South Kitchen + Spirits - Nocatee

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$30 and under
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Southern
South Kitchen and Spirits features a diverse menu of Southern classics and American standards - Crispy fried catfish with grits and collard greens, chicken pot pie, and freshly baked biscuits. Burgers and 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.
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P
Jacksonville
152 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very loud. Hard to carry on a conversation. Food was fine, not gormet.

TT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails. Half price happy hour, including everything 3-5PM, makes for a low cost meal

FG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food is over-rated. They charged incorrectly - making the kids meal ala carte vs their set fee - something I didn't notice right away. They had told us we are "good to go" with food my husband can eat with a nut allergy but after we ate there once, we came back and now we're told after everyone ordered, that he can't eat anything with bread or baked. Which is it? Is it safe or not? It's not a joke with a nut allergy. Just way overpriced for what we got.

B
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to gather with friends. Great food.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I had heard good stuff about thus place but don’t really recommend it. Limited sandwich menu, . Just another restaurant

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were very accommodating when we switched from a patio table to a booth indoors. The food was excellent as always and the drinks were tasty.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We totally enjoyed it. We brought our mini goldendoodle and it’s was a great experience.

f
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb. Our go2place.

KD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Most of our food was delicious and the drinks were great but the crispy chicken legs have a very unpleasant texture to them...very mealy. I would go again but would def avoid that item.

L
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu! Been looking a for a new to venture! Sunday brunch was delicious! Our server Alex “the Great” named after the menu item lived up to his name. We had a great time!

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was “fine”. I would go back. Better than fast food

OT
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Tried it a few times. This location, the food has been subpar each time, and the menu is not extensive enough. Drinks are good. But I think we’re done date nighting here.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance ...

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Friends from out of town visiting

TB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu and food taste were underwhelming but had nice service.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was poor - brought friends from out of town and they too felt service was poor. It was embarrassing

n
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A little pricey, disappointing happy hour was only in the bar. Sever was excellent. Food was tasty but not large portions. Big eaters wouldn't be happy.

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

First and last time. Starting with inattentive waitress, followed by dirty silverware, then finalized with very little chicken in my bland buffalo chicken salad. For the prices charged, everything should have been better. This was entirely disappointing and we won’t be back.

y
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

You need to experience it for yourself. I am never a fan but my husband likes the place. Some food is really good and others mediocre at best. The deserts are not even worth wasting your money unless you eat the creme brûlée. They meed a desert chef for sure! The biscuits are really good though.

JW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

TY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We really enjoyed brunch on Fathers Day. The food was really everyone enjoyed their meal and mimosas.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!!

RR
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great attentive service.
Food tasty.

DK
Jacksonville
44 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Had brunch there Sunday. Quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful. My husband had the egg, roasted tomatoes and cheese over a biscuit. The dish was very mediocre. I ordered the side order of biscuits with gravy. Four very dry biscuits with a very unusual sausage gravy. Not terrible; but, I would certainly never order again. Since the order had four biscuits, I thought it might be nice for my husband and I to butter and “jelly” two of those. Our server was very glad to deliver some butter; but, told me that they did not have jelly, jam or preserves. Pretty surprising for a place that dedicates the late morning/early afternoon menu to brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Melted butter did not help the very dry, pretty tasteless biscuits. My husband, who loves most any type of coffee, deemed the coffee to be pretty pitiful. My Diet Coke was flat. The highlight of the meal was the broccoli casserole. Once, again, different than any broccoli casserole I have ever had; but, even better than our server described when I ordered it. A relaxing Memorial weekend occasion. However, as this was the second time that we have dined at South Kitchen with no rave reviews, we will probably pass on this establishment in the future.

J
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Reliably good and often great

J
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I eat there fairly often and always enjoy it. My guests were from Seattle and they loved it!

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit to South Kitchen, and it did not disappoint. Nice variety on the menu. Food was tasty, service was good. Will be returning.

AH
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Since it was Mother's day they were out of numerous food items which was kind of a bummer.

CJ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. I would highly recommend it

OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and staff were amazing! We did not find one thing wrong. We will be back.

MK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty noisy, but good food and good fun!

SB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

South Kitchen was a very nice surprise. The menu was surprisingly interesting and our party had a wide selection of meals, with the filet, the stroganoff and the fish and grits all earning accolades. The Cuban Sandwich wasn't the classical cuban, but it was exceptional in and of itself, and will be ordered again. Of the appetizers, the chicken legs and the oyster dish were remarkable. The house Old Fashioned cocktail was marvelous as were the wines available by the glass. Combine all of this with the excellent service, and the great location, and you have one very good restaurant. We were all very satisfied with our experience and will return.

GC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

As a lifelong Southerner, married to one as well, and having had the wonderful experience of growing up with the most fabulous cooks in the South, we appreciate the effort of anyone striving to create Southern style, traditional dishes with farm fresh products & modifying them (no lard or loads of butter or sugar, for example) for the modern masses who no longer work the farms from sunup to sundown, burning off those fatty calories. However, there are ways to modify these flavorful dishes without sacrificing taste. If this is the goal of SK, I would highly recommend they find a chef who understands what Southern cuisine should be and "get crackin"! Southern fried chicken should be tender, moist and mouthwatering on the inside with a really thick, flavorful crust that doesn't rub skin off the roof of your mouth. Collard greens can be flavorful without loads of fat, salt and vinegar. Offering red pepper flakes & a good green pepper sauce, SK made even, (something like Texas Pete) at the table would float our boats! Perhaps try the vegan recipe for collards on the internet receiving 5 stars from 33 people? The cauliflower substitute for potatoes is one of the better options at SK. The shrimp & scallop ceviche needs a bit toning down on the spices & onions (or use true Vidalia's grown in the soil of Vidalia, GA). There was an aftertaste making us wonder if bitter citrus or too much zest was used. Compare Minute Maid OJ and then Natalie's OJ (yum), for example. Basil or cilantro in the mix would be good for extra flavor. Floridians, and being one from Florida pioneering families going back to 1750, want to see and taste the seafood in our dishes! Maybe if the menu is tweaked in these ways, we and other patrons from below the Mason-Dixon line will frequent the restaurant more and could recommend it to friends. I feel certain that patrons from other parts of the country would swarm to SK when they get a true taste of good, wholesome Southern cuisine.

F
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

There were four of us. Three of the meals were average or below average. The chicken salad was well below average, including tough, tasteless chicken. The salmon was served cool, and did not taste fresh. The sausage and shrimp meal was cooked well. So, overall, we will not return to this restaurant.
Thanks for your follow up with your customers. This is the first step (only the first) in improving your customers’ dining experience.

ST
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food with lots of GF options. Thank you for the wonderful dining experience.

f
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience. Cocktails by experts. The redfish awesome. Service superb by Ed. Our favoured place in Nocatee!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

If you order the pimento cheese snack, they give you two pieces of cracker which is totally insufficient for the amount of pimento cheese. Then they charge a $1.00 for more crackers. Bush league. Raise the price a $1 if you need to but give a decent amount of crackers. I mean, they are crackers.

CW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious salmon. Noise level was extremely high & temp was very cold. All tables outside were occupied.

t
Jacksonville
29 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

i was very impressed with the service from the manager when there was an issue with my dinner- he was very quick to address it and clearly wanted to make sure i was satisfied with my dinner/ experience.

T
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We all enjoyed the appetizers, the hamburgers were just ok. I will say I am impressed that the kids menu now has filet mignon and grilled salmon. Finally not all fried food for the kids.