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    • ADDRESS:
      433 Changle Lu,
      near Xiangyang Lu
      长乐路433号, 近襄阳路
    • PHONE:
      5403 3218
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      5 mins walk from Shanxi Rd (S)
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-2am
    • CARDS:
      None
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    • HAPPY HOUR:
      Daily, 2-7pm: buy one get one free draft beer.
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Southern Belle is a bar paying homage to the culture of the Southern US. It's a smaller place, drinks being their main focus (heavy handed pours), but they also have a small kitchen doing sandwiches (Lone Star Corned Beef, Rueben James, Pastrami Po' Boy) and southern pastries (Mississippi Mud Pie, Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Lemon Pie, and more). It's coming from sports bar terrain, but it's classier with a fuller menu of cocktails, less crap all over the walls, and emphasis on group drinks rather than sporting events. On their two big screen TVs they're going to do movie nights and TV shows (i.e. "Dukes of Hazard"). They also have a BBQ fired up every day in the summer.
    • 20% Discount On Burgers

      Southern Belle has a burger discount on Mondays. It's 20% off their burgers that start at 80rmb. The burger comes with a side of fries. The discount runs from 6-10pm.
      Dining | Southern Belle | Mondays |
    • Trivia Night

      Every Thursday from 8-10pm is Trivia Night down at Southern Belle. First place winner gets a 20% discount on a meal for two and a free shot for each person on the team. For second place, it's 10% off your meal and free shots for the...
      Nightlife | Southern Belle | Thursdays |

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      Eat Drink Play for Relief

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      St. Patrick’s Celebration

      Five days of St. Patrick's Day celebrations over at Southern Belle. Special menu includes Irish beef stew and soda bread, corned beef and swiss on rye toast, 70rmb Irish car bombs, and 50rmb cans of Guinness. Live music on Saturday, too....
      NOT TAGGED | Southern Belle | daily until Mar 17 2015 |
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      Valentine’s Day Love Shack at Southern Belle

      Southern Belle is offering a four-course steak dinner for Valentine's Day. There will be live music by Tom "Romeo" Pang and the Heartbeats. 448 RMB per couple, 248 RMB for a single ticket. The price includes one glass of wine. 50%...
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      Mardi Gras at Southern Belle – Let the Good Times Roll!

      Southern Belle will be celebrating Mardi Gras, "Fat Tuesday" on Friday the 13th. If you're looking to start indulging early for Mardi Gras, for 100 rmb Southern Belle is offering a New Orleans style buffet from 6-10 pm. Hurricane...
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      Christmas Day Dinner

      Southern Belle serves Christmas Day dinner from noon to 10pm, featuring ham, turkey, and other Christmas eats. 298rmb per person. 128rmb for kids. Kids under four years old or under 1.3m tall eat for free.
      NOT TAGGED | Southern Belle | on Thu Dec 25 2014 |
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    shanghailive herenow
    Joined Jun 20, 2014
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Don't get me wrong,
    the bald guy is nice,
    but he is too much there, sucking his disgusting tobacco all the time and talking to customers
    who wants to be eating while this man approaches a table and talks and talks and talks and doesn't stop

    food is good
    the waitresses are beautiful
    the music sucks when its live, a Chinese playing country music is like a German dancing Samba.....not good at all


    anyways come for the food
    Nice, relaxing venue
    For Southern Belle on July 20, 2012
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    Trashcat
    Joined Nov 9, 2009
    Is Canadian
    Posted 7 Reviews
    I've been to Southern Belle on a few occasions and was always drawn back by the casual atmosphere, the attentive staff, good value and tasty drinks. I'm not so knowledgeable about the intricacies of Southern food, and if Southern Belle is what it's supposed to be I can't say that it's anything approaching haute cuisine. I would best describe what I've eaten there as comfort food, and I've enjoyed their chili, and bbq. chicken a few times. The place is super tacky, but like most super tacky places it can be pretty fun if you can get over your anal retentiveness. The thing I like the most is their Mississippi Mudslide, which is a spiked vanilla/chocolate milkshake. Delicious, and having two of them will make you right randy.

    One more thing, the boss in there... This guy is a real character. Older fellow with a cigar butt hanging out of his mouth and a big silly grin. Guaranteed this guy will come over to your table and chat you up a bit, and unless you suffer from a mild mental retardation you will most likely enjoy it.

    By all means, not a place to go for a formal dinner, but it's a really funny place to go for something to eat, a nice drink and relax in a pleasant atmosphere.
    Southern Hell
    For Southern Belle on May 7, 2012
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    BarbarianCritic
    Joined May 7, 2012
    Is American
    Posted 2 Reviews
    Southern Belle

    "Southern Hell"

    Narrative-
    I promised myself I wouldn't get angry writing this. I however have been described as a "southern scoundrel". I am prone to emotional fits. My southern blood is too rich for this Chinese air. And I hate irony.

    This restaurant is a mockery of all things southern. You cannot make a restaurant "southern" by putting up wood accents and an Alabama flag. What you are doing is trying to peddle tasteless primarily rice based dishes with mush toppings as "cajun". Let me educate you on something, Southern Hell. I am from the deep south....the gulf shore to be precise. I know restaurants intimately from North Carolina to New Orleans. I spent summers in Louisiana growing up. Every year I take friends on a multi state tour of my favorite southern restaurants. You are a scandalous insult to all things below the Mason Dixon line.

    This is where I..the black hearted southern scoundrel...tear apart your menu piece by piece. To quote your website "Southern Belle is a celebration of the American South". What south are you talking about? Not my south. Where are you from exactly? You have achieved a rare thing. I consider your menu to be a personal affront. I lament the very existence of your restaurant. You claim authentic "UNC Chapel Hill" southern food. I brought a dining partner from UNC Chapel Hill. She actually cried from disappointment mid meal. Nice work.

    Red Beans And Rice- Where is the sausage as advertised? There isn't one solitary morsel of meat in this dish. If you indeed know BBQ as you advertise, then there is absolutely no excuse for not having chunks of delicious smoked sausage in this dish. You don't even have a lesser meat. There is no meat.

    Cajun Jambalaya- New Orleans called. They are pissed. Your "Bayou staple" is a disgusting mush of overcooked rice and little else. You advertise "rice, beans, sausage, dijon mustard and spices". What you SERVE is rice. Tasteless mushy rice with NO meat (seeing a theme yet?) or appropriate spice. Cmon man. You know this is NOT jambalaya. You were NOT served this anywhere in the South. You've got to be kidding me. This is not only insulting but just plain highway robbery.

    Cajun Shrimp Gumbo- Boy, you sure love the word cajun. When you wrote the menu, did you think "If I add cajun to the title of dishes, they will sell". I was horrified when I saw this dish. You serve a heaping pile of RICE...again. Gumbo is sauce/soup based from a nice roux with rice added into the mix of roux, meat and spices. You...again...serve a pile of rice with toppings. That is NOT gumbo. You again are selling fake southern entrees by selling rice with toppings and claiming it is authentic southern food.

    Texas Chili- You "went through the ringer to make this right"? Dear god. Another meatless dish. All you can taste in this dish is heat. You have overspiced what is a simple chili and made it overwhelming with one taste flavor. Chili is supposed to be a blend of flavors and textures. This..as is the case with all your other "southern staples" is mush. Disgusting mush with none of the flavor, spices, meat or textures as advertised.


    Chattanooga Chicken- You couldn't even spell the city right, let alone serve me something not overcooked and bland. Spellcheck your menu, "southern" guy.


    Summary-
    An insult to all things southern. Myself included. You should be ashamed. Take the word restaurant off your menu and stick with the s "bar" part. I hear you have good bourbon.

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    That Irresistible Southern Charm
    For Southern Belle on April 12, 2012
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    matteroffact
    Joined Aug 25, 2011
    Posted 10 Reviews
    I'm a breakfast guy. Love it. I particularly like American-style southern breakfast, be it Tex-mex or the southern-style grits n' gravy. Southern Belle does the latter style, and does it well.

    We ordered the 75RMB brunch special which includes one entree and three sides. I ordered the biscuits and gravy with home fries, spicy sausage and cheese grits on the side. My significant other order the breakfast burrito (you get two), coffee (drink counts as a side), hash browns and the spicy sausage.

    Everything was on point. The biscuits were a little sour (just how I like them), and the gravy was awesome; a good helping of cut up andouille sausage pieces in every dip. The cheese grits were, well, cheese grits. It's not rocket science making a bowl of grits. The spicy sausage was really nice. Reminded of the links I get back home. I tried the burrito, and it was more than passable. The beef was moist and full of flavour. Munchies still holds the title of best breakfast burrito in Shanghai though.

    By the end, we were stuffed, and I mean like walking-for-an-hour-afterwards stuffed. I didn't finish all the food on the plate. Unheard of.

    I rejoice every time I find a new GOOD breakfast/brunch spot in the city, and Southern Belle got me with it's southern charm.
    Pleasant Environment
    For Southern Belle on December 19, 2011
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    jbrad
    Joined Feb 23, 2011
    Is Irish
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I went there a couple of times recently, here is my review.
    I like the timber finish decor, it makes the place feel homely, this feeling is added to by the bookshelves.
    The staff are efficient and helpful, and will actually come over to your table when you call them!
    The prices I think are reasonable and wouldn't expect any cheaper.
    So, we had the quesadillas - standard fare.
    The Cajun chicken sandwich is quite tasty, the red beans and rice was good, although by the way the sauce came in a steaming hot cup, i'm guessing straight from the microwave, not freshly made up.
    The jambalaya was not great, didn't really like this. We had the pecan pie for dessert which was good.
    Yesterday i went for the weekend brunch set. This was 75RMB and I thought that was good value. I got 4 pancakes, hash browns (the fried diced potatoes, bacon and onion type, not the patty type), coffee and a couple of slices of bread. There was a lot of choice available as you choose to mix and match what you get for your 75.
    Overall I like the place and think the food is good. BUT, I have to qualify that by saying I don't know much about mexican/texan food and pretty much have only eaten this type of food in Shanghai.
    There was another comment about the owner hanging around with a cigar, yea i've seen him, but i don't really mind, like so what. I don't think the cigar is actually lit (or else that would not make for a nice dinning experience!), and at least he doesn't smooch all over you with false friendliness.
    In summary, good food, nice decor, efficient staff, reasonable price.
    So I will keep up my regular visits of once every week or 2.
    So-So
    For Southern Belle on July 9, 2011
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    Weevil60
    Joined Jul 9, 2011
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Have been in Shanghai less tha a month and decided to try this place out for dinner with my wife. First impression was good, deck on front of place was a good sign, with the cooking taking place on grills there. Interior was cool, felt very familar to us.

    My wife ordered pork chops with gravy and I had the jambalaya. We both ordered Cokes, which I must say were the coldest I have had in Shanghai yet! That was a good start.

    My meal came out after about 20 minutes, which seemed kind of long given the lack of patrons. Afer about 5 more minutes I finally went up to the girl overseeing the bar area to check on the chops, and 'poof' out came my wife's meal!

    THe jambalaya was very average, probably how it would have tasted if I had made it myself for the first time. The potatoes in the potato sald were pretty apply, so not so good there. Her pork chops were another story, very tough (think shoe leather) and extremely bland.

    Trying to end on a positive note, we had a chocolate chip and an oatmeal raisin cookie. Both were average.

    Overall, not sure if we'll go back or not. Maybe we'll give it another try, but for sure will order something else on the menu.
    Used to Hate it Now I, Sort of, Love It
    For Southern Belle on May 19, 2011
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    niuyueren
    Joined May 16, 2011
    Posted 4 Reviews
    I used to hate this place. I thought the owner was kind of an ass (still kind of do) and the food was overpriced/sucked. I cringed when I had to give the place my business but found myself going back at the urging of friends. With the warm weather permitting nice al fresco dining and drinking, the place has grown on me a lot. The food is not gourmet but it is fine, and the casual drinking experience here is pretty darn good.

    If for no other reason, it is worth going to Southern Belle the popcorn. It is free with drinks and I think it is probably the best popcorn in Shanghai. Hot and fresh, salty and buttery, but not too much so, and absolutely no sugar whatsoever. It is really satisfying to throw a nice big handful of popcorn into your mouth and encounter a flavor that is much more suited to be washed down with one of their tall mugs of draft Budweiser (buy 1 get 1 free during happy hour, awesome) than the unfortunate sweet surprise one usually encounters here in Shanghai. My biggest gripe about the place is that sometimes the owner, who is always milling about cigar in mouth, cuts you off the popcorn supply to your table if the drinks to popcorn basket ratio dips too low.

    The service here tends to be good too. The owner, despite his stinginess with his popcorn, runs a good ship and his wait-staff is attentive. The girls are always easy to find and will help any table, even if it is not her own. They also really win you over when you go to pay your bill, and without even having been asked, reveal to you and your table that they have kept everyones orders separate and hand everyone an individual check. Makes life much easier.

    All in all, the place is a relaxing and reliable place to have a few drinks and food in a casual outdoor setting.
    Utterly disappointed
    For Southern Belle on March 25, 2011
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    akamango
    Joined Mar 25, 2011
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Well, I guess I don't have that many positive things to say about this place so let's cut to the chase. Decor is pretty decent, furnished with couple of dartboards, flat screen TV, wall of books on one side, and mirrors on another (so the restaurant seems bigger than it really is). Smoking and non-smoking is only separated by a pillar, so the guy at the next table (on the other side of the pillar) can smoke his lungs out and you can't say hell no.

    Food is miserable at best. My husband ordered a Rueben James and I ordered a shrimp gumbo. Shrimp gumbo is served in a oval bowl with a good heap of rice in the middle and gumbo sauce on the side. There was so much more rice than gumbo that after scooping the rice out, I still can't see no gumbo! The rice is Chinese, not the usual gumbo kind. My husband described his Rueben sandwich as "stale, elastic rubber straight out from a vending machine".

    Buffalo wings with coleslaw is pathetic. Even hooters have better wings than this place. Wings are spicy and deep fried to the point of almost burnt and that is it. No other flavors, just plain 'burn your tongue off spicy'. Even the simple coleslaw is a sad tale. Bland and too much cream.

    Now for the desserts.... we had a brownie and a mid pie. Funny how the mud pie tasted like a brownie with meringue served in a rock hard crust (you could probably use it as a weapon if you got mugged on the streets) and the brownie is like a compressed salty chocolate crumb. Well, the cook is Chinese and perhaps he mistook salt for sugar? This is the first time (and hopefully the last) I have had a salty brownie.

    Waitstaff are alright and spoke adequate English.

    Overall, I would not mind the prices if the food was decent enough to remind me of home but definitely is way overpriced for some Chinese chef crap.
    I'd rather be eat 15RMB Chicken Quesadilla @ Windows 2
    For Southern Belle on September 25, 2010
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    tripdub
    Joined Nov 30, 2009
    Posted 15 Reviews
    I decided to hit up Southern Belle last night because I read that the drinks were cheap during happy hour. Unfortunately, I didn\'t realize how bad everything would be. By the end, I turned to my SO and said that I\'d rather have a chicken quesadilla from Windows 2 than the food here. His response: \"That says a lot about this place\". Read on, friend.

    Based on looks, the place is great. It\'s very well decorated, looks clean, has 2 dart boards, very clean \"outhouses\", and 2 shelves of books (good variety), and a nice looking bar with a decent selection of liqours.

    They have a buy 1 get 1 on certain drinks and 20% off cocktails deal. I got a Beauregard S[something], which was fruity, but not really tasty and didn\'t look exactly appetizing either.

    The drinks menu does have a lot of southern specialties, focusing on julupe and bourbons. The food menu is actually pricier than I expected--the cup of chili was 35RMB. That\'s a little much. They have a list of 6-8 sandwiches which all look (LOOK) good on the menu as well as mains, such as 1/2 rack of lamb for 95RMB. I stayed away from the mains as they seemed too expensive.

    I did end up ordering a bowl of chili (50RMB), the Po\' Boy Pastrami sandwich (55-60RMB), and the Peach Cobbler (between 30-45RMB I believe). First of all, I would just like to say that if you\'re going to have an American Southern-style restaurant, you\'d better have the portions to pull that s**t off. Southern Belle does not do that. Here\'s why:

    Chili: the good news is that it comes with a layer of melted (and continuously melting) cheese and 5 pieces of what looks like whole wheat french bread. Why wouldn\'t it come with a corn muffin or, better yet, 2 biscuits?? No idea. The portion is OK given that it\'s a bowl. The meat-to-beans ratio was far from perfection (read: way too much meat compared to beans). It was tasty--they got the spices almost right. For 50RMB, it\'s not bad but, at this point, I wasn\'t convinced I\'d be back for more.

    Po\' Boy Pastrami: I can\'t even describe in words how disappointing this sandwich was. First off, the top 1/2 of the roll comes twisted 90 degrees from the rest of the sandwich. Is that supposed to be some kind of artsy move? Please. It\'s a southern style restaurant. Just give me the meat and forget the fancy-smansy crap.

    If you try the meat on its own, it\'s got an incredibly strange texture. Some would call it the fake meat texture. I couldn\'t place it myself. It came apart too easily and was just too...je ne sais quoi. There also wasn\'t enough of it. The bread was alright but, again, the ratios were definitely up to par. Granted, this is China and Chinese people and non-Americans are used to smaller portions. BUT COME ON! REALLY??? Hello! AMERICAN. SOUTHERN. STYLE. RESTUARANT.

    This dish also comes with choice of potato salad or coleslaw. What I ordered was coleslaw. What they gave me was purple and white cabbage stuff that tasted like it\'d had tuna fish juice all over it. The cabbage wasn\'t crunchy, everything was soggy, as if it\'d been sitting in the fridge for a week. Also--why did it taste like tuna??? Actually, if it HAD been tuna salad, it might have been ok. Again, so far, I\'m not amused.

    Peach Cobbler: It seriously just keeps getting worse. I got it with the extra scoop of icecream for an extra 5RMB. What I got was a soup bowl (??) of muck. The ice cream was cheap. Real cheap. The peach cobbler? Well...it basically looked like a 2 year old had gotten a hold of it 2 hours before and then the kitchen decided to nuke it for a couple minutes before serving. Everything was soupy (?!) and there wasn\'t much cobbler. The peaches were definitely canned...this is IF they were peaches at all--they tasted like apples! I was extremely disappointed and wished that I\'d ordered a pie although they didn\'t look very good in the display case.

    Staff: The only pleasant part of this was the staff. They were very nice and attentive, although it may have been because me and my SO were the only ones there at the time. However, even though none of them were busy when we left, none said goodbye...that made me slightly bitter.

    Final vote: I will not be returning anytime soon. It\'s disappointing because the space is great, they\'ve got a porch outside, and it\'s got a friendly atmosphere. Maybe one really can\'t make good old Deep South style food in Shanghai...sigh. It\'s really too bad.
    Yee Haw
    For Southern Belle on September 2, 2010
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    morenda
    Joined Jun 13, 2009
    Posted 3 Reviews
    After reading several reviews I have some doubts about this place and tried it for just the happy hour. The happy hour is great, however I also now recommend the food, if you chose correct. I\'m from the South in the U.S. and am very picky when it comes down to my home flavors. I would have to say after meeting the manager/owner my opinions of this place greatly improved. He is really into the history and culture of the South, and I don\'t get that very much from yankees. Anyways, the chili is good with a mix of spice and sweetness. The ribs were cooked very well considering they are hard to do right. The hotdogs...well..try the chicken sandwhich or maybe the hamburgers. Overall I have been back almost everyweek. And I hope they will continue to accept good advise as well as improve their menu I recommend this place for drinks, and stay for lunch or dinner.
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    cellini4
    Joined Aug 30, 2010
    Posted 1 Reviews
    We visited Southern Belle yesterday for the first time with our 2 young ones. Ambience was nice, we hung out at the patio as it was breezy and nice, and the music was relaxing (Johnny Cash \"Ring of Fire\", Kris Kristofferson etc.) and a perfect match to the type of food we are having.

    Food:
    Food was decent. I had the half ribs, they were a little fatty but well marinated. The meat just fell off the bones. The chili was yummy, my husband has tried a few around town and thought it was just the right amount of spice and the texture was good.

    My shrimp gumbo was not good. Not well seasoned, and it tasted like it was made a day before. Rice was mushy, and overall just bland. At 30RMB for a small bowl, I will definitely not order this again and will try something else.

    Wings were good (10 for 45 RMB). We had 2 types of sauce on it, and my kids loved it. Same for the Hot Dog (35 RMB each). The potato salad that came with the Hot Dog and the ribs was just so-so, not well seasoned, and a little hard.

    Service:
    Great service from everyone, attentive and cheerful. Strangely, when we asked for the bill, we saw one waitress crying by the BBQ pit, not sure what was going on. Just a bad day for her at home?

    Drinks:
    The Happy Hour deal is ok, buy 1 Bud draft, get 1 Bud draft free. Saranac Indian Pale Ale (in a bottle) is also available, and we had that. We only realize later it was not part of the Happy Hour deal, and paid 45RMB each (not cheap). The staff didn\'t tell us it wasn\'t part of the Happy Hour, and to be honest, we also didn\'t clarify - call it a first-timer mistake I suppose.

    Lemonade was pricey, I have never paid 35RMB (that\'s US$5.20 !!) for a glass of lemonade with ice before. Ouch.

    Dessert:
    Apple pie is not the thin crust type. It is what you would usually call Dutch Apple Pie. The crust was thick and heavy. The apple inside was yummy. The ice cream was also a good deal for kids, only 10 RMB for a scoop. Wish there were more flavours... only vanilla is available. In both cases, I wish we knew whip cream would be put on top of the apple pie and ice cream, as we would have asked them not to do so.

    Bottom line:
    We will come back. Kinda reminds us of \"SYDNEY\" which closed down last year. The Aussie owner had to go home, and they had great ribs and a fun indoor sand pit for the kids to play in.
    Come for the bourbons and skip the food
    For Southern Belle on August 17, 2010
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    gracie_law
    Joined Aug 16, 2010
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Someone told me that Southern Belle had the best bourbon selection in Shanghai, so naturally I was excited to pay them a visit. On this I was certainly not disappointed! Belle has an amazing selection of bourbons that could only have been hand carried from overseas. I also had several different mint juleps at Belle which were all delicious. But then the food came and I was very disappointed. Ribs were bland, nachos were cold and stodgy, and the sandwiches were greasy and uninspired.

    Bottom line: great bourbon, bad food.
    Excellent
    For Southern Belle on July 1, 2010
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    lifeisgood12
    Joined Sep 15, 2008
    Is American
    Posted 2 Reviews
    This is simply a great place. Fresh food cooked on an outdoor gas grill, excellent sandwiches along with home made potato salad, strong drinks, great wine - what more can be said ? Other than the staff is excellent - friendly, attentive and fast. The live music on Wednesday will probably make you stay far longer than you planned - Also the meat and chicken is very fresh and tender. The down side - its to good so I eat to much.

    The customer mix of local Chinese, and Ex-pats from all over the world makes for great fun.
    Great atmosphere, great service
    For Southern Belle on May 9, 2010
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    armccreight
    Joined Mar 27, 2009
    Posted 2 Reviews
    Our first time here. Good bottomless coffee--I liked the way the breakfast was set up (well, brunch with a breakfast item): order your entree and add three sides. I got poached eggs with whole wheat toast and fruit and a side of coffee, and my friend got the shrimp gumbo. The gumbo wasn\'t terribly spicy, which I appreciated, but my friend didn\'t mind adding Tabasco. It was also hotdog-heavy, but not overwhelmingly so. Just be warned that it\'s not fancy sausage going into the stuff. We also had the 25 kuai bloody marys and margaritas, which were good for the price. Really happy we tried the place out! Other bonuses that matter to me more and more in this city were that we didn\'t need a reservation, were greeted with prompt service, an atmosphere that wasn\'t too quiet or too loud, and free ice water.
    The South shall NOT rise again
    For Southern Belle on October 14, 2009
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    antelope69
    Joined Oct 30, 2008
    Posted 5 Reviews
    Disappointed sums it up. I was looking forward to a good Southen meal in a friendly atmosphere. The food was just meh. The decor inside is insulting to Southerners, "shack" wood paneling on one side, parlor interior on the other with a ridiculous painting over the fireplace of a Southern girl with a parisol. Don't think the people who run this place are Southerners at all, but are just using a "cute" concept. Food, decor and atmosphere are much better at Bubba's BBQ over in Hongqiao.
    Nice venue...but not much else.
    For Southern Belle on September 8, 2009
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    graceseanchang
    Joined Jul 8, 2009
    Is American
    Posted 5 Reviews
    Went here last night with a friend for dinner. When we sat down, we were offered popcorn as a free starter. For appetizer, we ordered the large serving of chicken wings (I think it was RMB60) to share, for entrees my friend got their Hot Dog (RMB 35), and I got their Reuben Sandwich (RMB 60). Both entrees come with a choice of either coleslaw or potato salad. Chicken wings were bbqed and quite tasty and came with a side of potato salad and we were given all three of their sauces because I couldn't decide which one I wanted. So far, so good. Then came the entrees.... (dun duN DUN.) So let me first off say, we are both American and know true definitions of a "Reuben Sandwich" and a "Hot Dog". What we instead received were sub-par imitations. The bread my Reuben came on was extremely dry and hard, completely over-toasted or stale, BARELY any meat, BARELY any sauerkraut, BARELY any cheese. The meat was merely a couple of thin slices with the consistency of tough jerky. My friend's Hot Dog only came with a side of ketchup and mustard even though it said it came with relish. Upon requesting relish, the waitress replied that they don't have relish. Strange. Friend did not like the Hot Dog at all. I think it's pretty hard to mess up a Hot Dog... I used to make these all the time in college over a gas stove and they have a full-on grill there. Coleslaw (which is just red cabbage) and potato salad were decent and the waitress was willing to refill our popcorn dish numerous times (yes, the entrees were that bad that we had to fill up on popcorn instead). We both agreed that the free popcorn and chicken wings were the best. Service is good here but for those prices, the food is not worth it. We met the owner of the venue and I was tempted to tell him the Reuben sandwich sorta sucked but after reading suryasta's review below, I'm kind of glad I didn't. Total bill with a sprite was around RMB170 for two. I think I would only come back to kick back a beer or two during their happy hour, but never again for dinner.
    Southern Hospitality
    For Southern Belle on August 7, 2009
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    The Decor
    With Friends
    Meiguoren
    Joined May 22, 2009
    Is American
    Posted 2 Reviews
    This place oozes charisma.Out of all of the "southern" places I've been to in Shanghai, this place takes the cake. The moment myself and my group walked in we were greeted by a very charismatic bar owner and his Daisey Duke clad staff. The bar tenders have a very heavy hand, and the bar boasts an extensive drink menu with of course, everything southern. Whether its bourbon or hurricanes, you are sure to find it here. On top of all of that they sell high quality cigars for cheap prices. The staff was very nice and the service was exquisite.
    Nothing South or Belle
    For Southern Belle on July 20, 2009
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    The Decor
    With Friends
    pcpliu
    Joined Jan 9, 2007
    Posted 18 Reviews
    Expensive price for minimum food is only applicable if the food is delicious with great service, unfortunately this restaurant lacks both.

    Unimpressive decor, badly trained staff and worst of all, not so delicious food is a recipe on why most newly opened restaurants in Shanghai don't last over a year.

    This restaurant needs to shape up or return to wherever South the owner came from.
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