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Merridale Bistro

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Canadian, Gastropub, Barbecue, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
+1 800-998-9908
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sun 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Toronto, Canada
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1,396 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Our lunch was tasty, and the cider is excellent. My wife and I shared the clams and mussels in broth; I also had the soup and salad combination -- the salad, with blue cheese and pecans, was particularly good -- and a piece of apple pie with my coffee. The prices are on the high side, but the bistro is... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We had a celebratory birthday lunch with friends and the food was fresh and flavorful. The table had a beautiful view of the orchard. Our meals were nicely presented and tasty.

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Thank cdcSeattle
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

We are glad you had a nice time celebrating your birthday lunch out on the patio. The Merridale Bistro has some great views of the orchard. Thank you for your feedback on our bistro meals. Next time you’re in, think about booking our picnic package! With the package you receive a private area of the orchard and a picnic lunch.... More 

Vancouver Island
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

During the summer months, Merridale Bistro offer Pizza Sunday Nights with live music. The menu is limited to wood-oven baked pizza (and one other option for non-pizza eaters), and the type of pizza changes from week to week. We ordered the meat pizza ($16) and were surprised that it didn't come with a tomato based sauce. The pizza was small... More 

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Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of Merridale. We’re glad you enjoyed yourselves at our Sunday Night Pizza Night with live entertainment and brick-oven pizzas. Sunday nights throughout the summer are definitely the nights we look forward to in the chilly months. We always try to use as much local product as we can, which is... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

I would guess that I've been to Merridale at least a dozen times. The food on the menu stays current, changing seasonally. The food is absolutely delicious, local, sourced perfectly and the flavours are unique to this Bistro. Add the cider into the mix and you've stumbled on one of the best secrets on Vancouver Island. In the winter, the... More 

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Lympstone, Devon , uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed an hour or so tasting cider (the tasting flight) along with tasty parmesan chips and hot olives... All lovely.

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Thank Alison G
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your time here at Merridale! Our cider flight in the Merridale bistro is the perfect way to sample all of our craft ciders. Next time you’re in, you’ll have to check out our cocktail flight that features our 3 craft spirits. It’s pretty easy to spend the whole afternoon sipping drinks on the patio... More 

vancouver island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Gorgeous day, beautiful grounds set amonst apple orchard. Lovely rustic restaurant serving sampler dishes as well as fresh entrees. Would definitely return. Great place to bring out of town guests.

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Thank touringuys
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review of Merridale. We’re pretty lucky to be nestled into the beautiful Cowichan Valley, and are glad you’ve enjoyed giving your out-of-town friends the Merridale experience. More 

Vancouver Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

The pizza toppings change but nothing beats a flight of their cider, with good music and good wood fired pizza. This a great place to spend any Sunday summer evening.

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Thank Sherri M
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this great review of our Merridale Sunday Night Pizza Nights. We’re glad you had a great time enjoying our brick-oven pizza and live entertainment. We’ll hopefully see you back here at our doors for another fun tasting of our craft ciders. More 

Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

We went here for lunch during a winery tour on my bachelorette weekend and they did such an amazing job! For a big group they did pizzas and salad that were absolutely delicious. They also did our cider tasting right at the table. I am so impressed with the service and quality of food. Thanks for a great day!

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Thank meagbra
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for this wonderful review of Merridale! We always have a great time with bachelorette groups doing our tours and tastings of either our craft cider or spirits. We’re glad you enjoyed the wood-fire brick-oven pizzas and that we were able to aid in making a fun day special for you ladies. For even more fun, next time you... More 

Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is a great place to visit to learn about how Cider is made, to have some tasters of very good cider and to relax and enjoy a meal (or an overnight stay in a Yurt) in a beautiful setting. Food is good and they have a daily special including a vegetarian option. We've had many of the items on... More 

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Thank MossnClover
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us this great feedback. We are glad you had such a great time at Merridale. We definitely recommend making reservations at the Merridale Bistro ahead of time as well. Especially after the sun comes out for the summer, our bistro patio is a Cowichan Valley hotspot. We like to offer as many... More 

Vancouver Island, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

We took out-of-town visitors here for lunch, but unfortunately were very disappointed. We had reservations and the bistro wasn't very busy. The location is very pretty and we were seated on the outdoor patio. Drinks were ordered and we waited and waited and waited. Our server passed us many times without a word, and we had to finally call her... More 

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3 Thank pepethecat
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

We are sorry that you were disappointed by your experience here. Sometimes in the summer it can get a bit hectic—though this is no excuse for your poor service. We hope you give us another chance to give you the great service we are known for, and thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $14
Cuisine
Canadian, Gastropub, Barbecue, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 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
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Cobble Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 800-998-9908
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.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?