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SO Restaurant

4.0
4
601 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.

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2 people

22:00


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 16:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 16:00–23:00 Sun 16:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    (501) 663-1464

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Nick Copland

  • Catering

    Private Dining Room for private parties <br />We cater!!!!

  • Private party facilities

    The private lounge at SO Restaurant-Bar is located downstairs from the main dining room and can accommodate groups of 35 for sit-down dining and 45 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The dedicated bar, outdoor patio, and restroom facilities ensure the privacy of your event. SO Lounge is equipped with a flat-screen video display, satellite TV, wi-fi internet access, and dedicated speaker system for mobile playlists. Ideal for social occasions, family gatherings, formal events, and business meetings, SO Lounge can be arranged to accommodate a wide variety of events. SO Lounge is available by reservation only with no rental fee after the minimum has been met.

  • Private party contact

    Jeannie Smith: (501) 663-1464

  • Area

    Little Rock

  • Cross Street

    Evergreen

  • Parking Details

    Street parking out front anytime, and in the parking lot across the street after 5 p.m. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday evenings

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 601 people are saying

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  • Little Rock

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Little Rock

    Notable Wine List

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Notable Wine List

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  1. MM

    MichaelM

    Little Rock

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    First time I have been back in several months. Service was much improved. Several items on the menu were not available due to a truck that didn't arrive. Filet, ordered at medium rare, was overcooked and tough. This is a beautiful restaurant with tons of potential that has slipped considerably over the years. I hope they can turn it around.
  2. RR

    RuRu

    Charleston

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The French onion soup was the bomb!!!! So awesome. The Caesar salad was a bit fishy, not a fan of all the anchovies. The gnocchi was not good, Over cooked dumplings w/ an off putting sauce. Person that ordered the duck breast was pleased as were the two that split the seafood fondue. I would try it again, and the specialty cocktails were really good.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tony, our host, was excellent as was Bill. They helped us enjoy the birthday occasion and the meals were amazing!
  4. j

    jettwalker

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    May 28, 2022
  5. g

    gwbell

    Little Rock

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Our party of four waited over 1 1/2 hours for our entrees. Three out of four were not up to SO standards. We have considered SO as one of our favorite places to dine in Little Rock for years. Pretty certain it was a staffing problem and we will be back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    My family and I went to So to celebrate my daughter’s 24th birthday. We wanted it to be a special night since she came back home to visit us. I made a reservation for 6:30pm and we were seated promptly. It was stifling hot in the dining area. We are all thin people who are cold natured and were still hot. We asked to taste some wine and the taster had gone to vinegar (maybe from the heat?) We asked to taste a different wine and were brought the same vinegar. So, we ordered something different than either. It turned out to be good. There were 1 soup and 2 salads on the menu. One duck dish, one chicken, 2 steaks, 2 fish. We ordered 1 of the salads - after ordering, the waiter apologized that they were out leaving 1 salad option. They were out of soup as well. Two of us ordered the chicken and the waiter said they only had 1 left so that was another order that had to be modified. They charged $6 for plain bread. By 8pm after all the menu changes we finally got our dinner. When we asked about dessert they only had two options. The waiter acknowledged our daughter’s birthday, but they did nothing for her…no complementary piece of cake or anything special. Just very disappointed overall with this restaurant and I won’t go back. Hot, horrible night club sounding music, with a limited and sparse menu. Food was just okay. $$$
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Cons: -Waited 1:45hrs for food to arrive. -Veggies were way over cooked and burnt. -Not the best cheese platter -Wait staff look stressed and probably short staff. Pros: -Clean & Attractive interior -Staff very polite and visited the table often
  8. s

    shawnd

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early Mothers Day Dinner
  9. WF

    WillF

    New Orleans

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bill is the perfect host, great fish!
  10. DS

    DarrellS

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    We ordered the Family Roast and two things happened: 1. About 15 minutes later, the waiter came back to say he didn't remember if we ordered the roast or the duck, which was odd. 2. About 20 minutes after that interaction, another waiter came out to tell us that the roast had been sitting out from the day before and was sour so we'd need to make an alternate order. 3. 10 minutes after that interaction, the original waiter came back and said that the roast wasn't soured, but instead was sold out. This was an extremely odd and frustrating ordeal overall, particularly since this is the third time in a row that we've come to So, and they've been out of multiple items on the menu. This has become to the norm, unfortunately, and is *not* how things were a couple of years ago.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The services was wonderful! Cocktails delicious. The sea bass special was phenomenal. Overall consistent quality. A Little Rock favorite for sure!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Out of most items on menu, including bread! Jezz people, run down the street to Kroger!
  13. GD

    GDGB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Waiter was great but food order was incorrect for one of us.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After a long search to find the perfect place to bring my girlfriend for her birthday dinner, also to propose to her, I found this place. The sunroom they have is very elegant, and was the perfect place. One of the managers, Taylor, had everything set up for me, nice music, candles on all the tables, and even helped record the whole thing! Very great place, a large selection of wines, highly recommend the steak fritz!
  15. TP

    TerriblePizza

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, drinks and service
  16. W

    Wonderer

    Dallas

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food was poorly prepared and presented. Steak was under cooked and the rest of the plate was overcooked. Price was high enough that the food should have been much better. Won’t be back. Wine list was good and the bar is well stocked.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was very good and the service was okay for the evening. However, the restaurant did not accept our seating request, stating that the back room was about to be full when it was in fact empty all night. Additionally, the menu was a reduced menu for a fixed price which was also not advertised. Overall, the food was good, but it was completely overpriced for the quality. We went to a far superior restaurant for much cheaper. Enjoyed the evening but definitely overpriced for Little Rock.
  18. DH

    DavidH

    Memphis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Was not informed that there would be a limited menu. Reservation was for 715pm. Didn't get seated until 8pm. Service was very slow due to under staffing. Our waitress (Taylor) was great and was working very hard. Food and drinks were great. Just took forever
  19. CY

    ChristinY

    Little Rock

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The restaurant was obviously understaffed, but the wait wasn’t too bad. The food was very good, portions were a little small for the price. The atmosphere was very intimate and calm. I would go back, but probably not when they are just serving the Valentine’s Day menu.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    This was our first time, menu was selective for valentine weekend. However, each dish was very good. The only complaint would be service, but they did advise us they were short staff and running behind. Once we got to the table downstairs the heat was not on. We were there for about 2 hours.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    44 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    SO totally inappropriate (pun intended).... did not advertise the exorbitant fixed price (told you after you were seated), cold food--even though it has potential, poorly trained waitress, 30 to 40 minutes between (each of the four) courses, and we were there at 5:30 (finally left well over 2 1/2 hours later). All for an over $600 check for two people. We've eaten at SO, SO many times.... never again. Waitress disappeared...probably from embarrassment, and NEVER apologized for the time between courses or cold food. She never "presented " the wine, she just poured it (won't even dignify the process to say she "served" it). That's just poor training.... or maybe management just doesn't care. Read all the reviews from this specific date... we're all saying the same thing. This was not just us.... this was systemic. Maybe SO can handle a small group of diners (reflecting on other positive reviews from others on different nights).... but if you're going to take reservations on a special night, be prepared and know that you can handle them...with quality and care. Little Rock needs some good restaurants. For SO to disappear would not be a tragedy as it is not a good restaurant.
  22. MM

    MichaelM

    Little Rock

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was the absolute worst dining experience I have had in Little Rock in nearly a decade. I have been to So many times before and last night was simply miserable. We were seated in their lower room which was incredibly cold because an exterior door would not shut and had a large gap letting in February night-time air. We waited 20 minutes after being seated to get a pre-dinner cocktail, the bartender hit on my date (on Valentine's Weekend no less!), the appetizers were served without proper silverware, there were 15-20 minute gapes between courses, our dishes were repeatedly delivered to the wrong table and when they did arrive they were placed in front the wrong person, it took 1.5 hours, from the time we ordered for the entree to arrive, and staff were not wearing masks despite covid still being rampant. When I booked the reservation there was no mention of a special Valentine's menu, but the morning of the reservation I received an email with notice of a pre-fixe menu. No price was noted in the email or on the menu at the table. Only when the check arrived did you see it was $125/pp! I expect higher prices on Valentine's weekend, but if you are going to up-charge the menu, the kitchen and serving staff should be prepared to meet expectations to justify that price. With higher prices, come higher expectations. So treated Valentine's weekend as an opportunity to up-charge prices without adjusting service expectations. The serving and kitchen staff were understaffed for the number of reservations taken. The entire dining experience, from service to food quality, was a major disappointment. I would not recommend SO to anyone, especially if you are expecting a special evening. Price does not meet quality expectations.
  23. S

    Searcy

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    Overall our experience was not good however it was not the waitresses fault she did a good job but the Valentine’s special menu did not specify prices so we were surprised by our bill it was the only menu available, it took us an hour and a half to get our food and then it was cold also our dessert was served to us before our entrée
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Reservation @ 4:15. Still didn’t have dessert 2 hours later. Nothing was posted stating a “Valentines Day” only menu would be available. Was overpriced and small portions. Owner/manager was making excuses. At least 5 groups left this restaurant before even ordering or being served. Ruined a great evening! Will never return!
  25. M

    Matt

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Walked in at 7 pm. Had to wait for a hostess. Got told at seating “it’s been a busy night, we’re out of our specials and risotto”. We wanted the risotto as one of the mains. Tbh it’s 7pm how can u possibly be out of your food?? It’s Arkansas but wow that’s embarrassing. Poor service. Waited over an hour for soup that never came. Had to ask for check and leave. Would not recommend in any capacity.
  26. R

    Richard

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We were told upon arrival that they were short staffed, which is understandable. We were there for 30 minutes before we got drinks and an hour before we were even asked if we wanted appetizers. The food was average. Noise level high. Normally I would be more understanding, but we got the same excuse last time we ate there a few years ago. Won't be back.
  27. JH

    JasonH

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Awful service
  28. LB

    LaurelBayGirl

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, ambience and service.
  29. DD

    DeanaD

    Little Rock

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    On a still-snowy evening, we were a party of two at 6:oo. We were seated in the front room, it was cold, but warming up, and we were the only patrons. Our server was fine, but after our drinks were delivered, another server began setting up for a birthday party of 8 or 10. We should have been moved before our appetizers were delivered because the party drifted in, were noisy, had a lot of distracting set up and generally ruined the ambience. My drink was great, the service by Joe was efficient, and he was plesant; the food was delicious. It was our first visit, it was a date, and I was hoping for a quieter place.
  30. KC

    KariC

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven’t been in a while - GO. They are doing some great new things & still have many of your favorites. Service & food were top notch!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taylor was incredible
  32. SM

    SallyM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and dining experience!
  33. JM

    JannieM

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    First, the service was outstanding!! Our server was a gem, so friendly and fun and very attentive. The food was good, I just don’t think it was worth the $125/person for what you got, and our entire table felt the same. We asked for bread to have with the first course and it was promptly brought out - and then there was a separate charge for it on the bill, that was disappointing. We will be back but doubtful when they have a set menu and price, I just thought it was a little over priced.
  34. MJ

    MelJazz

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Asked about specials “no specials. We’re getting ready for New Year’s Eve tomorrow night.” Asked about chocolate sack. “”Nope” Other desserts? “Not really. Getting ready for everything tomorrow night.” Basically paid a lot of money yo be told how great everything will be the night we aren’t going to be there.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were superb! My daughter and I hadn’t been in a while and decided to have a little girls night! Taylor was fabulous, and as I stated our meals were absolutely delicious! We will definitely be back soon!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Been here a few times and love the ambiance. But this time. The food was so salty it was hard to eat.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall the food was excellent but the overall evening experience was dampened by the noise. We could not talk comfortably because of the 2- 6 top tables in the same area as us. They were not obnoxious loud but the 2 of us could not hear because of the proximity of our tables. Not sure if that could be remedied. We will go back because of everything else but caution where we sit if there are large tables next to us.
  38. JE

    JakeE

    Little Rock

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Had bone marrow appetizer... there was almost no marrow. Should have been called marrow taster, because there wasn't a whole bite. I had the duck, and my wife had a fish dish. They were both excellent. Service was great. We will be back.
  39. JK

    JKLRCHI

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a light meal - french onion soup, caesar salad, and chicken. The food was all very good and the the atmosphere was very nice. The prices are a bit high, but that was known in advance. Pricing is probably the only reason it's a once every now and then destination.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Our waitress, Jamie, was the sweetest and sold me on so much of the menu! She was the best part of the dinner by far!:)

FAQs

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

SO Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 601 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

22:00


Google Map for SO Restaurant

3610 Kavanaugh Boulevard Little Rock, AR 72205

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Evergreen

  • Area

    Little Rock

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 16:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 16:00–23:00 Sun 16:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street parking out front anytime, and in the parking lot across the street after 5 p.m. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday evenings

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Nick Copland

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (501) 663-1464

  • Catering

    Private Dining Room for private parties <br />We cater!!!!

  • Private party facilities

    The private lounge at SO Restaurant-Bar is located downstairs from the main dining room and can accommodate groups of 35 for sit-down dining and 45 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The dedicated bar, outdoor patio, and restroom facilities ensure the privacy of your event. SO Lounge is equipped with a flat-screen video display, satellite TV, wi-fi internet access, and dedicated speaker system for mobile playlists. Ideal for social occasions, family gatherings, formal events, and business meetings, SO Lounge can be arranged to accommodate a wide variety of events. SO Lounge is available by reservation only with no rental fee after the minimum has been met.

  • Private party contact

    Jeannie Smith: (501) 663-1464

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