South City Kitchen Buckhead

4.6
1305 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
Here you’ll experience a feast for all five senses including familiar favorite tastes and smells like buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and banana pudding; an outdoor/indoor patio with breath-taking views of the hustle and-bustle of Peachtree Street; a welcoming fireplace and fire pit around which to gather with your friends; a luxurious private dining room perfect for social and corporate entertaining; and an expansive bar where the most adventurous cocktail and wine lists await.
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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to bring my wife here for some tea now. Finally, the stars align. I had the trout. She had the shrimp and grits. As an added bonus one of our friends was there too. He also had the trout. We started with fried green tomatoes. That was perfect. We enjoyed the meals too. Then, with 3 spoons, we attacked the strawberry sundae. All of us were stuffed when we left. Awesome meal.

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GG
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in the area for a convention and loved this restaurant. Our server was very informative and took great care of our party of 6. The food was Amazing! There was a large open dining room but also some private nooks. Very nice selection of wine.

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CA
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal with outstanding service and great atmosphere! I will very return. Excellent experience!

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the soup salad combo. The shea-crab soup was amazing and the Caesar salad had fried zucchini on top! I was very satisfied with the quality of food and attentive service offered by this establishment. I would return!

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J
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best waitress I’ve ever had! Great presentation of the menu. Funny & very descriptive.

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KM
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was just okay. My husband and I both had the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and collard greens, The chicken was okay, the greens were bad. We also got the chicken livers and they were terrible. Good freshly baked bread and cornbread, though.

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JB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and experience. Would recommend to others dining in the Buckhead area looking for a nice, casual, dining experience for sure!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my boss here for lunch for her birthday. We both had the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich and our co-worker has the Bee& Mushroom Meatloaf. Everything was very good. The chicken on the sandwiches was prepared perfectly. The only thing we didn’t like was the fresh cut fries. They were very salty and I think the may have been fried in old grease, but overall, we had a lovely time.

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f
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced, I spent $70 at lunch time alone for just fried chicken and meatloaf

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CP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken w/ mashed potatoes was amazing and the banana pudding dessert was a delectable finish!

This restaurant was recommended by my son as having the best fried chicken of his life and he was spot on. I would highly recommend it!

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A
Atlanta
262 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Horrible Mother’s Day dinner-Insulting treatment

Took my almost 80 year old mom to dinner there at 5:30 PM. We arrived early (5:10) for our reservation. They told us it would be 5:30 before they could seat us. No problem. We knew we were early. When they told us our reservation was ready, they asked if we could go upstairs. The stairs are very steep and quite a few stairs and no elevator. We politely declined since my mom is not able to climb those stairs and there was no elevator. We were fine waiting. A few minutes later they escorted us out onto the covered, outside bar area. The bar area adjoins Peachtree St, a very busy and noisy street. It was chilly, raining, and the tables are bare-no table clothes (unlike the tables inside). At first we were the only people outside. In addition to the loud street noise and MARTA noise, the music was so loud that we could not carry on a conversation. I had to go back in and ask if they could at least turn down the music. They did but they never offered to move us even though numerous tables inside sat empty the whole time we were there. No manager ever came to check on us.

Food was good and our waiter, Michael, was excellent, but we couldn’t enjoy it.

Nevertheless this experience was ruined for us because management was oblivious to the needs of its customers. Very robotic and unconcerned about our comfort or experience. Not a great value for &150.00. Unlikely to ever return to any SCK.

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CM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

I was extremely disappointed with the menu offered on Mother’s Day. I had heard so many great things about the menu from Steaks to Chicken & Waffles. Only to arrive and be limited to a Mother’s Day offering that was in my opinion lazy. Holidays like this give you an opportunity to showcase your food to a group of people that can be turned into regulars but instead we were offered a limited set of options that was simply not appealing. Brunch seems like the perfect opportunity for chicken & waffles not uncooked salmon. I was aware that you all were not the cheapest game in town and I was fine but to spend $140 and be this underwhelmed was extremely disappointing.

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SM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

Rashud our server was wonderful and so helpful.
Your staff at reception / welcoming party were pretty passive aggressive and even a little rude ....they clearly didn’t want feedback which was a shame as this was for a birthday party and nothing we had asked for was delivered . When I gave feedback or requested to get as close to what we asked I was brushed off or comments were made to the side/under breath which I chose to ignore .
Luckily Rashud saved the evening for us - he was brilliant so please thank him for his exceptional service and attention.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Came to celebrate my mother for Mother’s Day. The brunch menu was minimal but you can’t go wrong with any of the selections. Something for every taste bud. I would call it southerner soul cuisine but elevated. Reminds you of home. Delicious.

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w
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Well, don't bother with reservations because apparently, they take walk-ins before reservations. We originally specified indoor's and they seated us on the enclosed patio, wood chairs kind of hot and not that clean. The hostesses were indifferent and apparently so busy seating non-reservations that they seemed mad when I walked in and said I had a reservation. We were dressed well and basically wound up on the patio in wood chairs with upholstered booth sitting empty. Just a bad experience and will not be going back! Food was OK server was OK and its valet parking or 12 dollars to park in lot across from restaurant

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S
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business lunch. Easy to hear others. Food was awesome!

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TK
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

I am a fan of South City Kitchen. Being a foodie it's one of my go-to with new friends. The services were poor and my dish was poor. It could have been a bad chef day.
Towonda

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DS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go-to place in Buckhead. The food and service are consistently good.

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JB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I truly enjoyed the meal. The seating was in a good location. If I had one criticism it was that the server
had many tables to take care of and she seemed rushed.

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T
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

That pork chop shmacks. I had the best server ever of my entire restaurant experience of my life. My server and I forgot my name so sorry but this dude was the best in the business. Highly recommend to anyone

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DP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I used to love the crab cake hash at brunch. Although the menu and receipt still say hash, it's not. It's just fingerling potatoes. If you loved the dish they used to have, DON'T order this new crab cake. It's not anything like it and not really that good. Disappointed. Order anything else and you'll love it!

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EB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food! Best fried chicken around...we will definitely be making this a regular dinner spot.

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FL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday with out of town guests. Wonderful experience, great food, phenomenal service! And my guests shared their positive experience with others, which is the type of unsolicited PR any Business wants.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch experience! Always a favorite in my book.

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D
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice food and nice service!

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JK
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommended the fried chicken to one of my guests. You should have seen the look on her face as she was consuming. She said it was next to orgasmic! I enjoyed their legendary pork chop. My other guest had the trout. All were VERY pleased with their choices. I made them each a fan.

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JP
Kansas City
135 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish I lived in Atlanta. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! I pick restaurants for business meals based on their menu, Open Table reviews and proximity to my hotel. All three were used to pick South Ciy Kitchen in Buckhead, and I’m thrilled at the response from every one of our group. One of our guests had a colleague (from Kansas City) bringing a group in the next night, and was beyond thrilled with that choice after our experience. We started with the fried green tomatoes; most of us are northerners but the one from Alabama assured us these were as good as he’d ever had. Three of us had the shrimp and grits; it’s a dish I’ve had across the country, including in New Orleans - this was as flavorful as any I’ve eaten. Our server didn’t suggest there was any heat to the dish, but I would tell you it was the perfect amount of hot/spice. The other two had the fried chicken, and raved about the flavor and tenderness of the meat. We then shared a few slices of coconut cream pie. I’m pretty certain there wasn’t a morsel left on any plate. I will absolutely be back when again in Buckhead - I may have to make up a reason for a meeting in the area!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris our waiter was wonderful and he food was perfect . We have visited the Vinings and Midtown location and Buckhead is the best . Very quiet and laid back .

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great as always. I like the original location but the patio in Buckhead is awesome!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A great experience but would prefer the service be a little more attentive.

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L
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love South City! First visit to Buckhead, we always go to Midtown!

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PB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It took 3 hours for four of us to dine. The waiter was clearly swamped with tables. We have had excellent meals at South City Kitchen in the past but this one was below average. I sent my salad back because it was drenched in dressing. I had trout that was decent but swimming in a watery sauce with vegetables that were hard to eat, not to mention bland. My husband's pork chop was dry. One dessert with donuts just sweet and the coconut creme pie without flavor. All in all, a disappointing dining experience.

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j
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to South City a couple of times at the Avalon location and decided to try the Buckhead location for lunch today. Great as usual! Wonderful service from our waiter, Bree, awesome food (those biscuits and apple butter are to due for). Will continue to come back!

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LA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I haven't been to South City Kitchen in years and never to the Buckhead location so I was excited to go back. We went on a weeknight. They were not super crowded, service was great unfortunately our food was only ok. I ordered the fried chicken. The coating had great flavor but the chicken itself was so overcooked in some parts that it was like a rock and I could not even eat it. Another member of our party got the BBQ Shrimp. It comes in full shell with legs. This really makes eating it more messy and work than it is worth. They should definitely change that dish to tails only. You lose a lot of flavor from the sauce after you peel the shrimp, no bueno. Another member of our party got the black rice vegetarian dish, she liked her dish except for the mushrooms which she said were too hard and chewy and not cooked enough. The last member of our group got the lamb, they liked their dish but unfortunately ended up with some gastrointestinal issues the next day :(. The appetizers of fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese were fantastic. Probably will not be going back anytime soon though.

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a
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I went in with high expectations and was underwhelmed. My steak was over cooked to the point of charred I ordered it mid rare and was well done. the potatoes was over cooked as well. The wife loved her Egg White Frittata. I'm not one to send food back I have worked in the restaurant industry in a high end steak house. I know how busy it gets especially on Easter . I will return one more time on a less busy day and we will go from there.

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l
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I booked our reservation through open table not aware that there was a prefixed menu. $35 for my child is ridiculous; that did not even include soft drinks (which were over $4 each). Had I known it was a prefix Easter menu I would not have booked this. Not sure if that is the fault of open table or the restaurant. Also our server was not friendly at all, talked very softly, and was bordering on being rude.There was too much time in between the courses and we were so full by the time we got our entrées that none of us wanted to eat.
We were very disappointed in our Easter brunch.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All around we had a GREAT brunch experience! 👍🏾

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Easter brunch at South City Kitchen in Buckhead and it was fantastic. The menu that they had for Easter was creative, fun and delicious. Everything from the cornbread through the main course was absolutely wonderful. Highly recommend.

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