SideBar Bistro (Closed)

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Based on 2 Ratings

1101 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 572-7227

Breakfast, Bistro, Coffeehouse/tea, Subs/Sandwiches
Credit Cards Accepted, Full Bar, Live Music
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The Review

Reviewed by: Ron Swarner

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A new restaurant has arrived on Tacoma Avenue South, in Red Kelly's old spot near the County-City Building. The restaurant is the SideBar Bistro - note the legal theme - with cherry wood furniture, slate floors, fixtures that look as though they came from Restoration Hardware and three meals a day. JoAnna and Tom Irick - who also own Hot Rod Dog, with locations on Pacific Avenue and next door to their new venture - quietly opened the SideBar Bistro a couple weeks ago, which features Northwest-ish dishes, a full bar, an espresso machine and a gorgeous view of the mountains.

Breakfast, served until 11 a.m., features $3.95 steel cut Irish oatmeal, a $4.75 grilled breakfast panini with Black Forest ham, smoked turkey or bacon, $3.95 Belgian waffle with fresh strawberries, $4.25 quiche, as well as a $3.45 granola parfait and $2.45 bagel with cream cheese. Pastries from Essential Baking Co. are available, too.

Lunch, which should be very popular due to the high-traffic in and out of the County-City Building, consists of nine sandwiches - with a tenth option of building your own - five salads, and soups.

Currently, dinner only has five options: grilled vegetable ravioli ($15.99), chicken Caesar salad ($11.99), SideBar lasagna ($16.99), walnut apple chicken salad ($12.99), French dip sandwich ($10.99) and a chicken pot pie with puff pastry ($12.99). The Iricks intend to add more dishes soon.

Down the long dining room and a dogleg right sits a small bar. All your favorite booze options sit on the shelves, with three micro brews on tap, eight wine whites, 12 reds, three sparkling wines and two dessert wines.  The 2005 Volker Eisele Cabernet tops the wine list at $85. Most bottles are priced between $21 and $29.

Hours: @font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Saturday, Closed Sunday. Happy Hour: Monday – Saturday 3–6 p.m. $5 Appetizers & Drink Specials


User Reviews of SideBar Bistro (Closed) (3)

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Mike Burton said on Aug. 19, 2010 at 6:52pm

Wow! Great food and super service. I was on jury duty and the folks that supervise for the jury room recommended the SideBar. Excellent choice with great service and the food (turkey sandwich) was outstanding. Ice tea was tasty and not watered down with constant refills. If you get a chance try it!

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Nancy Kohn said on Nov. 22, 2010 at 5:15am

We were on duty at the court house and needed a quick tasty meal. the waitress made it happen. she had dark long hair and eyes. A wonderful smile. I especially enjoyed the coffee being an espresso drinker. I have not tasted that good of coffee since I left Chicago and then Houston. I would love to know the coffee brand. thanks so much for a hectic day with wonderful food and service.

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Sean Dill said on Nov. 22, 2010 at 11:17am

My girlfriend and myself have been going to sidebar since it very first opened, and I can safely say they have some of the best coffee in Tacoma. Great service, wonderful food and a very stylish environment.....and BAR. I love you Sidebar!

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