After many years wishing for more traditional Southern food in Boston, Executive Chef and Owner Jason Cheek drew from his North Carolina roots to create Southern Proper - a nostalgic experience inspired by his upbringing. From housemade pickles, fermented hot sauce and lavender-infused honey, to smoked meats, Lowcountry-style seafood and legendary fried chicken, Executive Chef Jason is providing guests with a taste of home. A carefully curated drink menu is equally weighted, with local brews on tap; an extensive whiskey, rye and bourbon list; and innovative cocktails. Local partnerships, full utilization of ingredients and sustainability are highly prioritized by the team, with measures in place to maximize impact. Southern Proper sources fresh, local ingredients from New England farms to further emphasize the seasonal culture of southern food. Compost is refrigerated to reduce footprint, and when an ingredient is about to go out of season, it’s dried up or pickled to ensure full utilization; nothing is wasted. In addition to the authentic dishes and drinks, Southern Proper has a unique visual experience. With the comfort and appeal of “grandmother’s living room,” Southern Proper is dressed in thoughtful nods to a southern home. It’s relaxed, inviting and slightly eclectic, with antique wallpaper and light fixtures, green and gold accents, and smoke-infused, raw pine walls imported from North Carolina. Natural light seeps in from floor to high-vaulted ceiling spanning the perimeter, and the kitchen is open. Whether grabbing a quick, on-the-go lunch or unwinding with post-work cocktails, Southern Proper welcomes Boston into its home for a traditional southern experience.

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The food was decently priced for lunch. And the bartender was friendly.

Rajon, February 21, 2020

great fried chicken, but the portions were a little small.

Katherine, February 20, 2020

Breyer than I remembered

Frank, February 13, 2020

good food, friendly atmosphere

Andrei, January 20, 2020

Tasty food!

Hannah, January 16, 2020

Good food and nice service

Carla, January 16, 2020

Great fried chicken

Chanthia, January 14, 2020

The chicken and cornbread were delicious

Kyle, January 12, 2020

Great atmosphere, amazing food, was excited to go back. Bummed it closed.

Brad, January 6, 2020

The servers were friendly and accommodating and the food was good. I also loved the atmosphere

Stephanie, December 27, 2019

Great food

Sejal, December 22, 2019

It was my first time visiting Southern Proper. The place was very busy, people chattering and enjoying their food. The hostess was very friendly. She answered a couple of questions I had about the menu and got the manager to help me with the Nift gift. Parking was not a major issue.

Francis, December 15, 2019

the food was delicious

Maritza, December 14, 2019

Great, juicy chicken, good sides.

Kathryn, December 13, 2019

Delicious southern food. Great Service. Chill Atmosphere

Frantzley, December 13, 2019

Very nice restaurant excellent service

JANE, December 12, 2019

Excellent food and cocktails, great staff, love the decor. Would definitely return!

Thomas, December 12, 2019

The food was very good, loved the open airy space. Would go back.

Dorothy, December 12, 2019

Great service and awesome food!

Diana, December 11, 2019

The ambiance is great, but the seating availability is limited.

JM, December 11, 2019

Great value, great food! Awesome atmosphere.

Juliane, December 10, 2019

Loved the happy hour menu!!

Lindsey, December 10, 2019

I freaking loved it! Great service and great food. I definitely would be going back.

Margo, December 10, 2019

Great sticky buns!

Adrianne, December 8, 2019

food was tasty

George, December 7, 2019

The service was great! We went during off hours and there was plenty of street parking. Their chicken was DELICIOUS, and the atmosphere was certainly southern.

Sully, December 6, 2019

5 stars

Rena, December 5, 2019

Staff was friendly and the food was delicious!

Kelly, December 4, 2019

Everyone working there is super nice and friendly, the Mac and cheese is a MUST TRY

Coralea, December 2, 2019

The chicken sandwich special was amazing and at a great price point- my boyfriend said he would definitely come back for it. Other dishes were really good as well and very reasonably priced

Gina, November 30, 2019

Very good, very friendly staff

Austin, November 28, 2019

Our Sunday brunch at Southern Proper was excellent: the food was beautifully prepared from very fresh ingredients, the service was polite and attentive and the portions were generous, but not ridiculously large. We are so lucky that such a fine restaurant is right up the street from our home!

Michele, November 25, 2019

Great fried chicken!

Erika, November 23, 2019

Good food but terrible service.

Xing, November 23, 2019

the fried chicken tasted great

Michael, November 22, 2019

I had the kale salad - it was delicious and the apples and squash made it very seasonal. Really loved the crispy quinoa too. The bartender told me of the lunchtime appetizer happy hour type thing and I told my co-workers when I got back to work (right around the corner). They are planning on visiting very soon!! thank you!

Nancy, November 22, 2019

Food was delicious. The staff was very impersonal though.

Debra, November 20, 2019

Good crispy chicken.

Russ, November 20, 2019

Really enjoyed their trout

Amin, November 19, 2019

Great space and tasty food! Overall experience could be improved if there were more people dining, felt a little empty.

Emily, November 18, 2019

I had the fried chicken and it was pretty good but not excellent

Nicole, November 18, 2019

Great food, portions, and service.

Trish, November 18, 2019

The service and food were a little bit above average

Marianna, November 17, 2019

Nice modern take on southern brunch dishes that were delicious

Hector, November 17, 2019

Fabulous food, drinks, and service, in addition to lovely atmosphere. This was a high value Nift which I appreciate.

Becky, November 16, 2019

good food, a bit pricey. nice space.

Alex, November 16, 2019

Delicious food and AMAZING service. The waitstaff gave us suggestions on every course and they were totally right! We had the chicken sandwich, Mac and cheese, bbq pork, and deviled eggs split between 2. So yummy, and we got to take home leftovers!

Caity, November 15, 2019

Good food good service

Winny, November 14, 2019

Southern Proper was Good. Nice atmosphere and staff. Thanks to Nift I now know that this place exists really close proximity of home. Food was good. I will be going back for another try of their menu. Thanks for the gift.

Adolfo, November 13, 2019

Hot chicken sandwich and cornbread were so so good! Bartender/waitress was very friendly and provided great service as well.

Scott, November 13, 2019

The BEST fried chicken I’ve ever had!

Katie, November 13, 2019

The place was delicious and such a cute atmosphere! Definitely wouldn’t have found the place without nift

Monica, November 11, 2019

Wonderful food in a different type of atmosphere. Inspired menu with delicious options for vegetariants too.

Deborah, November 11, 2019

Service wasn't so great, and the food was average. I had the smothered and covered hashbrowns. It just didn't mesh, too much going on that didn't go together,but the hashbrown was delish.

Marcia, November 11, 2019

Fried chicken was great!

Ron, November 11, 2019

Best friend chicken in Boston

Amy, November 11, 2019

Enjoyed our meal, the quiche was served a bit on the cold side which I didn't mind but had to ask first if that was intentional or a mistake. Might be worth highlighting that on the menu. I didn't mind it cold but I would expect most people think of quiche as a hot dish.

Justin, November 11, 2019

Great food

Chinecherem, November 9, 2019

Amazing comfort food and super cozy Setting

Amy, November 9, 2019

Food was excellent great service and ambience too.

Allyson, November 8, 2019

Had a very nice lunch and enjoyed discovering this year-old restaurant. One in the party was vegetarian and tho the menu focused on meat there were several veg options.

Debbie, November 7, 2019

I enjoyed the meal at Southern Proper. Foods are fantastic and delicious. Thank you for referring me to a restaurant that I did not know that exists. I will come back again. 🦃🍁

Lisa M., November 7, 2019

The food is absolutely delicious but the prices are super high especially when entrees like fried chicken don't come with anything but the chicken. If we're pieces for 23 bucks or so should come with a side dish or two. this is southern food ladies and gentlemen home cooking with simple ingredients!

AnaLinda, November 6, 2019

The burger was great. Service was friendly and decor was very modern. Price is as to be expected for the south end.

S C, November 6, 2019

Nice atmosphere, good service and tasty (but pretty unhealthy) comfort food

Adam, November 3, 2019

A little pricey

Katie, November 3, 2019

Good service, chicken was good

Lizzy, November 3, 2019

Great food!

Jennifer, November 2, 2019

Amazing food and great atmosphere

Julia, November 2, 2019

The food was great. Highly recommend the hot chicken sandwich. Loved the atmosphere as well

Katherine, November 2, 2019

Food & cocktails were really wonderful!! Service was a bit slow, but didn't color the evening for us. Would love to see the dessert menu elevated to the level of execution of the main menu. Would definitely go back!

Jessica, November 2, 2019

I LOVE the atmosphere and decor in Southern Proper! Although the menu, especially for lunch, is very limited, it looks a bit better for dinner. I will definitely return!

Sheri, October 31, 2019

Very nice place to eat,drink..excellent decoration..great customer service...

MD, October 31, 2019

The restaurant’s ambience is very nice, nice neighborhood spot. The food was good. We went on a Wednesday evening , the restaurant was not crowded but service was extremely slow.

Diane, October 31, 2019

Delicious food, great service, and gorgeous venue! Thanks so much!

Rebecca, October 29, 2019

Great food, okay service. Surprisingly not busy on a Friday night

Evan, October 28, 2019

It was good, I'd go back again. Didn't think it was amazing. Just okay.

Sally, October 28, 2019

The ambience is really nice and the hood is definitely a new experience!

La, October 26, 2019

Went for Brunch....The Frittata was Great

Michael, October 26, 2019

Good food and nice atmosphere

Cam Tu, October 23, 2019

it's cool and cheap. I highly recommend to all my friends.

Jamal, October 22, 2019

Enjoyed the food and drinks! Was a little pricey for the quality.

Olivia, October 22, 2019

It was amazing!

Finnbarr, October 21, 2019

Great food service was mah tho

Kim, October 20, 2019

Nice atmosphere and waitstaff.

Judith, October 20, 2019

Great service and food!!

Olivia, October 20, 2019

Food was incredible, atmosphere was great - love the decor! Restaurant appreciation fee was a surprise. I'd recommend but tell friends to expect the additional fee.

Ania, October 20, 2019

A little pricy but so yummy will def be back

Mimi, October 19, 2019

The restaurant is spacious and homey. I enjoyed my Farmer's Salad and got a side order of corn bread. It came with honey and a scoop of butter. Since it was very sweet and dessert-ish, I left it for the end of my meal. I don't eat chicken so couldn't try the 3 (I assume) popular dishes. I had gone to an event and remember eating a pimento sammie. I wish they had something like that on the menu.

Joanne, October 17, 2019

Really great food, happy I discovered the resteraunt and looking forward to returning with friends.

Alan, October 17, 2019

The decor is rustic and high quality at the same time. The price for my food was very reasonable, and the presentation was well balanced. The meat was absolutely excellent. The menu itself was limited. Cleanliness was top notch, as it better be on rough wood top walls.

Michael, October 15, 2019

Food was great but the service was a little slow for a night when they weren't even half full.

Jacquelyn, October 14, 2019

Yummy food and good service!

Jennifer, October 14, 2019

I'm from the South and felt right at home at Southern Proper. Thank you for bringing this restaurant to Boston!

Aisha, October 14, 2019

The food is actually pretty delicious, but the portions are petite. You will need to order at least 2 things so that you are not hungry.

Kai, October 13, 2019

The fried chicken was amazing!

Georgia, October 13, 2019

Biscuits were dramatically overpriced - good quality but size/portion did not warrant $7 (benchmarking against the size of biscuits at a place like Sweet Cheeks). Fried chicken sandwich (classic) was tasty. Very friendly bartender and quick service. Love the decor of the place, wish it was open later!

Brett, October 12, 2019

Great menu/drink menu and overall vibes. We had the Chicken Sandwich and it was delicious!

Suzie, October 10, 2019

The hot chicken was on 🔥

Dk, October 8, 2019

Great food! Thanks!

David, October 8, 2019

We had a very nice experience, liked the atmosphere, the bar staff was super friendly + made recommendations from the menu that we loved. The catfish dinner + brussel sprouts were our favorites + the zucchini hoe cakes with maple syrup + peanuts were a delicious treat as well.

Susan, October 7, 2019


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Camarie, October 6, 2019

Great service food and atmosphere fun place!

Michael, October 6, 2019

Amazing fried chicken!!

Megan, October 5, 2019

The warm beets had too much sea salt on top. Waitress asked and gave me a new plate. The smoked sausage served with pickles was good. Service was good.

Sau, October 3, 2019


Nathan, September 29, 2019

The food was amazing! Definitely one of the best southern restaurants I have been to in a while. I really enjoyed that there was a great variety of southern options - barbecue, meats, seafood, and salads! The best part was that they all have a touch of southern to them. I would highly recommend this place!

Surabhi, September 28, 2019

Great brunch & great service. Thanks!

Kara, September 28, 2019

We went during crush hour and the wings were delicious! Going back next week!

Yen, September 27, 2019

Great ribs

Nicholas, September 25, 2019

Great place

Jossy, September 24, 2019
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600 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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