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Sidney's Cafe and Bistro

507 East Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
+1 252-331-1944
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Bistro, Pasta, Soups, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner
Description: Sidney's Cafe & Bistro is located along the beautiful shore of Elizabeth City harbor, just 2 blocks north on E. Main St. We serve fresh homemade fare that is both, health conscious and delicious. Our hearty breakfasts and lunches are made with only the finest and freshest ingredients with daily homemade soups being a local favorite. Sidney's Cafe & Bistro creates uniquely satisfying salads, sandwiches and daily specials to satisfy a variety of palates. And of course, we can't forget to mention our famous Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf Sandwiches and our fresh baked Tuna Salad Melts. Come join us for breakfast, lunch, light snack or for dinner on Thursday or Friday. You can even enjoy our fresh brewed coffee, cappucinos or a glass of wine, as you breathe in our small town friendly atmosphere!
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner
Description: Sidney's Cafe & Bistro is located along the beautiful shore of Elizabeth City harbor, just 2 blocks north on E. Main St. We serve fresh homemade fare that is both, health conscious and delicious. Our hearty breakfasts and lunches are made with only the finest and freshest ingredients with daily homemade soups being a local favorite. Sidney's Cafe & Bistro creates uniquely satisfying salads, sandwiches and daily specials to satisfy a variety of palates. And of course, we can't forget to mention our famous Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf Sandwiches and our fresh baked Tuna Salad Melts. Come join us for breakfast, lunch, light snack or for dinner on Thursday or Friday. You can even enjoy our fresh brewed coffee, cappucinos or a glass of wine, as you breathe in our small town friendly atmosphere!
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English first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I went there this past Saturday for lunch. Thankfully, we arrived slightly before noon as they began to get very busy for lunch and its a small place. I had the Rueben sandwich with homemade chips. Their chips were delicious! The sandwich was very good as well. My aunt had the special sandwich of the day, some sort of chicken... More

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Hertford, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Sidney's Cafe and Bistro is in our top 4 for places to eat in Elizabeth City, Hertford and Edenton. We had a minor glitch with our lunch order today. The owner apologized and comped us our meal. It wasn't necessary, but gestures of good will like this go a long way to ensuring 'lifetime customers'. BTW: their delicious bakery items... More

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I really like restaurants that I visit often to have consistency. This one does it well. It's easily the best breakfast in Elizabeth City and it's quite close to the public boat docking so it's a short pleasant walk. Be sure to tell your server if you are not from town because the restaurant will be packed with locals that... More

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Karen P, Owner at Sidney's Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for you words and yes consistent food is our goal! The restaurant does take on a different vibe for dinner. Our dinner numbers are growing but we would like to get more of the word out. Thanks for helping us do that. More

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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261 reviews 261 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Food was very good. Crabcake in sandwich was tasty. Homemade chips excellent. Summer salad was a good meal with a very good combination of flavors. Almond cake for dessert was excellent. They were very busy at Saturday lunch, so service was slower than expected. But the food was worth the wait.

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Karen P, Owner at Sidney's Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed you lunch and yes when we are busy like Saturday it does take our small kitchen a bit longer to get everyone served. Thanks for choosing Sidney's and we hope to see you in the future. More

Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Fresh food, pleasant staff, but overall the food was bland. My 3 year old son enjoyed colouring on the paper tablecloth, and the 2 servers working stopped by to chat throughout our stay. We ordered off the children's menu for our son (hotdog and fruit) and I had a chicken wrap, my husband a chicken sandwich. Both seemed to be... More

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Karen P, Owner at Sidney's Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to give us feedback. Unfortunately for us, the bathrooms are for the entire building, but I can assure you we have them cleaned regularly..Also we do have a monthly inspection with a pest service as well. This is a very old building and with it comes these types of issues. I will definitely address... More

Elizabeth City, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We went there for dinner the other night and were disappointed that there were no gluten free dinner options. We both had to order salads and add grilled chicken. Every offering had either pasta, or was fired with some type of "breading" that neither of us can consume. Some meat/fish/chicken items + vegetable and salad options would be nice, as... More

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Karen P, Owner at Sidney's Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Sorry you were disappointed in our selection. We are a Very small kitchen, and I tell my staff if we have customers with special request, we will try to accomodate, but it is a very small Common Kitchen, and I would never want to mislead anyone thinking otherwise. We serve poached chicken, shrimp, as well as a number of proteins.... More

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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The manager (I have forgotten her name) was amazing! Pleasant and very accommodating. The food was good. I was disappointed that one of the specials was sold out at 6:00 p.m. It was an eggplant dish. We had crab cakes, which were very good and the Tuscan chicken special. The butter cream berry cake was "to die for!"

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Karen P, Owner at Sidney's Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining at Sidney's. Sorry you missed out on the eggplant Parmesan, but being a small bistro we only prep a handful of any special. This adds to our ability to have variety and keep the specials fresh. Like us on Facebook and get our daily specials at you fingertips. Glad you enjoyed the triple berry... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visited there for dinner tonight. Very nice place! Food was very good, staff was friendly and helpful and attentive! Glad we found this place. I would visit again if I was in the area again.

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Karen P, Owner at Sidney's Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for spending part of your holiday with us. Our goal is great food, service and atmosphere! Hope to see you next time you are in the area. More

Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Sidney's is a cut above most of the area restaurants for my money! It not only has exceptional quality food and a diverse menu, but a friendly and knowledgeable staff that makes your dining downtown a more than pleasant experience. As a widowed "regular" who does not cook, it's a lifesaver for me serving not only breakfast and lunch, but... More

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Karen P, Owner at Sidney's Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Glad to be of service, and that you continue to visit. Look forward to seeing you soon! More

Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Me and my wife like to support local establishments that support the Military so when we heard that Sidney's offered a Military discount we made sure to stop in and give them a try. From the moment we walked in we were promptly greeted and seated. I ordered the Meatloaf panini with bistro chips and my wife ordered a fajita... More

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Karen P, Owner at Sidney's Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your positives words. I am glad Sidney's staff are giving great service, as that it the goal! Yes, we give a 10% Military discount, so please spread the word, though I know we get great support from our Military families already. Hope to see you soon! More

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