SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club

4.7
1317 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
America’s original music meets America’s heritage cuisine under one roof at SOUTH.

Open since 2015, SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club has firmly established itself as Philadelphia’s premier jazz club and upscale Southern restaurant.

Owned by veteran restaurateurs, brothers Robert & Benjamin Bynum have been providing live music and excellent cuisine to Philadelphia for over 30 years.

SOUTH is two unique spaces; a Charleston-inspired dining room and adjacent Jazz Club.

SOUTH's menu marries the ingredients from many traditional Southern dishes with modern preparations and some unexpected ingredients.

SOUTH is open Thursday through Sunday for dinner and live Jazz. IF YOU WISH TO DINE AND SEE THE SHOW, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. Reservations made through Open Table DO NOT INCLUDE LIVE JAZZ.

Outdoor dining in our lush garden courtyard is one a first-come first-seated basis.

Please call us for more information about outdoor dining and reservations for parties of 7 or more guests.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1317 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I just wanted to get out and enjoy each other!

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ALove
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Really nice restaurant food was delicious but was concerned about a young male who was handling the food he was touching his face mask, face and opening door with the same gloves used to prepare the food very disgusting I spoke to the waitress about it but nothing was done I will not be Patronizing this establishment ever again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beautiful and welcoming. Food was delicious and filling!

MR
MartinaR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with really good portions. Had great and fast service!

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AshleyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant week and the ambiance was great! The food was amazing. We can’t wait to go back.

SP
SyreetaP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server, Stephanie was simply amazing and treated me so well. Top notch service!

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Rose
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

After reviewing the restaurant week menu, I decided to give them another try. Boy was I disappointed, my Bayou chicken gumbo didn’t have any chicken, rice was crunchy, a few pieces of sausage and it was lukewarm. Next was the shrimp and grits, nothing succulent about the 7 small shrimp, again lukewarm and grits were too thick. As I observed same food from other people theirs was piping hot. I believe I was served day old food. The best thing was the waiter, water and sample desserts. Don’t feel like it was worth $40 for nasty food, definitely won’t go back. Didn’t take out on waiter so I still left the suggested tip. Didn’t want to complain for fear of doing something to another serving in the kitchen.

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MonicaL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and environment.. Look forward to going back...

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WillS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience at South Restaurant. Food was delicious and wait was not long. The waiter and host had a warm welcome. The environment was soft natural colors with relaxing music. Other then parking which can't be controlled I will be returning for a jazz show.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went to south not knowing it was restaurant week. Items we wanted to try out was not on the menus and was not kid friendly .

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Debwil
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation awesome jazz show, awesome service

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JoeG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and very welcoming. Everything was done to perfection; from the host stand to the dining room. We loved the open kitchen. The food is beyond anything you expect. Even familiar items like collard greens are given a welcome culinary twist. The specialty drink menu is elevated without pretentiousness. The service was attentive and seemless. The food is definitely the star of the show. Try the fried chicken without hesitation. Lastly, the bread pudding is like the love child of a pineapple upside down cake and a classic bread pudding. Amazing. Run, don’t walk, eat, drink and listen to great music

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited South for my Birthday dinner. The ambiance was great. All staff wore a mask & their was hand sanitizer upon entry. Staff were all pleasant & accommodating. Good was amazing! Will return shortly.

JM
JeffreyM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week, always the place to dine and be comfortable

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KaitlinR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The short rib was the best I’ve ever had, melt in your mouth tender. The raspberry lemon drop was so delicious, it went down tooo easy! Can’t wait to go back - 10/10 recommend

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JimH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time at South. Pleasant experience. Server forgot an item I asked for, only reason not a 5-star review. Food was EXCELLENT. Atmosphere/ambience was excellent. Nice mix of people. Wait staff and hostesses/hosts were very friendly. I would suggest to the establishment that you remove valet from your website if no longer available. On-street parking is brutal in that area. Thanks.

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AprilH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very professional and knowledgeable. My experience was very good.

JA
JARRODC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was absolutely incredible. My wife and I were celebrating her birthday with dinner at South and she and I both agree that it is without a doubt one of the best restaurant experiences we've had in a long time. My wife had the fried chicken with the collards and sweet potato mash, it was absolutely delicious, can't recommend it enough. I had the braised lamb shank which was falling off the bone tender. Guy our waiter made sure our night was filled with food and laughter. Will be rec'ing to everyone I know

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! My date had a amazing time. She loved it!

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ClydeH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Space is welcoming and spacious, portion size for entrees were big. The cornbread is a meal in of itself, food overall very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my brother and I first time dining here I must say it was very good, everything on the menu sounded sooooo good but thanks to Ashanti she help me pick the right meal… salmon and crawfish when I say that was really good man ole man, I also had the sweet tea Mojito which was really good.. I will definitely be back soon

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous experience and I thank my daughter for the recommending. I truly enjoyed myself and I will be coming back there again in the near future.
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming and certainly won't be the last. Amazing food and experience overall. Would like to return and see one of the shows next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was personable providing great service. Food was delicious.

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JenkiJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I absolutely loved everything the crab corn chowder, corn bread, jerk mushroom drinks everything was phenomenal. Our waiters were excellent.

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Ashbash2010
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing short of amazing, servers were amazing, food delivered very quickly

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GwennyP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Awesome spot for dinner and drinks! Great atmosphere and courteous service.

JM
JanelleM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing!!!!!!! Quick efficient service. I will return!

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StarrD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place! Great food! Professional & Personal staff! Authentic decor! I will be returning for a dinner & show!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment. Friendly service and great food.
Will definitely visit again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose South to celebrate our birthday. It was everything I hoped for. From the ambiance, the warm welcome when we entered and our server Marcus was very pleasant. I highly recommend South.
The food was delicious!!!
We will be returning!!!

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TiffanieW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was really great. My only criticism is that I had a reservation at 8pm and had to wait about 15mins to be seated. Other than that, everything was great! I'd definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reuniting elderly family members since COVID. Our waitress Ashante was wonderful, patient, attentive given the dietary restrictions of our group. Ambiance was wonderful. Food was great.

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vipElee
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This was our first experience with SOUTH. We want for our mother’s birthday and it was great. The food was good, it’s really cute in there as well. Only issues were how long the drinks took to come, other than that it was a good experience. The managers were attentive and touched the table twice to ensure that we were satisfied. I’m so glad that I had a good time because it’s black owned, which is a huge plus for us looking to support US, and we plan to become regulars. Thanks so much, you’ll be seeing us soon!

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TakeshaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious. Could hear jazz from the other room so that was a plus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first time back to South, post pandemic. They did not disappoint. Service was a bit slow, but very attentive/professional. We ordered cocktails, appetizers and mains. The cocktails were very good. The short rib and creamed collard greens were absolutely delicious. Our birthday celebrant was very happy!

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Abreezy
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything from the service,food and ombience!! Every one was very pleasant.
The managers even came out to check on us! Definitely going back!!

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Dono
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful, as was the manager, who welcomed us and was very conversational. The space is beautiful. Most of the food was delicious, but my one disappointment was the duck breast. I should have went with my gut and ordered the chicken (someone from my table was kind enough to share a piece with me, and it was great), but I love duck breast and gave it a try. It was severely overcooked and hard to enjoy. Other than that, I loved it! I look forward to my second visit to SOUTH (and I will definitely order the chicken!).

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Buffythewineslayer
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, amazing service and the food was simply delicious!. Very filling and satisfying! Everyone on the family loved their dish and wants to return! Clearly a well managed restaurant with a pro-active staff dedicated to making the experience delightful! And did I mention how great the food was?!?!

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NicoleB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & Excellent Service. O would definitely come back

FAQs

SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club is rated 4.7 stars by 1317 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.

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