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Merridale Bistro

1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
+1 800-998-9908
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
3 weeks ago
“Sunny afternoon with apples”
10 Apr 2017
“An Award winning Cidery with Excellent Food”
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Canadian, Gastropub, Barbecue, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

Recently returned here for another try after reading reviews. The tourism interest of an operating cider maker is good. It's the food delivery in the bistro that misses. Wait staff isn't the best, and are stressed for some reason, the room uninviting compared to the...More

Thank Brian S
Brian S, Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Brian, thanks for your review although we are disappointed that you did not have an exceptional experience when you visited us last month. We appreciate your feedback, and will communicate your comments to our kitchen team and management.

Reviewed 30 April 2016

We live nearby and eat here quite often. The atmosphere is lovely in the summertime when the windows are open to the orchard and in the winter there is a cozy fire. The menu is locally sourced and reflects the different seasons. We always enjoy...More

Thank Suzanne S
Brian S, Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Suzanne, thanks for taking the time to write a review of Merridale! A big pleasure of our job is serving guests, especially locals who come back often like yourself. Let us know if you have any fun cocktail ideas of your own!

Reviewed 24 April 2016

We went in spring when the apple trees were in bloom and it was pure magic. We sat at an open window overlooking the orchards and enjoyed a mushroom pizza with morel mushrooms the chef had picked that morning in the orchard. A cider tasting...More

Thank Vance_Neudorf
Brian S, Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Vance, thanks so much for your kind review of Merridale! We are thrilled you had such a great experience that you came back again in the same week. That's great you made it during morel mushroom season on the farm -- we also love...More

Reviewed 16 April 2016

Came in for lunch last week. Asparagus soup was terrific!!! Reasonably tasty sandwiches, nothing special. Rating would be a 3 if it weren't for our server who was terrific!!! James ... I think. So much fun, beautiful natural surroundings.

Thank 12carnivore12
Brian S, Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, we are glad you had great service and we will ensure the kitchen gets your feedback on our soup!

Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

We have eaten here several times over the years and haven't been disappointed We dropped in for lunch with a friend from Ontario -but this time our meal and service wasn't up to scratch My 3 crab cakes looked very lonely on a large plate...More

2  Thank JCDown
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Wonderful location. Food very fresh. Portions abit small would be my only compliant. Cider tasting great fun.

Thank Bonnie L
Reviewed 16 January 2016

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...More

3  Thank brianneudorf
Janet D, Owner at Merridale 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....More

Reviewed 2 January 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...More

Thank historygirlNanaimo
Reviewed 30 November 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...More

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Janet D, Public Relations Manager at Merridale Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at Merridale and for taking the time to write about your experience. We're glad you enjoyed our cider tasting and bistro menu selections. Thanks for your support of all we do at Merridale!

Reviewed 30 October 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!

1  Thank 143,863
Janet D, Public Relations Manager at Merridale 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!

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Neil M
What is the lunch menu for week of June 13,2016? Hours of service? Regular apple juice served? Thank you
12 June 2016|
Response from Brittany T | Property representative |
Hello Neil M, Thank you for your inquiry. Our lunch menu, including desserts and beverages, can be found on our website. Please see the Website button on our TripAdvisor page for the link. We do serve regular apple juice... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Canadian, Gastropub, Barbecue, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
10:30 - 15:00
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
  • E-mail
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.