About Southside Bistro
We are a great neighborhood secret on the south end of town. We offer a variety of fresh fun food from our open display kitchen. We have a hardwood oven for great appetizers and flatbreads. Fresh Alaskan seafood and produce arrives daily and Chef Travis creates great innovative daily specials. Save room for our fantastic home-made desserts. We are proud recipients of the "Wine Spectators" Award of excellence 20 years in a row.
Southside Bistro offers the "Restaurant" side with the complete dinner menu available, and the more casual "Bistro" side with an additional Pizza-burger menu available. Please go to our web site and see our complete menu selections.
Anchorage, AK 99515
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
Fridays and Saturdays: 4:00pm to 10:00pm.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer plenty of parking on the front lot, with additional spaces available across the street
Public People mover bus service stops right in front.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Southside Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Four of us had the salmon and it was amazing. I asked for a glass of Cabernet. Not sure what I got but it was great too. We haven't eaten here in years because we live on the other side of town but I'm committed to going back again soon!
Recently moved here from Maryland and SB has become a staple. All around great place to dine, good for a business meal, good for special occasions, good for an everyday meal with very attentive staff. Definitely a recommended visit.
Without a doubt, I was served the best Filet Mignon I have ever eaten - very tender and perfectly grilled. My wife had the rack of Lamb which was also delightful and oh so tender. The sides are always prepared in a healthy way and decent for the size of the meal.
We've had better experiences at Southside Bistro. Namely, when it was just my wife, myself, and our four day old infant. This time around we came to the restaurant as a party of four adults and four children. We were automatically charged the 18% gratuity fee because our party was "8 or more people." Never mind that two of the children were three and two and sat on their mother's laps most of the dinner. It was apparent that one waitress was being trained during our dinner; however, it was lackluster service regardless -- not very good outlook as far as training for future solo dinners for the newer waitress. We had to ask for refills and a second service of beer and wine after continually not being asked. One of the hamburgers was ordered medium and one medium rare, but both burgers were rare (which wasn't necessarily bad, but not how we ordered them). As three of our party members were still eating only the water boy came back to refill water glasses; neither waitress came around to ask if we wanted refills or more beverages.
we truly enjoyed the experience. it had been several years since the other member had dined at the bistro. this was my first experience. i thought the menu was well presented; and the entree was very good! the server was attentive without being overly so. overall..........i look forward to the next time!
The pasta was inedible- gummy, flavorless, overcooked egg, lacked ingredients. We each didn't take more than a few bites (after adding 4 rounds of salt and dousing it in cheese, still terrible). Still paid for it, even after telling the waiter we did not like it at all.
The bread pudding was dried out and tasted moldy, there was a lack of flavoring there too.
We received the check before we were done eating with a 'no rush.' This is annoying. If it's no rush, then don't give us the check yet. Train your waiters.
The blue cheese appetizer was amazing, so we may be back just to eat that and drink wine.
Food and service was great as always! Ambience was rated a little low because our table was close to the door and kitchen, so there was more traffic and noise than most other tables would have experienced. Next time we'll just ask for a different table.
Appetizer: The fresh mussels sauteed in a saffron cream were excellent. We had to order more bread to soak up the delicious broth. Suggestion: provide a soup spoon with this appetizer, the better to finish off the broth!
The fresh spaghettoni and the fresh rigatoni were served too al dente. Better than too soft, however. The sauce base was identical for each dish, though each had different and interesting add-ins.
The pork schnitzel breaded cutlet was served overly browned, with the breading near-burnt. It was cheerfully and promptly re-served with properly golden breading, but the pork itself was dry and tasteless.
The Pacific cod special was excellent.
The beef tenderloin was good.
Wine: Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells, Columbia Valley, at $39.00/bottle, was the least costly Cab on the wine menu, unless we missed a page. Excellent wine (our table of 6 had two bottles), but out of place given the level of the evening's cooking.
Dessert: Peach & raspberry cobbler: excellent. Classic vanilla crème brûlée with fruit sauces: great caramelized crust, but the crème itself was rather thin and bland. The fruit sauces were artfully arranged, in Etch-a-Sketch fashion, on the plate holding the ramekin, which meant that they were all intertwined and difficult to apply separately to the crème, plus most of the sauces remained on the plate. A pretty presentation, but a waste of good fruit sauce.
Service: uniformly attentive, friendly and responsive.
Ambiance: moderate noise, softly lit, with beautiful, full-size copies of 1930's posters for various French aperitifs on all the walls. A very nice feature.
We've been to the Southside Bistro when the cooking has been better. The service and ambiance, however, have always been unwaveringly excellent.
We'll be back, tho', and hope for better cooking!
I've always had great food here, but have developed some allergies and had to order the pasta with duck sausage, as I'm allergic to tomato. I imagined nice grilled chunks of crispy duck sausage . . .but was disappointed to have tiny bits of "hamburger" like meat that was not all that flavorful, and the sauce was pretty boring. First time I've been disappointed and everyone else in our party enjoyed their order. My point being, a great restaurant should never have a bad menu item. I'm sure they could come up with a better pasta dish, even with duck sausage. Otherwise, everything else was good.
The Southside Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Anchorage. The food is exceptional, the service is professional, and the ambiance is relaxed. I try to dine at the Southside Bistro whenever I am in Anchorage.
Never a bad meal. We take all our visitors here for their "welcome to Anchorage" meal and have never been disappointed or had to apologize for not good food. The service is quick and friendly and the time between ordering and receiving our meals is always faster than expected. We like this restaurant!
When planning a night out Southside Bistro is always at the top of our list. Our family always feels welcomed, always has great service and always leaves having had a great food and dining experience!
A southern Anchorage gem that competes and even bests some of the downtown dining. To make a comparison I feel my two experiences at Sullivan's Steakhouse were overpriced and did not meet my palate like Southside Bistro. Many spots in Anchorage over salt food. The cuisine at Southside Bistro had a harmonic balance where my date and I's palates could fully indulge and savor each course. The service was attentive yet had a wonderful flow to not interrupt like the question "how is your food" was at a time we weren't conversing and had taken pause from eating. Our hosting staff were cheerful and friendly. My special occasion went well, and so did two other birthdays in other groups nearby-yet the noise level was minimal. Each of us had separately enjoyable evenings. I'm excited to return and enjoy with other groups/ occasions.
The scallop & crabcake starter in sauce americain was outstanding. For a main course, I selected the veal special , which on that day was medallions of veal loin, seared and served in a veal jus with melted Brie and lingonberries. A very creative & heavenly combination. Melted in my mouth. For dessert I had the warm blackberry cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream, which was also delicious. I had a Pinot Gris with the scallops and a Syrah with the veal. A spectacular meal, can't wait to return.
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