Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

REVIEW: South Kitchen + Bar, Athens

south-kitchen-and-bar-athensIt was a rainy miserable night but, we decided headed to Athens to meet some friends and visit one of the restaurants on our list of 20 Best Atlanta Restaurants to Visit in 2016. We’d made the reservations days in advance because last time we tried to visit South Kitchen + Bar, we couldn’t get in. We were anticipating this visit and that excitement was shared by our guests.

Once we got in, I started taking picture of the interior and I asked one of the staff about the history of the building. It turns out that this was once a hotel and as I checked out the back of the restaurant, I could easily envision what this hotel must have been like back in its glory days. The stained glass in the front dining room and the ornate trim work at the top of the ceiling is gorgeous and these elements combine to make a wonderful dining experience.

Deviled Eggs, South Kitchen + Bar, Athens
Deviled Eggs, South Kitchen + Bar, Athens

Our server was exceptional throughout the meal and made our time there very enjoyable. Once we got our refreshments, we ordered the Deviled Eggs for an appetizer. We’ve ordered this dish at many other restaurants before, but this is the only one that I recall where each egg had its own distinct flavor. It was a fantastic beginning to the meal!

Bourbon Salmon, South Kitchen + Bar, Athens
Bourbon Salmon, South Kitchen + Bar, Athens

Melanie ordered the Bourbon Salmon, but chose to abstain from the sugary glaze and enjoy it in its pan-seared goodness. I chose the Red Snapper, which is normally served fried, and requested that it be pan-seared also. Kudos to the kitchen for accommodating our requests! It’s much appreciated!

Our fish were prepared nicely, cooked to perfection and seasoned properly. The same goes for the grilled asparagus and brussel sprouts we ordered. One thing we both really liked about the brussel sprouts were they were sliced. We love eating brussel sprouts at home and decided we’re going to have to try that when cooking at home.

Red Snapper, South Kitchen + Bar, Athens
Red Snapper, South Kitchen + Bar, Athens

The food at South Kitchen + Bar was fabulous and the setting was warm and comfortable. We had a wonderful dinner with our friends lasting over two hours and we never felt rushed. The service was fantastic and we just had a marvelous time. In Athens, South Kitchen + Bar is a MUST VISIT in our book – we’ll be back often! LOVE IT! Guten appetit!

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  1. Molly Bilbow
    January 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Their brunch menu is equally as good. We split the Iron Skillet Tots, I enjoyed the Soithern Benny, and their Bloody Mary could easily go toe to toe with anything I’ve had in New Orleans (beef boullion?)

  2. January 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Molly! We’ll have to check out their brunch now!

  3. Doug
    January 15, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I had a horrible experience there, last night. We sat at the bar. We were not greeted or even acknowledged by any of the three bartenders. It took 15 minutes to get a drink. We ordered food – two burgers – at 7:00 pm since we were going to an 8:pm show.
    We got the waters we asked for, 30 minutes after we ordered them. Still no food at 7:45, so we canceled the order and asked for the check, which came 10 minutes later.
    Barely made it to the show on time and settled for greasy burgers at The Blind Pig across the street after the show.
    Not impressed.

  4. January 16, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Doug, it disturbs me when we hear from other patrons whose experience differs so much from our own. Stay tuned. Next week we’ll be running a story on what to do when that kind of stuff happens. Thanks for reading!

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