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Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar

4.0
4
182 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
The term “soul food” didn’t become common until the 1960s. With the rise of the civil rights and black nationalist movements during the 1960s, many Black Americans sought to reclaim their part of the American cultural legacy. As terms like soul brother, soul sister and soul music were taking hold, it was only natural that the term soul food would be used to describe the recipes that Black Americans had been cooking for generations. Soul food is basic, down-home cooking with its roots in the rural South. Where the conversations are long, food is cooked slow and the drinks are cold and sweet. To many, all that just sounds like a description of Southern food. The distinctions between Soul & Southern are hard to make. While all Soul food is Southern food, not all Southern food has Soul. Soul food & Southern food cooking are examples of how great Southern cooks cooked with what they had available to them. Suckerfree will always pay homage to both traditions and remain loyal to the soil. SF

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, Soul food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 892-7744

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ron Cockrell

  • Catering

    We offer full service catering along with large party pickup or delivery orders.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    4th and F st

  • Parking details

    Across the Street from Horton Plaza Parking Garage

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. BG

    BethG

    New England

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was closed! No notification. No signage. Just…closed. I think it’s still in operation, but you couldn’t have proven it by the looks of the place. DON’T TAKE RESERVATIONS IF YOU ARENT GOING TO BE OPEN!!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food presentation was great but food lacked a little flavor and my chicken was dry. Prices are fair staff was polite
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Father’s Day out of 8 dishes 4 were sent back, so bad the waitresses offered a huge discount, which we declined, but she did it anyways. Great front house service, opened late on Father’s Day very short staffed
  4. AD

    AubreyD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our experience would have been 5 stars, but our waitress seemed to have a teeny tiny bit of an attitude.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Had reservations but was told when we arrived that they were closing early and had run out of many entrées.
  6. ES

    ErikaS

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made 6:30 reservations, thinking that would be plenty of time to eat and arrive at the theater directly across the street by 7:30. We placed our order right away, but at 7pm we still didn't have our appetizer. We told the waitress that we needed to leave in 20 minutes- she expressed that they only had one person in the kitchen, and that there was no way our food would be out in time. We left without eating- and sat through a three-hour show starving. Additionally, they have no beer on tap even though the taps are there and on the menu. Unfortunatley, I think this is a sinking ship. It's sad to see- we have eaten here several times in the past and enjoyed it.
  7. M

    Monty

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Quality of food just does not match up with price point. Drinks are watered down.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Service sucked big time! Good great
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    This is a really cool place with a great menu! Unfortunately we dined on a bad night for them lots of service issues didn’t get our dinner order in time after waiting over an hour. Had to cancel it and we’re on our way to a show. Would love to try this place again but it was super disappointing.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    After 30-40mins, I never received my food. The tea and Arnold Palmer taste weird as well.
  11. LB

    LynelleB

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is delicious authentic Soul Food made with love! Excellent service and family atmosphere.
  12. SS

    SheriS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted some good southern food; we came to the right place!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good and the service we received from our waiter was great; Definitely had that southern hospitality.
  14. ET

    ErinT

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived on time for our reservation and proceeded to stand at the host/hostess stand for over 15 minutes while the staff completely ignored us. A party seated at a table stood up and left, and told us as they were leaving that they had been waiting for over an hour for their food, and staff was ignoring them, too. It was clear that the restaurant was short staffed (we only saw two servers and the bartender while we waited), but that doesn't explain why they took the reservation just a few hours earlier, and does not excuse their active disregard for patrons. We left, walked around the block and had a great meal at another establishment.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I typically never leave reviews but This was the worst experience I have ever had at a restaurant. We made a reservation and had to stand outside for 20 minutes before anyone even came to the front, when we where finally seated 30 minutes after our reservation time and I was served a super dirty cup of water that had food caked in the bottom of the cup. And I did not notice until I had already drank from the cup. We ordered drinks that took forever to arrive and then ordered our food. Our reservation was at 7:15 and by 9:30 we still had not received our food or even gotten an update on if it would be coming out soon. So we asked to leave. We had a cake in the fridge and asked for it back so we could go. They brought it out but held it in the corner until they brought us the drink bill. They did not compensate us for our drinks (which was the least they could have done) they just removed the food from our order. It was $75 for the 6 drinks we ordered. Over all it was the worst experience at a Restaurant we have ever encountered. And we could not even use the restroom while we where there because the bathroom was flooded. BY the time we left they never cleaned off one table from all the people who where there when we arrived. I can understand being understaffed but this was just disappointing. The only good think about this was that our server was polite.
  16. BS

    BlairS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The service was terrible. Had 6:30 reservations and didn’t have drink order taken until 7:10 and finally received by 7:45. The food was mediocre at best. The only silver lining is that since we were seated outside people would ask how the food was before entering and we could warn them.
  17. BN

    BrianN

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The kitchen was backed up, but out waitress was very kind and apologetic.
  18. c

    cheyy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Server was amazing (Demetrius I think) but food came out very slow and was just okay.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Great food but service was not so good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Suckerfree is always a good time. Food is amazingly delicious, staff are attentive and polite. The vibe is just always on point! 10/10 highly recommend.
  21. RR

    RobR

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited over 40 minutes for our food. Restaurant had only a few customers. They kept telling us they were short cooks but what we ordered( triticale sandwich’s) should have been ready to go. Disorganized wait staff. Overall a bad experience for our family.
  22. SH

    SandraH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience3
    They didn’t have anything on the menus that I wanted to order. No oxtails, no cheese spaghetti, my son ordered a burger they came back and said all the meat was frozen after 15mins, my son ordered rib dinner and his food didn’t come out until the hole table was finished. Horrible experience will never go back
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Missing a lot of items
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Me and my bf went for date night our server was wonderful and knowledgeable. I personally didn’t like the duck tacos but my bf loved them. I got the chicken fried chicken and my bf got the spaghetti. We both loved our food and recommended it to my cousin . The ambience is casual the food is great the people are friendly. Must go!
  25. SB

    StevenB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We only went for their fried pickles. We arrived 1 hour after opening, and they were out of fried pickles. The rest of the food was good.
  26. N

    Natalia

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Got to the front, one bartender working (its fine I get it) was told after a few minutes to sit down and a "server" would be with us, no one came for over 10 minutes, so we walked out and left. They're understaffed for sure, and it was a Sunday. The place was lively and couldn't speak on the food since we didn't eat. I just think for being downtown don't waste your time going somewhere were the staff isn't on top of it, if the welcome was like that I cant imagine the service during the meal.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Omg I loved it @💯💯💯 the food was served hot and on time the chef even came out and talked to us and served us some of the plates! Made from scratch taste was bomb asf not one complaint @ my table party of 8 I will be backed next visit to Diego
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    Very good food, staff is friendly. They are extremely understaffed. It was sad to watch individuals turn away with over 75% of the tables in the restaurant open.
  29. ER

    ERICH

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    I had high hopes for this place after reading reviews. My wife and I drove diwn for the St Patrick's day parade in San Diego. Thus was a Saturday night and there were 3 people working. We watched 9 people walk away after waiting at the door for over 15 minutes to be helped. The bartender was the hostess,bartender, food runner. One other guy was helping her. The cook which we figured out was also cooking and bringing food to the tables. Food was ok a little salty but what do you expect from Southern Fried food. Price was ok but Service on a Saturday night in the Gaslamp need much improvement.
  30. KC

    KelseyC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Unfortunately need more support. Drinks were really slow to come out. Lack of attentiveness at the table for simple things like napkins and water. They were out of a lot of drink or food items, made us choose a 2nd option. Food was ok, best item was jalapeño poppers.
  31. T

    Troyo

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It's like having a home cooked meal, without you doing the cooking. YUMMY to the TUMMY
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Stood at the hostess stand for 20 minutes before leaving.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We actually didn’t go. We waited about 10min to be seated. The place looked empty and only one person was working. At that point we decided to go somewhere else because we knew the service was going to be a long wait. They need to hire more staff.
  34. ET

    EboneyT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very busy but an amazing atmosphere, great food and terrific service. Can’t wait to go back .
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible service
  36. AS

    AngelaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Staff very kind and responsive but they were understaffed for the demand. Waited a while to the point we could only order appetizers before our show but was comped drinks for our trouble. Most definitely will be going back when I am in San Diego again, hope staffing issue is better by then.
  37. D

    Drea

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were wonderful. The drinks were all yummy!! And the food was so good. We loved the atmosphere and the music.
  38. CM

    CraigM

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Would definitely try again!! Food and drinks were very good.. Service was okay..
  39. A

    Arlene

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Got there around 4:45 the place was completely blacked out no one was there setting up or in the kitchen open the doors at 5 p.m. waited a long. Of time for order and it even came out cold food was not good at all I would have preferred to cook at home. Waitress was very sweet but failed to give us certain information that was very important unfortunately would not recommend this place to anyone
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Well prepared and very flavorful. It’s difficult to fine good soul food in San Diego but not anymore now that Suckerfree is here. We will most definitely be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar using the Order Online button. Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 892-7744.

Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar is rated 4 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th and F st

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, Soul food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Across the Street from Horton Plaza Parking Garage

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ron Cockrell

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 892-7744

  • Catering

    We offer full service catering along with large party pickup or delivery orders.

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