Southern Oak

3.9
47 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
We are offering a Full and Continental buffet daily for breakfast. Reservations are strongly recommended on weekends. We are excited to be open 7 nights a week featuring a seasonally changing menu with items such as garlic cheddar biscuits, Southern shrimp n' grits, and blackened grouper. Please contact the restaurant directly for reservations of 8 or more guest.

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MArh
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Would recommend if you cannot get a reservation anywhere else. Servers seem annoyed if you ask for anything. Training is needed for staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at Southern Oak on Thanksgiving while visiting our Student at Auburn. I didn't expect much. Not a real eat out on a holiday person. Soooo pleasantly surprised. The staff was incredibly sweet. Giving up their own holiday I thought perhaps a bit disgruntled but absolutely the ppposite. Thank You all. Also the food was delicious. Don't tell my sister but it was the Best Turkey we've had in a very long time!!! All the sides were lovely and the shrimp and oysters were a nice treat. Dessert was just Ok. But we were sooo full it didn't matter!!! Thanks again. We will be back in the future for sure.

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KWin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience3

We ate there for Thanksgiving lunch. The meat was dry, sides were cold and some buffet stations were empty. Very disappointed over all. The staff was excellent.

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vipLisat
Atlanta
89 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Very limited menu. Wait staff said, he knew nothing about wine. He was young.
Only sides if you want vegan.
Not impressed.

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vipRayR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Server either had too many tables, was new or just not attentive. For an upscale restaurant (or at least the prices indicate that), the table should be throughly cleared between each course and the individual’s dining should not have to request removal of the dishes between each course as we did. Also, service was slow!

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vipAmandaU
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

After a long, hot, but successful football game at Auburn that day, it was very pleasant to dine at the Southern Oak at the Marriott. Lots of distance between tables, quiet, and cool! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Steaks were very good, and my salad was delicious. Waitstaff were very friendly and helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was an 'off' night at Southern Oak. We were a group of 9 but it was rather quiet in Southern Oak. Other eating areas in the hotel were busier and this may well have impacted the service in Southern Oak. Drink orders were slow to arrive at our table but I think they were filled at the Splash bar, outside, and thus, took much longer for our server to order the drinks and then get them to us. Similar for our food orders - guessing food orders from Splash and from room service took time away from fulfilling out order. Each plate came out separately with about 6-8 minutes between each service. -- for 9 people, that's a lot of time. Same thing happened at breakfast in the morning -- more than 20 minutes between "two eggs over easy" placed about 7 minutes apart. Would have been much nicer if someone could have explained the problems. Server took the complaints but I don't think this was her fault at all.

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bill8656
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The menu was limited.My wife and I both ordered a filet but hers was over cooked.
It was a nice room. The music was not to our liking so they turned it off. The prices were high. We had breakfast the next morning and it was excellent with reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were unaware a buffet was the only food choice. At $65 per person it was definitely not worth the price and a very unpleasant surprise when the bill came. Overpriced for decent food.

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Clementine
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Way overpriced. Awful food. Do not recommend. Not even the chicken fingers were good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Easter Brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We waited more than 30min for our food and it came out cold and tasted terrible. We sent it back and paid for appetizers and drinks. The food looked good, it just didn’t match in flavor.

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MarjorieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was excellent. The service was just ok. The atmosphere was a sophisticated comfortable.

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Harley11
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and overall atmosphere of this restaurant was great. My husband had the filet and I had the salmon. Both were wonderful. Great view.

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nicoles
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for Saturday February 13th for dinner with my dad. When making a reservation I was given an option to opt in or out of the valentines dinner that was $60 a person, which I did not want to pay so I opted out of it, knowing that I would be pleased with the original menu provide on the website. When arriving, we were seated and then told that the only menu they have that night was the valentines dinner menu. When given an option to opt out of this, I was very angry so we left. Why was an option given to me when making a reservation, if there was not an option at all?? Very angry with all of this to say the least

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DonnaA
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service was awful. The food was just average. Would not pay that much to eat there again. Never received drink refills. Was our first time there and will not go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

No reception at hotel entrance or welcome. Employee dress sloppy, even on NYE. Restaurant receptionist could have cared less and very sloppy.
Food average. Service prompt and good in terms of table service. Will never go back.

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vipStevenJuneL
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for dinner. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent!

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NatalieM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was perfect for a great evening with my mom and sisters! The waiter was fabulous! My sister wasn’t very pleased with her Truffle Fries, but other than that, everything was great! We will definitely dine there again.

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vipDrMarcM1
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Stayed at the Marriott so the convenience of having Southern Oak right there was nice. They were under staffed but Seth, who was the hostess, waiter and busboy, was the epitome of great service. The Salmon I ordered on my Caesar salad was cooked perfectly. They have a new menu so they are still transitioning and the salad is changing to a grilled Caesar which should be even better from the very basic one I was served. If you are at the Marriott it's worth trying even if just to avoid driving the dark, winding roads of Opelika for someplace else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely terrible. Don’t waste your money

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Valentines

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ellisS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delightful service could not have better outstanding food at fair price small but nice wine list maybe a little over priced

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vipTerryF
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good, but not excellent. Menu was a bit boring and very much the same as many restaurants - nothing stood out. But more annoying was the fact that one of the entrees, short ribs, was sold out already and we were among the first guests that evening at 6pm! Also the wait staff was unaware of this until several minutes after the order had been placed.
The wait staff, although pleasant enough, were quite inexperienced and young and not as knowledgeable as they should have been at this standard of a restaurant in a top hotel.

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viptonyl
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Host attempted to squeeze a party of 5 into a tight area between two large parties at a table for 4 with an extra chair at the end, even though the restaurant was half empty? I have a picture. Very poor decision which i had to ask for a correct size table not very far away that was empty. Waitress was distracted most of the time talking to co workers and i had to find her chatting in the service area to get the desert we ordered 15 minutes prior that she forgot to bring out. Not a well managed restaurant, surprising as this is a 5 star Marriott and run by teenagers. Won’t return

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StacieS
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with friendly service. Food took a little while to come out but staff checked in often to make sure we didn't need anything. Great laid back, comfortable space with nice ambiance. They had live music in the lobby for entertainment. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff and an amazing breakfast buffet.

JM
vipJanetM
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Way understaffed!!
On an Auburn game weekend they need to figure out how to deal with full capacity hotel. It’s not a surprise!
Attendants are nice just overworked. Bigger restaurant is needed.

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vipbean
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We actually never ate and we walked out because they did not know what they were doing. It was Sunday 11am we wanted breakfast were told by hostess breakfast was over so we sat down with lunch menu then told food would take longer because they were switching over we walked out but before we did spoke to manager that said we were told incorrectly. Too much confusion and poor customer service

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vipMichelleP
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just average breakfast buffet for the price:/

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vipSissy
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is average and if there is a golf group in there, the noise level can be pretty extreme

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SusanVCHarris
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Ordered Cesar Salad and only found out when it was brought to the table that they we out of Romaine. So I had a Cesar with Iceberg lettuce! My husband ordered a club sandwich and had chopped up (cubes) meat. We had a third member of our party, a relentless FLY.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Took our reservation. We drove out 20 minutes with the whole family. Manager tells us the chef is not cooking from the dinner menu but we can order from the pool bar menu. No thank you. Happy Father’s Day. 😠 won’t return

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MichaelM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mothers Day Brunch was outstanding. Buffet with breakfast and dinner entrees, a dessert bar to die for and an individually made bouquet for Mom. Well done!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We had a great server- however, we thought that, for the price, we’d be receiving a cooked to order meal. Instead, we arrived to find a buffet meal with a hefty price and whose selection didn’t match the cost. We were the only table in the restaurant on Auburn graduation weekend- I am guessing that many share our impression of this restaurant and went elsewhere.

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George
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We ordered a fish and a chicken entree. The rice that came with the fish was cold. The cornbread/potato dish that came with the chicken had no flavor. Also, the white wine we ordered was almost warm. It was not a good experience.

We have enjoyed breakfast on several occasions.

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BlakeB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The main part of the restaurant had closed early due to lack of customers at 6:30 PM and we were seated at the bar, where the bartender occasionally popped out to see us. The food was okay, but not great. The chicken tenders were basically over cooked and primarily the breaded part, little meat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve dinner!

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MartyD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I will start by saying that the food was eventually great once they fixed a couple special request (ie. no dressing and a medium-well steak which came out rare). They did try to reconcile by offering another free take home steak rather than reduce the price. Prices were on-par with a high end steak house ($36 for the filet, $21 for salad with Chicken). Other things were a bit annoying, like having to ask 2-3 times for missing items or drinks. The servers were remarkably friendly however, something was just a little off here with the overall service level.

The venue is spectacular and worth a visit to walk around the property. I hope that they get it right at their restaurant.

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JeffP
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Some food was hot, some was cold. Felt more like a conference room than a restaurant

FAQs

Southern Oak offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (334) 737-2187.

Southern Oak is rated 3.9 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.