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Hays House

112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
+1 620-767-5911
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“pie” (16 reviews)
“fried chicken” (23 reviews)
“steak” (16 reviews)
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112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first visit to the Hays House was a few years ago. "Oldest restaurant west of the Mississippi" they said, and that piqued my interest. It was worth it. You step into the main floor dining room and just go "wow" the first time. They'll...More

Thank prairiecode
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

The Hays House is in a historic building. The original owner of the trading post was Seth Hays, great grandson of Daniel Boone. Since I am traveling the Santa Fe Trail, I had the Santa Fe salad with chicken and black beans dressed with chipotle...More

Thank cegtravel1
Reviewed 5 October 2017

on the way out of town decided to stop for breakfast. One of the best choices we made this trip. Offered either the buffet or individual orders, opted for the buffet and was certainly pleased. Variety of foods was excellent, everything was well prepared and...More

Thank Mitchell B
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Interesting bit of history, decor was very nice and food was good. With only one visit it is difficult to judge food but what we had was good not fantastic but good. I felt it was slightly over priced for the portion and quality.

Thank Don L
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Had not been to Hays House in Council Grove, Kansas since before their fire a couple of years ago. I must say they have very much improved in pretty much every way. From the dining area, to the service and most especially to the food...More

Thank Dean H
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The weather messed up our plans of hiking Tall Grass National Park and dinner at Hays. We stopped for dessert, homemade peach pie and homemade strawberry ice cream, and got the skillet fried chicken to go. Had later for dinner with the green beans, mashed...More

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Went to eat here as part of a family reunion activity. Perfect for all members young and old - something for everyone. Plenty of room for all 96 of us, plus room for other customers. Only complaint I have - dessert was not included in...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 28 July 2017

At least 20+ years but we stopped in on a Thursday for lunch. The food and service are good. The atmosphere quiet and historic. And the prices are VERY REASONABLE. My ribeye steak + mashed potatoes + salad bar + roll was $18. Wife took...More

Thank kansasrod
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Had lunch on a weekday. Ordered Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and corn as side dishes. A trip to the salad bar was included. The salad was crisp and the fixings were fresh. Chicken was good. The mashed potatoes and corn were like you would...More

Thank RDFKansasUSA
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We had the breakfast buffet on a Saturday Morning. It was not crowded, the service was great and the place had a lot of historical pictures to look at while dining. I like that kind of thing; especially this was right before our walking tour...More

Thank lunarlib
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Council Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 620-767-5911
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