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 10 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:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$30 and under
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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Southside Bistro Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Been here a few times, and had yet another great experience. Excellent wine selection, food, and service. Tried the Brussel sprout salad for the first time, it was awesome! Get it as an app to share, not as meal. We ordered it with the fried oysters, perfect compliment to each other.
As always, a pleasant experience, even bing a very late Valentine reservation, 'cause the only table open a week in advance was near my bedtime.
Given that it was a busy night, though calming down, a couple items kept me back at the 15% tip level. Started with a wine 1st thing, I enjoyed it thru the appetizer, and when the waiter noticed the glass empty, he offered another. I requested the refill come when the main course was delivered. The main course was not delivered by him, and no wine ever came. He had checked how we were doing at a time before that, but really never came back until time for the check. Also after our main course, I'd have liked an espresso, but as I've mentioned, he never attended to us until the check (or checking for dessert).
Maybe it was just 'cause he was busy. But in that case, his tips should be ample anyway.
Great atmosphere and delicious food. Would like to see more vegan/vegetarian options. The service was wonderful with very courteous and capable waiters. The buser was outstanding and always kept the water glasses filled and removed plates when needed. The hostesses were very efficient and courteous.
The restaurant has been a longtime favorite for us and even though there is not a big selection for us to eat, it is still at the top of our list of eating establishments and is usually our first choice for special occasions.
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