Southern Rail

4.7
1219 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We are available for take out!

The people that brought you Beckett’s Table invite you to experience the Southern Rail. Soulful, warm and centered around community, the Southern Rail offers flavors of the American South elevated by Chef Justin Beckett’s inspired signature style. Diners will enjoy a journey of nostalgic flavors accented by a robust wine program in a genuinely comfortable setting.

Our American beverage program is truly celebrated with a strong focus on Arizona wines, craft beers, and boutique spirits. We boast an extensive bourbon list and award winning wine program.

Southern Rail boasts a stylish dining room, expansive outdoor patios, and an indoor/outdoor bar. The space is upscale casual, warm and rustic; consisting of distressed concrete floors, reclaimed woods, whimsical textiles, antique chandeliers and re-purposed leather booths. Our two patios are complete with misters, ceiling fans, heaters, TV, a fireplace, a 12 seat drink-rail, all inclusive to 80ppl.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1219 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and extraordinary service by our waiter.

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vipMDBrunch051015
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always happy with our dining experience here. Food is excellent, plenty of space. Burger is great and the gumbo is very good also. Have had the meatloaf on the past as well, highly recommend. Miss the donut deserts.

SM
SamM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Flat Iron steak with chimmichuri was outstanding

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vipDiane
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live the food and the location. People need to get back out and enjoy the Gem in Phoenix! The Gumbo was amazing, the fried chicken is to die for - everything is great.

Ps the cocktails are very reasonable and delicious!

Diane

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing but service was slow and not as attentive.

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Cassie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Our server was clearly new and in the weeds. Management did nothing to assist or acknowledge the situation. It took 50 minutes for everyone at the table to get their drinks. When I alerted the manager of this, he did not even apologize or acknowledge it. We don’t blame the new server, but the lack of service from management was very upsetting. The food was very good but I would not waste your dollars on the experience.

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Clare31
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was very good as were the dirty rice balls. Our waiter picked a nice Arizona wine that went well with the salmon.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Shrimp and Grits were delicious. Would return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful environment - one of my favorite restaurants!

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vipmkode
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to Southern Rail in several years and we decided to go back there last night. We were not disappointed. The food and ambience are wonderful. It's very open but it's not terribly noisy. They have a lot of sound absorbing squares on the top. The food was spectacular and quite generous portions. I had the St Luis style pork ribs with a summer corn salad. Perfect pairing. My table guests had salmon and the meatloaf. Their plates were spotless, nothing left.

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LisaE
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! I got the salmon and my dad got the meatloaf. We went specifically this past week end because I wanted to get the Beignets; they were a wonderful treat!
We would both go back to enjoy another meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I want to point out that the host was awesome . My husbands birthday was acknowledged with a thoughtful sign designated on the table as we sat. We wish our waiter would of been more attentive but the food was really good and we enjoyed the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Incredible food and cocktails. Very loud but fun. Service was slow but I think they were understaffed so we tried to be supportive.

JD
vipJDTB
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Those is one of our favorites. Flank steak with chimichurri is wonderful. Shrimp and Grits as well!

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shannaG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very overrated. The server we had was not great maybe because they was understaffed. It was a long way to get refill on drinks and everything else.

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Tamnhar
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. One of our favorite places to go.

AR
AlfredoR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Very delicious food
Great Arizona wine
Friendly staff

LB
LisaB
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall! Pimento cheese is awesome. Will come back next time I’m in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great stuff, fried chicken was amazing. My wife had the gumbo and a salad. Loved it.

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was very friendly, consistently on top of asking if we needed anything. The food was very good, the dirty rice balls however were definitely amazing!

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Shannon
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We decided to try a new place. I liked the location, the decor and atmosphere were nice and trendy, the place was clean. Everyone was nice and efficient. The service was EXCELLENT. The music was interesting, but a little loud for it to be background music. The food was ok. I felt like some of their foods were a little bland (i.e. deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, burger). I would go back but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

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WendyM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu had a good amount of choices and everything we tried had it's own unique wonderful taste. Our waiter Todd was excellent knowledgeable and friendly.
We will definitely return to the Southern Rail.

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Harrysdad
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The service was great. The fried chicken was OK. The music playing was so not appropriate for the atmosphere. Probably not going back.

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vipbirthdayplanner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terri if food and drinks. Waiter was very helpful and attentive. A great evening!

DB
vipDrBob6360
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special spot to celebrate a birthday. Everyone who works there acknowledged the birthday with grace and care. The food was outstanding and our shared birthday dessert was off the hook. The staff is taking care by wearing masks and the tables are distanced. It was truly a special evening.

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ChristmasEve2019
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my most favorite places in Phoenix! Delicious food and impeccable service!!!

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Mike
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Food great, service was a little slow, but am sure it had to do with being understaffed and the server was very good -but, the music was very loud which made it hard to talk and hear the server

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The appetizers were good, but it took 45 min to get our entree’s with the restaurant being less than 50% full. When we finally got our food the mashed potatoes were cold and were soaked in butter and the corn was underdone. The fried chicken was good but a little greasy. Service was decent but slow.

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LizM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the salmon...
Excellent!

JD
vipJDTB
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with great cocktails with a southern twist. Food was delicious. We had Shrimp and Grits, Ribs and the Flatiron Steak and really enjoyed. The house salad had a delicious dressing. Service was very good.

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vipjenniferr
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Southern Rail has the best fried chicken, hands down! The other must get on the menu ate the deviled eggs. Our server, Erin, was a delight! Our appetizer and meals were served quickly and she was attentive throughout. We will be back!

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DavidS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Still adjusting to reopening so not as smooth as we have become used to. Food is still great, especially the fried chicken and the bread pudding. We look forward to the day they have live music again. Service was on point and responsive to individual needs. Eclectic bookstore next door was an added bonus

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vipPaul
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food give Erin a thumbs up for us.

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RockyR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. I would highly recommend for any meal. The menu is a little limited right now as the restaurant figures out scheduling, etc. following Covid, but the food is spectacular as always. Good quality and wonderful environment.

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RandyS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food great service. We had a very enjoyable evening. Thanks for a job well done .

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vipmolly
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went for the SR southern fried chicken as will return for the southern fried chicken
spouse had the salmon; all was delicious!

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vipConsistent
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In and out of the pandemic, this restaurant and personnel have been mindful of safety and customer service has not lost a beat. Food continues to be fresh and delicious. Their farm to table salads and appetizers had been well-crafted. Signature dishes like fried chicken, ribs as well as their changing seafood menu are always consistently terrific.

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foodie4ever
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. The only thing I can add is that with the grits & shrimps, I love salt but wow...the grits themselves, were over salted when tried solo. That was when I really noticed it. The tomato /red pepper soup - had an odd tangy finish to it. Rice balls were great.The bread pudding / red velvet both fell short. Bread pudding was literately a piece of dipped brioche bread on a plate with 'maple syrup'. It lacked texture ( maybe walnuts. or golden raisins...anything ...it needed more moisture ...or maybe should have been served with side of bourbon rich sweet sauce coupled with scoop of vanilla bean or a gelato /ice cream/whipped cream? It was just too dry as it sat. As for Red Velvet "southern style"cake, its usually huge and smothered in cream cheese type icing. We saw one pass by and it looked like it was 'deconstructed' . Small and round. I didn't order it so as for flavor not sure.
They were OUT OF sweet tea on a Friday night? That was one thing that really needs to be available when serving southern foods.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went to Souther Rail for Father’s Day. My husband and I have been several times before (best fried chicken in Phoenix!) but my in-laws had never been. My in-laws are the kind of people who go to their favorite three restaurants over and over and rarely like anything new. They loved it! The service was great, the food was great, it was just a great overall experience!

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Marie
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a traditional Southern flair. Really unique whisky and bourbon cocktails. Would love to come back to try all of the appetizers one day.

FAQs

Southern Rail does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Southern Rail also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 200-0085.

Southern Rail is rated 4.7 stars by 1219 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.

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