We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Parkette Drive In

$
American, Diner
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1230 E New Circle Rd, Lexington, KY 40505-4213
+1 859-254-8723
Website
Today
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

269 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 269: English reviews
Charlotte
Level Contributor
106 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Notice I didn't say the worst I had eaten. It was inedible! We stopped here on our way from Tampa to Ohio. We always try to find places Guy recommends on Diners Drive Inns and Dives. This place was cute enough, waitress was friendly. But wow, thick crust that was so dry couldn't hardly break it off to get to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sher A
Morehead, Kentucky, United States
Level Contributor
160 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a lot like you see in the Happy Days TV show. Food was great but some people around us had to wait a long time on their food. Ours didn't take all that long and was worth the wait. All their food is made fresh and the chicken is hand breaded.

Helpful?
Thank Murvil An Lucia M
Lexington, Kentucky
Level Contributor
173 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was amazed at how long it took to get them to answer the speaker. When we did finally get them to answer we could hardly understand the person on the other end. I ordered a patty melt and my husband ordered a poor boy with fries. It took about 25 minutes after we ordered before we got our food... More 

Helpful?
Thank Judy C
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
151 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way through town and boy was I glad that we did. The fried chicken is wonderful, but the diamond in the rough to me is their hot dogs, they "snap" when you bite into them, just as a good dog should. The onion rings are fantastic as well. As my wife said, "If I am... More 

Helpful?
Thank AH_78
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I met some friends I had not seen in a few years while in Lexington on a business trip. They are regulars and suggested the fried chicken and French fries with gravy. Our server was most helpful and suggested the sweet tea after I hinted that the sweet tea may not be to my "Deep South" tea liking. :) the... More 

Helpful?
Thank 3roaming
Texas
Level Contributor
26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 March 2017

A cute, kitschy place that will remind you of the 50s. It is very hard to come in and not order a burger. My Aunt swears by the fried chicken. Since she always gets this, I opted for the livers this time. I am SO glad I did. They have the best music from one of the best eras of... More 

Helpful?
Thank lazuliani
Glasgow, Kentucky
Level Contributor
43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is definitely the real thing in drive ins. One of the original drive ins on New Circle Road. Don't miss the onion rings or a burger which are both great. There of photos inside of New Circle Road when it was dirt and used by the locals to drag race. You do not want to miss this stop.

Helpful?
Thank sladd1955 .
Independence, Kentucky
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

My family visited the Parkette on Saturday. The service was fast and the servers were friendly. The food was excellent. Highly recommend the chicken strips. Been past here quite a lot but never stopped. We will definitely be back.

Helpful?
Thank miseb72
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Level Contributor
43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Was in Lexington for a doctor's appointment decided to stop and have lunch the wife and I had not been here for several years and it was just about like we remember they had added on board dining so we went in the atmosphere was great the food was to be expected a little greasy fries was not quite done... More 

Helpful?
Thank phillip w
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We showed up 20 mins before close and were welcomed! What a terrific surprise as we were hoping to sample some of the rut specialties and that we did! Served up friendly, fast, hot and great prices too. We enjoyed the fried chicken and my son had the burger. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Helpful?
Thank Wendy C

Travellers who viewed Parkette Drive In also viewed

 

Been to Parkette Drive In? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1230 E New Circle Rd, Lexington, KY 40505-4213
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-254-8723

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Parkette Drive In staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?