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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What 1367 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.3
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4.5
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4.0
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J
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I selected Southern Gentleman for a celebratory dinner in honor of our 18th anniversary! The service and food was impeccable! The staff went beyond their call of duty to make this occasion special by giving us preferential seating! We definitely plan on returning in the near future!!!

GB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

Food was fantastic, if it was available. We were disappointed in the size of serving for the cost of the main plates. The biscuit that came with the gravy and egg couldn’t have been more than a 2 x 2 in size. Additionally, they were out of a lot of different types of alcohol and cocktails that we had requested. The food that was available was good. The music was a bit overwhelmingly loud. My husband got the chicken with pancake which was by far the best dish!

KC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was there on Sunday for brunch. Great food and excellent service. Will definitely visit again in the near future.

JG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Celebrating my birthday

OT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a wonderful experience, the staff is friendly, the food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect.

EF
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a beautiful table and a darling waitress. Food and drinks were delicious.

M
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed my going away dinner with friends at Southern Gentleman. From beginning to end the staff was attentive and ensured the experience was great.
The food was amazing as well. We enjoyed the catfish bites, bacon, shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and the burger. We were all fully satisfied with the food. And the drinks omg is all I can say. Thank you for a great dining experience.

F
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Temperature was quite chilly for a very rainy night.

TJ
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our anniversary was amazing! Thank you! We'll DEFINITELY be returning for brunch NEXT time. Dinner was great.

s
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great and cute brunch spot in Atlanta

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

recently relocated back to Atlanta. A dear friend researched brunch restaurants, and selected the Southern Gentleman. I'm so glad she did because they have a returning customer. ;-)
The service and atmosphere was mature and great!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Service was terrible and the food was not good. Shrimp was not pickled and it was gummy, we were served 4 small celery stalks with our hummus. The fried green tomatoes were hard and over fried.

We enjoyed the mussels and mac & cheese.

Our drinks took a very long time.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Great location and service! Unfortunately our skillet cinnamon roll was cold through the middle and our pancake was not very warm either. The manager was very accommodating and got us replacement dishes. The pimento cheese omelette was amazing!

TH
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Great food service. The bar was a bit busy which slowed service.

We had the fried chicken. It was moist and tasty. The mac and cheese was bland.

Overall it was a pleasant experience.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

This place and the food even was very beautiful. A true southern feel. Until u taste the food. There’s nothing really southern about it except the titles. It was tasteless. The service over all was amazing but could definitely use a new chef.

DM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was a Tuesday morning so not much of a crowd, it was rather quiet but not too quiet. We were sat next to a window overlooking the street and it was overall a great experience. I got the fried chicken with mac n cheese and greens and everything was amazing.

F
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
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 on 22 February 2020
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 on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

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

TI
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great vibes!

TS
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

3rd time and just as impressed as ever!

M
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
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 16 February 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 16 February 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 16 February 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 16 February 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
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 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 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful spot. We were there for Sunday brunch.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 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 15 February 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 15 February 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 15 February 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 15 February 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

We have loved coming to southern gentleman for dinner but the brunch was sub par. The portions for most of us were very small. And they were out of just about everything on the menu. Service was slow.

DR
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was great, as usual.

HM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 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 15 February 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 14 February 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 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding!

F
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 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.

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