Socu

4.2
327 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
SOCU, where our focus is seafood and elevated southern food with a feel of old meets new. Come for a taste as we reinvent classic southern traditions.

We allow a maximum of (3) credit cards to split bills at SOCU.

Parties 6+ we will automatically add an 18% gratuity to your bill.
For parties larger than 7+ , catering and a chefs table experience , please give us a call at : 251-287-6766
A non-refundable deposit will be required for large parties to secure your reservation.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 327 people are saying
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BobD
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably good food and atmosphere. Wouldn't change a thing!

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KiaraM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed coming to Socu, it was definitely a whole vibe for myself and my party !!! The only thing that was noticed was the wait time to get food but our server and conversation made me not even realize but I was just truly enjoying myself !!! I’ll definitely be going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good for the most part. Everything came out Lukewarm including the oysters, which weren’t the best at all. I did order the fried lobster deviled eggs which was excellent!

KM
KelliM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was good but overpriced. Bathrooms needed to be cleaned. Was decent but shouldn’t be listed as “fine” dining.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation online, they did not have us in their system when we got there, and so could not seat us. What is the point of making a reservation if it doesn't work? Now on a busy night we have no where to eat, so upset

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was just ok. Kitchen service was very slow. Perhaps due to staffing issues. Waitress was friendly and attentive and ambience is very nice

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vipAPLazz
Mobile
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portions of food were a bit smaller than expected, especially for southern food, and the kitchen was pretty slow in getting things out, but the taste of everything was perfect. We will still be back!

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vipMelindaL
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We had a nice table outside on the upstairs terrace & our server, Antonio, was very attentive. Other than that, we were underwhelmed by the quality of drink & food.

We were served a Sparking Rose which tasted of mildew. Antonio was quick to replace with a wine of our choice.
The Oysters Rockefeller & the Grilled oysters were room temp and tasted like they had been prepared hours or, possibly days prior. They were covered in thick, cold, chewy cheese, so we could barely taste the oysters. They advertised the oysters coming with grilled bread. The bread arrived cold & soggy.

Thankfully, we enjoyed our outdoor ambiance. That said, will not return. M

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vipmaebrake
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch buffet was delicious! I don't even usually enjoy buffets either. I will be back for dinner soon :)

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TiffanyP
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveeee this spot!! Food was delicious, ambiance was romantic, music was great, just lovely overall!

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WhoDat
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Seated on time for my reservation at 7:45

Ordered 2 glasses of wine, a beer and a drink. 15 minutes a beer and drink showed, 35 minutes I tracked down waitress looking for wine, she told me they were washing the glasses.

45 minutes… no apps no wine, no apologies, WE LEFT..

TJ
TeJay
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

When we arrived we waited at the host's station for several minutes and no one even acknowledged us. A simple, "Someone will be with you shortly", would have been suffice. Everything else was fantastic! Great quality dishes and so delicious!

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AdrianC
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the portions were a good size. The seafood dressing…there are no words for how good it was. I can’t say enough good things about food. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great. Incredibly friendly staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

DL
DevonL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were delicious! Loved the shrimp and grits!

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Mike
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wait staff is not back up to pre COVID caliber, the longer term wait staff is fabulous

MO
MONIQUEB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every moment! Shoutout to our waitress, Sabrina!

JB
JamesB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was a little slow coming out to start, but food arrival improved as the meal went on.
Server seemed unfamiliar with selection of liquors available at the bar.
I needed a knife and fork for my meal, but only two forks were provided.
Wait service improved as the meal progressed.
Appetizers and Entrees were generous in portions and were delicious.
The value for the quality of the meals was EXCELLENT !
We will dine there as often as possible.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, and service were top quality! Thank you, and we will be back soon!

BK
BreanaK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING & our server was the sweetest 🤍 🤍

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Mobile850
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Wasn’t my best experience there and won’t hold it against them but it’s been better. We arrived at 5:50 received our small plate @6:52 and our meal at 7:11 so it was pretty slow getting anything. It was my first time upstairs & I had small ants crawling on my table which made us move but it was at the other table as well. I personally don’t think it’s ran well when the owner or head chef isn’t in.

MK
MammaK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Second time here, was disappointed the first time due to bad service, disappointed again the second time. Waitress was nice, but service was not great. Didn’t offer us cocktails or the younger people in the group anything to drink other than water. Food came out at random times and some sat waiting for their food for a long time while others ate. Dirty plates sat at the table until we asked to have them removed. The food is excellent, just wish the service was better. Hate to give them a bad review Bc the atmosphere is nice and like I said before the food is excellent.

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vipFoodDoctor
Greensboro
38 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The oysters ( Oysters lRockefeller ) were the smallest I have ever seen. Not a good value there. The small plates were very good.

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RobS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was cold like it had been in fridge . Hot on top cold in the middle .

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StevenM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great small plates we had SOCU oysters, crawfish toast and shrimp. Best banana pudding ever.

LD
LarryD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious and cooked to perfection and generous portions. It’s a great place for a special occasion. The wine list is limited, but the bottle we had was good. Staff was friendly and appreciative.

BJ
BrandonJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. I have no complaints I will definitely be back.

CV
ChrisV
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Eclectic surroundings, good menu selections, prompt courteous service.
The food, amazing! Oyster choices abound, pasta with shrimp, crawfish and andouille sausage, out of this world! Best dish may have been the Mac and cheese. OMG. Overall great place, only negative was the temperature in the restaurant, way too hot and humid. But it was worth it. Amazing Food.

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The rice wasn’t done the chicken was greasy an the water was hot an so was my drink

TB
vipTinaB
Mobile
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! My sister and I split the pork chop plate and added braised cabbage and seafood dressing. It was so good and nice size servings. Bar service was a little slow since they were busy with one bartender but our server Angel did a great job as busy as she was. Will definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I would have given a higher rating for most categories for a moderate restaurant, but I have high expectations for higher prices. The Havana Nights cocktail was the highlight. Our hostess was busy but attentive and apologetic when we had to wait on items. We received our drinks after our dinner was served. I have been one other time, and they were out of several items. I figured that it was a midweek issue, but they were out of several items on a Friday night too. We were welcomed to to a dirty appetizer place and my water glass had a small piece of food item on side. The bottom of the appetizer had sauce on it, so it left a messy tablecloth when cleared. The food was fine, nothing spectacular, but nothing to really complain about. That is how I felt last time with a totally different choice of entrees. Upstairs was hot and humid. I’m hot natured, but my husband eventually noted it too. The desserts sounded great, but we declined for beignets next door. We said that might go back for cocktails and dessert one night. It wasn’t a terrible experience, I just wanted to enjoy it more than I did. I also acknowledge that COVID may contribute to the slower drink service and shortage of ingredients. I still recommend giving it a try.

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TLynnT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The southern cuisine was delicious and the service fantastic. The music was good, but almost too loud for having a conversation. I highly recommend it!!

NC
NickChick
Mobile
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I will stick to dinner at SoCu. Please work on your service. Everyone is very nice but it takes way to long to get a bar drink if you’re sitting at a table.

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Blessed
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was so good!! Cooked perfectly! The oysters were also good

SB
SabrinaB
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited SOCU for the first time last evening with friends. Our experience was amazing. The food was delicious. The service was excellent. Our waitress answered questions and offered suggestions. We will definitely be visiting again.

CJ
ClydeJ
Mobile
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top tier food and service! The toughest decision is just what to order, because everything is good!

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Shantel
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Oxtails had entirely too much fat on them. Potatoes were dry. Pork chop gravy taste like oxtail gravy. They only had 2 of the appetizers on the menu available. Requested outside table but was put inside. Drinks were great tho. Waiter was just trying her best but she was definitely overwhelmed. Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked reservations for my parents to celebrate my dad’s birthday! They really enjoyed themselves! From the food to the ambience SOCU never disappoints.

FAQs

Socu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (251) 287-6766.

Socu is rated 4.2 stars by 327 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.