Southern Rail

4.6
1151 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1151 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Definitely must try! Food is good and service is excellent! Very fresh ingredients

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place in our "hood" with delicious food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best southern food in az

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JoyeS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Southern Rail is one of our favorite restaurants. We have been coming here for special occasions for years. We always get good food and good service and the atmosphere is very nice. We may have to start coming for "regular" occasions other than special occasions!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, Albert, was great! Our food was delicious! I was super impressed with the wine selection! We really enjoyed it all around!

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vipSharonH
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shrimp and grits were outstanding. I am sure I will be returning to enjoy again. My hubby had the ribs and they were on the luke, close to cold side so he did not enjoy as much. We took my son the fried chicken and sides and he it all tasted really good. Over all great new restaurant find.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server (female) later in the evening, close to closing time on the patio was excellent. Her polite and professional demeanor and the care she takes with each step of service did not go unnoticed. Well done. It didn’t hurt that the food was quite good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our regular place to eat. Great food and good friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The gumbo wasn’t good but burger was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Average food, great patio

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vipSmitty
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It so good to be back dining live. This place is amazing. Fried chicken? The best.

CJ
vipColleenJ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We tried all the must haves and they did not disappoint! The deviled eggs were good. The mac and cheese was al dente and the cheese was a great mixture of flavor with the hint of mustard.The fried chicken was perfectly season and cooked. The flank steak with chimichurri was flavorful. The mashed potatoes were the best part of the meal! Yukon golds with an abundance of butter. Hands down the best I've had in years! Even the glassware was amazing. Chrystal clear with no smudges, water spots or streaks and my iced tea came with a long spoon. <--- this doesn't happen very often. Proper flatware changes with your course. My only complaint was service was quiet slow but our server was courteous.

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DevericM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Sunday dinner will come back again.,..........

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Scott
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in all of the Phoenix metro area. I don't think I've ever left not feeling 10x better than when I arrived.

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vipFredD
Phoenix
132 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took my wife out for dinner and we both had the ribs. The meal was cooked perfectly however I did not like the sauce that the ribs came with. Just personal opinion, nothing against the restaurant itself. If you’re in the area of Camelback and Central, I highly recommend stopping in at Southern rail.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoy the service and good food

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Axle
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We decided to try something new and based on reviews we chose Southern Rail and we were pretty disappointed. From the time the gentleman who apparently would have rather been ANYWHERE but there took us to our table and then we found out was also our waiter to the end where we waited over 20 minutes for our bill to leave while he was busy chit chatting with the bartender that was the biggest part of the problem. The place was not busy at all which should have been a clue at 6pm on Camelback Rd. The decor is great and the patio is lovely so that is a definite plus. The food was nothing spectacular and we tried several things. Deviled eggs, Dirty Rice Balls, Feta Zucchini app, cup of Gumbo Ya Ya and a Cheeseburger. Best one of all that was the dirty rice balls but they lacked flavor. The Monsoon drink is very good but that alone is not worth going back for. That will be our one and only visit to Southern Rail.

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dpc53
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for Jazz and Jambalaya. Had a reservation. Out of Jambalaya. Not cool. Initial service was slow. Almost 30 minutes to get wine because the wine ordered was out. Not a great start. After that, great service and great food. I love Beckett’s and I’ll love Southern Rail because these are great people but this was less than 5 stars. I’ll be back because I suspect all the negatives will get fixed. Bottom line, I went home totally satisfied with great food and a great staff.

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vipHilaryN
Phoenix
59 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time. We enjoyed everything we ordered. We will be back.

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MadolinW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Comfortable outdoor seating, tables well spaced, waiter attentive, overall a very pleasant dining experience.

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DebraD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I went specifically for a po-boy and fried okra, they did not have either! The waiter was not helpful or friendly. I had to request an ice tea refill, he reached across my plate, picked up the glass and returned more than 10 minutes later. I asked when they had po-bouts because it is on the menu on line, he told me this was there full menu, “ no po-boys” and walked away. The food I ordered was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made an 8:45 reservation and was told immediately when I walked in that the kitchen closed at 9. I was seated and told my server “would be sent right over since the kitchen is closing.”

We ordered drinks and they were lovely and the bartender was very nice.

I ordered the fried chicken and my date ordered the meatloaf. The meat loaf was a tiny dried piece of meat with tepid vegetables and bland potatoes. When the server came to check and I said he didn’t care for it. She offered to box it up and then took BOTH our plates and boxed them.

I felt rushed, unwelcome and dismissed. I understand the staff wants to get home on time but if you didn’t want guests at 8:45 then you shouldn’t have offered it as a reservation time.

I have worked both in the front and the back of the house in the hospitality field and I understand being tired and feeling frustrated and wanting to close up, but you’re still not supposed to communicate that feeling to your customers. It was awkward and uncomfortable.

I had been looking forward to trying Southern Rail for some time. This was really disappointing.

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DavidVanAssche
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously, this one of a kind restaurant has an amazing menu. Even for a post covid timing - the staff was fantastic. I did hear they need more people - they're cut back to only 5 dinner services a week. No lunch or special events... they are looking forward to reinstating full service once they can get enough staff members onboard and trained.

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vipPhoenixLu
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, service food ambiance jazz!

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vipRonR
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfort food excellence! Discovered this place 2.5 years ago, and ate there only once (we live over 100 miles away in Tucson). We were in the Phoenix area fort the first time since Covid, and just had to eat there again. There is always the fear that you've blown up and magnified the recollection of the first time, but the food and service did not disappoint. The absolute very best fried chicken we've ever eaten.

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aim4u
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Food, service, ambiance. Will add this restaurant to our list of places we frequent

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AngelaP
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

They were understaffed that night and service was polite, but we were not well attended. Two dishes were not as ordered and the appetizer was long forgotten. Drinks were served and then we waited over 45 minutes for another round. At least we had the bottle of warm tap water for the table. My husband loved his fried chicken and the appetizer came while they were trying to remedy the other two dishes. The zucchini cakes were yummy though. Not a fan of their mustard sopped bun on the burger. EVO and Tonto Bar&Grill will be our go to for burgers.

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vipAudreyS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. I asked for a drink that was out of the ordinary, and the server and made bartender made sure they accommodated! Great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal and delicious cocktails. The restaurant is gorgeous and has a great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very noisy, traffic, though we were inside. Large noisy party next to us at a high table.

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BobbyN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great menu choices. Lovely atmosphere

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SouthwestNewcomer
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Southern Rail is one of our favorites. So nice to be dining in person after getting takeout during the last year. Outstanding job with both, but nice to eat right after the food is done. Our favorites are the shrimp and grits and the fried chicken. We're from Georgia and love getting a taste of home at our next home. Both dishes are exceptional and would be welcome at any southern table.

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Richardj
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was okay...I was hoping for better. I think maybe it was just an off night? It looks like it could be a good place.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly relaxing, while completely satisfied. Don’t rush the meal here. Enjoy the deviled eggs before exploring the entire menu. Can’t miss with the fried chicken, however, try the burger with the melted white cheddar. Wrap everything up with the red velvet cake and a scoop of ice cream. Great vibe for your entire date night!

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vipBrunchGuy
Phoenix
62 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience4

Service was great, food was great but I can’t give a higher rating because they’re not enforcing mask requirements. Multiple people entering the restaurant and moving about the restaurant not wearing masks and the restaurant said nothing.

Disappointing when a generally great restaurant shows such a lack of concern for the safety of its employees and patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our waiter rarely came to our table, we had to asks others for what we needed. Food was ok, not amazing, and at more of a premium for what it is. We did not have the best experience.

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EvaA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Traffic noise was a bit loud but the live jazz was nice. The service was at a relaxed pace but we were not in a hurry.

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vipJustin
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy with a live band on the patio and great ambiance, to match the food!

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vipSMS0959
New England
93 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and cocktails.
We went for Jambalaya and Jazz on Sunday @ 5pm on the patio. Music was great.
Camelback traffic noise is the only con. Wish they could do something about it but understand the difficulty.

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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 4.6 stars by 1151 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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