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20 West Ln. (Rte. 35) Send to Phone
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Provençal-accented cuisine and refinement, without pretense, put this restaurant and wine bar at the top of its game.
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Bernard's, Ridgefield, CT

Bernard's Restaurant Review

: The charming country house exterior with white-washed wood leads to an interior with tastefully appointed candlelit tables, where a menu of traditional French cuisine with Provençal accents changes seasonally. A vegetable garden brings the restaurant's own harvest to diners' plates. Appetizers have included a summery asparagus soup with sun-dried tomato, caramelized onion and ricotta salata quiche, and a beautifully presented soft shell crab almandine, red and yellow pepper compote and snow peas. A selection of egg scrambles provides novel departures with esoteric finds like ostrich egg with chicken of the wood mushrooms, mixed greens, manchego and pommes Maxime. Among entrées, try a whole roasted lobster over ravioli stuffed with green peas, sautéed Swiss chard, wild spring onions, sautéed trumpet royale mushrooms and lotus root chips in a porcini sauce. Or enjoy an all-vegetable creation consisting of leek ravioli, sautéed spinach, fricassée of corn and peas, pignoli and spring garlic in brown butter. The extensive wine collection features top Bordeaux growths at reasonable prices. Sarah's Wine Bar upstairs offers an intimate, salon-style wining and dining atmosphere amidst live music.

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Poor Holiday Fare
by JanetJulia on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:05 pm
Admittedly Easter Sunday is a busy day for restaurants; however in the past we have generally had pleasent meals on this day at Bernards. Sadly this Easter was a far cry from pleasent. The initial cocktail that I ordered lacked any resemblance to the classic taste that I was anticipating and needed to be sent back. Our welcoming starters arrived AFTER the the appropriate plates had been removed and after my tepid lobster appetizer was servered. The bus staff apologized for the confusion, while our waiter mentioned to us (and then to others at nearby tables at different points throughout our seating) that they "were very busy today". Meanwhile our table was jammed so close to the corner walls (which we were situated near), that the servers repeatedly needed to lean fully across the table in order to place plates down. Throughout all of this shoddy service (and adequately, but not superiorly prepard food) other waiters were requesting my daughter to move her chair so that they could store a chair, look for table linens, and finally they needed her to move so that a physically challenged person could exit the restaurant. While I am sensitive to the needs of the physically challenged, it would appear that if a place of business needs its' guests to move in order to allow for handicap accesibility that the business is not truly accessible to those with challenges. When I finally asked to speak to someone concerning all of the disruptions (and how inappropriate it was to even have this table situated in this particular corner) a non-professionally clad woman traipsed over to me and stared at me as though she were a deer in headlights. Rather than apologize with a compensation, her response was that in the future she would try not to seat us at this table again. My point was that this table should not be in use for any patron at any time. Ultimately the whole afternoon's experiance left us with a sour taste. We paid handsomely for what we had hoped would be a pleasent holiday meal in a lovel restaurant -what we received was no better that what I might have experianced at any nearby diner
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