Bernie's Southern Bistro
2904 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Southern, Soul, American, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Dessert, Ice Cream, European, Continental, Bar & Grills, Cajun & Creole
Alcohol: Cocktails, Yes, Full Bar
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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03/09/2012Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I go here frequently. We eat (and drink) really well for about $60 total, especially during happy hour. The food is fabulous. If you are sensitive to spicy food, then ask for some of the spicier sauces on the side (they are good, you need them!). All the sides are great and their happy hour has great deals. In the summer, the back is opened up and it's beautiful.
What I enjoy the most is the staff. They are so kind to us, which is the main reason we return again and again. Many customers do so as well. This restaurant has developed a following of sorts. I love it and been there several times. Fantastic food, fantastic people and great atmosphere. B&C
I loved this place. New to Portland and it's my favorite so far. The appetizers with their sauces were awesome! The craw fish cakes and their sauce were unreal. The fried green tomatoes were incredible....best okra I've ever had...and the broccoli casserole was terrific and has a little kick to it. I had the meatloaf which was even better as leftovers. Large portions..we didn't save room for dessert but will definitely next time.
01/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Tried Bernie's tonight based on neighborhood locale and good reviews. The cocktails were tasty and potent as others have mentioned. Sadly I found the food to be mostly flavorless and plain. The portions, however, were quite large. The fried pickles were tasty. I had the pork entree and it was not very good. The gravy was overly starchy and the pork had a strange taste to it. My son had the blackened catfish which he said was OK. The side dishes were also plentiful but just OK. I just wasn't ""wowed"" by any of it. But, you get a lot for the money which is a plus and the atmosphere is really lovely in addition to sitting by the window and people watching. The wait-staff, in particular the busboy, were pretty good and friendly.
04/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We just got back from eating at Bernies and it was amazing. The food was the best southern food Ive had. The service was incredible and friendly, Its been a long time since Ive gone to a place in portland where the waitress didn't have a chip on her shoulder, she was all smiles with even our constant ordering of the 3$ (Happy Hour prices are dope) appetizers. Had amazing cocktails and a great atmosphere.
03/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The patio at Bernies is the most comfortable and private in Portland. We take people to Bernies all year round, but we really love the summer time seating on the patio!
I've taken family, friends and business associates to dinner at Bernies and everyone is always impressed. The meatloaf is worth blowing your diet for!
03/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I enjoyed a Sunday evening dinner at Bernie's Southern Bistro at 2904 NE Alberta Street, not far from the Last Thursday section. I arrived early, so walked up and down Alberta, and was intrigued with the shops and galleries. We were sat at a window table decorated nicely with colorful throw pillows, and both started with the Southern Belle (because I like Gin). I had to comment on the 2 dudes sitting at the window with the ""pink"" drinks when we were served. We ordered from the $3. Bar menu. The Hush Puppies w/orange jalapeno marmalade and the Sweet Potato Fires w/ a smokin' tomato dipping sauce were amazing. We enjoyed quite a few southern vegetables dishes... which worked out great, as I later discovered that my guest was indeed a vegetarian. I understand they have a nice patio that is open in the warmer season. Great stop!
03/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Bernie's offers great food, not doubt. But the last time I went and entertained clients, they took seven months (that's right - 7 months) to charge my credit card. I contacted Visa to confirm it was not a mistake, and it wasn't. Then I contacted Bernie's and asked for the manager to call. I was assured she would call the next day, and that this problem had happened, in fact, to numerous people. I just wanted an explanation. That's it! Well, the manager never called. One would expect a higher level of professionalism and follow through. If I ever go back, I'll be sure and pay solely with cash!
02/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The food was very good but not great. To be honest in a city like Portland with lots of great restaurants it was not worth the price. I tried the bread pudding after reading all the reviews but found it to be too stuffing after the dinner. The bus boy worked harder than all 3 waitresses put together. Give that guy a raise!!!