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Southside Bistro
Southside Bistro

Southside Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://southsidebistro.com
  • Phone: (907) 348-0088
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Having a chef and NY restaurant owners in the family, along with years of experience working in both fine and casual dining have made my husband and I pretty harsh critics. Having said that, we were really impressed with the food, and will rank Southside Bistro among our favorite spots in Anchorage. Too bad the restaurant is not situated in a more scenic location! Ambiance is one of the missing factors here. Consider adding more live plants, and though it is a busy restaurant, the tables are painfully close to one another. Seating feels more diner-like because of proximity. Perhaps because we were on the perimeter with partial booth seating? Odd that the interior tables have tablecloths, but not the perimeter. What is the rational for that?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I think the duck dish could have been better. The flavors and the heavy goat cheese did not taste very good."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Went for lunch. Table of 3 and we all got a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salad. All were delicious with quality ingredients, and staff was very attentive. I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great food and had great time.. As always one of our favorites."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I ordered the pilot bread and brie for an appetizer, I had the pasta special and my husband had the veal medallions. Our appetizer consisted of softened pilot bread crackers with one strip of brie cheese melted down the middle, a bunch of mixed greens (with dressing) piled in the middle. It reminded of a snack I would make my toddler at home. When our meals arrived they have cut the portions back dramatically, but the flavor was still the same! The veal was tender and flavorful with a wonderful combination of tart from the chutney and richness from the gravy. My pasta was fresh and chewy with an enlightening spring flavor from the wild nettles and an earthiness from the wood foraged mushrooms. We left full and no leftovers!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My only complaints would be that they don't have mixed drinks or cocktails at all, only beer or wine. I was pining for a bloody marie but got iced tea when I found out. The portions are hit and miss, some things like the mussels appetizer had large portions, but then my crab and nettle ravioli was rather small. I tried my mate's steak and it was great. Best part was the dessert. I would recommend, perhaps next time I will get a bunch of appetizers since they all looked good. Also, the waiter gave us the wrong tab; it was only $48 when our actual tab was closer to $100, but we let them know. The food and service was well worth it."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We always enjoy the great food. They also have one of the best burgers in town. A great place to meet friends for a nice dinner and bottle of wine. We love it."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Southside Bistro is the one place in Anchorage where you are always guaranteed to get a good meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Host was generic. The wait person was generic. I had the Brie on flatbread...a piece of what appeared to be hardtac and 4 slices of brie each about an 1/8 inch thick with 4 apple slices. Very forgettable. The Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant was very good. The Caesar Salad had good flavor but the lettuce was old...crisp but with brown edges. the PEACH & RASPBERRY COBBLER was very good...the presentation for this dessert was lovely."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I have gone to Southside Bistro since 1999. This time, three of us met there for a business lunch. The place was packed and the service was excellent, but very slow. When people are at lunch during the week day, they are generally on their lunch hour and speed is everything. We waited 35 minutes for our food, which normally wouldn't be a problem except we needed to be out of there within the hour. Also, the bread wasn't delivered until after our meals were served. In the past, it has always been kind of an appetizer to keep customers occupied while the food is prepared. I would still highly recommend this as a place to eat, just don't go during lunch if time is important. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My rack of lamb was very good and my guests enjoyed the schnitzel. We eat here often and often with guests so it is important that there be consistency. So far, we have not been disappointed. I do like that our Open Table reservations are always honored promptly and as requested."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We have frequented Southside Bistro for over 7 years and highly recommend it to everyone. We had only one bad experience with a waiter and upon receipt of my writeup we promptly received a card to cover our next visit. Concern for their patrons is awesome. We knew this one time experience was just that, but to receive the card was exceptional and we were eager to visit again soon. We enjoy the food, service and atmosphere greatly and will continue to patronize this wonderful establishment!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I always forget how much I enjoy the good food here!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ordered raw oysters and garlic cheese bread for apps during lunch and the oysters were some of the best we've ever devoured! Absolutely delicious! I had a steak sandwich and my bff had the schnitzel. My steak sandwich was just ok. It came with shoestring fries and I'm afraid there wasn't very much strip steak on it but the french bread was toasted to perfection. The schnitzel was really good. It came with pesto and egg salad on top. I know it sounds odd but the flavors went well together and it was really good. I would have rated 5 if my sandwich wasn't lacking in the meat department but other than that, everything was delicious! Will definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My selection wasn't fancy; Caesar Salad and rack of lamb, but they were prepared well, generously portioned and nicely plated. My wife enjoyed her filet Mignon. We appreciate they're serving non-alcoholic wine. Service was gracious and attentive. Environment not very quiet or private, but a nice place to take guests."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Southside Bistro continues to please my senses overall. Our Bistro server was attentive and the crew worked well as a team. Because of my disappointment with the Bistro Burger on my last visit (decent sandwich, but I have had better elsewhere in our little town at a lower cost) I decided to try the Bistro Steak Sandwich this time. It was flavorful and the meat was tender. The veggies were cooked just right and popped with fresh flavor. The sauce was creamy and spicy (not too!), and though it left the bread on the underside a little soggy, I still relished it. The shoestring fries were lightly and properly deep-fried. Good meal and relaxing atmosphere. I could easily converse with my friend without distraction from background music."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "met for a business meal. Noise level at minimum. Very easy to converse. Excellent food and great appetizers. Large wine list. Cabernet was decanted and enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I've eaten here a few times and off of both menu's. I have never had anything that I didn't like or that wasn't delicious. My favorite is the scallops and prawns, and their desserts are always yummy!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "would have given 5 stars but when we went there for valentines day just for lunch, they had packed too many tables and it was elbow to elbow. couldnt even have privacy talking as it was that tight!...."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The online reservation was a great option. Able reserve a table from the parking garage at work. Also please with the service - the hosted was able to find a table for us when we arrived early."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Good job, good food, special requests were honored and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We go to the Bistro on a regular basis and it's always great!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This has become our favorite restaurant in Anchorage! Each time we have been there the food was cooked to perfection. Love the butternut pecan salad and the steak was so tender and moist. GREAT atmosphere, it's nice to be able to hear your dinner partners talking. Our servers have always been attentive and on top of it."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed our Valentine's Day - weekend dinner at Southside Bistro recently and reminesced about the Valentine's Dinner we had enjoyed there 21 years ago with our then 12-day-old daughter sleeping quietly in her little car carrier on the chair on the other side of the table. It was another fine feast with excellent wines accompanying each of our courses. The special champagne sauce oysters were fabulous!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "One of my favorite places to dine. The Staff is fun and professional, and the food is always GREAT!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went on Valentine's Day. They had a special menu but we opted for the regular one. Calamari starter was delicious and plenty to satisfy two hungry people. We had the skirt steak and the Australian lamb rack, amazing! I would definitely go again and they do not leave you hungry."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We go so often that I get tired of writing reviews (and I don't want all of you going and crowding up the place ! ) But Southside Bistro is wonderful in every way. If you haven't been, do yourself a favor and check them out, you won't be disappointed"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I went to dinner with two ladies from out of state. They were pleased with the wine selection and the menu items. Our server amswered all the questions from the table with confidence. I have been coming to the Bistro for quite a few years it's always nice to introduce someone new to this wonderful eating establishment. The staff, ambience, and food are top shelf. Thanks for the great impression you made on some new fans."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Have eaten here many times. Interesting specials, but the main menu is where you'll find their best offerings. Finally made it around to the rack of lamb and loved it. Perfectly roasted, sweet, savory, marriage of delicate and bold flavors. Creamy gratin potatoes were a well suited match. But the big payoff was found between the ribs; crispy salty lamby goodness. Once you've made it through the main portion, slice the ribs into little meat popsicles and clean them off caveman style."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in the door the host staff recognized our reservation and had everything ready. Our server was very attentive and the entire meal was a great experience. Great job!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Excellent. One of the top restaurants in Anchorage!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Food was good, service was really fast and friendly. We were in a bit of a time crunch so we like the quickness, some may not if you like to take your time. Priced below what you get, I've payed much more in the same town for lesser food."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This neighborhood gem has been in south Anchorage for over 20 years an continues to impress. The food, the ambiance, the staff: all continue to be top-notch and never fail to exceed expectations."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed the South Side Bistro. The service was great and the people were nice. We arrived early and were directed to the bar. We had something to drink and enjoyed some chips and salsa. The salsa was a little drier than I usually eat, but still tasty. We ordered the tiger prawns and scallops, pork loin, and a steak. All were good. The potato soup was very warming and the pear salad was great. Overall, the food was very tasty, the service was great but I do think the food could have been hotter."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Finally, a restaurant that knows how to prepare vegetables! It is very rare that everything on the plate is cooked to perfection, but it happened when I ordered the duck entrée. The duck was perfectly done (loved the currant sauce), as was the accompanying rice. The vegetables on the side (carrots, pea pods, broccoli) were awesome, as they were crisp and colorful. I wish other eating establishments would learn the simple technique of blanching/steaming vegetables as was done here; all too often I leave vegetables uneaten, as they are usually overcooked. The only negatives would be that my butter leaf salad, which was to have grapes in it, had exactly one that had been sliced in half, and the ambience is somewhat dated and worn."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Need I say more! Yes, I must. The service is outstanding as well, whether your seated at a table or sitting at the bar."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Excellent service. Very attentive server. Best Rack of Lamb in Anchorage. Always prepared to perfection."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Great food & superb service! Southside Bistro never disappoints."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I love Southside bistro! However, they always disappoint with their Caesar salads. The lettuce is always brown and old."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had chicken curry salad, fresh rigatoni with truffle bread crumb, duck and lamb. Everything was very delicious, but rigatoni was exceptional."
    Dined on 12/27/2013