Southerly Restaurant & Patio - A Good Place For Lunch
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Southerly Restaurant & Patio  -  A Good Place for Lunch

Restaurant: Southerly Restaurant & Patio

Address: 2250 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: (804) 955-1026

Website: southernseason

Overall rating: 3½ stars

Southerly restaurant and patio just opened a couple of weeks ago. It is attached to the brand new Southern Season store featuring specialty food, gift and entertaining items.

Southerly restaurant is in fact open for breakfast lunch and dinner . There are two sections to the restaurant, one indoors and a covered patio attached, hence the name. There is also a large bar with an adjacent bar area.

Ambiance

The indoor dining area is well laid out with plenty of space in between tables. The only outside wall leads to the patio with the result that there is no real daylight in the dining and bar area giving it a slightly dingy appearance.

The patio although outside and covered has walls thus blocking out some daylight. When we visited there was much construction work going on in the area and so there was a lot of external noise.

Menu

Although not an eclectic menu it does contain some unusual variations of more common dishes.

The Southerly BLT sandwich contains fried green tomatoes and basil aioli and comes with seven grain bread.

The All Natural Almond Chicken salad sandwich is served on a croissant - delicious.

The Cheesemonger’s Choice which is an appetizer consists of a selection of three cheeses together with house crackers and so called seasonal preserve which is very spicy. This actually makes and excellent dessert substitute which of course can be shared and eaten with a glass of red wine of which there is a plentiful selection by the glass.

Also worth a try is the Pimento Cheese and Grilled Vegetables sandwich and their burger made from Certified Angus Beef.

In the entrée section the N.C. Shrimp and Grits have got to be tried.

Where possible the food is sourced on a local basis.

Service

It would be fair to say that our experience was the service could only be described as ordinary.

Firstly although we had a reservation we had to wait 15 minutes for our table and then all that there was available was on the patio.

We then waited a full five minutes before someone came to serve us. We ordered our drinks and food at the same time. The food came relatively quickly, but we were half way through it before the drinks arrived. My belief is that the table wait staff have to get the drinks from the bar served by the bar staff. So, if the bar is busy they have to wait their turn to get their drinks order. It would be far better to have a separate drinks area just for table wait staff.

Pros:

  • The food is excellent
  • Good wines by the glass
  • Reasonably priced

Cons:

  • Drinks at the table service
  • Not keeping reservation times
  • Patio is very noisy

The restaurant is very new so let’s hope they are still on the learning curve and that some of the cons can be eliminated.

It’s a great place to go to get some ideas for your cooking prowess. Also the Southern Season shop has an extensive selection of kitchen utensils.


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Nice review David !

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  about 5 years ago
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