The Southern Gentleman

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$30 and under
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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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Mon - Thu 11:45AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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F
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came on Sunday for brunch & had a fabulous visit with great food, great service & a great environment. I will definitely return!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The space is beautiful. Alex (perhaps the manager) was lovely and quite responsive. The server (a young lady) was also lovely and responsive. The bearded ginger-haired gentleman expediting food was not so responsive and quite condescending. The music, even for a Saturday night was entirely too loud! I love Barracuda by the group Heart, but not more than the conversation I was attempting to have with colleagues. I will never return on the weekend again. The food was delicious but the kitchen had run out of items.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Seated 30 minutes after reservation. Food was well priced and pretty good. Excellent service from my waiter.

TI
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great vibes!

TS
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time and just as impressed as ever!

M
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Was here for a birthday dinner (party of two). Drinks were good, Miguel our server was attentive and tried to overcome obstacles, but the food just took too long to get to us. By the time our plates arrived, the food was room temp or cold. I asked for the tab and ordered dessert but we left after no signs of it 15 minutes after paying.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We sat on the patio and the ambiance is visually romantic and classy, however the heater fan overhead was so loud we practically shouted to have conversations. Also note that if you have seafood allergies they fry everything in the same oil. The manager offered to give me a ribeye at the same cost as the fried chicken entree that I wanted or grill the chicken instead which was nice. Unfortunately the Ribeye was tough and dried out since it came out pre sliced on top of my veggies and presentation was not appealing. Our server was slow and forgetful but very nice. Our cocktails from the bar and the mac n cheese were the best thing we all had of the night. This was a party of 8 for a Birthday dinner.

JB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

We came in at 5:30 Sunday evening. They were out of pulled pork, we were told, after all orders were taken. My daughter ordered DrP. He came back saying sorry, but we have RootBeer. He came back AGAIN saying oh sorry, we have no sodas at all. So, no pulled pork, no sodas. Pimento cheese was less than amazing. The toast was ok. Nothing fantastic. I ordered sweet potato hash. It was half burnt with maybe a spoonful of marshmallow creme in the bottom of the bowl. I was so thrilled to try that and it was a huge disappointment. Then we wanted dessert. I ate a small plate on purpose bc I wanted the sweet potato bourbon pecan pie. Nope. They were out of that as well. Manager was sent over to see if everything was alright. We were like “well you’re out of literally everything but I guess it’s going ok”. Our ticket was outrageous for what little food we actually had on our table.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We made a reservation but there was no table available, which kind of defeats the purpose of reserving a table. Once we were seated, it was alone behind the other restaurant next door with a bunch of random chairs, it was cold and we were frequently forgotten about. The food was average, my salad had toppings listed on the menu that didn’t get put on the salad so it was just beets and lettuce. We were told they were out of a menu item when we got there and on our way out (about two hours later due to the slow service), we saw it on someone’s table. If it wasn’t for the folks I came with and the mimosas we were served it would’ve been a pretty bad time. I would only come back for drinks.

TK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visiting my daughter at college for the weekend and took out her and her friends here for sunday brunch. Very yummy and not too too pricey, their fried chicken and skillet pancake signature dish is very delicious and should be ordered by at least one person in your party!! Also love the frittata, ask for it warmed up with pimento cheese. Omelet was fine but nothing special, scrambled eggs were good and the side of bacon came with like 10 pieces. Seasonal mimosas was wonderful!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The server was amazing and there was a very fun ambiance for brunch, however the kitchen messed up one of the food orders twice.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot. We were there for Sunday brunch.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was the day after Valentines Day and they were still using Valentine’Day limited menu instead of full menu.

JW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First off.. its was valentine's day weekend.. it was loud and crowded.. they were running behind so we has to wait 45 mins for our 8:30 table to be ready.. I thought since it was the day after valentine's day the menu would go back to their usual.. not so.. they said that they had some left over from valentine's day so they decided to run that same menu again.. nothing on there looked appetizing to me.. and I was a little annoyed that they were telling me this is all I could choose from... at 40 dollars a plate I didnt think so.. so my date and I made other reservations and promptly left..

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Waiter was extremely rude and delayed giving us our check for 15 minutes because we didn’t want to order dinner after viewing the limited holiday menu. New friends told us NOT to go there and we should’ve listened.

OT
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very eclectic and limited menu choices. Loud music and louder patrons. This is more of a bar than a restaurant.

Y
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Our food was served barely warm. A carrot dish had some carrots that were cooked through while others were crunchy. It was such an inconsistent dish. My husband could not finish his scallop dish because the middle of them were raw. The service was slow to arrive and while we were sitting at our table other servers came over at least three times to deliver food that did not order. This is one of the most mismanaged restaurants I've ever been to. I won't return because serving raw food is not safe for anyone.

DR
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was great, as usual.

HM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went there for brunch and the food was very good. We started with the beet salad which was excellent although very late but the manager voluntarily comped us to make up for the delay. Hubs got the fried chicken and pancake. He didn't know it came with bacon so he accidentally ordered bacon on the side, but I question if that was truly "accidental". Wow, that pancake was dynamite! Truly special. It was over an inch thick and fluffy! I got the shrimp and grits which was delicious but similar to most places (ie SCK). We both got the seasonal pomegranate mimosas, very good. Hubs started with coffee which was just okay and came with generic white diner sugar. Would have liked to see sugar in the raw. Overall we really enjoyed it.

J
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day (day after actually, we both worked late in Friday) to try their brunch. We were a little early for our 10am reservation, but they told us to pick any seat we liked. Overall the food was great, I had the pimento omelette and she had the French toast with a side of chicken sausage. We wanted to try the bread basket but they were sold out. We got Johnny cakes instead and those were just two small pancakes for $6. Those were disappointing hence the 4 star review, but overall we were pleased and will probably go back again when it warms up outside to sit on their patio.

HJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We were definitely disappointed of the menu considering the price point. Our waiter Kevin was the only thing that saved the night.

m
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding!

F
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, staff, and service were absolutely amazing. My husband and I came here to celebrate his birthday. The staff went above and beyond to make my husbands dinner a special one. We requested a certain dish that was not on the menu and the chef happily accommodated our request. Service like this is what will keep customers like me coming back for more.

F
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Everything but the food was great. Most people had fish and it was bland overcooked.
I had eaten here before and had a great meal not sure if it was just an off night but probably not a do over for a business meeting.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great. Been there a few times and will continue to go. There was an issue in the kitchen so we ended up not getting food very quickly, but the staff was great, recognized the issue before we even said anything, and compensated us with drinks and dessert

SM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was average. But oh boy the bacon appetizer!! Outstanding! A must try. Ambience was very good. Good place to hang out with family and friends.

SD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

It was our first time there. Not the best considering it started out waiting 10 plus minutes to get a server. "Kevin" was nice attempting to "fix" for us, Grateful for him. Was hoping we could have ordered from "Dinner" menu since our reservations was after 3:30 pm but were only allowed to order from brunch menu, which was a little disappointing. Had concerns about food preparation as my burger was under cooked (asked for well done) got medium rare. Wife and Uncle got Chicken w/Pancakes and it was (pancake) overcooked and the Bacon on it burnt. Too embarrassed to complain, it was Wife's Birthday, so I went with it but honestly was not happy with the food experience. I paid almost $100 and tipped 20%

A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Ambiance was better than expected but the food options were limited. The portions were on par for the prices and location.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Restaurant was nice and food was good. I really enjoyed my fried chicken and pancake. Only concern was the heater fan on the corner of the enclosed patio seating. It was super loud and made it hard to have a conversation if you are sitting directly under it.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Food was cold, even after returning multiple times.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dominique was amazing and the food was great!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went to celebrate husband’s birthday. The main hostess was very attentive and kept us abreast on the kitchen’s wait time while balancing the needs of others. Enjoyed the fried chicken and greens, macaroni and cheese was ok. Our server was knowledgeable and accommodating. A little loud but it was in fact a Saturday night. Looking forward to returning. Greatly appreciated the staff!

JF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very fun place to have an upscale dining option with friends. It's very hip and cool, so do not go with coworkers or business clients. The noise level is pretty high so be prepared to speak loudly with your table. But the food is actually very good. One memorable plate was the pickled shrimp. I went for dinner with two friends and we had a great time. You'll have to be loud because of the atmosphere, but it is a somewhat upscale Buckhead spot.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there for a birthday celebration. It is best to valet and get your ticket validated for a discount. The restaurant is above the shops next to the Gypsy.

The food we tried was good. The candied bacon is soo good.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Servicer was awesome very attentive and knowledgeable. Food was awesome portion sizes were a little small . Place was a bit noisy but will definitely go back.

A
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Yes drinks were good and food was great . This was our 3rd time there but this time it was very packed and also music was pretty loud . But still would overall go back and recommend.

TS
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fried green tomatoes were not cooked - not done.

Brussels sprouts were not flavorful.

Beet salad - good

Mac and cheese - great

Bread pudding- texture and density not good. Tasted more like sweet potato pie.

Service/ waitress - attentive

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great table for 1 overlooking the city street. Carolina BBQ Pork on pancakes was a nice twist and the GA Shrimp and Grits was a comfort touch. Finished with the burger which melted—it was amazing. Took a little longer to get an extra like for my drink and the final check was about a 20 minute wait (only reason for 4 stars on service). But nothing that would prevent a return visit.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

ML
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience

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