Due South

4.5
1104 reviews
$30 and under
Regional American (Southern)
Due South offers creative cuisine inspired by the Southern states with an emphasis on in-house smoked meats, locally sourced seafood and farm fresh produce.
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4.4
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4.4
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4.2
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CrystalJ15
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food & quality food. Service was amazing! I’ll return.

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SHELLYB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It was winter restaurant week, so my nephew and I met for dinner and ordered from the restaurant week menu. I ordered the chicken wings and they initially came out bleeding. The wait staff replaced them, but then they were a little burnt. As an entree i ordered the shrimp and grits, and it was ‘alright’. Just alright. The desert was the best course! I ordered the bread pudding and it was really good. I would recommend the bread pudding. Even with restaurant week, it was pricey. The meal was $40.00 each, with each drink averaged $18.00. Two people, with restaurant week menu and only one person drinking alcohol was $150.00. That’s pricey to me for an average, just alright, meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Ordered the veggie scramble and added brisket. It was good, but not spectacular. I think I was expecting the same menu and deliciousness from a few years ago. My friend ordered the kale salad which looked really good. You can add chicken or shrimp if you need a protein. They also have 2hr bottomless mimosas for $24. The crowd is lively for brunch but had no problem getting a reservation for Saturday afternoon. Overall it was a good experience, outside of the hostess being seemingly enthralled with the guys in front of me and proceeded to carry on a longer than necessary conversation which created a line of ppl waiting to check in to get a table LOL

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EvelynL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and the host Michael was awesome!

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DavidM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Had a great night, the portions were very sizable so even though I was a little concerned about the prices at first, I certainly got my money's worth and the food and drinks were great

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vipKimD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the first time that I returned to Due South for several years. I had a bad experience at the Due South Dockside on July 3rd 2019. The bartender/server was very rude to all of the customers. There were many people there to watch the Nats post game fireworks and they closed and kicked everyone out of their space before the fireworks started. No advance warning.

Anyway, we decided to revisit the restaurant since we really enjoyed the food prior to that experience - it was great. My partner had the Boss Hog and I had an assortment of sides. We both had the bottomless mimosas (good but a tad too much OJ). The service was excellent! The food was too. We weren't rushed and our glasses were never empty. Our server, Maggie, was great!

Thanks for a great experience! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was very tasty and had an enjoyable ambience. Everyone in my party enjoyed their food.

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TMcC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I was able to book my reservation for two people on New Year's Day about an hour before and was pleased that I was seated within 5 mins upon arrival. I ordered the Hot Fried Chicken & Biscuit and it was very good. The drinks seemed a bit watered down but tasted pretty good overall. The atmosphere was very comfortable.

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YlaciD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

This was my 2nd visit to Due South. It was crowded, loud,I was very uncomfortable in this environment. I think they need to go back to social distance guidelines even if DC doesn’t require it

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JoyF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

The service was great. However the food wasn't good at all. The chicken wings were TOO salty, the corn muffins were cold, the crab fritters were fried too hard and was burnt and the sweet tea had TOO much sugar in it. We didn't even order a entree because we were so disappointed with the appetizers. Even the fries with my daughters kids meal was cold. Too much meat for a kid cheeseburger as well. My daughter decided to cut it in half and only took 3 bites of it. I was really excited to visit this location because of the ambiance but the food didn't match it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Due South is okay. Some items are great like the wings. The burger was okay and lacked seasoning. Would return if in the area but not making a special trip. This is my 2nd time and both times were similar.

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vipYanaR
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Due South never disappoints! After the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, we were looking for a quiet place for dinner. On a whim, we took an exit to the Yards and found ourselves at Due South :) I’ve made a reservation literally 10 min before the allotted time. A Chef’s Board (smoked ham, fried sausage, pimento cheese spread, pickled okra (no slime!), classic buttermilk biscuits, and cool condiments) and corn muffins to start, along with cocktails (gin and spicy pear for me, Shoofly Punch for the guys). Smoked meats platter with jalapeño grits, collards, and slaw for men, shrimp and grits for me. All tasty, portions are generous. Another pleasant experience at Due South!

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vipLovetoEatEatEat
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Due South was a much needed dinner away for our group of moms. We were able to chat and enjoy good food without changing diapers, spoon feeding a kid, and dealing with crying. The food was delicious and excellent and our server did go out of his way to accommodate us when the timing of the food got a bit turned around. We ordered to-go dinners for our spouses as a "Thank You" for keeping the little ones so we could get. It was lovely.

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vipnwdw
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience5

Have dined at Due South multiple times and is always a great experience. However this time we sat at our table for 25 minutes and no one came to take our order. So we got up and left.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. Our waitress was very attentive and had great customer service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Due South was great the food was excellent and the bottomless mimosas are a must have!!!!

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DCRunner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch - started with a biscuit with strawberry preserves. Had the Boss Hog and bacon pimento cheeseburger for main meals- everything was delish! Wear pants with an elastic waist!

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KimW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place..Brought 7 ladies with me yesterday for brunch because I bragged about the food especially the smoked wings and all was saying how good everything was. Afterwards 6 ladies ordered smoked wings to go.

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SaleemR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Very limited staff, it took over fifteen minutes before a waiter came to the table and another 10-15 to receive our drink order. Service began to speed up after placing our food order but you call tell they’re extremely under-staffed.

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AnekaD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the southern style home cooking at Due South. Checked all the boxes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great but hated how close the small tables were.

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TrueReview
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The food did not have a real southern flavor.

Blackened Catfish: No flavor. It was bland for the most part. Did not have the spicy New Orleans flavor.

Brussels Sprouts: Very bland, no salt or other spices to give it any flavor.

Brisket Chili: It was like a bowl of flavorless tomato soup. No spices were added to give it any depth, no heat. Very disappointing.

Mac & Cheese: Very disappointing, no flavor. Just some cheese put in the middle of some pasta. There needs to be a melting cheese roux poured over the pasta, then a combination of at least three other cheeses mixed together with the pasta, and then baked for 45 minutes to an hour.

There really needs to be more spices and flavor to the dishes. A quick tasting trip to New Orleans would do wonders. I am sure the chef is top-notch, but I was surprised at the lack of flavor.

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vipBelindaP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was ok. Not great. Large portions. Service was prompt. The person at the table next to us claimed to have seen a mouse under the table next to hers, refused to pay her bill and walked out.

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CandiceJ
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Went to Due South for brunch with 2 friends. The ambiance & atmosphere was very nice. We ordered the eggs benedict, big boss, and the burger. All of our dishes were good with the exception of the home fries which were underdone (hence the 4 star rating vs 5).

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BeyoncaC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had outdoor seating, the food, service and ambience was perfect. Would only say, it would be so very good to have more choices on the menu but our vegetable scramble with brisket was amazing!!!

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BeccaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter, Mike, was fantastic! The absolute best. He was so attentive and kind. 5 stars.

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KayG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mike is the best! We had an amazing time and will be back!

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ShaniceF
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved the food and the atmosphere. This was a great place to have dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Food was hot and tasty upon arrival. Service was slow.

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SylviaH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service! Good food. Had brisket (tender), collard greens (light bacon flavor; could have stood heavier "collard" taste), potatoe salad (good), pickles (spicy), and cornbread (dry). Server was very conversational which we enjoyed. Sat outdoors so noise level was not quiet, yet fine for long visit with my friend. My only real complaint was outside signage. I walked by the restaurant (and circled the block) 2.5 times before calling my friend (reservation was almost expired) and she literally talked me from around the corner, down 3 streets, to the restaurant. Need better signage at Water Street. Summary: I will eat there again.

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CJWII
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was good... I didn't expect ham in my shrimp and grits, but understand southern fare often has a pork influence. Other than that it was pretty good.

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vipAngelaD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite spots that never disappoints! Great food, great drinks and A1 service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Rats running through the outside patio. I would not go back.

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Vangie3577
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Overall this place is nice. The food was ok..not as good as it was pre-pandemic. We have eaten here many times before and this time I notice the food wasn't as good as it had been. I love the location and will certainly be back. I'm confident things will gradually go back to being normal again with all of the restaurants.

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vipJohn
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

Nice and rats running around outside. Felt rushed to order. Have eaten here before and had a good experience. Might be a whole before we try again.

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vipKels
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was good, but service was subpar. It took a long time to get orders in, and the hostess messed up the seating. I won’t be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

As usual, it was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a girls brunch here! Food was soooooo good! Our waiter Mike was so fun and you can tell he loves his job! We are definitely coming back for Happy Hour when Mike works!

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Watson
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The customer service and satisfaction were impeccable. The in-person food delivery and presentation were exceptional.

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vipDaveH
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had brunch before a Nats game and everything was fabulous. Cocktails superb, starters awesome and the brunch entrees tremendous. Service was prompt, friendly and very professional. We had an awesome time and will be back!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Due South using the Order Online button. Due South also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 479-4616.

Due South is rated 4.5 stars by 1104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.