SO Restaurant

4.2
536 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Contemporary metropolitan bistro meets Southern small-town hospitality in a
neighborhood bar. SO offers the best in fresh seafood and hand-cut rustic
meats, complimented by an extensive and diverse wine list, honored with Wine
Spectator's Award of Excellence. Whether casual dinners, special occasions,
meetings with clients, or private parties, our service will impress.
What 536 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.2
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed every moment! From the minute we walked in the door. Service was outstanding- Maddy did a fabulous job going over the menu. This was the first time returning since new ownership & was amazed with the overall feeling, service & food. We will be back.

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Timmy
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there but it won’t be the last. Everything was perfect for a romantic dinner!

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vipMIchael
Little Rock
24 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our Favorite Sunday evening places to dine.

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Mitchm0557
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a reservation for 5:30 PM because Open Table said there were no tables available until 8:30 (Friday, October 23). You could have shot a cannon off and never hit anyone the entire time we were there. The restaurant was cold, as in temperature, we Had to ask to have the music turned down. I liked the music, it was just too loud. I guess it was early and the staff was gearing up for a busy Friday night. Then we had to ask for the fan to be turned down. When the food came, my scallops had a strong fishy smell, the pasta and sauce were cold but the scallops were hot. Guess my pasta sat while the scallops were cooked. They had grit as well. Guess I should have ordered something else. I would try the restaurant again. Get rid of Open Table reservations if they don’t really represent actual seating occupancy. I would have rather come for dinner at 6:30-7:00. We left at that time and there were tables open.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very impressed! The bone marrow appetizer was delicious, to my surprise. I was a little “meh” at first but so glad I tried it!

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vipBradC
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and drinks!

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vipMIchael
Little Rock
25 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, but not enough Waite staff to get the timely service that is usually provides.

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john
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Little slow service food was good

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Samalexa
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. The staff were all so friendly and made us feel welcome and safe. Social distancing was observed and all employees wore mask

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Marquette
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ambiance was lovely - very cozy and service was very friendly. We ordered a split meal - salad and pork chop and bottle of wine. Wait staff - William and the hostess - were both good. But the meal took forever to get there. The salad came 30 minutes after we ordered it. 15minutes after salad we ASKED for bread - we wer getting hungry at that point Pork chop - which was delicious - came out note than an hour after we ordered. The restaurant wasn’t crowded but this kind of long drawn out service of the meal kinda crushed the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It was a fair dining experience. It’s difficult to judge during this time but if you’re going to be open, be open. Dinner for four and we spent $400+; I expect to leave saying, “Wow, that was fantastic!” Eh. It was ok. It’s changed ownership so perhaps that’s the issue? Not sure. There are other restaurants in town in that price range that are much better. Perhaps we caught them on an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good and service were great! A little on the pricey side but would go back.

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vipCharlesW
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have been going to SO for 20 years. There must be some real changes in ownership, management, or chef...all the things I loved about the food including a really bad rendition of a Tres leche’ desert was really disappointing. The steak was ok....Very Disappointed this is the 4th year I have come for my Birthday. Not sure I’ll do next year.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sō was incredible. Our server William was personable and attentive. I ordered the lamb special which was cooked to perfection, my girlfriend is a vegetarian and there were a couple delicious options for her to choose from as well. We will definitely be coming back!

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Foodieinahoodie
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and service. Thing I liked the least was there are two sections of the restaurant, one with seating near the bar has a great vibe, low lit and high class feel. Other section is in the back almost like a sunroom - I think the room itself could be good with a few new touches but it seems very casual.

Only other thing is there was no cocktail menu - I like when a place has a cocktail menu to choose from.

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vipMichaelM
Little Rock
19 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

So is always a difficult place for me to evaluate. Among the most impressive wine lists in town (it would be nice to have a few more moderately priced options) and the food is almost always cooked to perfection. The low-lights and quite environment always make for a special evening. The price, however, is among the most expensive in town which is what makes it a "special occasion" place for me instead of a more frequent dinner spot. A shared appetizer, an inexpensive bottle of wine (by their standards) and two reasonable entries and you are easily looking at $250 for two. That's tough to do a couple of times a month or even monthly. If you are looking for a special spot, this fits the bill. I just wish their prices were a bit more approachable so visits could be more frequent.

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vipMIchael
Little Rock
25 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was very good but they did not have enough servers to accomadate the number of clients that were there.

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NathanS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Should be called “Slow”... 2 hours to get our food. And it was just okay... didn’t justify the prices at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

There was a limited menu given to us. My husband ordered an appetizer and entree from the limited menu. Waiter came back to the table to inform us that his appetizer wasn’t available that night so he picked something different. Later the waiter came back and said he wasn’t able to get that entree either. Both options he had to pick were more expensive and there was no compensation for that. This was my birthday dinner and I was so excited to order the most known dessert for this restaurant and they are not offering it right now. Nowhere stated online that they were serving off a VERY limited menu and not to mention this was a $$$ dinner. We were both very let down by the experience. Other inconvenient thing was there were no options for my daughter so she didn’t get to eat dinner. I don’t see the point in ordering a 6 year old a $26 entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Sad we missed the chocolates Sac so make sure and order it 24 hours in advance

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vipBostongirl
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

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vipBill
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent but I found the prices to be high for the size of the portion.

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vipEllenS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Wait staff was very slow and not super friendly. Food was ok but it took forever to be served. I will not go back. Not a great experience.

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CLB0730
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Disappointed is the first word that comes to mind. I’ve been to So many times and this was by far the worst experience. Made an early’ish reservation thinking that the later times were taken. However, it ended up being so scarce that the ambiance was awkward. Apparently there is no beer during COVID and The one cocktail that was ordered took forever.. concerning due to the lack of patrons. The menu was meh. And by far the biggest disappointment was no chocolate sack.

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Akiepe
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I have had in a long time. Ambiance. Presentation. Service.
Food. Experience. AMAZING. I would drive the 2 hours from Memphis just To eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We went for date night and things started out ok. The waiter got a table that he knew and all bets were off. We didn’t get our appetizers. I asked the waiter and he questioned we ordered them and we were sure we did but quickly after he was busy with the other table. We didn’t get drink refills. Finally after more than an hour he brings one appetizer. After that we got our meals and it was the wrong order. At that point we asked for the check and that took another 20 minutes. It was a mess!

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BrianE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Emily provided outstanding service and the food was wonderful. Staff was very accommodating to secure our reservation. Staff was very engaging from hostess, server, baker and valet. Menu was diverse with high quality selections. Great TEAM!

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vipChrisL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable.

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vipGuillermo
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Muy lento el servicio y el personal mal preparado no sabia ni servir el agua

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NotImpressed
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was absolutely terrible. We arrived shortly before our reservation time and waited awhile for a table. Once we were seated, that was the last of our interactions with any staff. We were not given water or menus. We waited for over thirty minutes trying to be understanding because of covid. But we just had to leave. I won’t be going back for a long time.

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DouglasJ
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our waitress and the man that makes the dessert were very nice helpful and attentive. The bartender when we arrived was scattered and is the reason for the low rating.

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JaredB
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server Emily was really great! The owner Vic was super helpful making arrangements for the private room for our dinner event.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was really good. The servers shared they were understaffed, and unfortunately, that showed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The food was wonderful but from the time we sat down until the first bit of food arrived at the table was just over 2 hours and even then one entree was forgotten. We had to get up and ask for drink refills on multiple occasions. The only dessert option contained alcohol which left children disappointed. This was a retirement dinner that I was in charge of booking. I have only had good experiences here in the past, but this was without exaggeration the worst experience I’ve had at any fine dining establishment in Little Rock.

I understand with covid there are difficulties in staffing and providing 5 star experiences. With that said, I went in prepared for a different level of service. I have eaten at many other restaurants during this time that were able to create a wonderful experience.

If this experience was in fact related to covid, my advice would be to remain closed until you are able to adequately take care of guests. I was embarrassed for the staff and for myself for choosing this establishment.

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vipLRMBF05
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food quality and great service. Did an excellent job spacing and creating a comfortable environment.

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OwenD
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 2nd time at So for my wife and me. Both times the food has been fantastic and the service top notch. It’s a wonderful place for a quiet dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always and amazing staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first dinner out in Little Rock after getting married during this pandemic. It was a wonderful experience and the food was great. We shared the seafood fondue appetizer and we both had seafood entrees. She had the Martini Scallops and I had the Scottish Salmon. What a joy it was to get back into a great restaurant and have no worries about our dining experience.

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TammyP
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just amazing. The wine selection is multitudinous. One of the finest restaurants in the Little Rock area.

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Donnie
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service and good atmosphere equal a veryy good dinner out to celebrate.

FAQs

SO Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (501) 663-1464.

SO Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 536 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 bookings at the moment.