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194 reviews
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$50 and over
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Latin American
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SOUTH, located in Leavenworth, Washington offers an array of modern, fresh Latin food and beverages. The restaurant presents a warm and energetic family restaurant with a menu that features food from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. SOUTH offers food made with organic ingredients, fresh juice and homemade mixers, imported cheese and salsa made fresh daily.

The menu features baby green beans, grilled street corn and stuffed jalapenos for starters. Main courses at SOUTH include poblano chicken, sweet potato enchilada plate, argentine steak and fries and a variety of specialty tacos including steak, vegetarian and Baja style fish tacos. Other choices offered are burritos, enchiladas and several sandwiches.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Latin American, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - close
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Phone number
(509) 888-4328
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alfredo Garcia
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Private party facilities
We have two areas in the dining room which can be separated for semi-private dining facilities. In this situation other diners can be seen and heard. We also have a patio that can be rented in various ways, wither private or semi-private depending on group size and budget.
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Private party contact
Cappy or Price: (509) 888-4328
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Cross street
9th Street
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Parking details
We are located across the street from a parking lot which has free and pay-per-use stalls. The street is less congested at our end of town which is the east end. We have two loading zones in front of our building which may be used to pick up to-go orders.
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Public transit
The trolley stops in front of SOUTH and the Link bus stop is about 300 feet away.
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SOUTH hosts local musicians on Fridays and the last Wednesday of each month. We book bands and individuals who play mostly original music that compliments the dining experience. We offer both instrumental and vocal styles. We host musicians for special party nights such as Cinco de Mayo and local group bike rides. Come sit on the patio with a drink or dinner and enjoy our talented musicians.
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Special events & promotions
You can rent our patio. It holds up to 75 people.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
4.0  Dined on October 2, 2015

The salsa bar made me worry about germs, with so many people dipping into it and refilling their tiny bowls, with many chances of their leftover salsa spilling back into the serving bowl.

I do have to admit, it is good salsa.

Muncher (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

Service is above and beyond

happyeater38 (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2015

second time here - will go back whenever I am in Leavenworth or passing through. parking not bad for Leavenworth. waitress was pleasant, efficient and friendly. food is really, really good!

Patti (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2015

I had dinner with friends while in Leavenworth. We were seated promptly, having made a reservation on line. Our server was very good and our food was tasty. The only drawback was none of our entrees were very warm. Had they been hot they would have been 5 star.

dexdar (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on August 4, 2015

I'd been here a couple of years ago during a girls weekend in Leavenworth. We loved it so much we came back the next day for lunch. My recent experience was a little different. The food was fine, but not outstanding. The service was friendly, but not particularly helpful. I asked if virgin margaritas could be made and was told "no", but we have fruit slushies. Seemed weird I got a "no", why couldn't the bartender made a virgin margarita? The atmosphere in the back open area is nice. I'd go back, but I wouldn't be looking forward to it like I had been this time.

Seattleite (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2015

Great food and nice change to Bavarian options in Leavenworth. We'll be back!

MarMar (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2015

Stopped at South for lunch before we went camping up at Icicle Ridge. The food was really tasty, and the service was great.
My only complaints are that you have to pay extra for chips, and that the portions are a little on the small side. Other than that, we really enjoyed our lunch.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2015

For a small town, this is a big restaurant. Great selection of tequila and the price is very very nice on Tuesday (half price). Combine that with a menu that is out of place for this Bavarian themed town. A nice break from schniztel and beer, both of which I love. But I don't love German food as much as Southern. And it's not just Mexican, but you can get a taste of other nation states even further than MX. Do it.

The oily dark salsa is awesome and should be used with respect. If you can't handle the highest of Scovilles, have the other two on the salsa bar. I am impressed they offer it, and hope they continue but am estimating it only is appreciated by a small subset of their diner.

Ambassador (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2015

We in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia so north of the border we do not have many Mexican food options and we love Mexican food. It always seems like we try the local haunts and they all offer the same thing, refried beans that look and taste like they came from a can and rice with no flavour. Even the meat choices are limited and unexciting. When we went to Leavenworth recently to celebrate my wife's birthday for a a surprise we toured the town looking for a good restaurant for dinner. We looked at several but were hopeful when we booked at South. We were not to be disappointed as the reservations were ready to our specifications, the atmosphere was jumping and the restaurant was full, which is always a good sign. We were elated, the special margaritas were delicious, the appies were to our satisfaction and then the entrees were really what we had been looking for. Moles, poblanos and good spicing made the food memorable and the presentation was even spectacular. We felt like we were royally treated and the food was delicious. Mexican food is good enough to be gourmet but seldom do we find that opportunity where the restauranteur really goes the full distance. We were delighted, we will tell all of our friends who go down for a weekend and we will return ourselves. We wish that a great Mexican restaurant would open in Kelowna so we could enjoy our favs more often. Thanks for the opportunity to tell others about our good fortune.

Jamie (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

South is a great find. The food is great, staff friendly and priced well. We go to Leavenworth just to eat at South.

vipmcfun (Portland)
2.0  Dined on January 2, 2015

Chips, salsa, and margarita's were good. Dinner came out cold and was very average at best.

bethnart (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

Helpful pleasant service --great food--for a large group as ours on a busy, holiday night-- thank you!

abella15 (Boise)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2014

We were very disappointed in our recent visit to South. While the food was good, the service was terrible. After sitting down, we waited at least 10 minutes just for someone to acknowledge our presence. The service continued to be slow and unresponsive throughout the meal.

Yooper (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2014

Good food and drinks. Homemade
Chips and Salsa. Friendly waitstaff. Good menu. Happy hour specials. Down town. Make reservation during busy times. We would return

Fisheggs (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2014

We ate here on a friends recommendation. The place was crowded but we were seated quickly. The wait staff was very friendly and efficient. My wife had the sweet potato enchilada and I had the wet burrito with chicken. Both were very tasty and mine was more spicy than hers. Their tortilla chips are excellent and the verde salsa is yummy. We'll be back the next time we're in town.

Skis04 (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on December 14, 2014

This was our fifth time visiting South. We recommend it to all of our friends, and each time we've been there the bar was really good, everybody's meal has been outstanding and the service has been great - no problems at all. But this time....

The service was slow (five minutes before we saw a server at all and more than fifteen minutes after we'd finished before someone came and cleared our plates). The drinks were bad (I received very small, lukewarm Kamikaze without ice - not what I was expecting and friends drinks were similarly inexcusably bad). And, very surprisingly, the food was not good. The tortillas were curled and stale. The meat was tough. My friend ordered the steak tacos ala carte and the portions were so small (three of them barely equaled a single soft taco and were served on what looked like a dessert plate) that he had to stop and have a bratwurst down the road (okay, so maybe that wasn't the worst thing in the world - but he was still hungry!).

I'd go back, but my recommendations, which heretofore have been effusive, will be a bit more guarded and careful in the future. Leavenworth is notorious for inconsistent (and often inedible) food and marginal service. You might go to a restaurant once and it's great, go again and it's terrible. So we were happy when we found South consistently delivered.

Uh oh. Is this just a glitch, or the beginning of the end? We'll try again, and still recommend it to you. Let's hope it was just an off night.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on October 10, 2014

Having dined at south 2 previous times with great results, we went back again this year, if this would of been my first experience with this establishment I would never patronize again. The restuarant was not busy at the time of dining although it was during a Oktoberfest weekend. Food was delivered timely, but was luke warm if you had a vivid imagination, couple that with the fact that we were not brought the complimentary chips and salsa, a waitress serving an adjacent table spilled beans on our table and an adjacent table and chairs which we cleaned up as she did not. For some reason this does not seem to be the establishment we has visited previously, with many dining options available a repeat visit is unlikely.

Muncher (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

Friendly staff, terrific Bloody Marys and other cocktails. We are here before and during the Parade every year.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2014

Awesome food! Enchiladas were amazing along w salsa and burritos for my family!

vipDanMag (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on August 31, 2014

I came here a few years back with another family of four. The eight of us sat out on the back patio. The ambiance was terrific and the food was good enough as I remember. I really loved the Al fresco dining experience. Fast forward to last weekend for lunch. Our seating was on the back patio per my request but we soon regretted it as the fly population was overrunning the diners. Really annoying. Our server was good and attentive but the food took way too long to come out which exasperated the fly situation. The food was fair - nothing remarkable which is what it needed to be to offset the flies and the length of time it took to get our food. I don't go to Leavenworth often but the next time I'll try another place. Off of front st.