Socu

4.1
381 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 381 people are saying
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vipsteveb
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately, SOCU and OpenTable did not communicate. When we arrived, the restaurant was closed. I will probably try again but someone dropped the ball

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TNTcolvin
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food did not disappoint. Large portions and great flavor. Our server was as attentive and very friendly. If they are shorthanded like the night we visited, expect extended wait times for getting your food delivered. All in all, a great place to visit and would definitely dine here again.

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DaveR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place Rocks Seafood outstanding!!
Oxtail spring rolls will get every visit
Oceans11 a Win!!

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ClintH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience3

5 people went to dinner. 30 minutes to get drinks only to find out they don’t have that bottle of wine. Never even brought my wife’s entree 30 minutes after the others arrived. No plan and no updates throughout. We just left. Waitress very nice but nothing she could do

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious

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AdrienneT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Shantell really took care of us. The food was delicious and wull definitely be back.

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OLLINGERHOUSE1805
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a ribeye steak special. The steak was average. Sabrina, our waiter, was a charm!

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AnnaP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was amazing after an hour and a half wait...server never refilled our purchased drinks just the water and all in all the place wasn't even that busy.

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TreyM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Socu is one of the best accidental surprises I’ve ever come across in selecting a restaurant. On New Years Eve in downtown Mobile, all the “best” restaurants were booked solid but we were left no choice but to book unfamiliar one. We showed up a little early but the staff was courteous and showed us to the bar. Their Port City Hurricane and Senior Bowl A ‘Rita drinks were really good. We also had the Fried Lobster Deviled Eggs, Crawfish and Lobster Toast, Seafood Pasta (which even included a small lobster tail), Braised Collard Greens, Seafood Dressing and Bourbon Fired Candied Yams and Fried Catfish. I also ordered a Haint Blue IPA draft. With 6 specialty drinks and a great multi course dinner our tab (before tip) came to $140.00 and was worth every penny.

The only snafu came during the middle of the meal when an overzealous DJ who was hired for New Years Eve decided to crank up the jam as loud as she could. This wasn’t during the late evening “party time” but rather during an 8PM dinner. Every head spun when the music went from 0-10 in a split second and she didn’t seem to care. Management solved the problem quick. Thanks!

Overall, we loved the restaurant (both its decor, the food and the staff) and we can’t wait to eat there again.

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RebekahC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was good and the portions were decently bigger than expected. However, the service was poor - we were seated about 15 minutes after our reservation was supposed to start and then waited at our table close to 20 minutes for our waiter to come up and take drink orders. She also wanted to take our meal order and we hadn't even been greeted or seen a menu yet. The atmosphere was nice, except the music was a little too loud upstairs.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve with my family was absolutely fabulous and such a wonderful place to introduce my kids to fine dining. The staff was beyond friendly! Helpful, kind, patient, and made the experience extra fun for the kids. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Loved it I will most definitely be back !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was fine. It wasn’t as good as I expected. The service was great and the atmosphere was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Over charged our credit card.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-concert at the Saenger Theater.

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Superman
Mobile
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The music was so loud it was hard to hear people at our table of 5. The pork chops were thin and hard as a rock. The bourbon and ginger drink was very weak. The multi hundred dollar tab was way over priced........ especially for what we experienced. Our service was fine, but didn't make up for everything else that was way sub par.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Amazing decor and staff
But the wait for food is very long.

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nikki
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good experience

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April
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was very salty. It also took over a hour for me to receive my food after ordering it. The chairs for the high top tables are also very uncomfortable/painful to sit on. On a positive note, the oxtails were good and our waitress was nice. Although I’ll probably never visit again, I’m glad that I had a chance to try it out.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!!!! Highly recommend!!

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NancyA
Mobile
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Monica our server was outstanding. The food was delicious we had the oxtail spring rolls, chicken and waffles and the pork chops. Friendly atmosphere, would definitely go again.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Them Socu oysters was bussin and our waiter was nice.

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EnjoysDining
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a great find!!! We are visiting Mobile and wanted to eat downtown for dinner. This was the only place that had reservations open so we just went with it. So glad we did. The food was incredible!!! We were a party of 5 and had several different items on the menu. Chargrilled oysters were the best I’ve ever had. (And I’ve had a lot!) Fried chicken was delicious and juicy. The shrimp Thai appetizer was outstanding. So many other things I can mention. Just good.

Our waitress was fantastic! Attentive, friendly, helpful. Made the evening even more enjoyable. The ambience and decor was great too. We can’t say enough good things. It was a busy Friday night and I was so impressed with how efficient the entire dinner was from start to finish. Bravo, Socu! We will be back. And we will definitely visit the Birmingham location when you open.

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AlmecaP
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious. The drink was good. The ambience is amazing. It’s a win, win. The only improvement is during graduation there needs to be seating available for a party of at least 8.

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TheMes
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, clean restaurant and no long wait.

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TracyR
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a Great Resturant !!!!!! Ever time we are in from Houston this is a must stop for dinner.

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Photog1500
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Drink order took over 10 mins to arrive. Restaurant was basically empty on our arrival. Food was ok but slower than expected, then came out really fast... but sporadic... IE, one app was delivered, then 10 min later, the other app delivered. Mains were served, and alll but one side was delivered, then it was delivered again, around 10 mins after ordering. I would try them again but not what I expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was very good. It took quite a while to receive and the server did not follow up and check on us. One of the members of our party received his food about 3 minutes after the 4 of us were served.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were seated for 30 minutes and never had anyone approach our table. No menus, waters, or even someone speak to say they would come by in a few minutes. We decided to leave which was disappointing because the foot looked great.

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JasonA
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time experiencing this wonderful place. I had heard about this restaurant all the way in California! Was in Mobile visiting family and had to see for myself. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. We will certainly be back soon! Thank you for making the experience one I will never forget.

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YamoindD
Mobile
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow, but the food was delicious and my party enjoyed the ambience. Location of the restaurant was awesome. Definitely will return.

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AliZ
Mobile
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic. We have nothing but positive words for the taste and appearance of the dishes we ordered. The portions were also quite generous, so zero complaints on that as well. The service we received was good and the atmosphere was great. Keep up the great work. We're so glad to have a restaurant like Socu here in Mobile.

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JakeT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is truly southern soul food! It took me back to eating dinner at my grandmothers house! Everything we had was absolutely amazing! Service was just as good!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It took 30 minutes and a few late tea refills to get our salads and over an hour to get our food. This was terrible because we had to leave to pick up kids before the food came out… somehow they went and found our food and put it in a togo bag once we told them we had to leave.

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vipAJane
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

A little pricey but what’s not. The food was great - those biscuits. ❤️ A little loud and our waitress was not totally attentive. All in all, we did enjoy and maybe try another day that’s not the Sunday Buffet.

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DorothyW
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed Sunday Brunch which offered a generous selection of southern cooking with large plates to hold it all at a reasonable price. We were pleasantly surprised as the website didn’t mention Sunday Brunch- think they should add that to the website menus, to highlight their awesome buffet! Along with a pitcher of mimosa, we were quite pleased!

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vipugotdav
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service, but food was just OK. The cost for our meals was just too expensive for what we received. I had Pork Chops, my wife had Shrimp & Grits…. With my wife’s plate there was too much grits and just a few overcooked shrimp. My pork chops were grisly and fatty. Disappointed….

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

This is the second time we have had a terrible experience at Socu. It’s been two years (first time was pre-pandemic) so we thought we would give it another chance. Both times we were seated in the corner upstairs which is fine, but apparently serves forget about you in that spot. Our reservations were at 7:15, the hostess sat us immediately, at 8:00 we still had not received our drinks or even placed our order. The waitress was nice but did not seem to care if things were going well for us or not. When we joked about going downstairs to help make the drinks because it was taking so long she said the bartender had just quit today…
It’s such a shame because the food here has Ben pretty good but the service is so bad you can’t even enjoy it. Will not be giving this another try. Unfortunately two strikes and you’re out for us.

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YLG1985
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meals and service was good. Antonio was our server. It was a girl's night out.

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vipeatingsafe
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Food was delicious (but oysters were small & some shells were void of oysters), but service was lacking. We noted in 2 places on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday & told the person who seated us the same. When our waitress asked if we wanted the checks. I reminded her of the birthday & asked if she had been told. She said she hadn't & they don't do anything for birthdays. Someone should have mentioned this to me the other times I noted it. I then ordered a slice of cheesecake for the celebrant & said to put it on my check (separate checks.) After more than 20 minutes, I asked another waitress to please find my waitress to get the cheesecake. I also asked for 6 forks. Finally we received the cheesecake. Although I pointed out the celebrant 2X, it was brought to the wrong person with 1 fork. We also asked for 6 plates. She brought dirty plates & didn't clear the table of all of our dinner. I cleared the table & my friend retrieved 6 forks & plates from other tables. Several of these were dirty also. The menus are retrieved via smartphone. I asked the waitress for a wifi password. I don't have unlimited data & my husband's phone wasn't working on data. She didn't know it and didn't offer to get it. If the restaurant requires me to use a cell phone to order, they should provide wifi. Only forks were set on the table. I asked for knives. She brought one for me only. I spoke to the manager while holding my unpaid check (which took a while to get.) She was very nice, but blamed some of the problems on the computer being down for 2 hours. The only thing that should have been delayed at all was the check. She even said she saw my cheesecake sitting there & confirmed they don't offer birthday desserts because they have a limited dessert menu. In the Midwest, restaurants usually comp birthday desserts or at least provide them. She said she would take care of me they next time I came in. My check was still in my hand. She should have compensated me right then.

FAQs

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

Socu is rated 4.1 stars by 381 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.