Great spotin Tampa for dinner
This was my first trip to Sidebern's. Food was excellent, drinks were great and the service was very good. I would definitely return the next time I am back in Tampa.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Small and quiet compared to
Small and quiet compared to big brother, Berns;
casual atmosphere which is relaxing and calming.
crowd reflected the decor/nice but casual.
would have liked a few more steaks to choose from on menu.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
This review is of our April
This review is of our April 5 dinner reservation for June Simmons Ackerstein. Our experience was really terrific. It was our 21st anniversary...I mentioned that to our waiter.
He was absolutely delightful. He was informative about the menu without going overboard. I would look for his station again. We didn't want dessert..but he brought out the simplest dessert with a single candle. It was really enjoyable.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
They know how to prepare exquisite food. You will only find the best here in food and wine. Happy Hour is a great time to sample many dishes. Enjoy!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a fantastic experience
I had a fantastic experience at SideBerns. The service was excellent. The food was outstanding. It was the best steak I've ever had. They were extremely accommodating to our needs. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
SideBern's First Timer's
From the bar drinks, to the freshly made butter and breads, from salads to the wine list and OMG the filet mignon was THE best steak all 4 diners have ever eaten. Food prep was flawless and presentation amazing. We enjoyed some after-dinner cigars in the patio area on a perfect Florida night. We like'd Bern's, but enjoyed SideBern's even more.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Drink offerings were good,
Drink offerings were good, well matched to the items being served. Presentation and quality of food was excellent. The duck was very well prepared. Pork tenderloin was as well. The Creme Brule was very good, but not traditional, contained cinnamon for a different but refreshing taste.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good not great
The vegetarian choices were appreciated. An "amuse bouche" raw oyster was brought out for each guest. An unexpected treat from the chef. Overall, a nice meal well served.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun while eating
I took my wife here for Mothers Day. An outing away form our three kids and the food was awesome!! My wife and I ordered from the "sampler" menu trying all kids of foods we've only really seen on TV. The experience was fun and exciting, however it's important to mention that this comes all with a price. At the time I didn't blink an eye at it as to not ruin the mood, but it was killing me inside. In fairness to SideBern's I think we both ordered the most expensive entree on the menu and I did knotice lesser priced items.
With all that said I would do it again!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
An amazing food experience in Tampa
The prices are on the high-end, but the food is worth it!
Went for a celebration,after graduation Started with free valet parking, then the hostess who greeted us by last name and was very friendly and chatted with us for a while, asking how we decided on this restaurant. We let her know it was mostly through Open Table, although my daughter had heard of Bern's, the 'main' restaurant.
Our waiter was very gracious and knowledgeable about the menu, ingredients and pairings, making suggestions that helped us decide.
After we ordered, we were brought a free oyster appetizer which was as delicious as unexpected.
The entrees were absolutely extraordinary!
Dessert was an adventure over the top, just incredible!
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Elegantly casual décor and atmosphere
octopus noodles with pickle was very tasty
the crab bisque was very good
A rarity - a variety of craft beers are available.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very comfortable and relaxing
Very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Food was delicious and would love to go back for their happy hour!
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I made reservations at SideBerns not knwoing what to expect, and to say the least we were pleasntly surprised. The food was amazing, the staff was very friendly & thoughtful. Our waitress even put a lighted candle on our desert for us to blow out celebrating our anniversary. Even the valet attendant was helpful with directions when we left.
We sat outside which was very comfortable, it didnt even feel like we were at a restaurant.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I brought my friend for her birthday and found the food excellent but a bit overpriced for the quantity and selection. Service was excellent so the evening was great.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Happy Anniversity NIght Out
Great night out for our 27th Wedding Anniversary. Excellent service by the waiter and the servers. Very good food and dessert. Capped off by the hostess taking our group picture. The valet had the cars waiting for us when we got to him. Thank you SideBerns for making our Wedding Anniversary a memorable night out!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We indulged in the Chef's
We indulged in the Chef's Seasonal Tasting Menu. It was a a remarkable meal. Service was flawless and each the entire operation seems to go above and beyond to offer their guests a incredible experience. Thank you everyone involved in SideBerns. It was fantastic from beginning to end.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food for special occasion
A bit pricey but great food. Perfect for that special occasion dinner! Will definitely return.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Date Night!
We came to your restaurant on Saturday night and LOVED it!! It was our first married date night since we got married 06/08/2013. The food was AMAZING our server was great too!! We will definitely be back again!!!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone is Welcome!
Although I am not a vegetarian, I have more than my share of food restrictions, so I usually try to find good restaurants that have vegetarian and gluten free options. Not only did SideBurn's accommodate us in this respect, they actually have a separate vegetarian menu! The restaurant has a lovely ambiance, the service was amazing (not rushed) and the food was obviously fresh and the flavors so scrumptious. We ordered the beet salad to start and had the king trumpet and tofu entrees. In one word, SPECTACULAR! We don't live in Tampa and visit once a month, so SideBern's is definitely a keeper!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
From Valet to dessert there was no detail left unnoticed. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and quick. My parents noted it as one of their best meals ever. My father kept commenting on the explosion of so many flavors was remarkable. The food presentation was unique. As no stranger to fine dining, I would definitely recommend. Thank you
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
fantastic food, and fantastic selection of scotch!
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Possibly the best restaurant
My fiancée and I dined here for our 4 yr anniversary. We came to sideberns in the past for happy hour and wine tastings but never for dinner. I have to say, I feel this is the best restaurant in Tampa w/Mise en Place coming in second. Tasting menu was phenomenal!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
SideBerns is a Tampa gem
Everything from the wine, dinner and dessert were great! I will def go again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always top shelf
The food and service is always creative, innovative and exceptional. Try the flights!!!!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service, the environment is a bit noisy...!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful first experience!
I've been to Bern's before, so I was very excited to see if SideBern's was as good. It certainly was! I took my mother to Sidebern's to celebrate her birthday. When we arrived (just before our 6pm res), we were seated immediately. No waiting! Our waitress was attentive from the start, even bringing us a small octopus carpaccio kimchi appetizer to help celebrate. Neither of us ordered alcoholic drinks, but our glasses were constantly refilled. The "empty glass = waiter far from table" did not apply here!
The harpooned swordfish was some of the best fish I've ever eaten. Very tender--hardly needed my knife to cut it! My mom ordered the artichoke fricassee which she loved as well. Portions were generous but just enough to feel satisfied.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fantastic. We
The food was fantastic. We started with a salad with pine nuts and romaine lettuce and the best minty spice on it. I had snapper and my husband had wild boar, it was excellent. The dessert was like an ice cream sundae, again that was wonderful!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little gem
I had 3 small plates all fantastic and beautifully presented. The Bison tartare, while not something I'd normally order was highly recommended by the waitress and it was outstanding. I'd definitely go back next time I'm in town.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I went there during
My wife and I went there during Tampa Bay Restaurant Week. The food was fantastic...we only had access to a select few menu items, but they were well worth it. I plan on going back to explore the entire menu.
Appetizer: The trofie pasta was excellent. Just a bit of heat from the boar sausage.
Main: Snapper and Duck Confit. Snapper was excellent. My Duck Confit was a little bland by itself, but worked really well as a composed dish
Dessert: cheese course and a panna cotta. The cheese was excellent, especially the bleu (phenominal). The panna cotta seemed like it had too much gelatin and was a little too firm.
Service we received, while not bad, didn't really compare with the food. Server seemed like she was a little scattered.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the best restaurant
This is the best restaurant in Tampa. The tasting menu was amazing and the wine pairings were amazing!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best SideBern's visit
My wife and I have been to SideBern's several times, and while each time the food was very good, our visit this past weekend was phenomenal. Both dishes that my wife and I had were truly wonderful, and I'm probably going to have a tough time convincing her to go anywhere else for date night from now on.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little of everything
Want drinks, just bites, a full flight end meal the options are endless. The dishes are detailed oriented and delicious, the electronic wine list has more offerings than time to look. There is even a lounge outside to relax. A must go
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service. Overpriced, in my opinion, even by Bern's standards.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We haven't been to Sideberns
We haven't been to Sideberns for some time but weren't disappointed. We set outside which kept the noise level down and the conversation flowing with friends visiting from Colorado. We had the duck and shortribs after beet salad and mixed meet appetizers. Everyone loved their food which was beautifully prepared and delicious. We'd definitely recommend the restaurant although it is a bit on the pricey side. Dinner for four with drinks was about $300.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would definitely recommend
Food was great, service was great, ambiance was great. What more can I say.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have not had a good dinner together for a long time. For our anniversary, I chose this experience. From the moment we sat at the table we were well attended too. The wine selection was outstanding! The food was more than just eating a good meal - it was a true adventure for the senses - yes, senses! Outstanding night made possible by this wonderful place!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I came to SideBern's as a treat for our 10th Anniversary, specifically to try the Tasting Menu with wine flight. The food was FANTASTIC, the wine parings were well chosen, and our server was incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. We couldn't have asked for a better experience for such a special occasion.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful experience overall. Higher price range so not a place for everyone but if you have the means.. its a cool experience
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Tasting Menu Was So fun Enjoyed The Wine Flight Add We
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food fabulous . Wait staff
Food fabulous . Wait staff was exceptional except for barmaid who was in attentive, more interested in her friends than waiting on us.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good choice
This is the only real quality restaurant in Tampa with reasonable prices and innovative cuisine.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding. The selections
Outstanding. The selections were incredibly prepared with an exciting and innovative touch that balances familiarity to give even non-gourmet diners a discerning palette.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Booked a table for two for my first wedding anniversary. Service was very attentive. Only opportunity would be to clean/crumb the table. Server checked on the cheese list for pasteurized milk for us because my wife had some food concerns. Did not hear any music, but the noise level got a little loud at one point. Food was delicious, cheese platter with 6 types and pate were fantastic.
The Snapper was encrusted (maybe too much) and cooked superbly; jus was just salty and had a nice umami flavor. I would have liked to see another layer of flavor, perhaps some acidity or sweetness notes.
The Filet was great and cooked to perfection.
Overall a nice and memorable experience
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
awesome yet dim
restaurant and service were great! the lighting was nil. more difficult to read and enjoy the food when it's quite difficult to see :)
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to SideBern's for
We went to SideBern's for our annoversary dinner. We both did the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was fun to try all the items on the tasting menu (they have 2 options and we each ordered one of the options). It was just the right amount of food. The wine pairings were delicious and really did bring out the flavors. Our server, Ginger, was so helpful and attentive.
Great experience overall!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated my birthday at SideBern's. My husband had the Roco Pinot Noir by the glass and I started with a Viognier wine by the glass and then switched to a Burgundy. We opted to select our own courses, but they do offer a 6 course tasting menu that the whole table needs to participate. My husband had the charcuterie of various meats and cheeses, the Vitello Tonato and filet, which could be cut with a fork. I had the Hamachi crudo, the Fois Gras and the Elk Strip, which was awesome and cooked a perfect medium-rare. After all that yummy goodness, we ordered the deliciously dense Chocolate Marquis dessert. Our server, Chris, was friendly and professional and a visit from Chef Courtney Orwig made the night.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special Occansion for us???
Made the reservation and filled in the Special Occasion box that it was our 2nd Anniversary. No mention of our Anniversary durng the expierence. Other establishments with the same reputation recognize occasions, nothing here. No name recognition either. Little steps of service that other restaurants do were missed here. Know for an amazing wine list, I was disappointed in the BTG selections, only one by varietal offered. I would have had two glasses of different wine before my entree before buying a bottle with dinner. My wife and I like different kinds of wines, so a nie BTG selection is important for us. The food was very good. Parfait dessert was flavorful but not appealing to the eyes.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We got engaged minutes before having dinner there. Once we told the servers, we were treated like Royalty. It was the icing on our special moment cake!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Expensive but great
Delicious. Excellent service. Lovely ambiance. Too
Pricey for me.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
SideBern's has gourmet food that's worth the price. The service is first class, and the atmosphere is fun. The only problem is the room gets very loud, and on both recent occasions we really had trouble talking with each other.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM