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2904 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559028 -122.635753
Tues- Sat 4pm - 10pm
Happy Hour Tues-Sun 4pm-6pm
Neighborhoods: Concordia, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
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
Warm, comfortable southern love.
Simply put this is a great place for a nice meal, solid staff and i would return again.
Good Stuff – Everytime I go into Bernie's you are made to feel at home, alone or with guests. The food is great, the prices awesome, esp for Alberta, and the drinks are just right; buzzed but not plowed.
Really nice atmosphere, mediocre food – 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.
Amazing Happy Hour – 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.
Casual Atmosphere, High Class Cookin' – 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!
Sunday @ Bernie's – 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!
Make Sure and Pay With Cash – 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!
Not Bad – 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!!!
Don't miss the Banana Bread Pudding – My first meal at Bernies. Just had two nights of prime rib over the holidays, so I was ready for something besides beef, and the Blackened catfish didn't dissapoint. Slightly crunchy, but served "wet" with plenty of sauce and sides, including fried green tomatoes and okra. Seasonings were great.....though they warn it is spicy it was fine for the more sensitive members at our table. Truly delicious, nice catfish. Thenk goodness we had a little room for dessert, so we ordered a "Bananas Foster Bread Pudding" to pass around the table, and my goodness, I wanted to keep it all for myself. That was about the best bread pudding I have every had....the chef didn't go overboard with bananas and it was buttery, rich and devine...but still maintained the comfort food quotient expected. Not to be missed. I cannot wait to try the other dishes and desserts at this place (I have heard the buttermilk fried chicken is great) so we will be back soon. I only give five stars when it is deserved; service, food, ambience and value were all tops tonight.
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