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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/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Southern Inn Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (35)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Cozy (29)
Comfort Food (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Local Ingredients (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Business Meals (23)
Romantic (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Bar Seating (17)
Authentic (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Seasonal (11)
Healthy (10)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
People Watching (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent Food. Great Beverage Variety. Attentive Staff. Beautiful, Warm, Comfortable Atmosphere. We're going back this weekend and we're not locals.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

We come to Lexington in January and February for a agility trials at the horse center. One evening we have dinner at The Southern and the other at Bistro on Main,; we love them both so don't ask us to choose. The food is great as is the service and prices are reasonable. Having specials each night gives us a variety of something new to try. The breads are always great as we wait for drinks and starters.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

The Southern Inn would be great for any occasion. Went to the Southern Inn many years ago and never wanted to go back. However, this time I was super impressed.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent service and food!! My wife commented that her salmon dish was the best she had ever eaten at a restaurant. We were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary and were treated to free desserts! Highly recommend this spot!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We always have a very good experience here, whether for 2 or 12. The salads are excellent and the house specialties of fried chicken, meatloaf or steaks are excellent.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Consistently excellent! Food quality and presentation is superb. Warm, friendly and professional service.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 4, 2018

My two companions, from Decatur, Georgia, said that Southern Inn is better than anything in Decatur. Our food was delicious. I ordered a dish that has been on the menu for a while and it was better than ever.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always a delicious meal with a southern flair. The salmon was cooked perfectly

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Southern Inn has a cozy, yet sophisticated feel. The decor is a bit dated, but charming nonetheless. The food and cocktails are fantastic overall, but don't all quite live up to their pricing, which seems a bit steep for certain items. We went on a holiday, which meant the restaurant was at full capacity. It was very loud, but still enjoyable. The staff seemed a tad stressed, but focused and were courteous to the patrons. I would absolutely recommend it to a friend and I would absolutely go again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We've eaten at the Southern Inn many times & the food/service has been consistently very good. I had the chicken penne pasta and my wife had one of the evening's specials: gnocchi with shrimp. Both were excellent, but the highlight of the meal was probably the dessert apple blondie (which incorporated both fresh & cooked apples) with vanilla ice cream topped with granola. Our cocktails were also well prepared. Service was prompt & attentive. Always a good place to eat when in Lexington.

Tags: Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The special libations were top notch. The dinners chicken and penne was delicious and the pork loin was tender and delightfully paired with kale, risotto and strawberry. The apricot bread pudding was the icing on the meal. I can’t say enough about the quality of the meal, service and cleanliness of this restaurant. When we return to Lexington we will be back to the Southern Inn

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic service! Great food and great atmosphere. Don’t live in Lexington but visit often, and when we do - we always plan to visit the Southern Inn!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very good food - appetizer options especially. An excellent list of beers. Some nice wines as well but not many single glass options. Pork loin, steak and chicken dishes were good with nice sides. Not a place for vegetarians.
One suggestion for cold nights - have customers come in main entrance, not in bar entrance where do many seated diners are subjected to cold blasts of air.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Everything from appetizer to dessert was perfectly prepared, nicely present and delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Awesome, as usual. Dine here everytime we're in Lexington and never disappoints.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great menu and service. Festive holiday scene in charming town.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 14, 2017

No disappointment here! Southern Inn is our go to, hometown, always dependable, great food and service. Can't be beat!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The southern fried chicken is excellent and a house specialty. The homemade ice cream was excellent. I ordered vanilla, which is the world's most popular flavor, but for more adventurous types, they have other flavors. Made on site each day. We were seated in the bar section, which was a little noisy. However, I am glad we were seated there rather than the front part of the restaurant, which was chilly. Meatloaf was also very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Southern Inn is the most reliable, busy restaurant in Lexington. I always enjoy my dinner when I dine here. This visit my husband ordered the tuna but it was being served with polenta. They readily agreed to substitute the mashed potatoes. I ordered salmon but preferred to have grilled polenta rather than the beet risotto. Our waiter assured us that those substitutions were fine. My salmon with polenta was excellent as was my husband's rare tuna with mash. Our daughter ordered the most standard of all their fare the fried chicken with mash and vegetables. That is always delicious. My only disappointment was the tossed salad with not very good tomatoes. I know that it is difficult to always have good tomatoes in November, but the salad would have been better without them than what they served. Nonetheless, our dinners were fabulous and I highly recommend the Southern Inn.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Whenever we stay in Lexington on our way up north, we have dinner at the Southern Inn. It is casual, welcoming and service is great. Food is good, especially fried chicken.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have visited the Southern Inn several times and we always have a great experience. The wait staff is very good and the food is high quality and well prepared. This year we were celebrating our anniversary and the Southern Inn made it special. They gave us each a glass of complementary champagne and seated us in a quiet corner. These extra efforts set this restaurant apart from many others and we appreciated their thoughtfulness. Every time we visit Lexington the Southern Inn is always included in our plans. We have never been disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

very nice atmosphere, excellent service, wonderful creative food - recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very nice. Waiter very attentive

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Another wonderful lunch at the Southern Inn. Fried oysters were perfect. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Seasonal, People Watching, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Always attempt to eat here when in the Lexington Virginia area -- always great food and experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food, great service. Excellent for our grandchildren (13, 11, 7) as well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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