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Southern Inn Restaurant
Southern Inn Restaurant

Southern Inn Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southerninn.com
  • Phone: (540) 463-3612
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: George Huger
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Southern Inn Catering prides itself on providing individualized menus to meet the needs of your unique event. Our menus range from stationed buffets and plated dinners to boxed lunches and deli trays. Let us help you create a menu for your next dinner party, cocktail party, wedding reception, business meeting or picnic.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nelson Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Southern Inn Restaurant
Located in Historic Lexington, Virginia, Southern Inn Restaurant is a successful mix of casual, but elegant dining. Proprietors George (chef) and Sue Ann Huger offer a contemporary, seasonal menu utilizing local produce, meats and other products, as well as fresh seafood and in-house baked goods.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Highlight of the visit was our perky young waiter who accommodated our every request. Food was superb. Only downside--just a little too noisy for regular conversation."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Came here from a location with many 5-star restaurants. This did not match up. However, was a good value, good presentation, and good facilities and service. Solid 4-pointer."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Driving to Nashville, thank you open table.. found a nice little gem on the road..."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Make sure to visit the Southern Inn anytime you're in Lexington! Great food, great service. A favorite of mine."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "On Main Street in Lexington for lots of years, Southern Inn has history, local offerings, a respectable variety of menu and it is good. Our party had fish stew, calves liver and fried chicken. Only surprise was chicken was boneless. It was a wonderful dining experience start to finish."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "On a recent road trip we stopped in Lexington for dinner - Open Table pointed us to the Southern Inn - Amazing! I had the fried chicken and my wife had the trout - The chicken was the best I have ever had! My wife said the trout was great, but stopped short of saying it was excellent due to all the little trout bones (The trout's fault, not the Inn!) The decor was charming and the wait staff was quick and attentive. We will certainly stop here next time we pass through the area."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Friendly service, great choice of entrees, delicious food and the desserts are a must! The complimentary champagne to commemorate our anniversary was an added plus !"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My sister from MD and I (from TN) selected this restaurant to have dinner and catch up the last years. Mentioned that in reserving and the Southern Inn delivered. Special thanks to KP, our server, who we will NEVER forget. She surpassed every expectation; sweet, kind and smart as can be. Everyone was great and we want to say THANK YOU for making it a very special time. Been to 4 of the great ones in Lexington...Brix, Bistro on Main, Haywoods and Southern Inn. All were great but the Inn went out of their way in a very subtle way. Again, thank you all, we will definitely be coming back on our next visit and will make sure to spread the great news about The Southern Inn. Regards, Louise Stump"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner here. Not the issue of too large portions as some others have suggested. Just really good food. Our server was spectacular in his info and working with specific questions and directions. We were pleased to find Chilean and Argentinian wines here which we have grown to love after our trip to those countries."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Since moving to the blue ridge we have been looking for a few favorites. This is one of them."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was great as well as the service. We got there just before it got crowded so the staff had more time to spend with us. It was getting very busy by the time we left but customers looked like they were being taken care of just as well."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The reviews on this place were very good but we were a bit disappointed. First, the "famous fried chicken" was nothing more than two chicken breast tenders which were rubbery and could have been substituted for Tenders form chuck filet. Secondly, my wife ordered the trout and it was one half of a trout and a fingerling at that. Both meals were extremely salty as if to cover up for lack of flavor. Finally, for those who find eating everything covered with bacon a bit disturbing this place would be wrong for you. For some reason they feel like they must put pork on everything. On a positive note we were seated rather quickly and the cauliflower soup was delightful."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Southern Inn was recommended to us three years ago. We came on our anniversary and have been coming back each year. We enjoy the fine dining, excellent cuisine and the service is wonderful. We like the fact that the food is not everyday run of the mill fare. We also like watching your chefs prepare the food. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Thank you for a lovely dining experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The Southern Inn in Lexington not only has excellent food but excellent service as well. We called a few minutes before our reservation time to cancel due to the fact that we were held up on the Interstate. They were gracious and re-scheduled our reservation on that busy Saturday evening. We were even 15 minutes late for that! Again they were extremely accommodating and gracious. They worked with us in every way to make sure we had a delicious meal and pleasant experience, all the while insuring the fact that we would not be late for our show. The waitress especially was attentive and helpful along these lines. We plan to tell our friends and definitely go back there whenever we're in Lexington."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Well worth the hour and a half drive to dine here. So grateful that the owners rebuilt and actually upgraded this gem after the fire a few years back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food and service, wonderful place for a special occasion"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "From the look of the sign we expected a diner experience but were pleasantly surprised when we walked in. We both had great meals but agreed the meatloaf was amazing!! Great experience! "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The Southern Inn is just about our favorite spot in Lexington for a special dinner. The food is good, and the drink selections are great. The staff are usually very helpful as well! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Lexington doesn't have much in the way of true fine dining. Southern Kitchen was one of the best. Food was good but not great. Nothing bad, nothing exception. Service was very friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We went to the Southern Inn for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. Hostess and wait staff were excellent. I had the pan seared scallops and my husband the Mahi-Mahi. Outstanding preparation and flavor. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I dined for the first time at Southern Inn Restaurant and enjoyed our visit. Have recommended to family and friends. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food is very good, and the experienced wait staff is terrific. Booking the reservation was not a pleasant experience - as the receptionist and manager seemed unfriendly and bureaucratic."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We ate at The Southern Inn twice for dinner and went there late night once for drinks. All 3 times, the service was excellent. The first night I had the New York Strip steak, which was superb. The texture and taste was excellent. And the next night we asked for the same waiter and had the roast duck, which was also excellent. We tried 3 of the desserts, and all were also excellent. This is the best restaurant in Lexington, without a doubt."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great food, superb service. We were there for a graduation dinner, everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was very good. The only unfortunate element was a very loud group of four just two booths away. Eventually a manager spoke with the group (after another couple exited due to the rude conversation). The situation improved but the waitress returned and an "above normal" sound level conversation continued in which the waitress was somewhat taking sides with the group. The reality was the group was loud and rude and should not have been comforted by another staff person. Otherwise the visit was wonderful. Wonderful setting in downtown. Would definitely return and recommend it to others. Hopefully management won't tolerate loud/rude guests going forward."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food. The brunch menu is limited, but the lunch menu was also available. Homemade flavored lemonade and ice creams were great."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Every tript to Lexington includes a meal at the Southern Inn. This visit, our party of four each had separate entrees and they were all well prepared, well presented and well served. The trout, crab cakes, NY Strip and fried chicken received high marks all round. The wine list and variety of draft beers is impressive. The waitstaff is attentive without hovering."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Good enough to tolerate the loud and energetic bar scene where they unfortunately sit diners as well. I felt sorry for the diners around us more than I did for us. Fried chicken was the way to go. Spinach salad also good. The white cranberry cocktail won't disappoint."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were very pleased with the food. We have eaten here on several occasions and each time service was great and the food was excellent. The noise level is usually a little high but not to the point it was a problem. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Delicious Duck Confit special. Tasty trout with asparagus and roasted potatoes. Steak perfectly cooked to medium. Spinach salad w goat cheese is a winner. Garden salad average. Calamari failure. Desserts (three) were pretty good. We would go back, mostly to try more entrees. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Long time customer, consistetently good. Ambience, service, menu, preparation, all better than we remember!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "A great dining experience that a would and will highly recommend to my friends and family. The food was superb and our waitress was very friendly!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Salads and appetizer was good. We probably chose the wrong item for the entree but the fried chicken was flat. Creme Brûlée though was good."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant in a beautiful antique town. If traveling 64, making a stop in Lexington is a must. Southern Inn provides a tasty meal. Don't let the name fool you into thinking this is a fried chicken domain. The fish & seafood are fresh & well-prepared & the duck is moist. Wines are interesting & service is friendli, albeit a bit slow. We were there on a very busy Sunday Eve., & were quite satisfied. We will time our future travels to allow for an overnight in Lexington."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My husband and eat at The Southern Inn frequently. The staff are friendly and work tirelessly to provide an excellent dining experience. The food is fabulous. We are never disappointed."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for this birthday this past Saturday and it was wonderful! It's one of his favorite restaurants in Lexington and now I see why. Even though the restaurant was pretty busy with lots of prom-goers, the service was remarkably quick - we were in and out with 35-40 minutes. Our waiter was a young guy and he was very nice. Food was amazing, even just the salad had me impressed. I will definitely be returning in the future."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We knew the Southern Inn had recovered from a major fire and hadn't seen it since pre-fire. The new interior looked great, yet we were happy to see that the Depression era booths at the front were not damaged and remain intact. Food was superb as was the service. As we left we went through the bar, which was hopping. Next time we are in Lexington, we will return."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I have been eating at the Southern Inn for years. The food and service is consistantly outstanding."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We have a daughter who attends W&L and always stop at the Southern Inn when in town. This last visit made me wonder why... Food quality was okay, but service was a bit grouchy. My husbands fried chicken was a bit dry, my salad over dressed, and service timing was off. It was a busy night, but we did not have the best experience this time around. Maybe we will hit Bistro next time, another good call."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We always try to go to the Southern Inn when visiting charming Lexington and my alma mater VMI. It's as good as ever for locals and VMI & W&L grads."
    Dined on 4/25/2014