Side by Side Kitchen & Cocktails
Relax and enjoy an intimate supper with us in the main dining room, our harvest room, or with satisfying snacks and cocktails at the bar.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Always must start with the fried okra appetizer. The stuffed grouper was delicious and flavorful. Love the brussel sprouts that come with the ribeye. Great, lively atmosphere. Our favorite spot in town!
Having traveled from LA we have not had indoor dining for a while now, which is pure nonsense! I shared this with the waitress and she was so kind and sweet to us, brought us a free desert and discounted the bill. Overall the food was absolutely delicious and well prepared. My daughter amd I truly enjoyed it. Will definitely go back again
Perfect spot for a Christmas Eve quiet dinner for two.
We’ve dined here many times on Christmas Eve and you exceeded our expectations. Much better this year. Food was delicious. Wine was a bit pricey. Very good experience.
We have been several times and have always had a really good experiences. As always it’s a pleasant atmosphere. Our server was very nice and prompt. My pork chop entree was delicious, cooked perfectly. My wife and daughter shared the ribeye with vegetables, which is typically amazing, but this time the steak and vegetables were so salty they couldn’t finish it. I tried it as well and it was extremely salty. We did share this with our server and did receive an apology but not an option to replace it or reduce the cost which was disappointing. Hopefully this was just an off night and not an example of where things are headed because we have had nothing but great experiences there before.
Outstanding meal and great value. We will come back for sure!
The restaurant was not crowded however we sat at our table for 30 minutes and was never attended to. Not one word was spoken to us. So we got up and left. I say this not to be harsh but to hopefully help the restaurant. It’s could be a great spot but they are going to die fast without good service.
We enjoy coming here each time we're in Tuscaloosa. It's a lovely place inside the Embassy Suites and is a great location. The food is excellent and they have an extensive wine and drink list.
We have been eating at Side by Side during football season for many years now. It is a great downtown location and fairly close to the stadium. The food and service are always excellent. They are doing a great job of keeping diners socially distanced during the Covid pandemic. I highly recommend Side by Side.
Thanksgiving Dinner was awesome! We’ve done Thanksgiving here twice now....never disappointed! We love the restaurant and the service....not to mention the food! They had a special Thanksgiving menu which was perfect.....and you can’t go wrong with the dessert menu! LOVED having our holiday there!
Had Thanksgiving lunch there. Turkey and dressing were ordinary, everything else was very good. Service was awkward, starting with spilling my beverage order on me and ending with serving me lukewarm coffee which, admittedly, the server stated that she forgot.
I love this restaurant and will always keep going back. We had an amazing fish dish but the other items we ordered were lackluster.
Excellent service and food. The drinks were also excellent. I highly recommend The Side By Side Restaurant.
This place never disappoints. It is the best combo of atmosphere, food and service in Tuscaloosa.
During Parents Weekend, I had shrimp and grits and a few of the shrimp were mushy. My son enjoyed his burger, my wife thought the chicken was excellent! The restaurant was very nice and we would go back.
Great atmosphere and great food!
6 month anniversary of my girlfriend and I
The food took forever and we had to constantly ask for service
We enjoyed our meals at Side by Side. The only issue we had was that the menu had been modified because of graduation weekend in town. We were not aware of the change, so the menu was limited.
Stayed at hotel for five nights. Had drinks there every night. Great bartender, i believe named John. Very helpful to us because we had never been to Tuscaloosa and he explained a lot to us! Thank you! Great dinner too! Mimi Smith Austin, Texas
We ordered drinks and appetizers, jalapeño margaritas that were good, pork belly app that was wonderful. We ordered the cornbread app but it didn’t get done so they brought fried okra until the cornbread came out. That was nice, but those were just ok. Our meals were Pasta with shrimp...good, the burger with pimento cheese was not wonderful. Chocolate cake was food service. The trouble came when they charged our card 3 times and couldn’t get the bill straight. Very frustrating.
Delicious salads and burger and pork sandwich. Great service.
Our waitress seemed too busy for us. It took awhile to get drinks and then to reorder them. She brought two of us the wrong cocktail and then it was so long before she replaced them. She was nice and all but didn’t do a good job serving.
Had lunch with my student son. We had a lot of catching up to do, and were there for over 3 hours. Our server was fantastic, it was quiet, and the food was outstanding. Always enjoy this restaurant when I’m in town.
The service was terrible. The server made a mistake in our order. Steaks were not cooked as we ordered and he forgot part of order. Management seemed to not give one iota about the errors.
Our table of six received our meal in 5 separate trips from the kitchen, actually 6 trips considering my wife’s 4-5 oz filet (6 oz on the menu) arrived 5 minutes before her roasted root vegetables on the side. No one helped our main server who did not seem to be having her best night, although it was not a very busy night for a Saturday. I’m not sure why none of the other servers teamed up to deliver all the meals at once as they all seemed to be bunched at the kitchen. Several of the meals were not very hot by the time we were all served.
Ordered 2 salads and they were out of both. Wife had a pork shank and was hard as a rock. The other 4 all got ny strip steaks, 1 was pretty much raw. For the price we paid it was terrible. Manager took off pork dinner. Looks are better than the food.
The staff at Side by Side always make you feel welcome and are attentive without being intrusive. The food is the best in Tuscaloosa, and the chef is quite tolerant of special requests related to preparation (including substitutes from elsewhere on the menu). Side by Side is great for special occasions or just a fun night out. The wine menu is one of the best in town, and the cocktails are outstanding. This is my go-to place when I want to enjoy good food with friends or entertain visiting business associates.
Noisy, poor service, good food, great piano, overall a 3 of 5. Different if you haven’t been before but after 4 times, ho hmm.
Well let me start by saying that I made a 6:00 pm reservation back in mid January 2020 for Valentines Day 2020. The wife and I arrived 10 minutes early and the restaurant was about half empty. The hostess found our reservation and seated us in the back of the restaurant at a bar table, on the side of the restaurant bar. I ask for a regular table and she told me that this table was the only table available with it being Valentine Day. After about ten minutes someone finally came over and took our drink order. While waiting we watched the restaurant start to fill up but there was a few empty tables the whole time we were there. After about 20 minutes someone finally found us and took our food order. The food was OK, but for the price it was subpar. For spending $150.00 dollars (no alcohol) one should get a decent meal. In addition while we had time to wait, the little area we were in was messy, dust on the seals, spider webs in the corners.
You know Valentine Day is a special day for couples and you want your dining experience to be good. I have to say they missed the mark this year. We have been going to Side by Side Restaurant for Valentines Day every year since they opened as it has been our tradition. After this year we are in search of a new and better Valentines Day restaurant experience.
The valentine’s prices are criminal. Worst meal I have ever had and costed over $200 for 2 people. For that ridiculous price we could have gone to a real steakhouse and had great quality.
Birthday dinner and everything was really nice but we had to ask for more water several times.
The food was below average the service was acceptable until the server rang up someone else’s tab and gave it to me instead of mine. To date it has yet to be removed from my AMEX.
The Lamb was incredible as was the service
I was so disappointed in our dining experience. The food was wonderful, and the people were lovely, but it took nearly 3.5 hours. The waiter said he basically had the entire restaurant alone, which we could easily see. If it were not for good humored friends, we would have just walked out when it took nearly 40 minutes to get our first round of drinks.
Food was great - great vegetable plate, well-made Manhattan (I am very fussy), excellent soufflé.
Not as good as usual this time.
The food was great! I appreciate the Manager’s attention to our table. We each ordered the cesar salad and ribeye. We also ordered the ham and cheese board as our appetizer.
A delightful Thanksgiving meal!
It’s our training happy hour but they don’t have happy hour for Sunday anymore
Side by Side Kitchen & Cocktails offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 561-5500.
Side by Side Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.3 stars by 432 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.