Southern Lights Bistro
Southern Lights Bistro

Southern Lights Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southernlightsbistro.com/
  • Phone: 3363799414
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Adams
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Exclusive-Case by case basis
  • Private Party Facilities: Separate from the general dining area we have a room that can accommodate approximately 32 guests, depending on your event requirements. The facility lends itself nicely to family and friend gatherings, parties, receptions, business meetings, etc.
  • Private Party Contact: John Drees 3363799414

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Markland Dr.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking.
A word from Southern Lights Bistro
Chef John Drees has reopened Southern Lights Bistro at its new location: 2415-A Lawndale Drive, in Greensboro. An award-winning four-star restaurant, and one of Greensboro’s most popular eating establishments for more than two decades, Southern Lights Bistro is delighted to reopen its doors.

When you come inside you will find many aspects you fondly remember about the original location, from popular menu offerings – such as the famous Cream of Tomato Basil Soup, Tribecca Sandwich, Reference Burger, Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce, Chocolate Walnut Pie, seasonal items, house-made desserts, fresh daily seafood and chalkboard specials, to the ever-changing collection of eclectic artwork featuring local artists, tables that easily pull together for friends and family, and staff members whose faces you will recognize, even a few veterans from when we originally opened 27 years ago!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Southern Lights Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (33)great for outdoor dining (32)great for lunch (32)special occasion (20)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (15)romantic (15)good for groups (14)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Dinner Event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The table provided for a reservation was not very good, near the front door. Food and service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top-notch
    MMinGSO
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable. Good choices on the menu in all price ranges.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ignored
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I made a reservation for 7 at SLB and received confirmation/reminder from Open Table. Also received phone message from SLB asking me to call to confirm the reservation which I did. Upon arriving we were shown to a table set for 6--not 7.That was corrected, but when water was served by a hostess,there were only 6 and we had to ask for a 7th. Then the wait began for a server. No one acknowledged us, & the restaurant was almost empty!We were seated in the bar section and signaled to the bartender. She readily came over, took our drink orders, as well as our dinner orders later. She did a good job but was also handling a full bar. We were very disappointed and even though the food was good and came promptly, we probably will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The staff is very friendly, quick to seat you, and take your drink order. The place is clean, well laid out and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have frequented Southern Lights for years and had a group of 12 this time. Unfortunately we had one server who was also tied to other tables so the service was very slow, to the point of one guest walking to the bar to order a drink. The food in the past has been great and this time most of our meals were very good. The Wahoo however should be 86'd from the menu, no flavor and fishy. When the server took 3 Wahoo dishes back that were only half eaten she didn't even ask if it was OK. With the slow service we just opted to pay the bill and leave for desert and drinks at another location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with the ladies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We met for our "once a month" get together. The food was delicious and great service. It was quite noisy though. We liked the round table vs. a long rectangular one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very slow service. Painfully slow. Party of 4. We were there 2 hours.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • number one Bistro
    Burky
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Southern Lights is number one in food, service and location. Seeing the owner, chef and plenty of wait staff visiting with guest makes for a homey feeling. They always want to make sure everything is A-Ok.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service, Just OK Food
    GailJ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent service, but the food was not as good as other options in Greensboro. I was surprised at the bland everyday menu...it had mashed potatoes with most of the entrees and lots of sandwiches and wraps. My husband had the soup and the fried flounder special which was fresh and tasted very good. It was placed on top of a mound of mashed potatoes. I had a mediterranean salad which was tasty with mixed greens, feta, olives and tomatoes. I also had a crab cake for dinner. I was disappointed in the crab cake...too much filler, not enough crab, somewhat tasteless. For dessert, we had two mini desserts, chocolate mousse and key lime. The chocolate mousse was delicious. There was nothing special about the key lime mini.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Server was very friendly and service was great. Tuna entree was ok--cooked to our liking (rare) but rest of food was cold. Recommend for lunch and dining as a group. Not necessarily for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pfowle1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Southern Lights is a wonderful place for lunch and dinner. Everything is extremely fresh and delicious. There is something for everyone from the steaks, the seafood, the sandwiches, to the build your own salad, etc. I have never had a bad meal there. Refreshing to have something so reasonably priced, that is not a chain. Everyone should try it and guarantee you will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Great Service
    starscape
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The trout was excellent, very good service, and the ambiance was quite nice. Also ordered a French Martini that was the best. I have already recommended the restaurant to a neighbor. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    Susan
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    All 3 of us in my party agreed our meals were outstanding and the price was a good value. The noise level is high in the restaurant but other than that it was a perfect night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good lunch spot
    NCblueyes
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Got pretty noisy as they seated everyone in the same area. Made it a little difficult for conversation. We were there at the busiest part if lunch. I think next time I'd ask for a different table..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good dining experience
    Satcust
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had great food and service and will return to the restaurant again in hey he near future. The outdoor option is a bonus.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could do better
    needcomfort
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food good, not exceptional. Service a bit forgetful and a bit unprofessional, but pleasant. VERY NOISY. Would come for lunch more often if seating more comfortable and noise problem solved.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Pleased
    knitmonster
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A group of us for my girlfriend's 50th birthday and we all had a great time, enjoyed great food and awesome service. They were accomidating (we brought a cake from Maxie B's-there was a small serving fee). Every part of the evening was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    LibbyO
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Our server was FANTASTIC. He knew the menu backwards and forwards, and was able to answer all our questions and give great recommendations. (I don't remember his name, but he had Harry Potter glasses.) Everything was delicious. I HIGHLY recommend the chocolate mousse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch for a large group
    PatG
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I brought 12 of my friends here for lunch. We sat outside under their large tent - they had fans moving the air around - and it was very pleasant even though the temperatures were in the low 90's that day. Service was prompt and attentive. Arrival of food was quick - even for that large of a group. Food was excellent. Really great lunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite
    tpoinnc
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I've been enjoying Southern Lights through changes and moves for twenty years. It remains an excellent choice for dinner as a couple or with friends. The menu is good, the specials are often delightful, and the service is consistently spot on. The addition of a patio is appreciated. Southern Lights is a Greensboro classic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • changed - not for better
    JimKVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The menu has changed - less variety - may be this was just for this week (Memorial Day) or just for the summer. My rib-eye steak was more fatty than I would have expected, but otherwise good. The salad had some wilted and old greens - unacceptable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent food, and very sensitive to our special dietary needs. The restaurant also features great artwork.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Average Restaurant
    Gabe
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant. We were seated immediately (had reservations). The menu was limited but did contain an eclectic assortment of entrees. I chose the lamb with brussel sprouts and purple potatoes. The lamb was good (served with a chutney). The brussel sprouts were not done and the potatoes were tasteless. The french bread was very good. We ordered wine to be served with our meal. The wine was finally brought to us after my husband had finished his entree and I was almost done with mine. We sort of had to gulp it down since we had nothing to enjoy it with. To end the meal, we ordered the bread pudding. It actually was french bread slices prepared with bread pudding ingredients. Probably will not return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 376 reviews are from the Southern Lights Bistro reviews archive.
  • Excellent as always
    ChesVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I had a lunch meeting at Southern Lights. The food was excellent. I also recommended Southern Lights to a friend passing through town from Durham, and they absolutely loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and wonderful martinis
    Andres
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The menu had a good variety but is relatively small. The flavors were outstanding. My group shared a lot of different dishes and all were amazing. Had the basil citrus martini that the bartender recommended and it was delicious. This is a wonderful foodie delight. music was a bit too loud as it was difficult to talk across the table. Service was slow on drinks, water refills and I did not care for the used plates and glasses that were left at my table even though my server stopped by a couple times and multiple staff passed by my table. As a restaurant mgr this is a big pet peeve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Gang Loves It Here!
    gcsgirls
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our group of ladies is delighted to have found this wonderful place. One of our friends recommended Southern Lights, and we couldn't be more delighted. The food is exceptional, the atmosphere, inviting; the service, impeccable; and the prices, unprecedented. We are fortunate to have found this little gem and will continue to visit every month!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Lights Bistro-AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food, service, and atmosphere were AMAZING! Before I even arrived, I knew the dining experience at Southern Lights Bistro was going to be great. This was evident by the phone call I recieved to confirm the reservation and how pleasant the person on the other end of the phone was. When my party arrived at the restaurant the table was already prepared and we were able to sit right down. The service continued to be excellent for the duration of my group's time there. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    PatG
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Southern Lights is consistently good - food and service. We had reserved a table for 5 and we got a 4 top with a chair at the end so we were cramped. BUT I only called ahead by an hour so that could have been the reason. I had asked for outside - all the tables there would fit 5 to 6 - but it had just been sprayed for bugs. There was a large table (3 - 4 toppers pushed together) in the room with us that was never used so it would have been nice if they had put together two of those for us so we weren't so cramped. I asked for a sandwich modification - roast beef with brie on croissant with herbed mayo - but they put horseradish sauce on it - and I don't like horseradish. I ate it anyway so as not to have to send it back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChesVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Consistently good. The soups are the BEST in town.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good electizim
    JBjr
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food was terrific and service was perfect. One of Greensboro's gems.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Class all the way
    FanOfDena
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Perfection is the word I'll use to sum up my experience at Southern Lights Bistro. First of all, be sure to ask for Dena. She's very good. Second, try the Filet on top of the potato pancake. Third, the Key Lime Pie with Oreo crust. Trust me on the pie. Don't overlook this restaurant, they know what they're doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Bistro
    patina
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great stop for HP market week. The staff was very friendly and eager to please. My meal was very good, especially the truffle fries!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Acoustics
    Tracy
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Not a great place to take large parties - definitely a lot of sound issues and as a result of it, ten 40-something women were continually reprimanded for talking too loud. We could barely hear each other, and in fact I could barely hear the manager, Nicki, each time she came to ask us to keep it down due to customer complaints. She even took the time to explain to us the acoustic issues, high ceilings, an NCAA final four basketball game going on - to which I suggested she explain this all to the complaining customers. But she said they were paying good money. (As were the TEN of us). We all go there frequently. I won't return there with any more than 3 other people. But I have to say that even with a small group it's hard to hear in there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great value
    Susan
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Entrees were delicious...thought the cost was appropriate for the amount and quality of food. I had the new york strip which was served with truffle fries and brocoli. My date had the portabella mushroom entree. We shared the lobster and articoke dip for an appetizer. Rated the overall experience as a 4 instead of 5 because the servers seemed a bit unorganized.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food-- best lunch in town
    William777
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Dinner is great too, but I really love this place for lunch. The food and atmosphere are fantastic. I strongly recommend you go try it out!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    Luvtoeatout
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    The food was really good and it was served quickly. Our server was attentive but not friendly at all. We sat outside, which was nice, but an umbrella over the table would have been perfect. The server never smiled once. I was paying for two meals and another person at our table was paying for two meals. When she brought everyone's bill, she had mixed them up and put someone else's on my ticket (their entree was $2 more than mine). I mentioned this to her and she said, "Oh yeah, I must have just mixed yours up with hers - it's only like a $1 difference, right?" I said, "Yes, it's only $2". And then she walked off. It's not the money that matters but I thought this was very rude and presumptuous of her.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Impression
    djrc
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    First time customer so I have not tasted many dishes on the menu. The scallops were very tasty and the presentation was good and very different as they were served along with Italian hot sausage which was not something I liked. I would say the food is good but not outstanding. The outdoor area looked very appealing for spring and summer dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have been visiting Southern
    BeechMtn
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Have been visiting Southern Lights for years but this meal was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty Good
    Trixie1221
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    But... Menu was limited. Slow to take our dinner order, faster on drinks and appetizer. Food was good, but not outstanding. For the price, I expected more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect place
    johnJVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great place for a business lunch. Excellent service and the ability to provider a quite corner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.