Sidebar

4.8
56 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Red velvet seating, dimmed amber lights, and intricate detail not seen since times long past…this is not the kind of place you get a table on impulse. Your eyes adjust and your soul is slowly taken on a comforting journey away from the outside world. The high backed benches and dark walnut tables feel inviting yet mysterious as you slowly take in the romantic atmosphere. Delicate jazz music fills your ears while the soft glow of the bar calls to you with the gentle seduction of a siren’s song. This is not what you expected…this is Sidebar…everything you never knew you always wanted.
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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience great service delicious food and awesome drinks

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AlecS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing environment. You wouldn't believe you're still in Edinburg by the ambience and the place. Very dapper and clean with food that can only encourage you to come back. Highly recommended!

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DiannB
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, the food, the staff and the owner, Robert Puig make Sidebar one of the most enjoyable and interesting places to dine in the Rio Grande Valley.

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MarkL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The total experience was very good. There could have been a few more choices on the menu. The drinks are excellent, the staff was awesome, and the ambiance was great. We loved the old speak easy felling of it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place In the valley!

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent. Best fine dinning in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Gumby
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! A whole world apart from anything in South Texas. Very sophistocated and romantic ambiance, exquisite food, unique cocktails at very reasonable prices. The service is top notch. Yes, you can find a cheaper restaurant but you will not find a better value in fine dining anywhere. Oh, did I say the food is superb - kudos to the chef! The exterior is deceptively underwhelming - be brave in go inside, you will not regret it.

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TomM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sidebar 215 is not just a restaurant, it is an experience. We were treated like royalty (or top mobsters, to use terminology of the ambiance) from the moment we walked in. The attention to detail in creating this Speak Easy environment is incredible. Give yourself time to enjoy the experience, save room for the appetizers and dessert, and enjoy your favorite drinks blended from top shelf selections by the mixologist behind the bar. Also recommended for business meetings of up to 20 people in their various private rooms.

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JenniferB
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere! Beautiful restaurant

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Jordan
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 5th visit and as always the food was great. Ambiance and service was also great. Mixed drinks, maybe a little overpriced. My husband had two Chivas and water and as always, first one was Chivas and second one was a different whiskey. But other than that, we love having dinner there.

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vipPinon21
Corpus Christi
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Side Bar is by far one of my favorite places to dine in the Valley. Not only is it posh and unique that it never fails to deliver memorable evening with fine dining. I specifically love the live saxophonist who sets the mood and the amazing accommodating staff, starting with Cassandra and bartender Thomas, who always make an effort to make sure we are comfortable. Sidebar is literally the place to go to if you want to get lost in time with amazing food and cocktails!

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AndreaV
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sidebar 215 in Edinburg, Texas is absolutely phenomenal! The ambience, food, drinks, service, and the historic building and amazing decor are all breathtaking!! We will be back again, and again (and again!!)

TM
vipTreciaM
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went with two other people. The shrimp and grits were very good. I like that they aim for quality and not quantity. Smaller portions are great with me. My gin martini was right on point. When we told them we were cold they fixed the thermostat. They really try and please. We will return.

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SantosG
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fiancé and I first visit. We absolutely loved it, perfect for date night. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The food was amazing. I enjoyed the bar b que airline chicken and my fiancé had the meatloaf. We really enjoyed the entire experience from lounging to the tour, very elegant. Definitely will be making our way back.

LJ
vipLynJ
Corpus Christi
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful building and wonderful experience! Everyone was so kind and host even gave us a small tour of the building while we waited to be seated. Food and drinks were delicious!

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vipTreciaM
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for dinner to try it out. Greeted right away and given a tour. The dining area is dark and romantic. The red bar is beautiful. This would also be a great place to take friends. I had a salad with shrimp. Very good and well seasoned. My husband had a shrimp dish which he loved. Ate it all. I would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time that we had the pleasure of dining here. Wonderful food, complimented by wonderful staff. Will definitely return and recommend to friends and family.

JJ
JanetJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Nice size portions. Wonderful drinks. On the night we visited the sax player was great! Building is unique and the decor is interesting. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food but small menu. Bourbon selection was amazing. We will be back for sure. Good to have these kind of dining experiences in Edinburg.

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viponieg
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was the best. Service was great!!

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KMartin39
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were wanting to go someplace different to celebrate a friend's birthday and someone suggested Sidebar. I had never heard of it and the others in our group had heard positive things but had never been. So, going into it without a lot of knowledge, we were blown away. The restaurant is set in an older building that has been renovated. It was simply beautiful! The cocktails were unique and delicious. The bartender came over to our table after a while to see what we thought of them and explained how he made them. The menu was not very extensive but there was a wide variety of things to choose from. I had the shrimp and grits that were fabulous! Everyone in our party loved their meal. We then had dessert which I had the blueberry creme brulee. Again, it was wonderful! We were disappointed that the dessert sampler was not available but we all tried different desserts and sampled each other's plates. The live music was great and added to the atmosphere of the restaurant. He played at a medium level so we could still carry on a discussion at the table without yelling. I highly recommend the Sidebar. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service. Definitely a hidden gem in the RGV. A must visit.

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JeanetteB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We just loved Sidebar. The drinks were outstanding and the food was great. I would have given 5 stars but I thought my lamb chops were overcooked. The service was spot own and the ambiance was like hanging out in New Orleans. So we loved it!! WE will definitely be returning.

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MatthewB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a nice experience, our server was knowledgeable and polite. The food was outstyanding

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MichaelA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Unique New York like ambiance and experience right here in the RGV. Great selection of wine and hor'deouvre's. Prawns were divine and the only set back was that the steak did not meet the expectations set by the other positive attributes. We'll be back either way.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess, wait staff, food all excellent! Ambience was wonderful but background jazz music just a little too loud. Not enough to be bothersome, just noted.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was a great place to go for drinks and just chill. Turns out to be a very good value too. Worth every penny we paid. I would recommend it to all my friends

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WILLIAMM
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd Visit, and we loved it more. great jazz music, noise level perfect to talk
great place for impressing anyone. food was delicious. Reasonable prices compared to other places.

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WILLIAMM
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overexcedeed expectations
Great food
Great place
I felt like in new york

Sidebar
Responded on November 14, 2019

Mr WilliamM, thank you so very much for taking time to review Sidebar. We are happy to see you had a 5 star experience during your visit. Dining with us definitely whisks you away to another place...much like New York or Chicago. Please stop by anytime and we look forward to serving you in the future.

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JuanA
Corpus Christi
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was great, low lighting, cozy textures and motif. Beautiful building inside. Staff was excellent and very cordial, quick to refill a glass or to remove finished plates. The food was delicious. Definitely plan on going back.

Sidebar
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you very much JuanA for your 5 star review on Sidebar. Our concept is to bring something completely different and beautiful to the Rio Grande Valley. You are welcome anytime. We look forward to serving you in the future.

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AnaG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was happy with everything. The only thing that was upsetting is that I confirmed my reservation with the hostess and informed her that we were celebrating a birthday. I asked for "Happy Birthday" to be written on the dessert plate and a candle. I also informed my waitress and she said no problem. When it came to surprise the birthday guest with dessert, nothing was done. I had confirmed twice. I know it was a small detail, but I asked twice and was told it would be done. Oh well!

Sidebar
Responded on November 14, 2019

Ms. Ana, let me begin by apologizing for that having happened. Every detail in an experience essential. We are looking very closely into this oversight and measures will be taken to avoid anything like this in the future. Please feel free to contact Ruben Gomez, my general manager, or myself anytime in regard to this. Guest satisfaction is a top priority as we strive to provide a five star experience for every patron and would like to earn you final two stars on your next visit.

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FranceneP
Corpus Christi
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and a great place to have any meal. So different from the rest. The lighting is very dim so just be prepared to use the lighting from your phone to see the menu options.

Sidebar
Responded on November 14, 2019

Ms Francene, thank you for reviewing Sidebar! We definitely pride ourselves on being different. From our atmosphere to the food, Sidebar is a total sensory experience. One that must be seen to be appreciated! We look forward to serving you in the future.

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vipLynJ
Corpus Christi
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience and cool vibe in a historic setting. Personalized tour and excellent service.

Sidebar
Responded on November 14, 2019

LynJ, thank you for your kind words and review regarding Sidebar. I always enjoy patrons who appreciate the cool atmosphere we have created. Come by anytime and we look forward to serving you in the future.

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EvaW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

What an extraordinarily neat venue to have in the valley! My husband and I ate at Sidebar and enjoy the experience overall. In keeping with the speakeasy vibe, the restaurant is not easily seen from the street. I would suggest better signage as prohibition is way over and I would hate to see this place lose business if it’s difficult to find. It was not noisy at all, and the Sinatra and old jazz music was great! It was a bit dark inside though, requiring my husband and myself to use our phone light to read the menu.My husband and I started out with the salmon nachos appetizer. It was good but the salmon was a little fishy for my liking. We later split the salmon croquettes with a side of asparagus. This was absolutely delicious!. Our wine was delicious as were our cocktails and the service was excellent. I am telling as many people as I can about Sidebar, hoping this will help keep it busy. I highly recommend it, as there is nothing like it in the valley.

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RebeccaG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! I plan on having my birthday dinner here. The owners mother was a sweetheart and she showed us and educated us about the whole place. The salmon and the salad under it is so great. If you’re going to have a drink, try the sidecar. I was skeptical because I’m not big on Henny, but it was great. The rest of the menu sounded great as well, I’m pretty sure it won’t disappoint.

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RoxanneG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sidebar is definitely a place to visit for date night or special occasions. We need more places like this in the RGV if your tired of going to same places give this place a try! Great atmosphere and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Loved the service and the environment. Will be coming back soon

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John
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the uniqueness and feel of the place. Will definitely visit again, we had a great experience.

LJ
vipLynJ
Corpus Christi
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool jazz, chic ambience...beautiful gem of a speakeasy! Loved it!

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Sidebar is rated 4.8 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.