Southern Cut Barbecue

4.4
258 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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.
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 258 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened upon Southern Cut for breakfast a couple of weeks ago and returned the following week. Service was excellent, and the smell of smoked meats intoxicating. We've had several of the breakfast choices, including their rendition of Eggs Benedict (chicken was outstanding), omelets, pancakes and french toast. I like a well marbled brisket and theirs is on the lean side but the chicken and pork are outstanding. The cheese grits were really good and portion was generous. My only complaint was the size of a diet coke. They serve the mini bottles which are cute, but seriously, if you want a diet coke you want more than 4 oz.

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w
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're from Wisconsin and drove to Chicago for the evening. Found Southern Cut online and their menu drew us in. Went in to have dinner for our anniversary. I had the "Mac Daddy". It was mouth watering. Great portions. Fast service. Exceptional staff. It turns out that they also serve breakfast. We went back for round two and were not disappointing. The Brisket is a must try. Very pleased with our visit. Great prices!!!

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Brisket was very dry and chewy, did not taste good either.
Fries were soggy and marginal.
Tacos were acceptable but not great.

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l
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Chris was wonderful. Explained the menu and options and attentive throughout our meal. Food was delicious.

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CA
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food! Great service even when busy and the ambiance is wonderful! This is our second time and we will return often.

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CC
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Could have been an off night, but this was a disappointing experience - especially since Southern Cut is two blocks from my building. Service was slow throughout, and the place wasn't very busy. My friend ordered a lemon drop martini and I ordered a beer; she grimaced when she tasted it, so I took a sip and it was bad - I actually thought I tasted olive brine. Sure enough, she sent it back and the waitress told us the bartender used olive brine instead of lemon juice by mistake - oops! The ribs were okay, not much above room temperature and nothing special about the seasoning. The four hot sauces on the table didn't add much and the "spicy" version featured more molasses than spice. Macaroni and cheese had little flavor and was barely coated. The jalapeno cornbread with maple bacon butter was probably the highlight of the night, though we had to ask for extra butter twice - they serve a tiny ramekin with a 6" skillet of cornbread. All in all, I really hoped for more from Southern Cut.

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H
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Southern Cut was a nice casual spot for dinner. The beet salad was delicious. Friend had the fish and chips, it was a huge portion. BBQ sliders were, too. Mac and cheese side dish was good to share. Waiter was busy but attentive enough. Didn't feel pressured to turn the table. All in all was a nice experience.

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TH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I don’t understand how this is “championship” BBQ. I’ve had better BBQ many places. Very little hint of smoke flavor. I was very disappointed for the price.

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DD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Just meh. The food was good, but not particularly special. The staff was distant and seemed like they wanted to be somewhere else. And it's just irritating that a BBQ place would run out of wet naps. I had lunch here earlier and was given a warm, wet towel after my.meal. On my second visit, the waiter said they were out of towels.

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AD
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was such a great dining experience. Everything was perfect, from being seated, to getting excellent service, to eating the delicious food. It was so good. My daughter had the breakfast tacos, and I had the combo Benedict. My daughter also had a wonderful fancy Mimosa. Our waitress was terrific! I can't wait to return to Chicago to eat at this restaurant again!

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M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy chow. Will return. Great wait staff. Super.

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C
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great after theater for nicely done cocktails and some great BBQ meats and more.

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K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it each and every time I am there! I absolutely love their doors!

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

What a disappointment! Waited 5 min to be recognized as a waiting patron at the door. The waiter wasn't interested in customers. Not only was the food lukewarm but my martini was as well.

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S
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy food delicious bbq with great outdoor seating

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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L
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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E
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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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JC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Chili and baby back ribs were perfect

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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YS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JN
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

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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OT
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff was outstanding as was the pulled oork

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was good

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D
Chicago
253 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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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H
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Flavors were a bit underwhelming, had higher expectations

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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GV
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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FC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

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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GT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with a friend

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B
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

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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