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157 Jefferson St, Lexington, KY 40508-1758 (W. Main St. & W. 2nd St.)
+1 859-233-7900
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Louisville, Kentucky
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing!!! Locally owned with an amazing variety of food. Great bartender named Joe who made my bourbon drink exactly how I wanted it!!! Dinner was mussels and can't do spice so the chef deleted the crushed red pepper and they ended up to being fantastic!!!! Great service, great location and well worth stopping on Jefferson St in Lexington!!!! No matter... More 

Thank Seabee8217
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fried chicken was perfectly done. Reminded me of Sunday afternoons at my Grandmother's home as I was growing up. Everyone in the party raved about their choices. The wait staff was on top of everything and the restaurant has a very down home feel to it. I am looking forward to going back and trying some of their other... More 

Thank KYCAT13
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a student and took my parents and other relatives to Nick Ryan's when visiting. It was everyone's first time at the restaurant, and we could not have been more pleased with our experience. The waiter was very accommodating to our larger group, did not rush us out of the restaurant, and was more than happy to answer our... More 

Thank Erin M
Lexington, Kentucky
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I have tasted one of the best fish and chips and Salmon dish in a beautiful setting and atmosphere. Its kind of hidden place on Jefferson St and never thought will have that quality of food.

Thank Atif S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

There were ten in our group on a Friday evening with no reservation and yet we were treated very nicely and given a table in a very timely manner. The entire staff was pleasant, accommodating and eager to please. We will definitely go there again.

Thank tueypoling
Canton, Georgia, United States
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

12 of us ordered a large assortment of items on the menu. Everyone in the group was well pleased with their food. Fish & Chips, 4 pieces of fish very good, Fried chicken, Short ribs, Prime ribs.

Thank Francis P
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have had dinner twice in the last 4 months at Nick Ryan's in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. It's great for couples, and caters for large groups. On both occasions there were at least 2 groups of 10 or more, which can make it crowded and noisy. However, this actually gives it 'buzz' and great atmosphere and we... More 

Thank Lilly M
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

There were 6 of us in our group. 5 of us really liked our meals. One said his Chicken Roulades were too dry. We had 3 appetizers. They were all good, and there was more than enough for sharing. I got the fish and chips. They were really good and enough for lunch the next day, too. I like the... More 

Thank threejacks2016
Columbus, Mississippi
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Thanks to the chef last night for taking the time to make racist comments to me last night while bringing out your disgusting bourbon chicken bites. I will never be returning. And neither will my Military brothers and sisters. #notwhite #stillAmerican #freedomofspeech #yourewelcome

Thank mechayan
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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143 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We were perusing the menu when the chef came over and convinced us to stay so we didn't reach our original destination. The servers need to be trained better. Ours didn't know the soup and couldn't describe a dish we asked about. The worse dish was one of their signature dishes. We were there at an off afternoon time and... More 

Thank Phyllis K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 157 Jefferson St, Lexington, KY 40508-1758
    (W. Main St. & W. 2nd St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-233-7900
Modern Southern-American restaurant on Lexington's Historic Jefferson Street. Come enjoy seasonal cuisine, lively atmosphere and good people. 5-10 minute walk to Rupp Arena. Great place to enjoy dinner before the Cats play in Rupp!!!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?