History

Southern Lights Bistro was Greensboro’s first neighborhood bistro which has been locally-owned and operated since July 22, 1985. The restaurant quickly established itself as the local gathering place of foodies and it didn’t take long for it to become a destination far beyond its connecting neighborhood boundaries. This award-winning four-star restaurant, and one of Greensboro’s most popular eating establishments for more than two decades, was relocated by Chef John Drees June 15th, 2010 at its new home located at 2415 Lawndale Dr.

When you come inside you will find many aspects you fondly remember about the original location, from popular menu offerings – such as the famous Cream of Tomato Basil Soup, Tribecca Sandwich, Reference Burger, Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce, Chocolate Walnut Pie, seasonal items, house-made desserts, fresh daily seafood and chalkboard specials, to the ever-changing collection of eclectic artwork featuring local artists, tables that easily pull together for friends and family, and staff members whose faces you will recognize, even a few veterans from when we originally opened! You will also discover some new additions, including a fresh, modern, and more spacious seating arrangement, a private dining area able to accommodate small to medium-sized groups (meetings, weddings, parties), a patio that seats over 30 guests, John’s dream kitchen, plenty of parking, and larger washrooms!

Now for almost 28 years, Southern Lights Bistro continues to serve food known for its fresh quality, innovative presentations, and eclectic options. From nouveau Americana to Asian Fusion to nouveau French Cuisine, Southern Lights Bistro is casual fine dining at its best with something to please everyone’s palate. We are proud that our menu today still features choices that appeal to a wide variety of tastes.