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Merridale Bistro

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Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
+1 800-998-9908
12:00 - 15:00
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Duncan, Canada
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cidery was begun by Al Piggot, a British born teacher who loved his Somerset cider. He and his wife began their passionate venture, going so far as to use sulphur and rotten eggs as a biodegradable fungicide. He took his cider to Victoria, where he passed around his cider, until the Deputy Minister tasted it. He was granted the... More 

1 Thank Adrian M
Edmonton, Canada
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659 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 470 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were impressed with the nice views of the orchard, great service, yummy warm olives, tasty squash dip and flight of cider and brandy. Prices are reasonable with quality offerings. We will return for lunch or dinner.

Thank kpatters
Edmonton, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we were attending a wedding here and the staff were very attentive,the food was excellent, the ceremony site was perfect. an evening dinner with plastic wall drapery needs better accessory heating although they did provide blankets .

Thank Bill R
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wouldn't have known about this place if my friend didn't invite me to join them. It is a little hidden and remote, but it has a nice ambience. We went there for supper, and we did enjoy our food very much. They had a variety of ciders I could choose from, and they offer very fruity and sweet to... More 

Thank Niameow
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105 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were quite impressed when we visited here for lunch. We were greeted by a very enthusiastic and friendly hostess/server Nicky and she outlined the specials for us and was attentive the entire meal. We all tried the flight of 5 ciders and I was impressed that an employee took the time to describe each cider in detail at the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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 

1 Thank operalover939
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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.

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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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 

1 Thank islandgal51
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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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 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 

Thank David E. K
Lympstone, Devon , uk
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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

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

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$14
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?