The Southern Gentleman

4.2
1198 reviews
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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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K
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We made a reservation for 7:30 and was not seated until after 8:40. They also came out at one point and said they needed to get rid of the rest of a bottle of champagne and gave 4 of us a glass and didnt pay attention to the rest of the party, for our troubles.

r
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over all i love everything about this restaurant good food and waitress was very outstanding i must say yes i would come back!!

C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I would recommend them however they need to do better with their food. When I mean better, it’s been served hot and the appearance. Non of my food was hot it was barley warm. Then it was garnished well or even presentable. Also they need to improve on there service time for drinks. I waited 15-20 for a drink when my boyfriend had his in 2 minutes from placing order.

LK
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We went last week for lunch. Four people. They had six main course options for lunch and immediately told us that they were out of two of them (this was 12:40), including the one that two of us wanted. one of the main courses not available was the only vegetarian option on the menu. I got a kale salad instead and had to send it back, because it was wet and nasty. Substituted with a frisée salad, which was just OK.
The fritter appetizers were good. The hummus was some of the best I have ever had, with delicious spices.
The service was very nice and they happily substituted my salad, but I cannot recommend this restaurant.

OT
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

My almost birthday twin and I chose SC to celebrate our special day. I arrived a few minutes early and chose to sit at the bar while I waited. I was given a menu, but after 10 minutes neither bartender asked if I wanted to order anything. Meanwhile, one asked another patron if he’d like another beer. Who knew I was invisible. Our server was ok, nothing special, but she was honest about the menu. It seems they lack consistency in the kitchen she said the pulled pork “looked good tonight” and basically critiqued every item we inquired about. We ordered the smoked pork, potatoes, and catfish bite for appetizers. I had the trout enter while my companion had the fried chicken, which was delish as was the mac n cheese. The greens - meh. We also had a couple of mules - his vodka, mine bourbon - and a couple glasses of wine. At the end of the meal, our server asked if we’d like to look at the dessert menu. I asked if we would also get the sparkler dessert I saw bestowed on another birthday celebrant, to which she replied “Is it your birthday?” Why put it in the reservation if the server isn’t notified and/or doesn’t look to see if her patrons are celebrating anything special? The hostess however did acknowledge it. Would I return to SC? No. The ambiance is the star of this spot.

N
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly and attentive waitress. Everything was perfect

HO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

While I made a reservation, they were not ready when we promptly arrived and made us wait for another party to leave (about 20 minutes). Also, the a/c was broken and it was extremely hot and humid inside. The fans were useless. All of my guests were sweating and annoyed. The table where we sat was right in front of the window where two shades were broken. The sun beamed right in our eyes for nearly 40 minutes. It was not a pleasant experience and I will not return again. I was very disappointed and will be writing a yelp review as well.

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MD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was wonderful, food was great, will be back soon!

TB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

Waitress & servers were great. Kitchen was very slow! Shrimp & Grits were cold but the Trout is awesome!

A
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Quality has gone down considerably

KO
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot for drinks and very creative menu. I will probably schedule a happy hour there pretty soon.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Maria for ensuring a great time for my friend’s 31st Birthday. She thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, Austin did an amazing job with his service he provided. Definitely will be back.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Kale salad has changed and isn't nearly as good. Food was very slow to come out.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

definitely could have been a 5-star experience, had our waitress been a little better. while she was very charismatic, she did not offer any options for my guest who was dairy-free. she didn’t even know that butter contained dairy. which is slightly concerning that she might recommend dishes to people without knowing what allergens they may contain. once we figured out what we could order... we asked for the ribs, which were sold out. wish we had known before spending 15 minutes to figuring out what to eat. one of the managers, a young woman, was very sweet and sent me a free cocktail because i mentioned to her that i liked gin. that helped a bit :) the candied bacon is amazing as are friend green tomatoes. would go back because we enjoyed the food and the ambiance, but definitely would hope for a more knowledgeable server.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the fried chicken meal with greens Mac and biscuit everything was good. Came out hot and just as expected delicious

JP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful drinks. The Mint Julep is the best.

FS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was ten stars. Offered recommendations, which we selected. Was 100 percent on point. Very friendly and professional. Always attentive. Hostess was also very friendly and accommodating. Food was amazing. Had the fried chicken entree with the bread pudding dessert. Seating was great...by window, in comfy chairs. Celebrated birthday and catching up with dear friend. Never felt rushed. Even connected with another table that was dining nearby. Ambience was beautiful. Will recommend and definitely come again to try the shrimp and grits!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert my Server was Excellent and the food was FANTASTIC!!

JA
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just a basic experience. The food was underwhelming. Two people had the fried chicken and the consistency of cooking was different on both. The server was very polite and sweet—yet we had to flag her down for everything.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional. Catfish bites and bone-in ribeye were especially noteworthy. Brussels sprouts were the only unremarkable item we had.

Shannon the waitress had the most outgoing personality ever!

MM
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good Southern food with a twist! The only thing that would have made it GREAT Southern food would have maybe been a plate of complimentary biscuits? :)

C
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Made a reservation on Open Table with email confirmation that they did not have on arrival.

They seated me and I waited 30 minutes before a friendly waiter finally came to pour me water. It was a Monday. It was not full, they just miscommunicated who's table I was to wait staff.

Having said that. The food was excellent in perfect portion. No extra to take home.

Excellent selection of fine bourbons and rye's for all palates and budgets.

Would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience here was amazing!!! Service was excellent, waiter was superb!! My husband and I really enjoyed our experience here at the Southern Gentleman!!!!

JB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The food was just okay, but the table was dirty with food on the floor before we arrived and I had to ask them to clean it up. The tables were sticky and not clean. the front desk did not seem organized and overall I felt like a better experience could have been had. Also, the chicken was not seasoned well. I truly expected more as being one of the top restaurants in the area.

T
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Not to busy for a Sunday brunch. Good food.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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CA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The service was unnecessarily slow.. we waited 30 minutes and asked 3 times for more bread for the pimento cheese. We also waited an additional 30 minutes for our drinks. The food was very good, but some of the dishes definitely should have come with sauce.

NB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved the experience. i got the beef ribs, it was delicious. the service was top notch too. my only issue is that we received the bill for the entire table on one check. we wanted it separate but we weren't asked prior to the check being brought out. so we had to wait an extra 30 mins for it to get sorted out. the other thing is the sweet potatoes appetizer was under-cooked so we sent them back.

CG
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live in Atlanta? Coming soon for a visit? Love a great whiskey or bourbon? This is a great American-Southern restaurant with an awesome bar and patio. Thank you Alex, Ali, the bartender, Niki and our server, Amy. You made our first of many visits to #TheSouthernGentleman very enjoyable.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place! The decor was very nice and very comfortable. The food was amazing and the service impeccable!
I highly recommend SG for any occasion.

LS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

I met with friends and colleagues. IThat said I plan to come back and bring a date. It's a great setting.

MD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went on a Sunday afternoon with a friend and received the Brunch Menu. The food is tasty but not phenomenal. The ambiance, the location and the service are all AMAZING but I must admit, I really expected the food to be better for the price point. The presentation of the food is nice enough but the taste and the amount of food for the price is average. But let me say one more time, the space is amazing and beautiful ...and it’s a place I’d definitely go back to. Hoping the dinner menu is better.

RA
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing!!!!! We love coming for brunch. Had the burger this time. Delicious!!!! I wish I could remember our servers name. He was friendly and professional. Took great care of us. We sat in a booth in the bar. Our reservation was at 1:30. Armstrong. Thank you for a amazing time

B
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved loved our waitees... very attentive ask questions just didnt give us whatever

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance!

LS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. The location was great and the bar was wonderful as well. Delicious cocktails with a wonderful vibe.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Second time here and will be back again. Great cocktails.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender was so cool and had great conversation!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a beautiful place.

KG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Southern Gentleman has a nice atmosphere. The food was delicious.

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