Southern Lights Bistro is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 90 reviews!
I had dinner here for a business function...here are my thoughts:
1. The food was good (nothing spectacular).
2. The location is odd! Right beside a Goodwill store
3. Parking wasn’t the best in the world
4. Environment was quaint but the layout of the space is odd
5. Cleanliness was average
Just stopped in on a whim.... Had lunch and the food is 5 * and the prices on the menu a reasonable. You simply can't go wrong with this restaurant
Great staff! Beautiful environment! Delicious food! Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Spent over 2 hours eating dinner at the bar the other night enjoying the atmosphere and company of the staff and other customers. Went home with the chef. It was a delightful evening.
The food's presentation and taste are wonderful, the atmosphere/ambiance is relaxing and chill. The service, however, is what sets this place apart from the others! The staff are attentive, pleasant, helpful, and are always on top of their game. I will definitely be back if it means I will be greeted and taken care of by the fabulous front of house staff :)
We had a great dinner here yesterday! The staff was very nice and the chef even came out to answer some of my questions!
The food was very delicious, fresh, and they did NOT skimp! My mom and I each ordered the same thing: Gazpacho and the Mediterranean salad (1/2 size). The salad lettuce to topping ratio did not disappoint! I had lots of artichokes, tomatoes, and more with the perfect amount of dressing. While the gazpacho was different than how I make it, I did enjoy it. The chef has a chunky extra vegetable twist to his.
We felt satiated with a very healthy meal!
American food and the atmosphere at this location is super good. It's so tasty. The staff was very helpful and observant. Prices are decent for the quality. Reminds me of a place in New York I liked to visit.
Love that this place is located right next to the new Goodwill, I stopped by for the first time the other day. The food was dynamite, specifically the Spicy Havana sandwich... The staff was very polite and accommodating. I will def be back to try more stuff!
The food here is always fantastic. Our server Jason was on point with information and suggestions, and was very professional, especially when a dish had to be returned because of an error, which was promptly corrected. Two thumbs up.
Turning into out favorite date night spot. Food was delicious - smaller than normal for the south but was actually perfectly filling. Love the outside seating and cozy atmosphere.
We were passing through Greensboro and checked Travelocity for a lunch suggestion. WINNER! This is a wonderful restaurant. Excellent food and lovely ambiance. It is in a shopping area near a Goodwill store which gave us second thoughts. Glad we ignored them.
The food was great and the staff was very accommodating. Guido was an awesome server and he was very patient with our group. I'll gladly return to this restaurant the next time that I'm in town.
Dropped in for a quick bite and was impressed with their appetizer menu. Their Neese's sausage and pimento dip was perfect!! And Anjel was an incredible server. Knowledgeable, efficient and friendly! A perfect combination!
The food was great and the staff was very accommodating. Guido was an awesome server and he was very patient with our group. I'll gladly return to this return the next time that I'm in town.
Fine spot for quality American food. This place has a nice atmosphere. If it wasn't far from my work I would come by more.
I went with a large party for a special occasion and was very pleased with the food and service. I had crab cakes as an appetizer and they were wonderful. The best I have had in a while. The fried chicken was flavorful and cooked perfectly. All the staff I encountered were very friendly. I would definitely recommend Southern Lights Bistro.
Went for a special occasion. I had the meat loaf. It was special. Everyone at the table loved their meal. Someone had the flounder and thought it spectacular. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Nice dining experience, excellent food choices and well prepared. Desserts were also excellent.
The only reason this is a 4 star review and not a 5 star is because the neighboring tables are sooo close together, it's almost like the adjacent guests are dining with you.
I would go again but only if I could reserve a booth for more privacy. Otherwise it was perfect.
Oh my , this is my favorite little Bistro!
The staff is always so kind, polite and helpful!
The Owner, the Bartender and the clientele... they are all wonderful! I have bin a Regular
there for six or seven years! I would go there every day!!!
The food is always fresh and new menus are frequent, served with a smile!
The front desk staff is happy to see
me, and I even get a hug here and there!!
I recommend this restaurant to every one!!!
With Love, Elke and all of my friends!!#
Fantastic food AND service! This is one of my favorite restaurants in greensboro!
Trendy food that is very good. Specials change daily. Small bar but comfy. There is outdoor seating. A warm and modern interior. Bar and regular size chairs. There is a half off wine night. Their charcuteiere offering is the best in town.
Food was delicious. Atmosphere cozy and service great.
Fantastic! The food, the service, the entire evening was fantastic. Highly recommend.
Had a great meal with family this evening!
The food was delicious and we had an excellent waiter. Great atmosphere... artsy, cozy, comfortable, and stylish.
Chocolate pie was good but hard. I ordered black bean soup but realized it was forgotten after we left.
Fist time back in a long time and it didn't disappoint. Service was friendly and very knowledgeable about the wine/beer/cocktail list as well as the food specials. Both in my party had food specials: a pesto chicken pasta and a tile fish entree with parsnip puree and broccolini. Both were delicious! Atmosphere is great as well. It's not a large space and it was a busy night but it was not too loud for easy conversation.
Excellent food and service. I was with a large group, so we were offered a limited menu. The mini salmon cake appetizer with homemade remoulade was wonderful. I ordered mahi with coconut rice. Delicious, but not enough vegetables (perfectly seasoned squash and zucchini, but only three pieces). Really good mashed potatoes. Fun desserts in shot glasses.
First time visit for dinner. I really loved the atmosphere of the place. I had the salmon entree. It was cooked pretty close to perfect. And I really liked the sauce they put over the salmon. I did think the serving size of the side items were a bit small though. None of them were expensive items. The service was good. I'd definitely try again.
We went to Southern Lights for the first time tonight. From the minute we walked into the restaurant, we found everyone very friendly. We were seated in a cozy softly lighted quiet bar area. Shortly after being seated waiter Christopher gave us his full attenion. He was very knowledgeable and made our evening extra special. My husband loved the crab cake on angel hair pasta. I had the evening special salmon patty on fresh spinach salad. Even the owner checked on us, to see if we needed anything. I would rate our food, waiter and ambience as 5 star experience.
Food was awesome. Portions were perfect. And presented well. Atmosphere is great. Slightly hipster. Super friendly and attentive wait staff. Overall great experience for my sons birthday. Coconut shrimp, grilled salmon and steak all fantastic!
First time eating here. Had a London Broil that was absolutely stellar. Grilled zucchini was also delicious. I will definitely be dining here again soon!!
The food was great. The taste of everything was very good and the presentation as well. The seasonal pear and pecan pie was very good and I probably would have enjoyed it more with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. That being said the price point was a bit steep for what you actually get on your plate. The pricing is on everything but the special board which I thought a bit odd until I saw the bill. $$$$.
TL;DR The food is great. Price is too high for portion size.
I can't say enough good things about this place. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff were super friendly and helpful. The food is AMAZING...the tomato basil soup is the BEST tomato soup I've ever had..hands down!
Something for every pallet. Full bar standards and specials daily. Now open for dinner. Appetizers,soups,sandwiches,salads,vegetables, desserts. Anything you want is there. Owner makes meals at least three days a week, enough for a family of four in container, delivered to schools free of charge.
Very nice atmosphere, great food & a wonderful staff.
The staff is welcoming and friendly. The servers are knowledgeable and efficient. The food is consistently very good. The only blip I have ever encountered is when I ordered a dish that was cooked less than ordered but the server and kitchen quickly corrected it and got it exactly as ordered. I have returned many times for both lunch and dinner and have not been disappointed.
Great service and amazing atmosphere. Food was delicious. Definitely recommend seafood cakes. Great selection for food. Highly recommmend!
Treasure Chest a group of breast cancer survivors had our monthly dinner here tonight. It was fabulous!!!the waitress in the private dining room was on point. She was excellent!!!she brought us soup samples and kept all 12 of our glasses always refilled. It was my birthday and she spoke with the owner and told him we were all survivors. He sent her back with a dessert for all of us. We dine at a different restaurant every month in Greensboro and BY FAR we recieved the best treatment and hospitality from all of Southern Lights Bistro employees that we have ever received at a restaurant!!!The food and service was top notch!!!will definitely be coming back here again. Thank you Southern Lights!!
The food was Amazing!!! I had the salmon with cucumber dill sauce. It was very good and the service was excellent. Definitely adding this as a fav.
The food was really good. The chicken tasted hand dredged and the fries were freshly cut. The honey mustard also tasted like it was made from scratch. The service was good.
Had a luncheon with friends there The atmosphere was very inviting, menu had lots of options and the service was great. Oh the meal was pretty darn amazing. We all left pleased will recommend this establishment to all we encounter!!
We have been eating at Southern Lights for 15 years starting at the old location and following them to Lawndale. The food is fresh and has great flavors. One of the best Tomato Basil soups I have ever had.
Great service, cute open ambiance, and quality food. We have driven by and it always seems busy so finally made it in. I had the full portion of fried chicken and Mac and cheese and it was delicious, but really only should have gotten the smaller portion because it was more than enough for leftovers. My wife got the skirt steak pita and the steak was cooked to perfection. The food was really good, but expect to pay a bit more than typical for the area for a high quality meal. Definitely would go again!
Great night of food. Was my wife's birthday dinner. Everything was excellent. Our 6 year old daughter was with us. Lavar was the man. He talked to our daughter like an adult making her feel special. Big props for that. Thank you guys for a special meal.
Friendly prompt service, really fresh and delicious meals. Hard to choose! I suggest you plan to return soon and try their buttermilk fried chicken with Mac-n-cheese real soon. It's phenomenal.
We've had 2 excellent dining experiences there in the past week. Southern Lights deserves its reputation as a popular Greensboro restaurant.
I've been a long time customer, loving the place since they were in the original location. For lunch, be there by 11:30 or have a late lunch because it's a busy place. Always has daily sandwich, soup, & small plate specials. I've met friends for late lunch & stayed for drinks and dinner! Love the unique tastes & combinations. A little pricey ($12 for a sandwich and side) but worth it to me. Servers are very knowledgeable. It's a little tricky to find off of Lawndale, but well worth it to me, a favorite!
Southern Lights is an elegant evening that does not break the bank. Their entrees are that of a five star restauant, at a three star prive. Great service and amazing meals. I love the salmon dish and appetizers. The Hazel Jean Vineyards wine is top notch.
Very good selection of goods and very good price. Service is very good as well
Just about the right price for something that hit the spot (crab cake and angel hair). Was a bit surprised at the wait time for a Tuesday night, but servers were lovely and cheerful. The atmosphere is quiet and welcoming.
I've always received wonderful service from this establishment. The food is great. I will say that the only draw back is the other customers. Wealthy and rude crowd has ruined my evening here twice. Complaining about a 15-20 min wait for food is insane. I want my food cooked and prepared in the fashion the chef prefers. Anyway, I recommend giving this place a shot. It's great.
This is one of our favorite restaurants. Our Friday night dinners with friends eats at Southern Lights Bistro on a regular basis. Service and food is always great.
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.
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!!!
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!!
Summer Solstice 2016
I enjoy this place. Pretty laid back woth nice scene. Enjoy all the employees here too.
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...
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.
Most underrated restaurant in Greensboro.
the food is GOOD
YOU WILL LOVE SO PLEASE GO THERE AND HAVE A TIME FOR DINNER
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