South of Beale
South of Beale

South of Beale

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southofbeale.com/
  • Phone: 9015260388x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - midnight (late night menu after 10:00pm)

    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am (late night menu after 11:00pm)

    Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: C.J. White
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: If you wish to host a private party/event at South of Beale, please contact Brittany Cabigao at southofbeale@gmail.com or call 901-526-0388.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Talbot
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a free private parking lot right next to our building.
A word from South of Beale
gas·tro·pub \'gastrә'pәb\ noun - environment with a strong emphasis on chef-driven food, paired with good ale & wine, in a casual setting - the anti restaurant; where the quality of food is superb without the stuffy atmosphere
- a pub serving not only food, but great food.

We reserve only half of our dining room. Walk-ins are always welcomed.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
South of Beale reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (30)vibrant bar scene (21)great for lunch (17)hot spot (16)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (10)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (3)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Bestofbirmingham
    BestofBirmingham
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food and service were an unexpected pleasure. We were looking for a new place for Sunday brunch and found it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Spot
    Saul
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The SOB Burger is a must! Also had the Chicken & Waffle Sliders but the waffle was hard. The duck fried rice is amazing also. Pretty good beer selection. I was disappointed with their sangria.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the trip
    MsmcVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were in Memphis visiting our son and daughter-in-law and they suggested SOB - awesome! The bar specials were great, apps very creative and delicious. Two of us had the duck patty melt which was amazing. Very accommodating switching around sides and setups. Our waiter was charming - Spencer, thanks for a great dinner. We were tired and hungry and you took great care of us. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food great, Service so so!
    Girlpackfive
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was wonderful! Made from scratch and great seasoning! Really fantastic flavors. Our waitress was high or just simple unaware! She filled our alcoholic drinks with water when we needed refills because our water cups were beside our alcohol drinks. She gave food to the wrong persons. Closing out our tickets took almost as long as cooking the food did. Food was worth staying but service could improve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Jersey12
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good food, good service, lots of gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Chicken and Waffle Sliders were excellent as was the Fried Egg BLT. Definitely on the list of favorite brunch places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the walk from Beale
    HappyCanuck
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We recently vacationed in Memphis and went to South Of Beale based on a recommendation. I gave the food only three stars since some of the things we ordered were really good (the bar pie) and some were not that good (the corn chowder). But overall we had a good experience and would suggest people try this spot!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Been here twice now and the food and service are great. Nice little place in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I must go back!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I saw SOB on DDD and I was more than satisfied with the great good, great service and the atmosphere!! It was an experience I'll never forget! Everything I tried was delicious! The drinks were great and how I wished that they could bag the popcorn so I could've brought it back to Brandon, MS with me!!!! I also had to have a Tshirt to remember this great gastro-pub!!! So with all of that being said, I must go back again, very soon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu, mediocre execution
    pitcrew
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu at SOB is impressive, foodies will be pleased with the offerings. However, the execution was not as impressive as the menu listings. The swordfish on the swordfish salad was grossly overcooked to the point of being dry and tasteless. Oxtail wontons and duck fried rice were both great dishes as was the shrimp and grits. Deserts were overcooked, we had the brownie and the jack/coke bread pudding. Service was great and location was cool. I just expected much more with such a funky menu. OK if you are looking for adventure, if you want a great meal go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Time
    Niki
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was pretty good as were the drinks. Our waiter did seem slightly nervous and awkward. Maybe it was his first Friday night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent restaurant. A new favorite! The service was great, the food was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpectedly good food
    DrChris
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This place is a real local favorite and with a quick glance you might dismiss it as just having 'bar food'. But SOB does much more with the food than any regular bar ever would. We always love the cheese plate and the bar pie but this time we found that one of our favorite dishes at SOB is the braised brussels sprouts! The cocktail menu is good as well is the selection of tap beers. Great place and worth the short walk south on Main from Beale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    JustSayin
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our dinner and service was great! The food was excellent, especially the hummus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    SOB was everything I expected and more!!! Wonderful food and excellent service. I will definitely be visiting again SOON!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives
    BluffCityFoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was my second visit to SOB. I arrived around 5 within hours of seeing it on triple D. I ordered the duck fried rice, and the bread pudding. The food had great potential but I didn't get the same treatment as Guy (shocker). Popcorn stale, rice well seasoned, great flavor, skimped on the duck, bread pudding burned and too dense for my tastes. Thank goodness the bartender was friendly and attentive. I love the vibe but I need my food to be fresh....better luck next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    FoodieKat
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    SOB looked promising at first: gastro pub atmosphere, good menu. We had 5 people and everyone got different food items so we could share and try them. I'm not accustomed to seasoning my food once it gets to the table; however, everything needed to be seasoned. The gouda mac and cheese needed more cheese and was bland - it needed salt and pepper - a disappointment since I enjoy good mac and cheese. The sausage was very good but the slaw covering it was not. The chicken sandwich was just o.k. The catfish had some good pieces and some that were not as good. If you like mint, the mango lemonade mint popsicles were good; the bread pudding was dry, the ice cream served with it had many ice particles in it. A disappointment with everyone.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUMMMMM!
    Patoof
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I have season tickets to the Orpheum. For the past year, we have been going to SOB before every show. The 20% discount given to Orpheum season ticket holders even includes cocktails. It is also within walking distance to the Orpheum so the location is very convenient. The service is always good. Great beer list! The food is amazing! Try the shrimp and grits, the gouda mac and cheese, or the duck fried rice. You will not be disappointed. Do not leave without trying the Jack and Coke bread pudding. It is to die for! I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastropub?
    Hammer8266
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Not sure what a gastropub is, but they say SOB is one. Food was not your typical pub grub. The duck fried rice was different and great. The fried green tomatoes were different, not sure i liked them much. The chicken sandwich was great, but in the end it was a chicken sandwich.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great affordable menu
    ARoberts
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The atmosphere is cool and drink menu is interesting. Had a wonderful meal. Would like to take a group sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Theater lunch
    Itsalark
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We picked SOB based on the published menu. The food and service did not disappoint. As advertised, this gastro-pub is a gem. Our group of 4 had the chicken sandwich, fries, Mac & cheese, orzo, beet salad and fried green tomatoes. It was all very very good. The room is small and a bit too loud but the happy crowd was watching soccer. We will return and recommend it to other adults.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • klow
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Kitchen was backed up night we went. They were overbooked. Food overcooked. On previous visit everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't hear myself think!
    mmmemphis
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Hearing about SOB for so long, I thought we've give it a try since we were going to the theatre. The food was mediocre. I should have ordered the shrimp and grits since that's the most talked about entree, but opted for the special 'sloppy joe'. It was tasty but mostly bread. The french fries looked like they had been fried in grease that needed to be changed out about 6 months ago. My husband had the salmon with brussel sprouts and loved it. Beer specials are really good. The noise level was the downfall of the establishment. Probably won't go back since we live so far away and rarely eat downtown.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pub!
    TennesseeFoodie
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    SOB bills itself as a GastroPub and it lives up to the name. Great food and a good beer list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was outstanding. Drinks were great. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and fun
    BryanVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Salmon was the best ever. And the fried avacados were a real delicacy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Santopher
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We were in town on vacation. Found South of Beale from Food Network. Definate Memphis treasure. Our waiter (Spencer) was awesome. Oxtail Wontons, Duck Patty Melt, Jack Bread Pudding. Perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovefood
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I feel like there are so many Diner Drive-ins and Dives that end up being a disappointment...the beer special and appetizers were great...the "flatbread pizza" - terrible and fish and chips just ok....having seen some of downtown Memphis this is likely still a good option - but I would stick with appetizers.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    ShellVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I love SOB. Terrific fresh menu and interesting food combinations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MemphisMomVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I was so impressed with each item we sampled and we sampled many! There were three of us and the food was too good not to share. It is a young crowd, but the food is worth braving the scene - even for us folks a bit older. Loved it.p
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food & great atmosphere
    MemphisGrown
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at SOB! We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation but our table was ready and they seated us immediately. All of the food was amazing! The duck fried rice and scallops were my favorite. The gouda mac and cheese was delicious too. The drink menu had a nice variety and there was a good selection of local beers on tap. The tables were very close together but it was still a good atmosphere. We went before a concert and the service was quick despite the restaurant being very busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic variety
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Tried 3 appetizers. The fried green tomatoes, fried avocados, and chicken n' waffle sliders. While the fried avocados weren't for me, the person I was with loved them. The chicken and waffle sliders were a perfect flavor combo. The Jack and Coke desert was absolutely incredible. I'll be back to try the rest of the items on the menu I missed out on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 13 reviews are from the South of Beale reviews archive.
  • Delicious and fun!
    Megha
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great vibe and AMAZING food! The duck patty melt was out of this world, and the risotto is one of the best I've ever had in my life. A must-try!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    bigal
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I had the Cajun Sausage Hot Dog and my wife had the Orzo Pasta. Both of them were amazing. My wife let me try the Orzo and it was so good I was second guessing my choice of the hot dog. That's not to say the hot dog wasn't great either. The brussels sprouts slow really made the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but . . .
    CleanyourplateVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Service at South of Beale was excellent, with a very personable and attentive waitress. Some of the dishes were great (duck fried rice, shrimp with grits), but others were more mixed (grilled salmon was a bit overdone and dry, even though tasty; accompanying Brussels sprouts were great, but ends should have been trimmed higher to make less chewy). The room is basically a funky old barroom, with TV playing over the bar. We live in foodie-ville (Sonoma County, CA), and we tried to make a break from the steady flow of traditional Southern food on our trip by eating here -- it was good, but I wouldn't rush back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rojo
    RojoVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Went here right before MusicFest. Perfect experience! Service was excellent, cocktails were superb, and the food was wonderful. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the visit
    Gary
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Enjoyed our brunch at S.O.B. very much. Parking next door or on the street. A little noisey but it was mainly coming from a table of 8 being alittle loud, after they left it was quite enjoyable. Food was good, several different items on the menu I will be going back to try. Overall S.O.B. is a place I will add to my "brunch" list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need to See More
    Aundra
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife & I decided to dine at SOB before the Grizzlies vs. Thunder game this past Saturday. The game started at 8:30pm & our reservation was at 7pm. We thought this would be more than enough time to dine & make it to the games in time. We arrived at 7pm & ordered a few drinks an appetizer & our entree. At 8pm, the food still had not arrived & we were told it would be a few minutes longer. We had to make a decision to leave without eating our entrees because of the limited amount of time we had to eat & make it to the game before tip-off. While I was disappointed, I understood. It was incredibly busy when we arrived & they were doing their best. Our appetizer was delicious & we look forward to dining there when they are not so busy.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet not crowded
    SunFun
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I went in the middle of the week. I made a res, but you don't need one. Food was good and the portion was easy to consume, not too much food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small but GREAT restaurant
    SamandLori
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    While visiting Memphis we were interested in finding a restaurant that offered great food and service with a touch of local influences. Staying away from chain restaurants was a must and SOB was just that mix; small, intimate with EXCELLENT service, food was flavorful and presentation was good. We had an issue on how our steak was cooked but this was resolved very quickly by the waitress and manager to our satisfaction resulting in a very good rating for food. If you are looking for a great restaurant atmosphere with excellent staff and good food then SOB is your place.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic