Southern National

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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4.6
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vipSusanC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience3

My problem with Southern National is their food plating station located in the dining room within six feet of our table. The staff were drizzling and garnishing food with their faces inches away from it. They wore no masks or gloves. This was on Saturday, March 14, well after news of Covid-19 was widespread. I’m afraid a lot of folks in Alabama aren’t taking the situation seriously. But even without the current health threat, I’d still have a problem with the setup I witnessed.

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Andrew
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and atmosphere. Excellent wine suggestions.

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stevenm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu but w/ excellent, high quality choices.

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BenC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food! Service was slow but all the food was perfect.

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MichelleCrowe
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu always has my favorites but there's also always something new and different to try. The craft cocktails are great and the atmosphere is upbeat and fun.

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VCfan4life
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went as a party of 5 with a toddler for brunch before Joe Cain parade. The entire wait staff was calm efficient and gracious. We would recommend without hesitation.⚜

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vipmichaelw
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frim the moment we arrived we were transfixed to a setting reminiscent of our dining experiences in Europe. Casual charm, amazing service and food that exceeded every expectation. The soya chef was in charge that evening and it was delightful to watch his attention to every dish that came from the kitchen. 5 star dining at reasonable prices. Can’t wait to go back on our next trip to Mobile.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food with southern flair. Varied menu

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the pimento cheese platter with the bacon jam. The brunch punch was refreshing.

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Catherine
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our evening at SN! Can't wait for next trip to Mobile so we can go back. House cocktail and mains were delicious.

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MEMH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere is great! Perfect spot for a girls night, it’s beautiful!

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DonnaS
Mobile
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose Southern National to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were not disappointed! Our table was ready and waiting on us. Our server was prompt and explained the menu with expertise. He answered our questions and made suggestions. Our food arrived hot and beautifully plated. The food was delicious and our special requests were honored. Our only negative was that the noise level was pretty high. We had to speak loudly to each other across the table. I highly recommend giving it a try, especially for a special occasion.

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SLAB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation, arrived 10 min early and immediately seated. Within 15 min 2 other tables were seated and were approached by servers for drink orders. We weren’t even approached by a server. Not a glance in our direction. We left after 15 min and took our business elsewhere. Absolutely ridiculous. And you could barely hear yourself think. The music was atrociously loud.

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viplisa1962
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, great service, lovely atmosphere!

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vipKK11
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting our daughter and I had read reviews about the restaurant. It was amazing! Can’t wait to visit her again so we can return!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. Cake was delectable!!!

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mbkeats
Mobile
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Excellent small plates!!! Large plates were mediocre at best and overpriced. Soup, chicken wings, and pimento cheese were fabulous! Wine list is excellent. Lamb ragu was good. Duck was chewy on unimpressive lentils. Fish was on a soupy base that did not come together well as a dish.

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vipMichael
Mobile
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat to dine at SoNat. I should treat myself more often. The staff is always welcoming and the food is consistently delicious. We experimented with some new cocktails and so glad we did. Southern National really stands above the rest.

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TJArnold
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautifully prepared and delicious food were the highlight, as well as great service and the friendly staff. We had the catch of the day and the scallops, both of which were outstanding. We will go back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time, per usual! The food was amazing and service outstanding! I love that the menu isn’t overwhelming, craft cocktails are unique and a fun atmosphere! If you’re looking for a new place to try, don’t hesitate to book here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are top notch. Went for wife’s bday, everything was excellent. App worked great too. Overall a great dinning experience. Pork chop was the best I ever had.

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catfox
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delightful dinner at So. National! Food was unique and delicious. The owner came to our table and checked on us, even sharing recipe tips with us. A local gem in downtown Mobile!

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vipKenJ629
Mobile
42 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Having eaten dinner at Southern National before, I was anxious to return for brunch before our afternoon Mobile Symphony concert. Soooo glad we did!
First of all, we were seated just to the side of the kitchen and the prep are where Chef Duane does his final touches. Such an experience!! What a well oiled machine he has running there.
I ordered the duck confit hash and my wife did also. We split an order of the sheet pan biscuit with multiple jams, butter. The food looked amazing and tasted even better,
SO many orders of the brunch burger and of course the chicken and waffles so I expect they are superb.
Shout out to Angela for taking good care of us as the place was very busy.

Will definitely come back to Southern National for dinner and brunch again. Hope to bring my son and his wife who are both chefs, when they visit next.

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WendyG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's one of the best meals I have had in a long time. We sat next to the kitchen in the back and it was fun to watch the Chef finish off all the plates before they went out to the tables. Great time and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food, and friendly servers; It just seemed to take a long time to get our food.
I will certainly be back and I look forward to it.

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vipFoodDoctor
Greensboro
32 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed the duck and chicken schnitzel. Good service and pleasant atmosphere. We recommend Southern National.

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vipjaqir
Birmingham
102 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding. Take your pick. Always great

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vipliesaa
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No trip to Mobile should not include a stop at this restaurant. Easily one of the best dining experience to be had on the Gulf coast. Creative cuisine in a beautiful environment and excellent service. A must for all who claim to be fine diners😎

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vipDrJackDelivers
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Had high hopes after many great reviews. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the greatest experience. Our server was incredibly pleasant, but the service was *very* slow (took an hour and a half for us to receive entrees on a Tuesday night), the cocktail I ordered from the menu wasn’t available, and my steak came out nearly room temp—not just not hot (had been cooked appropriately and tasted great other than the temp). Tots were clearly from a bag and greens were quite salty. Bummed because I‘m in town for a very short time and had been hoping for something great!

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PattiH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Southern National ~ a great atmosphere with fabulous food! We enjoyed brunch food with my husband ordering pecan waffle w/bacon and I ordered grits s/bacon and biscuit! Loved it all!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had a table of 8. Service was very slow and inconsistent. Some food was cold. First time it was a disappointing meal.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service. One of our favorite dinners in a while!!

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vipZach
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven and Spencer were spectacular. Watching Ryan was an unexpected bonus. We had the best table in the house. Cocktails were wonderful. Food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rosemary tater tots are wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and staff was amazing.

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viplisa1962
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience. Great food and perfect service. Chef’s platings were so beautiful and delicious!

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Local
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great quality and experience.

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vipliesaa
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants on the gulf coast! Mobile now has a restaurant to be proud ! I cannot drive by without stopping by for a nibble😎

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in town! Delicious food that's both classic and creative, and perfect cocktails to go with it. Everything about Southern National is just perfect.

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BryanP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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