South Main Kitchen

4.7
1122 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern

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A Kitchen-inspired venue working with local producers setup to be displayed in industrial and lofty style backdrop. Here at South Main Kitchen we focus on the artistry of food and how it sparks conversation-bringing people closer to one another. We encourage our Executive Chef and Sous Chef along with the staff to follow their passion giving them the freedom to be different.

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LisaB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing!!! Would highly recommend the brussel sprouts, salmon and scallops.

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vipStephonH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent!

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vipJoel
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to South Main to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Our entire experience was fantastic from our server to food to atmosphere and dessert!

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vipLoriF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Had a 7:45 reservation. Didn’t get seated until 8:20. There were 4 of us and they added a 20% gratuity to our bill automatically.
Never heard of that for 4 people. Service was average

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vipJimS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Problems w/reservation as actually seating was close to an hour later than the time we reserved. Was comped a bit for the delay. Once seated the service and food was outstanding.

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SeanL
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Portions are small and not a great value for the price. Server was excellent and took great care of us. Music was a little loud and made it difficult to have conversations at dinner. Desserts were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice setting and great food

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Stewtoepia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve never been there before but we were happy with our selections. We had the trout and the hanger steak with fries it was very good. They had a nice selection of wines and cocktails. When we first arrived it wasn’t very crowded but by the time we left the place was full. It got a little loud but we could still have a pleasant conversation and hear each other. Nice cozy atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service from the wait staff were great.
We wanted to sit at the bar where there was light. No one was at the bar, and the hostess said of course, I’ll get my manger to move her coat and things. Well the manger never came to remove her things. While we just sat a few chairs over, the manager had taken over 3 chairs with her coffee and coat and backpack. The manger was there. We saw her chatting up the other employees.
This was not on par with the rest of the employees. It seemed odd to me that they were more professional.
While there are so many things I liked about this place. There are also other options in the area that look intriguing. I think I will try them before coming back. It left a bad impression to myself and my husband.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

After making a 7:15 reservation through open table, we stood at the bar for over 40 minutes (checked with the hostess stand 3 times within those 40 minutes) only to then be seated at a table that had been open for at least 20 of those minutes. Very, very unimpressed with the manager on duty and host staff and the level of service. Also to note, however, is that our waitress was very attentive and kind.
Date of poor managerial and host services - Saturday, February 22, 2020.

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PrasadP
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, friendly staff, and awesome food. Highly recommend the place.

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vipJimH
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food and healthy options. Always enjoy it

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GailD
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful surprise. Had no expectations but was blown away by how great this food was. Loved it. Great service.

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vipEricaS
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first time going to SMK for brunch and everything was really good. I had the vegetable hash - it was tasty and filling (good portion size). My friend had the black skillet pancake and she said it was really yummy - like having a dessert for breakfast.

I would go back for brunch

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ChristyM
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for our anniversary. The food was amazing. We had a ham and cheese plate which we basically licked clean and he had the osobuko and I had the springer mountain chicken. Both meals were fabulous. We decided to order the Mardi Gras cake for dessert. I’m from New Orleans and wanted to see how it compared. We asked for it to go. We sat and waited for over 30 minutes and it never came. Not only that, our waitress was nowhere to be found once we paid the bill. I double checked our bill to see if we had been charged for it and we had been. When we got up to leave the only people in the restaurant that seemed to be working were the busy bartenders. Paying for something we never got or even had a chance to tell someone what we got did not make us happy at all. It honestly dampened the experience

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vipAaronB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Reservation was for 7:15 we didn’t get seated until 7:55

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LisaB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food is amazing! Is very fresh, lots of local food, and tastes incredible! Unfortunately we made a reservation and were not seated until 45 minutes later so we were disappointed with that, but once we were actually seated the service was great and the food came very fast.

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KellyM
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Unfortunately we had a poor experience at this restaurant. Service was slow- took 20 minutes to get a drink. The food was very small portions. For $34 I expect more than a 4 oz piece of Redfish and my husbands scallops was so salty he couldn't finish it. Friends ordered the Osso Buco and it is probably the best thing on the menu. I don't plan to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience3

Made a reservation for 8:45pm and arrived by 8:15. Was advised they were running 30 min behind and the hostess said she would text when our name came up. The bar was packed so walked in the cold to have a drink nearby where there was no crowd. Headed back around 9:25 after not hearing from them. Was told another 30 min. Noticed a wait list with several names crossed off and asked what that was. Hostess said it was to keep track as people arrived. When I asked where my name was she said I wasn’t on that list. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out they were taking people in without a reservation. Spoke with another guest as we waited and he was having the same experience. We were seated an hour late and received our food reasonably quick and the food was excellent. My complaint is that this was a Friday AND Valentine’s Day so that requires a higher level of attention to get patrons in timely and close to reserved time. South Main Kitchen failed miserably for us.

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vipJimA
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was very good, as was the service once we were seated. However, we weren't seated until a full hour after our reservation time. They massively overbooked and many couples were crowded 3 deep around the relatively small bar bleeding into the table area and generally unhappy about the situation. Would give them another chance as hopefully a one off, but this situation was avoidable.

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curveball7
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Valentine's day is a tough time to rate a restaurant but that is when we went. Arrived on time for the reservation and waited nearly an hour for our table. Bartender was great and drinks were good. I had the hanger steak which was amazing. My companion had the chicken and it was tasty but overcooked. Portions were small for the price. We passed on dessert.

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JenniferP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food! Staff went out of their way on a very busy night to make sure that we were happy. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentines dinner with reservation at 6:30. Wasn’t seated until 7:20. It appeared like the entire restaurant was far overbooked

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipRobinE
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the jagermeister cold brew cocktail was outstanding! We will be back

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JenniferM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating work accomplishment

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vipBNuts71
Atlanta
86 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy coming to SMK. It was the first nice restaurant in downtown Alpharetta a few years ago and there are many more from which to choose, but it is still among the best with high quality food and great mixed drinks.

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vipDebbieV
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you go only to have the homemade moon pies, it's worth the trip! All the food is fresh and I've always had great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was good but service was poor...very slow. We had a reservation but still had to wait 25-30 min for a table to become available...not sure I understand the point of making a reservation. Slow service likely the reason the reservation system did not work well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We arrived early for our reservation and were told there would be a 15 minute wait. After 20 minutes they offered us to sit on the patio (it is winter and they had heat lamps). While it was warm enough it was a loss of the indoor ambience and decor - as I was hosting guest I would have preferred to show them a more lively time. The food was still good as usual. My only gripe was that they didn’t adequately prepare for our reservation.

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Robert
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fourth time at SMK. Food is always great and the Brussels Sprouts are spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch experience. We had a table of 8 and were seated immediately upon arrival. The service and food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible service!!! I made a reservation for 7:15pm for a a group of friends celebrating a birthday. On the afternoon of the reservation, I received an automated email from Open Table telling me the reservation had been changed to 7:45pm. I didn’t see this email until about 6pm and I called the restaurant immediately. They told me there was a computer error and there was nothing they could do (basically blaming the Open Table app). We arrived at 7:45 and they couldn’t seat us....and couldn’t give us an estimated time for when we could be seated either. We waited for an hour and were finally seated at the table at 8:45pm. After being seated the service was still horrible. Our server was regularly MIA and when she returned, she smelled like fresh cigarette smoke. The only positive part of the dining experience was the bartender - she made excellent drinks and was very attentive to our group during our hour long wait. Would not recommend this restaurant and will not be going back! Plenty of other great options in the area that actually know how to run a restaurant properly.

South Main Kitchen
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for your feedback as it does help us in our consistent effort to better our service standards. While we do apologize for the long wait time on your reservation, we hope that the round of cocktails we sent you along with the spread off appetizers made you more comfortable. We do assure you however, that none of our employees smoke during their shift. Please join us again and let us make your experience extra special!

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JeannaK
Singapore
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We had a 7:15 reservation - arrived early at 6:30. We were told we couldn’t be seated early - then at 7:15 were told there were still 3 people in front of us to be seated. By 7:30 we ate at the bar. So much for that romantic anniversary dinner

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Luvtoeatout
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious! So were the drinks. I love the black walnut old fashioned! I look forward to dining here again.

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Dalmd
Memphis/West TN
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Extremely loud restaurant. Also, very cold in winter. The cold air just rolls into dining area. I couldn’t take off my coat.

Food is eclectic southern. Greens, grits, bacon, Brussels, among others. The chicken was fantastic and the yamein was great as well. Deviled eggs wonderful, perfectly accented with the crispy bacon and hot sauce. Moon pie was, well, a moon pie. Nothing special to make it an $8 dessert. The rice pudding was very nice—no too sweet.

Ambience is great, but I find the chairs a bit uncomfortable. All fine but some of my enjoyment tempered by the noise and the cold air...

We will go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went there for brunch. I remember a couple of years ago this place had the best brunch, the omelets used to be amazing. This time, however, food was very disappointing, basic, lack of flavor. There were many staff members hanging out and chatting to each other, but the service was slow and lacking attention. Not planning to go back there and would not recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Loved the meal and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a windy, rainy, and a little cold outside, but S. Main was the perfect place to escape it all and have a great meal with my wife. The Shrimp & Grits were excellent as well as the Pork Porterhouse. We will definitely return!

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vipLauriB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday lunch outing

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South Main Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 1122 OpenTable diners.