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SO Restaurant
SO Restaurant
  • Address:
    3610 Kavanaugh Boulevard
    Little Rock, AR 72205
    Little Rock
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

SO Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sorestaurantbar.com
  • Phone: (501) 663-1464
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Marshall Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Private Dining Room for private parties
    We cater!!!!
  • Private Party Facilities: The private lounge at SO Restaurant-Bar is located downstairs from the main dining room and can accommodate groups of 35 for sit-down dining and 45 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The dedicated bar, outdoor patio, and restroom facilities ensure the privacy of your event. SO Lounge is equipped with a flat-screen video display, satellite TV, wi-fi internet access, and dedicated speaker system for mobile playlists. Ideal for social occasions, family gatherings, formal events, and business meetings, SO Lounge can be arranged to accommodate a wide variety of events. SO Lounge is available by reservation only with no rental fee after the minimum has been met.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeannie Smith (501) 663-1464

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Evergreen
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Friday and Saturday evenings
A word from SO Restaurant
Contemporary metropolitan bistro meets Southern small-town hospitality in a
neighborhood bar. SO offers the best in fresh seafood and hand-cut rustic
meats, complimented by an extensive and diverse wine list, honored with Wine
Spectator's Award of Excellence. Whether casual dinners, special occasions,
meetings with clients, or private parties, our service will impress.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "This was a really great spot to celebrate my Wedding Anniversary with my Wife! The food was great from the appetizer, to the soup, to the Entrée. The waiter was friendly and added to the ambience of the romantic atmosphere. We will definitely dine here again!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Exceptional dining. The food and service is first class."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at SO and were very happy with our experience. Seafood dishes were excellent, with interesting (and very tasty) sauces, purees, and garnishes made from root vegetables, herbs, etc. Wine was stand-out, although they were out of our first choice. Noise level was a little on the high side, but overall atmosphere was pleasant, warm, inviting."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "the menu has a wide range of options to choose from. appetizers were wonderful as were the salads and entrees. don't overlook the sides ... mac & cheese was over the top."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner very much. The seafood was very fresh and prepared in a very pleasing way. We never felt rushed and enjoyed taking our time with each course. The parking is a little difficult in that area but the restaurant has valet parking. Your other option would be to park a few blocks away and walk. We were seated close to the bar so it was a little noisier than we would have liked. Next time, I will ask for a table in the back room."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I never expected to find such a fine restaurant in Little Rock.; San Francisco, Boston, Paris, maybe. It is located in a charming neighborhood and well worth the drive. We visited one night from Nashville and it was the highlight of our trip! Be very careful not to miss it ... it's just a little doorway in a long building with other doors and windows. It is on the left side of the building and to the right of the garden. The Seafood Fondue was perfect and the Chocolate Sack was as every chocolate dessert should be, to die for. Our service was attentive yet subtle. The room temperature was on the cold side ... a sweater worked well for me ... and thanks for the warning from an earlier review. I can hardly wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went to SO Restaurant for a special occasion. It was quite a pleasant surprise. The French-style serving was accompanied by a romantic setting. They have a very good wine list, if not a bit pricey. The food was delicious. Be prepared to pay a moderate bill. It's not cheap. My companion had the coffee crusted filet. It was delicious. I had the grilled scallops that melted in my mouth. The service was outstanding. The only drawback was an extensive wait for our reserved table. We were able to get around that, however, by having a great glass of wine at the bar."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The folks at So offer an good bar with an extensive selection of beer and wines. The food is on the expensive side, but is creative and very good."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A group of friends and I dined at SO in late May. I used a dinner voucher, for four, which I had won at a Silent Auction at my work place. Two additional members of my party paid for their meals.We were treating a colleague who was leaving to take another job.The food was great but it took three hours for the food to be served. The long wait time between courses was inexcusable. This will not deter me from choosing to dine at SO again, however, I and other members of my party were really disappointed because of the poor service."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great food, wine, and service. Truly a quality experience at a reasonable price in every category."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I took my wife here for a Mother's Day dinner, (interesting side note is that it is hard to find a nice restaurant that is open on Sunday night). The service was friendly and helpful and we were seated in the front window table. Food was very good, recommend the Fondue! The only drawback was that the air conditioner was blasting! We were freezing cold. The server tried to fix it but to no avail. Anyway, I would absolutely recomend this place and plan to eat there again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "So is a very good restaurant, with a solid menu of high-quality food at its core. Highlights include excellent sushi-grade tuna, duck, and steaks. The service is usually very good, and the decor is superb. Like all restaurants, Saturday nights can be a bit trying, loud, and demanding on the kitchen. Still, as always, the waitstaff and kitchen kept pace. So deservedly remains in our top rotation."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Of the three dinners we had Saturday evening, the scallops were very good. The lamb was bland, carrots were hard. The Halibut was overlooked, green beans uncooked. I don't like my veggies over- cooked but with dinner I don't like them raw. Service was great."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My partner and I have enjoyed So since it first opened. It is one of our most favorite restaurants in Little Rock. A wonderful Hillcrest gem. Wonderful staff, food and service. Their wine list is huge and first rate. Highly recommended! Michael Upson Little Rock, AR"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a great dinner Saturday night before the Rep at SO in Hillcrest. Easy to make reservations on Open Table- we were seated at the best table in front window overlooking Kavanaugh. Very good valet service which was much needed on a rainy Sat night. Accomodated our requests to adjust temperature and stereo sound quickly. Server was excellent with good food suggestions and knowledgeable of the extensive wine. I had House Salad, Grilled Halibut, and White Chocolate Creme Brulee. Husband had Scallops and wine flights. Both dinners were of the highest quality and the veggie sides were not overlooked. Beautiful plate presentation. This is a wonderful special occasion restaurant, allow time for a leisurely meal."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great dining experience as always at SO. Best kept secret in Little Rock."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Had a very lovely dinner at So with clients from out of the country. There were no issues and the service was impeccable. Currently they are transitioning to a new chef, so there were two menus at the time of service."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food at So is very good, but it has gotten increasingly more expensive. The prices are mostly breathtakingly high for a city the size of Little Rock. In deed the prices are higher than some high end restaurants in major market places. The service is attentive, but it takes a long time for courses to be served - not bad if you plan to make a long evening out to dinner, but be forewarned that it is not the place to go if you want to get out quickly. And at the cost, you will want to make this a leisurely enjoyed dining experience."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This restaurant was highly recommended by a reliable friend, and was a little disappointing. I ordered the rib-eye, and it was definitely not bad, but nowhere near as good as other fine dining restaurants I have been to. The main disappointment was the service, but I believe this was waiter specific. The other tables seemed to have attentive, courteous waiters. Ours was not attentive, and seemed very aloof. I will probably return to this restaurant, because there are other dishes that sounded good, the other waiters did well, and I trust my friend. But, this initial experience was not so good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Best food ever!! Great atmosphere, overall great experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Feels small when crowded, excellent dining experience, from the food and service. Also got the sack for dessert highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I took my wife here on the day after valentines day. It was not busy at all when we arrived, so we were seated and service was great for about 20 minutes. More people started showing up and we did not see our waiter for almost 15 minutes multiple times. The filet mignon was juicy and tender but didn't really have flavor and the asperagus was quite over cooked. It was definitely not worth the outrageous amount I spent that night."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We selected SO for our Valentine's Night Dinner. Everything was AMAZING! From the service, the food, to the ambience of this wonderful restaurant! We certainly enjoyed our cuisine. We had the Halibut and Primo Louis Filet both dishes were amazing! The chef's presentation was very nice. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fine dining experience in a very quiet and romantic setting! This is the place in Little Rock!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My group and I tried this Little Rock treasure, and had a great time. The crab cake with fried green tomatoes are spectacular as was the blackened seafood fondue. The French onion soup had a few too many dashes of salt, which really is the only critique our table had in regards to anything negative to be said. The "New Fashioned" was excellent, so order it if you like whiskey."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Went to So to celebrate 10th anniversary after some recommendations and reviews on Open Table. Food was excellent and service was spot on. Like other reviews tables for two are a little close but not a big deal. You must get the chocolate sack dessert! Open Table reservations made it easy and we were seated immediately when we arrived."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Party of three, folks took great care of us, made great wine suggestion. I reached out tried a few other items this time and it was quite good. The seafood fondue, while rich had very nice flavor. The oysters cooked with shrimp and mushrooms were nice and the wine was delish."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Reservations made easy on line, accept could not edit once saved (changing number of guests or a spelling error in host name). Beautiful food presentation, variety and taste. Excellent server and service. Accessible entrances for people with disabilities except signage needed explaining downstairs access & parking. Party room if desired. A fun place."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Went there New Year's eve. Were visiting from out of town. Reservation was for 8:30. Were not seated until well after 9. Did not get food until well after 10. My teenage son didn't get his crab dinner until we were all almost finished. He got three crab claws. My impression is that the restaurant was totally unprepared for New Year's eve crowd. Many other customers were complaining about service."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food and bar service extremely slow. Food good but extremely expensive!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The last time that I ate at SO they presented me with uncooked pork chops. I did not return for quite some time, but thought that I would give them one more chance by going back for lunch. Their lunch menu is totally unacceptable. There are a decided lack of choices on the menu. I ordered a tenderloin sandwich and caesar salad. The romaine leaves were as big as the plate and the dressing was not what I would call caesar. The sandwich contained luke warm meat. My wife ordered what was called a salad, but was almost totally inedible. The lobster meat was watery and tasteless. Fool me once, ok. Twice and you are out."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This is my go to place for special occasions and if I need to bring clients or out of town guests out for a lovely dinner Must have the chocolate Sac!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Great meal once again. Never disappointed. Wine was outstanding, thanks to waiters suggestion. Ribeye on the bone cooked right."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Food was good. Service was slow and the tables are crammed together."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "My kids have raved about So's "choc ask dessert" so we actually went to try this famous dessert but found the food amazing. I had Parrot fish, recommended by our awesome waiter. And my boyfriend had scallops, which he didnt leave a bite on his plate. the atmosphere was awesome. I kinda wished the tables weren't so close together but everything else made up for it. Nice evening."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Love this place! My husband and I came here for our on year anniversary dinner, and we will be definitely coming back! The duck was amazing and so was the Hawaiian sea bass!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "My wife & I celebrated our anniversary here Saturday night. The ease of making a reservation through open table was great. The food & service was excellent. Our server did a great job walking us through the menu, wine list & the specials. Very good dinner!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Best customer service ever experienced at a restaurant! We were seated with a complimentary glass of champagne, and then upgraded our bottle of wine at no additional cost just because they no longer carried the bottle we had ordered. Finished off the evening with a complimentary banana foster, table side. Awesome evening!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "We loved everything about our experience! The food was beyond delicious, server was knowledgable and easy to relate to, the atmosphere was perfect for a night out with my husband! I have already been able to share my experience and tell people that had not heard of SO before that it is a must visit! I love having this unique restaurant in little Rock. It is awesome to take clients to for business, celebrate different occasions or just get away and encourage others to eat unique!"
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "So is definitely one of the premier restaurants in Little Rock. Expect to spend some dough, but so worth it. Would definitely recommend that you go and experience it for yourself."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "The menu has a nice variety of selections and I could eat here often. The server was effective but slightly preoccupied. The food (app, entrees, dessert) was all delicious and cocktails were made well. We definitely recommend So."
    Dined on 8/24/2013