It was fabulous for a birthday celebration!! Stephen, our waiter, was wonderful!! We will happily return.
I'm a VMI grad and return to the Southern Inn often (went there as a cadet in the 80s). It remains my favorite restaurant in Lexington, thanks to creative cuisine and friendly service. Highly-recommended!
Service was fine, food was okay, portions were small. We visited on St Patrick’s Day and one of the specials was BangerS and Mash. My son received A Banger (one small, single sausage) and 4 tablespoons of mashed potatoes.
Great place to bring the whole family! We have been eating here for 21 years! Always good food
We live in Lexington, so we eat at the Southern Inn often. It's been our favorite for a while. The service is always excellent, as is the food. The dinner menu is a mix of favorites (the fried chicken is justly famous) plus an always changing selection of other choices. For example, we had a couple of really good entrees in honor of St Patrick's Day: corned beef with cabbage and bangers and mash, both simple stuff but elevated through careful, creative preparation to make them really tasty. Great cocktails and a good wine list with plenty of good options at moderate prices. Several beers on draft, plus a big selection of bottles. The desserts are all house-made and are really good. (The pecan pie is also famous.)
I like the Southern Inn and eat there often. My most recent experience was odd and a little disappointing. My wife and her friend both ordered fish tacos but when they came there was no fish in them. We called the waitress over and she apologized and took them back to the kitchen. They brought new ones back a while later that did have fish but not much. My wife suggested they offer her and her friend a free glass of wine which they did. Would have been nice if they had offered.
Yet another wonderful lunch at the finest restaurant in Lexington
Great dinner! Always enjoy The Southern Inn when in Lexington!
What impressed me the most was the friendliness of the staff... from the moment I entered the restaurant I was greeted with smiles and personnel that appreciated that I was entering their establishment. Add to that the great menu choices, flexibility in preparation of meals and reasonable prices and you just can't go wrong.
My wife and I will return and hopefully real soon. So glad we made the trip over the mountain from Bedford!
Great service & meal. Great homemade desserts.
Really one of the few good choices in Lexington. Service was great and food was OK. I ordered pork tenderloin, which had a great description, but it arrived overcooked and tough. Definitely a pork chop. My son had pasta with chicken and enjoyed it. I hear the fried chicken is amazing, but if you are more of a healthy eater, choices are limited.
Loved this place! Will make it a point to visit as often as possible.
Thanks for the wonderful meal and fantastic greeting and service!
First of all, open on a Monday. Menu limited but uniformly good. Wait staff attentive if a mite slow. Would visit again.
Always love the southern inn! Love the fried chicken and the staff are terrific too!
Very good and reliable restaurant that can handle a large group
We had a lovely lunch. Food was very good, creatively put together and very enjoyable. Service and ambiance made it a great experience.
Delicious food, prompt and courteous service, and fine table setting.
The food was great and the service was superb. The Restaurant is a jewel in Downtown Lexington, VA. A wonderful dining experience.
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.
Best restaurant in town! I am repeat customer! and so are all my friends!
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.
Driving thru from New York, hotel recommendation back in November. Returned again this week for a very satisfying meal.
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!
My go to place when I pass through Lexington, on my way home to Alexandria.
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.
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👍
Excellent Food. Great Beverage Variety. Attentive Staff. Beautiful, Warm, Comfortable Atmosphere. We're going back this weekend and we're not locals.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Consistently excellent! Food quality and presentation is superb. Warm, friendly and professional service.
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.
Always a delicious meal with a southern flair. The salmon was cooked perfectly
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.
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.
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
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!
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.