SouthGate

4.7
261 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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DeanneW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited Southgate on Sunday during happy hours. It was a good way to be able to sample many different menu items. My favorite was the Kimchi burger and the Southgate fries. The service and volume was perfect for a quiet date during a slower time of day. I would definitely return.

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vipDelighted
Philadelphia
191 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food Luke warm. Never a good sign. Great place for the under 35 crowd.

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DanielD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

SouthGate's menu never disappoints. We had two varieties of their stone pot bibimbap (beef and pork), the happy hour Banchan assortment, which included just about the best tofu - light, flavorful - that I've ever had, spicy cucumber, grilled zucchini and excellent kimchi, of course, with two very good draft IPAs. They deserve high marks for the overall experience, and their consistency. A great neighborhood
venue which I'd travel out of my neighborhood to frequent.

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Nicole
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambiance of this place - it's a good blend of being nice but also chill. The servers are always very nice and attentive and the food is always very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. It’s in our neighborhood and just always is so good!

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geraldineO
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food and the servers were knowledgable and helpful. Bao buns were awesome. I would highly recommend the dolsot bibimbap

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vipColleenM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The food is incredible and the happy hour can’t be beat, particularly on weekends. The service is always excellent.

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vipgfg12
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Korean Fried Chicken. Tasty cocktails. Friendly servers. Dumplings were spicy and very tangy. All in all, we would definitely recommend Southgate for a casual
pre-theater meal in Center City Philly.

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vipTheresaC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food
Super nice staff
Really love Southgate; will be a new favorite

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time. We were VERY late for our reservation, due to traffic and the bartender was an absolute gem. We still managed to grab some seats at the bar and had food and drinks. The Korean fried chicken is a 10/10 and their cocktails with sonju are all great. They all have a great draft list.

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Jocelyn
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!! Thank you!

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vipMrMDN
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top to bottom one of my favorite restaurants in Philly. Super affordable and extremely delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
130 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Bi bim bop was not as hood as i have had at other Korean restaurants. The burgers looked good but were not Gluten free as they could have been- my guest who is gluten free had fries for dinner. The service was great. Our waiter was very patient and helpful. My husband enjoyed his burger! We will return as i like Southgate very much

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Lindsay
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible bibimbop, good happy hour specials, and very attentive service.

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vipDiscerningeater
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good flavors but toned down, so the pickled stuff wan't that intense and the spicy items weren't very spicy. Great alcohol program of cocktails and beer. Best food item was the hot fried chicken, which was tasty, though more tangy than spicy. The bibimbop, whose stone bowl is supposed to crisp up the edge of rice, was a steamy mess, and the Korean fries were greasy and limp and should sooner have been tossed in the trash than put on the table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is remarkable. Honestly they are the best and make the experience so great. The food is delicious. Wear loose clothing bc you will go home FULL FULL

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Lyss
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious food, friendly staff. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Traveling from NYC and came here for dinner. Dumplings were great but super hot - darn near burned my lip. The Ssam bulgogi beef was delicious, the burger fell completely flat - it was dry and flavorless (good fries though). The service was pretty solid and the sangria was tasty. Wish the tables were a little bigger but given the size of the space, I get it… good music too. I love Korean food and this place I’d say was good - not amazing, but good. Service and sangria for the win.

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AdamB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around a delicious meal! Definitely get the SouthGate fries and soju punch!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Quality drink and food. Highly recommended !

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Jeff
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Very cool that their Happy Hour on Saturdays went until 7:00, allowing us to try a variety of things. Will definitely be back.

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vipEEinPhilly
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, always. The beer list and cocktail selection is interesting and delicious. I’d go everyday if I lived in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service.

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MariaM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner. Food was delicious and waitstaff was attentive, competent and efficient. I would highly recommend this neighborhood restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
121 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Southgate was a great find. We were looking for a Korean restaurant and found a gem. The service was great the food was well done. I particularly liked the homemade kimchi. Very reasonably priced. While on 18th - outside was not as loud as up by Rittenhouse Park - actually surprisingly quiet ...

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Horsham
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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vipRSEE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, nice staff, was a bit cold/crowded inside but would definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing hamburger !!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food. Everything is solid. Definitely recommend gochuchang fries and Brussels sprouts

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vipLizzy
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice ambiance, and helpful service. Similar to Sampan but better prices and honestly better food.

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vipPeterP
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

great wings and kimchi fries. great place to share family style.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate outside so not sure how inside ambiance is. I was excited to try the Korean fried chicken but I didn’t love it. The mushroom bao buns were awesome though. They have a lot other things on the menu that I’d like to try. Is a little higher price wise than what I would go for as just a regular dinner spot, but was reasonable for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with a space heater on an unseasonably cool drizzly evening. Enjoyed the drinks, fried tofu, seasoned fries, bibimbap and fried chicken. Portions are very generous (6 big wings in the small plate!)

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vipMRT99
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Always a good experience!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very good. The service was awesome. Got a lot of food for the price. I wish they had inside seating but otherwise great. Will definitely be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside. The service was excellent and menu and quality of the food was superb.

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Lana
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and service was attentive! Would definitely come back here.

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vipFrankR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal! Get the fried chicken!

FAQs

SouthGate does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

SouthGate is rated 4.7 stars by 261 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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