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.
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, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Southside Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Have been to this restaurant many times. ...
Have been to this restaurant many times. Had the scallops and prawns with rice. The rice was a mix of white and wild, and looked and tasted like a mix from a box. A little disappointed. (If the pilaf was made from scratch, I would recommend changing the recipe). My partner ordered the pork schnitzel which was a lot better than my entree.
The service and the food were top notch! ...
The service and the food were top notch! Add the extensive selection of wines in various price ranges and you have the ultimate experience!
Southside Bistro is amazing
The pistachio encrusted halibut with saffron cream sauce is delectable. Also the peach and raspberry cobbler is so delicious
My husband and I celebrated our 11th ann ...
My husband and I celebrated our 11th anniversary with dinner here and it was absolutely wonderful! We ordered the blue cheese custard for our appetizer, my husband got tomato cream soup as well. So tasty! The lamb and scallops were equally as tasty and my peach raspberry cobbler was the perfect ending to a perfect meal!
Southside Bistro is always a favorite fo ...
Southside Bistro is always a favorite for lunch or a special dinner. Good value for money. Inventive dishes and food is always fresh and tasty.
Quite delicious and great service
We got right in when we got to the restaurant - had reservations ahead of time, but was afraid that since it was a Friday night it'd a bit of a wait. But we got right in and our drinks and food were all delivered very fast and the servers were excellent.
We always love coming here as the food i ...
We always love coming here as the food is consistently good and they are creative with new recipes and preparation.
My wife and I celebrated Mother's Day and had a very good time. The service was very good and the food was excellent. We got the booth we wanted and the evening was great.
Southside Bistro Offers Good Value
Southside Bistro offers a menu with good variety, pleasant ambience at a reasonable price.
The best restaurant I've experienced on ...
The best restaurant I've experienced on Anchorage Open Table.
Awesome food and able to have conversati ...
Awesome food and able to have conversation without shouting
Conveniently got a reservation through Open Table. Service was most excellent and main course and desert were perfect.
Kerry was a great server! Very attentive ...
Kerry was a great server! Very attentive but not over bearing. He and and cook staff made sure everything was out in perfect timing. I really have no complaints, I will definitely be back! The scallops are spot on
Birthday Dinner Special
The food was delicious (rack of Lamb for my husband which he loved) (scallops for me- i would have liked them cooked just a bit more). I mentioned that it was my husband's birthday when reserving our table and the Staff remembered and did an excellent job catering to him and making him feel special. The desert presentation was the best with a large 'Happy Birthday' written in chocolate sauce on the plate of his Peach Bread Pudding!
Menu Changes with Season
We have been going to Southside Bistro for years and a wonderful thing is that they change the menu items with the seasons, and when the same season comes around it is not necessarily the same as it was previously, and its all good.
Our dinner was perfect in every way, the wife likes the Bleu Cheese Cream Custard appetizer. The Rockfish was very fresh. I don't think you can ever have a bad meal there. Nice to Jen's there too. Our waiter Kelly is the best, 40 yrs experience. You have to go if you have never been there. The portions are unbelievably large for that scale of restaurant.
The waiter really didn't check up on us ...
The waiter really didn't check up on us at all. We had to ask for more water. Not sure if he just had too many tables but was not attentive at all.
A good place for quality dining.
On of the best restaurants in Anchorage. The only inconvenience is the space. Tables are close to each other. Recommend it to my friends.
the whole experience was as good as it always is, it is worth coming to eat, even by ones self
Always great food and service, it has been too long! We tend to stick closer to home, but need to make the exception more often for Southside Bistro - and will!
Very friendly and inviting . We will definitely go back ! The food was great and good prices
I really enjoyed the dinner. What a grea ...
I really enjoyed the dinner. What a great place! I had to change my reservations last minute they took care of us with a smile.
I am a vegetarian and I do love and eat lots of fish. There were a couple items on the menu (shrimp and scallops) and also King salmon as a special but all came with very unusual sides or sauces. I would have liked to see a bit more leaning toward a vegetarian selection. I ordered an appetizer and a salad and they were both excellent. All our food (3 of us) was very good, I was just disappointed that there wasn't a simpler vegetarian selection.
Best restaurant in Anchorage.
Southside Bistro is, hands-down, the Best Restaurant in Anchorage. :-)
Not the Best
My wife and I went here for our first time for her Birthday. Very difficult to find a parking spot but we did find one. Ive got a nice little ding in my door to prove it. We ere seated quickly and the person seating us told my wife happy birthday as I had mentioned that upon making reservations. Our waiter was not the most friendly. Didn't say a word about my wifes birthday and kept asking us if we wanted wine or cappuccino. The food was decent and our water was always filled promptly but not from our waiter. I'd rather spend the money to go to crowns nest, 7 glaciers or Simon and Seaforts. We've never gone wrong there. I wont recommend this place nor will I go back
Best menu in South Anchorage
Very well thought out menu with a selection of modern and traditional entrees. Great appetizers, Large quality wine selection. The staff is professional, polite and knowledgeable from the hostess, waiter, chef and servers. Kudos to the management & owners. Also, on a side note Southside Bistro has the BEST lamb in town.
As a vegan, I was truly impressed with Chef Travis' creativity and appreciated his phone call the day before to confer with me on my likes and dislikes. The food was AMAZING!
Always an awesome dining experience. Tha ...
Always an awesome dining experience. Thank you a wonderful evening with wonderful food, wine, beer and a relaxing atmosphere.
Yummy as always
We had a great dinner again at the Bistro. The food was fantastic and our waiter was friendlier than ever. Matt? I think that was his name. Anyway, steaks were perfect.
Awesome Culinary Creativity!
Chefs Jens and Travis really know how to cook. A wonderful place for FRESH, FUN Food!
Value of the entire dinner for two I tho ...
Value of the entire dinner for two I thought was very pricey. Our appetizer of roasted eggplant was very salty - too many peppers that took over the eggplant and it ruined my tastebuds for the entree of my pasta dish. The pasta with duck sausage of leftovers was very good however the following day! My husband's ribs were average as well. We cook at home and make wonderful and clean dishes but venture out to experience restaurants eateries. I would think this would be a great burger and fries joint.
An Anchorage Hidden Gem
Great food, service and ambiance in a quaint south Anchorage shopping center setting. A true hidden gem and one of those "must go to" establishments for a memorable dining experience.
great food, not so great service
The food at Southside Bistro was great. The service started out great and our waiter was excellent at wine recommendations and he was very professional for the most part. A few thing the three of us didn't like were, how fast the food came out. It made for a feeling of being rushed and didn't give us a comfortable amount of time to visit. One of my friends just wanted to have wine and not order food, he kinda meant it in a joking way but he was giving her a hard time for not ordering something, and that bothered her. But the cherry on top was when we asked if he could split the check for us and he replied "we don't really do that here, but I guess since I'm not busy at the moment I can do it for you, but don't expect it in the future." I serve tables at two restaurants in anchorage and we split checks for people everyday and this is the first restaurant I've been to where they supposedly don't split checks. He at least could have approached the manor in a more professional manor. The food was great but the three of us will not be going back.
Our server was wonderful!!! Flank Steak ...
Our server was wonderful!!! Flank Steak was delicious!!
Why South Side Bistro has my loyalty
I have been a patron of South Side Bistro since Jens Nannestad opened the doors 20 years ago. I believe he has a true gift for hiring the best people. They represent what a great restaurant is all about. For me to say that the food is amazing, the service is outstanding, or that the wine list is spectacular, does not do this place justice. What makes SSB different from any other restaurant is how it is run. In order for a place to be successful for so long, it needs to stay consistent or competitive. South Side Bistro consistently provides menu items beautifully prepared and presented by a staff whose faces are so familiar that many patrons know them by name. Every patron is treated as an MVP from the moment they enter the restaurant until the time they leave. Kindness, patience, enthusiasm and smiles are what you can expect from the staff, day in and day out. The award winning chef, Travis Haugen loves what he does, and has been known to seek out the freshest and best ingredients for his exemplary dishes, on his own, either in the early hours of a morning or on a day off. The exposed kitchen is a delightful feature of the restaurant. Watching the talented and well orchestrated team led by Travis and Jens is a real treat. The dining experience at SSB is made all the more enjoyable due to the expertise in which manager Amanda Haugen makes everything flow so seamlessly. The restaurant is divided into two areas: the Dining side, and the Bistro side. Both sides offer the same menu, and same nightly specials, however the Bistro menu offers selections the Dining side does not, such as hamburgers and a larger selection of wood fired pizzas. The bar is Beer and Wine only, but don't let the word "only" fool you. SSB is well known for its extensive wine cellar and artisan crafted beer selections. South Side Bistro has my loyalty due to the way they consistently create the extraordinary out of the ordinary for each and every person in the restaurant.
Great wine list
One of my favorite places but service was slow tonight. Wasn't very busy and didn't have a waiter we typically see there. Food was not its best either. I think it was just an off night.
Took my fiancé out for her birthday. We both had the filet mignon, and it was excellent. The service was good and the dining experience was good overall. A bit noisy due to the open air of the restaurant. But we could talk to each other with out raising our voices. If you go on a Friday, be sure to make a reservation a few days in advance. Our reservation was four 7 PM, and our table was only slightly delayed. But it was a very good eating experience overall. Four stars.
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