Due South

4.5
790 reviews
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Southern
Due South offers creative cuisine inspired by the Southern states with an emphasis on in-house smoked meats, locally sourced seafood and farm fresh produce.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my third time dining at the establishment. I was completely satisfied all three times. The service was great. The food was fantastic. I really like the scenery and ambiance of the restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and awesome service

LL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Bug in one of the beers; host made us move to another table after drinks were delivered to accommodate another large group; shades were broken and bright sun was in our eyes at new table with no resolution. they just didn't care.

p
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went to Due South prior to a DC United game. We had trouble locating the restaurant (they have a bar in a separate location that we went to first) and so arrived about 6:15 for a 7:30 game. We were seated right away but waited almost 15 minutes with no service (no water, no drinks) and couldn't even find a server until I finally flagged down the hostess. We gave a very rushed order to the server but as everyone around us was leaving for the game we still hadn't been served. Finally got the food at 7:00 pm and had to wolf it down in 15 minutes in order to reach the park for kickoff. Too bad, as the food was really quite good and we would have enjoyed the chance to savor the meal with our beer. Best potato salad I ever had and loved the salt and pepper ribs. We will be back prior to future events, but will plan a full two hours for the meal.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Don’t like the new menu, but the Crab hushpuppies were awesome!

MR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed it, did not factor in it would be a brunch menu. Not my favorite meal.

E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was very pleased with the service. I don't remember the names of the two workers but they were very pleasant. The Male was witty and made us laugh. The female was detailed and attentive. The food was good and the drinks were just right. I will definitely be back.

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I don't think the noise level was Energetic, it was awful outside. The speaker are blaring music and it isn't dinner music. We asked twice for it to be turned down, but since the hostess doesn't work off of tips and is 20 years old, she doesn't care. The wait person was nice, but after the initial order other staff just plops down the food and there isn't much follow up. The outside seating area was not inviting at all.
My scallops and risotto was soggy, and the ceviche appetizer was small and bland. My husband said the burger was good.

JM
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting take on southern food. Their take on eggs Benedict which substituted pulled pork for the traditional ham was the best dish our party of 3 had. The grits cake and lox missed the mark as the salmon was sliced too thick and the grits cake was disappointingly bland. The smoked turkey hash didn’t look too good, but apparently tasted great as my husband finished every bit. We all felt the biscuits were nondescript. Portions were very substantial and drink offerings were creative. It’s a short stroll along the Anacostia River to the Nationals Ballpark which was where we headed after brunch and we’d probably do brunch there again before a game.

KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Disinterested, inattentive service. Waiter didn’t seem to give a crap. Long wait to order. 15 minutes to get our beverages and then had to wait longer to get sugar for coffee. No refills for coffee. No check backs to see if everything was ok until we were almost finished. Food was decent but not special. I had the smoked salmon grit cake which was a “main” but it came with no sides- would it have killed them to throw some home fries on there? Couple next to us complained about the shrimp swimming in oil - and they were. Gross. Very loud in the restaurant, making conversation difficult. Doubt we’ll return.

DB
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service at Due South are always great. We love walking along the water and enjoying a nice meal at DS.

UD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Grilled Chicken) was overcooked and not enough sweet potato fried.

JE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Period.

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c
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great amazing experience I can’t wait to come back

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with coworkers and we loved it. Order the crab and corn hush puppies and you will not regret it!!!

LG
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. Really good comfort food with a twist!

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for brunch!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I was excited to try this place since southern is not the typical place my boyfriend and I would go to.

To start, this place was not crowded when we arrived yet we needed a reservation and could only get an 8pm time.

We sat down to order drinks and it took forever to get some waters. I finally got my jalapeño vodka lemonade drink which was OK. IT would have been a little better if it was sweeter. Then we started off with the Brussel sprouts And then We ordered the huge meat platter and a Cobb salad.

The Brussels were delicious I thought. The dinner was not my favorite the meats were typical, nothing to rant and rave about. The food reminded me just of typical kitchen cooking. It didn’t have any outstanding flavor that I wouldn’t get from being at home. The macaroni and cheese was a bit dry and not as flavorful as I had hoped

The cob salad Was good. Filled with toppings made it so much better. We split everything we ordered and each got a drink. The bill came to 123$ which I felt was way too expensive for food I could make at home. I wouldn’t go back and plan to try other dc restaurants. It’s a shame :(

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Due South is excellent. I had the crawfish dip and shrimp n grits, my friend had the brisket. Both meals were delicious. The brisket was very tender. Great atmosphere, by the water. Definitely will go back.

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not many healthy choices on the menu

OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We had started off with one server who seemed like she wasn’t interested (guess it was her time to get off ) and she ended up asking us what we wanted to drink and appetizers then there was a long wait time because she left i think but then we got another server (she was awesome ) food was great soooo delicious . Drinks were kind of too strong for our tastes but that’s good for others. We picked there specifically for my birthday hoping it would be super special and on the water we were placed behind a beam at the smallest table in there.. while there was hardly any one else in there and endless options. We found amazing ratings for this place we live in Maryland about an hour away. We picked it for the brunch menu which said they served until 3 we made a reservation for before 3 and were given the dinner menu. Which was great for my boyfriend not so much me. Not saying it was horrible experience and I’ll never go back for the food. But it just definitely isn’t somewhere I’d spend a special occasion ever again :/ kinda disappointed in the atmosphere/service of a few employees but the food was something to come back for.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends in town

LD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Our server-waiter was just fine. She was polite, welcoming.
The problem came in the delivery of entrees. There were three of us. However, when the food was brought to our table...there were only two entrees. It took nearly another 15 minutes to get the third entree. Not good.

h
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I normally have a pleasant experience at Due South and not this one was any different but I didn’t like the brisket quesadillas so the rating is based mostly on that menu item.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very small portions for the price. I got a frose drink, which was $13 for a small wine glass size, and a Cobb salad, which came in a small bowl. I know it was the lunch portion but was surprised by how small it was. Especially since it was $20. Food tasted fine and service was good, but overall disappointed.

AP
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very clean. Nice area. Server seemed a little rushed. Food was very good and that is coming from someone from Mississippi! One of the best whiskey/bourbon selections i found in all of Washington DC. I had the fried chicken. Was a little over cooked or it was in old grease. Cheese grits were very good. Most everybody else got the pulled pork and said it was very good and very close to BBQ in Mississippi. Loved the decor of this restaurant! Very modern with a touch of rustic southern flair. We enjoyed this place very much.

LW
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time in DC and Due South was recommended. It did not disappoint!!

SH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food convenient to Nationals Park for a bite before going to a game. Loved the "pork wings"

ML
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here and its one of my favorite spots.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and no pressure service, they did everything to accommodate our needs. They forgot to bring a dish but the waiter attitude compensated.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, casual atmosphere! Delicious food. Super service!

DL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great service, but need some more private tables or booths. Very noisy bar area right next to all the tables. We could hear the conversation of the table next to us. Food was delicious though.

MG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The chicken wings were good, or so we thought soon as we bit into the second piece there was blood so it was under cooked, but the flavor was good. The chicken a waffles was a disappointment, the chicken breast was bland and looked to have been cooked in dirty grease. I did not eat the chicken, waffle was good but I was expecting chicken a waffles. My husband had the French toast which was good, only complaint was that it came out cold. They probably prepared while waiting for my chicken breast. The waiter was really nice and helpful with suggestions. The restaurant and location was nice as well. Overall all I wouldn’t recommend to a friend or return.

LH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. I will definitely return!

KC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

June 27th was my second time visiting the restaurant. The food was once again, very tasteful. The wait time to receive our (Table for 4) food was unacceptable.

H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived late but staff was accomodating. Food was excellent and service was good. I would definitely recommend and return.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Due South was great! the pittmaster's platter was a hit! If you want to taste a little bit of everything on the menu, this was a great option, and totally enough for 2 people to share. the food was nothing short of amazing blackened catfish with the signature hot sauce. the collard greens were mouth watering and i just overall enjoyed the environment and the food. drinks could be a wee bit stronger, but overall no complaints.

D
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been many times. With reservations, seated quickly. Attentive service. Tables a little crowded together. Recommend a booth. Sunday morning seemed like ladies brunch day so it was a bit loud. Ordered Shrimp and Grits. Hearty full meal, not as spicy it should be though. Crab hush puppies were over-cooked. Bottomless mimosas made it better. Waitress kept glass full.

R
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebrations!

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice patio seating, and very cordial servers.

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