About Southern Cut 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.

198 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Delaware and Mies Van Der Rohe

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 280-8887

Website:
http://www.southerncutbbq.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is offered through the Hilton hotel located just north of our main entrance. Valet parking is $14

Executive Chef:
Lee Ann Whippen

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Southern Cut Barbecue Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.3

value

4.2

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
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Fit for Foodies (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great options, sides were amazing...

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very cute restaurant with excellent food and even better dessert. Southern Cut is a definite “must try”.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great smoke and rub. Very good service for reasonable prices.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was great and only surpassed by the service....thanks.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This place was amazing! The staff was very friendly, the food was amazing, and the overall atmosphere was great! I would definitely come back and refer to a friend/ family.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Some of the best bbq I've had in Chicago!! Hands down.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Upscale place. A place with "SOUTHERN" and "BARBECUE" in their name should have Okra, Sweet Tea to drink and Hush Puppies to dip into the BBQ sauces .

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 17, 2017

AMAZING brunch!!!! Can’t wait to go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food. Slow service

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Overpriced!!!! It was just BBQ. Our bill for 3 people was $160!!!

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food is very heavy, but delicious. Not the place you want to go if you are trying to stay on a diet.
Service was excellent. Cozy spot!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. The service was wonderful, and if you are into a Paleo diet, this place is heaven. The menu offers options for various diets, but the star of the show is BBQ. All three of us loved it. I also thought that given the location
and quality, the pricing was very fair. I stayed across the street at Raffaello, so came back to Southern Cut for breakfast. Also excellent! Three large breakfast tacos for $16. Almost more than I could eat.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

First time patronizing this restaurant which was recommended by friend. Great barbecue style cuisine and great service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The staff was extremely friendly and the service was incredible. The menu includes mostly BBQ items, but there were plenty of other options. The portions were very generous and the food was spectacular. The entire experience was wonderful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food and nice atmosphere. Will eat hear again

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Everything from the second we walked in the door until we walked out was fantastic! Great service, fabulous food, and awesome ambiance!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good food, service and locatio.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service wasn’t great, I despise having staff remove every item from the table while I’m trying to enjoy my company, they all but washed the table with us sitting there. Food was good, we enjoyed it. The cornbread isn’t good though and was served cool in a cast iron skillet so that was a disappointment.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great for post theatre dining in the neighborhood. Excellent small plate options. Delicious meats. Reasonable wine pours.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have been a steady regular of Southern Cut BBQ since it opened in February 2017. If you are looking for a great BBQ meal with a wide variety of meats and sides and just off Michigan Avenue - "The Mag Mile," Southern Cut BBQ is the place. Chef Lee Ann's Championship Baby Back Ribs and Chili with Angus Beef Brisket have been my favorite selections. As a BBQ aficionado who has traveled far and wide across the USA, I found they are always done to my liking and with complete satisfaction: ribs were moist, meaty and tasty with four sauces to try and chili was loaded with chopped brisket and "rib-sticking" good. On occasion, I like to mix things up by ordering the Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon which is a great alternative for those want some variation in their entrees. The service has been continually attentive and very helpful. Many thanks to Chef Lee Ann, Colan and the entire staff for making my meal most memorable and enjoyable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing!! I was concerned to take my 5 year old granddaughter, but they were amazingly prepared for kids. Within 5 minutes she had carrots, apples with ranch and 5 minutes later her meal!! I’m sure this is due to the American Girl Doll Store being within walking distance. The service was amazing from the minute we entered the door. The food was delicious, and I highly recommend the jalapeño cornbread and brisket!! The beautiful interior and atmosphere capped off a wonderful evening! Loved it!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food and amazing service at a reasonable price

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service impersonal. Food outstanding

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 5, 2017

With all the restaurants in Chicago this one was just OK.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I had the pulled chicken. It was extremely underwhelming.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A wonderful addition to the Chicago barbecue scene. Try the barbecue sundae!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Perfect mix of southern charm and city life. Servers were top notch and food was outstanding.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The ribs are good but not great. The corn bread is very good as is the banana cream pie.The drinks are "short." The server Kristy is excellent .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

From the initial greeting when we arrived to the time we left, the entire experience was amazing.
The quality of the food was exceptional!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

They changed this from the Local Chicago which we enjoyed. They left some items on so we gave it a try. Service was excellent. Food was very good. We had the salmon which was very tasty. A bit dry but very good. Side dishes were great. Pulled chicken was great. Bun made the difference. Enjoyed the different BBQ sauces. Appetizer was jalapeño corn bread which we have each time we went there when it was Local Chicago. Could have used more Jalapeño.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Key West)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Handy place. Changed owners since we were last here. Meal was good. Little pricey. Went for breakfast next day. Not so good and very pricey for average breakfast. Service fair.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very good overall. Really enjoyed the BBQ. The food was a little slow coming out
but once it came very tasty.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great experience - as always. Great food, attentive people.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great visit! Our server, George, was very attentive and made my granddaughter feel like she was the princess of the restaurant. Food was exceptional - we'll definitely be back!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

So, so few really good Southern BBQ restaurants, if any in Chicago. You folks really found a niche that appeals to many that crave good BBQ in a friendly, not noisy or bar setting that can be just as much enjoyed with a business associate as for a family dinner. Space is exceptionally well designed as is outside area and BBQ is the real thing! Great selections, portions and service. Well done!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Never disappoints. Great people, delicious food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Four of us went to Southern Cut for a mid-week dinner. We expected a lot because we were very familiar with LeeAnn's BBQ and the quality of meat served at Chicago Cut.

There was an extensive cocktail and whiskey list and a much broader menu than anticipated. Lots of bourbons that were new to u were listed. All looked chosen carefully to go with the menu.

We truly enjoyed our entire meal. We shared the beet salad with our beverages - thinly sliced beets with perfectly ripe pear and a sprinkling of blue cheese in a beautiful presentation.

Since it was our first time we opted for BBQ. We split 1 1/2 slabs of competition ribs, a two meat platter of brisket and pulled pork, 1/2 lb of pulled pork and an order of fries. Everything was even better than we 'd hoped. The ribs were beautiful, with the meat almost falling off the bone. The pulled pork and brisket were lean and moist. The brisket wall all meat with a nice barque. Home-made chips came with the platter and also were hot and crispy.

LeeAnn stopped by to say hi and check on us - nice touch.

We also sampled the desserts - chocolate cake, banana cream pie and key lime favorite. They all were delicious. Each was the favorite of one of us.

A great city choice for BBQ! We'll go back to try more of the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great service, good food and a pleasant atmosphere. First time and will definitely visit again.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I tried breakfast here after striking out on the acceptability of their carryout on a prior occasion . The food in the buffet was not hot , the omelette had the wrong cheese - feta versus cheddar , the waitress was checked out . I asked for salsa with my omelette - never received it . It took awhile to get a refill on the water . The coffee was fine .

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Chef Lee Ann Whippen and crew delivered another memorable meal and BBQ experience. This was our second visit, the first being for Sunday brunch. For this visit, we enjoyed an amazing dinner starting with the chicken noodle soup and entrees consisting of sliced brisket with a side of mac-n-cheese and the incredible Pit Master sandwich. Everything was amazing but you-have-to-try-the-pit-master-sandwich! Sliced brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken with a topping of slaw, pickles and fried jalapenos - wow! As always, Chef was out front checking each and every plate as it came out of the kitchen. Chicago has some great BBQ and Southern Cut is a must try!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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