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:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
$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
I had a wonderful time! The restaurant was just opening up after the holidays which meant some items were not in stock, but the server, Chelsea, was wonderful, accommodating, and provided recommendations for anything that may not have been on hand. My partner and I always enjoy our experiences at South on Main and we can't wait to return for their Jazz series.
I had a blast at South on Main! There was a great turnout for John's birthday show. My order was delicious! Although I was bummed that there was no Pisco for my usual Pisco Sour, my Palomas did not disappoint. I had the butternut squash soup and the fried oyster steamed buns and could have easily doubled that order, it was so tasty! Our server was amazing and brought out an extra chair because I had an extra friend show up. Overall a stellar experience and I can't wait to come back!
As always, delicious food, fabulous cocktails and lots of fun! We were so excited to see live music for the first time here, too, but we were disappointed with our service (the music was outstanding). We went on a Wednesday night when they begin their "Sessions" live performances at 8:30. As our reservation was at 7:30, the music began playing at the end of our main courses. I had previously asked to host if we'd be able to stay for the music - she said there was a cover for the show but if we were already there for dinner we could stay, which I (wrongly) assumed meant that we would be able to stay without paying cover as long as we were continuing to eat and drink. After spending $200+ on dinner and drinks, our server informed us that if we wanted to stay, we would have to pay a $10 cover each, or $40 total for our table of four. We deliberated for a bit, then our waiter returned telling us he was going home and would bring us a last round of drinks and the check. He seemed less than interested in keeping us there. Had we not been ushered out so abruptly, we would have gladly stayed and spent $50+ more on drinks and desserts, but instead we went home, leaving the restaurant completely empty save for one table of two at the back. Sadly, this experience soured us a bit on what had previously been our favorite date night spot. We will be back eventually, but probably not for live music.
Overall, not the best venue for live music. Wait staff totally unprepared for rush, don't think I successfully received anything I ordered without going to the bar myself to get it. Additionally, there was no room to dance or comfortably watch the band that we drove 45 minutes to see.
After reading the mixed reviews regarding service and amount of food, I was nervous but had a game plan... We ordered drinks as soon as we could (as soon as the server returned to take our order, that is) and told him we had to be out by a certain time to make a play. From that point on, everything came out within a reasonable time,except for the cocktail I ordered, which took too long for as few of patrons as they had.
The food was really over priced for what I got. I ordered the soaked salad to start $7 for just Romaine lettuce chopped up with some carrots, tossed in vinegar. My entree was delicious but very small for almost $20. I was really disappointed and will not be back.
The food here was absolutely delicious. However, the portion size was completely inadequate. It could not be considered a meal. My dinner portion of the roasted chicken with dumplings was smaller than most places' lunch portion. It was incredibly delicious, but simply lacking in quantity. On the other hand, the drinks were delicious and strong.
I have tried at least 3 times to eat at south on main and was never successful due to it either being full or we came when it was not open. My husband and I made a reservation and finally made it there! However a storm had just passed so there was no electricity , but they were still serving. The ambiance with all the candles turned out to be very romantic and the food was great! Looking forward to going back with the lights on to get the full experience!
We have loved this restaurant and the last visit lived up to our expectations. Every year we are traveling through Little Rock, and after a day on the road are looking for relaxing atmosphere and really good food. This restaurant offers both, as well as lovely, personalized service.
We were in Little Rock for the weekend and wanted something interesting and local. We found it at South on Main. One of their specialties are the "jar" appetizers. We ordered their special smoked trout spread-just delicious! I had the sea bass which was perfectly prepared and complemented by a squash side. My husband had the cauliflower "risotto" which he really enjoyed. Nice selection of wine and beer as well. Only down side was that we weren't there on a night that they had live music. Will make it a point to go back for a later dinner and show.
Our dinner was absolutly fantastic!!! We saw Ruthie Foster ,so entertainment was great!!! Loved the whole experience. We saw Doug Duffy this time. He is an old friend, and he is so very talented. I am very happy with our whole experience. I intend to become a regular patron. Love it !!!
Great menu that was accompanied by wait staff that placed no pressure on time or need to order. Food was creative using unique ingredients like rabbit and boudin. The ambience was conducive to good conversation without being loud. Of course, we ate dinner before the live music that would have made it difficult to converse.
Little Rock, Arkansas is a really weird town that doesn't have much going for it. South on Main, though, was incredible for any location. Probably the best meal that I have ever had in a restaurant. As an added bonus, it is part of the Oxford American...great magazine!!
In town visiting our son and his fiancee, so it was our first time here. Had reservations on a Friday night and were promptly seated. Waiter was attentive but not overbearing - we were enjoying good conversation and he let us do so. Drinks arrived as needed. Enjoyed the appetizers of boudin balls and bbq shrimp. Both men had the rabbit; both women had the trout. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will return.
The food and drinks are both great here. We were very disappointed in the slow service. When we arrived there were less than 10 other patrons but it took us flagging down our waiter for him to take our order and that was after we waited for 10 minutes. This trend continued through the night. Would question visiting this establishment in the future.
A pre-show dinner with similar results as before included good food, good service and atmosphere. One thing was outstanding: The amount of food! The rib plate was MASSIVE as was the three pot dip appetizer.
Dishes were prepared as describe, we hot and prompt. Attentive service with appropriate interest and good knowledge of the menu.
Quick in and out dinner that did not disappoint.
We went to SoM for my wife's birthday dinner. It was recommended by a local, and she was right on the money. We went at around 5:45pm on a Saturday, and had no trouble bring seated before our 6:15pm reservation. We ordered a couple of classic cocktails and skillet bread first. The drinks were fabulous and the skillet bread was topped with bleu cheese and buffalo chicken. It was delicious! Our main courses were delivered after we finished our appetizer and they were hot and perfectly cooked. I had the striped bass and my wife had the "double." (Look it up)
Our waitress was never pushy and our glasses were never empty. After dinner we had a piece of authentic strawberry shortcake to round off the meal.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at South on Main and will definitely go back again.
We were very excited about this place when we looked at the menu. All of the unique and interesting items were inviting. The kitchen didn't execute on our ordered items and the service is absent, A LOT.
The rabbit was dried out and over cooked. The pork shank was also over cooked dried out and full of fat.
There are better options out there.
I highly recommend this restaurant what an amazing gem, and we didn't even go on a night with life music ! Has such a comfortable feeling atmosphere with such a great customer service team. Delicious food for different appetites, with wonderful drink selection to match. Will most definitely be back!
We were very disappointed in the food. My wife had a prior visit there with a girlfriend and they did not rave about it. We wanted to give it a second try.
The people were nice. The food was cold, poorly seasoned ( bland) and not properly cooked. The cuts of meat were very cheap but the dinner cost us $90.00 with tip. A big disconnect.
The place was packed, so I'm sure our experience was not the norm. Perhaps the regulars know what to order.
I received a friendly follow-up call to confirm my reservations, my table was outstanding, and the price for entertaintment was a great value for a star line-up of Rodney Block and TRML , Dee Dee Davis, M Melodious Tucker, Judson Spillyards, King's Tower, Bijoux Pighee, and Damarcus Thememusiq Pettus.
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