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50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018

With only 50 lazy, hazy days left of summer, OpenTable's 2018 list of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America offers diners plenty of options to savor flavors that are strongly associated with warm summer days and balmy nights. However, the honorees serve standout Southern fare year-round. The list is based on an analysis of 12,000,000+ reviews of more than 27,000 restaurants across the country—all submitted by verified diners. Don't forget to #traveldeliciously this summer.

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As Voted by OpenTable Diners
Updated January 01, 1
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Abel Brown

$$$$
Southern
Augusta
4.8
1859 reviews

Amazing food. Great service. Oysters are always perfect. Solid menu with exciting nightly specials.


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Alligator Soul

$$$$
Creole
Savannah
4.7
5329 reviews

Unique southern dining experience. Food is creative and sublime. Setting below street level is spacious and elegant. Not what I expected, but better


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Anson

$$$$
Southern
Downtown Charleston
4.8
3436 reviews

Excellent service and great food. Our server, Leah, was very good and friendly. Her suggestions of shrimp with grits and the pecan crusted grouper was excellent. And the Pecan Pie A La Mode delicious.


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Antebellum

$$$$
Southern
Flowery Branch
4.9
2114 reviews

Our waitress was great. Help steer our choices. Food was excellent. Sidewalks and outside could stand a little work.


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Atchafalaya Restaurant

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Garden District
4.9
5026 reviews

Lovely space for a meal.


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The Boil Waverly

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Greenwich Village
4.7
1816 reviews

This place never disappoints. The food is great, the service is great and the vibe is always great as well. I love it here. Best place to get seafood in NYC if you ask me.


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Brennan's of Houston

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Midtown / Montrose
4.8
3515 reviews

Celebrated my wife’s birthday. Superior experience.


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Cafe Dupont

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Birmingham
4.9
1190 reviews

This is such a nice place to eat and enjoy. Food was so good. Service was amazing. It was my wife’s birthday so they were so nice to her. Go and enjoy!


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Cured

$$$$
Southern
Downtown
4.3
1459 reviews

Real nice Staff, Great food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Distilled on Jefferson

$$$$
Southern
Lexington
4.8
1308 reviews

This is one of the best restaurant experiences I have enjoyed. We started with the shrimp appetizer, a creative ceviche. I enjoyed the fried chicken entree, a crispy, juicy breast that was presented on a perfect small amount of rosemary gravy. My wife enjoyed the salmon with asparagus. We also had their caramel ice cream. Everything, including service, was impeccable.


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Dogwood: A Southern Table

$$$$
Southern
SouthPark
4.6
1996 reviews

Had a great meal here. Wonderful service couldn’t be any more impressed.



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Fixe

$$$$
Southern
Downtown
4.6
2335 reviews

Great, savory, southern-style food. Drinks are also good but strong


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Highball & Harvest

$$$$
Southern
I Drive / Sand Lake
4.7
1042 reviews

Great flavor, outstanding service you expect at a Ritz Carlton. Mounir is one of the best servers I have ever had.


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Ida Claire

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
North Dallas
4.7
3532 reviews

New server was very attentive and sincere. Really liked her. Feel bad I don’t remember her name.


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Kitchen Notes - Omni Nashville

$$$$
Southern
Downtown
4.4
1400 reviews

My wife and I went into Kitchen Notes for breakfast and everything was great!! I ordered the sourdough pancakes which are the big pancakes and my wife had an omelette which she could not finish. We also ordered the Nashville chicken as everyone has raves about it and it was delicious. The service was great and would definitely go back!!!



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The King's Kitchen

$$$$
Southern
Uptown
4.6
1751 reviews

Delicious food, a really spectacular waiter (thanks, Joe) and a community-loving mission that makes you feel happy about every dollar you spend. If I was local, I'd be here weekly.


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Madison's

$$$$
Southern
Highlands / Sapphire
4.8
1469 reviews

Delicious! Beautiful atmosphere and service. We enjoyed the locally grown vegetables.


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Mandolin

$$$$
Southern
Raleigh
4.6
2206 reviews

Wonderful service, food was excellent, drinks were great.


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Maple Tree Inn

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Homewood
4.8
2705 reviews

Love Maple Tree Inn. This is my second time visiting. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their meals. We had Crawfish etoufee, Southern catfish, and Dis & Dat Platter.


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Merrick Inn

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Lexington
4.8
3128 reviews

Pure tradition and excellence! Southern specialities supremely prepared. The ambiance is fabulous and if you are looking for Kentucky tradition, look no further. The menu, while true to Kentucky traditions of fried chicken and beer cheese features specials that are creative and innovative. Tonight, I had a lightly Parmesan crusted grouper finished in a lemon beurre blanc that was wonderful. Impeccable service, and options to be seated in one of the dining rooms or in the bar or patio make for a meal steeped in all the best southern traditions. I appreciate the linen tablecloths, fresh flowers, real butter and basket of rolls.


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Midtown Cafe

$$$$
Southern
West End
4.8
3308 reviews

Amazing dining experience. The food and the service was divine. My friends and I enjoyed our evening!


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Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro

$$$$
Southern
Winston-Salem
4.8
2150 reviews

Always good/consistent. Never have a bad meal there!


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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$
Creole
French Quarter
4.7
4278 reviews

I patronize this bistro every time I’m in NOLA. It never disappoints. The food is glorious and the staff are friendly and efficient. The place is clean, with a beautiful, traditional decor.


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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
French Quarter
4.7
8384 reviews

Been coming for years. Really good...I wish they had a few more options for entrée, But everything we ordered was very good



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The Olde Pink House Restaurant

$$$$
Southern
Savannah
4.7
19690 reviews

One of the best culinary experiences we have ever encountered. Chef Vice has the dishes perfected. Ask for Patricia. She is very knowledgeable about the space, cuisine and the history. Manager Chris was equally knowledgeable. Both exceptionally kindhearted. Amazing drinks and desert to boot. Excellent spot!


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Preserved Restaurant

$$$$
Southern
St. Augustine
4.8
3974 reviews

The food was excellent. We dined there on our wedding night. We were seated inside at a quaint little table by a window. The servants were attentive and were very prepared and professional. Awesome dining experience!!


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Rapscallion

$$$$
Southern
Greenville Avenue
4.6
820 reviews

Rapscallion is always a treat. The Nashville-style fried chicken is great and the service and ambience make for a great date.


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Restaurant IRON

$$$$
Southern
Pensacola
4.8
2017 reviews

Our server Daniele was AMAZING!!! Food was OUTSTANDING. The whole experience was GREAT! Will definitely be back!



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Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
French Quarter
4.8
5880 reviews

The experience from get-go was unique. Excellent cocktails, wines. Unique interpretation of creole cuisine. A feast visually and for your taste buds. Superb dessert. Had a great time.


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Restaurant Rebirth

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Warehouse District
4.7
1577 reviews

This was by far one of the best dining experiences I have had, the food was incredible! Pork Bellies, the Filet Mignon, the duck, the greens and of course the signature Smokeshow drink! Absolutely a fantastic meal, keep up the excellent work and the Chef!


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RT's Restaurant

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Alexandria
4.7
1755 reviews

Always an enjoyable experience! Food is great, service is attentive and we always feel welcome 🤗


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South City Kitchen Buckhead

$$$$
Southern
Buckhead
4.7
2379 reviews

Our server Jemima was wonderful. She was so sweet and great personality



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South City Kitchen Midtown

$$$$
Southern
Midtown
4.8
5825 reviews

South city kitchen is always delicious and fun! I’ve never had anything on the menu I didn’t like!



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South City Kitchen Vinings

$$$$
Southern
Vinings
4.6
3741 reviews

Great bread and the fried chicken is heaven. Well worth the trip



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State of Grace

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
4.8
2577 reviews

Always great food and excellent service


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Stella's Bistro - Simpsonville

$$$$
Southern
Greenville
4.8
1659 reviews

Wonderful dining experience. Food and service excellent. Very personable and attentive staff.


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Urban Grub

$$$$
Southern
Nashville
4.8
4011 reviews

Awesome team servers. Food value was outstanding and the food taste was excellent. Great surprise in a nice neighborhood setting. For sure a repeat


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Willa Jean

$$$$
Southern
Central Business District
4.7
1702 reviews

Willa Jean's is awesome!!! The staff, ambiance, and food offerings are all exceptional. Always a wonderful experience. It is our go to brunch place when we are in town.


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Yardbird Table & Bar - Miami

$$$$
Unspecified
South Beach
4.7
6800 reviews

Lindsey was awesome. Food was delicious


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Yardbird Table & Bar - The Venetian Las Vegas

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
The Venetian and Palazzo
4.8
7247 reviews

What a fantastic meal and atmosphere! We pretty much ordered everything that was recommended to us by the friendly and knowledgeable host and was not disappointed. The maitre d, on hearing we were fellow brits, came and chatted with us before sending over some of their famous baked oreos for us to try… which was a really classy touch. All in all, a great evening from start to finish, highly recommended!!!


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