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SouthGate

4.8
4.8
307 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Korean
Located on the edge of Rittenhouse Square and Graduate Hospital neighborhoods of Philadelphia, SouthGate is a twist on the traditional gastropub. Elevating food and drink in a modern but approachable way, the menu and the décor of Southgate are heavily influenced by both our Korean roots as well as modern American culture, preferring to be interesting and friendly rather than trendy.

The menu consists of a wide range of options, including several vegetarian meals. Popular dishes include Korean fried chicken, bulgogi burger, dumplings and buns, kimchi, and beef tartar. In addition to the delectable cuisine, Southgate offers an extensive drink menu that includes cocktails, wine, spirits and an extensive craft beer list.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Korean, Korean, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 560-8443

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    We can host groups of up to 10 at our chef's table.

  • Neighborhood

    Rittenhouse Square

  • Cross street

    18th street

  • Parking details

    Metered and 2 hour parking in the surrounding blocks. Parking garage located at 1800 South Street.

  • Public transit

    18th and South Streets

  • Entertainment

    Television at the bar featuring sports events, kung fu flicks, or Korean classics.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 307 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing and the food was great!
  2. l

    likare

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    We ordered Miso calamari salad, and the salad was bitter and did not looked fresh. Other orders were ok nothing special. The burger was very good.
  3. RM

    ReganM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, incredible food and really great service. Had the best waiter and really enjoyed ourselves.
  4. f

    foodie1

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Korean with outdoor seating and a decent beer list
  5. GH

    GregH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, attentive & friendly staff, very pleased
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, delicious food
  7. F

    Faith

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The food was a bit expensive but its good quality. My main complaint is the ramen... it was SOOOO hot. Temperature wise. I couldn't even eat it after an HOUR of sitting and letting it cool. Even had my bf try it and he burned himself too, so it wasn't just me being a big baby.
  8. H

    Hridoydoctor

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    I must have a different taste compared to other reviewers. The menu was limited. Some items on the internet menu were absent at the restaurant . No fish dishes. Too much emphasis on beef products. Cooking was average and price was high. Reviewers should give honest opinions and not give high scores when a restaurant is not deserving.
  9. G

    Genevieve

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Southgate. Great food. Great service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  11. KD

    KeriD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always! Thank you!
  12. T

    Tuitionhostage

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Delicious. Easy. Great happy hour combo prices.
  13. LC

    LeticiaC

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Second time here, and would keep coming back!
  14. G

    Goat

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was good. I’ll be back to try other foods on the menu.
  15. C

    Cookie

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is great, especially the bao buns. Outside dining is very pleasant.
  16. SJ

    SierraJ

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vegan options and great server
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary there last night. It was a truly exceptional experience. The food was delicious the drinks were top-notch and the service was great. Would highly recommend to anyone
  18. LC

    LeticiaC

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great and flavorful food! Would recommend.
  19. j

    joopi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Long time southgate fan. People be sleepin on their happy hours.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The food was very underwhelming. I was excited to try it, however the presentation and the taste were just okay. The staff was very impressive - the bartender was serving all of the tables inside, the entire bar, and managed to seat incoming guests, as well. It was very busy, so the ability for one person to manage all of that on their own is incredibly impressive. The service was good, but the food was not very good. The food was very oily and lacked flavor. The KFC was very salty and the beef Korean tacos were bland and the meat was very chewy. Unfortunately, the food and the price point for what you pay isn’t enough to warrant the quality of food you receive. Happy we tried it, however it wasn’t enjoyable enough for a return trip.
  21. L

    Lynne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for a date night. We lived all of our food, however, it was spicy. If you don't like spicy food, ask the waiter for recommendations.
  22. C

    Cookie

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Outside dining was very comfortable. Not crowded. Food was delicious. Service very attentive.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is wonderful and the food is delicious!! They have a great happy hour, lots of vegan/vegetarian options, and cocktails are creative. Highly recommend the dolsot bibimbap and the banchan appetizers.
  24. MC

    MCM2

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are so professional - top notch service that makes you feel special - and the food is beyond compare - a wonderful special place!!!
  25. JL

    JLB49

    Dublin

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had a 6 hour layover in PHL, so decided to head into town for dinner. I had never heard of Southgate, but reviews were good so gave it a try and we were not disappointed!! The menu had a nice variety of Korean specialities, and all sounded great so making a decision was difficult. We went with the bao buns (pork and mushroom), which were super light and very tasty, the Dolsot Bibimbap(stone pot), which had nice vegis, but could have used a bit more spice and the assorted banchan happy hour dish. The Banshan with zucchini, kimchi, cucumber and tofu ended up to the be the star of the meal! I am not a fan of tofu, but this was lightly pan fried with a good spice and was extremely yummy (not tough, chewy at all). We each had a glass of wine that went perfectly with the meal. Lastly, the service was perfect with good explanations to our questions and well paced. We will definitely be back next time we are in town!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Been dying to try this place out and finally was able to make my way! Initially we were going here for dinner but ended up just getting apps and drinks. Service was a little slow, but the appetizers were so filling we didn’t even need to get a meal. We sat outside, so didn’t get to much of the ambiance but the outdoor seating was very nice. If you are into bourbon then the Seoul Sour is the perfect drink for you. I will definitely be coming back to try out some of the bigger meals sometime in the future.
  27. AM

    AlyssaM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think this is my new favorite spot in the city!
  28. R

    Rafiat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice, cozy restaurant to enjoy Korean American fusion dishes! I tried their vegetable fried dumplings and their dolsot-bibimbap (hot stone pot bibimbap). Their prices we reasonable and their service was fast. A popular place for locals and students alike! Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy Korean dishes!
  29. RM

    RussellM

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The "less Korean" dishes (which, for some reason, we mostly chose to order) seemed to be less successful than the "classic" dishes at neighboring tables. Excellent service and more-than-adequate ambience. We liked the hybrid nature of the concept, wherein Korean spices and accompaniments are used to kick up a burger-and-fries base. So in essence, a rare example when a "have it both ways" (neighborhood fast food meets Seoul food) actually works. Oh, and the kimchee Bloody Mary was killer.
  30. J

    Jackeepoo

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went in on a VERY cold day and had nice beers and ramen, which was incredible. I don’t usually order ramen at a Korean place but I was so glad I did. My husband was also very happy with his bulgogi burger and fries, so this place is the best of two worlds - gastropub with Korean flair. For “dessert” we had a whiskey drink with soju and amaro - genius. The service was lovely. Can’t wait to return!
  31. JR

    JudyR

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did happy hour and everything was tasty and at a reasonable price
  32. C

    Christopher

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    food was tasty but very hot (temperature-wise) and spicy servers were kind and attentive but had too many patrons tables are extremely tiny and the door caused the entire dining room to freeze when opened would return if invited, but was not blown away by the experience
  33. CU

    CamilleU

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly staff, delicious food! Drinks are a bit pricey but HH menu is generous! Definitely will be going back.
  34. S

    Swen

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our heated Bibimbop bowls outside on a chilly night! Perfect spot, we were warm and toasty and the food as usual is fabulous!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was a very nice experience will come back
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started out Sunday date here and the wood was great. My girlfriend ate her whole plate so that is something special. South Gate will be added to our summer rotation. Nice atmosphere and cool staff.
  37. AG

    AvaG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and staff! Best kimchi fries i’ve ever had
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sooooo goood.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Soju mixed drinks were good. Loved the bao buns. Bimbibap bowl was ok. Wouldn’t get the ramen again. Cute ambiance and very friendly staff!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super tasty night out with my sweetheart, quite loud with very tight quarters but food was excellent!

FAQs

SouthGate does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

SouthGate is rated 4.8 stars by 307 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 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for SouthGate

1801 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Additional information

  • Cross street

    18th street

  • Neighborhood

    Rittenhouse Square

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Korean, Korean, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Metered and 2 hour parking in the surrounding blocks. Parking garage located at 1800 South Street.

  • Public transit

    18th and South Streets

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Television at the bar featuring sports events, kung fu flicks, or Korean classics.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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