South Kitchen + Spirits

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242 reviews
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South Kitchen & Spirits features a diverse menu of Southern classics and American standards - Crispy fried catfish with grits & collard greens, chicken pot pie, and freshly baked biscuits. Burgers & sandwiches, interesting salads, and fun appetizers. Dietary requirements are no problem, options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are indicated right on the menu.

We offer reservations for seating in our main dining room, the Avondale Room for large parties and private events, on our covered patio (with ceiling fans for warm weather and infrared heaters for cold), and at high top tables in the bar-adjacent Skylight Room.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The waiter was rude and took forever but the food was good.

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OT
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day dinner ! Everything was great, food and service were exceptional.

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We loved the ambience and we were greeted and seated quickly by a friendly hostess. Our server was attentive however it took a very long time for our food to come out once we'd ordered and when it arrived it was only luke warm, as if it had been sitting a while before it reached our table. The brunch dishes we ordered were good, not amazing, but fine. We ordered three different desserts and weren't happy with any of them. Between the five of us we ate the banana cheesecake and the blueberry shortcake but sent the coconut cake back - and were still charged for it even though it wasn't eaten. This was a family get together celebrating my son buying his first home - we very much enjoyed being together but I don't think any of us plan to visit the restaurant again since it's pretty expensive for food that's just ok and dessert not worth having. It's too bad because the location is great and the atmosphere was warm and inviting, just wish the food would have been better.

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KJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Had fun with my wife and son. Great service, great location and they put a lot of thought into decorating and making it nice. I felt a little restricted in the menu, there didn’t seem like a lot of light or plates, or gluten-free options.

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OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had birthday brunch here for 10 people. Service was great, my mimosa was always full, and the food was great

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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was not as good as advertised. The portions were small compared to the price. It seems to like when there is a party of kore than 7 and the gratuity is added the service is not good because they know they are getting 20%.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We’ll definitely visit again.

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome folks!

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P
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

Beware! We went on 5/20/19 for my daughters Graduation dinner. I brought a small cake, plates and forks. When I walked in with the cake the waitress told me they charge a $2.75 fee for serving the cake per person. I told her I did not need anyone to serve the cake and that I was not aware of that service charge. It did not matter that I cut the cake and served it myself. I didn’t want my friends to be charged because they didn’t even know I was bringing the cake. My daughter was full and did not eat a piece and I was charged for her. I was very disappointed and will never eat there again. My friends said the same thing.

When I made the reservation I added a comment that it was for my daughters graduation and nobody contacted me to tell me there would be a service fee for me to bring a cake. If I knew that ahead of time we would have eaten somewhere else.

They are taking advantage of customers !

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LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all around! &. Anne Marie, the AM Bartender, was wonderful!

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable experience. Our Server was excellent as was the food.

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N
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Cooks could make eggs over medium...gave them 2 chances and couldn't get it right.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was good but it took them 25 minutes to bring our food.

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PA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Although it was Mother's Day and I expected it to be busy, there seemed to be a real lack of energy with the staff. The hostess seemed completely overwhelmed and not very communicative. There was a slight mix up with our reservation. When completing the reservation online , I chose outdoor seating as a preference but did not realize they would not even ask if we would like first available so we were waiting a long time before we were seated. We had to bring it to an employees attention that we would take whatever was available. We noticed several empty tables which were not being bussed. The food was underwhelming. I live on the other side of town from this restaurant so I don't think I would go out of my way to come here again. Also the acoustics in the building were horrible , it was very difficult to carry on a conversation.

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S
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very busy for Mother's Day. We sat at the bar and had Brunch. Food was delicious and Grey was awesome!!

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A
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food and service. A bit high on the price.

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was amazing. Thank you South Kitchen

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MD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Our visit was for Mother's Day Brunch. They were overwhelmed by the crowd. Food took over 30 min for breakfast items. My wife ordered the special hash and it was missing 2 components. They offered to remake the dish but it would take 15 additional minutes due to the kitchen being backed up. We opted to just eat what we had. Our server worked extremely hard to make it seem as the meal was not held up. He was on top of everything and you could obviously tell it was the kitchen being overwhelmed.
When we were almost finished another waitress stopped at our table and asked if she could take our coffee condiments dish (small cup with sugar, splenda,etc and small cream dish). We were not finished with our coffee so I stated we were still using and she made the comment that someone who just sat will have to wait.

We have eaten dinner at South numerous times and never had this experience so hopefully this was a one time deal. We will not be going back for Brunch as there are many options for much less $$ in the area.

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B
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was good, food was excellent. Try the chicken and waffles!

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

Atmosphere was fun and service was great. Had a really cool selection of drinks and they were really good. Appetizers were very good. The actual entrees weren't that great. Chicken and waffles were pretty dry. Still overall a fun night. I'd return and try a different entree.

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KG
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience. Our server was so kind and patient!! We were celebrating a birthday and the environment made the evening so special! We will be returning for future occasions.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

South is a great place to gather with friends in a relaxed and trendy environment. The waiters all have ipads so it makes the human error of ordering, very minimal. The outside is super nice as well. I went with a large party and the backyard long table was perfect for the occasion and very private.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It was nice

Ambience and location - excellent

Drinks were good

Food OK, a little pricey

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time eating here and I must say it was awesome. The pulled pork sandwich and Parmesan fries were delicious!

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I was really impressed with the outdoor seating area and the customer service. The appetizers were better than my entree. I choose the philly cheese which is one of my all time favorites and even requested jalapeños to be added to spice it up. There was no flavor which left me very disappointed. The truffle fries were also very disappointing. Just was fried with a little bit of Parmesan and for the price I expected more. I will return to Southern Kitchen for the happy hour and appetizers.

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DM
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It took awhile for food to come out. When it did come we had to return the fries twice because it was not hot. Food was ok. For price of their food portions were small. Our first visit was a better experience. We will probably not return.

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WL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Would definitely go back again.

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A
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was great. My lobster and poached eggs were terrific. Just could have been a bit warmer. The service was outstanding.

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PA
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We did make a reservation since it was Easter Sunday and were seated immediately. We had appetizers and food we couldn't finish from being stuffed but both appetizers and bottomless mimosas. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. Would definitely go again and partake in the adult coffee selection.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful soul food trendy dining experience with a great bar!

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WH
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was one of the best experience I've had. The food, the drinks, and service was great.

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J
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday with party of 9 at the last minute on a Friday night. Food was extremely fresh!! Everyone left full and merry.

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PR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks were awesome. The round table near the front of the restaurant at sunset needs to be moved, not used until after sunset or get some type of shade. We had to hold up our menu in front of our faces until it set. We were told there was no where else to put us but the tables behind sat empty the entire time we were in the restaurant. We will come back because of the excellent food but will be selective in where we sit.

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F
Jacksonville
38 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food and beverage were excellent, as usual. This is the first time I was disappointed with service. Given we've never had that happen before, we'll still be back.

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S
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the new menu items. The service was excellent and they have the best happy hour in town.

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PH
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Catfish Dinner with gouda grits and collard greens is a winner. The $20 price is steep however for this meal. Also a glass of house Chardonnay was $9.50. Yikes!

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was 7 of us for a bday dinner during brunch. I have no complaints, it was great. Our server was nice, everyone was satisfied with their meal. This was my second time coming and I’ll be back

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I almost hate to write a awesome review so we have this nice place to go and not so packed! But the food is wonderfully put together and the drinks were perfect. We love bourbon so we tried them all! Sitting outside was just beautiful, looking forward to many more evenings like this. Next, we are going to do Brunch there.

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C
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We sat outside. It was beautiful. The place was clean. Ate here for a birthday dinner in the past and really enjoyed it. Ordered the pickled shrimp lettuce wraps. It tasted horrible. Barely came with any shrimp and then some lettuce for 13.00. Was suppose to come with cracklings according to menu but wasn’t given any.

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R
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Most reviews looked good but we were very disappointed in the food. Two of us had burgers which were $13 and the beef didn’t even fill the bun. Ordered medium and came out well done with a sour taste to the burger. One person had a pot pie which was very disappointing. It was a bit of sauce and veggies in a small skillet with a few extra dry biscuits on top.. onion rings were pretty good but that was it. Disappointing would be an understatement :(

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