Joe's Southern Table & Bar

Restaurants, Soul and southern American Covent Garden
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Joe's Southern Table & Bar

This kitchen and cocktail bar - previously Joe's Southern Kitchen, and before that, Navajo Joe - sits in the heart of Covent Garden in an enormous converted warehouse. The bar sweeps down the length of the double-height building and boasts one of the largest collections of tequilas, mezcals and rums in London. There's a follow up now too, in Kentish Town. 

The food menu promises classic Southern cooking. Expect, then, dishes such as cajun shrimp with a black bean stew, jalapeno poppers, chilli made with slow-braised beef brisket, mac 'n' cheese and blackened catfish fillet with collard greens. Wings, burgers and Big Apple hot dogs also feature. 

The bar downstairs, Cocktail Baby, offers house tunes alongside French martinis, mojitos, amaretto sours and cocktails with a Southern slant, like the smokey joe - Jim Beams Devil's Cut bourbon with tobacco liquor and barrel bitters. 

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Joe's Southern Table & Bar says
Joe’s Southern Table & Bar is about all Deep South cooking and Southern hospitality, serving up soulful food from the states of Nashville, Tennessee and Kentucky.
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Venue name: Joe's Southern Table & Bar
Address: 34 King Street
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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4.1 / 5

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I love fried chicken. My love for it is extreme and is a bit of a pet hate by my girlfriend. I can eat platters of chicken wings, I'm a monster when you put a carcass in front of me and I go to TOWN on the skin and bones. So Joe's Southern Kitchen, for me, presents a strange sort of dilemma. 

First up, the fried chicken here is amazing. Their chicken wings are probably the BEST in London, save for perhaps BBQ Lab at Dinerama. But that tabasco and honey sauce? Daamnnnn son you got me right there! Would happily come here and eat just the wings every single time. 

When I came here with a bunch of friends though, I thought I'd branch out and try something a bit different, as we'd already ordered some wings to share as a group. And that's where it all went wrong! 

Beef shortrib was average, and was disappointing given it was £18 and only came with some coleslaw. My girlfriend's watermelon salad was nothing special, and for the first time in my life we sent a dish back (the fried potatoes) because they were just disgusting. Coleslaw was ok, and their chicken salt fries were again, just average. 

All in all, for the price you pay here, the food (except for chicken) is distinctly average or even just disappointing. With a huge host of fried chicken/American themed restaurants in London, Joes Southern Kitchen has only a few (but admittedly major) positives to keep you coming back. 

Pros - Best chicken wings, amazing value cocktails in the downstairs bar/happy hour, and you can book! 

Cons - Rest of the menu is average to even bad, and it's largely all overpriced.

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This is quite possibly the best fried chicken I have ever had in my life … ever! The chicken is tender and flavourful, not dry at all and the accompanying sides and brilliant too, best mac & cheese and the whipped potatoes with chicken gravy is delicious. Also the BBQ pulled pork butter beans and slow braised beef brisket chilli cup are really good too. Also, if you order between 12pm-1pm on a Friday afternoon, the fried chicken is half price! Good lining if you’re planning a heavy night out :)

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Great cocktails (especially at £4 during happy hour!) The fried chicken and chicken wings both amazing. Definitely worth a visit if you're in need of some comfort food.

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Chicken Under a Brick with Caesar Salad, is one of the unique and amazing dish.

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Tried Joes for the first time Friday early evening of last week and I absolutely loved it. Great tasting food and reasonably priced taking into consideration where it's located. Great atmosphere, busy but no rammed. Can't wait to go again which will probably be next week.

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Great selection of cocktails and drinks, great food and good service!


So I’d been here before a few years ago, and didn’t really think that much of the food. But on a random date night, with no idea of where to eat, I suggested maybe giving it another go. I was not disappointed to say the least. On a busy Saturday night, without a booking we didn’t have to wait that long for a table. The bar staff were friendly and entertaining, and the food was so much better than it was before.

The starters were a decent size without being too filling. The fried chicken was great, tasty and cooked well, and the mac and cheese, well let’s say I’ve been highly disappointed by places like this before but Joe’s wasn’t one of them.

If you’re looking for good food at what could be way more expensive than it actually is then give it a try. They’ve definitely upgraded since I last popped by.


I’m a little bemused at all the rave reviews on here for this place. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the worst food I’ve had in London but if you want amazing fried chicken and great Southern comfort food in the capital, there are so many places that do it better and can deliver an all-round consistently great experience.

Sat squarely in the heart of Covent Garden, there is no denying that this place is an absolute mecca for tourists. Not a problem but just be aware it’s an absolute barn of a building so can be very noisy and, if you’re lucky enough to be led to the furthest and darkest corner table, quite a challenge to read the menu. Staff here were totally hit & miss when it came to service; the lady on the phone was really lovely, the lady on the door beyond apathetic. When I asked our waiter to check before we ordered that a voucher I had was ok for use, his first response was that he’d check after dinner and let me know. When I said politely I’d rather he checked first as I didn’t want to order & eat and then not be able to use it, I got the holy grail of poor service – a sigh, an eye roll and a shoulder shrug.

Whilst the majority of the food was better than I expected, that’s not really the highest of compliments is it?! The cornbread was lovely and light, sweet with honey and perfectly portioned for sharing. Homemade frickles were good – sweet and tangy and sour and juicy, I also loved their presentation in a teeny tiny Oscar the Grouch trashcan – and buffalo boneless bites were hot, tasty, smothered with sauce and just the right size for dunking into blue cheese dressing. The flavour of the Tabasco honey chicken was excellent and the meat itself was tender and succulent, however 50% of the half chicken we ordered was bone, fat & gristle which meant a lot of work went into not a lot of reward as we hacked into the poor old bird.

There’s no doubt that this place is popular; I can read all the other reviews and it was absolutely heaving when we went. The bar itself is impressive and stretches the entirety of the restaurant and there’s an extensive cocktail and drinks menu with beers fairly cheap for central London and delivered with frosty tankards which is always appreciated especially on hot summer evenings. There’s just something about it that doesn’t work for me – staff don’t seem to really care about the food which, for what you get, isn’t cheap either BTW and the whole experience felt a bit like a poor man’s TGI’s to me. 


Yum yum yum, I only ate here last night and have real cravings for it this morning. Joes Southern Table replicates what one thinks of when imagining the food of places like Nashville and Texas and boy oh boy was it indulgent.

The staff were super attentive and very conscientious of my coeliac needs; they brought me an allergen chart and explained everything that was gluten free to me. I haven't had southern fried chicken since finding out about my disease so to be able to was such a treat and tasted just as good as the glutenous version! Alongside the chicken me and a friend shared fries, jalapeno coleslaw and 'frickles' which were fried pickles served with chipotle mayo. All was delicious and the pickles were my favorite part of the whole meal, however the slaw was not spicy at all and given that I love spice this was a disappointment. 

All in all this was a really good meal and I was pleasantly surprised as it isn't the normal cuisine I would choose but it really hit the spot.


Went for a lunchtime jaunt to JST (formerly known as Joe's Southern Kitchen) and was impressed. Firstly, it's much bigger inside than the small shop front suggests. Chances of getting a table on a Thursday or Friday lunch break are high, and that in itself is a rarity in Covent Garden. Secondly, the service is really, really nice. People say hello as you walk in, and they're quick to serve you without being invasive. Thirdly, the food is decent. I particularly recommend the buffalo boneless bites (think chicken wings, without the faff of the bones). The mac and cheese as a side was also a highlight. 

I'll be back (*when my bikini diet has ended). 


I've been to Joes southern kitchen at least twice and what I will say is that.........their chicken is well seasoned!! Haha I know it sounds vague but honestly it was and the food we ordered tasted pretty southern to me. It reminded me of mama's cooking which was a pleasant surprise! only criticism would be the dark decor. Though I usndertsand its attempting to project the whole western American theme , I found it slightly too dark in certain parts. Overall though I would say go! They have a great lunch meal deal where you'll experience this home Cooked chicken with a side and drink for just £10 before 5pm.. You're welcome ;)


From the reviews below, it seems I really must head back to Joe's and try the fried chicken! This review is solely based on Joe's as a bar. The whole restaurant does remind me of places I've visited in New Orleans and Memphis, with exposed brick walls, red leather sofas and stools and a long bar lined with low hanging lamps. The bar itself is so pleasing to the eye, with shelves upon shelves of liquor and wine and it looks even more impressive from the second level. It's a great place for pre or post dinner beverages and I would recommend any of the martinis on the menu, in one evening we tried the espresso, lychee, watermelon and peanut butter martinis, which were all delicious - if you love peanut butter, I highly recommend the peanut butter one as the end of the martini is a slurry of actual peanut butter! The drinks prices are typical for central London, but they do have a happy hour 4-6.30pm if you can make it that early. The bar staff were a little slow making cocktails, but were really helpful and friendly, even making us a round of shots that were not on the menu! 

I can't say that I have eaten here before but the fried chicken sure does smell good. However, this is my go-to Covent Garden bar, both for pre and post dinner tipples. At Joe's they really embrace all things Southern American, the food, the booze, the tunes and even the bar staff are all dressed in lumberjack shirts; the bar evokes a very fun feel. Their drinks list is extensive, boasting a huge range of Southern beers and exclusive cocktails which (starting at £5) are very reasonable and utterly delicious.  


I recently tried the new avocado burger with fried chicken here, I was not blown away by it but I guess it is a good alternative if you're trying to avoid processed carbs.


This is seriously five-star fried chicken. Being a glutard, it's been a long time since I've had fried chicken, and the offer of gluten-free fried chicken is the primary reason I went to Joe's. Joe's did not disappoint on the chicken - I ordered the boneless strips and they were moist (sorry), succulent and piping hot, with a thick, spicy, crunchy coating. I paired my chicken with chilli cheese fries which we could say are kind of like Northern England nachos. They were good, but not as good as the chicken. I think we can all agree that this is the key to Joe's. Do not order anything other than the chicken. My boyfriend ordered a burger, almost sent it back and probably should have - it was rare (he asked for medium) and therefore luke warm, on what looked and tasted like a very cheap white bun from somewhere like Costco, with a massive slab of onion. I'm not an onion lover anyway, but even if I was I'm sure I wouldn't want a slice the size of a small doughnut in my burger. LEARN FROM THIS. Next time you have a fried chicken craving, go to Joe's - but order the chicken and the chicken only. You won't regret it!


Fantastic lunch takeway - for a fiver, you get fried chicken sandwich and chips. I wish they would toast their buns though, that's just a suggestion. I will try their pulled pork sandwich next time. I need to go back for dinner with a bigger appetite, those mac n cheese looks amazing, yum! 

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If you’ve still got the Americana food bug this place is worth trying. The fried chicken is really great (half price on Friday lunchtimes too) and the sides selection is great (don’t know what chicken salt is but I can tell you its delicious on fries!).

The burger looked very expensive (£12), that’s a bit off putting but I’m told it’s a monster and worth the dollars.

They also let you order locally through Deliveroo so worth the 

Staff Writer

Wonderful, delicious fried chicken! When i visited Joe's, There was a special mashup of Joe's and Rib Man sauces - I had the fried chicken with Rib Man hot sauce. A winning combination of spice and flavour... i'm just sad that collaboration is no longer in place!

Cool vibe, and great service. The downstairs space seems a lot better than the upstairs space (where we were), so I imagine it's possible to enjoy it even more. 

Staff Writer

It was the first time I went to Joe's and it won't be the last. The food interior was unique and so was the food. The Mac & Cheese is by far the best I have ever had! Staff were very attentive, and the cocktail making class was great fun! definitely recommend going. 

Delicious Mac n' Cheese, chicken and great for a team night out! The cocktail making trolley was a crowd pleaser and the staff were all super friendly! Recommend for that winter warmer comfort food!

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If you're looking for somewhere central to enjoy some amazing Southern American food, this is definitely the place to go!

Everything on the menu is amazing, possibly the best mac & cheese I've had outside of the US and all the chicken and pulled pork was tender and perfectly seasoned.

There are 89 different kinds of tequila (for the daring) and a great selection of bourbons and other spirits which means you can chill by the bar if the mood takes you.

A new favourite in Covent Garden, will be going back again and again

Thank you to all of the team at Joe's for such a great evening, not only was the food great but we absolutely loved our cocktail making session hosted by Gabriele at the table. I am now a complete convert to Espresso Martini's x


Very good chicken. I had the boneless bites with the buffalo sauce, and it was delicious. The mac and cheese here is also top class. So good!