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Reviewed July 2, 2022

I called for reservations, spoke to them 2x's to confirm the time, and we showed up only to be told we did not have a reservation. They were unable to seat us and said that I hadn't provided a cc number. I was never asked...for one on either call.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2021

Our in-town go-to spot for a great comfort meal. We regularly get take-out from South Lane, but also love dining in (whether on the patio or indoors). Always hard to choose what to get because we have so many favorites. The specials are always great,...too! Good wine list. Don't miss the sweet potato frites with aioli! Staff always warm and welcoming. A true Guilford gem.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 15, 2021 via mobile

From the moment we walked in, we were made to feel comfortable and happy! The menu was perfect for both of us, an 11 year old and her grandmother. The hostess allowed me to try both wines that I was considering and that, to me,...is really classy and welcoming. I asked for vegetables instead of orzo with my salmon and I received a beautifully cooked piece of salmon over roasted vegetables that were to die for! My granddaughter loved her sliders but she had filled up on the roasted cauliflower appetizer! It was perfect and can’t say enough good things about the food and the staff!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

We enjoy coming here regularly either on date night or out with friends. Would be good with the kids too but we save these special places for our getaway time. Food is spectacular from comfort foods to specialties.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 4, 2020

We are local and have enjoyed South Lane Bistro many times and always enjoyed our meals. Sadly we were not impressed with the meals on Monday, Dec. 30th. We arrived early with most tables still empty. The appetizer special of Tempura Shrimp resembled and tasted...more like a heavily beer battered strong fish than a lighter tempura. The swordfish sandwich special was also a disappointing with a very small portion of fish. Although the Papri Chaat Nachos were tasty, most of the chips burned, as if baked too close to the broiler. The Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup special was served very hot and was tasty. The Steak & Noodle salad was ok, but had very little of the salad, just noodles. We hope this was just an off night and will try South Lane again at a less busy time of the year.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed May 2, 2019

We were in town and needed to grab a bite before heading home. Parked our car and headed to a restaurant to check out the offerings. Looking further down the street we spotted the South Lane Bistro and peeked in- the warm inviting atmosphere and...a quick look at the menu made us pick this spot over a few others in the immediate area. What did we think? Ambiance and vibe was great- casual, relaxed but with a goal to please patrons. Asked for recommend for dinner and picked the Salmon Entree and the Meatloaf Special. It started with a fresh salad that seemed picked from a garden outside. The salmon had a great char with a moist, tender center, accompanied by grilled asparagus and orzo- light, fresh and delicious. The meatloaf, served with mashed potatoes and broccoli was better than I make, and we LOVE mine. The serving size and presentation were awe inspiring. Kept spying a cake sitting on the bar and even though we decided there wasn't room anywhere to put desert, we split a slice of carrot cake that was light, airy, not too sweet and completely removed from the plate within minutes. DELICIOUS! We will be back. Not because we ended up in Guilford on business and were hungry and needed to eat but rather because we drove an hour specifically to eat at the South Lane Bistro. It's a destination worth driving for.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed February 28, 2019

We ate there while staying in the area on business. It was a weeknight, and we didn't have a reservation, and although it was very busy, we did get a table right away. Service started out a bit slow, but after things started moving, it...was fine. They were out of the special for the night (and the server didn't know that when she took our order - not so good), but the food we had was very good. One of our steaks was over-cooked (ordering rare is always risky), but overall I did like the place. We sat on the outside, plastic-covered (it was February!) porch, but we were plenty warm. Overall, our experience was uneven, but we'd still go back.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

Always love going to South Lane whether to grab burgers and frits, sit by the fire enjoying the specials of the night, or order drinks and appetizers at the bar.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The atmosphere of this place is really cool. The food has been hit or miss. My wife loves it there but there are other places i would rather go.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Had a short time available due to restraints wirh babysitter. Called ahead to make a reservation. Took our name and said table available. Would have gone elsewhere if we weren’t able to get a reservation. Arrived less than 10 mins later (we had said we...would be there within 15 mins) and were told our table was no longer available even though they did have our reservation. It would be a at least a 30 minute wait. No apology whatsoever. Called back later and spoke to owner. Again no apology. Was told they didn’t take reservations for tables for 2 and acted like I was crazy for claiming otherwise. Not sure why they would say otherwise on the phone. Can see from other reviews that this is an ongoing issue. F for customer service. And shame on the owner for the entire experience.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Called in here having just walked out of Amarone where we were ignored. Loved it here , lovely cheerful staff who were really helpful. Great sweet potato fries and delicious red wine. Happy customers everywhere , we will be back. Thank you x

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

If you are looking for a good meal in a cozy spot, look no further than the South Lane Bistro. Just steps from historic Guilford green, the food never disappoints. Nice, varied menu, good beer selection. Friendly staff.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

We arrived at 8:10 Friday evening, no line, tables available, room at the bar. Nice looking place. Semi-open kitchen. Employees buzzing about, took a few minutes to be acknowledged. Finally, eye contact & be with you in a minute. Hostess asked if we would like...to sit at the bar to have a drink while waiting for a table. (We noticed there is no foot rail, we are middle aged with physical limits & my boyfriend is a tall, big guy) We asked to sit at a the table in the corner, which was set. “It’s not ready.” “May we sit there until it IS ready?” We politely asked. Did we have to explain we wouldn’t be comfortable at the high bar chairs, with no bar foot rest. The table was set, no one did anything else to it. As we looked at the Culturally diversified menu, it made us wonder, what are they really good at? We ordered corn chowder, sliders (great quality meat used) and a California BLT, all very good tasting. I guess they were in a hurry to close because the waitress dropped the check without offering dessert & coffee. When she returned, I asked if dessert is served. Seemingly surprised, she brought the dessert menu & said next time we should save room. We had room this time! Got the feeling we were only welcome on their terms, maybe because they’re only open four hours a day, according to Google.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

We love South Lane Bistro--the ambiance is cozy and comforting, the service is warm and welcoming and the food is consistently wonderful. Our favorite is the grilled salmon sandwich on brioche bread--it is absolutely perfect every time. The wine list is good, too.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

Recently bought a home in Guilford, and having been Madison stalwarts of an evening for the first month or so (Moxie, Bar Bouchee), thought it was time to be more loyal to what is a charming bistro. Absolutely love the place, and as a testament...to that statement my wife and I were there 4 x times in the past 11 days on vacation. Staff make it: Ariel (not sure if the spelling is correct) the owner, Jess, Anna, and many others. Food is modern American with a twist. Recommend the (charred) hamburger and fish tacos, rib tips, fish and chips, along with Rosemary zucchini. Excellent choice of salad dressings too. Noting other reviews, I'd recommend eating at the terrific bar or 'outside' if possible, rather than in the main dining room which as others have noted can be a little uncomfortable. 4 1/2 stars if I could.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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South Lane Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5