SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant

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795 reviews
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American
SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant is a casual-upscale bar/restaurant/lounge. The menu features American comfort food, prepared with style, based on classic French technique. SOUTHGATE’s cocktails are also classic, with modern twists, but unpretentious. Its wine lists are curated by wine expert Kevin Zraly, whose selections include a wide range of affordable gems and high end offerings. Late night offerings of food and drink are available until 1AM from Tuesday-Saturday. Join us for Essex Hour daily from 3-5PM for food and drink specials!
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IK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Service by the waitress. Really nice food. Can improve on selection of wine.

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d
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service a real neighborhood gem

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place and great food for a hotel. Service is great and waiters are friendly and accommodating. I recommend!

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BE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Had to order breakfast at 1115. Very expensive. Waiter was very attentive but just not impressed with food and price .

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f
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful, calm, good food and great wine list.

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BR
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Miscommunication between kitchen and server. Got the cheese and charcuterie and had no idea what we were eating. Chicken cordon bleu sandwich was very dry with little flavor. Bolognese was okay. It was tasty but not what we expected. The restaurant was nice and service was quick but the food was lacking.

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DC
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fabulous. The food was wonderful. And, best, they allowed us to eat and enjoy at our own pace. Well done.

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

This is a diner pretending to be a glorified restaurant.
I invited a friend for breakfast at Southgate Restaurant. Result: Disappointment.
Ambiance is poor.
Food is OK.
Mens room: Please clean the floor under the urinals frequently.
On web for attire they state Business casual. My friend and I turned out to be the only men wearing jackets.
Interior setting: unfortunate. Forty years ago Essex House was a beautiful place. Now it is different.
Interior design and seating are less than elegant.
in short, J W Marriott needs better management.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Just terrible. How a place can be this bad in NYC is beyond me. Almost all tables were empty, yet it took an extremely long time to be seated. No one came over for order...the food was served in an odd order...no one seemed to be servicing our table. Fish stunk fishy....just terrible.

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KA
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Average to below average food, terrible service (it was not busy, and there seemed to be plenty of staff), ridiculous prices. At that price point I’d expect a kitchen that takes at least some pride in the quality of ingredients. A $22 fruit plate should at least have fresh, ripe fruit, not unripe cantaloupe and honeydew and call it a day. And a $16 mimosa should be made with fresh squeezed orange juice, not Minute Maid. Disappointing enough to write a review.

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RB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice for a larger (10-12 person) group. Buffet is okay. Eggs benedict was very good.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, service was quick & waiter very personable. Even got some carrots for me to feed the horses at central park as I had forgotten mine. Definitely would go back!!

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WP
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good for “just in from LaGuardia”. Nice wine selection, short rib ragu good, just right spicy. JW Marriott-quality.

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PV
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The food and the wine were awful. Service and ambiance were good. We were surprised since the restaurant is in the JW Marriot ESSEX House.

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AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were hungry but not starving. Sliders each and shared frites, and a bottle of wine was perfect.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very cold, especially when door to outside opened. Order wrong 3 times, steak arrived well-done when ordered rare. No tableclothes, small table for 4 (we were a party of 5), and uncomfortable chairs. Restrooms scruffy. Very expensive, $500 including service for set lunch plus two glasses of wine each and coffee. Advertises ‘overlooking Central Park’, but on ground floor so more a view of traffic going by.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Personable and knowledge wait staff. A great neighborhood hangout . If you’re visiting I highly recommend it for a beautiful place to experience a bit of NYC.

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BF
San Diego
90 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very limited menu. 10 oz hamburger is $29! Nicoise salad was quite good and $25...pricey but not outrageous like the burger which is far too large for most people. Noise from bar and music pipes in is loud and can hinder conversation. I don't recommend it unless you are trying to use the Marriott's egregious destination
fee $25 credit.

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DH
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Salad with chicken and salmon - chicken was dry and tough...far overcooked - salad was fresh and not overly dressed - salmon was average - service was good and quick

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ME
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was average, but service was woeful, and it was not busy at all. Dinner for four took two hours. Won't return.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A “go to” place!

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OT
Houston
95 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

An extremely overpriced bar food experience with a waiter with an attitude

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AH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The menu is so tired and completely uninspired. They haven’t changed it in years. That would be fine if the food on the limited menu was delicious, but it is only fair on a good day. And so, so overpriced! Marriott, wake the f-up, burn the menu and get an inspired chef. My company has been partnered with the Essex House for years and everyone I work with hates the place.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 9 people. Everyone commented that Southgate was a good choice. I loved the sliders (made from filet mignon). We enjoyed sharing the truffle fries...no ketchup needed, just so good. Two in our group ordered the salmon and said very good. Delicious cocktails too. We're going back!

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m
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went during Restaurant Week. The bruschetta was crunchy and mushroom flavorful. A little too much oil. The pasta was hand made and cooked al dente. I prefer it a little more cooked. The pappardelle and shrimp regular price is $32. It was good but not $32 worth for the portion. It had four large shrimps. It is located in a hotel so pricey. Quiet enough to have conversations.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was okay food and drink but extremely overpriced. We paid $24 for an old-fashioned drink. We ate at The Renaissance lounge in Times Square the next day and the drinks were almost half the price.

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j
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Not fresh orange juice as described on the menu, coffee was below average and overall pricing high

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b
Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was good not great but good. Works well for guests of the Essex House. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. They have a good buffet. My wife liked her Waffle. coffee and OJ are good. It also is good for business meetings.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Ambiance was even better. Overall beautiful hotel and restaurant.

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F
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Great location, drinks and food on the park.....
Reasonably pruced by Manhattan standards

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M
Naples
43 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love that this restaurant was in our building at Essex House. Our Server was excellent and the food and menu were great!

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M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! It was beautiful and delicious!

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BS
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was not a memorable meal.

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CD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

On a not busy Saturday we had trouble with the wait staff bringing water for all three of us at the table. Then never brought sweetener for tea. Food came out quickly and accurately.

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MN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Out of every restaurant in NY i chose to celebrate my 40th birthday in one of its most iconic buildings . I was not disappointed and even had a lovely little birthday surprise at the end of our meal Thank you so much for a lovely evening.

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G
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

They had neither menu item that I requested. What I settled for was good but not outstanding.

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AA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Uninspired and pricey food that lacks flavor or distinction. Great ambiance--open, airy, welcoming. Too bad the food isn't up to its surroundings. Service was very good and attentive but there were not a lot of people in the restaurant so there would be no real excuse if it weren't.

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RH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff, great service. The food, especially the buffet, was excellent.

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J
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Tired, tired, tired. Could they spiff the place up a bit?
Lunch was too expensive for what we got.
Waiters were nice but inattentive.
Doubt I'll go back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The table was dirty, server disappeared, had to get up to find someone to take the order

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