South on Main

4.3
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444 reviews
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$30 and under
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Regional American (Contemporary Southern)
South on Main is a revolutionary cultural experience that brings the Oxford American magazine to life with the best food, literature, music, and film of the South. The multi-discipline programming will provide a forum for established as well as unknown artists to perform in front of a sophisticated and appreciative audience.

Chef Matthew Verch will lead a team of chefs to serve Southern cuisine that’s both reflective and innovative, making patrons’ experience a full culinary, artistic, and educational immersion in Southern culture.
What 444 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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BethanyJ
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food wasn’t good at all and the service was just okay. All the employees mostly stood around talking to each other. It was an okay experience. Not terrible but definitely would never go back. (There was no music when we were there. That might’ve improved the overall experience.)

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vipPs88
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went on a Friday with live music. The service was pretty good given the only waiter in my area was caring for 10+ tables. The food was very basic. It lacked any significant flavor. Brussel sprouts appetizer was good. It was disappointing because the menu looked good on paper. Cocktails were B minus

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was just okay and the portion size wasn’t great. The waitress was really friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Awesome venue that host awesome events consisting of live music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went there around Valentine’s and was a bit disappointed that they were offering a limited menu. My wife and I were looking forward to trying several items we saw on the online menu. The cocktails were awesome though. We will try it again though.

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Adam
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brussels sprouts appetizer was to die for. Highly recommend. Sweet potato jar for dessert was also quite good. One of my favorite date spots in the city.

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MeredithB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beyond excellent! My anniversary was made better by this amazing restaurant my braised lamb had a little too much salt for my liking, but everything else made up for it!

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vipImNotReallyaWaitress
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I don't often get excited about a menu, but South on Main has a variety of unique offerings for those who enjoy trying something new. I travel almost weekly for work and eat all over the world. We started with two of the daily dips - ham and chicken spread on house-made or at least house-doctored spicy crackers. Both are very good but those who can't handle spice should inquire on the heat level. I had the rabbit with house-made pasta; it was yummy ("tastes like chicken"). Other guests at the table tried the chicken pot au feu and the snapper, all satisfying. The serving sizes were perfect for me, and smaller than expected, given the premium prices.

SoM has a hip, interesting vibe and is recommended by foodies.

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Matt
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Bridge Club dip, Braised Lamb, Rabbit Ragu, Snapper, and a chocoloate bread puddin for dessert. It was all very good.

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JessicaK
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Didn’t love the food, however our server was wonderful!

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vipComfortador
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This is likely the first negative review I've written here, and I'm disappointed to be writing it. Before I begin: food was pretty good, drinks were fine, and our waiter, when he was around, was nice. We had made our reservation just over two weeks in advance and confirmed our seating via text the day before. Imagine our surprise, then, when we arrived at 9pm on New Year's Eve to find out that there was a special event happening and we would be charged $20/person to access our table. We explained that we had received no advanced warning about this fee, which is when the hostess deflected responsibility by saying it was an issue with OpenTable. After going back and forth and asking why neither the email nor the text confirmation made any mention of a special New Year's Eve event (especially one that would incur a fee), the manager was brought over, who patronizingly explained to us why by not paying, we were hurting the artists, since we couldn't simply have dinner without hearing the music (which we would have been thrilled to do, had that been an option). After more guilt-tripping, she offered to pay our cover charges; we explained that we'd dine quickly so they could offer up our spaces to anyone who actually wanted to hear the music and had sought them out for that. To be made to feel like we were terrible human beings for just wanting to have dinner--when of course, it was now 9pm and apparently everywhere else in town was either closed or fully booked--and that we were ruining the artists' career was extremely unprofessional. I hope that the people who work here can either reevaluate their partnership with OpenTable (they seemed eager to accept the extra foot traffic and revenue the site provides but quick to blame them when we questioned why we weren't notified) or learn to be more proactive in contacting customers who don't appreciate having an unexpected $40 surcharge added to their dining experience.

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KimC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our most favorite restaurant in town. We love everything about South on Main. The food was spectacular, as ever. Service was great. Menu was stellar.

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vipLoriL
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Visited from Atlanta. Location was interesting and service was good. Food was average.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked South on Main to celebrate our anniversary because we have always had wonderful experiences here. Tonight was no exception. Great food and drinks in a fun atmosphere made for the perfect anniversary date. Can’t wait for our next visit.

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SueE
Little Rock
13 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great craft cocktails! Had the Burning Bush!! Wonderful!

Dinner was great !

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful local cusine

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Constance
Little Rock
21 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table beside window. Service and food geeat

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QueenieLove
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not worth the hype. Should have gone to another restaurant that was recommended to me. Food average.

I would like to review the Hive in Bentonville but you never sent me an email and cannot find a way to do it. Please send email for this review.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambience, music, and service were fantastic. They didn’t have several items on their menu, which was disappointing. We both ordered the snapper, and the fish had an old / not fresh taste, so much so that we had to order something else. We both enjoyed our second dishes. The cake dessert had a sort of burnt microwave taste, presumably from being nuked before coming to the table.

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FirstTime
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, my guest enjoyed it thoroughly. Music was superb. Great evening!

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Sheri
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and entertainment was great as always. Server was very polite and had all the answers to our many questions. We enjoyed our Saturday night out with friends.

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vipBrentP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food was mediocre at best. So disappointing. I had insisted family group go there for dinner. Only thing I would eat again are biscuits, French fries, and popcorn cauliflower. There were 8 of us and no one was happy with what they ordered.

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, music and food. I ordered off the special occasion vegan menu and if they put these items on their daily menu Inwould eat there all the time. The edamame and mint soup was especially delicious.

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vipKatrinaD
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Great ambiance. Good service. A live band started at 9 which was good but a bit loud for me.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and presentation was terrific

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MELLORYAW
Little Rock
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and appetizers!

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vipthcmd
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I am a huge fan of South on Main and have been for years. Had yet another great meal on Friday night. Always good to see Matt and Amy, the owners and of course the chef and inspiration. If you get the chance, by all means go.

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Bentley
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, but not sure I would go back unless there was a specific reason. We picked that place for dinner because a friend of our was playing. The $10 per person cover PLUS dinner didn’t really seem to be consistent between all patrons. While I totally get charging a cover, if there are earlier evening reservations that get to stay around for the show because they bought dinner, it doesn’t really work. All or none is a better policy. Also, the hostess was working her tail off trying to seat guests with reservations and there were tables who would get up to go outside to smoke for a half hour and then complain that their table got bussed. Overall, the food was just good, the atmosphere was just nice, and the music was fantastic.

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Chus
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Since I can't hear the musicians very well over the crowds' constant background noise the value is pretty low.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was great, but it usually is. I was meeting a friend for dinner. I was sat promptly and my server immediately came over. The food was delicious!

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Chus
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Painfully LOUD and unmusical. Inferior quality. Far below what I expecyed. I left shortly after it started. A bug waste of time. And money.

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Missy
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Table placement could have been better. Trying to eat where the band needs to set their equipment or setup is not ideal.

Overall a great experience!

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TonyP
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The band performing that night, The Cons of Formant, was spectacular. Definitely need to bring them back!

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vipBikerdoug
Little Rock
89 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

An early dinner enjoyed a virtually empty dining room, at least for a while before dining hour and pre-concert crowds arrived. It also allowed for great seating and attention.
Pork-stuffed fried wonton began the meal with a tasty dipping sauce, equally shared with companion. It being Happy Hour, great beverage selection and pricing was also ours to enjoy.
The entrees included "Chicken and Dumplings", a misnomer, and the house sausage and rice plate. Actually, it should be called (as it is in the fine print, Chicken and Gnocchi with the emphasis on Chicken with a few gnocchi thrown in on the side, which is to say; not near enough of the tasty starch was provided. There is not way the chicken and gnocchi could be worked out evenly! It was accompanied with a tasty, smooth cream sauce to flesh out the ample and tender chicken breast.
The brat reminiscent, home produced sausage was flavorful and plentiful with two, 3-4 inch pieces. These were laid atop and bed of red rice, cooked with a bit of a crunch in a red sauce and a side dollop of a great sauce "paste" that was most flavorful and complimentary! Even for a big appetite, the sausage selection proved sufficient.
As is the case with increasing frequency, there was not inclusion of any kind of bread, rolls, etc. Nor, seemingly, were they prepared to offer such. On request, two pieces of buttered and grilled, Texas Toast were produced AND charged for. In the south, and maybe anywhere, my opinion; bread options should always be made available. Additionally, while the Chicken dish was served good and hot in a small casserole dish, the rice must have been placed on a cold plate as a fair portion was lukewarm at best. A shortcoming easily corrected with a plate warmer, quicker service once plated or both.
Pricing and service were as expected from SOM.
It is a convenient stop with a Highly Varied menu of interesting options which could easily be perceived as higher quality with attention to detail.

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Chus
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience1

The table behind me was so loud that I could not hear the music much of the time. I wondered why they even came. I guess in that type of setting there's nothing that can be done about that. They definitely were not there to listen to the music. But they could have been more respectful of the people that were. Also there's lots of obstruction blocking the view from the table to the stage.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
6 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place!! Great food!! Great drinks!!! Great service!!!!

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The waiter was very attentive and the music was amazing. We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. Our only complaint was that we got slapped with a $20 cover fee for a band that came on right before we left and that we had no idea was going to be there. Seems a bit unfair to charge people for a band that they didn’t come to see and didn’t really get to watch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our waiter seemed annoyed that we were a big party(10 people).

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LaDonnaM
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot to listen to some great live music and create wonderful memories with friends. The staff have always been awesome and attentive

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South on Main offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (501) 244-9660.

South on Main is rated 4.3 stars by 444 OpenTable diners.

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