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Northside Bistro & Cocktails, Raleigh, NC

Northside Bistro & Cocktails

4.8
4.8
626 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 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 626 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

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  1. LA

    LADD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Our appetizers were good . We were encouraged, fried duck legs were very good and the octopus tostado was equally as good . Our meal was not . When the menu says lobster tail with risotto and crab stuffed shrimp I was excited . Only they gave me rice and called it risotto , big diff, and , zero lobster. The duck dish was not eatable , the sliced duck was gray and tough like the carrots on the plate . They were uncooked and dry . The reason the noise level was ok was we were put in a terrible table in the back after making a reservation WAY in advance as it was a special occasion , we were a party of 2 . Our server was very friendly. Will not be returning.
  2. CH

    CHEESE

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere
  3. z

    zambrano

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining in this restaurant and I love it.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t go wrong with the gnocchi. It amazing. Love this place. Prices have gone up a lot but the food is fabulous.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was not worth the price
  6. MB

    MarkB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our table of 6 was available at our reservation time of 6:30pm on a Saturday evening. Drinks and appetizers were delivered very timely. The kitchen was "backed up" a bit due to the large number of patrons, so the entrees arrived later than desired, but all is good with drinks and good company. The entrees were delicious!!! and well worth the wait. Everyone in the group is looking forward to our next visit.
  7. CM

    CarolineM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food was great but very pricy for the amount I received. The service was less than adequate. It took our waiter over an hour to take our order after I flagged him down and I never knew is name. When we did order, the nightly dinner specials were unavailable. After our food was delivered by a nice food runner, but I didn't see our waiter again until I flagged him down again for a dessert menu for our birthday guest which was noted in our reservations. The place was packed which seemed fine until you needed to use the bathroom which were out of order. No bathrooms and towels lined the area where the bathrooms/kitchen were located. Owners were around, but nobody asked how our evening was going. I will think again about coming here.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Average age 65 @ 5:45 Friday evening, the music was too loud. Beef Wellington was $52.00, very fatty and lukewarm. The blue cheese grits were delish. The tyme cocktail recommended by the server, $14 & small. IF the meal is delish & cocktails, great, we don’t care about the price. We asked for bread. Later in the meal we asked a different server for more bread & he never brought it. Finally we got bread, no butter. Too much money for just ok food. Cafe Tiramisu, across the street, is so much better, cheaper and bigger cocktails. Care Tiramisu servers are “on it” too! We’ve been twice to Northside and we won’t go a third time.
  9. JY

    JeniferY

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite date night spot - amazing service, amazing food, cool ambiance, unparalleled attention to detail and you can’t miss with their specials.
  10. MT

    MTW1

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and ambiance!
  11. TM

    TishM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was very quiet place to enjoy dinner. A place you can brings friends or mate. Will dine again
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing and the service was fantastic. I highly recommend eating here and you definitely want to make a reservation.
  13. CF

    ColleenF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service!
  14. S

    Sharon

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a great first experience dining at Northside Bistro - thank you for the amazing service, Dominique, and for one of the best meals we’ve had in Cary! It was a wonderful birthday celebration :D
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Wish they had non-alcoholic options, but what do you expect these days? I’d definitely go back
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent and full-flavoured (especially compared to other US restaurants), as expected for the premium prices charged. The ambience was good - lively conversations around us helped lift the vibe. That said, the space we were in was quite cold and very noisy, with goldfish-bowl acoustics. Service was brisk and satisfactory, but not that friendly - they were very busy though. A popular venue.
  17. CA

    CarrieA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our girls Christmas celebration was made better by your wonderful staff, food, cocktails. Thank you so much!
  18. s

    solsis3

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great on all counts, service very good. Enjoyed everything. Will definitely return.
  19. a

    andrews

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating at Northside. Outstanding! A little noisy but I will definitely go back as everything from the service to the food was excellent.
  20. K

    Kate

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The beef welling and gnocchi skillet were both amazing! Great ambience and amazingly friendly staff. Will definitely be back.
  21. CI

    ClarenceI

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing!! Staff is very attentive and friendly!
  22. SS

    SusanS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite place. Great parking, close by, we love it. Food great, service warm and friendly. Been 4times and will keep gong!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good was very good. Salads really good and well dressed. Dishes were seasoned well and were quite rich. Service was friendly and welcoming. However, service wasn’t as attentive as it could have been. We will go back again.
  24. DH

    DuaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service and even better food! Definitely one of our favorite places now here in Raleigh. Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for an awesome restaurant experience!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food was mediocre. Service and atmosphere were great.
  26. K

    Kathy

    Raleigh

    95 reviews

    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed everything that we tried! The duck is the best we ever tried, the bolognese was so delicious, and the tuna was unexpectedly good - our son didn’t know it would be just seated so new taste for him.
  27. AM

    AngelaM

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent! Food delicious!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Annual holiday dinner date with my husband
  30. AP

    AndieP

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This chef and his team always do an amazing job with training the staff but most importantly, the food and cocktails are consistently AMAZING. My hubby is very particular about what he eats (great chef himself) and we both love this place. It also helps that the owner/chef loves to swing by the tables to say hi to all of the customers. A great neighborhood restaurant! Thank you!
  31. AP

    AmyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy an evening out at Northside. Love the experience from the exceptional food to the incredible service. Pleasurable night out for a date or fun night with friends!!
  32. LS

    LynS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, great food and drinks. Atmosphere was excellent. Highly recommend
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible. My wife had the Duck Duck Go which she absolutely loved. She even mentioned the next morning how good the food was. I had the Beef Wellington which was excellent as well.
  34. K

    Katk

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I enjoyed my meal and it is very consistent there.
  35. NN

    NativeNYer

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The noise level is high. The food is thoughtfully and deliciously prepared. It's a well-lit long room with set up almost like a deli in New York. There are booths as well as tables. There are excellent drinks and quite unusual appetizers. Most of the entrees contain meat.
  36. CL

    CLYDEW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit. Food and service excellent. Plan to keep going back and working through the menu.
  37. CS

    ChelseaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner. We came with a 7 month old baby and they did there best to accommodate us. Food, drinks and service was fantastic!!! 100/100
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food at the Northside Bistro is consistently interesting, well prepared and delicious. It is one of those restaurants that hits on all cylinders- great appetizers, terrific entrees and spectacular deserts. We go back often because there are many things on the menu we still haven’t tried. The service is also top notch.
  39. K

    Kris

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and craft cocktails. Neighborhood feel with owners that are there all the time.
  40. FW

    FoodieWannaBe

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal as everything on the menu appeared difficult to choose. I had th Beef Wellington and my wife had the short ribs. And the eggnog creme brulee and million dollar pie for dessert were heavenly. We will be back!!

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 626 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 30 times today
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

  • 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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