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SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar- Mobile, Mobile, AL

SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar- Mobile

4.2
4.2
478 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.

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (251) 385-4005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Executive chef

    Erica Barrett

  • Neighborhood

    Mobile

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

  • Old Town Road Shrimp$14.00

    • Fried Lobster Deviled Eggs$20.00

      • Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs$14.00

        • Cajun Chicken Spring Rolls$14.00

          • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake$14.00

            Oysters

            • Oysters

              Chargrilled, SOCU, or Rockefeller

              • Half$12.00
              • Full$24.00

            Salads

            $8

            • Pear / Walnut Salad

              • SOCU Wedge Salad

                Entrees

                • Mama's Chicken and Waffles$26.00

                  • Half Blue Ribbon Buttermilk Fried Chicken$24.00

                    • Double Cut Pork Chop with Crawfish Gravy$23.00

                      • High Roller Crab Cakes$35.00

                        • Parti Gras Pasta$28.00

                          • Fried Catfish Platter$30.00

                            • Oceans 11$35.00

                              • Braised Beef Oxtails$25.00

                                Sides

                                $7

                                • Mash Potatoes

                                  • Collards

                                    • Braised Cabbage

                                      • Candied Yams

                                        • Yellow Rice

                                          • Seafood Dressing

                                            Premium Side

                                            • SOCU Mac and Cheese$12.00

                                              Dessert

                                              $12

                                              • Church Lady Chessman Banana Pudding

                                                • Peach Cobbler

                                                  Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                  What 478 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                  4.2
                                                  4.2 based on recent ratings
                                                  • 4.4Food
                                                  • 4.2Service
                                                  • 4.4Ambience
                                                  • 4Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                  Loved For

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Hot Spot

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Neighborhood Gem

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Romantic

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Vibrant Bar Scene

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Most Booked

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Fit for Foodies

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Great for Lunch

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Romantic

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Vibrant Bar Scene

                                                  • Mobile

                                                    Most Booked

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                                                  1. DS

                                                    DruS

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                    1st visit really enjoyed the experience. The was very good and so was the service. Will definitely plan to go back.

                                                  2. TH

                                                    TaronH

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Nothing but GREAT things to say! The staff made us feel like family. Our reservation was at 2:30 and we did not know that the brunch buffet ended at 3. The staff made sure we had FRESH fried chicken and catfish hot out of the fryer even though it was close to "closing time" for them. We can't wait to go back for dinner!

                                                  3. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Sunday brunch is AYCE buffet. Good variety, fried chicken, fried fish, hamburger steak, breakfast items, fruits & more. Most of the food was great. Monica was awesome. We’ll definitely come back again for brunch & to check out their dinner menu.

                                                  4. KW

                                                    KimW

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    My SOCU experience was simply AWESOME! Great food, Great service, and Great Company! My mother truly enjoyed her birthday dinner! We will be back!

                                                  5. W

                                                    Willman

                                                    New York Area

                                                    65 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    65 reviews

                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                    Terrific service. Fun ambiance. Music at a perfect level. Delicious well presented food

                                                  6. M

                                                    Michael

                                                    Mobile

                                                    28 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    28 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food was incredible. Our service was tremendous. We went early on a Monday night when it wasn't crowded which allowed us to enjoy the meal, chat with the staff and have an amazing experience.

                                                  7. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Houston

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    2.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall2food3service2ambience4

                                                    It was busy since it was Mother’s Day. Great drinks, and music. Appetizers came out at a reasonable time. The entrees came out over 1.5 hrs after ordering them. Everything went downhill once my sister had to wait another 20+ mins to receive her food and we were a party of 5. This was extremely disappointing, especially when the manager was rude and did not show any empathy towards the situation. She made excuses that it was a holiday and showed no accountability on how to rectify the situation. The server was great and and she tried her best. However it seemed like she was under pressure after I asked to speak with a manager.

                                                  8. OP

                                                    OmekaP

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    This is an awesome place to go to for brunch as well as dinner. I would recommend it to any and everyone!!!

                                                  9. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food and portions were great. I’ll be going back soon.

                                                  10. CW

                                                    ChrisW

                                                    Atlanta

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Quite possibly the best fried chicken I’ve ever had

                                                  11. c

                                                    crankin

                                                    Kansas City

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We had a great time, angel was our server and she’s the best!

                                                  12. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Denver

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food was amazing!

                                                  13. WS

                                                    WendyS

                                                    Mobile

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    This is our second time eating here, however, the food was not "fantastic" like our first experience but only "good". I don't know if there was a different chef but it we could tell a difference. The crawfish gravy needed more seasoning and was more of an orange color than the brownish "gravy" look like last time. I was craving the jalapeno creamed corn and was disappointed. Seemed like there was not enough gouda cheese in it. The music was very loud this time. I do not like yelling to talk. Even though our experience was different, we will go again.

                                                  14. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Mississippi

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Wonderful meal and drinks

                                                  15. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food, great service

                                                  16. NK

                                                    NicKcM

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Everything was amazing! We’ll be back soon for sure!

                                                  17. DB

                                                    DavidB

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    This was a great find for us. We are on a road trip from Miami to Washington State. We wanted to be sure and eat local food made by local people and SOCU nailed it. Such a cool restaurant and the food was 5 star all the way. Our service was fantastic and very attentive. Can not wait to go again when we are back in the area

                                                  18. LS

                                                    LucretiaS

                                                    Jacksonville

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We were met with excellent from the time that we were greeted until we finished our meal. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes being served and also provided suggestions for us as we were first time visitors. The food looked very appealing and tasted even better than it looked. I thought that serving the sides in a miniature cast iron skillet was a nice touch. We will definitely be back.

                                                  19. NF

                                                    NatalieF

                                                    New Orleans

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food, service, and ambiance was top notch!

                                                  20. C

                                                    Chris

                                                    Mississippi

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                    A little bit too pricey

                                                  21. E

                                                    Engaged

                                                    Raleigh

                                                    85 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    85 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                    A fun place that was open on Easter Sunday for dinner (not many places were). We were unsure what to expect but were very happy we were there. The food was good, the service (Monica) was terrific, and it was fun. Even the martini was excellent. Monica also suggested we visit Dauphin Island which we did the next day -- she was correct.

                                                  22. L

                                                    Lisa

                                                    New Orleans

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    2.0

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                    overall2food1service5ambience3

                                                    We did not know that brunch would be a buffet. It was $35 a person and the quality of food was comparable to a Shoney's buffet. We were very disappointed. This was our first time at the restaurant and we are not certain we will return.

                                                  23. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New Orleans

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Sunday brunch…. I’ve had my fair share of brunch offerings between Mobile and New Orleans and this is one of the BEST. Fried Chicken was awesome by itself, even more so with the waffle and syrup pairing! And the Mac and Cheese… sweet Jesus! They would NOT tell me what they use to make it addictive. Well worth the price point. Make this reservation today!

                                                  24. AM

                                                    AngelaM

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                    Service was great. Food portions was nice and big. The drinks were delicious. We only had appetizers because we wanted them all. We will come back and try entrees later. But the tables that had entrees were pleased at the amount of food and the taste.

                                                  25. RT

                                                    RachelT

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We had a great time! Amazing service and atmosphere!

                                                  26. JD

                                                    JeffreyD

                                                    Tallahassee

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I believe our waitress's name was Lauren. She was very kind and knowledgeable. The food was great, and the atmosphere as well.

                                                  27. GC

                                                    GaryC

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Always great food and service! Loren was great!

                                                  28. OK

                                                    OKCBlackEats

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We traveled from Oklahoma City to explore Mobile's food scene. SOCU was highly recommended by another chef. Sunday Brunch was spectacular and the food was excellent. We were intentionally supporting Blackowned restaurants in Mobile and SOCU capped off a great dining weekend. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

                                                  29. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    1.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                    overall1food3service1ambience3

                                                    Our reservation was at 7:15pm and got to restaurant to check in and hostess said it would be a 10 min wait. At 7:40 they came to us and said would be another 20 mins unless wanted to sit at bar. We decided to sit at bar and got order in around 8pm but did not get our food until 9:25. I understand being shorthanded and bust but this not acceptable at all. We will not be back

                                                  30. MS

                                                    MarkS

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Would certainly recommend!

                                                  31. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Nashville

                                                    104 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    104 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Sabrina was spectacularly hospitable!!!

                                                  32. MM

                                                    MMLJr

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Sunday brunch was fantastic, not a bad thing on the menu. Will definitely be going back.

                                                  33. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Mobile

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great service and atmosphere. Food was amazing!!!

                                                  34. v

                                                    vickiem

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I visited with a party of seven. Everyone ordered something different. All of the food was absolutely delicious, plus the portion sizes were in abundance. I absolutely love the background music. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I really had an awesome visit .

                                                  35. M

                                                    Miranda

                                                    Raleigh

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Everything was perfect: ambiance, service, drinks, food. Going to be dreaming about the banana pudding. Highly recommend.

                                                  36. S

                                                    Summer

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                    overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                    After we were sat it was 30 minutes before we saw a waitress and offered water. There was a hostess that was nearby and made eye contact that entire 30 minutes and also took 2 other tables water and did not offer was any. It was then 1 hour and 15 minutes from when we ordered (2 entrees) to when we got our food. Also, the bartender would not many a non-alcoholic cocktails so asked for lemons for our water and never received with our entrees. Entrees were okay but the two sides had two small bowls for the servings and they were barely half full. Sides were $7-12…. Overall very disappointed in service and food..

                                                  37. CM

                                                    CraigM

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    My wife and I ate at SOCU last night. After reading the reviews, we were concerned about the service. Happily, I can say we had a great dinner. Lauren was an excellent server, who took great care of us and made recommendations that we thoroughly enjoyed. The food was fantastic. We will definitely be going back again.

                                                  38. JC

                                                    JimmyC

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We were greeted with professionalism, leotard seats, had to greatest waitress ever, the food was amazing. I had the oxtails with rice, jalapeño corn I think it was, and the crown apple candy yams words cannot describe how my taste buds were jumping. My fiancé had the parde gras pasta, and cheesecake that was made by angels. Truly awesome staff, and food out of this world. 10 star rating !!!!!

                                                  39. MM

                                                    MarilynM

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                    overall2food3service2ambience5

                                                    The hostess was rude. This was my second time at this restaurant, really enjoyed my first experience but was very disappointed that the staff was not very professional on this visit. The bar didn’t have my choice of liquor, I was ok with that until the bartender verbally complained about the establishment and their vendors. He was unprofessional, try to support black owned businesses but this is what you get.

                                                  40. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Mobile

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We sat at the bar and had wonderful service!!

                                                  Safety precautions

                                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                  • Protective equipment

                                                    • Waitstaff wear masks

                                                  FAQs

                                                  SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar- Mobile offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (251) 385-4005.

                                                  SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar- Mobile is rated 4.2 stars by 478 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                  Booked 17 times today
                                                  Google Map for SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar- Mobile

                                                  455 Dauphin St Mobile, AL 36602-2403

                                                  Additional information

                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                    Mobile

                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

                                                  • Cuisines

                                                    Southern, Seafood, Comfort Food

                                                  • Dining style

                                                    Casual Dining

                                                  • Dress code

                                                    Business Casual

                                                  • Parking details

                                                    None

                                                  • Payment options

                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                  • Owned/operated by

                                                    Black/African American, Women

                                                  • Executive chef

                                                    Erica Barrett

                                                  • Additional

                                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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