SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
hot-honey drizzle, sweet potato gratin, creamed turkey collards
Shrimp & Grits
creamy grits, garlic butter, classic Creole brown sauce
Freshly Baked Skillet of Cornbread
steen's cane sugar, honey butter
I really love the whole experience at South. The food is Wonderful and believe me, I know good soul food. The decor is comfortable and homey and everyone there is welcoming, attentive and pleasant. One of my favorite places.
Great experience. Loved the ambience. Food and service was good - though a little slow.
I was able to get seating for the Father’s Day and the service, drinks and food were excellent. The ambiance will remind you of a nice southern home with home cooked food. They do have live jazz and it’s a great place to have a few drinks and a great meal.
Food was excellent service was great! Definitely going back!
Food was sooooo good! The workers were very nice and welcoming !
The best fried chicken I’ve had at any restaurant. Great place overall.
Everything was great! My wife and I had a wonderful time.
Just a wonderful experience. The food was great, staff was awesome and attentive.
Beautiful, Amazing place. Unbelievably great atmosphere and food. Best oysters we have ever had!!!
I love this place and everything about it, I have been there on several different occasions and have not been disappointed once. I love the service and atmosphere. I look forward to continuing to come there and enjoy what you have to offer.
The food was very flavorful Southern style food. Although the food was delicious, my husband's broccoli was undercooked and my grilled shrimp was overcook, But after bringing that to the attention of an assistant manager, he replaced both items to our satisfaction. Music from the jazz room was audible and created an enjoyable ambiance. I would highly recommend South for a fine dining experience.
This was my second visit to SOUTH.
Here’s what I learned:
- Reservations are specific to location. Call ahead to clarify where you want to be seated. For example, I selected “lounge” which is the area closest to the bar. It has more limited seating than the general dining area (unsure of its name) and can make for an awkward situation waiting for a party to leave so that you can be seated. Our reservation was at 5:45pm, we arrived around 5:30pm and by 6:15pm our table was still occupied. We were offered outdoor seating when we arrived to accommodate this and we opted out because we wanted to hear the show.
- Tickets to the show are available for purchase on their website. Reservations made on Open Table are not for the show. You will be able to hear it, but if you want to see the show you have to purchase tickets.
They had us in the first half, I’m not going to lie. Once the hanger calmed down, we had a good experience. We ordered the deviled eggs, cornbread, beef ribs, catfish and duck. The food was good. My meal (duck) was cold, I’m assuming they held my plate until the others were finished.
Morgan provided excellent service and management checked in on us throughout the evening. I appreciated the effort to improve our experience!
Everything was good and I have no complaints.
This place offers impeccable and attentive service and delicious food. We scarfed down the warm delicious cornbread before we remembered we still had 2 more courses to consume. Drinks were delicious and refreshing. We were seated right next to the enclosed area for the jazz but we were still able to hear some of the music and still hear each other talk. I, highly recommend this establishment as I will be returning myself.
Food was absolutely great. service was even better . And the price was not bad at all . Would definitely come back
I come to South all the time/weekly. Consistency is always missing. The last two times that I was there, the food was cold. I often bring friends or family and it's embarrassing when the food is cold. My daughter sent her macaroni and cheese back 3 times because it was cold. She finally no longer wanted it! The taste of the food is good but just cold. I was told by a manager they could heat my food up but it would take 10 minutes. If you want specifics, my Catfish was hot but the corn and string beans were very cold. My friends were already eating so I didn't want to wait. A $24.00 plate of food should not be cold when served. Everything else was fine. I submit feedback weekly because I love your restaurant and want you to continue to succeed. Sara at the front of the house is a gem! She goes above and beyond to service me. Thank you!
It was a great choice for celebrating someone’s birthday.
A must visit, especially for jazz lovers, to Philadelphia. Service was warm, caring, and stellar. Even got a great bechamel lesson. Which was sparked by the unctuous creamed collards, that are to die for!
South is cool but they charge you ridiculous prices for “ok” food. It’s not bad. It’s not the best. It’s cool for what it is and it’s loud as crap.
My experience was GREAT. I love the decor and the ambiance. Someone in my party had the beef short ribs and said they were like butter. Another person had the crab cakes and said they were one of the best. I had the catfish which was awesome. Our waiter Guy was great and attentive. I would recommend everyone to go.
I loved, Loved this place. Perfect and exactly what I was looking for.
The jazz was stellar and the service was just as amazing.
The foooooodddd was soooooooooooo good! Definitely a must when I come back to Philly!
I will definitely be returning to South. The food, service and ambiance are fantastic. The sweet potato cheesecake is amazing!
Loved the food and Lindsay Webster. She was outstanding. So great to see live music again in a cool venue.
Waited over an hour for our entrees. Apparently, our server's tablet crashed and our order was lost. An apology was all that was offered. Unfortunate circumstance. 1st time, last time at SOUTH.😔
great food , service and music
Service is great. Food is amazing, not a drop left behind!
Really enjoyed the food and our server. Seated 15 minutes after reservation time. Table could have been larger for party of five. Felt bunched up. Music and ambience was nice.
Food was fresh, while the ambiance and music allow you to retreat from the busy city into the comfort of Southern food and hospitality!
The staff was attentive and obvious care goes into the details at South. The only thing better than the service and decoration was the food. Plus, an open concept kitchen never hurt anyone. South is a stop to which you return and recommend to everyone you know.
No vegan options, it was a problem just to get vegetables. The restaurant is not a jazz venue I thought it was. You have to book separately or something. They put our desserts in a doggie bag to go before we could order them. Nice decor, the waiter really did try. Once I got my food that was clearly made special because they had to really go out of the way to make broccoli it was good. Got the wrong appetizer but it was still good just wish I got what I ordered.
No other words but simply AMAZING!! Like, go..do not think twice about it.
Everything about SOUTH is perfect. I celebrated my birthday here with close friends and could not have wanted anything more from the experience. We had the best waitress and she made it even better.
Would highly recommend this restaurant! The food was fantastic and came out quickly. The server was great, very enthusiastic, and very accommodating! The restaurant was kept clean and socially distant. The manager also came to check in on the meal and introduce himself at one point, so it was nice to see him involved in the whole process. Overall I’d definitely come back again!
We had a wonderful time last night. Stephanie provided great service. Very attentive. Food was fabulous! Fried chicken was super tasty. Skillet cornbread so yummy. Loved the cocktails too, and the complementary proseco was such a special touch. We'll definitely be back!
The food and our server was amazing! I am looking forward to my next visit!
Just amazing will definitely return. The food was good and the live jazz was everything. Couldn’t stop singing.
The service, ambiance was great and the food was amazing.
We had such an amazing experience at South. The food, drinks, and atmosphere were so amazing. I haven’t had chicken that was so good it brought back memories of my grandmas cooking!
Fast service, great portion sizes, friendly and attentive staff, food tasted amazing.
Great night out. Food was excellent. Our waitress was great. The manager came to visit us and he was very friendly and accommodating. We will be back again.
SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.
SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club is rated 4.8 stars by 1227 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.