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About 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.

37 South Main Street
Lexington, VA 24450
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Nelson Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(540) 463-3612

Website:
http://www.southerninn.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
George Huger

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Southern Inn Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Special Occasion (40)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
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Comfort Food (32)
Casual (28)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Cozy (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Business Meals (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Authentic (19)
Romantic (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Great for Lunch (14)
Fun (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Seasonal (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

We dinned in mid November and the appetizer of six fried oysters was disappointing...very small oysters (standards)... but they were presented well. The pork loin was excellent but the side of squash stuffed with "sausage" and sweet potato would have paired better (I thought) had they not substituted what I took to be chorizo for a mild, whole hog sausage. The "Perfect" Margarita was excellent but small and pricey for the venue (not a New York night club)....and other beverage options would have sold better had they been more reasonably priced. More Virginia wines should be offered, that's for sure, as some excellent local wineries did not have their signature wines on the list. Our server was excellent and obviously was an "old hand" there. All in all, a very pleasant dining experience but with room for improvement to match their prices.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

We felt very rushed. The food was very flavorful but the temperature uneven. It was only warm and in places very cold. Like it had been frozen at one time.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent fare, service and ambience. Sharp staff and management, on top of the game. Noise was o.k., I am a little hard of hearing and without active acoustic baffling, an older building will present challenges. A fine place to dine. My salmon and arugula was a 10 on a scale of 10.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined 7 days ago

We frequent the Southern Inn time and again and are never disappointed. The food is creative and beautifully presented. Wonderful experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 15, 2017

This continues to be one of the very best restaurants in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The menu is as welcoming as the staff. It is such a nice spot to enjoy a meal, especially with friends that you would like to talk with over a delicious meal accompanied by excellent libations. Visit the Southern Inn the next time you are near Lexington, Virginia!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Best restaurant in Lexington. Lunch prices are very reasonable. Food always excellent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The service is always top notch and every thing on the menu is seasoned perfectly. Presentation is also excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was great and food was delicious. Bartender was pleasantly knowledgeable of uncommon cocktails. Ambiance was wonderful for the occasion. My wife and I were in Lexington to celebrate her birthday and thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Southern Inn after a horseback ride to an area winery for a wine tasting.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fried chicken, fried chicken, fried chicken!!! Best-ever and always consistent at the Southern Inn!

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is wonderful and the service prompt.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Three of us were visiting Lexington to attend a VMI football game. We choose the Southern Inn based on online recommendations. Our lunch was delicious! We enjoyed the fried brussels sprouts, the lamb sliders, the fried chicken and their version of the Reuben. They have a fine beer and wine list, too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Tapas, Comfort Food
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our waitress was wonderful. Helpful in recommendations, great sense of humor and prompt service. The food was delicious. Bread pudding dessert was unique and tasty. And we are picky about the quality of food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This Lexington Virginia restaurant never fails to impress. Food is good and the service is great. I would recommend it for anyone traveling in the Lexington area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The Southern Inn is a a must stop when we are in town. The only complaint I had with the last visit was our seating. We had a large part and were seated in the bar area. It was a cold night and people were going in and out of the bar.... Brrrrr! Food is consistently good.. Some things better than others. The duck was very good as was my fish. And dessert very good as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Long time favorite Lexington landmark with great creative dishes and local historic vibe.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Have lived in Lexington for about 6 months now and just had the opportunity to try the Southern Inn when my family came in town. Reviews were good and have seen frequent guests here so thought I'd see what the hype was.

Service was good, overall atmosphere was nice but food was not up to par. For the record, my Wedge salad was tasty, however, it was not an actual wedge salad. They used Bibb lettuce instead, which in any sense is still a salad, but is not what is advertised. Also ordered the cream of mushroom soup which was grainy and bleak, not the best looking dish, and was filled with dry thyme stems that made it felt like you were eating bits of straw hay. We also ordered the calves liver which was very under-seasoned and tasteless. Disappointed that the hype didn't prove right.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Don't be fooled by the neon light signage.This restaurant was terrific from the food to the service. We were seated right away and thoroughly enjoyed delicious appetizers and fried chicken and trout dinners. We will certainly return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Nice atmosphere. Great Food. I personally had the fried chicken which was very good; not greasy and very moist. The other diners had the meatloaf and pasta and both were well liked. The service was excellent. Prices were a bit high for the portions but overall very enjoyable.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have never been let down by the Southern Inn.
Service, food, drinks, etc are always outstanding.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, People Watching, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were driving through and stayed the night in Lexington. Lovely little city with a lot of good food choices. We had dinner here because of the great reviews. We had an excellent server who was knowledgeable about the food. The Brussels sprout appetizer was delicious! I had the fried chicken and mashed potatoes. The meal was OK. My husband had the meatloaf and he enjoyed it. The pecan pie was delicious as was the crème brulee. A nice dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was excellent! Especially the fried Brussel Sprouts (app) - definitely recommend that!! The quinoa salad was very good too and my husband had the lamb which he really enjoyed. A bit noisy (as we were by the bar) but overall worth it!! Would definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We were traveling through Lexington, VA and stayed for the night. Looking for a restaurant we found Southern Inn. The meal was very nice, the wait staff very professional. I recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I was expecting a little better meal because of all the hype around this restaurant. Fish was good but sides were overcooked. Overall, still a decent place for dinner and I'd probably go back.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My daughter attends Washington and Lee Law School and this was our first visit to Southern Inn. Delicious food, great service, and perfect small town ambiance. It was very crowded for a Monday night but luckily we made a reservation. I recommend trying it as you won't be disappointed. Get the southern fried chicken and pecan pie for dessert.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Would have liked to have directions to the parking in rear instead of a sign at the restaurant stating that.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

always reliable and fun. we always go when we are in lexington

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went to Lexington VA for a weekend get away. Washintonian magazine recommended the Southern Inn as one of the best eateries in town. Upon checking into our hotel in the historic district, we asked the front desk woman for her suggestion for dinner. She immediately told us that the hotel highly recommended the Southern Inn. We made our reservation for the Southern Inn. Due to the fact that Lexington is a two college town; Washington Lee and Virginia Military Institute, and it was homecoming and parents weekend the Southern Inn was booked. Another indication of its popularity. We obtained a reservation for 8:45pm. We arrived at 8:15pm and were shown to the bar to await an available table. The restaurant was very busy. But even so, we were visited quickly by our server who took our cocktail order. By the time our drinks were ready we were seated at a nice table. We placed our appetizer orders of a beet salad for my date, and a clam and shollot stew for myself. Fresh bread and butter arrived a short time before our appetizers. We then placed our dinner orders. My date took the server's advice and had one of the house specialties, buttermilk battered boneless chicken breasts, with mashed potatoes and grilled mixed vegetables. I ordered the calves liver with sautéed onions, with the mashed potatoes and mixed grilled vegetables. The appetizers were the best we have had in quite a while. Neither of us could have said enough good things about our dinner choices as well. Pricing was middle of the road, but the food and service exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend the Southern Inn for dinner, or any meal for that matter. We'll be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Organic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food and the outstanding service is on the par with the Ritz Carlton in New York!

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Casual, Authentic, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

One of our favorite annual stops on the trek from Maine to Florida. Reason enough to visit Lexington. Imaginative food and good service.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been to this restaurant twice and both times have been phenomenal. The kind of place where the whole time you're eating you think "I can't believe how good this is." It is "close your eyes in bliss" kind of food. I will be coming back to this restaurant whenever I'm in town. YUM!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been to this restaurant many times and never been disappointed. We look forward to having dinner at Southern Inn again soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Birthday celebration dinner for parents. the Maryland crab cakes were great and the NY Strip was very good.

Service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 9, 2017

When you make a reservation it would be nicet to know that parking is in the rear of the building. Mary Beth our server was excellent, personable and efficient. It was a great evening and we would highly recommend Southern Inn to our friends.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is a nice place in Lexington VA that uses tradition ingredients to create a new take on southern fare. Great Brunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My husband & I had Sunday brunch with our son (W&L student) at Southern Inn yesterday. This restaurant is top-notch, always one of our favorites when we are in Lexington. Food is always amazing - for brunch, we enjoyed the Omelette, French Toast and Eggs Benedict - all were extremely good, including the tasty muffins they bring for starters. Service is always great, makes any meal feel like a special event. Come as you are - can be casual or dressy. Looking forward to our next visit to Lexington & Southern Inn!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Southern Inn never disappoints! It is one of the best restaurants in Lexington.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very nice staff. Worked hard to make everything right after an order error occurred . Drinks were good. Food was good. A bit pricey.

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Recently had my second visit to Southern Inn. We returned because we really enjoyed our first visit. Our waitress was wonderful! The fried brussel sprout appetizer was delicious as were the lamb sliders. The meatloaf was average, slightly overcooked on the outside and parts underdone (red) on the inside. The mashed potatoes were a little cold the mixed green veggies were GREAT! Also, great were the cider braised greens. We send back an order of spring rolls because they lacked flavor. I do not feel the low points of this meal represent an average visit. I would recommend the Southern Inn to friends and will be back again.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Creative and delicious menu complemented with outstanding service and friendliness.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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