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Old South Restaurant

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1330 E Main St, Russellville, AR 72801-5323
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Historic café

The old South restaurant has been around since I was a child in Russellville. They have a signature salad dressing that is awesome. If you like garlic. Lots of old-school comfort food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 1, 2015
Russellville, Arkansas
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Russellville, Arkansas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Old South Restaurant is a relic to Russellville. They have been here forever! They have many food choices on the menu to choose from. I especially love their Old South Dressing what they are famous for.

Thank PNicolette2016
Russellville, Arkansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love food and this place has been a favorite of mine for fifty years. I've never had a bad meal here. Their breakfast specials are perfect. We had some friends meet us there for breakfast and there were six in our party. Every order was perfect. Eggs, biscuits, gravy, muffins - everything! It was very well priced, too. I... More 

Thank Wannetta W
Little Rock, Arkansas
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82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

When we travel through Arkansas, we ALWAYS stop at the Old South. From Pancakes to Steak, we have Never had a bad meal there. This visit I had pancakes and bacon. Both were perfect! Good coffee too! It's worth getting off the freeway to eat at this 1940s diner with birch and stainless bar! Note: we were told on this... More 

Thank Bootman501
Russellville, Arkansas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

The old South restaurant has been around since I was a child in Russellville. They have a signature salad dressing that is awesome. If you like garlic. Lots of old-school comfort food.

Thank Deb72802
Russellville, Arkansas
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Old South is an older diner in town, but it has the best Southern food around! Definitely home cooked food! Nothing frozen there! It is not a lot to look at on the outside, but the food and service makes up for that! Definitely a must try.

Thank lyndseyhill312
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We visited Old South on a Sunday, the day before Labor Day, and they were closing early, at 2pm. It was four minutes before 2, and I didn’t even want to go in after seeing the sign, but my wife decided to ask anyway. We were welcomed with open arms, all eight of us, five adults and three children. There... More 

1 Thank Bill_In_Memphis
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97 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Wanted the fried chicken, but they make it to order, so if you don't have 30-45 minutes to wait, call ahead. Had instead the grilled chicken which was tender and juicy, but was disappointed that I couldn't try the fried chicken. They did have chicken fried chicken, though. Twice baked potato good, mashed potatoes, good, meatloaf, rolls good, old south... More 

Thank Candice C
Pottsville, Arkansas, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

Old South has a wonderful breakfast special. Two eggs, choice of meat, choice of hash browns or oatmeal, choice of bread, and sausage gravy, all for $5.49. Best coffee...They also have great omelets. In addition, they serve traditional lunch and dinner fare. Vintage diner from the 1940s. You'll most likely be greeted by the owner or his son.

Thank Donna O
Lynchburg, Virginia
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is a restaurant that has been in business for decades and is still a great eating place and a place where old friends still gather. Others come and go but Old South is a staple in this town. Good food always....friend chicken to club sandwiches to chef salads...just delightful

Thank Darlene L
San Diego, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The food was good but the waitress was overtaxed and forgot a couple things. The prime rib was more done than was ordered but it was nice to have grilled catfish instead of fried/breaded!

Thank Jerri B

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1330 E Main St, Russellville, AR 72801-5323
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Russellville
  • Phone Number: 479-968-3789

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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