Bridges Vegetarian Cafe

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 6 Reviews
School veggie cafe with a funky atmosphere and low lighting. Vegans to check ingredients to be sure. Offers a large menu with flatbreads, veggie burgers, and more. Open during semester. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Western, Fast food, Take-out
1280 Main S W (McMaster University campus)
Hamilton, Ontario

Mon-Thu 11:00am-8:00pm, Fri 11:00am-3:00pm



First Review by shesh
  • mostly-vegetarian

You want to give this a try!

Posted on 01 / 13 / 2015

Bridges is a very fine place to eat if you are inside McMaster Campus. The menu is quite large, and there is at least one daily special. The menu includes also quite a few items labelled as vegan and/or gluten-free. Plates can be customised, especially with vegetables and legumes. There are either tastier or healthier choices, but compared to other nearby places that offer vegetarian options Bridges probably is the best on the selection of healthy ingredients / cooking style.
The ambient is youthful, casual, classy and vibrant at the same time, quite appealing to the eye! As underlined by other reviews, the problem with the low seats is there, even though some normally sized and comfortable tables can be found.
Price is neither low nor high for what is offered.
I definitely recommend Bridges to students or visitors alike.

Pros: Nice & healthy menu, Daily special, Juvenile ambient
Cons: Seating, Difficult to find
family of vegans
family of vegans
  • vegan

Hidden Gem!

Posted on 03 / 31 / 2013

Finally made it here and we took one of our children along(3 year old!) It's a make to order cafeteria, it has quite a number of clearly marked vegan items(about half the menu) and the food preparers seemed to understand the difference. the dining area is quite large and sprawling,nice for an intimate chat or some study time, but the low, knee high tables are not the greatest for eating. There are about three regular height tables, but they seemed to be full, and I would assume they usually are. The food was good, rice and pasta bowls that you can have with your choice of sauces/toppings,and shepherds pie or a feew different sandwiches. mid range pricing, and good quality food!

Pros: large, quiet dining area, well marked vegan options, quick service
Cons: low tables, hard to access if not on campus, only open during school year

Great place to eat on campus

Posted on 11 / 02 / 2011

A fantastic little restaurant with a great menu. A very large standard base menu, but I usually order the special of the day which has never disappointed. In addition to the standard "Soy-chicken burger and fries" (which I don't care for myself), they also have a lot of creative vegetarian options that are based on whole grains and legumes (lentils, split peas, chic peas etc). The food is always excellent.
The only downside to this restaurant are the tables and chairs. In order to have a 'hip' cafe feel, the tables are very low to the ground with no leg room and the chairs are very loungy and laid back. You end up having to eat slouched over your table, where spills are eminent.

Pros: Good food, healthy, low-processed foods
Cons: Seating

  • vegan

Unreliable vegan meals

Posted on 09 / 29 / 2011

Bridges "vegan" menu is flawed. Some of their "vegan" choices actually contain dairy and/or eggs, so beware...
I will no longer support Bridges.

Cons: Not vegan, expensive
  • hamilton_vegan

    Do you know which Bridges "vegan" choices contain dairy/eggs? Is there another vegan option on campus?

  • vegan

McMaster University - Diversity Services (!!!)

Posted on 09 / 04 / 2009

I'm a proud McMaster employee and vegan. Bridges accomodates students, faculty and staff who are vegetarian for political and religious reasons. The atmosphere is very welcoming -- a very warm and inviting lounge. The menu is a fantastic combination of different ethnic dishes and old standards. My personal favourites are the chilli on flatbread (with VEGAN CHEESE), giant samosas, and sweet potato fries.
My only regret with Bridges is that although it is open to the public, its not easily accessible if you're not on campus. McMaster parking is difficult, and the campus is very large.

Pros: Health Concious, Vegan Cheese, Diverse Ethnic Dishes
Cons: Parking
  • vegetarian

Best on campus eating

Posted on 06 / 18 / 2008

McMaster vegetarian students are lucky to have such a great vegetarian/vegan dining hall on campus. Also open to the public, this restaurant features many menu favourites, as well as a daily special that is always worth checking out. Best sweet potato fries I've ever had.

Pros: fantastic variety, make your own pasta bar, knowledgable chef
Cons: hard to get to if not on campus


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Last updated: 2013/01/28


Added: 2008/04/12


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