public Relations Manager at The Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We're sorry you had a poor experience. We've been taking active steps to improve our service. Yes, we're very lucky to work at such a beautiful property and we take our guest service for seriously. Thanks again for your review. More 

Cowichan Bay, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The property is beautiful. I would say magical too with some stories about fairies and tiny houses a little bit everywhere on the site, altough it would be nice if someone would look after them. They look a bit neglected. The only reason why I don't give a rating of 4 ; we made a reservation 3 weeks before the... More 

Helpful?
5 Thank Fanie P
Janet D, Public Relations Manager at The Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry you had that experience on such a special evening at our place. That definitely sounds disappointing. As for the pizza, usually we're good about accommodating special requests in the bistro, but it sounds like we fell down that day. Glad you enjoyed your cider. We hope you'll give us an opportunity to... More 

Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

It is a drive out through the countryside to Merridale Cider. It is cider and actually they produce some of the best. Like wine, cider is affected by your palate. It is a great outing to experience an Island produced product. Sure you can get it in the liquor store but it is so much better to taste and experience... More 

Helpful?
Thank lynnwilltravel
Janet D, Public Relations Manager at The Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for the visit! We appreciate you taking the time to "stop and smell the cider"! Yes, time goes a little slower at Merridale. How wonderful that you made the trip and spent some time with us. Please join us again and many thanks for the review. More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

First off, you get there by heading north west from Mill Bay, and once off the highway, you drive along a beautiful country road. This place is unique. You can spend a lot of time here: touring the cider processing area, wandering through the apple orchard to find the fairy village, having an amazing meal in the beautifully decorated restaurant,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Elaine B
Janet D, Public Relations Manager at The Bistro, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for such a thoughtful review of Merridale. We appreciate that you took the time to describe the many things we do on site--the yurts, bistro, orchard, faeries, weddings, bakery. It takes great effort, passion, and attention to keep all the parts moving and we're always striving to maintain a high standard in all we do. Thank you... More 

Saskatoon, Canada
Level Contributor
26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We visited this restaurant twice over a 3 day span. The property grounds are beautiful! We went for pizza on Sunday night & for lunch the following Wednesday. The service on pizza night was extremely quick. The crusts must be pre-baked as delivery to the table was within 5 minutes. Taste was equal to pizza you can purchase from a... More 

Helpful?
4 Thank Carol S
Janet D, Public Relations Manager at The Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. While we take pride in what we do, it sounds like we really disappointed you and your guests. We're so sorry to hear about your illness and we regret any discomfort that caused. We see that you're in Saskatoon so it's unlikely we'll see you again to have you give us another chance. Please know... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R1L0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Cobble Hill
  • Phone Number: 18009989908

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 14
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view

Description

As you travel up or down Vancouver Island, stop in at our orchard bistro for lunch. Enjoy local cuisine, a large patio overlooking our orchard, and, of course, apple cider hand crafted just steps from the bistro's kitchen. Located in the middle of a working cider farm, this unique Vancouver Island restaurant combines cider pairings and seasonal menu items inspired by nearby Cowichan Valley farmers, vintners, and cheese-makers. The restaurant has two eating areas. You'll find the main room with its traditional fieldstone fireplace and spacious tables. The main restaurant also features a granite cider tasting bar - perfect for a cider and some conversation while your lunch is being prepared. Guests can also enjoy their meal on the large covered patio where you will find plenty of outdoor space to sit with friends, sip coffee, or sample ciders and local wines.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?