The Bridge Public House

1 Donald St, Ottawa ON k1k4e6
$$ American

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 1 Donald St, Ottawa ON k1k4e6
  • Cuisine: American | Asian | Desserts | English | Greek | Hamburger | Mexican | Pasta | Pizza | Seafood | Steak | Sunday Brunch | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 6137419219
  • Features: Full Bar, Sunday Brunch, Catering Services, Live Entertainment, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Takeout Available, Working Fireplace, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi, Gay / Lesbian, River View, Big Screen TV,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

Photos

The Bridge Public House - Upper River patio
The Bridge Public House - Lower Patio The Bridge Public House - Main Dining Room

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Indoor Dining Room 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday
Indoor Dining Room 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday
Indoor Dining Room 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio with Live Music | 6:30- 9:00PM 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday
Indoor Dining Room 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday
Outdoor Patio 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Indoor Dining Room 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Outdoor Patio 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
Indoor Dining Room | Brunch 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Indoor Dining Room Dinner 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner | Outdoor Patio 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner | Outdoor Patio 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Brunch Outdoor Patio 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brunch | Outdoor Patio 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday
Indoor Dining Room | Brunch 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Indoor Dining Room | Dinner 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner | Outdoor Patio 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner | Outdoor Patio 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Brunch | Outdoor Patio 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brunch | Outdoor Patio 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Under current COVID-19 restrictions we are permitted to seat a maximum of 6 guests at each table. Groups larger than 6 will be sat at separate tables 6 feet from one another.
Absolutely! Under current restrictions, we are able to accept patio reservations for up to 6 guests per table. Please select PATIO when reserving.
Under current COVID-19 restrictions, we are not allowed anyone indoors.

Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.5 out of 5 stars based on 430 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2021
Colleen K.
Tis place is truly a hidden gem with great food and a lovely atmosphere!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 23, 2021
Lynne A.
Most of us ordered paninis for lunch. The plates would have been more attractive with a little greenery on the side.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 22, 2021
Margaret P.
Everything about the lunch with my daughter was great, could not have been better... except for one pesky fly/insect that kept buzzing our table. No one's fault but it was a nuisance.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 14, 2021
Sharon W.
Had a lovely visit will definitely be back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 11, 2021
Charles M.
Drink, service and music was great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2021
Kim and JoAnne H.
Had an excellent time. Everything was perfect. We definitely will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 26, 2021
Jennifer G.
Everything was fine and as expected on Tuesday evening. Wednesday on the side deck, service was fine to start with but it took far too long to get our bill. The menu could use bigger variety of healthy food - liver, roast 1/4 chicken, fish of various kinds. Great surroundings and well distanced tables to feel covid safe. Should be a bit stricter about people wearing their masks when not at their tables perhaps.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2021
Daniela H.
We loved the atmosphere, the live music and the food. We will definitely go back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 06, 2021
GLORIA G.
It's a great way to experience the Ottawa summer. I am always amazed at how the staff remain so calm and pleasant under such a busy environment. Compliments to all -- you're doing a wonderful job!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 03, 2021
Pam M.
Scrumptious meals, served hot, in spite of the cool breeze. Our server was efficient, energetic and enjoyable, while taking care of all our requests. The ambiance and location is perfect for casual or special occasions. It truly is a hidden gem, I ALMOST want to keep it ‘our secret’❣️

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 27, 2021
Carolynn G.
Duke was a fantastic waiter - friendly, knowledgeable & efficient. The Bridge is definitely one of our favourite places to visit when we’re in Ottawa. The atmosphere is relaxing, fun & inspiring. Keep up the great work!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 24, 2021
Shirley H.
Excellent service Food Tacos I love the fact Gluten Free options Thank you Shirley Hamre

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 24, 2021
Louise H.
The staff at the Bridge Public House were excellent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 22, 2021
Karine C.
Wonderful location, staff ambiance and band! Love the music, the food, the company and the overall experience and we will return often! Please keep up the live music nights!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 17, 2021
Sylvie R.
Since you are asking: I did not realize how small the tacos were and did not realize they were hors d'oeuvres and not a meal. Next time, I will choose something in the dinner section. Everything was good; my companion enjoyed his meal and we will return soon. We are grateful that there is good service at The Bridge.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 16, 2021
Sheila R.
Lobster roll could use more mayo and fries were not hot But I will be back. Location is great Hard times I know So hope things will pick up

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 12, 2021
Martha L.
Loved it. Wonderful to be outdoors. Will be going again. Soon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 27, 2021
Kristina E.
Thanks to my server and the chef for rushing up a churro for me even though it wasn't on the new menu. Very kind. The ambiance is always lovely... I bring friends over quite often.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 26, 2021
Agata N.
It's a great place to enjoy good food. It's especially nice during the summer to enjoy nice view to the trees and tennis courts. They have lots of spaces, the tables have good space between each other and good menu with lots of options for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. It's a unique space in Ottawa.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 13, 2021
Steven B.
Great spot

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 08, 2021
Chelsea S.
Great Service, great food. Awesome vibe and beautiful location! Lots of options for those with dietary restrictions including myself who is both gluten free and vegetarian! Will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 02, 2021
Nelson S.
Great food and even better service. Will make this my new go to spot!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 23, 2021
Morna P.
As usual we enjoyed Sunday Brunch at The Bridge. I love the brunch menu.Service was excellent and there is plenty of space for social distancing.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 22, 2021
Jo-Ellen T.
We enjoy the Bridge and have been to the patio several times. Once recently, not the most recent time, we waited more than an hour. And once, not this time, the food was cold. But it’s a pandemic and you’re figuring it out. A change in menu would be nice for brunch. How about pancakes?

Overall: 9/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 17, 2021
Chris H.
My wife and I have been to seven Wednesday evening music sessions on the balcony and have brought friends or family each time. Love it! By the way this past Wednesday's group Cargo cult was excellent and I would recommend bringing them back. Also very good was the first group you had this season but I forget their name. I have already booked for the next two weeks and hope you can continue well into the fall, Chris

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 01, 2021
Louise T.
Loved the covered patio which made it easy to reserve whatever the weather; happy that you take reservations for the patio; loved the quiet, no busy street traffic; Absolut vodka water carafes: a brilliant idea! 3hr free parking is great! Server was very pleasant and we did not feel rushed.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 01, 2021
Jane L.
Service was friendly Took a while to get food I have made two more reservations there so I was pretty happy

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2021
Kevin O.
Everything was great. All the menu items are great value for money with a good variety of choices. Each dish (mains, dessert, and sides) was delicious. And, as usual, service from the wait staff was efficient, very friendly and timely.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 06, 2021
Shirley J.
Our group enjoyed the venue and the ambiance of being outdoors, spaced out and yet sheltered from the rain and sun. We would have enjoyed it even more if there hadn't been a very large party that arrived as we couldn't hear ourselves after that point. However, that is not the fault of Bridge Public House. I would definitely go back again and also recommend it to others.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 30, 2021
Shirley B.
Very pleased with where we sat and food was very good, service very good and have been going back and will continue

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 27, 2021
Nicholas T.
Nice ambiance and live music during COVID-19, albeit with lower rates and restrictions. Looking forward for a bigger, live band experience soon.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 16, 2021
Richard B.
Overall, a great experience. The Bridge is chill and friendly but still quality food, drink and service. Our server was great. We were an annoying table for sure and he handled us with ease.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 30, 2021
Angela J.
Service was great, no complaints. We were very appreciative when we were permitted to change tables when the rain started. We’ll be back!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 15, 2021
joanne p.
No lunch menu only brunch for the wknd.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Feb 24, 2021
Jean-Guy G.
Staff very friendly and efficient. Food delicious. Will repeat.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 22, 2021
Goretti D.
The elk burger was over cooked and the fries didn’t come with aioli as advertised. Drinks and service were great!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 04, 2021
Mireille D.
We are never disappointed to go to your restaurant. One point would be when we reserve on-line would be to pay attention to the "request" box. We had asked to be outside out of the sun, when we got there we were reserved for in the sun and no roof. Luck would have it there was a free table on the East side of the building., but we would have had to leave if we were to be in the sun. Thank you.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 07, 2021
Rosemary D.
Lovely afternoon spent outside on the deck overlooking tennis courts, table sun umbrellas if wishing to avoid direct sun or unshaded table. Upper level deck also offers some shade. Muskoka chairs on lawn if just wishing to sit under a tree & enjoy refreshments &/or a light snack. Our food choice was tasty (chicken in a ciabota bun)

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 01, 2021
Lorraine R.
The service was very slow on Sunday at noon. We waited almost 45 minutes to get our food but the servers were very nice and checked on us regularly. I've had the pannini sandwich twice now; in both occasions, the bread was so hard that I could hardly cut it with my knife. I would recommend toasting it less so that the bread is softer.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 01, 2021
Diane D.
I love to eat outside when it is nice weather but last time I went it was cold and raining. It would have been more pleasant if we could have ate inside.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 18, 2021
Monique P.
Excellent service from our waiter Duke. We appreciated that he spoke French. On the downside, the fries were a bit dry. The fact that there is no loud music makes it enjoyable as we can ear each other talk.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 0/10
Value: 5/10
Jun 25, 2021
Anne P.
I thought the meal good but expensive. Would appreciate pictures with menu items. Waitress was too busy to come by the table so I did without my ketchup. Was near the entrance so ambiance was non existing.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 23, 2021
Polly S.
Hello: I was in with three friends for brunch last Sunday; I loved my meal of eggs Benedict but my friends were lukewarm on their meals (a smoothie for one and French toast for another - he said the carmelization wasn't what he expected). I used to play tennis there as a teen and I loved it and would very much come back. Hannah was lovely and attentive. One suggestion I would make is to have lots of ice in the water - it was a hot day and lots of ice water would have been appreciated. Keep up the good work! Thank you, Paule Stone

Overall: 8/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 19, 2021
Catharina M.
The service was so good. The food choice was limited. I would like to see more healthy vegetarian and vegan choices and less deep fried food.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 14, 2021
jan j.
Love going there, being outside, walking on the river, the ambience.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 13, 2021
Ioana S.
Overall a very good experience.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 5/10
Sep 19, 2021
Marie J.
Service was great. Ordered eggs Benedict with pork belly maple glazed, rind was inedible. Two small and thin pieces of fruit on plate. Will like not return, sorry

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Sep 12, 2021
Sylvie S.
Overall good, but the wait was too long for the few clients that were there.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Sep 01, 2021
Denice W.
Husband disappointed that beer on tap was not served outside. Although the chunks of lobster in our sandwiches were delicious the bread was dry and obviously the sandwich had been prepared quite awhile in advance of serving. Have had better meals inside in the past. The serving staff were all excellent.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 26, 2021
Jennifer G.
You must be short of servers, because ours started off wonderfully well and then he got busy elsewhere. We asked him and other staff four times for our bills and waited an hour for them. We came close to walking out, but we would never stiff anyone on the bill. Such a good restaurant and nice staff. I hope you are able to hire more servers. Take care and thank you.