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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
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Lexington, Kentucky
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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141 reviews
114 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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48 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Nothing to write home about. The menu was promising with unique offerings not found on usual menus, which is why you don't cook at home. However the food was inconsistently seasoned. The French onion soup was super sweet, as if sugar had been added. The fried chicken was super salty, yet the Yukon gold mashed potatoes were under seasoned and... More 

Thank Ken K
Vero Beach, Florida
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98 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Our server was the best thing about our dining experience. Great humor and professionalism. The prime rib Wednesday feature was a disaster...thin, cold and so tough you could barely cut into it. Three of us sent it back and it was taken off the check. Kudos to management for making things right. One of our party had short ribs and... More 

Thank Ellenmail
Albany, Kentucky
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

This restaurant was much better a year ago. I ordered the braised short ribs which had good reviews previously. It was tasty but the portion was so small I would have been embarrassed to bring it out for $26. My wife got a pulled pork entree that had an off taste and she could not eat. A couple with us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
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?