SouthGate

4.7
136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Korean
Located on the edge of Rittenhouse Square and Graduate Hospital neighborhoods of Philadelphia, SouthGate is a twist on the traditional gastropub. Elevating food and drink in a modern but approachable way, the menu and the décor of Southgate are heavily influenced by both our Korean roots as well as modern American culture, preferring to be interesting and friendly rather than trendy.

The menu consists of a wide range of options, including several vegetarian meals. Popular dishes include Korean fried chicken, bulgogi burger, dumplings and buns, kimchi, and beef tartar. In addition to the delectable cuisine, Southgate offers an extensive drink menu that includes cocktails, wine, spirits and an extensive craft beer list.
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KM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, interesting cocktails

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E
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual eatery that has a lively - bd somewhat noisy - vibe. Creative Korean menu that includes vegetarian and vegan options. Fried chicken sandwich was awesome. Very large portions.

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f
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great happy hour - and loads of outdoor seating; nice space inside as well in case of inclement weather!

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CC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great drinks good food. The stone bowl was outstanding! The flavors were developed and the dish was filling.

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M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I've been here for brunch and dinner. I LOVED the dinner but brunch was not on the same level I would say. The green tea waffle had a baking soda type after taste which isn't very pleasant for me. Everything else including the citron non-alcoholic beverage was great! Service is excellent!

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GM
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Served my main dish (a seafood soup) without any seafood!

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TZ
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dining experience. The flavors in both the food and beverages were enticing. If you enjoy a hint of spice to warm your palate and add to the flavors, Southgate has there sauces down pat.
I include the beverages as part of the overall experience because of some of the unique options available. I elected one of the unique options, graciously explained by our waiter, who also provided myself and guest with exceptional service, and throughly enjoyed a whole other experience.
Overall I would definitely go back again with friends, on a date, or just to try another beverage. Nice work Southgate Restaurant it's been a long time since I've really enjoyed a restaurant experience.

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W
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a cute little place with good food. We enjoyed everything we ate and I appreciated the gluten free options.

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AT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had drinks and dinner before a show at Plays and Players Theater. Great beer selection and excellent food.

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Nice ambiance, quiet enough to have a cute date or conversation with friends. But small, not good for big groups. Food was not korean. More like a fusion and very Americanized. The pork belly is really hard to mess up, but it was very gamy. Weird. Not good. The la galbi was ok, but I don’t think they washed the meat bc there was a lot of pieces of bone pieces within the meat. The seafood hot pot or dol sut was very under seasoned and hard to finish. Also very watery and mushy. The dumpling was not good. As a korean, bit disappointed.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in the City!

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I love korean food. I feel like the flavors lacked. I ordered the hot stone bowl and I wasn't tasting any of those typical korean flavors. That said, the ambiance and environment was pretty cool. If you're going to hang out with some friends and have a good time it's a good spot. If you're looking for amazing korean flavors, this is not that.

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c
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun scene. Delicious food and excellent service. The restaurant is managed extremely well and the staff goes out of its way to accommodate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was amazing. We used open table during restaurant week and there was an issue on the website. So they called us immediately and let us know. They also gave us credit for when we decided to come in which was this past weekend. Food was amazing service was amazing and the manager followed up with us to see how everything was. Amazing experiences and amazing restaurant!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was better about a year ago, something changed

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N
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always terrific!

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MD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 6 of us went to Southgate for New Year's Eve dinner. I had been to Southgate several times before but mostly for happy hour or snacks. The whole experience was wonderful - the food was fantastic, the staff was accommodating, and we all had a really fun time. Will definitely be going to this neighborhood spot more frequently.

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d
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food ! Flavors jump off the plate with Korean spices that can be attention grabbing. The boa and Korean fried chicken are not to be missed, the short rib spicy noodle soup, will warm anyone from any temperature !
I will return again.

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KM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food

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S
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are amazing. The staff couldn't be any nicer or more accommodating. The place is a bit on the small (tight) side and there's no parking near there. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Definitely get the KFC appetizer. We also got the short rib buns and the pork belly lettuce wraps. All outstanding. For dinner our group got the bibimbap, the japchae and the bulgogi burger. Again, all were excellent. Our bill for 5 people with drinks (which we did a lot of) was very reasonable.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with 9 friends! It was great. We were only people in there for first hour for Sunday brunch. Hidden gem! My friends cannot stop talking about the hot sauce. I loved the burger. One of best I’ve ever had

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AA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! From the service to the food. I even got a little sauce on my light colored dressed and the waiter gave me a tide to go pen to get out the stain. We will be going back!

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EV
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and staff were great!! Def want to come back!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was tasty and the staff service was excellent

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and very reasonably priced.

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B
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Our server Evan was fantastic!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great service, and great manager!! We couldn’t be happier with our experience!! Our friends recently moved near the restaurant and they are already regulars!! We will definitely coming back too!! Hear the brunch is awesome, looking forward checking that out too!

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FS
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific menu, fairly priced, with comfortable, friendly ambiance.

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LK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Second time at restaurant. First time was far better. After waiting a fairly long time for our food in a basically unoccupied restaurant, the waiter (who had not been informed previously by the kitchen or management) told us that what two of us had ordered was no longer in stock at restaurant. Substitution for the local fish was made with a non-local fish which was either not so fresh or somewhat overcooked. Dessert cheesecake tasted like it had been sitting in a refrigerator uncovered for days - it was stale. Hot pot with tofu was good and fried chicken was good as was the beers. Maybe Sunday early dinner should be avoided here.

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal food! Staff was very attentive and helpful with suggestions.

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R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. I came with my girlfriends and we had a terrific time. The people here are wonderful, thoughtful, and welcoming. The food is always fantastic (especially the wings but also the tofu bibimbap and short rib buns and the burger).

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My reservation were for 745. They said they tried to call to tell me they were not able to sit my table until 815. However I never received a phone call. I even showed the hostess my call log. She was not very apologetic at all. The reasoning was because it rained and all the outdoors seating needed to be placed inside. Not my problem at all. I won’t be returning

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j
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Needs to do much better job with reservations. We had a 7pm reservation but was unavailable until 8pm. Simply unacceptable.
The food was good though.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was mediocre but i assume

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was not as good as it has been as it has been previous times. Still good! Great service. Great ambiance. Date was a fan.

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TS
Philadelphia
121 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

First time at Southgate for brunch!

For appetizers for the table, we ordered the Kimchi Poutine (spicy fries, cheese curds, kimchi, pickled chili, smoked bacon vinaigrette) and the Kimchi Deviled Eggs (kimchi, yuzu salt). The latter were terrific: a little zesty, a little spicy, and smooth. I'd heard a lot about the Kimchi Poutine, so my expectations were high. I was underwhelmed--if the fries were crispier, they might've held their own against the Kimchi Poutine, but it all blended together into a tasty, but not textural mass.

The Short Rib Loco Moco (braised short rib, poached cage free eggs, fried shallots, white rice) was fine, but not memorable. I'd definitely recommend the Dolsot Bibimbap over the Short Rib Loco Moco for a more flavorful, textural experience.

A fellow diner had the Korean Fried Chicken (double fried chicken wings, sesame seeds, scallions) and noted that the dish holds up as consistently good fried chicken.

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G
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sat at the bar. The service was great! The food was amazing.

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have loved Southgate since it first opened! Great food that maintains the Korean foundation with some added Southgate flair. They always add new twists to the menu and their cocktails are delicious too!

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NJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just after I moved to Philly, I was looking for a nice place to take a co-worker that was in town for work. I was happy to find Southgate in my neighborhood. The staff was really great, food was delicious and I enjoyed the cocktails. The waiter continued to refill our water long after we finished/paid as we sat and caught up which was much appreciated. I definitely will come back again!

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MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall good food but restaurant was not staffed well for dinner crowd. Waiter did the best he could to manage a large number of tables.

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