Southern Cut Barbecue

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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, strive for Southern Cut to offer the best. Dining room guests can view the “from-scratch” exhibition kitchen, watching as our Chef creates signature barbecue items in the Southern Pride Smoker.
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AL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our second time at Southern Cuts. We love the ambiance. The ribs and mac / cheese are our favorite items

F
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Awful!!! Service was the worst I have seen.

HW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food fine, but felt a bit rushed along and the place was not full.

T
Naples
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent! The chopped brisket is the best I’ve ever eaten. Also, we were so happy our server suggested the cornbread...very yummy.

FB
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

THis was our first visit. The food was very good. We will be back.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Only reason why it received 4 stars because the hostess came off as a little rude. Other than that everything else was phenomenal. Best part is the banana fofana cream pie

BH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food is consistently good but the service is consistently lacking. In addition to being slow for a pretty empty restaurant, there were 3 separate mistakes made with our order. This is similar to my last experience at the restaurant. A good spot if you are looking for good bbq, and don’t mind a few service hiccups along the way.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant.
Party of 5
Good barbecue. , cornbread, baked beans
Fine service
Good value

TT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service is excellent and friendly. Great menu with variety--something for everyone, from the vegetarian to the fish and meat lovers!
Always updating with specials as well. Good wine list, reasonable prices.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always amazing. The restaurant employs a lot of international exchange students and those who need work visas. Unless you go very often, you probably won’t get the same server twice. Everyone is pretty nice in general.

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and service was very nice. The food was below average. The brisket and pull chicken tasted old and lacked flavor. The price for the BBQ was not worth the quality and the side were very over priced.

C
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Planned to eat out later in the night and knew Southern Cut would be open so we decided to go there. Glad we did. Good food, good service, and close by home.

s
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was super greasy, not in a good way. My server was not engaging and made no effort to make my experience special, I might as well have been ordering at a fast food take out place. Don't waste your time.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Southern Cut is in a great neighborhood and has a lovely outdoor café and you can expect good service, but, disappointingly, it is overpriced and everything comes a la carte.

R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best RIBS in the world
Great birthday party
Will go back soon

BJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was scattered and grouchy, other than the bus staff who were wonderful and helpful in their stead. Food was bland and cold, although the pulled chicken was good. Just wasn’t a good experience, especially with so many other good BBQ places in the city.

HH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here a few time now,and I like the location and the food and service have been great !!

CK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was fair. I ordered a grilled cheese which was just toasted bread with a lukewarm piece of cheese. Did not qualify as GRILLED cheese at all.
Also, my daughter has food allergies and the waiter and manager had great difficulty finding the information regarding what BBQ sauce she could eat safely. They had no information regarding allergens and were not helpful in trying to find this information for us. I would not dine there again.

S
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The staff was friendly but seemed overwhelmed. It was labor day weekend but it felt that everyone was new. Started with the tuna watermelon app, couldn't taste the tuna or the watermelon because the guacamole overwhelmed all the flavors. The brisket and chicken we ordered came out cold and was underwhelming in appearance and flavor. The jalapeno corn bread was nice and the parmesan fries were good. We were staying at the Drake and the concierge recommended it but I think she did only because it is in walking distance.

LL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and we will be back. Celebrating a birthday. They brought dessert with a candle. Loved the devil eggs app. Ribs were delicious!!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Last minute reservation and great experience!

MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 1st time here. We are local Chicagoans.. Loved the food and décor etc. Particularly have to say we had the best waitress, Terry. She was delightful and very attentive.
A little pricey for Bar B Q, but we will return.

W
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall decent time. We sat outside on a beautiful night. There were four men and one woman. We were bummed they were out of sliced brisket and the wait staff underestimated the amount of food we should order (one salad each and whole slab of ribs to start, two three meat platters, two orders of baked beans). I’d go back now that I’m more informed but not my favorite place.

CW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received great service and the food was delicious.
We did not have to wait and were consistently served.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible. We ordered a salad for an appetizer and two entrees + side. Server brought out salad, one entree and side together. We asked why it was all brought out together and she offered to take my entree back to “keep it warm” while we ate our salad and bring it back. About 20 minutes in, we asked about the 2nd entree that never appeared. The server claimed we never ordered it, but we explained it was ordered along with the side that was delivered. She offered to put it in, but by this point we were nearly finished. Finally a manager came by and asked how everything was going. We shared our experience and he apologized and offered to comp items on our bill. The food we had was good, but will never go back because of the service.

HH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

enjoyed it! Will go again , going to return with friends from Germany on Sept 7th

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

My wife and I love to come to Southern Cut. Because of work and personal travel, it had been almost a year since we had been able to dine here, and sometimes memories build up and the reality disappoints - that was definitely not the case here. The food was excellent as we remembered it and we both were extremely pleased. The server was attentive without hovering and, unlike some other BBQ restaurants we have been to in the city the noise level was such that it was easy to have a casual conversation over dinner. We will definitely be back again.

S
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was poor especially since there were very few tables to manage.

LT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great. I would dine here again.

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved this place! Delicious food, relaxing atmosphere. Would definitely go back and recommend it b

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The burger was well done, not medium. The brisket was really fatty and it took nearly 50 minutes to get food. All of the sides other than chips and slaw are ala carte so the meal got expensive fast

AB
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food in a casual atmosphere. Loved the ribs and the brisket. Great service. We will be back!

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service, and atmosphere. We ate at several places during our stay in Chicago and Southern Cut was by far the best!

w
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good BBQ, conveniently located, happened upon it walking back to hotel.

LR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was outstanding, the restaurant as a whole was fantastic as always. Sarah, our waitress, was absolutely horrible.

CF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Couches are very uncomfortable for dining. Had to move to a regular table. Didn’t have Bulleit which is on the menu. Server didn’t know bourbons to help with selection even though that seems to be a focus of the restaurant. Took a long time for server to come back to take food order because she was talking to other workers near kitchen. Restaurant had few customers so it was not that she was busy. Cornbread advertises having jalapeño but none detected. No heat at all. A little too dry. Food ok and came out cold or warm, nothing hot. No one thought it was good, just ok. Based on food quality we had no reason to look at desert menu. Will not be back or recommend.

DR
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jalapeno cornbread was absolutely delicious. Smoked BBQ was excellent as well.

OT
Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food and well priced. Very good service also. But the whole restaurant is very noisy and we made the mistake of sitting in the bar area which, when we arrived, was quite quiet. Then half way into our meal a loud party arrived at the bar and as often happens showed no thought for those around them. They camped out almost on top of our table and partied, loudly and inconsiderately. Probably not smart to eat in the bar area but the selfishness of some people and disregard for others never fails to astound me. Our meal and experience was ruined, but not the fault of the Southern Cut BbQ

CY
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best barbecue I've had in Chicago in a long time! The banana pie is like eating a piece of heaven!

MW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It's not the *best* barbecue, but for a convenient neighborhood place it's good enough.

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