SouthGate

4.8
233 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Korean
Located on the edge of Rittenhouse Square and Graduate Hospital neighborhoods of Philadelphia, SouthGate is a twist on the traditional gastropub. Elevating food and drink in a modern but approachable way, the menu and the décor of Southgate are heavily influenced by both our Korean roots as well as modern American culture, preferring to be interesting and friendly rather than trendy.

The menu consists of a wide range of options, including several vegetarian meals. Popular dishes include Korean fried chicken, bulgogi burger, dumplings and buns, kimchi, and beef tartar. In addition to the delectable cuisine, Southgate offers an extensive drink menu that includes cocktails, wine, spirits and an extensive craft beer list.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing hamburger !!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food. Everything is solid. Definitely recommend gochuchang fries and Brussels sprouts

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vipLizzy
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice ambiance, and helpful service. Similar to Sampan but better prices and honestly better food.

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vipPeterP
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

great wings and kimchi fries. great place to share family style.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with a space heater on an unseasonably cool drizzly evening. Enjoyed the drinks, fried tofu, seasoned fries, bibimbap and fried chicken. Portions are very generous (6 big wings in the small plate!)

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vipMRT99
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Always a good experience!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very good. The service was awesome. Got a lot of food for the price. I wish they had inside seating but otherwise great. Will definitely be coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside. The service was excellent and menu and quality of the food was superb.

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Lana
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and service was attentive! Would definitely come back here.

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vipFrankR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal! Get the fried chicken!

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vipDonD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best bibimbop in Philly hands down! Add on amazing service and delicious handcrafted cocktails and you have a consistent winner!

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viphnweighknecht
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Thank you!!!

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TravR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for happy hour, which was great. Service was very friendly and helpful. Food and drinks were great.

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vipKateB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food & cocktails - loved the soju highball and fried chicken especially! A nice spot to sit outside with friends.

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AveryB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So this restaurant is amazing. Our waiter was attentive and fun. The food was delicious, the kimchi fries are a permanent favorite. We will definitely be back after such a great experience

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KateC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious and everything came out fairly quickly. Every staff member we spoke with was helpful and friendly. Would absolutely recommend SouthGate for any occasion.

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EstK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food - get the chicken, kimchi fries, and brussel sprouts!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experiences at Southgate are always positive. They now know me there. I highly recommend this establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is incredible and a great value. Outdoor dining is limited so definitely make a reservation. Would definitely return!

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CharlesB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice service.
Great drinks too!
Our server was super kind. We ate outside during a rainstorm so that’s unique. The rain didn’t get us and we were warm from their heaters. It was wonderful.

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vipMaymay
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good! As soon as I sat down I started smelling the amazing aroma of their delicious hot stone bibimbap. Then I hear to the sizzle from the table next to us and we just had to get it! Staff was friendly and got us some extra spicy gochujang paste, which topped of the dish at my spice level. Perfect place to dine outdoors.

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Swen
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic at South Gate! Prompt service and delicious drinks also!

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OscarA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, people are kind and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and cocktails, great service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the happy hour here!

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vipRichardK
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food, not the most comfortable outdoor seating area - will definitely be going back thou and once they offer indoor seating this place will be a regular for sure!

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DerickG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Mt wife and I had a wonderful time. Food was great and service awsome...unfortunately it wasn't clear to me that it was only outside dinning...it was probably on the website..even with that the heaters worked great ...nice job 👏 South gate

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vipLizzyM
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are always great! Everything on the menu is delicious!

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billdozer44
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite meals in Philadelphia. My wife is Korean and has specific taste for Korean food, and she was blown away by how good everything was. She got the Bulgogi burger and I got the Seoul hot chicken sandwich and both were awesome. The fries were really good too. I would highly recommend the mystery beer, as it was only 4 bucks and turned out to be a really good beer, although I'm sure it's probably different every time. Mine was definitely more like an 8 dollar beer though. The server was awesome as well, and we can't wait to go back!

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None
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Amazing Korean food. Nice dinner place. Highly recommendable.

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DavidL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite local spots. Great happy hour menu. Always solid

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vipRachel
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, solid spot! We were initially disappointed to hear that brunch had not been available since Covid, as that was our main reason for going, but we quickly moved on because that’s life and we were hungry. We sat outside and they turned on the heat lamps for us which helped since it was pretty chilly. If it’s cold, dress warmly.

We ordered hot toddy’s which were strong and when those finally warmed us up my partner got a bold fashioned which she really enjoyed and I got the special cocktail which happened to be the sassy girl that day (good, but probably nothing to write home about.)

I should note that the menu is a bit limited, but the dishes we ordered were great and came out very quickly. The spicy cumbers were a perfect light app & we wished we’d ordered another pork bao bun. The bibimbap and bulgogi burger came out shortly after and both were tasty. The service was consistent and responsive & our server was happy to answer our questions and make recommendations.

Although the limited menu and outdoor setup, which offers little protection from the elements, might not make it the most ideal first date spot -this would be a good casual spot to try with friends, colleagues or your significant other. I would definitely return in the future.

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SarahC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a pretty good experience. They were quick to bring out the food and also put up heat lamps for my group. The food was awesome. We had the burger of the month and it was a great deal.

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CaraC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD and DRINKS! Love the KFC mixed wings, burger, delicious fries and BiBimbop! Amazing service and outdoor dining was warm, lively, and comfortable! LOVE THIS PLACE!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in the neighborhood! We always have a great experience. Thank you, keep it up 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and overall experience. Would definitely recommend one of their craft cocktails and the Brussels sprouts

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vipSPSP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! The fries and Brussels sprouts are especially good!

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JohnothanS
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Can book at 8:30 PM Reservation but the restaurant closes at 9 PM. Go there at 8:40 PM (awaiting for guests) and could not sit for a meal. Would recommend getting rid of the 30 minutes before closing seat times.

FAQs

SouthGate does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

SouthGate is rated 4.8 stars by 233 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.

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