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South on Main Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southonmain.com
  • Phone: (501) 244-9660
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Southern, American, Soul food
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Bell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Laurel Burnette - laurel@southonmain.com (501) 244-9660
  • Entertainment: Free concerts every Wednesday night. Ticketed concerts once or twice a month. Check www.southonmain.com to see our full calendar of entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot across the street, intended for South on Main customers only.
A word from South on Main
South on Main is a revolutionary cultural experience that brings the Oxford American magazine to life with the best food, literature, music, and film of the South. The multi-discipline programming will provide a forum for established as well as unknown artists to perform in front of a sophisticated and appreciative audience.

Chef Matthew Bell will lead a team of chefs to serve Southern cuisine that’s both reflective and innovative, making patrons’ experience a full culinary, artistic, and educational immersion in Southern culture.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were in LR for just one night and we are glad we chose south on main. The food was good and the menu interesting. Service was good also. We happened to go there on a night they had a fashion show (Hilton Hollis) benefiting UAMS cancer. It was a beautiful show"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Cool atmosphere and interesting entertainment/events. Service was very good - entrees were OK. My husband ordered the rib-eye and it was not a good cut of meat-may have been s sirloin? The bass was OK. The best part of the meal was the chicken liver appetizer. The menu needs a little more variety. I would go back for drinks and the appetizer!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Once again the food was EXCELLENT! We had the trotters and quail as appetizers. The chicken was cooked to perfection. Moist and delicious. The pork chop is my husbands favorite and he was pleased once again. The peanut butter cookies and the peach jar were phenomenal! Thanks to all the kitchen staff for working so hard to make us a great meal. And Brittany, our server, was awesome!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This is my favorite spot in Little Rock. Great bar. Great food. Funky atmosphere. My wife and I go here regularly. Had smoked pork cheek and duck breast. Great peach cobbler dessert jar. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I invited some friends to join me for dinner on Friday and they both fell in love w this place. I have yet to have a disappointment here and hope I never will."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was very good. The service was also good, would go back again."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Love the service and the food. Unique and hard to improve."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The unfinished look of the restaurant is interesting. The menu is somewhat eclectic, the portions were nice, and the food was good. I highly recommend the Old Fashion."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My son took me for my birthday & to celebrate his completing the 2185-mile Appalachian Trail. We are foodies & appreciate the quality of the of the appetizers & entrees we had. The charred romaine with couscous was outstanding. And the surprise dessert sampler was the perfect ending to a great dinner symphony!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "the service was exceptional. the food was fresh and interesting."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was really delicious. Wish portions were a bit bigger but otherwise very good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife and I went to SOMA for our anniversary dinner on a Friday night. We traditionally look for an upscale dining experience for such an occasion. This time we wanted a little more adventure so we tried the less formal and understated SOMA. We really enjoyed our evening from the vintage cocktails to the starters and entrées to the service. The atmosphere was definitely not formal but the quality of the service and food made the evening feel appropriate for the occasion. My wife's meal of sea bass, fresh kernel corn and fried corn cakes was exceptional. My rabbit and ham rolls was good but the duck confit appetizer was outstanding. Everything tasted fresh and unique. Service was attentive and courteous. Well done SOMA"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A must visit for real food lovers. Both the trotters and oysters were amazing. Don't forget to save room for the jars and cookie desserts! Enjoy this place on a romantic anniversary date or with friends - a great atmosphere for both."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had a fun night! We enjoyed the band immensely! The food was very good much better than the first time we visited you. Will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We live downtown and when our youngest was just a sprout, Juanita's was our go-to for Friday nights with friends. We have many happy memories associated with it. When South of Main went in, it took us a while to patronize it as we just couldn't quite imagine it. Well we were pleasantly surprised from the moment we walked in on a dark and stormy Friday night. I had a beautiful cocktail called the dark and stormy. From then on our spirits soared. Both food and service were way above average. What fun! How exciting. Many new memories to be made."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Our first time was a Local Live Wednesday evening as we were drawn by the jazz group scheduled to perform. Loved the music and ambience of the restaurant - it has the feel of a comfortable neighborhood kind of place you would frequent often. The staff was friendly and welcoming. Not as impressed with our dinner selections, though. Ordered the chicken and the pork chop entrees, and both were a little undercooked. We also shared one of the desserts, and that was excellent! I think we would return and give it another chance, trying another dinner entrée, or just drinks and dessert. There are upcoming musical events scheduled that we are interested in. We very much want to support this local business and area of town!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We came to South On Main for our 27th anniversary and had a great time. A quaint table was set up for us and they made my wife feel very special with some nice touches. Service and food was great, Chef Matt has really let his creativity flow. We loved the generous use of locally grown produce. We don't eat a lot of desserts but the Brown Sugar Cakes with a compote of (local) blueberries was amazing. A nice dinner, we'll be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I must say, we were very excited to eat at South on Main. Various friends expressed negative feedback in the past, but with open minds we took the plunge. The service was outstanding. Our waitress was extremely accommodating, knowledgeable and attentive. The meal, however, was just okay. The presentation was nice, but the food lacked flavor. I did like the dessert in a jar though. That was very tasty."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, ambience fun and loved the music - and the musicians. The chairs, however, were uncomfortable for a three hour seating."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "When my wife and I decided to visit Little Rock, we weren't expecting much food-wise. However, I did do a bit of searching and found South on Main. The reviews overall were good and we always prefer small, neighborhood specific restaurants, so I made a reservation. Let me just say...if you don't eat anything else or even look at the menu, order the Trotters. I don't quite know how best to explain them, but the dish is amazing. Never heard of it before, but ordered it at the suggestion of our server. Really great...don't miss. Otherwise, our meal was very good and I would certainly return if in Little Rock again. The one thing that causes me to keep the overall rating as "Good" is the giant stage positioned in the middle of the space."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Creative menu always surprises in a positive way. When friends from Dallas visit us in Little Rock the first thing they want to do is go to South on Main. Love the food and terrific staff."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We went to South on Main primarily to see the musical act. Karen Jr. was great, but the food was amazing. The four of us all ordered different entrees. We sampled each other's food and were exceedingly pleased with each selection. The server seemed to be stretched a bit thin. He was attentive and personal when at the table but was absent from the floor too often. We did not see very many servers on the floor all night. We did enjoy our visit, however, and will likely do it again..... Soon."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and the service matched. Everything from the appetizers to the deserts was perfection. The only downside was that we were there on an evening that didn't have music."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Rabbit entree was excellent. So was dessert. Nice selection of beers on tap."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband was very impressed with the duck. The drinks we had from the menu were excellent. We'll be back and bring friends. We are especially happy to find another restaurant we enjoy in the downtown area, since we come from around Scott. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is my favorite place in Little Rock. Great bar. Great food. The chef really impresses me."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was great. It has some "adventuresome" items on the menu, and they were outstanding. Great cocktails as well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. Great table for two by the window with comfortable chairs. The waiter was great: attentive and helpful without being pushy. Especially enjoyed the appetizers. I had fried oysters, and my wife had beets with goat cheese. Ended with a jar for dessert. Excellent!!!! Hope to return to South on Main soon."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "South on Main is doing unique, courageous and beautiful things with food, and it's completely one of a kind in not just Little Rock, but the entire state of Arkansas. Start with the blackberry bramble for a cocktail, and finish with ordering all three of the day's desserts for sharing. Loved it!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I went here with a friend for a birthday dinner. The food was awesome. The scene was happening and the entertainment was different, but we really liked it. The service was good, but the waiter seemed a little distracted. When he was at our table, he was great; however, he had a large table and would disappear for extended periods of time. That could have been better. Overall, it was a great experience and we can't wait to do it again."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I love all the re-building that is happening in this area of Little Rock. South on Main is a great addition. The food is delicious."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Everyone loved their meal, great atmosphere - absolute gem of a place! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was my first time at South on Main. We were a party of four. The gin and tonic was really good! Service was good, but our entree came out while we were still enjoying our first course! Service staff and chef need to work in timeing. I ordered the catfish, it was very tough- I could not cut it with a fork. Everything else on the plated was delicious. Striped Bass, Pork Chop and Duck were good. I would like to back and catch a show. All in all we had a good experience at South in Main."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "You can't go wrong at South on Main. The food and service were both excellent. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My companions and I all came to the conclusion that this is the sort of restaurant one would expect to find in Nashville or Charleston. It's not everything for everyone, but what they do is superb. Innovative approaches to good ingredients. If you are a "foodie," this must be on your list. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Who knew Little Rock had a scene?! Super hip vibe, great local food, and an excellent wait staff. I would drive the 2 hours from Memphis just to eat here. Go. Now! And save room for desert."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was great, as usual, and the drinks hit the spot. Love the vegetable sides and the recent menu changes. Glad to see a change with tempting options. Glad the trotters are still around - likely my favorite of all time app in my 20 yrs here in LR as a foodie. Keep up the great work. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We went for appetizers and drinks to hear a live band play, and everything about the experience from the band to the food to the ambiance was wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "First time at South on Main but definitely not my last! Food was amazing and great service too. Had dinner and listened to Soulution perform before a very good crowd. A wonderful evening all around! Thanks South on Main!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is the best food in Little rock, hands down. You can't beat the gourmet soul food. This restaurant will be top of the list, even in NYC"
    Dined on 5/16/2014