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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

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Casual (30)
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Good for a Date (28)
Comfort Food (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Local Ingredients (22)
Cozy (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Business Meals (17)
Romantic (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Healthy (11)
Authentic (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Fun (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Seasonal (8)
Hot Spot (7)
People Watching (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·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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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·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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food5
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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

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 (Key West)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·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👍

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Richmond)·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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 (Richmond)·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 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.

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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vip
 (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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 (Richmond)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (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 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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 (Richmond)·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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vip
 (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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 (Louisville)·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 19, 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 13, 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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 (Richmond)·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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 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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 (Richmond)·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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 (Richmond)·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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 (Richmond)·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 26, 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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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 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 17, 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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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 17, 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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