Reviews

***** Southern Lights Bistro is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, based on 39 reviews!

  • *****

    My wife and I celebrated our 43 wedding anniversary on 9-18-14 .everything we ordered was perfect. The caramelized onion and artichoke dip was so good we will go back just for this.I ordered the mahi mahi with creamy grits and vegetables and this is without a doubt the best seafood dish I have ever had ,I never thought anyone could beat George K but did. My wife ordered Tuscan meatloaf and she really enjoyed it.We split a slice of Chocolate Walnut Pie and it was great. The food and the service was 1st class and we certainly will return more often. On a minor note soft butter would be welcome with the rolls would be better than the cold prepackaged pats.

  • *****

    Now that the "newness" of their new location has worn off, it's easier to get in without a wait. This is my favorite lunch spot with girlfriends. The grilled chicken pita is outstanding. Make sure you try their bleu cheese dressing. Always fresh, you can't go wrong with this bistro.

  • *****

    Southern Lights was some great, cheap "New American" fare- they had a selection of sandwiches oriented towards the lunch crowd that came with an awesome side of pesto pasta. Oh, the pesto pasta.

    Anyhow, they closed last week, and I forgot to go before they closed. Sad.
    Maybe they'll reopen in a new location soon?

  • *****

    First visit back to Southern Lights since it reopened on Lawndale. Very busy - even on a TUesday night. Thought I was going to have to sit at the very small bar...but alas a party decided that they would rather stay at the bar and I got their table

    Restaurant was packed and VERY loud. Of course i was sitting off the bar but with the high ceilings doubt the noise level was much better else where.

    Food was great. Wine list is a little limited but anticipate that will improve as they are open longer.

    Ordered the filet with truffled potatoes and asparagus. Absolutely delicious. Steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and well seared on the outside.....my only regret was that it was served on a white plate. A serving of WHITE potatoes topped with green asparagus and the filet. It would have been so much more appealing ona plate of any color. Only other complaint was that they are still serving their bread cold (yes not even room temperature) with a prepackaged pat of butter......the new decor is so classy....how about some hot bread and not a prepackaged land of Lakes butter at least at dinner.

    great restaurant...... hope they stay so busy in their new location.

  • *****

    Excellent
    Super food & fresh & unusual.
    The lunch prices was amazing.
    Highly recommend, not that this institution in greensboro needs ME to toot their horn.
    I believe they have been around over 30 years!!!
    CRAZY huh.
    Welcome to Irving Park
    CUte patio too.
    Next to Target!

  • *****

    I am such the fan of Southern Lights Bistro, some may consider me a boring fan, because I always order their chicken salad-why mess with perfection? It is just so good and fresh whether with a salad or on a sandwich. I love that you can tell it is fresh "chicken" and not a mystery meat and grayish in color. The wait staff is more than accommodating-stop, go visit, order the chicken salad (or something else) and you will be a fan too! Thanks Southern Lights!

  • *****

    I came here on a lunch date with my boyfriend and his mother.
    It was relatively busy on a weekday around 1pm but we were seated right away.
    I ordered the tuscan turkey sandwich and a bowl of tomato basil soup.
    All of the sandwiches come with a side.. I believe you can get french fries, fruit, or soup.
    We did have to wait quite a while for our food but once it arrived it was worth the wait.
    There are also very cute paintings of Greensboro hanging on the walls done by a local artist.
    As a bonus there's a great little froyo place a few shops down, which we went to afterwards.
    They also have a very large outdoor patio in front, but it was way too cold!!

  • *****

    Southern Lights is my all time favorite. The food is always great. The pricing reasonable. and John and the gang always know how to give you great service in a beautiful setting! The soups are the best in town!
    Great for all occasions!

  • *****

    Absolutely delicious and will definitely return. The mahi mahi was probably the best I have had.

  • *****

    Best burger in town!
    Best bread pudding I've ever had.
    Good service. Nice atmosphere.
    I recommend vehemently.

  • *****

    Yum! Fabulous Birthday luncheon! ( didn't realize it was 1/2 price wine day-BONUS)
    Salmon cakes are to die for. Our waiter was super. All around great experience!

  • *****

    Food and service were great! A little pricier than I expected but overall a good value. Pimento Cheese and Neese's Sausage appetizer was ample for sharing and delicious. Everyone was very pleased with their entree selections. We had dessert waiting at home and actually were too full to indulge in the tempting offerings.

  • *****

    Service was terrific, soups were amazing. They will even bring you a tasting of the soups available that day for you to decide!! Only made it more difficult. Sandwiches and hand cut fries were delicious. We will most definitely be coming back.

  • *****

    Best turkey Reuben in town! Also, the best soup! Their burger is also worth trying, and don't even get me started on the salmon...

  • *****

    One of our favorite places to eat. We don't get to go there as much as we want but definitely enjoy it every time we go.

  • *****

    My wife and I go every year to celebrate our wedding anniversary.Evey year we have been made to feel extra special. The food has always been perfectly cooked to our wishes and expertly presented. Last time I ordered Mahi Mahi cooked rare it was perfect. Nice crust outside but still rare and cool inside. They always comp our desert and we always get the Chocolate Pecan pie warm with ice cream. Always a great way to compliment the meal. Already have reservations for our 45 th anniversary.

  • *****

    Ambiance and service were top notch. We shared the sausage and pimento cheese dip for appetizer...Delicious. I had the special Pork Osso Bucco VERY fatty. I've had the dish at other places and I know it should have some but this had more fat then meat. The potatoes and okra were perfect.
    My boyfriend had the buttermilk fried chicken and Gouda Mac and cheese. Outstanding!!!
    Great wine list and creme brle was a great ending.

  • *****

    I've been here several times for weekend lunch. The ambiance is nice, and the food is above average. I really love the patio, which has ample shade and even fans. The shrubbery encloses it and you don't realize you're seated next to a busy road. Inside has art for purchase on the walls, which is cool. The food overall has been good but not fantastic. We stumbled upon one sandwich though that is amazing, and we order it every time. The grilled veggie pita, add salmon. The grilled veggies are perfectly cooked and tasty. Our only complaint was that the pita got a little soggy, especially today. I had a salad once which was above average and had a lot of interesting veggies on it, and I've had one other sandwich, but I don't remember what it was (yikes). The waitresses we have had have been nice and courteous. My only complaint is that the food seems to take quite a while to come out once it's ordered. Overall it's a really good lunch or casual dinner spot, and I will definitely be back for that pita!

  • *****

    Just finished a delicious dinner, had the scallop appetizer and the filet Mignon with the bread pudding for dessert. Everything was superb.

  • *****

    Southern Lights is one of Greensboro's finest gems!! They not only have some of the best food and service in town, but they are overwhelmingly generous and kind. To the owners and staff a big huge debt of gratitude, your generous donations of your world famous pesto pasta helped making the Summer Solstice 2016 a big success!!! Thank you a million times over!!

    Anna Lamb
    Summer Solstice 2016

  • *****

    I enjoy this place. Pretty laid back woth nice scene. Enjoy all the employees here too.

  • *****

    Outstanding!
    Moved back to Greensboro after five years in Wilmington and ate at Southern Lights last night for the first time in years. It started with the "Bes...

  • *****

    Outstanding!
    Moved back to Greensboro after five years in Wilmington and ate at Southern Lights last night for the first...

  • *****

    Excellent Sunday brunch. Unique barbecue take on eggs Benedict. Good huevos rancheros. Mimosas for $3.50. Perfect day to sit outside and excellent shade provided. Good service.

  • *****

    Great flavor profiles, good presentation, expensive but plenty of food. Service needs polishing. Over all a great once in a while "special occations" dinner.

    Tuna with wasabit peas and carrots hit the perfect combo of spicy and savory, the the peas providing a strong spice and the carrots/tuna more mild for balance.

    Monk Fish (sustainable according to monteray bay) well cooked for a meaty fish, the highly spiced curried cream corn well balanced again by a mild potatoe pancake and light spices on the grilled fish.

    Filet minon melts in your mouth like butter.

    Soups all heavy cream based, while the side salads are a good bet.

    Dessert shots are the best deal, providing the perfect taste for a good price.

  • *****

    If you're looking for good food, this is the place. The entrees were excellent. Was rather disappointed with the ambiance, but the meal was a success. We had a party of six with a variety of pallets. No complaints from anyone. The service was also satisfactory, though not excellent. Would go back for the food.

  • *****

    Met for lunch today after hearing rave reviews from friends and family. I must say, they did not disappoint! The salad was amazing and the Adrian (turkey/bacon/honey on a croissant) was out of this world. My dad loved his sandwich too. The service was a little slow to get our food out, but they comped us dessert (without us even complaining) for the wait. Great staff. Great food. Great location. Can't wait to go back!!

  • *****

    Southern Lights is one of the best restaurants in Greensboro. I have eaten there more times than I count and the food is always great. For lunch today I had the sandwich of the day and the Tomato Basil soup and it was delicious! If you have not been this place is definitely a must try!

  • *****

    Our group had a wonderful meal here last night. The location is in a little strip mall near Battleground Ave but they have a nice outdoor dining area as well. My meal started with an old fashion (bourbon with muddled orange and cherry) and the table shared some cheese and fruit plates. A good standard dish with some brie, white cheddar, and another marbled green and white cheese (that I believe had sage in it). I had the filet, that came a perfect mid-rare with a nice crust, demi glace, fried potato cake and grilled asparagus. I had the bread pudding that was the right amount of sweetness (nothing worse than a dessert that is cloyingly sweet) and it was pleasantly light in texture. Normally many bread puddings have this dense heavy feel but not this one, excellent!
    Although, I did enjoy the wine (2007 Stonestreet Legacy Meritage Red) the list was a bit small. The selection of old world wines was really limited.
    I also wanted to recognize our server John Michael who did a fabulous job of knowing when to come to the table and when to stay away, and offering wonderful service when he did appear.
    Over all a really great experience in dining.

  • *****

    I had the ribeye steak sandwich and fries. It did take them a few minutes after I arrived to get it together but it was amazing. I have haven't tried any thing else but they are super packed at lunch time. They give you can soda if you order any sodas to go. Based on the quality of the food I would give them 5 stars, however, this place is pretty expensive for lunch so I gave then a 4 star rating.

  • *****

    I love this place...the food is always good and the staff delightful. The best tuna, soups, and neese's sausage dip. I find their meals very tasty and exceptional compared to other local sites.

  • *****

    For some reason, this place is never busy when we go, and I absolutely don't understand it. The space is lovely and upscale, with modern decor and cool art, and the patio is still a great place to dine when the weather's nice, even with some traffic rushing by.

    The food: creative risotto dishes, roasted and garlicky broccollini, perfectly-cooked fish, beautiful plates complete with swirls of delicious sauces, AND a Mediterranean salad dressing that I flip for every time I eat it.

    Southern Lights can be pricy for dinner, with entrees ranging between $20 and $30 for the specials, but their salads and sandwiches are all between $8 and $15, which is great if you're looking to spend less but still eat some wonderful food. And, the drinks are definitely well-priced, something I always take into consideration. In any case, I have never left feeling that I paid too much for my meal.

    As a last note: like many of the other restaurants in Greensboro with great food, this place is often full of the middle-aged-and-up crowd. I'm not sure where the rest of my mid-20s age bracket is, but my guess is that they're waiting in a long line somewhere for a burger. It's a shame.

  • *****

    I hosted my groups holiday mixer at this place yesterday and we really enjoyed our time. The host was very accommodating, the waitstaff was attentive and kind but not pushy, and the food and drinks were really good (I recommend the liberty school cab). The mixer lasted past closing time but the staff did not kick us out or even mention that they were closed which I thought was an extra bonus (no one likes to feel rushed). I'll definitely plan another event there in the future.

  • *****

    My sister and I were in Greensboro for a week. We went to Southern Lights Bistro, which was one of my Mother's favorites, in her honor. As always, the food was delicious and the service was wonderful!

  • *****

    Pretty great food, the soup was wonderful and we had very friendly service. Above all else, I would come back here for the service and the ambiance.

  • *****

    Enjoyed a wonderful meal with friends this evening. Tonight was half price wine on a 6 oz. glass which was accompanied by a small plate of Bistro Steak with mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini and squash. I love restaurants who give their customers the small plate option. It's much easier on the wallet and stomach. The backdrop of the restaurant is beautifully decorated with oil paintings.

  • *****

    A co-worker who lived in the area had highly recommended the place for dinner based on food and ambiance and I would have to agree. Even though the latter cation is a bit tough to find (is located next to a mattress store in the same parking lot as Golden Corral), it's super cute when you get inside. Great menu for picky eaters with a nice mix of light and heavy entrees to choose from.

    Everything I ordered was fantastic and I highly recommend: Neese's sausage and pimentos cheese (appetizer), NC Trout stuffed with jumbo lump crab meat (main course), and walnut pie (dessert). Ultra friendly service.

  • *****

    Fabulous!
    Most underrated restaurant in Greensboro.

  • *****

    the food is GOOD
    YOU WILL LOVE SO PLEASE GO THERE AND HAVE A TIME FOR DINNER