Joe's Southern Table & Bar - Kentish Town

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75 reviews
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£25 and under
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American

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Joe’s Southern Table & Bar / Kentish Town is bringing the authentic taste of the Deep South to Kentish Town

Occupying a prime location on Kentish Town Road, the new Joe’s offers its trademark succulent fried chicken, belly-filling American dishes and heady cocktails to a hungry North London audience.

Having launched in Covent Garden 2013, Joe’s Southern Kitchen’s pairing of food and cocktails inspired by the Deep South with a fun, and unpretentious atmosphere was soon a huge hit with Londoners.

With Kentish Town’s growing reputation as a gastronomic hub, along with its host of high profile new openings, Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar is a welcome addition to this thriving area.

Spread over two floors and occupying the former site of Kentish Canteen, the new Joe’s site features a 90 cover ground floor restaurant complete with outside 30 cover BBQ and dining space, along with a basement bar called JAILBIRD.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Southern
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday 9 am - 10 pm
Thursday 9 am - 11.30 pm
Friday 9 am - 12.30 am
Saturday 10 am -10 pm
Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
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Phone number
020 7485 7331
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Trevor Tobin
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Catering
Please contact Max.
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Public Transit
Kentish Town Undergrgound Station
Additional
Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely staff! Good variety of food and drink to choose from!

T
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food and service excellent ruined by families with unruly childten. Too bad because really good fried chicken. Will try again later in the evening but will not stay if full of kids running amok.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken wings were amazing! I loved the coq n balls. Highly recommended, quick service, friendly staff. We went before a gig at the o2 Forum Kentish Town.

a
London
53 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

always good food at souther jo's, staff are friendly, great cocktails

A
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was nice. Service slow at times but friendly staff. Awesome 241 cocktails! :)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Excellent service and food. Great value too!
Easy to get to as right by Kentish Town Station. We went for lunch but would be nice for evening meal. Lovely prosecco!

G
London
76 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu with awesome US style wings

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, big portions. And very good value for money!

FM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2017
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Possibly the worst chicken I have had in London in a long time. Difficult to get fried chicken wrong, yet Joe's managed to. Bland sides, small portions. Very poor value for money. I suggest going elsewhere.

B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. & found out you can use your tastecard for half price!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken I have had anywhere. Will definitely be coming back.

DO
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner, really tasty chicken burger with a side of corn. Staff were excellent, very friendly and efficient. Highly recommend!

B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly waiters and good food.. The wings and Tabasco honey sauce are everything!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience3

On arrival the waiter was very friendly and polite. Then a different waiter and waitress took our orders. All of my table removed their orders, I was then informed that the Walter had forgotten to tell the chef my order, so I had to wait even longer. One of my group ordered a Bellini which nerve arrived, also hot sauce which didn't arrive. I also asked the sister for a larger plate, he nerve brought it. My bill came too £97, I felt totally let down by the staff at Kentish Town as it was a special occasion with my family.

We all felt that for some reason we weren't important and that when we asked politely for things, the staff simply couldn't be bothered to get it. I tried to just enjoy my meal, but I couldn't as I had to keep reminding the staff to bring things. The whole experience was awful.
I've lived in Kentish Town for over 40years, and like to support new restaurants ect... £97 is a lot of money, I am very annoyed about the whole evening, as were my family.

MA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was OK; nothing unpleasant just nothing special. Perhaps I've been spoiled in other places where I've had great blackened catfish rather than just OK.
Felt the food was a little overpriced and that for the cost of the main courses they could have included a basic portion of fries or salad( they could still charge extra for their special sides) .
Service was a bit ditzy. Very polite and sweet but we had 4 different people as part of a short, two drinks plus main course meal for three and got the sense either they were all brand new or all very slow learners.
Overall acceptable but disappointing; did not live up to their website.

d
London
68 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Visited on a Tuesday at 6pm - was not impressed that they had 'run out' of mashed potato so early in the evening. Otherwise we enjoyed our food and the staff were pretty friendly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Average wings, great sides and service. Would recommend for a quick bite, but if you're a fan of buffalo wings don't get these.

H
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Just a simple menue that would suit everyone. Great food, casual atmosphere and awesome cocktails.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the staff were all very lovely. This is just down the road from us but we don't go anywhere near enough. A meal with drinks for 2 will easily set you back £55, but you're not getting fast food. It's delicious and worth it every now and again.

RA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good however probably a little overpriced for what it was.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Coming from the America and with roots in the south...a name like Joe's southern table perked me up. Unfortunately the food didn't keep me perked up. The food is not bad food. It's just not great food.

We had fried chicken which is a main meal there. The chicken like mentioned in other posts is too greasy. They maybe should toss it in paper towels or something to reduce the excess grease before serving. Or change the batter consistency to reduce grease rentention...whatever the solution do it. The chicken was good. Didn't have a dry piece it was all moist. The "Collard Green" are not really collard greens but Kale. Now these were actually really good. But not as advertised. The corn was okay...probably over Barbecued.

The "Baked Beans" are more British Style than American style. My wife liked them but...not authentic to a Southern American recipe.

So...okay food... Not great... A couple tweaks and I think it could be great.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great service, good food. Could do with a better selection of beers to let it compete with places like The Diner. Fried chicken was a bit bland but the sauces helped. Fries and mac & cheese were fine. We managed to book the large table last minute which was great and the staff were attentive and friendly throughout. Would come again once in the area.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It took an hour for our food to arrive and when it did the starters came with the main, sides were missing and drinks didn't come in rounds, everyone got their drinks at different times.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, lovely & spacious, staff were pleasant.
would definitely visit again!!

K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I expected that "Southern" dining to be more BBQ oriented with pulled pork, ribs, hush puppies, breaded okras, corn bread, etc. But it is more like Southern style deep fried chickens along side some burgers if that, as their selling point. Ok, if the deep friend chickens accompanies with more convincing Southern generosity, but you needed to buy sides separately. In a way, it is a glorified version of ye olde familiar chicken shops. All freshly cooked and well attending staff, but there was nothing particular which wowed us. We would probably try visiting the Mexican place Wahaca on the same road when we dine in the area next time.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service good, ambience good. Food disappointing. From menu seemed like it would be super tasty but in reality pretty bland.

FN
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The dining experience at the Kentish Town location was not as enjoyable as at Covent Garden. The beef short rib was a bit dry compared to that served at Covent Garden location.

C
London
41 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is genuine I guess as everything is full of saturated fat and sugar

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2016
Overall2food1service5ambience3

This was the third time I had been to Joe's since the wife seems to like it, I thought I would give it one last chance to wow me...The restaurant is nice as are the people but the food is just a big let down...I ordered the Nashville Half chicken (£14) and it was so so so greasy and not spicy. I have a big appetite but I ate maybe half of the plate before retiring. I took the rest home and its still in the fridge. Their chicken should be what they are good at but even nandos is far better.

I wanted some authentic southern tastes but the grease inhibited this.

Probably wouldnt recommend the poor food to anyone.

OT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A group of came to Joe's for a meal as part of a stag weekend. The service was excellent except for the time it took to have our initial order taken.
The food was excellent, the ribs seemed to be particularly good.
The drinks menu, in particular the cocktails, was very good. I particularly enjoyed the "rumdog millionaire" cocktail. Would definitely recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very very good chicken. Nice restaurant en very nice people.

AM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A friend and I went here before a gig at The Forum, perfect location actually.

Had a couple of lovely cocktails at the 2-4-1 price before 7pm.

The southern fried chicken burger was LOVELY! I had chips on the side with chicken salt YUM! My friend had the grilled chicken burger which she said was 'good', she had food envy :)

Would definitely go back again! :)

h
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love Joe's for a pre theatre dinner, great wings, chicken. burgers are good as well. slight problem with the drinks order, we were given something other than we ordered, but when it was brought to the waitress's attention she promptly fixed it no issue.

We'll be back for more Joe's! and the good whiskey too. :)

S
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This was our second visit to this restaurant. The food is very good and the the portion sizes generous. The service leaves something to be desired, though. The staff are not particularly attentive, the drinks orders take an age to arrive (our second order was made when our main course arrived and was delivered to our table as we were finishing) and most irritatingly they insist that you only order from the specified waiter for your table and not from any other member of staff whose eye you eventually catch.

That said, the food makes it worth persevering with and we will go back again for sure.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Joe's at least 4 times and have encouraged lots of friends to go there too! The burgers are really tasty and classic with a very nice twist (Chicken salted fried are to die for!).
I haven't tried the cocktails yet, but a friend said they are absolutely divine and Joe's offer a 2-4-1 deals for Happy Hour.

Totally recommend!

CC
London
40 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Got to the restaurant to discover they were screening a film at around a million decibels. We were eating before a gig so didn't have time to find somewhere else. We literally had to shout our order to the waitress! Food was nice but nothing standout. Service was quite slow, I think cos most of the staff were watching the film! Seemed like the place would have quite a cool vibe normally but we went on a bad night. I wouldn't rush back.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Understandably, a Friday night with a gig across the road at The Kentish Town Forum results in a busy evening for this restaurant. I booked a table for 6.30 for three in the hope of an enjoyable experience pre-gig with enough time to enjoy the meal and still be inside long before the main act appeared.

Sadly, this wasn't to be the case. Seated at 6.30 but with a wait of 20 minutes before any order was taken (only water was brought to the table before this, no offer of a drink or appetizer to start things) and it was 7pm before we received our one ordered drink for the table. It was a further 35/40 minutes before any food made the way to our table and we were not the only ones to experience such a delay.

I'm happy to wait and understand staff are very busy, but being kept informed of a long waiting time, offered any other drinks and even bringing our appetizer out first would have improved things greatly.

I asked one of the staff at around 7.20 how our food was getting on - there was no apology before this or update without me taking the initiative to ask. It was said to be 'five minutes away', this was without even checking with the kitchen how it was getting on, so unfortunately was a guess which proved to be incorrect as we waited at least another 15 minutes before receiving anything.

When the food finally arrived, after being seated for around an hour and 10 minutes, it was good but the Nashville Hot Chicken was far from what it should have been in terms of spice. Everything else was pretty tasty - especially the great jalapeno poppers, so it's sad that the incredibly poor service lets this place down as it has great potential.

It further annoyed me to find the service charge of 12.5% was already added to our bill - no note of it being 'discretionary' and we were not asked how our food was or how our evening went. If staff were somehow unaware of the chaos for customers, I can see where things are going wrong at this restaurant.

HL
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here with my partner for a late afternoon Sunday meal. They had some very tempting sounding roast dinners on the menu but I needed my fix of fried chicken and that's exactly what we got. This place is great value, the wings are outstanding, the pecan pie is about the best dessert in London and the feel of the place is great too. Definitely need to head back in again soon.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Didn't find anything interesting or exceptional about the food. Could get better from KFC
Aa bar might be fine. Saw a couple of groups enjoying the cocktails. Music was pretty good

I don't think I would go back

k
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We went for the Thanksgiving Dinner special menu. The food was good quality, though the service struggled a little bit, though the staff was friendly. The non-special menu seemed limited, so we are unlikely to try again. The atmosphere was good. Overall, it was an average meal, which was somewhat good value for money, but generally unremarkable.