Raleigh >Food & Dining > Coquette Brasserie
Just ok. The ambiance is excellent, but the food is just ok. We went for lunch, which is much more affordable than dinner, and we all concluded that we'd not go back. My sweet potato ravioli were good but nothing really 'popped' about them. A friend ordered a Caesar salad with chicken and commented that it was no better than at a chain restaurant. Another friend had the seared tuna and when I asked what he thought he just shrugged his shoulders. We all split the brulee for dessert and, to me, it was way too sweet. We couldn't finish it. If you're curious about this place, go at lunch so you don't have to spend a fortune to find out that their service is good but their food is just average.
Rude waitress?. My friends and I went to South on a Saturday night. There was no wait, several open tables. The lady at the door told us she could seat us at a table if we were in and out in an hour because she had that table reserved. We said no problem. Our waitress was rude from the start. She came over and simply said, with no greeting or no ask of drink orders, "Are you ready?" We were just sat at the table so we requested a few more minutes and she ran off before I could put in a drink order even. It was a cold night, soup sounded good so three of us got soup and one of us got an entree. I suppose if we had each ordered an appetizer, a steak, desert and a bottle of wine our waitress might have been nicer. But instead she asked us to move it along within an hour of sitting and dropped the check while my dining companion had a full plate in front of her. The restaurant never filled up in the hour we were there. Isn't it better to be making SOME money than to have an empty table? I have never been treated so poorly in a restaurant in my life. I am generally easy going and forgiving for poor service, but I will NEVER return there. And would never recommend someone else to go there either to support such a place.
still pretty bad. I have been there some time ago and promised that I would never be back again, but my friend had a gift certificate so we decided to give it another chance. While the arrangement might try to fool you for a nice place, is so boring and there is nothing going on.In addition, the food portions are small and very overpriced. The drinks are an awful value. Let's not forget our waitress dear Lord, who treated us badly. Apparently she is intimidated by beautiful girls. Don't bother with this place. If we go again is just for revenge! We tried talking to the managers, but that night he was too busy, so we decided to review the place here which can be more effective. Never going back there!
Poor customer service. I was just in South yesterday, and unfortunately experienced what I considered to be poor customer service. I was at the door at 11am and the first in. I asked the hostess for a gift card. She told me I needed to wait for the bartender. Ten minutes later I was still standing there. She did nothing other than seat two parties and never went to retrieve the bartender during that time. After nearly 15 minutes she went to the back to get the bartender. I was sitting at the bar beside the hostess station. As the bartender made his way across the restaurant, another customer walked in and stepped in front of me. Just at that time the bartender asked her if she could be helped. The hostess saw all this and never said a word. She knew I had been waiting patiently. She was not occupied with another customer, nor was she on the phone. I guess I could have said something, but felt uncomfortable with the situation and relied on her to clarify. She did nothing. I sat there for approximately five more minutes and the customer that had walked in front of me decided to pick up several gift certificates. She had many questions for the bartender, so I realized this would take more time than I had. So, after at least 20 minutes, I walked away with nothing. I contacted the owner via email and explained the situation, but his staff were not honest with what had occurred so, while I got an apology, the hostess that should have been professional and taken care of the situation by getting the bartender much earlier in the first place, actually told the owner she was busy on the telephone and also assisting other walk-in customers. This just wasn't true, but the owner had to pick a side and he took up for his people. I respect his loyalty, but the situation was just unacceptable. I will not be dining with South and cannot recommend them for service in any way.
Decent food but you can find better for the price.
South is certainly a decent restaurant. How it receives two dollar signs for price doesn't seem quite logical. It is just too pricey for what you get. The food is good, but there are many more restaurants to be found that offer better food AND service at that price. Service can be good or bad. That depends solely on which college student you get and if they have exams or not. If you want to receive top notch service AND consistently great food for the money, spend a bit extra at Bistro 607, VIN, or Sullivan's. You'll get what you pay for at these locales every time.
UPDATE: South just proved you can't survive on good food alone. Inconsistent service can close your doors.
Good food, nice atmosphere. South didn't completely win me over but the food is definately better than average. I went for lunch and there was no crowd and service was prompt. I got salmon cakes, they were very dense and I prefer mine to be a little crispy and these were not. The mustard sauce really added a lot of flavor, but it unfortunately overpowers the dill creme fraiche. Mashed potatoes were excellent and I liked the crisp french green beans sauteed with bacon. I tried my husband's crab cakes, I liked the flavor of the crab cake as well, but again it was a little too soggy. The house salad disappointed me, I couldn't taste the viniagrette at all and there was very little blue cheese. The pecans were also mushy. Could have used some more seasoning all around. The restaurant is nicely decorated, I liked the dark wood and leather and the vintage art. They have a nice big bar as well. Not bad for dressing up Southern cuisine but it wouldn't hurt to pump up the flavor a little more.
Loud. The defining aspect of this restaurant is LOUD. The music dominates the experience--LOUD with a pounding beat. The loud conversation of family groups and parties was actually a relief to mask the music. This was canned music early on a Friday evening, not the live music that starts later. Our party could not enjoy the food or our own conversation--the noise was just oppressive. If you are seeking a loud dining experience, or perhaps to dine with young children who make a lot of noise, this is the place for you. But if you want to enjoy good food and the people you are eating with, please go elsewhere. The food seemed OK, although the portions are very large and some will find that to also diminish the experience. The point of this restaurant is not the food, but rather it seems to aspire to offer a community party atmosphere to its patrons. That's not the reason I go to restaurants, so I won't go back. I do enjoy the other restaurants run by this group (some of the best in Raleigh), but potential patrons should know that the concept of South is radically different from those other quality restaurants.
South Is The Worst. Well, I read the reviews so I decided to visit. I must confess that my friend & I were highly disappointed. Our waiter significantly lacked people skills and whoever was in the kitchen significantly lacked cooking skills. I ordered fried chicked but it was in fact a fried cornish hen. It was absolutely the worse chicken impersonation that I had ever seen. The green beans were oily and crunchy. My friend had a Buffalo chicken sandwich that was dry and she was not impressed. Neither of us ate our food. The manager walked by and asked us if we wanted boxes. We both said no. He took our very full plates and didn't even inquire as to why we hadn't eaten our food. I can assure you that I will not eat there again, ever. Don't waste your time.
Well I have been to South now 3 times and each time it gets better! The first time I got the seared scallop salad with mango and citrus dressing... It was very good! The mango and citrus add just the right amount of zing that you want with scallops.
The second time I went I had the shrimp n grits. That dish was amazing! Great portion, great taste, almost as good as the shrimp n grits I make! They bring out a basket of bread and corn muffins which are just divine! The server was very knowledgeable in regards to the menu and even got me a sample of the pickled okra (amazing!!) The fried green tomatoes were on point! We went early and had no problem being seated. Great experiece!
This last time I went (Saturday) for brunch just took the cake! I went with my husband and the food was just spectacular! They brought fresh warm raisin scones to the table with butter... let me just say the scones alone are worth going there for! I have never had scones that were so moist and good anywhere! My husband ordered the crawfish omelette and I ordered the fried chicken. His omelette was just wonderful! Cooked to perfection! My fried chicken was AMAZING! I have never ever had fried chicken that good anywhere... My grandma's fried chicken isn't even that good! The buttermilk mashed potatoes that come with it were just great!! I will be back and I am getting more chicken!
So there you have it my review on South! It is great, you will not be disappointed! ENJOY
nice atmosphere, great fried chicken. South is off to a good start with nouvelle southern cuisine. The upscale atmosphere is nicely contradictory to the great home-style taste of the fried chicken. I was pleased with my first visit , although it did tend to get quite noisy as the evening went on. Tables are a little too close to encourage quiet conversation. Barring this, one would be inclined to linger in the ambience and sip a julep.
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