Southern Rail

4.7
1114 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 1114 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, service food ambiance jazz!

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vipRonR
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
5 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
1 review
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
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great menu choices. Lovely atmosphere

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SouthwestNewcomer
Phoenix
28 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
58 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
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
25 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
90 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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Flynner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine. Good food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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AZFoodE
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jazz and Jambalaya! The jazz was good! The Jambalaya was excellent, as was the Dirty Rice Balls, Brioche bread with Apple Butter and that brownie with the peanut butter mousse. We had a great night! Will definitely do that again! Have never had a disappointing meal here.

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ElijahA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very beautiful evening thanks to the folks at southern rail

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday nights are jazz nights we were able to enjoy some live music on the patio. I marked that we were celebrating a birthday on my reservation and they gave us the best table by the fireplace and a thoughtful birthday sign! The drinks were delightful and very reasonably priced. My husband's fried chicken dinner was cooked to perfection and my jambalaya was full of flavor.

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vipMary
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, atmosphere, and service are always great. One of our favorites and never disappoints.

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vipAmyI
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grateful to find a good southern restaurant here. Food and service was both very good.

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Not cheap, but worth it. Excellent service.

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AlanS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BT and SR never disappoint! Great service and fresh ingredients in every option.

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Drea
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We sat at our table for at least 10 minutes before our server came. Drinks took awhile to arrive after we ordered. My husband was ready to leave but it was our anniversary. The red velvet cake was so dry and because we paid as receiving dessert our server never came back to check on us. My husband walked to the bar to ask for a to go container so we can take it home to see if our kids would eat it after spending $9.00. They did not like it either.

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TimW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed another great dinner tonight! Jason was wonderful and was very attentive and thoughtful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Great food. Great Drinks. Made last available reservation time and wasn't felt rushed to leave. Will be back to try rest of menu.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were great! The food options were all wonderful… My husband had the signature fried chicken which was delicious, my daughter had their cheeseburger which was full of flavor, and I had the Camelback salad which was very tasty! We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Night manager was horrible. Took the way undercooked attack off of my plate, had the kitchen “cook it more”. Did not remove the bloodied plate in front of me, did not offer a discount nor an apology. 1st time there and will likely not go back.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Probably one of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had. I am a restaurant manager and this was a terrible time. We had to wait almost 45 after our reservation for a table. It was our anniversary and we were sat by a couple that had a printed sign on their table saying happy anniversary, we didn’t get that. Our server took 10 minutes to greet the table. He took our drink and food order then we didn’t see him again until we asked for our check. Not sure if the host was the manger but no one came over to the table to apologize for the mishaps. Maybe only straight couples get anniversary signs?! It’s a shame cuz the shrimp and grits was actually quite good. Won’t be back thoughts because this experience was awful.

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RobbieM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Best grits and fried chicken!

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Jack
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The experience at this restaurant! The food is excellent, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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MARKS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Todd was great! very good experience. We'll be back

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TimW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, we have had a wonderful dining experience. I do look forward when Fried Okra will return though. :)

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RyanN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It is the best fried chicken I have had in a really long time.

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JohnS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, went for jazz and jambalaya night on the patio. Had a great time listening to music.

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vipMidwesterner
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service, food and communication about food allergy.

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 1114 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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