SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club

4.8
1266 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 1266 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TawanaP
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very nice. The food was excellent as well as the service. I definitely recommend visiting this spot and enjoy all that it has to offer!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I tried out this lovely restaurant and we were not disappointed at all. We eat out often and this was a great experience. The food was great. I had the shrimp and grits and the fried chicken. My wife had the beef short rib and Mac & cornbread for the table. I’m definitely going back. Also had nice live jazz music playing it’s a must attend.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My Wife’s birthday celebration. Good food, good music. A little loud to hear the waiter, but no complaints after.

Exceptional wait staff, and excellent hostesses.

Wish they allowed substitutions on sides for your meal.

But I tried something new by not doing a substitute and I liked it.

So still a win!
Lol

The wife had a blast and she loved the music.

So we’ll be back soon!!!

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DeniseP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was my birthday dinner. I had order the cat fish with shrimp and it was delicious. I had wished they served more cat fish and shrimp on the dish. The collard greens was good. I had bread pudding for desert it was good but I marked mines better. I was taught an old southern recipe by my mother from South Carolina. The waitress was awesome and very attentive to the people. I will come back again soon.

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ValerieM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has really cute decor, everyone provided great customer service and the food was delicious! I enjoyed the watermelon & tomato salad so much that I re-created when I got back home to Virginia. I’ll definitely come again the next time I visit Philly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The catfish and shrimp were awesome, and the short ribs were to die for. After 18 months of a pandemic, I’m so glad these doors re-opened. The staff was pleasant, attentive and extremely helpful. If you haven’t eaten here… what, are you waiting for? 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Black owned excellence

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vipDrGus
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

If I've learned anything from the lies on peoples' dating profiles, this place is the mecca of first dates. Live music, cocktails and food. That checks the boxes of every tinder profile ever written.

Definitely the coolest date spot in the city at the moment. Dinner for two with two apps and four drinks ended up costing about $110 during a live music show. That alone just can't be beat anywhere.

The music was amateur in just the best way, like they were still figuring out how to play with each other and I dig it. It set an atmosphere that was cool, casual and loud enough to where I felt like our table was an island of privacy in an ocean of noise so that we wouldn't be overheard.

The food ranged from average to above average, everything was good but the cornbread for the table was the standout favorite.

I highly recommend the whole thing as one of the more unique experiences for dinner in the city at the moment, especially as we're crawling back from everything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my friends birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Second time at South and I throughly enjoyed my experience once again. The ambiance is the best part. The service was excellent as well as the food.

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JamiE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!! Customer service was perfect.

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DeloisB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going after hearing great reviews, and the reviews were on point. The cornbread and Mac n cheese shareables are a MUST HAVE. The catfish and shrimp was bomb. The catfish was well seasoned, crispy, crunchy, and fluffy on the inside. Just how it should be done. The scallops and pasta was also DELICIOUS. The scallops were juicy and perfectly cooked. It’s really nicest decorated inside as well. All the drinks were great too, and the bill definitely wasn’t as much as I expected with the amount of food we ordered. Definitely will be back.

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MsSpider
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and cocktails were delicious. Our main server and the side servers were very attentive and professional. The restroom was clean and well stocked with paper towels. Conversely, I found the temperature to be too warm.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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LynnijahE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Literally love this place. One of my favorite restaurants. The service is amazing, the food is amazing, just the overall feel of the place is amazing. To top it off ITS BLACK OWNED.

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Dedra
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally everything was amazing!!! The food, the staff, the live entertainment everything was amazing! The vibe of the establishment was everything we needed for a night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good southern food great music in the background. Phenomenal people watching

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EbonyB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terri and trainee Ashanti were both friendly and attentive servers. We enjoyed the food even though the menu changes often and had a wonderful time with each other.

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CrystalF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. Thank you for exceptional service

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LynneW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our experience was great. Unfortunately the item I ordered (crab cakes) had a wet very spicy side dish that was not indicated on the menu. Because the spicy corn had quite a bit of liquid everything on the dish was touched by the spice. Menus should really reflect the overall composition of the plate so that visitors can make informed choices. A very expensive plate had to be returned because of this omission.

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LarryS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic. I love the atmosphere and the music was wonderful. I loved the banana pudding as well.

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Jojo
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved SOUTH. The food was amazing and so was the staff. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening.

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MattK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the friendliest dining experiences I've ever had. The staff and other diners were convivial, and the food was outstanding. I will book a table in the jazz club on my next visit.

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SoniaR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the manager and staff were so lovely. We loved or experience!

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Luv2eat94
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, tasty food & cocktails! Perfect for date night & birthday celebrations!

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TiffanyL
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’m finally glad I got to experience SOUTH. The food was delicious and the drinks were well crafted. Perfect spot to catch up with friends!

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TeamMTB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at this restaurant and I can HONESTLY give it TWO thumbs up...5 stars! The food was tasty and had nice portions. The service was impeccable, they were attentive and accommodating for our large party. I will DEFINITELY return but next time, I'll make reservations for the jazz seating. Thanks South!

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DefneA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the BEST food I have had. You need to go. The service, the atmosphere—- everything was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall, very good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here for his birthday and we had such a great experience! We are planning to come back again during the fall!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, I had the Shrimp and grits and cant wait to get bk again.

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WesS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Nice vibe and great service. Definitely recommend

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BruceB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. The noise level was extremely high from other people eating. A notice should be given to customers upon entering the restaurant to be mindful of others eating and to keep the voices down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cheap wine :)

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CandaceJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere is very warm and vibrant. I love excellent twist on traditional soul food, they have elevated it to another level. We sat outside, I ordered the Atlantic Salmon and Crawfish stew! It was delicious, the portion was generous with a nice sized Salmon steak, and flavorful with spicy kick. For dessert Sweet potato Chessecake, the slice was smaller than expected, it was smooth, creamy and delicious.

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ConchettaH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my first visit to South restaurant. The service was outstanding, food was excellent and the prices were affordable. It was my first time at a restaurant since the pandemic and it was a pleasant experience!

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TinaF
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was clean. The food was delicious nice location easy to find. The host were hospitable definitely would go back.

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Leisurelady
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Rick
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great experience. Loved the ambience. Food and service was good - though a little slow.

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SamaraH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent, it was Father’s Day and they were very busy. The staff seemed overwhelmed but they were nice. I will go back

FAQs

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

SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club is rated 4.8 stars by 1266 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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