The Southern Gentleman

4.3
1532 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
The Southern Gentleman is a Southern-inspired gastropub in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The concept celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the South with a fresh, modern take on traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The bar program explores the artistry and history of classic Southern cocktails—everything from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep.

The gorgeous top floor space in Buckhead Atlanta was designed by New York’s Lacina Heitler, and features classic, Southern touches done in surprising, modern ways: seersucker window treatments, tufted camel leather booths, vintage plateware, white marble countertops, vaulted ceilings, herringbone floors, dramatic chandeliers, complete with an oversized portrait of Mark Twain painted by a commissioned local artist.
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TheophilusS
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant and enjoyable experience!

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Rachel
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love the Southern Gentleman it has such a great vibe. Saturday night a close friend and I just decided we wanted to get out and made a reservation.

When I arrived I was seated immediately and my party joined shortly afterwards.

Our waiter I believe was cool but I believe maybe stretched to thin because his did a good job, but there was room for improvement. Drinks not being refilled and forgotten items.

But overall the ambience and the food was on point. I will definitely be back. I had the Fried Chicken and it was delish.

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vipSrw75
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks were great, so was brunch but our service was the best!

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BukiO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second time here and I brought my family with me. They loved it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it! Our server Kari was amazing!

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RenitaW
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When the wait at Pappadeauxs was hour and half I turned to Yelp for recommendations.SG popped up. Reserved here on Open Table. Pappadeaux is no comparison. SG was the place to be. Fabulous food! Wonderful atmosphere. Great waiter: Kavin. Visiting from Nashville. We will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is very beautiful and located in such a nice environment. I had the pancake and waffle dish and it was amazing! Very flavorful and very filling. Our waitress was kind of slow but she was sweet.

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DanielleO
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Place was crowded and there was no social distancing in place when it came to seating in the restaurant. Bathroom was also small. Food was great tho and came out really quick

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. I will be back

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CHANTALJ
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome spot! Will definitely be visiting again soon!!

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vipLoriV
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend from out of town for Sunday brunch (we hadn't been back to the restaurant since Chef Joseph left). It was another wonderful meal. Due to Covid, the space was less crowded so we weren't rushed for time. The food and service was impeccable as always. We had a lovely time and look forward to coming back again soon.

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State
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

On the fall/winter menu we ordered the fried chicken, lobster risotto, smoked old fashioned, mint julip, and squash custard. The lobster risotto was missing something, it was a little bland. The fried chicken was awesome with the creamed leeks and carrots. The delicata squash custard was unique and awesome. It had a slight floral flavor with fall spices and a little tangy from the cranberries. I loved it. I do miss the tomato pie from the summer menu though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was super loud and my husbands food was over salted. My scallops were amazing but I didn’t care for the appetizer rolls.

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ReallyParis
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our waiter was not attentive at all, served us spoiled creamer for our coffee and to top it all off, our order did not come out correctly. We ended up cutting our brunch short and getting a refund. We wound up getting tacos from elsewhere instead.

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JanM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The food was terrible. The lobster risotto was undercook. The rice was crunchy and the lobster was chewy. I’m really disappointed

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BrittanyB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came for New Year’s Eve dinner but never received dinner we waited go hours for them to finally tell us they were out of food it ruined our night we could have went elsewhere if they didn’t wait 3 hours to tell us worst experience ever

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The following review is atypical of the few experiences I’ve had at Southern Gentleman. I would otherwise rate them 4 or 5 stars across the board.

The Southern Gentleman NYE 7-course tasting experience was poorly planned. I prepaid for the event and had a reservation for two at 10 pm, but I wasn’t able to be seated until 11:30 pm. The hostess offered free glasses of “champagne” / sparkling wine while guests waited. That was appreciated, but I felt more comfortable drinking outside in the cold and damp evening since Southern Gentleman’s indoor wait area and large bar was packed with people. No space considerations were made for COVID-19. It appears the venue allowed the bar to be first come, first serve with no seating blocked between parties. Beyond the issue of health protocols, having a persistent crowd at the bar, who were also ordering food, apparently overwhelmed the kitchen.

My guest and I were ultimately seated in the front corner of the covered patio (first available table), which was spaced comfortably enough for me. However, as of 12:30 am I had only been served one of seven tastings/courses, and the first course was room temperature...not hot out the kitchen (lukewarm food from a backed up kitchen???). The first course was very good otherwise...wish the other tastings appeared more promptly (or at all). The DJ was unable to get his equipment to work with Southern Gentleman’s sound system, so not only was there no music in the venue, there wasn’t a venue-led new year countdown. Other guests sitting for the tasting also struggled. At 2.5 hours into my original reservation time and no active progress on the food front, I requested for the manager to refund the evening. This was handled apologetically and promptly on Southern Gentleman’s end. Little explanation was needed. The manager provided a premium bottle of actual champagne to go, and contact info to reschedule, which I do greatly appreciate.

Not a terrible evening, just not the most fulfilling.

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TamikaS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The beauty is in the accompaniments. The sauces and remoulades are fantastic and very thoughtful.

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JessicaW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was New Year’s Eve so I expected it to be a little slow but we got there at 8:45 and our food didn’t come out until 10:30. Granted I ordered something outside of the preset menu but then I was told it would cost like it was the non vegetarian option but they still charged me for the vegetarian option and then an extra $18 dollars. Aside from that, great experience. They should think about having more then one vegetarian option on their menu for their main dish though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Worst dining experience I’ve had in some time. The menu was set for NYE and it still took almost 4 hours to get our main course. When the courses did arrive most of them were of poor quality and taste. Making this worse the meal was completely overpriced. I regret making my New Years Eve dinner reservations at Southern Gentleman and will not be returning.

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vipCrystalD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was slow. My food was good. My wife’s food was not. Our bill came to $93. And when we split it with a family member the total for each of our bills came to $66. We figured the tip was included. So we didn’t include any tip. The waiter came back and asked why we didn’t tip. And we thought since the bills came out to $66 each the tip was already s covered. So it seems like he was getting over on us.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

It was great. The only thing that was bothersome if the bartender was wearing his mask under his chin the entire time, touching his face while preparing people’s drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

The host and the server were very polite and friendly. The remainder of the staff were laughing, chatting, and being extremely loud with each other. Not to mention, the only employees wearing a face mask were our server and the host. The food was subpar and a bit salty. The ambience is cozy but no effort was made to make the visit special or memorable.

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Suburbanmom
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went for an early afternoon Christmas Eve meal. The food was pretty good, aside from the lobster bisque which was very expensive considering it had no lobster meat. Our server was good. The chicken and corn cake was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had shrimp and grits (amazing) and everyone else had the buttermilk fried chicken. It was delicious. Even our 7 and 10 year olds said the chicken was the best thing they had ever eaten, and they are very hard to please.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Southern Gentleman for a Sunday brunch with some friends. Our server was so nice and accommodating. All of the food was good and they even gave us a complimentary shrimp and grits.

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rebma
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Would love to say we loved it, but we didn’t.

Service was slow - out of drinks we ordered - pork was rare & took a long time for the meat to be recooked.

Manager did comp our food & because of that will give it another chance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best peach Moscow mule in the city and I love the duck.

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vipWauntaC
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, amazing food and associates were awesome!!

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ChiquitaR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Four of us met for Sunday brunch and was so disappointed with the quality of food. We all ordered the omelette special and no one ate it! It was extremely runny. Being this was my second visit there so I was extremely saddened by the quality of food.. not sure I’d ever return for brunch maybe I’ll try dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Get the honey fried chicken!

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vipMorganP
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

It was not as expected. Literally everything we ordered had some component that was incorrect/not as described on the menu. The Prosecco they had on the menu, they had a very cheap champagne instead. There’s a drink on the menu that calls for a specific Prosecco and they didn’t use that at all. Then onto the food, the pimento cheese appetizer did not come with the peppers, just the pork rinds (it was good though, but I was expecting to balance the fried pork skins in melted pimento cheese with something healthy). Then the soft scrambled egg brunch entree said it came with a cold smoked trout, but it was definitely smoked salmon (might want to be careful as some people have salmon allergies), but I didn’t mind until I took a big bite of the Swiss chard to find out it was not washed properly and was very sandy/gritty, I unfortunately found not finish it, although it looked good. It was overall disappointing, but with high hopes because the other places in that area are amazing and top notch. My suggestion is to re do your menus and put on there what you’ll actually serve, and don’t forget to throughly wash you veggies!

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vipTerriaN
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time with our friends for brunch. Our server was great and the food was delicious. The music was a little loud for conversation but overall we enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Wish there were more veggie options!

TM
vipTamiM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Disappointed in menu and food quality was so poor.

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Spain
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

I had the banana bread French toast and wow they took two slices of store bought banana bread and just poured syrup and added to slices of bananas on the side that's something my 4 year old can put together. Please don't waist your money expensive and low quality food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Got the duck confit for brunch. It was altogether a cold and bland meal. The beet juice was amazing though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks were delicious, service attentive, food scrupulous.

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Katie
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance on the rooftop.
Chicken is a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

A great evening! Amazing service and also food! Highly recommend!

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The Southern Gentleman does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Southern Gentleman also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 939-9845.

The Southern Gentleman is rated 4.3 stars by 1532 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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