SouthGate

4.7
203 Reviews
$30 and under
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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billdozer44
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite meals in Philadelphia. My wife is Korean and has specific taste for Korean food, and she was blown away by how good everything was. She got the Bulgogi burger and I got the Seoul hot chicken sandwich and both were awesome. The fries were really good too. I would highly recommend the mystery beer, as it was only 4 bucks and turned out to be a really good beer, although I'm sure it's probably different every time. Mine was definitely more like an 8 dollar beer though. The server was awesome as well, and we can't wait to go back!

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laurag
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Amazing Korean food. Nice dinner place. Highly recommendable.

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DavidL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite local spots. Great happy hour menu. Always solid

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vipRachel
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, solid spot! We were initially disappointed to hear that brunch had not been available since Covid, as that was our main reason for going, but we quickly moved on because that’s life and we were hungry. We sat outside and they turned on the heat lamps for us which helped since it was pretty chilly. If it’s cold, dress warmly.

We ordered hot toddy’s which were strong and when those finally warmed us up my partner got a bold fashioned which she really enjoyed and I got the special cocktail which happened to be the sassy girl that day (good, but probably nothing to write home about.)

I should note that the menu is a bit limited, but the dishes we ordered were great and came out very quickly. The spicy cumbers were a perfect light app & we wished we’d ordered another pork bao bun. The bibimbap and bulgogi burger came out shortly after and both were tasty. The service was consistent and responsive & our server was happy to answer our questions and make recommendations.

Although the limited menu and outdoor setup, which offers little protection from the elements, might not make it the most ideal first date spot -this would be a good casual spot to try with friends, colleagues or your significant other. I would definitely return in the future.

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SarahC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a pretty good experience. They were quick to bring out the food and also put up heat lamps for my group. The food was awesome. We had the burger of the month and it was a great deal.

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CaraC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD and DRINKS! Love the KFC mixed wings, burger, delicious fries and BiBimbop! Amazing service and outdoor dining was warm, lively, and comfortable! LOVE THIS PLACE!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in the neighborhood! We always have a great experience. Thank you, keep it up 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and overall experience. Would definitely recommend one of their craft cocktails and the Brussels sprouts

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vipspsp
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! The fries and Brussels sprouts are especially good!

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JohnothanS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Can book at 8:30 PM Reservation but the restaurant closes at 9 PM. Go there at 8:40 PM (awaiting for guests) and could not sit for a meal. Would recommend getting rid of the 30 minutes before closing seat times.

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vipHannah
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

We were pleased upon arrival that they had a set up for outdoor seating that seemed distant, warm, and not fully enclosed - qualities we look for during COVID when we want outdoor seating. We had a reservation and when we checked in, they set up a new table for us beyond original configuration. This new table didn’t have any heat source, but they assured us that they were working to bring something out. A few minutes later, they brought out a small heat source no higher than our ankles that couldn’t supply enough warmth for one of us let alone both of us and wind had burned out the fire from it twice. While sitting, we witnessed several couples after us be told to wait to be seated in warm areas, something we were not given an option of. When we tried to talk to our waiter about it, he didn’t listen and walked away from us in the middle of us explaining that we had a reservation and would have rather been told to wait 10-15 minutes for a warm seat rather than be seated in the cold. After we had watched 4 couples finish their meals and leave and 2 new couples be sat down, we had asked our waiter if we could move to one of the remaining two warm seats. He had told us people had reserved those tables, which we argued we had reservations and should’ve been treated in a similar way. Eventually we were finally told we were able to move to a warm table, though this was after our appetizer was finished and 1.5 of our 2 meals had been eaten. Appreciatively, they did comp our appetizer when the bill arrived, though this was the first and only indication of an apology for the situation.

Overall we were pretty disappointed with the wait staff and their way of handling our situation, especially since we had a reservation. The food was good, but due to sitting in the cold and wind (factors avoided in the original configuration of seats), we had to eat quickly or our food was cold - another issue we faced when our entrees were brought out before our appetizer was done.

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OldTennisShoes
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Friendly waiter, drinks served quickly, and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back. Also a good price point for the quality of food they are serving.

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vipJames
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal and drinks, and phenomenal service as always! Tried the Bold Fashioned (Old Fashioned with Tequila, among other things) - one of the best OF's I've ever had. Last time I had the Old Boy which is killer but this OF will be my new go to, after a citywide of course. Oh yeah, Southgate has a great citywide - ice cold Kirin and a soju. Anyway, beers were cold, soju and cocktails were strong, and the burgers and bibimbap were delicious.

Also, the fried chicken. With Bonchon's wing quality falling by the wayside over the last year I think Southgate may have one of the best in the city right now. They are super crispy, thick and juicy, and out of this world flavorful, especially the spicy flavor. Soy is good too. Honestly get them both and alternate, that's the way to do it.

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DavidL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My go to neighborhood spot. Food is always on point and the service is quick and friendly

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MoniJ
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food and service was exceptionally well. Would go again

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vipanonymous
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Best Korean food I have found since being in Seoul!

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vipRachelL
Key West
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

came for a few apps and drinks- service was extremely kind and the food was SO flavorful! We will be back for a full meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Southgate. Kimchi fries are my favorite.

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vipWeii
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and portion size is generous! They also have a happy hour menu which honestly isn't super extensive but the featured burger definitely felt worth the value. Overall, absolutely loved it here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat in the neighborhood

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michaelscott
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While the food menu is relatively small, the end result is food that ends up being really good. The bibimbap is great.

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vipJames
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Southgate was absolute fire. KILLER service (Evan was our server - cool dude), killer food (bulgogi and kimchi burgers were out of this world).

Also, the fired chicken was to die for, and the drinks were VERY reasonably priced. The Southgate Citywide was perfect ($6 for a Kirin Draft and a shot of soju).

We WILL be back, and with reinforcements. There are clearly wings and citywides to be crushed!

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Amahs
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was cold. This was probably because it was outdoor dining but it came out cold and because it was cold outside, we just wanted to leave without saying anything.

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Kevin
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for date night or catching up with your bestie.

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AlexandraD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for my birthday and it was great! The drinks are really good and the portions are large for the price.

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vipKECon
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Solid casual restaurant. Great for those who aren’t very familiar with Korean food, and very patient servers.

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philly
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and drinks, wonderful service...
everything is delicious...
service at the bar was also exceptional...

highly recommend +++++

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KeriD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My dolsot bibimbap was a little burnt which made it taste a bit off. I did ask the bowl to be extra hot, so I probably brought it upon myself. Otherwise the meal was great!

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Luv2dine
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent. Our server, Evan, was great!!

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GMD5
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, great service. One of the dishes was very slightly burnt but otherwise everything was delicious, and the staff was very helpful and friendly

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vipDavidL
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food is great. Cocktails are great. My one complaint....an hour wait for my tables despite a confirmed reservation. I walked in that night, saw every table filled to capacity and thought there's no way they're seating us any time soon. Every time slot within a 2 hour window of my reservations was open on Opentable. They obviously overbooked. A 10-15 minute wait is no big deal. An hour? And to top it off, when our table did finally open up, it just sat there and it took someone another 10 minutes to escort us to the table. They comped a round of drink while we waited, but honestly, I would have preferred getting seated sooner. They need to manage their bookings better.

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JanT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect place to meet a friend for good drinks and wonderful Korean small plates. The staff was super friendly too.

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pbdsm
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I gave superlative ratings on all measures for this casual yet intriguing restaurant.

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vipSophiaT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I only took a star off because service felt a little rushed— but otherwise everyone was very friendly and food was great as always.

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vipIlovetoeat
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I’ve been here before without any issue. But my most recent visit, I ordered the fish and chips, they were terrible. The fish was not fully cooked. I sent back . It was cooked but bland. It was served with a sweet sauce I did not like and this was also on the fries. No good
Besides that , the service was great and the vibe was great too. I would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Southgate. Food and service were excellent. The soy wings were so good. Everyone had a great time. We will be back.

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MariaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food consistently great. South gate is our neighborhood favorite! Must get the Bibimbop!

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vipYoconshy
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A really great experience with very good menu and excellent food. Service is very attentive too. Most surprised by the close quarters; it's a much smaller space than expected. Even with that, highly recommend Southgate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is consistently good ! Drinks are always delicious and the staff is always friendly. I love the Southgate fries !

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SouthGate does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates.

SouthGate is rated 4.7 stars by 203 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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