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SO Restaurant

3.8
3.8
618 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (501) 663-1464

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nick Copland

  • Catering

    Private Dining Room for private parties <br />We cater!!!!

  • Private party facilities

    The private lounge at SO Restaurant-Bar is located downstairs from the main dining room and can accommodate groups of 35 for sit-down dining and 45 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The dedicated bar, outdoor patio, and restroom facilities ensure the privacy of your event. SO Lounge is equipped with a flat-screen video display, satellite TV, wi-fi internet access, and dedicated speaker system for mobile playlists. Ideal for social occasions, family gatherings, formal events, and business meetings, SO Lounge can be arranged to accommodate a wide variety of events. SO Lounge is available by reservation only with no rental fee after the minimum has been met.

  • Private party contact

    Jeannie Smith: (501) 663-1464

  • Neighborhood

    Little Rock

  • Cross street

    Evergreen

  • Parking details

    Street parking out front anytime, and in the parking lot across the street after 5 p.m. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday evenings

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 618 people are saying

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Little Rock

    Neighborhood gem

  • Little Rock

    Great for fine wines

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Neighborhood gem

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Great for fine wines

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food. We love it. Don’t be in a rush if you go. We don’t mind and enjoy having drinks and talking while we wait .
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    Went for New Year’s Eve to celebrate. The restaurant had their Prix Fixe menu that night which consisted of a four course meal. Our reservation was for 8:30. We arrived a little early and had no problem waiting for our table to be ready. We were sat fairly quickly. We selected our entrees in a timely manner all to be served our second course meal by 10pm. We realized how late it was and asked the waiter if we could get our other two meals to go. He had no clue we hadn’t received our other two meals and they weren’t even being made at this point. He offered a $20 comp off of each of our meals to compensate for the meals. The Prix Fixe menu was about $160pp which was not a problem if we had the opportunity to experience the meal in its entirety. We ended up paying for $140 pp before tip for our 2 course meal. Overall the waiter was decent, it was a busy night and he did his best but the management could definitely be better.
  4. JP

    JeremyP

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    This place is hilarious. It was like someone had an idea about how a nice restaurant should be and went ahead and decided to do it without any research or experience. Not that many people in the restaurant, but the staff was SWAMPED, apparently there was a private NYE party downstairs. So..15 to 20 min drinks. Apparently there’s also garage downstairs? There were two guys starting some kind of race car and we had to close the windows because it was SO loud. We had a good conversation with the table over about what the fume smell was. Starter fluid! Our courses came out a little slow, but the table next to ours waited close to 2 hours for their main course to come out. My date got the shrimp and grits. The shrimp was completely raw and the grits were mashed potatoes. They comp’d her meal, but it was time to cut our losses and get something else to eat. So we decided to just pay and leave (I didn’t finish my meal) Spent over $200 (WITH a comp’d meal) on a terrible, but rather hilarious comedy that they call SO (bad?) Restaurant.
  5. ED

    ErinD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Lamb chop was raw. Took 2 hours to get entree. Service was more than terrible. Food not worth the money we spent on it. There was a party downstairs that probably got all the attention. We will not come back.
  6. J

    Jerry

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food is very good. Wait staff is on their game. Plan on spending money.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter and the manager Bill were amazingly attentive! Appreciate their effort on Christmas Eve!!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve dinner at So. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We had a great dinner.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and Decor
  10. DH

    DennisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The lobster was delicious, even at MP. Couldn’t taste the bone marrow in the appetizer. Everything else covered it up but that everything else was delicious.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Very slow service, ran out of bread, took 2 hours. We were only one of 2 tables. All good came out separately with about 20 mins from first plate to last. Food was cold. Lobster was cold, chewy and not edible, worst risotto ever, not cooked. Steaks were good. Mac- terrible, Caesar salad, not edible. Waitress, when we saw her, only made excuses and never apologized. Never saw a manger. Would not recommend and will not go back. Cute place, terrible experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Wife and I had the duck. Hers was inedible, mine was cold. Took an hour to get our food.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Menu has a little different selection than I am used to, but don’t let that fool you. It was all very good.
  14. JH

    JohnH

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Unfortunately the whole "fine dining" experience was horrible. First of all the 2 wines I ordered were able to be found. The appetizer was supposed to have heirloom tomatoes instead there were 2small cherry tomatoes. I ordered the sea bass which was not available. My wife ordered Gnocchi and there were at best 5 Gnocchi in the dish. The price was exorbitant for what we got. It is very sad as SO used to be such a good restaurant.
  15. BB

    BadBob

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I liked the staff. They did their best to get the meal to us in a short period of time. We both enjoyed the meal along with the wine that complmented the taste. Between eating and talking time went by quickly. After we left we talked about how it made us feel happy. We are just begining to know one another. The ambiance made the evening come together. Keep up what your doing. It is one the right track.
  16. KC

    KariC

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO is sooooo good! Always consistent.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal with excellent service. Definitely will be a repeat customer.
  18. MM

    MichaelM

    Little Rock

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    First time I have been back in several months. Service was much improved. Several items on the menu were not available due to a truck that didn't arrive. Filet, ordered at medium rare, was overcooked and tough. This is a beautiful restaurant with tons of potential that has slipped considerably over the years. I hope they can turn it around.
  19. RR

    RuRu

    Charleston

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The French onion soup was the bomb!!!! So awesome. The Caesar salad was a bit fishy, not a fan of all the anchovies. The gnocchi was not good, Over cooked dumplings w/ an off putting sauce. Person that ordered the duck breast was pleased as were the two that split the seafood fondue. I would try it again, and the specialty cocktails were really good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tony, our host, was excellent as was Bill. They helped us enjoy the birthday occasion and the meals were amazing!
  21. j

    jettwalker

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    May 28, 2022
  22. g

    gwbell

    Little Rock

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Our party of four waited over 1 1/2 hours for our entrees. Three out of four were not up to SO standards. We have considered SO as one of our favorite places to dine in Little Rock for years. Pretty certain it was a staffing problem and we will be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    My family and I went to So to celebrate my daughter’s 24th birthday. We wanted it to be a special night since she came back home to visit us. I made a reservation for 6:30pm and we were seated promptly. It was stifling hot in the dining area. We are all thin people who are cold natured and were still hot. We asked to taste some wine and the taster had gone to vinegar (maybe from the heat?) We asked to taste a different wine and were brought the same vinegar. So, we ordered something different than either. It turned out to be good. There were 1 soup and 2 salads on the menu. One duck dish, one chicken, 2 steaks, 2 fish. We ordered 1 of the salads - after ordering, the waiter apologized that they were out leaving 1 salad option. They were out of soup as well. Two of us ordered the chicken and the waiter said they only had 1 left so that was another order that had to be modified. They charged $6 for plain bread. By 8pm after all the menu changes we finally got our dinner. When we asked about dessert they only had two options. The waiter acknowledged our daughter’s birthday, but they did nothing for her…no complementary piece of cake or anything special. Just very disappointed overall with this restaurant and I won’t go back. Hot, horrible night club sounding music, with a limited and sparse menu. Food was just okay. $$$
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Cons: -Waited 1:45hrs for food to arrive. -Veggies were way over cooked and burnt. -Not the best cheese platter -Wait staff look stressed and probably short staff. Pros: -Clean & Attractive interior -Staff very polite and visited the table often
  25. s

    shawnd

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early Mothers Day Dinner
  26. WF

    WillF

    New Orleans

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bill is the perfect host, great fish!
  27. DS

    DarrellS

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    We ordered the Family Roast and two things happened: 1. About 15 minutes later, the waiter came back to say he didn't remember if we ordered the roast or the duck, which was odd. 2. About 20 minutes after that interaction, another waiter came out to tell us that the roast had been sitting out from the day before and was sour so we'd need to make an alternate order. 3. 10 minutes after that interaction, the original waiter came back and said that the roast wasn't soured, but instead was sold out. This was an extremely odd and frustrating ordeal overall, particularly since this is the third time in a row that we've come to So, and they've been out of multiple items on the menu. This has become to the norm, unfortunately, and is *not* how things were a couple of years ago.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The services was wonderful! Cocktails delicious. The sea bass special was phenomenal. Overall consistent quality. A Little Rock favorite for sure!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Out of most items on menu, including bread! Jezz people, run down the street to Kroger!
  30. GD

    GDGB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Waiter was great but food order was incorrect for one of us.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After a long search to find the perfect place to bring my girlfriend for her birthday dinner, also to propose to her, I found this place. The sunroom they have is very elegant, and was the perfect place. One of the managers, Taylor, had everything set up for me, nice music, candles on all the tables, and even helped record the whole thing! Very great place, a large selection of wines, highly recommend the steak fritz!
  32. TP

    TerriblePizza

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, drinks and service
  33. W

    Wonderer

    Dallas

    43 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food was poorly prepared and presented. Steak was under cooked and the rest of the plate was overcooked. Price was high enough that the food should have been much better. Won’t be back. Wine list was good and the bar is well stocked.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was very good and the service was okay for the evening. However, the restaurant did not accept our seating request, stating that the back room was about to be full when it was in fact empty all night. Additionally, the menu was a reduced menu for a fixed price which was also not advertised. Overall, the food was good, but it was completely overpriced for the quality. We went to a far superior restaurant for much cheaper. Enjoyed the evening but definitely overpriced for Little Rock.
  35. DH

    DavidH

    Memphis/West TN

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Was not informed that there would be a limited menu. Reservation was for 715pm. Didn't get seated until 8pm. Service was very slow due to under staffing. Our waitress (Taylor) was great and was working very hard. Food and drinks were great. Just took forever
  36. CY

    ChristinY

    Little Rock

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The restaurant was obviously understaffed, but the wait wasn’t too bad. The food was very good, portions were a little small for the price. The atmosphere was very intimate and calm. I would go back, but probably not when they are just serving the Valentine’s Day menu.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    This was our first time, menu was selective for valentine weekend. However, each dish was very good. The only complaint would be service, but they did advise us they were short staff and running behind. Once we got to the table downstairs the heat was not on. We were there for about 2 hours.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    44 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    SO totally inappropriate (pun intended).... did not advertise the exorbitant fixed price (told you after you were seated), cold food--even though it has potential, poorly trained waitress, 30 to 40 minutes between (each of the four) courses, and we were there at 5:30 (finally left well over 2 1/2 hours later). All for an over $600 check for two people. We've eaten at SO, SO many times.... never again. Waitress disappeared...probably from embarrassment, and NEVER apologized for the time between courses or cold food. She never "presented " the wine, she just poured it (won't even dignify the process to say she "served" it). That's just poor training.... or maybe management just doesn't care. Read all the reviews from this specific date... we're all saying the same thing. This was not just us.... this was systemic. Maybe SO can handle a small group of diners (reflecting on other positive reviews from others on different nights).... but if you're going to take reservations on a special night, be prepared and know that you can handle them...with quality and care. Little Rock needs some good restaurants. For SO to disappear would not be a tragedy as it is not a good restaurant.
  39. MM

    MichaelM

    Little Rock

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was the absolute worst dining experience I have had in Little Rock in nearly a decade. I have been to So many times before and last night was simply miserable. We were seated in their lower room which was incredibly cold because an exterior door would not shut and had a large gap letting in February night-time air. We waited 20 minutes after being seated to get a pre-dinner cocktail, the bartender hit on my date (on Valentine's Weekend no less!), the appetizers were served without proper silverware, there were 15-20 minute gapes between courses, our dishes were repeatedly delivered to the wrong table and when they did arrive they were placed in front the wrong person, it took 1.5 hours, from the time we ordered for the entree to arrive, and staff were not wearing masks despite covid still being rampant. When I booked the reservation there was no mention of a special Valentine's menu, but the morning of the reservation I received an email with notice of a pre-fixe menu. No price was noted in the email or on the menu at the table. Only when the check arrived did you see it was $125/pp! I expect higher prices on Valentine's weekend, but if you are going to up-charge the menu, the kitchen and serving staff should be prepared to meet expectations to justify that price. With higher prices, come higher expectations. So treated Valentine's weekend as an opportunity to up-charge prices without adjusting service expectations. The serving and kitchen staff were understaffed for the number of reservations taken. The entire dining experience, from service to food quality, was a major disappointment. I would not recommend SO to anyone, especially if you are expecting a special evening. Price does not meet quality expectations.
  40. S

    Searcy

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    Overall our experience was not good however it was not the waitresses fault she did a good job but the Valentine’s special menu did not specify prices so we were surprised by our bill it was the only menu available, it took us an hour and a half to get our food and then it was cold also our dessert was served to us before our entrée

FAQs

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

SO Restaurant is rated 3.8 stars by 618 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for SO Restaurant

3610 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, AR 72205

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Evergreen

  • Neighborhood

    Little Rock

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking out front anytime, and in the parking lot across the street after 5 p.m. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday evenings

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nick Copland

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (501) 663-1464

  • Catering

    Private Dining Room for private parties <br />We cater!!!!

  • Private party facilities

    The private lounge at SO Restaurant-Bar is located downstairs from the main dining room and can accommodate groups of 35 for sit-down dining and 45 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The dedicated bar, outdoor patio, and restroom facilities ensure the privacy of your event. SO Lounge is equipped with a flat-screen video display, satellite TV, wi-fi internet access, and dedicated speaker system for mobile playlists. Ideal for social occasions, family gatherings, formal events, and business meetings, SO Lounge can be arranged to accommodate a wide variety of events. SO Lounge is available by reservation only with no rental fee after the minimum has been met.

  • Private party contact

    Jeannie Smith: (501) 663-1464

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