SO Restaurant

4.1
578 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 578 People Are Saying
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JKLRCHI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 27 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 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!:)

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KD97
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience all around. The food was great and so was the service.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go. It's charming and the food is divine. BIG wine glasses, candlelit tables, rock walls.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Phenomenal appetizers, soups and wine list. Elegant setting and great cocktails. You have to try the Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Faro mushroom and venison broth soup. Hoping that their stellar dessert menu makes its way back.

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Fred
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. And the aesthetic of the place is very pleasing.

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viprick
Little Rock
26 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a Thursday date and had not been to So in along time. It’s a neat venue in an old building in the Hillcrest area. Service was prompt. Bar service was great. Place was empty when we arrived at 6:15 but got busier while there. Excited they had beef marrow on menu nut was just OK. French onion soup was OK as well. Split the tenderloin roast for our entree which was tender & flavorful. Appetizer & soup came out at same time so flow of meal was somewhat rushed.

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DanM
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Service was extremely slow, to the point that had to change our order to go as we were going to the theatre. Had alerted our server before hand also. Food was not good especially for the price. Literally threw it away.

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LarryC
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jamie Lynne is a great server. We appreciated William checking on us regularly.

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vipMichaelP
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

My daughter found a hair in the ice of her DR Pepper. They provided a replacement that had a piece of some unidentifiable substance in the glass. And they didn’t even bother to take the 2 Dr Peppers off the bill.

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gastronomer
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glassware and utensils were not clean. Duck was a bit too rare.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

William/manager/our server was gracious, informed and very personable. As we started service, he was also getting 27 people in a lower level of the restaurant. Had it not been for the pleasure of our dining company, we could have been easily distracted by the gaps in-service. But, I can’t fault him he was wonderful…I would probably return for the pleasure of his company. With that being said, food is overrated for what you are paying for. I believe it was $36 for three sea scallops.. I don’t know if they were dry pack but probably U-12. Just over smoked corn in the sauce, maybe three heaping tablespoons of it, whole kernel corn. Similar feeling with corn being served in another entrée as well. It had been along time since we had joined for dinner there.. not necessarily in a rush to return. Great wine list. Enjoyed two bottles for Barolo….I think it’s a dance. Depends on the song.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife got a raise

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vipRonH
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall good experience. Steak was overly done—medium well when medium rare was requested—but still tender. Otherwise all was very good. Excellent wine list

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MargaretM
Little Rock
21 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best birthday dinner ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My wife and I have been to many nice restaurants in Little Rock and decided to branch out and try SO hoping that their prices reflected what would be a good quality meal. While the wine was great, we were swarmed by flys throughout the meal. The bread appetizer was nothing special and tasted like $2 sliced bread from Sams Club with a little bit of garlic oil on the side. Filet had a decent presentation but the ENTIRE dish was EXTREMELY salty. My wife and I left the restaurant after finishing less than half of each steak and almost none of the mash potatoes or asparagus because it was all covered in salt. The steak was not worth the premium price and we have received way better quality steaks for a similar price and not dried out. Hope other items on the menu are better for others.

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and flavors were fresh and inspiring. Our server, Alia, was awesome and gave wonderful suggestions. Enjoyed our evening in every way!

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MeredithM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Every dish was delicious! The crab stuffed mushroom was so tasty with a delicious creamed corn sauce. Then the swordfish with the bacon "slaw" on top was so unique and tasty. Also had the sumac chicken which had the most delicious sauce. absolutely yum, will be back again!

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NancyO
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous restaurant.
Excellent food.
The chocolate dessert was beyond comparison.
Waiter was attentive, not overbearing, but seemed distracted. I gave him 4 stars because we asked for bread twice, a spoon for appetizer and a spoon for dessert.
We were celebrating my 72nd birthday. I’m probably being picky but when we pay $75.00 a plate, with no alcohol, I expect perfection.
Very close, but not quite perfection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

We’ve been coming to SO every time we’ve visited Little Rock since 2008 (probably about 8 times total). This was, hands down, a completely different experience and the first time we thought it was nowhere near worth it. Started out with an incredibly watered down cocktail that tasted like nothing more than stale ice. Spent the majority of the meal shooing away flies and gnats from us. Entrees came and we’re nothing remarkable, but we literally laughed out loud when our $8 side of “Frits” came and it turned out to be exactly 10 soggy French fries that were most likely just frozen Ore-Ida. Got the chocolate sack for dessert and it was a poor impression of what it used to be with a single scoop of plain vanilla ice cream over cake that was made a month and a half ago and an overwhelmingly sour cherry compote on top. We were very excited for this trip to SO since it had been almost 5 years…we’ll never come again which is unfortunate.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Over-priced, out of items, nothing special for special prices.

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vipAthenaH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We live in Dallas and always look forward to going to So when we are in Little Rock. A few days before we went we looked up the menu online. I was excited about having the duck and sharing the chocolate sack for dessert. Well, they didn't have either. I was disappointed but still managed to have an amazing meal with great service. The swordfish was moist and flaky, my husband's steak was good, and the seafood fondue was delicious. We skipped dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We were very disappointed with our most recent trip to SO. There was only one highlight to the entire dinner which was the soup du jour of sundried tomato egg drop soup. It had wonderful flavor unlike the rest of our meal. The crab stuffed mushroom was good but nothing to write home about. The bone marrow was also good but the presentation was disappointing with only 4 small pieces of bread to accompany the half femur and a few random blueberries. We ordered extra bread but it never arrived despite being charged $3 for it. Our biggest disappointment of the evening was my husband's duck. It was some of the worst duck that we have ever had. It was overcooked, tough, and had no flavor. It was also very small at just 3 slices. My steak Regina was also completely lacking flavor. The Cajun bechamel was extremely bland and definitely not Cajun at all. The steak was cooked to the right temperature but that is the only postive thing that I can say about the dish. The overall experience was very disappointing and felt like a waste of money. We actually decided to leave and go somewhere else for dessert to avoid further disappointment.

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RC215
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't have been any better. We were seated and immediately greeted by our server, Brock. We ordered a couple of appetizers, entrees and a small desert. Everything was delicious and we got them in a very reasonable amount of time. The server continuously check on us. We left stuffed and happy. Plan to return many more times.

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AwesomeOysters
Richmond
59 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go, if you haven’t already!!!! I was thinking as I walked up to the place, “uh oh…” and then I walked in and it’s like walking into a different world of sorts. There’s a calming kind of feel and you’re surrounded by beautiful stone and beams. I’m torn on my favorite part of the experience between the unbelievably excellent food and the outstanding service. My server was funny and kind and made me feel very welcome. She also helped with a recommendation when I was deciding between two dishes. For all that is good and right in the world, if you eat beef, try the filet!!!! I have traveled the world in the military and that filet is in my top three. The potato-carrot mash with the roasted asparagus was nestled beneath one of the most tender and perfectly cooked filets I’ve ever experienced. Will definitely return when I’m in Little Rock again. Thanks for a phenomenal experience. :)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husband said his ribeye was one of the best he had eaten. Said it was better than either of the two steakhouses in town. Our server, William provided impeccable service!

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CoJC
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I booked an early reservation requesting outdoor seating and I didn't realize there was only one outdoor table on the patio, but it was reserved for me. This is the main reason it was quiet since we were separate from all the other diners. Our waiter was excellent and the service was great! I ordered the giant prawn special for the day and it was delicious. I haven't been to SO Restaurant in many years and I was very happy with the evening.

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CarrS
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was good, and the food arrived quickly. The portions are extremely small for the price.

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Fastcarsprettyladies513
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, drinks, is worth every Dollar!! I recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food quality and quantity was lacking for what you pay for! My husbands steak was very fatty and not a good quality cut of meat and At this price point we expected more. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate special occasions and it has gone down hill. Hopefully it can make a comeback!

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vipLouieM
Little Rock
25 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Considering the date, Mother's Day, and covid, the SO experience was wonderful. We were seated on the lower level, which is not posh, but intimate and pleasant. We had a cheese tray with our cocktails that we enjoyed, and then my adult son and I had the prawn entre, and my wife had the crispy duck. Both were excellent. Entrees are modest in size, which I appreciate. We certainly will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great

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vipJulio
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A bit pricey but good. Still trying to figure out $14 for French onion soup.....

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was great! Bartender was great as well. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Took 2 hours to receive cold food.. Sad to see my former favorite restaurant go downhill so fast..

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend the Champagne Lobster!

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DonP
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our dinner was outstanding and the service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food took a while - like longer than 45 mins

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience2

It’s a cute little restaurant, our server was great, but the food wasn’t so good, the portions were very small. It’s totally overpriced! I ordered the special of the day “scallops “ the server came back and told me they didn’t have any.... what kind of special of the day they are out of it? The food was very blend with no flavor. I asked for a cocktail menu they didn’t have any but the server said they had a full bar! I tried ordering 3 drinks and they didn’t have the stuff for it... so no it’s not a full bar, so I ended up getting a whisky sour. My drink was watered down and I could only taste the lime, my drink was also served in a water cup, what kind of full bar that charges you 12 dollars for a cocktail and serves in a water cup? As a appetizer I ordered the soup of the day, it was ok, it tasted like canned soup, so I asked for some cheese, note that they charged me $3 dollars for a side of cheese. I wont be coming back and I dont recommend to anyone, they don’t have half of the stuff that is on the menu, they are overpriced, small portions and no flavor to the food! I paid $220 for 3 entrees and 2 cocktails... crazy right? You should’ve seen the size of the portions! It’s smaller than a kids size! The lobster risotto was $63 dollars and it barley had any lobster... please don’t waste your money going there!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sat downstairs. Not much atmosphere. Doors were open to outside (for COVID?) so place was freezing.

Waiter was great though, really fun and great suggestions from food and wine menu.

FAQs

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

SO Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 578 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.