Sidecar

Sidecar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sidecarslo.com/
  • Phone: 8055405340x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner

    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch

    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Higuera and Marsh Streets
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public parking lot directly across the street from the restaurant. Additionally, there is plentiful street parking throughout the surrounding neighborhood.
A word from Sidecar
food. drinks. good times.
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Sidecar reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (5)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)special occasion (1)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • KL0409
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Hot spot for cocktails. Food needs a little work and so does service. Lots of potential
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit/Miss with food
    yourtypicaldiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Some dishes are incredible and would make a Foodie proud, others are good, but nothing to write about. I do think that meal and drink prices are not in line with other restaurants of higher quality so some of the prices on the menu are a little high for what you get in return. Drink prices are the same, much like Vegas so be prepared to spend above $10 for most drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so sure
    2aboutUVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Granted it was a Sunday evening reservation but previous reviews placed us here at Sidecar and it is a cool little place. Menu is different which I like and the food, Scallops and Vegan Hash were fantastic. Service on the other hand was not. Waitress was the only person for all tables and she tried to keep up but was overwhelmed. Bartenders were so busy hanging out, it took 15 minutes for a single glass of wine and a diet coke. Great place but if you are going to hit $30 price points, provide the service to match. I would try again on a different night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vegan options and European wine
    VeganQueen
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    First of all, the popcorn seasoned with nutrional yeast and spices they serve when you arrive, is amazing....and addicting! For some reason, I frequently forget about this place as one of the few great vegan option restaurants, but am ALWAYS so thankful after having dinner, that I remembered it! They have other kinds of food too, for the non-vegan-that my friends love too. I wish they had more than 2 vegan dinner options, and also would change them up a little, so it's not the same 2 entrees all the time. Don't get me wrong, the Vegan Hash and the Raw Zebra Lasagne are amazing! Just would love some variety. If you are interested in trying wines from other countries, venture out here. The servers are very helpful and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We absolutely loved this restaurant. The decor was unique and made the experience even more enjoyable as we sat around observing and discussing the restaurant's set up. We started with a couple of cocktails; I highly recommend the "Naked Fox". Everyone's meal was tasty and loved the popcorn they served at every table for a starter, again unique. If you're visiting SLO, it's a must! We'll be back.
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service/cold food
    calpolymom
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to sidecar for brunch on sunday to celebrate our daughter's graduation.We arrived at our 1:30 reservation time and the place was about half empty. we ordered our food right away and waited 45 minutes for 1/2 of our food to appear. Our waitress brought us our drink order within 5 min. of ordering and then we just sat there and waited and waited without her ever coming back to check on us, to let us know what was going on and/or to refill our drinks. Like I said it wasn't like the place was packed! When the food came to our table cold (only 2 of the 4 orders were being brought out) we got up and left, therefore cannot say anything about the quality of the food itself but who wants to eat cold eggs benedict?!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    TrsnVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I visit San Luis Obispo often. We typically go to the more well known restaurants in town but decided to go out of the box this time. What a great discovery with Sidecar! The food was delicious. We split the beet salad, which was one of the best I've ever eaten. The kale salad was a vegetarian meal in itself and delicious also. We then split the mushroom risotto and were very happy with that also. We did eat there early, 5pm, so don't really know what the evening vibe is like, but it was quiet at this time. Our server was polite and friendly. We will definitely be returning here. Great for vegetarians and meat lovers both. Loved the eclectic decor and the mix matched chairs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Side-Tracking Sidecar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Wow, where do you begin. First, it is a warm, friendly place. Very loud, music loud, but lots of laughter and good-hearted servers and hostess. There were five of us so I can't begin to describe all the food. Salmon, excellent, hamburgers? outrageous, salads, fabulous. Fried Brussel sprout, great, butternut mac, amazing. Need I say more? Their cocktails are generous. You can actually taste the alcohol. They're imaginative and fun. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 8 reviews are from the Sidecar reviews archive.
  • It's a good time
    RDelco
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    If you're having a small gathering - 7 or less, the front booth is an excellent seating arrangement for good, overall, intimate conversation - we could all reach our plate of appetizers and didn't have to shout. Good times!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun atmosphere, lacking in service
    fawnfoodie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I really enjoy Side Car for drinks and appetizers. Their happy hour is phenomenal and their cocktail list is impressive. I have gone there several times with big groups and it is fitting for a more rambunctious crowd. My number one complaint every time I have been there is that their waitstaff seems to disappear for long periods of time and it usually takes a while to get someone's attention when you need a refill or want to order. They are always nice I just wouldn't go there if I had something planned for after dinner because chances are I wouldn't make it on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as usual
    Sandi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything we had was tasty. There were a few new items on the menu, which we appreciated. Our waitress was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    Fletch
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food is a little under seasoned but quite tasty and fresh. Cocktails we're a little odd but inventive and strong. Good burgers, rizzoto. Nice beer list. Waterglasses were dirty but I suspect it wasn't their fault, it seemed like a broken dishwasher. Staff was friendly and helpfull if not a little overworked.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy with first visit
    slocat
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I came with a 10 people party, and it was a hit with both kids and adults. Pappardelle with rabbit, fried chicken, risotto was very good. Kale salad was a bit vinegary w/o something sweet to balance it. Tater tots and brussel sprouts were big hits with the kids. My vegetarian brother was very happy with the vegan hash. Everyone found their favorite in the three desserts offered, bread pudding, donuts and poached pears.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 14 people birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    great time as always. $14 for a burger is a little steep. Great time tho. We have been there for several birthdays and will go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    cholling
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Found this place on open table. The menu is intriguing. We tried the Brussel sprouts and they are delicious. That is one of their appetizers that the waiter said they are known for. We could see why! I had fish that was delicious and perfectly prepared. My husband had a portabella mushroom cap "gunslinger style" burger. It was amazing. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was really good but the
    bluey
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Food was really good but the waitress was cold and unfriendly. Tip does depend on service,
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic