About Southside Bistro
Anchorage, AK 99515
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, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Southside Bistro Ratings and Reviews
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.
The food was terrible. The presentation was nice, but the skirt steak tasted like shoe leather. The fresh cod was fried in so much batter that you couldn't even taste the cod. Only order this if you like eating greasy, deep fried batter with just a smidgen of fish inside. Our waitress was excellent, but her good service could not make up for the horrible food. We won't be going to this restaurant again.
Arrived for special occasion dinner with reservation. Requested quiet table. Got worst table in restaurant next to kitchen and walk way to bathrooms. Asked for iced bucket for wines at call in reservation and received a non-iced crock. Wine I ordered was expensive and opened properly and I tasted properly and waiter poured first glass. Had to pour wine myself from then on and was never asked if I wanted another wine with entree. Ordered appetizers, wedged romaine salad, veal medallions. Appetizer was melted brie cheese on flat bread. Received one step above cold. Romaine salad was spot on with very good blue cheese dressing. Veal medallions were uneatable, cooked extra well done and butterflied, sauce was horrendous, side of scallop potatoes under cooked with terrible crust and white cream sauce and again entree was one step above ice cold. Also do not believe the veal was veal and was going to send back but decided not to. Had chocolate cake for dessert which was fine, paid my bill with generous tip and left.
I've eaten at this restaurant six times and have had good meals. It is expensive to eat here and I expected much more then I received on this past visit. Things have changed here since they opened the non-reservation area up for dinners by the bar. If I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars for supposedly fine dining I don't want to eat next to patrons who don't dress properly or bring children who don't behave properly. The menu is also aged and definitely needs updating. Service staff needs a lot more training in conversation techniques and attention to added service with wines. I am generally not a complainer and I also hold three restaurant culinary degrees and spent a full decade in four star kitchens in the San Francisco Bay area back in the 70 and 80's so I hope my suggestions will be taken as a plus and SSB can improve it's service and food delivery.
Caesar salad tasted like it had Balsamic vinegar, lettuce was mostly dark, wilted, and uncrunchy, as if the salad was made a day before I ordered it.
The rigatoni dish would have been better if they added garlic "to taste" instead of "to feel". I don't dislike garlic. Just not that much.
I've heard of people who insist that a bulb of garlic Is a clove of garlic, thereby using 8x more than their unsuspecting guests expect. This may have been the case.
There were four guests in our party. Everyone was served in minimum time and the food was perfectly done and nice and hot. Service was excellent even though the restaurant was quite busy. The menu offered some really nice choices; meat or fish. Worth going back again.
When we arrived we were treated like VIPs and felt so welcome. The service is always great, but this being New Year's Eve, everyone was in a festive mood. I had the duck breast and it was wonderful. They had a shaved Brussels sprouts salad that two of us had and enjoyed.
I love this place! The food is consistently great and the staff is wonderful. I find it unique that the restaurant has two sides offering a little more casual vibe on one side which is inviting to families with younger children while the other side for people who are looking for a little more intimate setting.
Been here many times. This time, not enough servers. Even though we had a highly experienced and professional waiter, there was no way for him to succeed. Waiter forgot one of our starters. Didn't remind him because the whole thing was so slow. Service is usually very good, but not this time. A lot of waiting. This restaurant is not cheap, and we expected better.
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