About Us

This is the third location for South City Kitchen, a nationally-recognized restaurant that lead the sophisticated Southern cuisine movement more than 20 years ago. In fact, The New York Times said, “If this is the direction Southern cooking is taking, it’s headed in the right direction.” That was more than a decade ago.

Now, in 2016, South City Kitchen Buckhead is definitive proof that the New York Times was right. South City Kitchen Buckhead blends classics like buttermilk fried chicken, cornbread and biscuits with inventive, local flavors that change with the seasons.

Although the restaurant is nestled among Buckhead’s beautiful high-rises, it has many residential elements to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that is inherent of a modern southern home. Guests can enjoy an award-winning meal at the inviting bar, two-tiered patio, dining room, or selection of private dining spaces. Afterward, you’re invited to enjoy one of our three-custom blended bourbons by our outdoor fireplace.

As Fifth Group Restaurants partner Robby Kukler said, “We are looking forward to introducing South City’s modern Southern cuisine and unparalleled hospitality to our Buckhead neighbors.”

About Executive Chef Jason Starnes

Jason Starnes joins the Fifth Group Restaurants family as executive chef of South City Kitchen Buckhead, bringing over 18 years of culinary experience to the southern fine dining concept’s third outpost. Starnes’ dynamic background, impressive portfolio of media accolades and overarching passion for local, southern fare make him an optimal fit to spearhead the kitchen of Fifth Group’s first Buckhead venture. Since opening South City Kitchen Buckhead, Starnes has been named one of Thrillist’s best chefs of 2016 and Zagat’s 9 under-the-radar chefs to know in Atlanta.

Prior to joining the South City Kitchen team, Starnes helmed the kitchen at Atlanta staple The Sun Dial Restaurant, where he curated contemporary southern menus highlighting the importance of seasonal and local produce. During his tenure, the restaurant was lauded as one of Food & Wine’s “World’s Best Restaurant Views” and one of Eater’s “13 destination worthy restaurants in Atlanta.” Starnes has also consistently garnered media attention in notable local and regional outlets such as the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Local Palate, CBS Atlanta, South Magazine and more.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Starnes possesses an inherent passion for the southern food movement deeply rooted in his southern heritage. He looks forward to continuing to cultivate momentum leading up to South City Kitchen’s Buckhead opening as he conceptualizes the restaurant’s signature dishes and menus.