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Glorious Summer!
To borrow from Shakespeare, on April 20th, Vancouver’s winter of discontent will be made glorious summer by the opening of our iconic Waterfront Patio! Yes, it’s true! After a miserable winter, full of sound and fury, rain and sleet, there are signs that summer is approaching! And for those who live in Vancouver, the clues that summer is nigh are not the appearance of chirping Robins nor the sound of lawnmowers, but rather the appearance of our famous patio umbrellas blossoming open like tulips on the water.

A Vancouver Patio Tradition
Indeed, for over 30 years, the opening of our waterfront patio has been a highly anticipated Vancouver tradition! It’s a collective harbinger of summer, sun, fun and some of the best comfort food in town!

 

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And the Winner Is...
In the spirit of Oscar season, we are proud to announce that we were recently awarded a 2018 Diners Choice Award on Open Table! And, just like the stars say during awards season, “it’s an honour just to be nominated.” That may be true, but, to be honest, it’s much better to win, and we’ve won in a number of categories this year! #grateful #honoured #yay

You Like Us! You Really Like Us!
Winning a Diner’s Choice Award is especially meaningful to us because it’s the public who voted for us, not a panel of “experts” or industry folks. We’re honoured and humbled to know that diners in Vancouver (and the world-over) love and appreciate what we do and what we’re all about!  

 

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Fake News!
In these day of fake news, it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fiction! We thought in light of this, we’d come clean, lay it all out on the line, and tell the truth. Granville Island is not an island and False Creek is, indeed, false. Wow. It feels good to get that off our chests! Here’s the real story:

A Little History
Granville Island was, in fact, an Island up until the 1950’s. However, this changed when the city wanted to make room for more industrial space and decided to fill in False Creek (not a real creek). They started by filling in the Island’s back-channel and created the area where Sutcliffe Park and the Waterpark now stand.

 

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I know it’s hard to believe with the recent dusting of snow and the minus 2 temperatures we’ve experienced of late, but Spring is just around the corner. Really! Once the temperatures warm up and the sun comes out, there really is no better place to spend the day in Vancouver than Granville Island, and, may we add, no better place to have a bite than Bridges Waterfront Bistro!


We love being a part of the Granville Island culture! We’ve seen it grow, change and evolve over the last 35 years, and we have to say, it’s never been better! The next time you’re on the Island, take some time to check out some of the great and highly unique shops! Here are a few that we think are especially interesting!

 

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After Theatre at Bridges Waterfront Vancouver

One of the great things about Vancouver (and there are many) is the growing theatre scene! Let’s face it, movies are great, but there is something special, exciting and, dare we say, magical about live theatre! And with so many great productions on right now, we suggest getting out to see a few! Jitters is playing right now at the Stanley, and the Tony Award-winning, Home Fun, is currently running at The Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island!

Its Much Better Than Cats!
There is, however, another great reason to check out the theatre. When you visit our Waterfront Bistro before the show, you’ll receive 15% off all regular priced menu items when you show us your theatre tickets! The theatre just got a little better!

 

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Olympics at Bridges Waterfront Vancouver

Can we just take a moment to tell you how much we love the Winter Olympics!? We’re such big fans, in fact, that back in 2010 we welcomed the House of Switzerland to set up shop at Bridges! Those were great memories, and we were honoured to be part of the city-wide party that year!

Fast forward to 2018, and we’re just as excited to see our great Canadian athletes compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea! While we can’t be there in person, we are certainly there in spirit!

 

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Family Day at Bridges Waterfront Vancouver

Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Nothing in life is fun for the whole family. There are no massage parlours with ice cream and free jewelry.” I guess Jerry never went to Bridges Waterfront Bistro over the Family Day Weekend! There are few better ways to spend time with the family than at our Waterfront Bistro! Great food for parents and kids, a relaxed and casual atmosphere, and, or course, that billion dollar view!

Family is Everything
We really could not have asked for a more gorgeous weekend to celebrate family either! The sun and blue sky finally made a much-needed appearance after a very rainy week! And as the sun emerged so did the families: big, small, new and old! 

 

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Valentines Bridges Waterfront Vancouver

For those last minute types out there, we’d like just like to gently remind you that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and fast approaching--like Usain Bolt fast! Trust us, you don’t want to be “that guy” who forgot to plan ahead! There’s nothing worse than having to improvise at the last minute, and we don’t think your sweetheart will appreciate takeout fast food on the most romantic day of the year! Not exactly an aphrodisiac. 

Step Up your Romance Game
If your perspiring slightly at the realization that you’ve completely forgotten about this day of romance, you can relax. We’ve got your back! This year we’re going to help you step up your relationship game! You don’t have to be a Don Juan, or some modern-day Casanova to impress your better-half this Valentine’s Day. All you have to do is pick up your phone and reserve your spot for our Valentine’s Day set menu dinner, and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

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Virginia Woolf once wrote that “one cannot love well if one has not dined well.” We totally agree! Indeed, dining and romance seem to go hand in hand at Bridges. I’m sure even the first date in history involved sharing the meat of a mastodon over a romantic bonfire. Today we’ll settle for a great steak over candlelight. Our point being, sharing a meal has simply, yet profoundly, always been a way to connect and share an experience together. Why are we talking about food and love you ask? Two words: Valentine's Day!

Ain’t Love Grand! 
Yes, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we at Bridges are getting excited because we love Love! In fact, we’ve had our fair share of proposals at Bridges! Something about our gorgeous dining room and the beauty of its natural surroundings creates the perfect romantic ambiance, emboldening lovers young and old alike to profess their love for one another!

 

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Frankly, my dear, I dont give a damn! (Okay, we actually do care!)
There is something undeniably romantic about a gorgeous flight of stairs. Hollywood has etched them indelibly into our collective consciousness. I mean, who can forget that epic red staircase in Gone with the Wind or, (perhaps more esoterically), the ever-present stairwell in the 1958 film adaptation of Auntie Mame, starring the great Rosalind Russell.

Dine Out Upstairs
For those not into the Golden Age of Hollywood, Rocky’s triumphant celebration atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art surely resonates! While you may not be training for a big boxing comeback, we are certain that you’ll want to celebrate when you get to the top of our staircase because Dine Out Vancouver is in full swing in our dining room!

Fabulous Dine Out Menu!
We’re excited to show off our culinary creations for the 16th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival! We’ve put together a fabulous menu so that you can have a truly grand gastronomic experience!

 

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We’re so excited to be participating in the 16th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival, which takes place from January 19th to February 4th! We are particularly hyped this year, as our new upstairs Dine Out menu is our best ever!

We can’t wait for you to rediscover Bridges Upstairs, an iconic culinary gem in the heart of Granville Island and a Vancouver dining destination! Oh, and if it’s your first experience in the dining room, this is an incredible chance to climb the stairs to culinary greatness!
 
Here are a few Dine Out menu highlights for you to salivate over before the Dine Out Launch! Ah, the joy of anticipation!

 

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American journalist, Mignon McLaughlin, one said that “a successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” It’s a lovely sentiment. Luckily, having a successful wedding only requires falling in love with only one venue, one time!

Fall In Love Upstairs
Indeed, over the years, hundreds of brides and grooms-to-be have fallen in love with our upstairs dining room! It’s not hard to do!

The Ultimate West Coast Wedding Venue
It probably has something to do with our elegant decor, high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, gorgeous upstairs terrace, ample room for dancing, and, of course, the breathtaking views of the Vancouver city skyline, Coast Mountains, and False Creek! It’s really one of the most iconic locations in which to get married! 

 

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Charles Schultz once said “all you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” We totally agree, and would add that a little Decadence Cake, baked cheesecake, and Tiramisu also doesn’t hurt, especially when they’re all made fresh and in-house!

Our Baked Cheesecake. A True Classic!
If chocolate isn’t your thing, (which is crazy, but no judgment), you really can’t ever go wrong with our famous baked cheesecake. It’s a denser cheesecake, reminiscent of New York’s legendary Carnegie Deli version. We don’t mess with a classic! Served with fresh raspberries and a drizzle of raspberry coulis, we know you’ll fall in love with this delectable dessert!

 

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We’ve been talking to folks around Granville Island and noticed that most of them love our Waterfront Bistro, but have not yet experienced our upstairs dining room. While our bistro is certainly first-rate, there is a whole gastronomic world upstairs that you simply need to check out!

Come as You Are
There’s no need to dress up (unless you want to) to dine with us upstairs. While the dining room is gorgeous and has a refined-elegance, the vibe is never pretentious. No need to put on that tie and jacket! We just want you to be comfortable while you dine on some of the best cuisine in Vancouver.

 

On 21 Dec 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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Get IN your Comfort Zone
Everyone loves to be comfortable. That’s why sweatpants, air conditioners, and La-Z-Boy recliners are so popular, and the dentist’s office and the Spanish Inquisition are not! Vancouverites, in general, love to be comfortable and we at Bridges Waterfront Bistro are no different.

Dead Greeks and Comfort Food 
Hippocrates once wrote, “cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.” While we don’t spend copious amounts of time in our Bistro pontificating on what old, dead, Greek physicians said, we totally agree with “Hip” when it comes to his views on comfort!

New and Improved Menu
Indeed, we’ve been perfecting the art of comfort food for over 30 years, and with our new Waterfront Bistro menu, we’ve managed to create a menu that has taken the idea of comfort food to a new level!

 

On 19 Dec 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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From the Simpsons to Seinfeld: A Crash Course in Brunch
The idea of brunch has oft been the source of parody. Who can forget when Marge Simpson, tragically uninitiated to brunch, had it explained to her thusly: “It’s not quite breakfast, it’s not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end.”

Jerry Seinfeld, in his iconic fashion, also questioned the idea of brunch asking, “so what’s the deal with brunch? I mean that if it’s a combination of breakfast and lunch, how come there’s no lupper, or no linner?”

Sundays are Fundays for Brunch!
Well, we may never be able to settle on a clear definition of brunch or agree on what it should be called, I think we can all agree that it’s awesome and one of the best things about Sunday!

 

On 11 Dec 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited our bistro, now is the time to come back and rediscover this gem on Granville Island! This has been a year of great change and transition at Bridges! Along with creating our new dessert bar and updating our waterfront pub and creating a new upstairs menu, we’ve also made fabulous changes to our iconic bistro!

New decor. New menu. Same great service and quality! Our space is now more modern and open, with great new local artwork throughout!

 

On 04 Dec 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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If you haven’t visited our pub in a while, now is a good time to come back! We’ve made a lot of great changes in the last few months, and we’re proud to show off our new updated look!

New Look. Same Vibe
While our look may have changed, we’ve maintained the same cozy-elegance. The Waterfront Pub is inspired by the great local neighbourhood pub culture. Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, our Pub embodies the laid back, casual nature of Granville Island.

Relax and Unwind
With our grand fireplace, cozy leather chairs and a breathtaking view of the waterfront, Our Waterfront Pub is the perfect place to relax, unwind. Whether it’s a drizzly grey day, or sunny and warm, the view from our Pub is always gorgeous.

 

 

On 06 Oct 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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Christmas in October
We know it may seem strange to start thinking about mistletoe and hot toddies while still trying to squeeze out the last few summer BBQ’s and hikes, but our upstairs dining room is booking up quickly for the holidays and we don’t want you to miss your chance to celebrate the yuletide season in one of the most breathtaking settings in Vancouver!

The Perfect Holiday Party
Whether your event is large or small, we can accommodate your needs. Our highly experienced events team will make sure that your event is perfect, and reflects your company’s holiday vision.

 

 

On 27 Sept 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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A Time Before Emojis (OMG!)
Let us take you back to a time before smartphones, the internet, and Netflix--a simpler time when cable television, shoulder pads, Michael J. Fox and Dynasty reigned supreme (Millennials, you’ll have to Google it). 

It was during this glorious big-haired era that Bridges was born. However, while opening a restaurant on Granville Island seems normal today, back in 1980 it was a radical idea. You have to remember that in the early 80’s the Island was nothing more than a derelict industrial area with no restaurants or pubs in sight.

 

 

On 7 August 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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Pistachio: A “Dessert” Oasis on Granville Island

Walking into Pistachio, Bridges’ new dessert and gelato cafe, is like stumbling upon an unexpected oasis. Designed by famed interior designer, David Vance (Joe Fortes), the atrium-style room is open, airy and shimmers with light. Its industrial-elegance is softened with gorgeous views and hanging flora.

Vance designed the perfect space--a playful nod to the building’s industrial origins while maintaining a clean forward design. It’s the kind of place that invites you to sit, relax and enjoy the small joys of life--dessert.

Let ‘em Eat Cake!

We at Bridges love our dessert! Ever since we opened our doors way back in ‘84, we were known for our Decadence Cake and our classic cheesecake. Those delightful desserts are still on the menu, but we’ve taken things to a new level with our new Pistachio Dessert Cafe! We’ve added new desserts, like our Sicilian Almond Cake and Lemon Almond Cake, to the mix.

 

 

On 25 July 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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She Swiped Right!

So you have a date and you’re not sure where to go. We’ve got you covered! The upstairs terrace at Bridges is the place! Why? Read on!

Stay Up Late 

We’re excited to announce that we’ve opened our upstairs terrace until 11 pm this summer so you can enjoy the natural beauty of Granville Island while enjoying one of the best seafood and fish menus in the city. It really doesn’t get any better than this!

 

Strawberry Milkshakes and Refined Dining: A Conversation with Upstairs Manager, Christiane

 

On 6 July 2017 byBridges Restaurant

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Christiane bounds ebulliently down the stairs to the bistro where I’m waiting to conduct our interview. “I love strawberry!” she exclaims, as she orders two milkshakes at the Dessert Bar. Besides her love of strawberry milkshakes, what’s immediately clear is Christiane has a lot of energy and passion for her job.

We Can’t all be Wolfgang Puck

Christiane explains, “At the age of 15 I knew that I wanted to be a chef. I knew that I wanted to have a career that was fun and engaging. So I went to chef training school and earned my Red Seal; however, I began to notice that the caliber of my cooking was not as high as I’d hoped, so I decided to shift my focus.

 

 

On June 2, 2017

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Nice Work if You Can Get It

This is why we love to hold our annual staff wine and beer tasting–one of our most anticipated staff events of the year! It’s a tough job, but someone has to do the grueling work of tasting some of the best wines and beers from around the world.

Our Knowledgeable Staff

Our staff love to learn all about the wine and beer we serve so that they can make the best-informed suggestions for our guests. They are always eager to learn more about the beverages that we offer, whether they are already oenophiles or new to the wine tasting game.  

 

On May 30, 2017

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Vancouverites hope, wish, pray and wait for it all year. They dream about it during the cold winter months and yearn for it during the rainy season (our main one).

Patio season is why we put up with the rest of those pesky seasons, and it just so happens that bridges has the best patio in Vancouver! 

Bridges Over Calm Waters

Overlooking English Bay, Vanier Park, and Vancouver’s West End, there really is no better place to relax, enjoy delectable seafood and fish, and hang out with friends all while working on your tan!

Liberty Wine Merchants and Bridges Restaurant Pour the Pink for 9th Annual Rosé Revival

On 6 May 2017

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Days of Wine and Roses

The poet, Ovid, once remarked, “when there is plenty of wine, sorrow and worry take wing.” Indeed, over 200 Oenophiles gathered at Bridges Restaurant, and with Ovidian joy and insouciance, experienced a plethora of savoury canapes, scintillating conversations, and of course, over 14 varietals of that elixir of the heavens–rosé!

Hip Hip Rosé!

This was the scene at the 9th annual Rosé Revival, a charity event that raises money for The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Once again, Liberty Merchant Company, and bridges teamed up to host this spectacular evening that has raised over 26 thousand dollars to date, proceeds that all go to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (BC – Yukon).

 

Sharing is Caring: Bistro Staff Weigh in On New Fish and Seafood Menu!

On 29 April 2017

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The New Bistro Menu 

Last week, 25 of our eager, fresh-faced and hungry staff sat down to experience our new bistro menu. The updated focus is on what we do best: seafood and fish. bridges is all about seasonal, locally sourced, fresh-from-the-sea fare, so what better way to kick off summer on our gorgeous patio than with our brand new culinary creations!

Chef Ross Explains

Bistro Chef, Ross Collier, was on hand to guide our staff through the tasting. He emerged from the kitchen to rousing applause, a clear indication that our staff not only loved his menu but appreciate his dedication to his craft. Collier started off the tasting evening explaining that the new format for the bistro is an emphasis on sharing and, of course, fresh seafood and fish.

A Chef for All Seasons!

On 20 April 2017

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A Passion for Great Food

Ross Collier has come a long way since his days delivering Pizza in Kelowna over 26 years ago, but his passion for cooking great food has never diminished. He’s been at Bridges Restaurant for 16 years, and still keeps things fresh (literally) on a daily basis!

“I love good food, and making people happy” Ross explains. “I went from delivering pizza in Kelowna to making dough in the kitchen. It’s there that I started to develop a real passion for cooking, and realized that this is what I wanted to do.”

Bridges Patio: An Institution

On 15 April 2017

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Bridges Patio: Your Summer Stay-cation Destination!

Bridges Restaurant enthusiastically marks the start of summer on April 21st! While it may not feel like summer outside, the newly-hired Bridges summer staff gathered to gear up for what will be the highlight of the year—patio season!

Bridges co-owner, Michael Seelig, was on hand to talk to our fresh-faced new staff, explaining that this summer is going to be especially fun, as there are many new and exciting changes afoot!

Summer is certainly going to be exhilarating, as the new patio team will be an integral part of the next generation of ambassadors at Bridges.

The Sun Comes out for Ride2Survive!

On 7 April 2017

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The Sun Comes out for Ride2Survive!

Sunday, April 2nd was one of those flawless Vancouver Spring mornings. The sun came out in all its splendour; a cool breeze wafted over the water; excited Vancouverites were out rediscovering the beauty of Granville Island. In other words, a perfect day for brunch at Bridges Restaurant!

However, this particular Sunday was extra-special, as we proudly hosted our 6th annual Ride2Survive Brunch —a worthy event that raises much needed funds for cancer research. Last year, the brunch (50 dollars a plate), and auction raised over twenty-two thousand dollars! This year, we hope to raise even more!