Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
The Atlanta debut of two time James Beard award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Art Smith, Southern Art combines modern sophistication with classic Southern charm, offering Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Bourbon Bar is the award-winning bourbon-centric bar and lounge alongside Southern Art featuring more than 70 varieties of bourbon. Bourbon Bar boasts four exclusive private label barrels from acclaimed distillers Four Roses, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, and Heaven Hill and was recently named one of “America’s Best Bourbon Bars” by The Bourbon Review for the second consecutive year.
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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

3 Seating: 10am, 12:30pm, and 3 p.m. Brunch will be served buffet-style featuring chef Art Smith's comfort favorites and more. Reservations will be confirmed only by purchasing TICKETS available on Eventbrite starting $105 for adults and $55 for children.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will offer our regular menu along with some holiday cheered Specials. Stay tuned for menu items! A Credit Card is needed. No charge will be added at time of reservation, but card will be charge $25/person for cancellations made fewer than 6 hours before time of reservation.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Dine in casual southern elegance on The Most Wonderful Day of the Year! Enjoy a southern-inspired brunch buffet, and wonderful ambiance starting 11 a.m. Christmas morning. Reservations will be confirmed only by purchasing TICKETS available on Eventbrite starting $105 for adults and $55 for children.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

3 courses prefix menu with choices at $75 per person. A Credit Card is needed. No charge will be added at time of reservation, but card will be charge $25/person for cancellations made fewer than 6 hours before time of reservation.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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TB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I have been to this restaurant several times, and LOVED it. However, it has been a few years since I have been there. I am the one who chose this restaurant to celebrate our mother's 81st birthday because we were staying nearby and feel terrible. I did not make any issues at the restaurant because we were trying to enjoy our celebration and my other and brother were already about to melt down because of the service and I didn't want to further ruin the night. Went to dinner there 11/9/19 and we had a terrible experience. They were severely understaffed. At first, service was good but as dinner went on it was horrendous. There were no bus people and the servers did everything so it was too overwhelming. Cocktails took forever all night to get to us from the bar. We asked for several things that we never got, or took forever (water, ice, hot sauce, honey). Took forever to get our food. No dirty dishes/glasses were cleared from our table in any timely fashion- we had dirty glasses on our table all night long, and a dirty soup bowl was there through dinner & dessert. The server then made a major error in my sister's bill, overcharging her by more than $100. For what we paid (about $100 per person), this was an awful night. Food was fine, but not worth it. So sad to see this restaurant, which was a go-to in Atlanta, become so awful :-(

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations and were seated outside (per our request). However, after receiving our water, our server was nowhere to be seen for 15 minutes. We were the only ones dining outside so perhaps he forgot about us? We had another engagement we needed to have time to make it to, so we decided to leave. The manager, Charles stopped us on the way out and insisted we stay. He was absolutely wonderful! He offered complimentary apps and dessert and would not take no for an answer when we declined. He made what could have been an inconvenient experience an excellent one!

k
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I have been comming here when I’m in town for 10 yrs This time my mom had chicken soup all starch Biscuits not great taste like all dough inside. What happen to the chef Fried chicken was good I will never come back. It’s sad after 10 yrs. but I will have the memory when it was good

J
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Wasn't anything special. Probably would not go back or recommend

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The restaurant wasn’t what was pictured on the website. The menu wasn’t what was on the website. The menu, service and restaurant was very misleading. The restaurant was in hotel and we didn’t even know it was open or not. The chandeliers and furniture had dust all over it. The service was very slow and there was only 2 tables eating at 8pm. The suggestions of options was not good. Very disappointed.

LE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Great service from Madison

K
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Chris was our waiter. He was so engaging. He was educated on the wine selections. We had the best time talking with him. The food was spot on. We truly enjoyed or dining experience .
Thank you Chris for making it a fun evening ! We will be back!!!

KS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious fried chicken! What a treat to have Art Smith’s creation. Brussels sprouts were to die for.

L
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful team lunch with tasty food and excellent service.

N
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food!

TJ
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for brunch the menu was much smaller and different from the regular menu not many choices expected more... but the French toast was delicious and so were the breakfast potatoes. Eggs were fluffy lacked seasoning but you can add your own. I think on Sunday’s you should stay open longer than 2pm most people hay have late starts and get out of church won’t be able to enjoy. The mimosa special should be advertised i wasn’t aware until i order my second one. Only suggestions would be expanding the brunch menu and the time open on Sunday’s the staff was great.

KA
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every one was very polite and friendly. We really enjoyed coming in for breakfast, the food was fantastic.

SO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. Get the biscuits, the deviled eggs, the fried chicken, the shrimp and grits...everything is so good!

CF
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of three originally scheduled to eat on the patio, but my daughter who's very allergic to bug bites, encountered some mosquitos and we elected to eat inside. The staff was very accommodating and made the transition seamlessly. We started with the meatballs appetizer, which was very good (I thought they were outstanding, my wife said they were good). I ordered the special that evening, filet mignon and it was outstanding as well! My wife and daughter's food was excellent, as well. Service was outstanding. It was an early dinner, but the atmosphere was still very good. I'd highly recommend this restaurant and I will return next time I'm in Buckhead.

LD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I enjoyed myself! The shrimp and grits were excellent!

m
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Greg, our server was fabulous! I got the Lamb Shank special and it was delicious. Wife got the their "famous" fried chicken, but it seemed a little over-cooked. Other than that, the experience was great. The Charcuterie Board appetizer was especially good, and of course, the Bourbon cocktails great!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was awesome. Great service and great food! Recommend the truffle deviled eggs and biscuits! Yum!

c
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and staff that catered to my and guests needs and question. Excellent place to sit back and unwind

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food

JB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every item on the menu was so tempting we wish there was a tasting meal for all of the items. The biscuits were amazing and a great prelude to the chicken and dumpling soup. Shrimp and grits were so creamy and luscious, I have to say the best I’ve ever had. The buttermilk fried chicken was perfect, crispy and juicy. But the star of the entire meal was the collard greens. Dry, not vinegary, flavorful with cornbread crumbles, a perfect side. I could have made a meal of the collards. After this meal I plan on buying one of Art’s cookbooks just to attempt to repeat the meal.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John gave excellent service!! My wife and I dined there for our anniversary. She enjoyed the salmon while I enjoyed the shrimp and grits.

m
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A big shout out to Gregory our server. We enjoyed our meal and intend to return.

PR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was overcooked, tastless,. Service was top notch. Burbon bar was good . Stay away from the fried chicken if you like your teeth. Cheese plate had potted meat on it.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, not a huge menu but that is what should be expected with quality food. The kids loved the southern fried chicken, biscuits and fried green tomatoes were incredible.

LW
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. I had shrimp and grits and field peas were added which added that something extra flavor. The service was spectacular. I had the mini beignets for desert. As if beignets alone were great the chef added chocolate center and warmed chocolate and warmed caramel for dipping. Loved it.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was like bad room service. It was extremely overpriced! The bacon was cold, the French toast was hard, and the avocado toast was disgusting. The bread was soggy, and the avocado was hard as a rock.
This was a terrible dining experience. We should’ve gone back to The Flyin Biscuit! Do not go here.

CM
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

This review is specific to the Sunday brunch buffet. I've had dinner here before and had a great experience. My boyfriend and I booked a package at the hotel that included breakfast. We decided to go to the restaurant rather than do in room dining. We got down there at 10:15 and breakfast ends at 11. We were told that with our rate, we could actually do the buffet, which we said was great! For us it was part of the rate but for any other patron it's $30 per person.

Again, it was still 45 mins before breakfast ends and everything had been completely picked over. All of the items were cold, the sausage was dried out and overly cooked, the bacon was raw, the breakfast pizza and eggs were cold, the meat and cheese were warm and there were barely any left. The blue cheese block was hard and yellow. The only option really was waffle or omlette because they were made to order but I actually don't like eggs and I'm not a big sweets person in the morning.

The only decent thing I could find was a bagel, fruit and breakfast potatoes which were all great. I'm just really saying this as a warning for anyone planning on eating there. If you go after 10am expect to spend a lot of money on a bunch of awfulness

KR
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch buffet is plentiful and diverse. Staff is engaging and professional. Thoughtfully done from the fresh honey comb to local sources grits with assortments of cheeses.

RB
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John treated us like family from the start & took care of us thoroughly from pre-dinner drinks through dessert & coffee. It was my wife’s birthday & a date night for us. She had the fried chicken & I had the shrimp & grits, both highly recommended by John & they did not disappoint. The 12 layer Red Velvet Cake, served on a Happy Birthday chocolate inscribed plate topped a perfect date night & birthday celebration. Kudos to Southern Art & John!

MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

great service and aesthetically pleasing environment. however, food was not seasoned well and wasn't tasty at all. therefore, I didnt think it was a good value. I had higher expectations from someone who was a former chef of Oprah.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful experience from the busboy to the waiter top-notch service. The food was incredible. My daughters and I agree hands-down best fried chicken, best mac & cheese, and best brussels sprouts we’ve ever had. In the red velvet cake was to die for! GREAT experience!

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and knowledgeable waiter. Delicious food. Potent drinks.

The only downside was the patio needed to be treated for mosquitoes. I was bitten badly. We relocated inside

SB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a nice date night with my husband. The food choices were good. Great service. Ambience was nice.

l
Phoenix
119 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed our first visit to Southern Art and Bourbon Bar for Brunch. We shared the Pecan French toast and an order of scrambled eggs, both were very good. Our server was friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back again.

OT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual!

SW
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the fried chicken and the shrimp and grits, with biscuits as the starter. Everything was delicious and the portions were HUGE (perhaps too huge, actually). My shrimp was nicely prepared and the okra garnish even made this okra-texture-hating girl happy. I loved my old fashioned— called The General here — and my colleague enjoyed one of the many bourbons available. Prices were very reasonable , decor was interesting and beautiful, and the service was on point. Recommend!

KK
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Our server, the food and ambiance were excellent! Thank you so much!
Kim Kiser

OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We went on a Saturday night and it wasn’t very busy, which is why we can’t understand why we never really saw our server much. We started outside on the patio, but it was too noisy so we moved inside. Our server seemed to be covering a lot of tables, as it took him a while to get around to us even though there were only a few small parties around us.

We ordered the charcuterie board and the fried chicken dinner. The charcuterie board was excellent, one of the best I’ve had. The fried chicken dinner was a good value for all the food you get, but the chicken was just ok. While tender, it lacked flavor. However, the mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts were wonderful. We got the red velvet cake to go, which was also yummy!

Thumbs up for the overall food experience, but the service could use some improvement.

BT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect dinner from beginning to end. I had the buttermilk fried chicken with mac n cheese and roasted brussel sprouts and it was all amazing. Service was top notch. The restaurant was pretty quiet, almost empty actually. The weather was nice so I dined outdoors.