Southern Rail

4.6
1064 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

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Dine in
Starting Feb 14, 2021

Join us for Valentines, Sunday 14th featuring an an exclusive $79 p/p, 3-course Prix Fixe menu. 1st COURSE - Roasted beet & crows dairy feta GF/V) or garden veggie noble toast (V) 2nd COURSE - prime flat iron steak (GF) or shrimp n creamy grits (GF) 3rd COURSE - chocolate coffee bread pudding (V)

What 1064 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJonathanA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fried chicken was fantastic - best in Phoenix. The other meals our family of 6 had were good, too. Great bourbon list and that alone is a reason to return.

We had all three desserts, but they were average. Service was friendly, but a bit slow. Never refilled my tea. Maybe they are light-staffed to increase margin during Covid? I’m ok with that.

Overall, the chicken and bourbon list were so good they overcome anything lacking in service that would deter me from returning.

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Kazacker
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Honestly, I remember nothing special about the food. The service, drinks and ambience saved the night though!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 Stars service and our fried chicken was just perfect!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family birthday celebration

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JosiahV
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always great. The food is excellent!

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ThomasF
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food here is consistently good, not outstanding, but good. The patio is very nice but the noise from the traffic on Camelback Road is very distracting at times. Service was good up until the time that the restaurant got busy and suffered after that.

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Kaitlyn
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Everything about Southern Rail was absolutely amazing. My family and I went for their New Years Eve fixed menu. They gave great options for each course and the drinks were SO GOOD! Our waitress was amazing as well. We can’t wait to try out their regular menu!

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vipAndrewK
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous price fixed New Years Eve dinner. Beautifully composed, executed, looking and tasting. Thank you!

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vipBecky
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Unfortunately, this usually good restaurant missed the mark on their New Year’s Eve menu. Both quality and quantity were disappointing. Even the wine pairings were mostly flat. Very disappointing. But the patio was cozy and our server pleasant-Albeit spread a little thin.

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Josie
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the patio which is noisy due to traffic. The fire was lovely and the food outstanding for the price. Lovely experience.

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Blue
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Southern Rail has the best fried chicken ever! We sat outside next to their open fireplace on a chilly night and it felt wonderful, seasonal and warm. The service is outstanding and we will be regular customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable

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vipJayL
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chef driven menu...shrimp and grits are the best in the southwest! Wonderful staff and creative drink menu. Plus lots of great bourbon! It’s one of my go too places in the Valley! Chef Beckett and team are #1!

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VaughnO
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was excellent. Service was courteous, on time and very helpful on selection. I’ve enjoyed Southern Rail for many years.

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JulioinAZ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome as usual

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vipPaul
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fine dinner an Erin is the best. We enjoy eating here but the service from Erin keeps us coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was just as good, the price was just right

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vipTimothyT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find. Southern food and charm. High quality! Creative cocktails. Cool spot too near a book store.

Strong recommendation for deviled eggs, fried chicken, and ribs.

Enjoy!

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MeganR
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Southern Rail is always top notch, and was again, but the care and attention they paid to making sure their staff and guests were safe was greatly appreciated. Being able to make a reservation to sit outside, and finding the patio well spaced and at a lower capacity made the meal possible.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service and cool location

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lisam
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and loved the outdoor patio!

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James
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience and ambiance. Sunday jazz was a nice treat

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

There was nothing that really stood out about the meal or service to say. We are just going to say we wouldn't return.

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RandyS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner and live jazz. Fantastic evening. Food, server and music was awesome. Will definitely go back

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PaulE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service, outside patio was perfect.

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MMELH25
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious a d amazing. I cannot say enough good things. I highly recommend the fried chicken of course, but I had the shrimp and grits which where spectacular.

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BeckyP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our party had shrimp and grits, salmon, and fried chicken. We also had sausage and dirty rice appetizer. All was very good. However, we also all agreed that it wasn’t “good enough” to return.

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vipwenzilla
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an great experience that starts with a trip to Changing Hands bookstore and ends with drinks and a nosh at Southern Rail. The whole thing just works! Did I mention this location is right across the street from the light rail stop at 3rd and Camelback? I do this every time I visit PHX. Support these wonderful locally owned businesses, you won’t regret it.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food was crazy good! So delicious! I want to try everything. But too bad its located on a real busy road with drag racing and boomy car audio systems. They can really scream there. I would go back for the great food in spite of the traffic, but next time we’ll get an inside table.

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vipLisaA
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Southern Rail equals comfort food done sooooo well! The meatloaf is phenomenal right alongside the fried chicken. Let’s not forget the salmon either. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Their patio is awesome whether it’s during COVID or not! We’ve enjoyed this dining establishment for years and will continue to do so.

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EmilioC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Southern Rail since they opened, one of my top five favorite restaurants not only in Arizona in the nation . My go-to dishes are the fried green tomatoes, of course the fried chicken and the world class meatloaf .The sides best mashed potatoes and dirty rice I've ever had! As a fan of Southern bread pudding this is the best I've had. The atmosphere the cocktails the service it makes for a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service

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RonP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a party of three, my wife and son loved there meal. I ordered the ribs, they were dry and burned would not order them again. The service was superior. Would go back again but try something different.

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DENNISL
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Sunday dinner with friends for two of our birthdays. We all had the fried chicken with two appetizers and it was very delicious. As a former Southerner, the pimento cheese was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Shrimp and grits were possibly the worst I’ve ever had. The shrimp had no flavor and the grits were soupy and watery. I don’t believe they actually used corn grits. Despite menu saying they had fried okra, it turns out that it’s only on Sundays. Also, asked for paprika on the deviled eggs and they forgot. Finally only 3 of the 4 eggs had any hot sauce on them. Very poor food quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music, tasty food

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BernieG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We ended up sitting inside because the noise level was a bit high outside, and although the music was loud inside, the waiter turned it down for us😄. The food was very good, but I thought the prices were high.

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vipVikingGirl
Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good! We come back regularly for Shrimp & Grits and the Camelback Salad. The vegetable enchilada is amazing - even meat-lovers love it! Great cocktail menu and now is the perfect time to sit outside!

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JudiS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Todd was great. He did an excellent job making sure our experience was satisfying. The food was excellent as well.

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Aspenhuskerette
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fried chicken and ribs were exceptional, as were the mashed potatoes— and were not fans of mashed potatoes! Erin was our waitress and she was fantastic — helped us with ordering (and was spot on!) and was lovely to speak with.

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 4.6 stars by 1064 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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