Southern Cut Barbecue

4.4
243 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
In the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile & Gold Coast, Southern Cut Barbecue provides an elevated dining experience within walking distance of the city’s greatest shopping and attractions. Proprietors Matt Moore and David Flom, veterans of the acclaimed Chicago Cut Steakhouse and Ocean Cut in River North, strive for Southern Cut to offer the best. Dining room guests can view the “from-scratch” exhibition kitchen, watching as Chef Lee Ann Whippen creates her signature barbecue items in the Southern Pride Smoker.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation


Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - Midnight
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Phone number
(312) 280-8887
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Lee Ann Whippen
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Cross street
Delaware and Mies Van Der Rohe
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Parking details
Valet parking is offered through the Hilton hotel located just north of our main entrance. Valet parking is $14
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 243 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Yummy food delicious bbq with great outdoor seating

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

We enjoyed the food from the beef brisket nachos to the sandwiches to the sides (corn bread and beans). Even the iced tea was perfectly done and refills were quick! Service was great - friendly and accommodating without hovering. Would love to go back again and try some of the 'non-barbecue' entrees like Chicken Pot Pie and Fish and Chips! Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Good place for bbq but generally just average. In the Gold Coast and expected much more.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

The food was delicious, as expected. The atmosphere was pleasant, and not loud. The service was spotty, but not bad.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We came in with a big reservation after our original plans fell through. They were so accommodating and helpful! Noreen, Joel and Chris could not have been nicer. The food was great and the atmosphere was perfect! They had a wide variety of foods and the drinks were on point. Thank you all for your help and we will all be back soon!!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

The staff were very nice, patient and accomodating even with 2 loud restless kids. They were very quick to bring out the kids food/drinks early on which was very appreciated.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Pretty underwhelming restaurant. I did not realize this when I booked but it is actually part of the Hilton Hotel. The food was just ok. Plenty of quantity but lacking any sort of unique flavor. The BBQ sauces were also lacking excitement. The develed eggs appetizer were the highlight, but I came for BBQ and was disappointed. I won't be back.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Chili and baby back ribs were perfect

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I really enjoyed dining at Southern Cut. The food was excellent and our server was great. I would definitely come back to Southern Cut.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Not a great experience at this place. First, my husband ordered a whiskey from the menu and twice they came back to say the bar did not have what was on the menu. These were not rare products or the most expensive on the menu. Just go to the store (these products are at every liquor store in town) or take them off the menu.
We ordered ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Ribs very good, pulled pork good, brisket was awful - fatty, tough and flavorless. Told the host and they replaced it with more lean pieces but would not order it again.
I wanted to like this place but there are better options for BBQ in the city.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Southern Cut will be on our family’s food stop every time we’re in Chicago! Great place to dine. The service was so so but the food made up for it.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Wait staff was outstanding as was the pulled oork

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Excellent service. Food was good

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Our inept waiter impacted our experience to a restaurant that I have frequented in the past with positive experiences. He had to be prompted numerous times that we were ready to order , he got my order wrong and never asked how the meal was,?whether we needed anything else . In fairness, my nephew Loved his barbeque omelette and jalapeño sausage . My Brisket hash was beyond awful and had no resemblance to that dish

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great food, prompt attentive service. We definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

It’s our first time in Chicago and we’re staying at the John Hancock which is across the street. My daughter and I had a great dinning experience! The service was great and the food was amazing. We shared the full rack of ribs and also the corn bread appetizer, both are must haves!

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Flavors were a bit underwhelming, had higher expectations

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

There are only a few good seats in the restaurant. The lack privacy by the door and between the tables is challenging.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Excellent service! Clean, comfortable and reasonably priced menu. Fantastic ribs! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Kaltes Essen meiner Frau wurde sofort neu gebracht und später nicht berechnet👍

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Service, experience, food, hospitality was very good. We really wanted the BBQ menu which we learned after being seated was not available for another hour, not till 12N. So we were disappointed not being able to have BBQ which is why we went here for Fathers Day. The food we did partake of was really good and the staff accommodated us as best they could despite the menu availability issue. Suggesting additional clarity on the web site as to when BBQ is actually available.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had a delicious meal at Southern Cut Barbeque! Great ambience and great service. We enjoyed the sliders, brisket and mac and cheese. Everyone around us seemed to enjoy their meals too. Portions were good sized and could be shared depending on how hungry everyone is or wants to try different things. Overall great find!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The location and environment are wonderful. The food, on the other hand, is not good. Nothing is seasoned, and you can get barbecue somewhere else!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Dinner with a friend

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food, was very quiet on a Sunday early afternoon. Service was a little slow/average considering it was not very busy at the time. Waiter did not understand Tito's Vodka and Lemonade, typical summer drink!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

So happy to have tried this neighborhood gem!!! Everything we had was delicious - the service was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

My son and I love this restaurant. The food was excellent and service was consistently friendly, yet professional. If you love good BBQ, this is the place to go.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We found a great new favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. Very nice and comfortable both inside and outside. Since it was such a nice evening we opted to sit outside. That was the first good choice we made that evening. Collan was our waiter and choosing his recommendations for dinner was the second good choice. The food was outstanding...don't miss the cornbread, it was part appetizer and part dessert! Delicious. You cannot go wrong with the meat choices, plenty to choose from. We enjoyed the brisket and pork. Hope you enjoy the restaurant as much as we did. Would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good service. Baked beans were outstanding.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

While the food was acceptable, the ‘no substitution’ policy led a bad taste in our mouth. When an entree is nearly $30 for lunch, asking a patron to pay extra for a side dish because you don’t substitute is unacceptable. Way overpriced for what you get. The service was underwhelming. Pass.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The ribs are two DIE for! They arrive without sauce (to be added by you). And even plain, they taste soooooo good!

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Pleasantly surprised at the quality and portion size, will definitely eat at Southern Cut again!

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Had a great time for my birthday. They included the dessert for free. However, our server was a bit too much.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Hidden gem right across from John Hancock center. Amazing original BBQ menu.
The bar area has comfortable seating also fun to catch the Cubs game on TV. Always have had great service. Food is consistently delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I've never been disappointed with the food but... I just wish they would recognize birthdays, graduation, special occasions with dessert or after dinner treat. Made reservations and specifically noted it was for Mother's Day and graduation and nothing mentioned by staff. Something so simple would have me taking more guests/honored people here.

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Variety of foods ordered - pulled chicken was good, salads were good, corn bread was great
brisket - which should be a specialty, was over smoked and mealy and dry-
brisket and ribs are how i judge a bbq place, (we didnt order Ribs) but the brisket was well below par unfortunately....

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

First time at the restaurant, felt very welcomed when walking in, great food, great service, will be back!! 😁

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great service and the burger was awesome. No, make that amazing. The pulled pork was great, the brisket just a bit tough. Great service by Jana...

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Table was dirty and service was slow. Surprising as the restaurant was mostly empty this afternoon for lunch.

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