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Southern Inn Restaurant

4.5
872 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(540) 463-3612
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
George Huger
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Nelson Street
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 872 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipToolsmith (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

First of all, open on a Monday. Menu limited but uniformly good. Wait staff attentive if a mite slow. Would visit again.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Always love the southern inn! Love the fried chicken and the staff are terrific too!

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8523 (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Very good and reliable restaurant that can handle a large group

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vipSpunlace (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a lovely lunch. Food was very good, creatively put together and very enjoyable. Service and ambiance made it a great experience.

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GloriaL (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Delicious food, prompt and courteous service, and fine table setting.

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srdiner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was excellent as well as the service! Our waitress was very accommodating to the elderly woman that was with us and we appreciate it greatly. The blackened chicken penne was one of the best pasta dishes i have ever eaten.

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Lexgal (Western NC)
1.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Best restaurant in town! I am repeat customer! and so are all my friends!

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MPBfromSC (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I know the restaurant must usually be a hit because it is so recommended, but we didn't have a great experience. The bread was a store bought baguette sliced very thinly - not warm. The butter was herbed and tasty. The mushroom soup on special was good - I had to add salt, but I don't hold that against people because most people are trying now not to salt their food very much. The spring rolls came with sesame seeds in them and plated on the sauce - I can't eat sesame seeds so it bothers me when they are featured on/in a dish, but not mentioned on the menu. Also they didn't have a very Asian flavor - red onion seemed not to go. I had the oysters with remoulade sauce - they were way undercooked and the remoulade was more like a moutarde sauce - very heavy on the mustard. The pan fried chicken special was good - nothing to write home about, but good. The pear salad was good. Our waitress was nice and helpful. The sweet tea was good. We were going to a school event after so we didn't have wine. I would try the place again and next time if not with company I would be more honest with waitress and send my undercooked oysters back. I think they would have made good on them if I had asked.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Driving thru from New York, hotel recommendation back in November. Returned again this week for a very satisfying meal.

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JCS3 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

For two years this has been our VMI grandson's favorite place (and ours as well) My wife & I live 40" away but this destination is well-worth the travel time and we have never been disappointed in our dinners at S.I. We frequently recommend it to visitors and when our son visits from L.A., Southern Inn is his first choice for an excellent dining experience.
Lexington is fortunate to have this fine restaurant!

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vipdawn (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

My go to place when I pass through Lexington, on my way home to Alexandria.

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OpenTable Diner (Key West)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

SORRY TO REPORT A LESS THAN ENJOYABLE DINNER. I ORDERED THE DUCK, WHICH APPEARED RAW ON A BED OF VEGETABLES. I SENT IT BACK TO COOK SOME MORE, BUT IT WAS RETURNED STILL UNDERCOOKED. I COULDN'T EAT IT. MY PARTNER ORDERED STEAK WHICH ALSO CAME UNDERCOOKED. HOWEVER, OUR COCKTAILS (BOURBON OLD FASHION AND CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL WERE DELICIOUS). OUR WAITRESS WAS VERY EFFICIENT, ATTENTIVE AND FRIENDLY. SHE DESERVED THE TIP, BUT NOT THE RESTAURANT. SO DISAPPOINTING, AS THIS RESTAURANT WAS ALWAYS OUR FAVORITE WHEN VISITING LEXINGTON. I'M WONDERING IF A NEW COOK HAD BEEN HIRED FOR THE EVENING. IN ANY EVENT, WE WILL NOT BE RETURNING.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Well worth a visit. Always try to stop bye when in the area. Great food and presentation. Match’s or exceeds most “large city” restaurants I have been to👍

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  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!!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  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.

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pacapa (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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lexlady (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 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.

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vipWnLMom (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

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

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Kmyer (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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vipWahoo (Richmond)
4.0  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.

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Steweats (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 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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Kyle (Richmond)
5.0  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!

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vipJohn (Baltimore)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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VADiners (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

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

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SayOne (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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