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“Dinner was average at best. ”

Southern Lights Bistro
Ranked #79 of 886 Restaurants in Greensboro
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Markland Dr.
Greensboro, North Carolina
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“Dinner was average at best. ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We went for dinner on a Friday night and the meal was average but not great. The service was not terrible but the wait time for drinks was a little long. To be fair, there was only one bartender and she looked a little overworked. As an appetizer, we ordered the baked Brie which was good, but you can't really mess that up. We both ordered the the ribeye for dinner and it was very disappointing. It was very fatty and over cooked (we ordered medium rare and it came out almost well done). People seem to rave about it for lunch but our dinner was average and not worth the price ($120 for an appetizer, two entrees, two beer and two drinks).

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English first
Greensboro, North Carolina
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87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A nice restaurant for lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

I should start by mentioning that I was here for lunch with some friends.
There is a nice sitting area outside, so when the weather is nice, that should be a first choice.
The food is good, we all had different salads, it was what you would expect, no surprises. The service was attentive but very slow, the food took about 30 minutes to get to our table.
There is a good selection of beers, and the ambience was of a nice, modern restaurant.

Visited June 2014
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North Carolina
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Badly in need of dinner overhaul”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

Southern lights has been one of my favorite restaurants for years. Its lunch menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and sides continues to be outstanding.

Unfortunately, our dinner experiences of late have been disappointing and the increased number of empty tables in the evening is reflective of that. A few suggestions to reverse the trend and, hopefully, help keep up with the competition:

First, with $15 apps and $30 entrees why do they continue to use those cheap wrapped butter pats? That is just tacky, and they need to be replaced by butter in a crock and/or flavored olive oil.

A second problem is the absence of vintages on their wine list. Do they not think their customers want to know what they're drinking?

Finally, and most important, the dinner menu needs to be updated and changed more frequently as was done during it's glory years on Smyres Place. If the current chef is incapable of this, then at least add some old favorites like shrimp and grits, ossobuco, and a second pasta dish to the menu.

I hope to return to Southern Lights for many years and want it to be successful but it has fallen behind its competition during dinner. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if allowed...4 for lunch but only 3 for dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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147 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Be-Back Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

I have been to this restaurant many times over the years but in the past year or so, it seemed to be almost struggling. The service and food had been kind of average to very good but never unsatisfactory. Today for lunch we got a nice surprise. The restaurant at 12:15pm was not crowded. It was a very cold wet day so the menu offered three or four soup choices. The waitress was extremely helpful with answering our menu questions. Each of the three in our group had a different soup & sandwich combo. Everything came out quickly. Everyone at our table loved what we had ordered. Everything was fresh and full of taste.

I am now placing SL on my list of near favorite restaurants. I plan to go back for dinner as I suspect SL may end up getting back on my "very favorite" restaurants again because today it was excellent. PS. The food is very reasonably priced. Beautiful interior, nice artwork and very clean.

  • Visited March 2014
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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15 reviews
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“Wonderful place for friends and food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

I had a wonderful "birthday" dinner here with my girlfriends. The food was wonderful! Between the four of us, we had steak, (loved the truffle fries), salmon, lamp and the vegetarian specials! All were wonderful and everyone would order what they had again! We love this place because you can actually talk and hear each other! They have a great wine list and the service was great. Very attentive without rushing us, which is good because we were there 3 hours. I can't wait for spring when the porch will be open!

  • Visited February 2014
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