SO Restaurant

3.9
561 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Contemporary metropolitan bistro meets Southern small-town hospitality in a
neighborhood bar. SO offers the best in fresh seafood and hand-cut rustic
meats, complimented by an extensive and diverse wine list, honored with Wine
Spectator's Award of Excellence. Whether casual dinners, special occasions,
meetings with clients, or private parties, our service will impress.
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.0
service
4.1
ambience
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was great! Bartender was great as well. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Took 2 hours to receive cold food.. Sad to see my former favorite restaurant go downhill so fast..

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend the Champagne Lobster!

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DonP
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our dinner was outstanding and the service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food took a while - like longer than 45 mins

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience2

It’s a cute little restaurant, our server was great, but the food wasn’t so good, the portions were very small. It’s totally overpriced! I ordered the special of the day “scallops “ the server came back and told me they didn’t have any.... what kind of special of the day they are out of it? The food was very blend with no flavor. I asked for a cocktail menu they didn’t have any but the server said they had a full bar! I tried ordering 3 drinks and they didn’t have the stuff for it... so no it’s not a full bar, so I ended up getting a whisky sour. My drink was watered down and I could only taste the lime, my drink was also served in a water cup, what kind of full bar that charges you 12 dollars for a cocktail and serves in a water cup? As a appetizer I ordered the soup of the day, it was ok, it tasted like canned soup, so I asked for some cheese, note that they charged me $3 dollars for a side of cheese. I wont be coming back and I dont recommend to anyone, they don’t have half of the stuff that is on the menu, they are overpriced, small portions and no flavor to the food! I paid $220 for 3 entrees and 2 cocktails... crazy right? You should’ve seen the size of the portions! It’s smaller than a kids size! The lobster risotto was $63 dollars and it barley had any lobster... please don’t waste your money going there!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sat downstairs. Not much atmosphere. Doors were open to outside (for COVID?) so place was freezing.

Waiter was great though, really fun and great suggestions from food and wine menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We have always loved this restaurant so we were quite shocked by the service, food, and prices (they have gone up). They were out of several things in the menu which was disappointing be the menu is not that large to begin with.

We had to ask for napkins and they were all out so they gave us cocktail napkins from the bar. We both had filets ($46) and they were served in what looked like a soup but was almost like a pot roast. It certainly wasn’t worth the price we paid in presentation or quality. It was so odd.

Our server was nice, but very unprofessional. She kept removing her mask to speak to us which seemed counter productive.

It was quite shocking because we have never experienced that at So before. We were very unsatisfied and won’t be going back for a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Three of us went for a night together. The atmosphere was ok, but the music was like I was in a Jamaican restaurant., decorations didn’t match the portrayal, so it was hard to understand what kind of restaurant we were at. We ordered the seafood fondue as an appetizer which was pretty good. But the bread provided was not enough for the dish, so we were asked if we would like more bread. Of course we did, but we’re charged for it. The Cesar salad I received had a decent taste, but for $12 the size was smaller than what a small child size. One of the steaks we ordered at medium rare came out a bit dry, and honestly tasted like a grilled burger on the 4th of July, a little crispy and tasting like the grill cause Uncle Joe had a few too many. The peppered duck was decent, but reminded me of pork chops more than duck. For dessert we had the cheesecake and bread pudding. The cheesecake seemed like it was made by Chopped Junior contestant. Tasted ok, but was very gritty. The bread pudding had a good taste, but portion size was again way too small. The bartender however did a good job with the old fashion, and the other drinks we had. They were flavorful, but not missing the alcohol. Our waitress was very nice, but as service picked we didn’t see her as much. Overall, for the price paid I feel like we were way too far apart from what I spent to what I received. Like paying for a Porsche, but getting a rental Nissan Altima. This was our first time at the restaurant, and had heard a lot of hype and wanted to try it out. Unfortunately, I doubt we will return.

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vipWillF
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not good. Made reservation on open table. Called to confirm and mailbox was full. It would have been so easy for SO to put on recording that they were closed due to weather to save us the 30 mike trip on a cold day to find them closed

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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Enrico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for their Valentine's four course dinner.
The Good: Ambiance and friendly service. Wild game gumbo was delicious.
The Bad: Didn't have the wine we ordered and offered a replacement that was not of the same quality or taste. Food temperature of main course was luke warm.
The Ugly: The restaurant was freezing. The cheesecake was delicious but was the thinnest slice I've ever seen.

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Rocky
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a Valentine's dinner on the 13th (Saturday). It was our first time at SO. The service was great and the food was excellent. It was a special occasion and a special menu so I expected it to be a little expensive, which it was. My only compliant was that I thought it was a little "Too" expensive. With two glasses of wine and one scotch, plus tip, the bill was over $300.00.

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EJones
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Chain restaurant quality food and diner style service. No COVID precautions taken- the waitress removed her mask to talk to us and sat us within 3 feet of another group.

The food quality, service, and ambiance would have been fine (outside of the COVID concerns) if I was expecting it and paying $40 for the 2 person meal. For $150 it was absolutely not good enough. The restaurant is a sham. They masquerade as a fine dining experience so they can over charge on sub par food. You’d get a much better experience at a Chili’s.

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KristinW
Fayetteville
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We sat in the front room with thee stone walls, which under normal circumstances probably would be fine. Since we are in this frigid zone for the next few weeks, it was very cold, so couldn’t enjoy the experience as much as we would have liked.

Everything else was wonderful, good dirty martini, the shrimp and crab fondue was amazing. I had the duck, done perfectly, my friend had the chicken and dumplings which she said was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Food slowww, drinks slowww, service bad. Bathrooms disgusting.
Food was good. Expensive.

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vipKMAG
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

It’s truly a shame that SO cannot get their act together after being such a great spot years ago. The evening was practically a repeat of the last time we tried it out a year ago... After being seated immediately in a half-empty restaurant in the back corner of the make-shift dining room (which is arguably the worst table in the restaurant as you are left staring at a street lamp) we ordered an appetizer .... 40 mins later this appetizer was delivered to the wrong table at which we were given an apology with the explanation it would most likely take another half hour to get an appetizer out to us. So in one hour no food was able to be set in front of us and we had not even ordered entrees... It was clear this evening was not going to get any better and we decided to just walk out. Prior to us doing that....the table next to us also walked out. We drove across town to our regular WLR steakhouse and had a table waiting and dinner finished within the hour...

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LauraB
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. The only complaint we had was that it was very cold in the front room where we were seated.

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vipJamesB
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

After years of writing positive reviews for the most part, it is sad that I have to write two in a row warning people to avoid an establishment. I'm also so tired of businesses blaming everything on covid
We have eaten at So many times. It has been a standard in Little Rock for years. Our last visit in July was marred by slow service but it wasn't awful.
Sat night on the otherhand, was horrid. We arrived early for our reservation to see only four tables occupied. We ordered wine and our food almost immediately. After two hours we had shared one appetizer and had our salads. When I asked the manager for a check so we could go elsewhere he was apologetic saying things were slow because there was a party of 23 downstairs and they were understaffed due to covid. I explained we had made the reservation weeks in advance and since he knew he had a party of 23 he needed to staff approriately or not accept reservations.
He then promised our entrees within 10 minutes. Thirty minutes later three of the four of us were served. My wifes entree cam about 15 minutes later now about 3 hours after we arrived. My medium rare steak was well done. Wifes medium steak was raw and the crab topping was as cold as when it came out of the refrigerator.
The manager offered to discount the meal but never did.
Its sad after eating at So for a decade I will never go back!!

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michaelb
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The bar was out of most top end whisky and also several food items. Price was a bit more than usual food was just marginal.

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vipGoofeylover
Central Texas
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere is very romantic. The staff is great. The menu is very limited and they were out of the meal I ordered very early in the evening. Overall it was fine, but the food was not up to par with the $$$.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. I look forward to going back the next time I'm in LR.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We were sat downstairs by the back door that was propped open. It was 30* that night. We were freezing, I tried to pull the door shut but an employee went out the door and propped it open again, several times that door was opened. It was a fixed dinner for NYE, not a wide choice. First course... my husband found a hair in his soup. The second course was ok. The Halibut ceviche and grouper were really good. The meatball tasted weird. Even the Coke tasted weird, like it had some kind of liquor in it. By the time dessert was served, we just packed it up and left. The stairs that we had to climb back up were now covered with water. Very dangerous. Our waitress was friendly enough. But for the price ($95 per person) it was definitely not worth it. I don’t think we will be back.

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Ragen
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Amazing food. Fair service and environment. We sat under the heater and it was very warm. But if the heater was off it was freezing.

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vipKipper
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing quality of service and food. Can't say enough positive about this restaurant. Such an intimate setting. Only negative is the wine list should have more moderately priced wines. Not many choices under $100.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed every moment! From the minute we walked in the door. Service was outstanding- Maddy did a fabulous job going over the menu. This was the first time returning since new ownership & was amazed with the overall feeling, service & food. We will be back.

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Timmy
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there but it won’t be the last. Everything was perfect for a romantic dinner!

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vipMIchael
Little Rock
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our Favorite Sunday evening places to dine.

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Mitchm0557
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a reservation for 5:30 PM because Open Table said there were no tables available until 8:30 (Friday, October 23). You could have shot a cannon off and never hit anyone the entire time we were there. The restaurant was cold, as in temperature, we Had to ask to have the music turned down. I liked the music, it was just too loud. I guess it was early and the staff was gearing up for a busy Friday night. Then we had to ask for the fan to be turned down. When the food came, my scallops had a strong fishy smell, the pasta and sauce were cold but the scallops were hot. Guess my pasta sat while the scallops were cooked. They had grit as well. Guess I should have ordered something else. I would try the restaurant again. Get rid of Open Table reservations if they don’t really represent actual seating occupancy. I would have rather come for dinner at 6:30-7:00. We left at that time and there were tables open.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very impressed! The bone marrow appetizer was delicious, to my surprise. I was a little “meh” at first but so glad I tried it!

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vipBradC
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and drinks!

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vipMIchael
Little Rock
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, but not enough Waite staff to get the timely service that is usually provides.

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john
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Little slow service food was good

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Samalexa
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. The staff were all so friendly and made us feel welcome and safe. Social distancing was observed and all employees wore mask

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Marquette
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ambiance was lovely - very cozy and service was very friendly. We ordered a split meal - salad and pork chop and bottle of wine. Wait staff - William and the hostess - were both good. But the meal took forever to get there. The salad came 30 minutes after we ordered it. 15minutes after salad we ASKED for bread - we wer getting hungry at that point Pork chop - which was delicious - came out note than an hour after we ordered. The restaurant wasn’t crowded but this kind of long drawn out service of the meal kinda crushed the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It was a fair dining experience. It’s difficult to judge during this time but if you’re going to be open, be open. Dinner for four and we spent $400+; I expect to leave saying, “Wow, that was fantastic!” Eh. It was ok. It’s changed ownership so perhaps that’s the issue? Not sure. There are other restaurants in town in that price range that are much better. Perhaps we caught them on an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good and service were great! A little on the pricey side but would go back.

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CharlesW
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have been going to SO for 20 years. There must be some real changes in ownership, management, or chef...all the things I loved about the food including a really bad rendition of a Tres leche’ desert was really disappointing. The steak was ok....Very Disappointed this is the 4th year I have come for my Birthday. Not sure I’ll do next year.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sō was incredible. Our server William was personable and attentive. I ordered the lamb special which was cooked to perfection, my girlfriend is a vegetarian and there were a couple delicious options for her to choose from as well. We will definitely be coming back!

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Foodieinahoodie
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and service. Thing I liked the least was there are two sections of the restaurant, one with seating near the bar has a great vibe, low lit and high class feel. Other section is in the back almost like a sunroom - I think the room itself could be good with a few new touches but it seems very casual.

Only other thing is there was no cocktail menu - I like when a place has a cocktail menu to choose from.

FAQs

SO Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (501) 663-1464.

SO Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 561 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.