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Northside Bistro & Cocktails, Raleigh, NC

Northside Bistro & Cocktails

4.8
4.8
988 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
Welcome to Northside
An upscale neighborhood bistro, with a refined New American style. Whether you're a first-timer or one of our regulars, you'll love the unmatched ambiance and our innovative cocktails that fuels a bustling dining and bar scene.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, American, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 890-5225
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    John Scarangella

What 988 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Service

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Lively

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Lively

988 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to dine here and the Gnochhi is the best I have ever had!!!

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  2. Suerose

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful lunch there. The food was amazing as well as the staff. Thank you!!

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  3. Foodville

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always fantastic. Our server Michelle “2Ls” was awesome often the service outweighs the food experience and both are spectacular.

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  4. bobbyU

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was impeccable. Drinks unique and tasty. The meal and dessert were delicious.

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  5. TarheelGirl

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu with lots of options. Everything we ate was very well prepared and delicious!

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  6. AmandaS

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal, coctails, and service were amazing. I have already recommended Northside Bistro to a few friends.

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  7. LynnK

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a perfect place for a celebration lunch. The food was delicious! The server was extremely attentive. The value was good for such a lovely lunch. My friend and I could hear as the noise level was not too high. Thanks for a pleasant experience to celebrate my recent retirement with a close friend.

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  8. Mike

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, drinks, salads, and main course all superb! Beef Wellington was amazing!

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  9. Momoffour

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, we have been here 4-5 times and tried many different things, haven’t had a bad dish. Amazing service! Great atmosphere. We love this place!!

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  10. Bearshoney

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails and wine and so enjoyed the prime rib and horseradish whipped potatoes. What an awesome combination. And our server, Cole was lovely! Thanks for a great night out.

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  11. dem32415

    Raleigh

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food; great place to go with friends; recommended

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent!

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  13. WSDiner

    Greensboro

    111 reviews

    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Northside Bistro and it took place on Valentine's evening. Where have we been? This was the best dining experience we have had in a very long time. Unlike many restaurants in the area, Northside Bistro served its complete menu rather than a severely limited prix fixe menu on special occasions. From our greeting, to the complete and varied menu, superb service, absolutely awesome food, great wine and cocktail lists, to the final act of class - a Valentine rose presented to each lady upon departure. This new find for us, exudes class and excellence in classic dining with an upbeat modern ambiance. The restaurant is not in the most obvious spot, but it is well worth looking for. Put it in your GPS and enjoy a wonderful classic but casual dining experience that you won't soon forget.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The perfect evening! Food was amazing, service outstanding!! Always a great time at Northside Bistro!

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  15. NCdiners

    Atlanta Metro

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had lunch here on Valentine’s Day. Was first time there and had been recommended by friends. Decor is very open and airy with tons of natural light. Our wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We had the Meatball Sandwich, which was a hearty dish and the Blackened Prime Rib and Grilled Shrimpwith Duchess potatoes and grilled asparagus. The blackened meat was perfectly seasoned and grilled perfectly. The potatoes were very good but just warm while asparagus was perfection. We had desserts which were quite pricey. Although good not sure the price was justified. However, we did enjoy our meal and do plan to return to try others items on the menu.

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  16. MJamesT

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Though on the expensive side, everything was very good including the service on a busy night. The Pappardelle Bolognese was excellent, and the Elijah Craig Really Old Fashioned was perhaps the best Old Fashioned I have ever had. You need to try this place at least once.

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  17. JarvisJ

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was outstanding with good service. The only problem I had is that it was cold in the restaurant. Many patrons ate with jackets on.

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  18. peckre

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Table was ready on time. Server (Cole) was excellent. Food was very good. Definitely will return

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  19. SCOTTT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    NOT A PLACE TO GO IF YOU ARE WANTING TO HAVE A NICE DINNER AND BE ABLE TO TALK TO YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND THE WAIT STAFF WAS VERY RESPECTFUL AND HELPFUL. WE WOULD GO BACK FOR APPETIZERS AND A LOW KEY AFTERNOON.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a hidden gem in Raleigh. Food is delicious. Staff is attentive. It was an amazing experience.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It is a very pretty restaurant the food is interesting. The meatball first course was very good. The goat cheese salad needed dressing. I had coffee which came tepid the deserts were ok.

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  22. BillU

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every thing was excellent except for the noise level of the sound system. Need to turn it down a few notches.

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  23. KatherineS

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very delicious with great service. Always a bit loud

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  24. ShopperNan

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love OpenTable for all the information and help with choosing where to eat in whatever city I happen to be in! This was my first time at Northside Bistro and it was another gem I will be using. We had lunch, and my Quiche Loraine was delicious, and the Caesar side salad tht came with it was the perfect size with fresh ingredients. Here is the description from the Menu: "Smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese baked into a delicious savory custard on a homemade light and flakey crust. Garnished with a mini side Caesar or Bistro salad." Looking forward to having dinner here, and highly recommend.

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  25. PaulaS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The orange sea bass special was AMAZING! Perfectly done! Always a great meal, drinks, and service there. One of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh!

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  26. JaneK

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal. Love that the chef/owner is very visible and visiting with the customers and asking about their experience. A 10!

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  27. Ohla02

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My food was not warm enough. Great drinks, great service.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Samantha was wonderful- very attentive! Food was delicious! Great cocktails too!

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  29. DanielL

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have had many great dinners here, this was my first time for lunch. The Ahi tuna salad was ridiculously good. This is a great place for lunch or dinner. 

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    EXCELLENT as usual!! Food, service,ambiance, and overall experience!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was delicious. We had an excellent server.

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  32. BillB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    John and his team delivered another outstanding dining experience! Appreciate the attention to the details and creativity in the amazing dishes served at every course. The octopus app and sea bass entree were prepared perfectly. Looking forward to returning soon!

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  33. JimNC

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice dinner for four. Menu has many options ranging from tavern to fine French cuisine. Service was attentive.

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  34. Quincy

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific service n food. We went on a special occasion and were pleased. The deserts were terrific.

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  35. KimE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my parents to Northside and they both had excellent meals and the service is outstanding!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely loved the salmon with the roasted beets and arugula. So delicious. My husband had the meatballs and said they were one of the best he has ever had. We will definitely be back.

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  37. cfosurfing

    County Durham

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a great place to eat. Highly recommend. That said, our server was just ok. She did the minimum, and at the end, she felt it appropriate to ask what I do. Actually asked if I was in project management. I am a CFO. Not that means anything, but then she felt the need to want to network with me and ever gave me her card. I was trying to have a nice date night and that turned me off.

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  38. cbberry

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very lively and upbeat restaurant with a fabulous menu. The duck wings and stuffed mushrooms are excellent.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was good- but a little slow! It took a while to get our dinner!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Our server Zach was wonderful. Attentive, and had personal recommendations. The food was outstanding.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Northside Bistro & Cocktails offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 890-5225.

Northside Bistro & Cocktails is rated 4.8 stars by 988 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Northside Bistro & Cocktails

832 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609-9100

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, American, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John Scarangella
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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