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SouthGate, Philadelphia, PA
SouthGate, Philadelphia, PA
SouthGate, Philadelphia, PA
SouthGate, Philadelphia, PA
SouthGate, Philadelphia, PA

SouthGate

4.8
4.8
382 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Korean, Korean, Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00 Fri 16:00–22:00 Sat 14:00–22:00 Sun 14:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    (215) 560-8443
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We can host groups of up to 10 at our chef's table.
  • Area
    Rittenhouse Square
  • Cross Street
    18th street
  • Parking Details
    Metered and 2 hour parking in the surrounding blocks. Parking garage located at 1800 South Street.
  • Public Transit
    18th and South Streets
  • Entertainment
    Television at the bar featuring sports events, kung fu flicks, or Korean classics.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 382 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia

    Best Food

  • Philadelphia

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  • Philadelphia

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382 Reviews
  1. JodyD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was really unusual and totally delicious.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    South Gate never disappoints! The servers are always attentive even when utterly slammed. Food and drinks are always delicious. One of our favorites!

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  3. GordonA

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff went over and above to accommodate my older Dad for bar seating. Excellent food and Bev, traditional flavors in a fun, upscale atmosphere. Can't wait for my next visit to Philly!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food there is very good but we waited over 30 minutes for a single appetizer while our neighboring table that arrived after us got all of their appetizers before us. Our drinks were comped but the waiter didn’t seem particularly attentive.

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  5. DanielD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family always enjoys dining at Southgate, and our last visit was no exception. From the delicious Banchan appetizer sampler during happy hour, to the bubbling-hot Dolsot Bibimbop with spicy pork and the SSAM, accompanied with a few refreshing IPAs on tap, it was yet another satisfying trip to our favorite local Korean spot.

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  6. MickV

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and drinks are very yummy. I love the korean tacos and they've gotten a lot better. It's not very authentic but it's great bar food.

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  7. CarlF

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food with wonderful flavor in a cozy, verging on cramped, setting that is still comfortable and not too noisy. Service is attentive and prompt.

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  8. Momaroundtown

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We chose this place to celebrate my husband's birthday in town after going to Wonderspaces. I didn't expect the interior environment to be so small, but it didn't really matter. It was cozy with a bar taking up a good chunk of the space. Better have reservations; we had one for an early time at 5:30 and it was already filling up at 6. The kirin lager complemented the hot pot dolsot Bibimbap nicely. The dolsot was a wonderful combination of Asian vegetables, rice, and your choice of protein (I got beef) with an egg on top. The desserts did not seem especially authentic Korean. We got a peanut butter and chocolate tart (kind of like Snickers).

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The soju was so good! Honestly everything was good. I ordered Beef Bibimbap

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  10. Rachel

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was very friendly and the food was delicious!

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  11. MichaelD

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant and helpful service. Flavorful and fresh food. Dining room is a bit crammed but we’ll be back because of the food.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good! This place rocks! Order all of the food on the menu.

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  13. Miriam

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food. Cozy and lively neighborhood spot. Service was uneven, seemed understaffed, but then isn't everyone these days?

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  14. TReview

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Southgate is always a great dinner for our entire family

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  15. GregA

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, and the service was excellent. we sat outside with a baby and they were able to provide a high chair and offered a water cup with a lid. With great weather and a lot of people outside eating and walking, it was an entertaining time for the kid and us

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always. Great Bibimbop and love the every day happy hour.

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  17. KellyM

    Philadelphia

    82 reviews

    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. We met for small plates and drinks. Excellent cocktails! Nice neighborhood place with outside seating.

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  18. Love2DineOut

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love to sit outside at Southgate and always enjoy the friendly service and excellent food. It's so welcoming; it's our go-to local spot. Love that happy hour goes until 7:00 so we get to take advantage of an even better value for the food. And glad they started serving dessert, because they are fabulous, particularly the pear cheesecake!

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  19. JessicaM

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    so good! brought my friend who was visiting this weekend and I cant believe this is the first time i tried SouthGate. We split a few dishes and loved everything. I will be back ASAP!

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  20. jackthetraveller

    New York City

    105 reviews

    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love their food. So many good things and great service

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  21. Reenie

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great server & the food was delicious. Would go back

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shoutout to Patrick and crew. Good food. Good people. Will be back soon

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  23. Lewis

    Miami - Dade

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is insanely good! Everything we tried was a winner. Service was a bit patchy but they were busy.

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  24. JPAWIMINYDE

    New York City

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We love Southgate, but the noise level was daunting. No way to have a conversation.

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  25. EmilyF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Happy Hour menu was great—all our food was delicious, and the mystery beer was fun. The staff was fantastic!

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  26. SusanJoy

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Surprisingly bustling on a Tuesday night. First time for my husband and I. Food was a little spicy for me-but it was very flavorful! Nice room & nice wait staff.

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  27. FelixPannonica

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful, imaginative and well prepared. Our server, Noel, was knowledgeable and took great care of us. He is a delightful person. The noise level was a bit higher than we liked (all the tables are near the bar, and there was a boisterous happy hour), but it varied enough that it was not oppressive. A great place.

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  28. KarenD

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at South Gate. The food was absolutely delicious and the wait staff was so friendly and answered all of our questions with patience and charm. We had a wonderful experience and would happily go back!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy spot with fun vibes. Great food and cocktails!

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  30. Yorkville

    New York City

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent. I thought the food was very good as well. We went very early so there were not many other diners. I will go back to try the ramen. We ordered too many dishes, so no room for Ramen this time.

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  31. luvphilaeatz

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful early evening dinner celebrating Father’s Day. Perfect laid back setting, very chill. Food and cocktails were excellent as always. And our waiter (forget his name) was just the best, impeccable and friendly service. We passed on dessert until the next time but loved the selections, very creative. Remains one of our favorites!

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  32. Naomi

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I dined here for the first time on Thursday and our server, Michael, was so amazing that I now am making this my official to go to spots in Philadelphia just for Michael’s outstanding service and making my first experience here memorable. The happy hour was amazing and fairly priced. For happy hour, I got the soju punch which was refreshing and the bao buns that were soft and tasty. I ordered more things off menu as well. I got the Korean fried chicken, both soy and spicy which were made to perfection and had the perfect balance of being crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I highly recommend getting them! I also got the miso shrimp salad that was made to share and the shrimps were HUGE. They had an amazing selection of soju that Michael recommended some for me and my party, and surprised us with a delicious dessert that had some sliced chocolate mini cakes and a fluffy whipped cream. Thank you Michael for such a perfect Thursday afternoon!

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  33. PrincessIBE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and staff. Atmosphere is amazing! So relaxing. Great place to have a meal any time of the day!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always a treat to eat at southgate! fantastic food, good vibe, and great service

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food I’ve had in a while. It was noisy, but friendly. Loved it and will definitely go back!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, drinks, service and value!! Comfortable neighborhood vibe .

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  37. KathrynM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Korean fried chicken, Korean tacos, and fries!

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  38. Gabbi

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience and amazing food everyone come here!

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  39. kermitsmom

    Philadelphia

    107 reviews

    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ate outside at this neighborhood eatery, which was heavily focused on Korean cuisine. Server was friendly, food was good, and value was good, too. We'll be back.

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  40. Perfect

    Richmond

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was fabulous. The food was amazing only to be outdone by wonderful service.

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FAQs

SouthGate does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

SouthGate is rated 4.8 stars by 382 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for SouthGate

1801 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    18th street
  • Area
    Rittenhouse Square
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00 Fri 16:00–22:00 Sat 14:00–22:00 Sun 14:00–21:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Korean, Korean, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Metered and 2 hour parking in the surrounding blocks. Parking garage located at 1800 South Street.
  • Public Transit
    18th and South Streets
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Television at the bar featuring sports events, kung fu flicks, or Korean classics.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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