SouthGate

4.8
221 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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FrankR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal! Get the fried chicken!

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viphnweighknecht
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Thank you!!!

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TravR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for happy hour, which was great. Service was very friendly and helpful. Food and drinks were great.

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vipKateB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food & cocktails - loved the soju highball and fried chicken especially! A nice spot to sit outside with friends.

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AveryB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So this restaurant is amazing. Our waiter was attentive and fun. The food was delicious, the kimchi fries are a permanent favorite. We will definitely be back after such a great experience

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KateC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious and everything came out fairly quickly. Every staff member we spoke with was helpful and friendly. Would absolutely recommend SouthGate for any occasion.

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EstK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food - get the chicken, kimchi fries, and brussel sprouts!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experiences at Southgate are always positive. They now know me there. I highly recommend this establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is incredible and a great value. Outdoor dining is limited so definitely make a reservation. Would definitely return!

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice service.
Great drinks too!
Our server was super kind. We ate outside during a rainstorm so that’s unique. The rain didn’t get us and we were warm from their heaters. It was wonderful.

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vipMaymay
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good! As soon as I sat down I started smelling the amazing aroma of their delicious hot stone bibimbap. Then I hear to the sizzle from the table next to us and we just had to get it! Staff was friendly and got us some extra spicy gochujang paste, which topped of the dish at my spice level. Perfect place to dine outdoors.

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Swen
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic at South Gate! Prompt service and delicious drinks also!

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OscarA
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, people are kind and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and cocktails, great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the happy hour here!

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vipRichardK
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food, not the most comfortable outdoor seating area - will definitely be going back thou and once they offer indoor seating this place will be a regular for sure!

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DerickG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Mt wife and I had a wonderful time. Food was great and service awsome...unfortunately it wasn't clear to me that it was only outside dinning...it was probably on the website..even with that the heaters worked great ...nice job 👏 South gate

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vipLizzyM
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are always great! Everything on the menu is delicious!

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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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None
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Amazing Korean food. Nice dinner place. Highly recommendable.

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DavidL
Philadelphia
5 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
2 reviews
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 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
2 reviews
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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SouthGate does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

SouthGate is rated 4.8 stars by 221 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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