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Southern Rail
Southern Rail

Southern Rail Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.southernrailaz.com
  • Phone: (602) 200-0085
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11-3 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Beckett
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Light rail station (central & camelback)
    Bus stop (Central Ave/Camelback Rd Transit Center)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self park parking lot.
A word from Southern Rail
Coming to uptown Phoenix this May, the people that brought you Beckett’s Table invite you to experience the Southern Rail. Soulful, warm and centered around community, the Southern Rail will offer flavors of the American South elevated by Chef Justin Beckett’s inspired signature style. Diners will enjoy a journey of nostalgic flavors accented by a robust wine program in a genuinely comfortable setting.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Heard that this restaurant was overpriced for what you got, and I have to agree. We enjoyed what we had, but it was pricey. The wait staff is excellent. Our waiter, Buddy, was very knowledgeable, personable and professional. The dining room is very noisy. Lots of hard surfaces so sound couldn't be absorbed by anything. The simple salad was the biggest disappointment. Was underdressed. Not worth the $8. Really liked the gumbo, however."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was absolutely amazing and the restaurant itself is charming, the only thing is its kinda of loud so conversations are few."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Make sure you ask for back room. Bar area is loud and energetic. Great for friends hard to hear for romantic dinner."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Like this restaurant - food always tantalizing flavors you can't get elsewhere and staff is attentive and excellently prepared."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food was amazing first and second time I have dined here and Buddy our server did a fantastic job and was very patient with how slow we were to order."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Our server was absolutely wonderful. He was engaging and informative about the restaurant and the menu. The restaurant is going through some changes to address the noise level, and it's getting better. However, I'd say that this place is best for small groups of 2-4 people, rather than large groups, because large groups of people all trying to talk across/down the table really amps up the volume and compromises the experience for other patrons. The fried green tomatoes were tasty, and the grits were absolutely fabulous! I enjoyed the ribs and had enough leftovers to enjoy my dinner twice! I can't wait to see what this place is like when the weather is nice and we can sit outside."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "What a great new restaurant! Beefeater's can rest in peace! We arrived early for a drink and were pleasantly impressed with a very active bar scene! Great service and a nice wine list. Although a relatively new restaurant, you couldn't tell it by the servers. From the bar to the dining room, they all appeared to be very competent and experienced. Fried green tomatoes! Simply superb! The Friday "special plate from the sea" was a shrimp dish that was well prepared and nicely presented. The cider brined pork loin served on a bed of whipped sweet potatoes was terrific! Collard greens - Yum! Having lived in the South for a number of years, this restaurant is the real deal. All in all, a great find and we'll definitely return."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great first impression. Interior of the restaurant was awesome. Food was delicious and so creative...collard greens were my favorite. Our server, Chris, was so attentive and knowledgeable. Salads were fresh and unique. Service was prompt and perfectly paced. Cannot wait to come back."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I don't usually write poor reviews. This place is a waste of time, money, and energy to get there. After our table not being ready at time for our reservation, we sat down. Then we waited 10 mins to get the server to bring us water. Another 10 mins for cocktails, and wow, we finally get to order!. We got the cornbread salad and the chicken and biscuit dumplings. Salad was good, chicken not so much. Especially after waited 10 mins after our entree was served to get the wine. To dessert, the French toast was very good. Only issue, is that it was supposed to be bread pudding and $8 for one piece of French toast, they must be making some great margins!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We love Beckett's Table so we were looking forward to our dinner at Southern Rail. We were greeted with an enthusiastic hostess and seated in the side room, which was more intimate and had a good level of sound. Our waiter, Robert, was very busy and our service was uneven. When he was at the table, he was friendly and helpful, however, he was not very attentive and we needed water and place settings and had to ask. The watermelon salad was fabulous and we highly recommend it. The cornbread and brioche were only fair, dry (cornbread) and the brioche had some overdone rolls and some right.(Don't ask me how that can happen in the same pan.) The flatiron steak was wonderful, however, the chicken gumbo was only fair."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food and cocktails were great, but the restauarant was very, very loud. Maybe 2 people on the same side of a booth would be okay."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our waiter was fabulous. He meticulously explained the ingredients and cooking technique of every dish discussed. This was my second time here. This time there was a fish dish on special. That was good news. However the fish was paired with a carrot patty (latke). I think patty overwhelmed the piece of fish. There was a bed of corn puree under the fish and latke. It was light, sweet and savory. I would have liked more puree less latke. Braised carrots instead of the carrot latke would have elevated the fish. I am confident this restaurant will continue to offer a good time and good food."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This is definitely not becketts table. Nor is it the Southern home cooking you expect. This was my fourth visit ordering something new and the food is consistently bad. Something is off with the concept. Home cooking with a foodie spin that seems to ruin every dish. The pork tenderloin is a thick plank of dry pork. The croquettes are dry. One friend ordered the gumbo and said it all tasted like peanut butter. Mac and cheese was the only edible dish and it went fast at the table. The benignetts are good and the fried green tomatoes but that is about it. Hopefully they will make some adjustments. I am about the furthest thing from a food critic or a picky eater. I like nearby and want to like it."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food, as to be expected was amazing, however the service was not the to the same standard as Beckett's Table. Our waiter forgot drinks multiple times during dinner and was often absent from the dining room so we flagged down others. This was an unexpected experience since we absolutely love the service at Beckett's Table and recommend it to everyone. It was also our friends birthday and while my wife called separately to let them know in advance it was not mentioned at any time during the evening so we celebrated as a table without the fan fare. Again, the food is amazing and it's worth the time and patience to go eat at Southern Rail."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great for casual dining. Staff very friendly and helpful. Bar is a happening place and both drinks and appetizers are first rate. Fried green tomatoes are the best! Dinner was very good with ribs and fried chicken getting high marks from our group. I had gumbo with shrimp - good but one of the 3 large shrimp not quite cooked through. Noise considerable. Younger guests probably OK with it - older crowd maybe not so much. Overall an excellent place to dine."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The fried chicken was average and reminded me of Shake and Bake chicken. We would need to try another dish to give a complete opinion, and there are other dishes on the menu that looked interesting. The Mac n Cheese was very good and unique. The wait staff was helpful. The restaurant is very attractive. Mixed drink menu was good. The corn bread is spicy with chunks of red peppers and good if you like it that way. However, the biscuit on our place was a missfire."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Good was great. There were six I our party so I got to taste several items and all were good. The ribs were tender and meaty. Grilled Watermelon salad was very fresh and light. The bread pudding was he best. Couldn't stop eating it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I am from Louisiana and could not wait to try out Southern Rail's menu. We had a party of 6 and we all very much enjoyed the meal and the ambiance at the restaurant. We had fried green tomatoes, cornbread and the brioche rolls to start. All were very tasty. Great bourbon drinks and wine list! Our entrees included several orders of peel and eat shrimp with french bread to dip in the sauce and an excellent chicken and sausage gumbo. We had to get the beignets for dessert and they were great."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "There were four of us. We all agreed the food was good, prices agreeable, waitress well trained, pleasant and helpful. HOWEVER , the noise level was to the point that we were shouting to converse. Admittedly, we are of the "older" diners who enjoy our evenings together and wonderful conversation. Therefore, we will not be returning. I doubt lunch-time would be any different."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a very pleasant experience at Southern Rail. Our waiter was especially nice and helpful. The spareribs I ordered were the hit at our table. The men felt their steak was acceptable. The other female ordered the duck and enjoyed it but felt it was a little salty. The restaurant is a bit noisy for us old folks, but we expect that anymore. We have good feelings about the Old Beefeaters restaurant and the Changing Hands bookstore so we came with a very positive anticipatory attitude. We were not disappointed."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This place had it all. Wonderful food, great ambiance and chill atmosphere. I was little curious about the lucky cat in the bookshelf above the kitchen. Really cute but did not fit in with the décor? The brioche pull apart bread was my favorite part of dinner along with the white sangria. I can not wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "If you like a very loud place then this is your place. It was very difficult to hear the waiter or the person sitting next to you. Food was good and overall ambience was great."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a fun evening with friends here recently. Try the smoked trout appetizer for a good starter to share. Chicken and dumplings are just okay - try the peel and eat shrimp instead. Very tasty, but very messy, so be prepared! Duck confit was also amazing. If you save room for desesrt, the pie in a jar was so good and the beignets are huge, light, fluffy and delicious - enough to share for sure. Another bonus - no valey required!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I was excited to try Southern Rail. I enjoy Beckett's Table and The Newton concept is too cool! I had a mixed experience. I am allergic to jalapeños (and it sucks living in the Southwest), not get me an epipen allergy, but an urgent care visit or two has results in unknown jalapeño. Usually menus let you know because of the spicy element. My menu options were limited because of this. My husband had the chicken and dumplings and was surprised that it was bland (not in need of heat, just more flavor overall). The watermelon salad, smoked trout and coconut cake were delicious! Service was excellent, I just don't know of we will return because of lack of options for me."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My party of four shared several different small plates as well as the brioche and fried green tomatoes. All was VERY tasty and presentation was lovely. The small plates were ample. We sat off the main dining area in a smaller windowed room which was delightful as the noise level was very minimal and didn't interfere with our conversation. Can't wait for lunch service to begin in August. We all agreed that we would definitely dine at Southern Rail again."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The menu is classic southern dishes with a twist. It is almost like southern tapas with the wide assortment of appetizers and salads that are creative and good for sharing. It is friendly to those wishing vegetarian and gluten free dishes. Nice wine assortment by the glass. Nice assortment of desserts that are perfect for sharing."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Delicious food, friendly staff, energetic atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I read a lot of reviews about Southern Rail. We've been long-time customers at Beckett's, so I knew the food wouldn't be ordinary and it wasn't. The special was delicious and the grilled watermelon salad was outstanding! My only disappointment is the lack of vegan selections beyond salads. We enjoyed it - and will definitely be back. Don't go expecting Beckett's, but do expect that the food will be just as wonderful."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Wonderful southern food with the great service and feel of Beckett's Table!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Read reviews about Southern Rail in local papers. Gave it a try and we were not disappointed. They have set high standards for PHX resturants."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The menu offering was impressive. I saw much that would require a return visit to explore. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We have waited with much anticipation the opening of Southern Rail. It was worth the wait."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimento Cheese were out of this world. Enjoyed the bourbon cocktail and pichet of rose wine, too. Watermelon salad was really good but the chimichurri was an odd addition. Fried chicken was good but will order it without the honey drizzle next time. Green bean "casserole" was really, really not good. The beans were either canned or had been slow-cooked to the point where they tasted like canned. Really wanted to like it, but thought it tasted like something my grandmother screwed up when I was a kid."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great Restaurant. Southern food done better than we have had in Savanah and Charleston"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Staff did an excellant job, very satisfied with them. Food from starters, to salads and entrees was very sweet and some were too sweet. Our table had a mixture of foods and we all had the same feedback. Beckett's Table, the sister restaurant is better on food taste. The noise level was horrible, could not talk to tablemates it was so loud. Staff kindly moved us and then located the very loud bar group to tables right by us. Kept assuring us that they are going to be doing some noise abatement coming up to try to address some of the noise level. The noise level made for a less than positive experience. Our group decided, down the road we will give it another try and see how things are."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Although the noise level was the first sense that you recognize upon entering, I couldn't rate it beyond "energetic." I expected more all the way around. Food was OK but not special. The server never poured wine for us except the first glasses of each bottle we ordered. I ordered a catfish stew, cioppino style, but what came was a piece of fried catfish(which was delicious)on a bed of veggies and potatoes. Not really cioppino style."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Way to much noise. Could not hear sitting in a booth. Food good not exceptional."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We share a BLT salad for appetizer and it was just flat, no taste to it. My entree, pork ribs on the other hand, are smoked and has just the right amount of bbq sauce so they are real tasty. Then come the desserts. They are just wonderful. We share the beignets and pudding. The beignets are warm and filled with light sweet cream. The pudding is soaked with real bourbon and just can't taste any better. A nice and tasty evening at Southern Rail!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The restaurant is quite nice. The food was very good and the service was as good as it gets. My only dissatisfaction was the noise level. The noise in the main dining room is very close to standing in the middle of a street crew of jackhammer operators. Fortunately, there is a back room with a few tables and an acceptable noise level. If you plan to have a conversation during your very fine meal you might want to ask for a table there."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I am from the South and was hoping for a local restaurant that offers up some authentic southern dishes. Have to say, I was disappointed in the offerings here. The fried green tomatoes were pickled before being fried and that was sad. We enjoyed the pork loin. It was cooked perfectly, but the sides of greens and sweet potatoes were just okay. We enjoyed the BLT salad. The beignets were absolutely delicious and I would go back to have more of those! I guess I was hoping for more tried and true versions of the dishes I enjoy when I visit the South. These were new variations on some of those and although the chef may have enjoyed creating his own version of them, I regretted that we didn't get a real Southern food restaurant in town."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The overall dining space is beautiful! Gorgeous wood ceiling and beams, beautiful lighting, and an amazing sliding glass wall. The drinks were amazingly priced (happy hour?) Kettle One martinis were only $7! Service was excellent, Mike had a gift for explaining recipes on the menu that helped you taste the food without anything in front of you. We started off with the Fried Green Tomatoes which had a delicious spread accompanying. I thought the duck was delicious. The Chicken and dumplings was given an "ok" as the dumplings were very tough - the chicken was flavored nicely, but the sauce/broth was the best part. The Pork Loin was a generous cut but was very dry and lacking flavor. The sweet potato that came with the pork was life changing!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014