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About South on Main
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 Bell 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.
Little Rock, AR 72202
Contemporary Southern, American, Soul food
Hours of Operation:
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music every Wednesday night. Ticketed concerts once or twice a month. Check www.southonmain.com to see our full calendar of entertainment.
Large parking lot across the street, intended for South on Main customers only.
Private Party Contact:
Laurel Burnette - firstname.lastname@example.org: (501) 244-9660
Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
New Year's Eve
Ring in the New Year with Arkansas' beloved Amasa Hines! Enjoy some tasty snacks off a menu collab from Joshua Asante & Chef Matt. Count down to midnight with a complimentary champagne toast. Boogie into the New Year as Chef Matt will spin records following the concert.
Show starts at 10 PM with a $30 cover. Reservations made for 9 PM or later will guarantee a table and tickets to the show >> Reservations made before 9 PM will not hold a table for the show. Wristbands will be sold as doors open at 4 PM the day of the show.
Credit Card Guarantee required.
Reservations cancelled on or after 12/30/16 will pay a cancellation fee of $30 per person.
South on Main Ratings and Reviews
The food was really good and the atmosphere was nice. They sat 4 of us at a 2-top because we made the reservations online, even though they called that day to confirm the reservation. And there were lots of empty tables throughout the restaurant. But we were fine with it. Our waiter was knowledgeable but very slow. They had live music starting at 9:00 but told us each that we would have to pay $15 for the show. After we had already spent quite a bit on food and drinks! The straw that broke the camels back was that the hostess came and asked if we would leave because there were people waiting on our table. And we informed him that we would love to leave but we were waiting on our extremely slow waiter to bring our tickets back!! I won’t be paying to be treated like that anymore, I don’t care how good the food is!!
I keep going back to south on main when I’m in town because the food is just that good. I’ve never had a bad meal, it’s always exceptionally prepared and flavored. However, the service is consistently not up to par. Service is slow, drink orders take 15 mins to receive, food takes FOREVER, even when the restaurant is not crowded (and by not crowded i mean REALLY not crowded - as in only 5-6 other tables). I’d love to see the staff step it up so i don’t have to beg my friends to commit to hours of dining and help this place get the reviews it deserves - because it’s some of the best food in town.
We have been there in the past and while they always have had interesting and fun combinations of food, this last time the level of salt was totally OFF THE CHART. I don't fault the service. I fault the kitchen. My wife had a steak and she said it was borderline inedible (and she loves salt).
I ordered the ribs and they had a horrible flavor - also inedible. I couldn't even eat my french fries either as they were WAY too salty. Again, the wife sampled, and even SHE couldn't eat them.
In defense of the place, they tried to make things right by sending out some onion rings and the bottle of wine we ordered was fantastic. The waiter was charming, attentive, and got things right. Too bad they burned the onion rings. Wow.
When I come back, it will be for a few drinks but not for the food. No thanks guys. What in the world happened to your food?
My spouse and I rarely have a date night. Since one was long overdue, we decided to eat somewhere we could feel like grown ups (no crayons, no nuggets, no 20 page cocktail menu with souvenir cups). I'm SO glad we found SoM.
Service- outstanding (you rock, Chris)
Food- spectacular (try the rabbit reuben!)
Drinks- dreamy (lavender honey, omg)
I loved our experience there. If you're ready to go out on a limb and try something you've only seen on food network, this is the place. You won't regret it.
I loved it! Incredible food, drinks and certainly the live entertainment is always a commodity at South on Main! Though I got there late the seats I reserved weeks ago, were waiting and I loved it!! Also, Bijoux has got to return one more time to end out the year, I love her music and remarkable energy! South on Main, its hard to get my buy-in - you guys have certainly, earned mines!!
The wait staff was perfect...very attentive and knowledgeable but not intrusive. The cocktails were fun and very tasty, and the food was fantastic. It was both creative and familiar...well played! It was the perfect place to celebrate a special event. We will definitely be back soon. I can't wait to try brunch.
Our food at lunch was good. Not great. I got the burger and wanted some jalapeños to make it spicier - the waiter not only forgot them but did not tell me they were pickled (um, yuck!). The others liked their food ok. One loved the special po' boy sandwich. I think for the money it isn't worth it when there are other restaurants nearby that have really good food for the same or less. The attraction to South on Main is the live music and the bar scene at night.
I would recommend going at night if you're taking someone on a date. Seems like a fun place to hangout with live music, but wasn't a great location for a date at 5:30. The waiter was slow and unenergetic, and the food left much to be desired, considering the price. I think we just got unlucky, because it seemed like a decent place to be, just not a great night for them.
The atmosphere was nice when we first arrived, but it became very loud as the band set up. Took a while to get drinks and food as it seemed there was not enough wait staff. Drinks were GREAT, but cannot say the same for the food; ribs were tough, duck was undercooked and chewy, fish was ah, but the pork chop was good. I do not think that we will be returning any time soon. Our waiter was great, just spread thin as he had 8-10 tables. More wait staff is needed and new cooks in the kitchen. Wanted desert but didn’t want to have to pay the $10 cover for the band just to eat a sweet treat.
When I first moved to LR a year ago SOM was one of my favorite restaurants. The ribs had too much pepper and were tough as boot leather. My dates meal was slightly better. Pecan crusted trout. The green veggie in the dish was soaked in butter and salt. It's gone down.
I had the chicken livers appetizer and the soft shell crab steamed buns appetizer and a house salad for dinner. Quite good and adequate portions. I went really early for dinner. There were maybe 3 other tables in the place. It was really personalized service!
This is supposed to be modern southern food but really is it modern esoteric obscure contents food. I had to ask "What is this" for at least 1-0 items. So it has a affection for fancy ingredients which in and of itself is not bad but the outcome of all this was simply a "meh" meal. The service was casual to the point of being hippy dippy. I thought it was neat that they were having music but it was similar to the food, some guys who should have been home noodling in their basements making cd's for their friends because like the food the music was simply neither here nor there. I'v had modern takes on southern food in many cities but this was not worth the bother.
We've dined here several times and until this visit always had very good experiences. But on this occasion they were obviously understaffed. We were seated for at least five minutes before our server showed up, but if that were the worst of it it would have still been a very nice experience. We ordered drinks and decided to wait for them before placing our food order. It took a very long time before our server brought our drinks, and then he only had three of the four and said the bar was out of one ingredient needed for the drink that was ordered by my wife. So, she then picked something different and the rest of us had our drinks while she waited what had to be at least 15 minutes more to get hers. When her drink finally arrived, we noticed it had been almost an hour since we were seated. She mentioned that to the server who simply commented that surely it had not been that long. We then ordered food which was all great as usual and the rest of the evening was enjoyable. I expected something to be offered such as the one drink that took so long to be comp'ed but no, nothing. Very disappointed in the service! Great food but lousy service on this evening.
The food was amazing, but the red snapper should have come with some vegetables since it was $22. My husband ordered it and had to order vegetables separately to have something to go with it. I had the pan seared catfish with brussel sprouts and grit sticks, all of which were packed with flavor. It will be a regular for us!
My wife and I had a pre-theatre dinner at South on Main. It was our first visit to the restaurant. Our server greeted us promptly, and was knowledgeable about the menu. He had several recommendations, which we mostly followed. I would describe the menu as "Upscale Southern," and quite varied. We shared Spaetzle with burned tips for the appetizer, and it was great! Just spicy enough, and a large enough portion to share. Spouse had duck breast for the main course, and I had rabbit leg. Both were very good. The Chef came by our table several times just to check. Dessert (strawberry shortcake in a jar) was complimentary since we were headed to the theatre. The restaurant is just a few blocks south of the Arkansas Rep, so we'll definitely be back again for pre-theatre dinners.
Great meal, great drinks, and great server! Daniel was awesome! We took issue with asking for a cover charge ($20 dollars for both of us) for the band we didn't enjoy on top of our $81 dollar bill (before top). Asinine at best. We cut our Friday night at SoMa short to avoid paying and strolled over to finish up at Raduno.
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