SO Restaurant

4.3
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522 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 522 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Quiet
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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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MIchael
Little Rock
22 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 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.

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BobbyB
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Little high for small menue selections, but the food was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Little Rock
30 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. New menu is fantastic.

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JamieS
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it! The food was wonderful, with appropriate portion sizes, and the wine selection was great. Would recommend to anyone looking for a laid back experience with a menu you can' find anywhere else.

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vipmichaelm
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Used to be fantastic before change in philosophy

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect!

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DonB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

There was a big party on a Saturday night and apparently it overwhelmed the kitchen. As a result, the service was very slow. If not for that, it would have been a very good experience.

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AnnquenetteM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great 'loved the level of culinary that was presented. A little slow with getting the food out 'but with the food tasting as good as it was I could over look that.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience4

#1. Ask for bread waiter said he would get us some never got any

#2. Ordered a second glass of wine took almost 15 minutes to get one

#3. Would have been nice to know there was a limited menu I was not told when I made my reservations 230.00 after tip and left hungry.

#4. When booking ask for them to write a message on dessert plate with chocolate ( to make the evening alittle more special ) was even in the notes on “ open table “. They did not.

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JRinLR
Little Rock
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

From other reviews, service seems to be a major problem. Took 10-15 minutes to get a glass of wine. From time we ordered it seemed an eternity before food appeared. One chicken dish was tough to point of being ineatable. Other food was OK but served lukewarm. I suspect it had sat under the warmer for quite some time. This dinner was celebrating a birthday but was never acknowledged. All in all, very disappointinig compared to prior experiences under former ownership. Had planned on dessert but decided 2 hours was long enough so passed. Also, valet was no where in sight when we pulled up front. After we were seated he came to the table and asked if I wanted him to move my car to the valet parking. I asked if it was in his way and he said it was not....I passed!

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paulaJ
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place. Such good food and great atmosphere! Made our birthday celebration
SO great!!!! 💜

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vipPs88
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Sea bass had great flavor. Salmon was delicious. Tres leches was tasty, but not quite the famous tres leches they used to serve. It is more-so a pound cake. The service unfortunately was quite slow. Our server was very nice and polite and apologized for the wait. It seems they were understaffed.
Excited about this restaurant and hope it continues to grow under the new leadership.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Sunday evening. Quiet. Food was delicious. Service was good but very slow. Was told there was a fifteen person party in the back. Wanted a particular drink but was also told they didn’t have a bartender that night. Ordered a wine that was spectacular but still missed my Sazerac. Didn’t have desert because we had been there so long. Maybe next time. Still love the place and food was spot on!

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vipCraigC
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Took nearly two hrs to get our food. We will not be back. Very disappointed

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MikeM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! Unique place!!

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

SO Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 522 OpenTable diners.

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