SOUTH

4.5
1000 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
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Welcome to SOUTH where we seek to offer the very best of New Southern Fare and Southern Hospitality. SOUTH features three distinct spaces and experiences: a warm and inviting Dining Hall, a Jazz Parlor with a center stage for exciting jazz performances, and an elegant, yet comfortable Bar/ Lounge.

Enjoy our new southern fare and seasonal features of products indigenous to the South served in the Dining Hall. Join us in the Jazz Parlor to witness exhilarating performances of local and national jazz acts six nights a week, while also enjoying the creations of our culinary team. The Bar/ Lounge offers a playful abbreviated menu of southern snacks and shared plates, as well as a comprehensive 50-bottle American bourbon and whiskey program; beers on tap, including custom offerings; cocktails on tap, barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned cocktails, infused spirits as well as punch bowls and wines on tap.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American, Southern
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Hours of operation
*Dinner:
Tues-Thurs: 5-10pm
Fri-Sat: 5-11pm
Sunday: 5-10pm

Bar:
Tues-Thurs: 4-2am (menu until 11pm)
Fri-Sat: 4-2am (menu until 12pm)
Sunday: 4-2am (menu until 11 pm)

Live Jazz in our Jazz Parlor:
***For Jazz Parlor Reservations please visit our Open Table Jazz Parlor page!***
Doors open at 6:00PM. Please check our Jazz page for a full schedule and details with regards to showtimes, pricing and ticket purchase.
***Some shows require tickets!***
Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so guests are encouraged to come as early as possible to get preferred seating. When seated, guests have the option to choose from any of our menus.
Tues-Thurs, Sunday: Sets begin at 7pm*
Fri-Sat: Sets begin at 8pm*
*Except for National Acts, TBD
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Phone number
(215) 600-0220
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ben Bynum
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mt. Vernon St.
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Parking details
Thurs- Sat: $18 Valet Parking or Street Parking
Tues, Wed, Sun: Street Parking
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Public transit
Broad Street Line - Subway: Spring Garden
Bus 4 & 16: Mount Vernon
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Entertainment
Live Jazz Tuesday-Sunday in our Jazz Parlor.
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Special events & promotions
Please call 215 - 600 - 0220 to inquire about our Special Events' program.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pretty expensive but the food quality was very good

EM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We arrived only to be told that the restaurant no longer Participated in OpenTable reservation system
we had a reservation for 10 that was confirmed by OpenTable
the restaurant reluctantly gave us two tables of five close to each other but was unable to accommodate anything else
the service at one table was barely adequate but the service at the second table which was the same server was awful
they were 30 minutes behind in their entrée delivery
Overall it was a awful dining experience and we will never go back to that restaurant

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

They don’t let you know ahead of time if there’s a cover and we for there to $25 cover.

AM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our party included 7 people from Alabama. They all thought the food was excellent! Great elevated Southern cuisine. The restaurant was also really accommodating in pushing back our reservation twice due to flight delays in our party. The ambiance and service were excellent. We had a great time!

BS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 1ambience 5

This restaurant has a fun and upbeat atmosphere. The manager Mark came to our table and introduced himself and took our order. The only thing I would say negative about this place is that I had no idea that the Jazz portion of the restaurant was a separate charge. If you do not purchase this in advance you can not enjoy the show that is right in front of you.

LC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only downfall was not getting a response from their staff about planning my event HOWEVER despite not having a discussion with them, they accomodated 11 of us. The food and service were great!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seriously delicious fried chicken! Also, everything on their bread board was to die for. Lots of personal attention (I think four different people asked us if our meal was to our liking). We will be back!

J
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. The fried catfish, Branzino and the fried chicken....superb! Me and my dining mates were in a food coma. The starters of the Mac and Cheese and fried green tomatoes.....ommmggg! Such a great meal and I'll be back!

A
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, great portion sizes. The pre-set menu for before shows at the MET was fantastic and was perfectly timed for us to get to our show on time. Crab toast, cheese and crackers, shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and beignets are highly recommended! Will be back! Atmosphere is beautiful as well.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance! Great place to dine before or after a show at The Met.

CG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Our waiter was excellent. However, after ordering we waited over an hour for our food. The restaurant seemed overwhelmed by the large crowd who showed up to eat.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was slow. They should have been prepared for the crowd due to Tyler Perry being in town. Had a reservation and wasn’t seated until 30 minutes after reservation time. Our server barely checked on us. I was wishing 2 of the other servers were waiting on us because they were around all the time with their tables. I habe been to South in several other occasions and the service was great. I just think our server was overwhelmed. The bar was EXTREMELY SLOW making the drinks.

I have to say the food was delicious!! We all cleaned our plates. I had the special of the evening... Duck with rainbow carrots and an oyster mushroom bread pudding (tasted like a high end stuffing). Others at the table had fried chicken (may be the best I’ve ever tasted) and salmon which was so tender and that cabbage was to die for! South we’ll always support you. See you next time!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in a long time

LY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great! Was able to get served and was done in plenty of time to make it to the play at the Met! Will definitely be back!

y
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent. I will come back again.

KD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for put of towners

MP
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing establishment! The apple pie french toast was life altering! We will definitely be back.

PH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful “after show” meal. First time visit was outstanding!

EK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant was recommended by a complete stranger at the hotel I was staying. It was definately just as good as she said. The food was great, the service was great. The total experience was great.

LM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food, service and the atmosphere. We’ll definitely be back soon!

JJ
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

One of my best dining experiences ever. We had the shrimp and grits, deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes. The food was exceptional! The jazz music was very nice and set in an intament and classy atmosphere. The resteraunt is very beautiful and was designed by someone with great taste and creativity. My only negative comment is that my dates food arrived very late after my meal was served; but we were happy anyway because we shared and the food was perfect. I would love to come back to South again.

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Visited on Friday, March 22. The main dining room ambiance and service was great. The food was tasty and servings were plentiful. It would be great if more than one vegan option were included.

Two of us went for the jazz performance and got great seats in the club area and the show was wonderful! The hostesses may want to ask patrons if they have show tickets. It was our first visit and we didn’t know we could have dined in that area.

Finally and unfortunately, the waitress who served our table was rude. We didn’t get her name, but one side of her head is shaved and the other has local. When advised that my wine glass was dirty, she snatched it out of my hand. Additionally, the wait to get my wine was 20 minutes. I ended up having to speak with the manager and he brought my wine. Management may wish to keep a closer eye on the quality and timelines of service in the lounge.

Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and will return.

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I was there before a show at the Matt, and the food wasn’t horrible, it just wasn’t very well seasoned. I had the south Cesar, which came with fried green tomatoes that were very bland, and then the fried chicken, which was over breaded. The staff was very friendly.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time with my boyfriend and I must say.....so glad we went. The server was great, the food was AMAZING. I will definitely be back. The only thing is that the sangria was not the best. They need to revamp that.

PO
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, food, service, ambiance very good, as usual. Waited too long for drinks after ordering them.

SD
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome!! I’m definitely coming back.

KB
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice place for a date night with a beautiful ambiance with music and food

GG
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I introduced my cousin who was visiting Philly from California to South Kitchen. I knew he would enjoy it. He raved about the restaurant & entertainment and hopes to return there again!

JO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The staff was friendly & knowledgable. We were in a hurry because we were going to a show at The Met (walking distance) so we asked for quick service & they accommodate our needs. I would highly recommend this restaurant & look forward to going back.

E
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience! I’ve only really been introduced to “southern soul food” in the last 2 years and South did NOT disappoint. Every dish was delicious - both presentation and taste delighted me so much! Service was impeccable. Ambiance was just right- the interior of the restaurant is gorgeous and the music was perfect. Overall an incredible dining experience- definitely will come again and have already recommended to many friends. Thank you!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great time

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything except more food to order and table to small to accommodate.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. It was great food and service

DG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great time, tweaking the way seating is done would help add to a great time.

VD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived late and they still sat us down with a reasonable wait time. We were on a time crunch because we had a concert to attend in which our server already knew about and got us out the door in time. Fantastic service and great staff all around.

Food was also amazing, the quantity and quality is great! I am definitely coming back!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

South was awesomely outstanding. I went because my date had a birthday and I wanted to take her somewhere nice. With that being said, she had a blast and she and I will be coming back in the future.

RS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at the restaurant. Great time. Great food.

HM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The server was inexperienced and his timing was way off. Brought our entree while still working on appetizer and tried to clear it. Tried to clear our dessert before we were done.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foods here were absolutely delicious! The spicy chips beside the cajun shrimps was awesome. The Branzino was great with blackened skin, but the fish meat was still juicy. Jerk chicken was not as spicy as I thought. The coconut rice was soft and tasted a little bit sweet, coordinated with the salty chicken breast.
Also the service was great.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from our waiter named Guy. Awesome experience!

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