Southern National

4.7
82 reviews
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A casual community restaurant and bar, Southern National is situated on the ground level of the restored historic Wilkins-Higgins building. Chef Duane Nutter and restaurateur Reggie Washington bring world-class experience and a modern approach to classic Southern dishes. James Beard Semi-Finalist and your local downtown Mobile clubhouse, Southern National is perfectly appointed with an array of awe-inspiring antiques and casual touches alike, lending to an atmosphere perfectly suited to Nutter and Washington's one-of-a-kind sense of southern hospitality and passion for unique flavors. ANY reservation that is (20) minutes late and/or the reservation party is incomplete is subject to cancellation.
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PF
Birmingham
50 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josh was an excellent server! Very knowledgeable of the menu, courteous, and friendly.

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TW
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dinner, quiet location. I loved it.

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The coffee rubbed pork chop was dry. The combination for flavors was interesting.

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k
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a cool space. Does not disappoint time after time

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BB
Mobile
29 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've dined at SN several times now and the staff are all very good, the food is always great and I have tried something different each time to include fish, scallops, pork chop and lamb to name a few, and decor is simple but fresh-comfortable (my new term) making a night for dinner more than just stopping in to eat. Enjoy.

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D
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent tonight. The menu changes often which is nice but would like to see the crispy lobster back on the menu. My all time favorite!

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LP
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing! Excellent food, fabulous cocktails and fantastic service! The night we were there a summer storm caused a power outage, however this did not cause the staff to miss a beat, everyone continued to enjoy their meals with great, attentive service! Kudos!

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RB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That was our first time there and we can't wait to go back!!!

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SA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Service. We had Sunday Brunch there at thoroughly enjoyed it. Will definitely be back!

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Always feel like I've gotten my money's worth.

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FD
Greensboro
26 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a very good first experience with Southern National. The Salmon was nicely prepared with Cajun flavors that did not overpower. My wife enjoyed the duck.

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CS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like to be seated as soon as we get there if we have a reservation . I don’t like how they make the whole party to be there . We enjoy brunch and you never can predict the length of the Church service . We really enjoyed it . When you are 70 .... Your children show up ! Thanks so much and we had a GREAT Fathers Day Brunch !

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D
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent and look forward to coming back soon!

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J
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my third time to Southern National. Each time I have been extremely pleased. The food is phenomenal! The restaurant is immaculately kept and the service is top notch. I am not a drinker but the cocktails and beverage selection looks great. The bartenders are knowledgeable and professional but not stuffy.
I would appreciate an alcohol free selection of beer but that’s the only suggestion I can make as they are doing everything else first class!

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KW
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors were robust, unexpected, but awesome.
Interesting combinations

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OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful! Service was over the top! We’ll be back.

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TR
Mobile
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tend to go traditional when we eat out, so eating at Southern National took us out of our comfort zone. This allowed us to enjoy a delicious, different and elegant meal for our (married) date night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Mother’s Day with a divine brunch at Southern National! Our young adult children were with us! It was excellent and delicious! In my party of 4, we all got something different! We also ordered ‘beginning’ items of biscuits with jams, pimento bowl with bacon jam (oh my goodness...good with a splash of heaven!), pickled cauliflower, and artisan crackers, and pimento grits! All yummy appetizer dishes for early sharing! Here is a list of our entrees: a scrumptious and well constructed BLT; Greek yogurt with drizzled honey, granola, various fruit, and lots of love; a blossoming omelet stocked full of yumminess and a dish that included turnip greens or collards. ...There was nothing that was left on a plate, and we all left with bellies full and better than satisfied, and talking about returning soon! My only negative was the amount of time it took to get our food. Although arriving at 11:00 when restaurant opened should have been a bonus, it still took an hour to receive our food. Decided to give this delightful and delicious establishment a ‘free pass’ with a hug...just too yummy to erase from my ‘list’. Besides...it was an immensely busy day! I will most definitely be back...and soon! I even hope we get our same courteous server...he was very accommodating.

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EC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection!!! Great Service, Food, Drinks and Atomosphere!!!

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CG
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ONLY negative is the noise level can make table conversation a struggle. Food, service and ambiance excellent!

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s
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well made and presented food, new twists on old standards

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J
Mobile
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food quality. Service could use some slight attention.

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M
Mobile
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Southern National does not disappoint. Ever. The food was delicious and praised by everyone in our group.

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GB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Mobile for the first time (to see a concert)_. Pleasantly surprised by Mobile in general, and so happy to find Southern National. We had a group of 4 for brunch, each ordered something different, along with 3 cocktails. All four dishes were excellent - unique dishes and just incredible flavors! Cocktails were fantastic, in fact I stayed and had one more at the bar after my group moved on! Can't wait to come back for dinner. It's 3 hours from home, but will stop in on our future travel on I-10.

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ES
Mobile
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I made reservations and would have preferred as a party of 3, to not be seated at a 2 top table. But, service was excellent and I loved the atmosphere. Will try again for sure

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S
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, the service was fair bit the amount I paid for my pasta dish was ridiculous.

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JB
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited this restaurant during a stop over in Mobil on our way to New Orleans.
We are a family of 4 and I am vegan but the rest of my family isn't.
It has been really difficult to get vegan food on this holiday but Southern National had an excellent menu that worked for all of us.
The food, service and general ambience is fantastic.
Highly recommend.
Jacqui

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G
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting at the bar with Will is an awesome dining experience. He is an amazing bartender. Don’t order anything specific... tell him what you like and he will create an amazing drink for you.

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GC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this place except for the noise level. The food, cocktails, and wait staff were excellent. I will go back and will recommend this place to others.

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JD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Got right in using open table. Inside seating lacked personal space. Drinks took a little time between delivery. Food pretty good. Limited options on menu. High price drinks and end of the meal bill hart attack!

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a modern twist on southern cuisine. We hosted a business dinner as our first visit, but will definitely be back for pleasure!

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LB
Mobile
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED our meal--everything was tasty and fresh and beautiful! We will definitely be going back!

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AA
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing! We had the pimento cheese appetizer and then salmon and duck for dinner. The wine list was a little limited and the service was slow, very personable server just a little too laid back. We would have ordered more wine and possibly a desert drink if he had come by and checked on us more. We will return to try the fried lobster, a guest next to us said it was delicious!

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flavorful food , presented beautifully. Service was impeccable.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Too much noise, made worse by loud music. Per our server, the loud music volume could not be adjusted. The room was cold. We asked to be moved outside.

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OT
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome! We did wish there were some sweet cocktail options.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic service. Wonderful atmosphere. I would highly recommend Southern National to anyone local or just passing through.

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MO
Mobile
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

some food were wonderful and worth the price.
but some were not.

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C
Mobile
22 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Our Sunday 11:45 a.m. brunch experience was very disappointing. After being seated and ordering, it took one hour for our food to arrive. The meatloaf was enjoyed, the chicken and waffles (ordered my half of our party of six) was flavored so strongly that one guest took only one bite. I couldn't identify the flavor but someone guessed fennel. The cheese grits were well liked and the omelettes were really good according to two diners. The service was adequate, if not brusk. We didn't linger after plates were cleared, mainly because we had been there too long and it was too loud to have a relaxed conversation. One guest had enjoyed dinner at SN prior to this visit and commented that brunch obviously wasn't Souther National's strong suit. Yes, we'll try SN again, but it will be a while, since there are other nice choices in the downtown area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for my husband’s birthday. Can’t wait to go back.

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