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Enjoy great food with a Southern twist - Southern Oak, Opelika, AL

Southern Oak

3.8
3.8
75 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
We are open for Breakfast daily from 6:30am to 11am. Reservations are strongly recommended on weekends, please call ahead for availability with Breakfast Buffet. Southern Oak will be open Wednesday-Saturday for dinner reservations starting at 5pm with a last seating at 8:30pm. Please contact the restaurant directly for reservations of 10 or more guest.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Farm-to-table, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (334) 737-2117

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Eckstadt

  • Neighborhood

    Opelika

  • Cross street

    Grand National Parkway

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

What 75 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Great for Brunch

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  1. R

    Rachel

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is really good with nice portions. Nice selection too. Knowing they were short staffed the night we were there, they did a good job doing their best with timing of food and drinks (I imagine it would have been better if they had the proper staffing). I would definitely go there again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food has a lot to be desired. Live music was great and the service was good, it’s really a shame the food doesn’t match
  3. PD

    PeterD

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Nnon existent server who struggled all night. Had to get him to find him and forgot to ask for temps on steaks. Brought out wrong food once. Food had zero flavor and we were sat next to the hotel breakfast buffet. Did not acknowledge the special occasion and we ended up going out two days later to celebrate it since this was so bad. Also, a wedge salad doesn’t need to be in a lopsided bowl where you can’t cut it without flipping the bowl over. The biscuit appetizer was burnt
  4. KR

    KerryR

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful simple setting with great service and food.
  5. TC

    TimC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Stella our server was wonderful. Our Steak was delicious, sides and appetizers was horrible. We go the spinach dip and it was cold and chips was stale.
  6. PB

    PeterB

    Jacksonville

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The food is average at best and overpriced. They had 3 servers on duty 2 were taking care of a large party and 1 had the rest of the tables. My biggest complaint is that I was overcharged. I asked for the check to be split between 2 credit cards. The total was $195 $60 on 1 card and $135 on another card. I was actually charged $195 on 1 card and $135 on the other plus I left a $40 tip. I have called and left messages 3 times without a call back. Very disappointing and substandard for a high end Marriot property.
  7. EM

    EmmetteM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was great and so was the food. The crowd and the live entertainment are outside by the pool during warm weather.
  8. KH

    KenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service was very good Prices are a little too high for breakfast buffet.
  9. JM

    JasonM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice restaurant and although I had reservations, they were not needed. The appetizer were great! The food was good, but the cook doesn’t understand what medium means. Our steaks were well done. To be honest, Longhorn serves a much better steak at a fair price.
  10. S

    Spartan86

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We went with Mother's Day reservations at 1:30 p.m., not realizing that it was a buffet. We also did not realize it was $69 per person. If that was posted somewhere, none of us saw it. Most of the food was lukewarm or congealed, and not very exciting. The meat carving was novice. The table service was virtually non-existent; we had plates stacked on our table without being cleared. The one drink we ordered was a Bloody Mary. It was brought to us room temperature with no garnish. We sent it back and got the same drink with ice cubes added. This was our first time here, so I have no idea if this is typical, or perhaps a one-time issue due to low staffing. Even though there was plenty of room to spread out, we were seated right next to another family. The one bright spot was that we struck up an enjoyable conversation with them. Overall, I really feel like our family of three spent $250 to be almost insulted by poor food and bad service.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    The most over priced ($69.99 per person) buffet I have ever had in my life! The food was mediocre at best and they were understaffed (but doing the best they could to keep up with drink orders etc). The omelets were great but the rest of the buffet was nothing to write home about and we felt like it was highway robbery for this family of 4!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    Here for Mother’s Day brunch at $80/pp No scrambled eggs. Breakfast potatoes or bacon Long wait for omelette station Arguably one of the worst buffets I’ve experienced and at that price—easily the worst
  13. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience3
    I had no idea of the per person cost of the Mother’s Day brunch. It was $69 per person. One could say I should have checked but I thought even $40 unwarranted and suspected something less than that. My bill was a shock. I will never again trust this establishment as I did yesterday. The bill spoiled the entire day and still annoys me.
  14. LA

    LisaA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    We didn't actually get to eat in the restaurant. Graduation weekend so they changed it to a buffet, $50pp, and put us into a banquet hall that was empty, except 5 other tables at 6;45. Total price gauging.
  15. G

    Gebrew

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding surprise. We have eaten at many really good restaurants in the area and this is at the top of the list. Great food...great service.
  16. BL

    BillL

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Pita chips very soggy with the crab dip. Limited choice for menu considering is a Marriott. very disappointed in the food.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first dinner date we’ve had in two years. My husband and I both ordered the 16 ounce Ribeye & it was delicious. Each cooked to our preference. We’ll definitely be back!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town visiting our son for Easter weekend.
  19. AR

    ARAR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Easter brunch- beautiful, great selection.
  20. J

    Juanita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the breakfast buffet. So many things to choose from and all were delicious. I like that I can make a reservation and know I can be seated upon arrival. Staff was super nice.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My wife’s birthday.
  22. R

    Rachel

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The service was the best part of the meal. Everyone was great that helped us. Food was good too, not great. We had a nice meal. Would go back.
  23. S

    Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Blackened Red Fish was Awesome mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  24. NM

    NatalieM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Tyson, was great. I always love dining at Southern Oak.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Our server , Jaden Page was awesome! Very attentive and helpful! Great time had by all!
  26. OS

    OysterSeeker

    Mobile

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great venue of fine or casual dining and extremely convenient for guests of the hotel.
  27. m

    maggie12

    Birmingham

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were spending the night at the Marriott and decided to have dinner at the resort also. The restaurant had a special valentines weekend menu. The food was all very good and our server Katie was very friendly and efficient.
  28. JM

    JohnM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Quaint restaurant. Clean. Food was good. Moderately well priced. Service was friendly and decently attentive. We’d go back.
  29. MA

    MArh

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Would recommend if you cannot get a reservation anywhere else. Servers seem annoyed if you ask for anything. Training is needed for staff.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    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.
  31. KW

    KWin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    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.
  32. L

    Lisat

    Atlanta

    96 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    96 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.
  33. RR

    RayR

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 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!
  34. AU

    AmandaU

    Atlanta

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 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.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 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.
  36. b

    bill8656

    Mobile

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 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.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  38. C

    Clementine

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Way overpriced. Awful food. Do not recommend. Not even the chicken fingers were good
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Easter Brunch
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings

FAQs

Southern Oak offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (334) 737-2117.

Southern Oak is rated 3.8 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Southern Oak

3700 Robert Trent Jones Trl, Opelika, AL 36801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grand National Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Opelika

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Farm-to-table, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Eckstadt

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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