Southern Proper

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Located in Boston's South End neighborhood, Southern Proper features seasonally focused traditional
southern fare in a thoughtfully designed setting. Expect generous portions of smoked and salted meats,
southern fried chicken, barbecue, and Lowcountry-style fish and seafood, alongside other classic regional staples. The full beverage program includes an extensive whiskey, rye and bourbon list, plus cocktails and
rotating beers on tap. Outfitted with imported wood and eclectic antique accents, Southern Proper offers an authentic, warm and inviting southern experience.
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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful building, enjoyed the experience. Our server, Eric, was outstanding. Food was a tad on the salty side or I would have given five stars all around. But I'd certainly recommend and eat there again.

TB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gluten free chicken and choices were great. Atmosphere was nice.

M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fried chicken sandwich, and good fries. Overall a charming and inviting restaurant. Non-pretentious, and delicious.

DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Poor Value for the Dollar. Four pieces of chicken & 1 beer with 23% gratuity, & MA tax totaled $36. Too much for 4 pieces of chicken.

N
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food was pretty bad. I thought it was just my opinion but asked my dinner date later that evening; he had similar sediments.

A
New England
48 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best fried chicken in Boston. Great ambiance, good service. Good for large groups or for a date, seat at the bar, etc.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time. One of my favorite brunch places!

CT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff and amazing food! I had been craving a pulled pork sandwich and southern proper did not disappoint! The drinks were really good as well.

XN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pedicab drivers of Boston have, for years, kept a secret recommendation list of bars and restaurants in the city. Updated FREQUENTLY, we are among the most asked for dining recommendations for both out-of-towners and locals alike. So when we go out to eat, we're watching for key elements; does the place feel welcoming; is the cuisine "accessible" or esoteric; is the vibe charming or bland; etc.

While we were slightly skeptical, in the end we loved that it was somehow a magic hybrid of Northern attitude with southern hospitality. It's Southern done Northern – which is what you'd WANT from a Bostonian restaurant specializing in Southern cooking.

We loved the "shotgun" service style - it brought a casual nature to have waitstaff popping in with dishes, and gave the meal a lively sense of fun. Our waitress was a real charmer and gave us great tips for the menu. Likewise, having the head chef accessible if we wanted – right in an open cook line – added a friendly reassurance to the quality.

The chicken was, indeed, the star of the show. The brussel sprouts were amazing. We had vegetarians among us, and a HUGE upside of this restaurant is that they did not skimp on the veggie sides. You got a LOT of veggies with each order. I can understand when restaurants hang back on portion size of meats and carbs, but veggies ought be served generously, and here they were. The corn bread was tasty, but felt heavy; the fried concept was working for it, but just BARELY. (Might have just been an off batch, though.)

And so, Southern Proper has made it onto the top secret yet highly coveted "Trike List" of recommendations regularly relied upon by pedicab passengers in Boston. We're excited to encourage folks to head down behind the Cathedral for a hearty Southern meal with a Northern panache. Well done, y'all.

AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Lukewarm food. Overdone fried chicken. Dry ribs. Mac and cheese was like soup. Collard greens, brussel sprouts, and popover appetizer were only part of the meal worth eating.

K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was wonderful, especially the hot fried chicken sandwich! Atmosphere and drinks are great as well

EA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a reservation but ended up eating at the bar because of the AMAZING one dollar bar bites. This is such a terrific deal -- many of the same items that are on the full menu but bite size servings that only cost $1. The chicken sandwich was $5 but worth every bite. Delicious and not small. The rest of the bar bites were also good, but somewhat oversalted. But still a great meal. Two people with drinks only $30 (including the two chicken sandwiches). Can't beat that.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch. Not busy at all.

s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had been meaning to check out this place for a while now and it was overall pretty good. They're supposed to be known for their chicken and waffles so that's what I got. I wasn't totally in love with the waffle part. It was as if they had had the waffle pre-made and just put it on a plate. The chicken was good though. I'll go back for the chicken for sure.

MK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered I would definitely recommend to order. the popovers in pimento cheese were very nice the hushpuppies were very well seasoned and tasty. The fried Chicken was excellent and the hot chicken was definitely very hot. I had the octopus perloo which I had never had before and it was very good came out sizzling in a little cast iron skillet very very tasty nice spice and kick to the seasonings octopus was very tender. No complaints at all about the food it was all very very good.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I really tried to love it. Really. I'm from the DC area and my mother was from eh South so the concept appealed to me, and the fact that we live steps away. I had been right after it opened and my impression nearly one year plus after was about the same. The service was incredibly slow. We were there on a Saturday night at 5:45 and the space wasn't full at all. Our waitress finally got to our table a little after 6. Anyone who knows me locally knows that I like to at least have a cocktail before ordering. We had deviled eggs, shishitos, biscuits, a chicken sandwich, a four piece order of chicken, brussels, cornbread and the beets. The beets and maybe the chicken were about the best things that were delivered. Even my drink was disappointing as I find the fancy coupe glasses extremely small, though it could be psychological. I'm not sure where the disconnect is on the food. The chicken was fine, albeit room temperature, but I'm not sure how they missed their mark on the authenticity of the food. Southern cuisine isn't that difficult. Sorry. I said I wouldn't go back again, but I definitely won't now. It's too bad because the space is beautiful. I just don't think the neighborhood needs it. We have too many amazing options for legit dining. :( I know plenty of people who love it so I hope they can stick it out! We all want them to do well after such a careful and purposeful interior renovation but I think the menu needs a bit of an overhaul.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great drinks, fun service, and fast food!

MG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food. A little noisy but ok.

GM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Too much salt in each single dish

MN
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and awesome food. We had a baby and a toddler and they were very accommodating!

BS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A lovely place. Excellent interpretations of southern food. Cocktails were a bit too strong for my liking. I would like to see the dessert menu published online. Overall, a fun small plates Southern place that I would gladly go back to. Brunch looks great!

JT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, perfect for a family or close friends

SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem. Should be mote crowded. Nothing like it in town.

f
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It took 30 minutes to get our drinks and an hour to place our order. I wish I could have left after 15 minutes of waiting but after 30 minutes and finally getting some attention, we took the chance. Our server looked like she rolled out of bed and there were more people in the kitchen than the front of the house. The food was not good enough (definitely average) to overcome the poor service. Also, there is a kitchen appreciation charge of 3% added to the bill. I don’t mind a couple of bucks but seriously, just increase the price of your chicken by a dollar. Spare yourself and go elsewhere.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

They sat us 45 mins after our reservation (which was for 8:45). Kitchen closes at 10 as does the bar and no one made accommodations for the fact that they didn’t seat us until 9:30. Even ordering a drink seemed like a big imposition and we had staff staring at us to leave. We felt incredibly rushed and like we were an imposition. Our waitress was very sweet and food was very good, however.

TN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the family style meals, a great way to bond as a group over dinner. My parents were meeting my girlfriend for the first time so it was a great way to get to know each other and truly share a meal. Service was fantastic!

C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated myself to brunch; extremely cozy and beyond satisfying as always.

SD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were exceptional. The service was beyond excellent. The hot fried chicken and shrimp & grits are a must try! I will definitely be back!

SG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately we had a very poor experience. We went for brunch. We did make a reservation, the restaurant did not seem terribly busy. The waitress was VERY sweet, however the service was terrible. It took forever to get our drinks, and we had ordered a bread basket to start, it never came...until after our meals were delivered and we reminded her that we had asked for it first. Once our meals came, again a very long wait, EVERYTHING was overcooked. One of our party got the "cornbread waffles" w/pecan butter, they were black and had a burnt taste. Both of the other meals were similar. We ordered a 4-piece plate of the fried chicken for the table, one of the reasons we visited, sadly that too was very overcooked. I have had better fried chicken at many other places. We were very disappointed, again the waitress was very sweet, the bread basket was not charged to us since we didn't get it as planned, however I do not think we will go back.

j
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible service
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New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Only would recommend this place to someone looking for cocktails and fried chicken. The restaurant was terribly understaffed and made us wait 25 minutes past our reservation for dinner. Though we tried to get a drink during this wait from the bar, there was only 1 bar tender for the entire restaurant so she was completely overwhelmed and did not get to us during our wait for a table. Our food came quickly once ordered, but the fried chicken and biscuits was the only thing worth ordering. Everything else was tasteless and is NOT recommended. (SIDE NOTE - several of items listed on the menu on opentable were NOT on the menu so that was very frustrating).

Our drinks finally came after all of our food (over an hour into being there). The cocktails were great - though not at all worth such a long wait.

Staff were very nice and polite, but again they were very understaffed so service was very slow.

A
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Delicious food in a beautiful setting. Good service and fair pricing. A must for fans of southern food (who isn’t?)

VR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We visited for Sunday brunch and was happy with the food. However, it took 18 minutes before a server even came by the table. I had to flag the hostess to get service. And the restaurant was barely busy. Would I try it again? Yes, but we'll sit at the bar next time.

MW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Biscuits are delicious! Great service

G
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was simple and decent with no wow factor. The service appeared disorganized. Not sure if they just had a bad night(staffing issue) but it took a while to get our drinks then the dishes will come out sporadically. They kept bringing others dishes to us. It just felt as it was the opening night and they were scrambling to handle the crowd.
Overall was ok.
The drinks were fantastic though.

a
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken was outstanding and the drinks were delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was absolutely terrible, drinks came 45 mins after ordering, food came out at very different times and the waitress claimed it was “tapas style”, we complained but never once did the manager come by to talk to us. The food was okay, nothing special and not really worth the hassle.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The service was terrible. It took an hour to receive two drinks while sitting down for dinner and they forgot one of our appetizers. Additionally every dish they brought out was not hot. Would not return.

LM
New England
59 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good if a bit pricey. The space is warm and inviting, service was prompt and friendly despite most staff members being new. The surprise "kitchen appreciation fee" on the bill left us feeling annoyed, as did the notification when we got home that they had cancelled our reservation. Seems like they've got more work to do.

LM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner! Food was fantastic! Co tails delish. Loved it!