Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

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1709 reviews
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Contemporary Southern
The Atlanta debut of acclaimed 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 Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Four Roses 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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We dined there three times in two days. The service was exceptional. The fried chicken is excellent as were the burgers. Do NOT order the steak. It was very salty, the fingerling potatoes were barely recognizable and the sauce and mushrooms were overly heavy and entirely too salty. The steak was cooked perfectly but was overpowered by the sauce.

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DG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous!! What made the visit exceptional, was the service. Both Marcus and Chris went above and beyond to make our dinner experience memorable.

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Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING EVERYTHING- service, ambiance and the food was spot on. We will certainly be back. Keep it up!

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here and once again it did not disappoint! Our server Chris was wonderful, very nice and funny. The food was delicious. My husband had the short ribs and wanted to lick his plate, the sauce was amazing!! I had the fried chicken which was of course perfect as it’s Art Smith’s! But I was also in love with the glazed and candies kalettes. Can’t wait to go back again!!!

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P
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

First eating the fried chicken and it was outstanding. I will bring my wife back again soon.

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JG
Denver
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Dependably good food with excellent service. Feels a lot like a typical hotel restaurant and not terribly upscale. That said, preparation and selections are very good.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, great food!

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!! Would definitely come back!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was unfortunately pretty horrible - waited 30+ minutes for our dessert and another 20+ for the check alone. The food was good, but it wasn’t worth the service.

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IE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very nice ambience, and waiter was very professional. The food was just okay. I was really looking forward to the fried chicken but the chicken was dry.

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Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a nice meal and experience. This was my second time going to this restaurant. I do prefer having the full access to the menu. But it was a lovely evening

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had dinner for 12 with a potential new customer and the experience was excellent. Great food and service.

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KO
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

This is the second time in three weeks we have been in Buckhead from out of state and had dinner at Southern Art. The food is incredible but the service is terrible. Both times some people get there food and some might wait 5-10 minutes. The drinks from the bar are very slow. They really need to change there service.

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TM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was friendly and kitchen was accommodating to my restricted dietary needs! Enjoyed our 15 years wedding anniversary ❤️

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BA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Birthday dinner with friends. Seating was slow, outdoor option on next door and via call was not really available, food was expensive for meal, and ambiance / service was average for price. Wanted to try based on rating and location, but not in same range as other better options. Was super bowl weekend, but restaurant should have been prepared.

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MG
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu that was posted on Open Table was not available with only an "enhanced" breakfast buffet for $38 per person which was excessive. They were definitely taking advantage of Super Bowl visitors. The fried chicken was taunted as being special. I would suggest the chef go to Mary Mac's for delicious fried chicken. The grits were so thick, they could have been cut with a knife. The shrimp and grits had so much grease on the top, they were not appetizing at all. No biscuits were available. The pastries were lackluster. They were run of the mill that would be served at any hotel. The service was disappointing and not attentive at all. I could understand if the restaurant was busy, but more tables were empty than filled. For $38 plus an undeserved tip, I would expect something special. I'm still trying to determine what was "enhanced" on the buffet! This is the second time I've had breakfast at Southern Art, but it will be the last.

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R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Restaurant only had a few tables and food service and waiter were slow. Had to ask for the desert menu 3 times. I would go back but then need to work on staffing.

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KG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Good experience. The staff was very friendly. Food was good.

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RL
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience at Southern Art. I ordered the Harvest Salad with Grilled Salmon. I was skeptical about the salad but the waitress highly recommended it. Well, it surprisingly delicious. The salmon was cooked perfectly. Excellent choice.

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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were traveling from Missouri for our annual trip to the Atanta Americasmart and so happy to have found Southern Art. The food was what we were after: creative Southern flair from a celebrity chef.
Most importantly, however, our waiter Chris made the evening perfect! So professional, friendly, and played along with our desire to point out an error on the cocktail menu. Two drinks with different names had the same ingredients listed. They both appeared to be some type of Old Fashioned. "What is the difference between these two drinks?" I asked. Chris said he didn't know, because when he had asked the same question of the bar manager awhile ago, he didn't receive an answer. Okay. Let's do an experiment. I ordered both drinks, and one was clearly not made with the ingredients listed. (Came with rye and lime and crushed ice.) Chris kindly agreed to my request to send it back, and then returned to our table with a happy grin on his face. The menu had a typo, and no one besides Chris had noticed it. "You made my night! Thanks so much!" he said. Since the error was pointed out by a customer, the bartender and manager were now paying attention to him! Problem solved, drink made properly, and the rest of our meal was served and enjoyed with lots of cheer. We will be back, and request Chris for sure!

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KJ
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved bar area AND were seated in dining area after all! Everything was extraordinary! Ambiance! Service! Food!

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KT
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! Order the buttermilk fried chicken - their signature dish. Amazing.

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BH
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. Our server Madison was great. Highly recommend the salmon and fried chicken.

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Note: this is a hotel restaurant who doesn't serve Brunch on Saturday. It was highly rated but the food was only ok and very expensive for Atlanta for breakfast. Coffee was great. Much better places for breakfast or brunch in Atlanta.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food outstanding service so glad i tried this through travelzoo first. will definitely be back

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LW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were on a girls’ trip with our mother and chose this restaurant because it was close to our hotel. The service was outstanding! Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. The salad with pomegranates and bleu cheese was incredible as were the roasted Brussels sprouts. The cocktails were also great but a little pricey. We would certainly visit again!

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R
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

What went well: Valet parking was a breeze. Customer Service was outstanding. Charcuterie was good. Fried chicken was great (large portion enough for 2 to share). Bourbon selection was pleasing (if you would like to do tasting, make sure you ask for the bourbon flight menu)

Even Betters: Decor was not as chic as expected. Not ideal for a private, romantic outing due the seating arrangements (they do have 2 mini tables for 2 that are separate from the other seating). I requested a booth in my reservation, which they dont have, but the mini table would have been better than where they put us. The charcuterie was a little overpriced considering how small it was. My short ribs arrived luke warm instead of hot. I mentioned I was celebrating a birthday in my reservation and there was no free dessert, song, or any mention of it. I would return, but sit at the bar instead of the main dining area.

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TB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was average at best. This place won’t be on the top of my repeat dining locations.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was a bit cold and it was just ok. Biscuits were hard and crusty like they were left overs. Fried Chicken wasn’t as delicious as I thought it would be in the South. Service was good and the staff very pleasant.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...

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SJ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu listed online was outdated so we expected more items, so the menu was very limited. We were told the menu online hasn’t been updated so just be aware.
On another note, the service was top notch.

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c
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

signature dish of fried chicken was ok, nothing special, especially when compared to Roswell's Table and Main and ATL's Busy Bee Cafe. The Diner chocolate cake was a joke(for $9). It was a 1"x 4" x 3" high of nothing special cake. Good thing this was a Groupon.

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JD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While they are known for their great fried chicken, I had the braised short ribs and they were absolutely amazing. I am still thinking about them. Also, don't forget to get their signature red velvet cake with 11 layers(I think). Definitely recommend trying Southern Art out!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Person checking us in couldn’t find our open table reservation so couldn’t check us in and my note that it was a Birthday dinner was lost in translation 😩
Great Menu! Ordered halibut .. very fresh but alas over cooked so tasted dry. However my husband braised tip was excellent he tells me.

Not sure if I would return.. sorry.

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BL
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was great and a good brunch selection for the price point. They accommodated our large group without hesitation. I especially appreciated the valet parking being included.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good; we enjoyed the dining experience before welcoming 2019.

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Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal at Southern Art. Service was great, food was delicious and the restaurant in beautiful!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend is a Dr. and has been searching for a position in Ga to practice in the next few months. I called the bourbon bar ahead of time and spoke to Brandon who promised that things would be taken care of on the eve of new years for us. From the service at the door to the food... everything was amazing . Our server Chris took great care of us and the chef also came out to congratulate her in advance for finding something soon. Even the manager took time to greet us and ask a little about our story.

I will be back, soon. If the staff can see this, thank you.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was great, bread, salad, starter and entree. Did not have room fir dessert. Lived upto its reputation.

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TB
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Treated work colleagues to a holiday luncheon. Table was available and restaurant was quiet. Our waiter was not efficient in that he failed to refill drinks and /or bring drinks when asked. Offered ranch dressing instead of ketchup for fries and genuinely seemed disengaged although he only had 2 tables. Otherwise the food was tasty.

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