Southern Inn Restaurant
Southern Inn Restaurant

Southern Inn Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southerninn.com/
  • Phone: 5404633612
  • 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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Southern Inn Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (54)neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (44)good for groups (23)romantic (21)hot spot (18)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (15)vibrant bar scene (15)great for brunch (13)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • FeedMe
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went to dinner over VMI's parent's weekend. We arrived 30 minutes early with 3 instead of 4 people anticipating we would have to wait until our reservation time, however, the hostess was very pleasant and accommodating and sat us immediately. We sat upstairs although I would have preferred to sit downstairs (will ask for this next trip). The room was full and very noisy. Our server was very nice, congenial and professional, as were the other servers who assisted. We ordered appetizers, salads and entrees, all of which were prepared to order, served without delays and all were presented beautifully, even though the restaurant was at full capacity. The portions were more than sufficient. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good upscale southern food.
    Delawaremom
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good southern food. Our server was lovely,but run ragged due to parent's weekend. The food was tasty! We have been here before, for brunch and it was also very good. Would go back, but not on parent' weekend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but not great
    Gritsgirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was fine but not great. Appetizer was better than the dinner dish. Service was a bit slow. I am southern & a grits snob. I ordered the scallops & grits and was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Skanshines
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Nice place with very good food. One of Lexington's very best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Staff
    Live4Food
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    After an initial glitch with our reservation, the staff address the situation quickly and professionally. Our waiter was very good and the food was delightful. Traveling through, we stumbled upon the restaurant via a recommendation. We saw the aged (cool) sign outside and expected a diner experience (which would have been fine). Instead, inside we found table cloth service and wonderfully seasoned and platted meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for Sunday dinner
    Thomas
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had a Sunday afternoon dinner here while traveling through Lexington. One member had some dietary limitation, and our server and the kitchen staff went out of their way to provide a meal that met his needs. Food is good, prices are very reasonable, and the quiet atmosphere was ideal for us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Weekend getaway led us to this wonderful restaurant. Great food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Night before the wedding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had visited for lunch before and enjoyed the food and ambiance. We returned to enjoy a special late night special dinner for 8 the night before my daughter's wedding at the Mountain Inn. You did not dissapoint. We were able to enjoy our company and the food was great. This definitely added to her memory list. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loisand
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food and service. Prompt with Open Table reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C Diehl Charlottesville, VA
    DiehlMeInn
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It is our favorite restaurant in Lexington! The bar is inviting and cozy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably Good
    Hpk2020
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food every time. Service a little slow tonight but it was an extra busy weekend. Mixed drinks are also very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a good meal
    bubble
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Service is always courteous and attentive! The food preparation and presentation is never disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Was in town for a 4-H horse event and are at Southern Inn on a whim. Just a solid/great choice for dinner. Was able to enjoy a couple of beers, entrees and my girlfriend, who usually shys away from dessert, got the creme brûlée. Thanks to all who worked that night especially Dan of your waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IKnowWhatILike2
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Overall, the experience was good. Visiting my daughter at W&L, I had been referred to the restaurant. The place was very busy and the waitress was doing her best to keep up. I had the duck breast which was a bit under seasoned. Salads were well prepared. Atmosphere was pleasant, located downtown Lexington. I did not have a chance to visit the bar which looked inviting. The wine list was limited by some standards but did in a pinch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Gem
    Foodie6
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My son is a Rat at Virginia Military Institute and we found out about this place through an Internet search...At first I thought it was a FANCY restaurant and would be OVERPRICED! Well, let me tell you....it IS 5 STAR dining WITHTOUT the 5 Star Price. My husband had their FAMOUS FRIED chicken...Let me tell you that was about as moist as moist can be and boneless...The meal was fabulous food for my Rat and his Mentor...they ATE up a storm. Cant wait to go back to VMI and the Southern Inn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time to Lexington
    LucyPug
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great, staff was lovely & all deserts are made in house!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MEMcVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second visit as our son has just started at W&L. We love the Southern Inn ! Although the restaurant was busy, we were seated right away and made to feel welcome. We had a great meal and and the service was fabulous. Also want to compliment the Southern Inn chardonnay--delish. We look forward to being back again next month and in the years to come !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charleston
    8523
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food and ambience. Nice wine selection and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Honeymooners2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I came here on our honeymoon so we wanted to relive the meal on our 2nd anniversary. ( on our 1st anniversary I tried to prepare the same meal; edible but not the same). The menu had changed a little but the unique flavor we remembered was still there! Plan to return when in the area again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empty nesters dropping off last kid
    John
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great great neighborhood restaurant. Fantastic fried chicken but many other great entrees. Beautiful atmosphere. Friendly staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Stewart
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a very nice Anniversary dinner. Many good choices on the menu and the service was great. It was a special occasion and they made sure we were seated as requested and even included complimentary Champagne. The food was solid and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday night dinner with wife
    SayOne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Southern Inn never disappoints. From the fried green tomatoes, salad, locally sourced sirloin, crab cakes and chocolate torte for dessert, consistently delicious as always. SI is our go to favorite hometown restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and quaint!
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The foods was fabulous! I'd go back in a heart beat! the wait staff was very knowledgable and the specials were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Gr8 Southern Inn Experience
    charlestondiningfanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love the Southern Inn and try to dine there at least once every time we're in Lexington, VA visiting the Virginia Military Institute (I'm a grad). The food, service, and vibe are all great! Highly-recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VMI new family
    SusieM
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    3rd time here...first was looking at VMI as a junior, 2nd was for ROTC interview and this time was the night before Matriculation. It was a lovely experience. It was only a bit too noisy because we were seated by the bar area. Otherwise, just love it here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • College Town Parents
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First time to the SIR the night before dropping our son at college. Very accommodating when we asked to bumped our party of to a party of 5. I know thats hard in the restaurant business, especially on a very busy Friday night. Food, cocktails and wine were all wonderful. With four years of college to go...we will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Find
    Tmccaffery
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had been told about the Southern Inn by a client and it was everything he said about it-- AND MORE. An outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Inn
    VMImom
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service was impeccable and I was impressed with the wine list and mixed drinks offered. Our food is always good and we love the neighborhood feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Southern Classics
    Foodfinds
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent food and service, but don't let them seat you in the bar unless you are one of the loud obnoxious drunks. That said, I will return. Try the baked brie starter and the pecan pie (best I have ever had). Great southern classics and other interesting entree creations using fresh local ingredients.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    wantitspecial
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    busy and OK food, but you get what you pay for... didn't really impress.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lexington Jewel
    exroadwarrior
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We don't live in Lexington but when our travels take us there this in one of our go to places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service, ok atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Both the food and service are outstanding. The atmosphere however is not very private.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, Attn 2 detail, Delightfl
    DnJRecommend
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our server was extremely attentive. He returned regularly, yet not overly so. The trout was done just so and an ample portion. My sirloin also, was well presented and delicious. Save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    Sally
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The service here is the best in town too, as is the food, every time we go!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    Claireb
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food is good and the service is great! However the waitress could have been better in terms of description. We were a little bit disappointed about what she described and what we received (quantity description).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Way To End The Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My wife and I drove from Nashville, TB to Lexington on our way to Norfolk. We stopped overnight in Lexington and wanted a nice, relaxing spot for dinner. The Southern Inn Restaurant was a happy choice. Our martinis were superb. The dood was delicious. We ordered a roasted beet salad, baked brie, shrimp and grits, and grilled pork loin. We ate evry bite. Good food is enhanced by good service and the wait staff was attentive and pleasant. We definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much nicer on the Inside
    ngzax
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This place doesn't look like much from the street, but the food is great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This place was amazing. Glad we found it. Service was excellent. Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food; accommodated kids
    Doug
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very nice meal as a bit of a splurge on my vacation with my ten and twelve year old kids. Service was great except I believe the waiter forgot to give the daily specials. They made the trout plain like my daughter likes, and a burger exactly to my son's liking. My scallops were fantastic. Desserts were very good, but no espresso was available. They comped the regular coffee though. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific discovery
    TeeeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic