Sideberns

★★★★☆
  • 2208 W. Morrison Ave.

    Tampa, FL 33606

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  • 813-258-2233

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I had the perfect date at SideBern's last Friday night! It was the first time we had dined there and we were blown away.
When I called to make the reservations, I had a lot of questions about the tasting menu I heard so much about. The host on the line spent time going over everything with me. They pair six courses of food with wine.
My date doesn't eat seafood and the kitchen had no problem substituting items out so she could enjoy the experience with me.They even brought us a vegetarian tasting menu to give her more options.
The food and wine were perfect. High quality vegetables and a lamb sirloin course that was tender and delicious. Not to mention our server was a Ninja!
We can't wait to try the rest of the menu. Worth every penny!

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★★★★★

I had the perfect date at SideBern's last Friday night! It was the first time we had dined there and we were blown away.
When I called to make the reservations, I had a lot of questions about the tasting menu I heard so much about. The host on the line spent time going over everything with me. They pair six courses of food with wine.
My date doesn't eat seafood and the kitchen had no problem substituting items out so she could enjoy the experience with me.They even brought us a vegetarian tasting menu to give her more options.
The food and wine were perfect. High quality vegetables and a lamb sirloin course that was tender and delicious. Not to mention our server was a Ninja!
We can't wait to try the rest of the menu. Worth every penny!

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My wife and I had dinner last night at Sideberns. When I called for a reservation they said they couldn't seat us until 8:30pm. When we got there, the restaurant was half full.

I had the pork chop and my wife had the beef bourginoin. Over 60% of my pork chop was pure fat, it was undercooked and a little tough. For over $30, it was disappointing to say the least.

My wife's beef tasted like left over brisquet, not very good.

I did complain to the waitress but a manager never came to verify my complaint.

The wine was great.

Last night will the last night I ever eat at Sideberns again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I had dinner last night at Sideberns. When I called for a reservation they said they couldn't seat us until 8:30pm. When we got there, the restaurant was half full.

I had the pork chop and my wife had the beef bourginoin. Over 60% of my pork chop was pure fat, it was undercooked and a little tough. For over $30, it was disappointing to say the least.

My wife's beef tasted like left over brisquet, not very good.

I did complain to the waitress but a manager never came to verify my complaint.

The wine was great.

Last night will the last night I ever eat at Sideberns again.

Pros: Great Wine Selection

Cons: Food Quality was poor, Over Priced and Over Rated

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I went here with my husband, brother and father at my brother's request. The vibe is cool and crisp, very metropolitan which i did like. It's definitely upscale; they bring you fresh silverware at every course, warm towels to wash up, etc. (out of my league!) The food was small, intricate portions (again, not my type of thing) and was okay taste wise. Very high prices due to the upscale nature and name. If you like that sort of thing, try it out. If you're more plain Jane like me - skip it.

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★★★☆☆

I went here with my husband, brother and father at my brother's request. The vibe is cool and crisp, very metropolitan which i did like. It's definitely upscale; they bring you fresh silverware at every course, warm towels to wash up, etc. (out of my league!) The food was small, intricate portions (again, not my type of thing) and was okay taste wise. Very high prices due to the upscale nature and name. If you like that sort of thing, try it out. If you're more plain Jane like me - skip it.

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Thought I was in NYC for a minute with the vibe and decor they've got going on. Ordinary, everyday fare takes on new personas there. Fried rice (even in NYC) never tasted this good. Lumpia to die for. Peanut-crusted rack of lamb (san nuts) was so-so. Cosmopolitan so wonderful that after a couple seemingly benign sips, I didn't even realize I'd changed planes and ascended to a completely 'nother level. Almost had us planning to ditch our party suite concert tix!!! Let's not forget the Complimentary valet which makes for an even more urban-friendly hangout. Can't wait to get back there!

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★★★★☆

Thought I was in NYC for a minute with the vibe and decor they've got going on. Ordinary, everyday fare takes on new personas there. Fried rice (even in NYC) never tasted this good. Lumpia to die for. Peanut-crusted rack of lamb (san nuts) was so-so. Cosmopolitan so wonderful that after a couple seemingly benign sips, I didn't even realize I'd changed planes and ascended to a completely 'nother level. Almost had us planning to ditch our party suite concert tix!!! Let's not forget the Complimentary valet which makes for an even more urban-friendly hangout. Can't wait to get back there!

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Being from Chicago, I may have too high of a standard, but sideberns, which came highly recommended, is overrated. First, the staff seemed quite arrogant, from time of presentation to seating to ordering.
The appetizer (foie gras) was expensive and rather poor quality although the reduction was pretty good. Ordering of a entree was a fiasco. My wife and I ordered, 10 minutes later the waiter came back to say they were out of the item, I ordered a different item, 10 minutes later the waiter came back stating that item was no longer available. The staff was rather unapolegetic and our waiter seemed to avoid us by walking the "long" way around. Wine by the glass selection was good.
overall the food would be decent for a low-end restaurant but certainly not worth the high prices. Go to Ceviche instead for good food.
If this restaurant was opened in chicago, it would last about 1 week.

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★☆☆☆☆

Being from Chicago, I may have too high of a standard, but sideberns, which came highly recommended, is overrated. First, the staff seemed quite arrogant, from time of presentation to seating to ordering.
The appetizer (foie gras) was expensive and rather poor quality although the reduction was pretty good. Ordering of a entree was a fiasco. My wife and I ordered, 10 minutes later the waiter came back to say they were out of the item, I ordered a different item, 10 minutes later the waiter came back stating that item was no longer available. The staff was rather unapolegetic and our waiter seemed to avoid us by walking the "long" way around. Wine by the glass selection was good.
overall the food would be decent for a low-end restaurant but certainly not worth the high prices. Go to Ceviche instead for good food.
If this restaurant was opened in chicago, it would last about 1 week.

Pros: location, wine selection

Cons: bad service, mediocre food, high prices

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Sidebern's seems to me to be the kind of place that should be alot better than it actually is. The food is good and the service excellent, but I wasn't "wowed" like colleagues told me I would be. I was most disappointed in the dim sum. These appetizers/amuses bouches were a let down - tiny crab rangoons tasted more like crispy cream cheese more than anything else. I wondered what chef in their right mind would ruin high-quality Kumamoto oysters by frying them. The dinner menu is an interesting read, as you are bombarded with all sorts of exotic ingredients and combinations. Some of them just don't work. A powerful spice like fresh-ground cumin and chorizo sausage shouldn't go anywhere near rare ahi. I imagine the kitchen to be some sort of mad scientist's lab, but perhaps the culinary staff should go back to chemistry 101. Very good wine list, which also includes sake - a personal fave (a little more variety in that area would be a great idea). The server was very knowledgeable about every ingredient - these kids must have to study like they're taking the MCAT to work in a place like this. He was also attentative without being annoying or obtrusive - heavy kudos for that. Overall a decent dining experience, something worth doing again. My advice: If a dish sounds too complicated, then it probably is. You might be turned off by it. Stick with what you know, not what the restaurant wants you to.

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★★★☆☆

Sidebern's seems to me to be the kind of place that should be alot better than it actually is. The food is good and the service excellent, but I wasn't "wowed" like colleagues told me I would be. I was most disappointed in the dim sum. These appetizers/amuses bouches were a let down - tiny crab rangoons tasted more like crispy cream cheese more than anything else. I wondered what chef in their right mind would ruin high-quality Kumamoto oysters by frying them. The dinner menu is an interesting read, as you are bombarded with all sorts of exotic ingredients and combinations. Some of them just don't work. A powerful spice like fresh-ground cumin and chorizo sausage shouldn't go anywhere near rare ahi. I imagine the kitchen to be some sort of mad scientist's lab, but perhaps the culinary staff should go back to chemistry 101. Very good wine list, which also includes sake - a personal fave (a little more variety in that area would be a great idea). The server was very knowledgeable about every ingredient - these kids must have to study like they're taking the MCAT to work in a place like this. He was also attentative without being annoying or obtrusive - heavy kudos for that. Overall a decent dining experience, something worth doing again. My advice: If a dish sounds too complicated, then it probably is. You might be turned off by it. Stick with what you know, not what the restaurant wants you to.

Pros: Ingredients, Service, Wine List

Cons: Too much fusion = confusion

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Food was great, on the avant garde side, but that is a nice change once in a while. Portions are fine, not huge. Price is on the more expensive side, but nowhere near it's big brother, Bern's. Overall - recommended,

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★★★★☆

Food was great, on the avant garde side, but that is a nice change once in a while. Portions are fine, not huge. Price is on the more expensive side, but nowhere near it's big brother, Bern's. Overall - recommended,

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Very disappointing in many ways. Food was lacking. My wife's duck breast was tough. My fish was under cooked. Service was very slow on Saturday night. We waited 90 minutes for our entrees. Waitress was average at best, but she did apologize many times for the delay. Decor is without style. And, it is loud...very loud....definitely not romantic and not fun. In addition, this place is unrealistically expensive. You could have an excellent dinner at a nice restaurant in DC or New York City for less money than what you will pay at this place. It is a pretentious little restaurant with high prices, poor service, and below average food. We had looked forward to having dinner here, but all four of us regretted our choice, and paid a lot of money for an unpleasant experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very disappointing in many ways. Food was lacking. My wife's duck breast was tough. My fish was under cooked. Service was very slow on Saturday night. We waited 90 minutes for our entrees. Waitress was average at best, but she did apologize many times for the delay. Decor is without style. And, it is loud...very loud....definitely not romantic and not fun. In addition, this place is unrealistically expensive. You could have an excellent dinner at a nice restaurant in DC or New York City for less money than what you will pay at this place. It is a pretentious little restaurant with high prices, poor service, and below average food. We had looked forward to having dinner here, but all four of us regretted our choice, and paid a lot of money for an unpleasant experience.

Pros: None

Cons: Poor and slow service. Below average food at very high prices. Pretentious place.

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Sidebern's is an amazing restaurant. The food is some of the best that my husband and I have ever had. After moving here from Midtown Atlanta, we have high standards and are quite difficult to please. This restaurant could do no wrong! The restaurant was easily wheelchair accessible and the staff didn't seem to notice my husband's disability but they were very attentive to his needs. Reservations are a must (and weeks in advance) and it's quite pricey, but I believe it's worth every penny. If you want to impress your wife or fiance, this is the place!

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★★★★★

Sidebern's is an amazing restaurant. The food is some of the best that my husband and I have ever had. After moving here from Midtown Atlanta, we have high standards and are quite difficult to please. This restaurant could do no wrong! The restaurant was easily wheelchair accessible and the staff didn't seem to notice my husband's disability but they were very attentive to his needs. Reservations are a must (and weeks in advance) and it's quite pricey, but I believe it's worth every penny. If you want to impress your wife or fiance, this is the place!

Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Atmosphere

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This place is simply fabulous. My husband and I had martinis at the bar as we waited for the rest of our party and they were absolutely flawless. I can't tell you what a difference it makes to have a bartender that doesn't have to be walked through the process! Seating was a quick and pleasant since we made reservations, and I can't say enough about our server, Marc. Not only did he recommend exquisite dishes, but he was very knowledgable and helpful when it came to wine selection. From start to finish, all of the staff were pros and every aspect of our experience was just perfect. I would highly recommend Side Berns for out of towners who want to experience a unique and superb piece of Tampa, and of course, if you live here, go as often as you can afford. It won't disappoint.

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★★★★★

This place is simply fabulous. My husband and I had martinis at the bar as we waited for the rest of our party and they were absolutely flawless. I can't tell you what a difference it makes to have a bartender that doesn't have to be walked through the process! Seating was a quick and pleasant since we made reservations, and I can't say enough about our server, Marc. Not only did he recommend exquisite dishes, but he was very knowledgable and helpful when it came to wine selection. From start to finish, all of the staff were pros and every aspect of our experience was just perfect. I would highly recommend Side Berns for out of towners who want to experience a unique and superb piece of Tampa, and of course, if you live here, go as often as you can afford. It won't disappoint.

Pros: Ambiance, Expert staff, Food & drink

Cons: Pricey

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Wife & I were down for weekend from Boston. Called Friday for Sat reservations none avail. until 9:30 Told if I came at 6 wouldn't "have problem being seated." Arrived 6 "no tables available." Ate at the bar. Skeptical I'd find good asian-fusion in Tampa. Food & service was fantastic! Crab rangoon (crispy outside tender inside) & dim sum oysters for appetizer (wife loved both, particularly crab rangoon). Followed by lump crab salad. Crab was fresh, pairing with avocado was perfect. Dinner: rack of lamb & grouper. Lamb was tender, cooked & flavorful. Grouper a little salty but perfectly cooked (not overdone) as many places like to overcook fish. Desert: shared the chocolate cake. Drinks a little pricey, coming from Boston didn't notice the difference. Bar waiter(s) were attentive & friendly. Would recommend restaurant for anyone considering it. Next time in Tampa will call in advance to make a reservation.

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★★★★☆

Wife & I were down for weekend from Boston. Called Friday for Sat reservations none avail. until 9:30 Told if I came at 6 wouldn't "have problem being seated." Arrived 6 "no tables available." Ate at the bar. Skeptical I'd find good asian-fusion in Tampa. Food & service was fantastic! Crab rangoon (crispy outside tender inside) & dim sum oysters for appetizer (wife loved both, particularly crab rangoon). Followed by lump crab salad. Crab was fresh, pairing with avocado was perfect. Dinner: rack of lamb & grouper. Lamb was tender, cooked & flavorful. Grouper a little salty but perfectly cooked (not overdone) as many places like to overcook fish. Desert: shared the chocolate cake. Drinks a little pricey, coming from Boston didn't notice the difference. Bar waiter(s) were attentive & friendly. Would recommend restaurant for anyone considering it. Next time in Tampa will call in advance to make a reservation.

Pros: Food, Service, Value

Cons: Noise level, Drink Prices

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Having dined at SideBern's for many occasions I can say that it consistently lives up to it's fine well deserved reputation as a top notch restaurant with food that remains memorable long after the meal has ended.

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★★★★★

Having dined at SideBern's for many occasions I can say that it consistently lives up to it's fine well deserved reputation as a top notch restaurant with food that remains memorable long after the meal has ended.

Pros: Atmosphere, Eclectic Food, Location

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After asking a very hip gay man what his favorite restaurant was, we took his advice and tried
SideBerns. Our 26 year old son and his girlfriend were visiting from San Diego and we wanted them to see Tampa's finest. We were not disappointed.
The food, service and style of this restaurant were top notch, LA, New York style. Not one disappointment with any of our meals and the service was superb. Drinks were great and the people watching was fun.

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★★★★★

After asking a very hip gay man what his favorite restaurant was, we took his advice and tried
SideBerns. Our 26 year old son and his girlfriend were visiting from San Diego and we wanted them to see Tampa's finest. We were not disappointed.
The food, service and style of this restaurant were top notch, LA, New York style. Not one disappointment with any of our meals and the service was superb. Drinks were great and the people watching was fun.

Pros: classy, sophisticated, chic

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Unbelievable! Tampa has so few restaurants that successfully blend high dining, ambience, and service and are actually worthy of the high price tags assigned. What a wonderful experience. The food is the best of fresh and innovative East meets West. Service is friendly, charming and when appropiate, invisible. I liked noticing that they worked as teams and didn't mind servicing other people's tables. One the best restaurants in Tampa I've found and will return to again and again. My only gripe is the insanely priced wine list. Very difficult to find anything under 50 dollars. Stick to the very good Spanish and Chilean wines which are good values at 30 dollars. All the other French, Italian and Californian wines are at least 50+, most of which are around 80 dollars. When the food is around 25-30 for entree, I can't see paying 80 dollars for a wine bottle as reasonable.

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★★★★☆

Unbelievable! Tampa has so few restaurants that successfully blend high dining, ambience, and service and are actually worthy of the high price tags assigned. What a wonderful experience. The food is the best of fresh and innovative East meets West. Service is friendly, charming and when appropiate, invisible. I liked noticing that they worked as teams and didn't mind servicing other people's tables. One the best restaurants in Tampa I've found and will return to again and again. My only gripe is the insanely priced wine list. Very difficult to find anything under 50 dollars. Stick to the very good Spanish and Chilean wines which are good values at 30 dollars. All the other French, Italian and Californian wines are at least 50+, most of which are around 80 dollars. When the food is around 25-30 for entree, I can't see paying 80 dollars for a wine bottle as reasonable.

Pros: FOOD!!!!, Service, Ambiance

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This restaurant is clearly one of the best in Tampa. Everything served is distinctive and memorable. A variety of unique breads is a great beginning to every meal. The salads are creative and spectacular. The amount of preparation and care that goes into the meals is remarkable. Obviously the wine selection is great. The only problem is the price. While I feel the quality of the food easily warrants the price, I certainly can't go to Sideberns every other night. And I was a bit annoyed when someone tries to sell a $50 bottle of wine from the adjoining wine shop at $100 with my meal. The lack of logic (and expense) discourages me from enjoying wine with my meals.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is clearly one of the best in Tampa. Everything served is distinctive and memorable. A variety of unique breads is a great beginning to every meal. The salads are creative and spectacular. The amount of preparation and care that goes into the meals is remarkable. Obviously the wine selection is great. The only problem is the price. While I feel the quality of the food easily warrants the price, I certainly can't go to Sideberns every other night. And I was a bit annoyed when someone tries to sell a $50 bottle of wine from the adjoining wine shop at $100 with my meal. The lack of logic (and expense) discourages me from enjoying wine with my meals.

Pros: Incredible food

Cons: Expensive

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I eat at SideBerns quite a bit and always find it pleasing. I always find fresh ideas on the menu and am always happy with the results. The lobster spring rolls are a favorite, as is the SideBerns salad. I know others here have commented that their food was bland, but I have never found the food to be anything but excellent. The wine list is also fabulous, as you would expect from anything with Berns in the name. As for service, I have found it excellent in most cases, with a few slow night exceptions that I attributed to the time I was dining. As far as options in Tampa, I think SideBerns leads the pack for innovative food choices.

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★★★★★

I eat at SideBerns quite a bit and always find it pleasing. I always find fresh ideas on the menu and am always happy with the results. The lobster spring rolls are a favorite, as is the SideBerns salad. I know others here have commented that their food was bland, but I have never found the food to be anything but excellent. The wine list is also fabulous, as you would expect from anything with Berns in the name. As for service, I have found it excellent in most cases, with a few slow night exceptions that I attributed to the time I was dining. As far as options in Tampa, I think SideBerns leads the pack for innovative food choices.

Pros: innovation, wine list, ingrediants

Cons: wait, valet

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I went to SideBern's to celebrate my birthday and although the service was exceptional, my food lacked flavor. It was decent...but tasted like something I could prepare at home. The appetizers are possibly the smallest things on earth with no flavor- a complete rip off. This was my first time to SideBern's and I was hesitant to try it because I like Bern's so much...I think the filet was the best thing on SideBern's menu, and if you want that you should probably just go to Bern's where everything isn't al a carte.

2
★★★★☆

I went to SideBern's to celebrate my birthday and although the service was exceptional, my food lacked flavor. It was decent...but tasted like something I could prepare at home. The appetizers are possibly the smallest things on earth with no flavor- a complete rip off. This was my first time to SideBern's and I was hesitant to try it because I like Bern's so much...I think the filet was the best thing on SideBern's menu, and if you want that you should probably just go to Bern's where everything isn't al a carte.

Pros: Great Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Overpriced, Bland food, Everything a la carte

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It's difficult to rank this place because I love it and hate it. The food and ambiance are very good (if you don't mind a little noise). However with the exception of my first visit, 4 other times we experienced plain lousy service. I had to drag my wife the last time we went, because I truly like the place, but from the moment we sat to the moment we left. I got the same ol' lonnnng wait despite 8:00 reservations (got a table at 8:40 and didn't see our bread until 9:25) and loooonngg wait between all courses. Needless to say I got a deserved "I told you so" and now I couldn't drag my wife there again. Why..why... Sidebern's!!??

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★★★★☆

It's difficult to rank this place because I love it and hate it. The food and ambiance are very good (if you don't mind a little noise). However with the exception of my first visit, 4 other times we experienced plain lousy service. I had to drag my wife the last time we went, because I truly like the place, but from the moment we sat to the moment we left. I got the same ol' lonnnng wait despite 8:00 reservations (got a table at 8:40 and didn't see our bread until 9:25) and loooonngg wait between all courses. Needless to say I got a deserved "I told you so" and now I couldn't drag my wife there again. Why..why... Sidebern's!!??

Pros: Food, Ambiance

Cons: Service, Long wait to sit, Long wait to eat

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My husband and I are new to the area and had heard great things about SideBerns. We eat out almost every night, and we were very excited about trying this restaurant. We both found the atmosphere to be cool and laid back, but as for the food, it left much to be desired. One word in a nutshell...BLAND. Everything from our first couse to desert had too little flavor going on.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I are new to the area and had heard great things about SideBerns. We eat out almost every night, and we were very excited about trying this restaurant. We both found the atmosphere to be cool and laid back, but as for the food, it left much to be desired. One word in a nutshell...BLAND. Everything from our first couse to desert had too little flavor going on.

Pros: decor

Cons: overpriced, overhyped

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Food was a disappointing attempt to fusion east and west cuisines, it was either bland or salty and at best dismal. Although service and presentation was good. Clear your car since they close out their only parking space for valet, bring a rag if it is raining because they will return your car with a soaking wet driver seat.

1
★★☆☆☆

Food was a disappointing attempt to fusion east and west cuisines, it was either bland or salty and at best dismal. Although service and presentation was good. Clear your car since they close out their only parking space for valet, bring a rag if it is raining because they will return your car with a soaking wet driver seat.

Pros: service, presentation, ambience

Cons: bad food, noisy, parking

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Side Bern's was decent, but being the sibling to big brother Bern's, one of Tampa's finest and most reknowned restaurants, we were disappointed, especially after reading the many good reviews. Not that it was bad. It was decent. It just wasn't great. For instance, the conch chowder we had was extremely bland. To compare, we love the seafood chowder at the Mystic Fish in Palm Harbor--much more zing, especially with Myer's rum in it!! The dim sum selection was small and disappointing-for dim sum, go to TC Choy's. Entrees were alright. We prefer Profusion, Roy's, Blue Heron, Mystic Fish, TC Choy's...

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★★★☆☆

Side Bern's was decent, but being the sibling to big brother Bern's, one of Tampa's finest and most reknowned restaurants, we were disappointed, especially after reading the many good reviews. Not that it was bad. It was decent. It just wasn't great. For instance, the conch chowder we had was extremely bland. To compare, we love the seafood chowder at the Mystic Fish in Palm Harbor--much more zing, especially with Myer's rum in it!! The dim sum selection was small and disappointing-for dim sum, go to TC Choy's. Entrees were alright. We prefer Profusion, Roy's, Blue Heron, Mystic Fish, TC Choy's...

Pros: has potential

Cons: living on reputation, of Bern's., Can do much better

 

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