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“Innovative Menu”

Southern Lights Bistro
Ranked #75 of 895 Restaurants in Greensboro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Markland Dr.
Greensboro
Level 6 Contributor
393 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Innovative Menu”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

Southern Lights has been a Greensboro staple for years...however they lost something when they relocated.... the old location was funky and fun... new place is sterile and less welcoming....

Food is still some of the best in Greensboro and always something new and unusual to try.

  • Visited July 2014
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Looks Promising, Falls Short”
Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Each time I end up meeting friends for lunch at Southern Lights, I'm hopeful; but by the end of the meal, I'm a little disappointed. The location, menu, ambience and patio are great draws, but the food is only "fine". I love to eat out, but this menu needs an overhaul.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Dinner was average at best. ”
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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Greensboro, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A nice restaurant for lunch”
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
Level 6 Contributor
27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Badly in need of dinner overhaul”
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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