Southside Bistro
Southside Bistro

Southside Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://southsidebistro.com/
  • Phone: 9073480088
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Travis Haugen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huffman Carrs
  • Public Transit: Public People mover bus service stops right in front.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer plenty of parking on the front lot, with additional spaces available across the street
A word from 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Southside Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (64)special occasion (51)fit for foodies (51)notable wine list (44)great for lunch (26)good for groups (23)romantic (22)hot spot (11)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was good, not as great as in the past. It is a nice spot for a social lunch, service was great but not quick. I will be back to try it agian.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special dinner for a special night
    Akdiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service and food is always great and Saturday night was no exception. I had the veal medallions. The flavors were wonderful. My husband enjoyed the pork schnitzel. He asked if I could fix that sometime. Unlike a lot of the newer places in town the noise level did not impede conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good place
    Datenight
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    1st time there in a long time we will go back. Nice quiet place and great atmosphere. Resturant got us a booth like I requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    NotForUs
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Another great meal at Southside. This is a great place to catch a casual lunch or a more formal dinner. Great atmosphere and outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite get away
    Gear
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our favorite get away 5 minutes from home! Food is usually creative and healthy with accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    mangiaakVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My husband and I often enjoy Southside Bistro. The ambience is mellow and the food and service always consistent. It is out of the hustle of downtown and parking is never a problem. We often have visitors from out of town and this is our go-to place for ourselves and our visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • August 29th Date
    DnER
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent. I cannot say enough good things about the food/service and sophisticated but still casual atmosphere, but something else stood out. Dining out, a social event, is a relaxing and enjoyable occasion until the noise level begins to compete with our efforts to have a conversation. Excessive noise levels became issues at two other, otherwise excellent Anchorage-area (one was in Eagle River). Having a conversation was too much work. For hearing impaired, or even like my father-in-law, who wears hearing aids, it's a showstopper. Thanks for all the work involved in producing a wonderful meal and your collective contribution to a wonderful evening of conversation for me. See you next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The South has another Winner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Southside Bistro is a great restaurant with outstanding food for South Anchorage. The service is very friendly and attentive. Dessert was very good, but not as exciting as the entrees. We highly recommend the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great evening at SS Bistro
    quietraveler
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We've been eating at Southside Bistro since it opened and it never disappoints. Met a friend for dinner and had yet another outstanding meal with professional service. I had fresh silver salmon while my friend had the rack of lamb, both of which we shared. Both entrees were excellent as were the glasses of wine we ordered. Thanks to SS Bistro for maintaining such a high standard of excellence for many years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as usual!
    danandpam
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We are regulars at Southside Bistro but we took some out of town friends there to celebrate a birthday and they loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Menu and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Southside Bistro has become the favorite of residents of South Anchorage and in the process is one of a few reliable and high quality restaurants in Alaska. If you have lived in Anchorage long, you will always see some friends and neighbors in adjacent stalls. Most of our table chose the fresh king salmon, which is hard to beat during the summer. It is always beautifully prepared. The wine list is impeccable with mostly west coast favorites. Southside also enjoys consistent high quality service from friends who have been here many, many years. They know the people and have engaging conversation without dominating, one of the remarkable attributes of a fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    W really enjoy going to the Southside Bistro. The food is usually excellent, pasta and fish properly cooked. Pleasant friendly atmosphere. Usually quite busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whittier shrimp
    foodee2
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This appetizer is delicious but it is very messy and I recommend having either little towelettes or hot towels or something to clean up with afterwards.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We always find the food and service excellent. I would not use the term "notable wine list" when sending others. Add some French and Italian Reds and one or two German whites (by the glass...no DUI's needed and we have individual tastes), and we might add that recommendation. In fact, if you had a full bar or some good imported wines, our friends and family would probably up our trips to Southside Bistro. It's hard to keep the noise level down but that would help, too. Yes Bistro came up with a good seating arrangement that allows people to talk to each other; rather than listen to the tables next to them. With that said, "Thank you for the great service and excellent food on this latest outing to your Bistro."
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable but pricey
    gdfdinanch
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Enjoyed dining there, easy to make reservations. I felt it was pricey so will not frequent the restaurant often.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I have been to Southside Bistro on several occassions and have never been disappointed in the food or the service. It is a place I readily recommend to others. The atmosphere is great and it is quiet compared to many other resturants. It is nice to be able to have a conversation while dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    BobV34
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner and the service was great. The side stripe shrimp were out of this world!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak sent back
    Banjowalsh
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    So everyone else's meal was good, my steak was under cooked, I had asked for medium well, same as my girlfriend, we had different steaks, but she got hers as she asked for it, mine by comparison was undercooked, it was rare, so I sent back. It came back the exact same way and by the time it came back again(3 times in all), I had waited so long and everyone else was finished eating, I just refused it as I had got tired of waiting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Are they going to change the menu?
    FoxyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    For those of us who have been longtime patrons of this neighborhood restaurant, we are tired of the same old thing - heavy cork menus, few choices of daily specials. That's why, after going there almost weekly for many years, we rarely dine there anymore. But it's always crowded, many people must be perfectly happy with the oh-so predictable fare.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place
    Vince
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Best meal I had in Anchorage. The food preperation and presentation was unique and outstanding. My salmon was cooked just right and had a wonderful taste.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southside Bistro is fine dining
    Anchorage2travelerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Southside Bistro is always a pleasure. The food is excellent and the servers are efficient and pleasant even though they are clearly very busy. The Chèvre salad is delicious and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal; excellent service
    HelenSays
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were visiting relatives in Anchorage and wanted to take them someplace nice as a thank you for their hospitality. We remembered a fabulous dinner at Southside Bistro several years ago and decided to see if we could get a reservation. Fortunately they had a table close to the time requested. Everyone really enjoyed their dinner. We all had something different, and each dish was something special. One diner from another country was not familiar with things on the menu. Our waiter actually took the time to talk to her and construct a special dish based on her limited experience with American food. What a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent!
    ANCgal
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Southside Bistro is very close to our home and one of our favorite restaurants. Jens is a quintessential professional who doesn't hesitate to roll up his sleeves to work alongside his staff in literally any role. The food is reliably excellent and the wine list is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food great service
    Alaskanapetite
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I really enjoy southside bistro. The staff has has always been friendly and accommodating. Food has always been top shelf and fresh. Nice atmosphere. I also really appreciate the dual atmospheres they offer. Casual and bar on one side and a more romantic upscale environment on the other side. A great choice for dining. Bravo Southside! A real treasure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent venue for midweek lunch
    Robert
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Delicious food. Light and fresh using local seasonal ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a tour bus stop
    Schelicious
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I love the restaurants downtown, but in the summer, sometimes I just don't feel like walking a gauntlet of tourists to my eventual table. My friend & I had lunch here mid June-it was bustling but not ridiculous. I had the special-pistachio crusted king salmon with saffron cream over rice with veggies. My friend had the curried chicken salad with walnuts & currants, served over greens. We absolutely loved our meals! A bit out of my way, but definitely going back to try more lunch :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • King Salmon overdone
    Alaskan40
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We typically have great food at the Southside Bistro. This week, however, was the first disappointment. The fresh King Salmon was overdone. A diner is sometimes in the position as we were torn between sending back the dish for a replacement versus not wishing to waste food especially for a prime meal such as fresh King Salmon. We chose the latter not wishing to waste food. A complimentary desert was offered but did not make up for missing prime Alaskan seafood simply cooked properly so it is still moist and flaky which our fish was not. The service as always was impeccable - sincere and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a pleasure
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Southside Bistro has been one of my favorite restaurants for years. They never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    bannif
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The Southside Bistro experience is always enjoyable. The food, service, and ambience are first rate. Well worth a trip from downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and fabulous service
    EatsleepfishAK907
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    For our first southside bistro visit, it was a wonderful new find for us in anchorage. A great wine and dine experience! We will definitely keep this place on our favorites list and brag/tell our friends and family to try this anchorage hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    happydiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband had the pork, I had the lamb, and both were done perfectly. The pork was fork tender. The lamb had a pesto sauce that complimented the meat wonderfully. We'd shared the caprese appetizer, which was accompanied by a flavorful tapenade - very tasty! My water glass was kept full. Our waiter was attentive. Our wine was very good. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The scallop appetizers were fantastic!! We dipper the bread in the sauce and savored the flavor!!! Our server was excellent and very attentive, and informative. Our guests had the rib eye steaks and said they were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • highly recommend SoSide Bistro
    diningdiva1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were treated like special people. We had trouble finding the restaurant and were late for our reservation time and nobody was upset. The food was especially good, served quickly and our waitstaff member was very professional and cheerful. What a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW food
    FoodEnthusiastVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This place had excellent reviews so that is why we made a reservation while visiting Anchorage. When we parked outside I was a little doubtful because it is a regular strip mall and you cannot see into the restaurant. When we walked in though the hostess was very pleasant and we were seated promptly after checking in with our reservation. Our waiter was excellent, gave good recommendations and the food was simply WOW! Don't miss this gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Go To Special Meal out
    DMGAKVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Southside Bistro is consistently outstanding; food, service, innovation We love it ! Downtown quality without downtown prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food at Southside Vistro
    DebLee
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great food, great service, and an all-around good time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 403 reviews are from the Southside Bistro reviews archive.
  • Food quality slipping?
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    At $35 for a filet mignon, one would expect a better quality cut and to be asked whether it could be butterflied. When you order the steak "medium/medium-well," the assumption is that the chef would not automatically butterfly the meat. Instead, for $35, I received a steak that was more grisly than normal for a filet, less than 1/2" thick, and overcooked. The sauce and the sides were tasty, but the steak was a major disappointment.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucky Southside!
    finewinedine
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    No need to travel all the way downtown to experience amazing food and wine. The service was perfect, without the constant interruptions that can sometimes take place in upper-end restaurants. We never felt rushed and although the place was full of patrons, we were able to converse with our table mates easily. Looking forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before Prom
    MMMMM
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The server was very knowledgeable, and friendly. Joked with us like we all were friends. The 3 out of 5 had the filet mignon. WE all agreed it melts like butter in your mouth. The tapanade and home made pita chips are absolutely amazing. Its like a party of flavor in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ENJOY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    When there is ever a special event at my work I have always recommended SB, why consistancy the food is always good and the atmosphere is great and the staff are very friendly and good at what they do. I also go on my own with friends and family for special occasions as well.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate