Southern National

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and staff was amazing.

l
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

L
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great quality and experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

O
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Slow service today. Food was okay.

KP
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exquisite, ambience was lovely, and the noise level was high enough to show enjoyment, but not so much that you couldn't have a conversation with the people at your table. Staff was friendly, polite, and professional. Highly recommend.

OT
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were fantastic, but a reduction in noise would have upped the enjoyment. Hard to have any conversation.

MC
Mobile
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You don’t need a lot of words to describe this place... everything is as it should be —- food, service, hospitality, cocktails... a perfect more than casual dining experience.

OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I SO LOVE the staff, food and beverage, and overall experience at SoNat! Always exceeds expectations, always delivers in a major way! A+ dining experience in Mobile!

SV
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and cocktails are excellent. A trifle loud though.

MS
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & service

J
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Currently there are many restaurants in which waiters cooperate to serve to tables.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driving though and stopped in for dinner. The duck was amazing. Very impressed with ambiance and attention given.

B
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place.

FD
Greensboro
28 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken schnitzel was recommended by the waiter. I rarely order chicken when dining out. It was very good. My wife enjoyed the duck. Great flavors in everything we ordered.

RM
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, one of the best meals of the past year. The food was the star of the show. Service and cocktails were exceptional. Southern National has a somewhat laid back feel with 5 stars qualities.

PH
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food, drinks, and service. My only regret is that I could not eat more.

FS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Granted we were experiencing this restaurant for the first time on our 10th wedding anniversary but regardless, we were thoroughly impressed from our drinks through the appetizers and into the main course. Too full to try dessert but the server graciously gave us a couple of little macaroons anyway which were wonderful. We cannot wait to go back! My wife had schnitzel which was bright and delicious. I had the duck which was rich and balanced with everything else on the plate, cooked perfectly. Our pimento cheese and crackers with bacon jam and pickled cauliflower was THE JAM.

No idea if it gets crowded or loud as we went on a Thursday night but it was basically perfect on all counts. If we wouldn’t have been the only ones or if we weren’t concerned about late summer mosquitos we might have tried eating outside, but the ambiance inside was just right for the occasion, not too bright or dim, and we could hear each other talk while not feeling everyone was listening to us.

Can’t believe we haven’t gone sooner or heard reviews from any of our friends. Perhaps it’s a testament to the increase in number of excellent dining options in Mobile recently (thankfully). Go eat here! You won’t be sorry.

E
Mobile
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Southern National a few times for dinner and it’s always great! I finally was able to make their Sunday brunch and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

DB
Mobile
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around - food, service, ambiance etc.

CC
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutly charming and delicious!! What a great spot in downtown Mobile. We had a wonderful meal and service. Will definitely come back when in the area!

PF
Birmingham
50 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Beautiful dinner, quiet location. I loved it.

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.

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

BB
Mobile
31 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.

D
Birmingham
9 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!

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!

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!!!

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!

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.

FD
Greensboro
28 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.

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 !

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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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