Lexington Restaurant Guide

Here's a guide to twenty-six of the best restaurants in Lexington, KY and the surrounding area.
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Here's a guide to twenty-six of the best restaurants in Lexington, KY and the surrounding area.

a la lucie

159 North Limestone St.

(859) 252-5277

Reservations: suggested

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m;. Friday and Saturday, 4 to 11 p.m.

Prices: $18 to $30

This romantic downtown restaurant is renowned as one of Lexington?s best. A la lucie serves a mouthwatering menu of Southern American continental-style cooking.

Alfalfa Restaurant

141 E. Main St.

(859) 253-0014

Reservations: no

Hours: Open daily for breakfast and lunch (brunch on weekends) until 2 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday for dinner

Prices: $5.75 to $8.50 for sandwiches and brunch entrees; $7.75 to $13.95 for dinner entrees

This Lexington icon serves fresh food that's as healthy as it is tasty, and as eclectic as it is popular.

Atomic Cafe

265 N. Limestone St.

(859) 254-1969

Reservations: only for groups of six or more

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Closed Sunday and Monday

Prices: $10.50 to $18.50

Even if the islands aren?t calling you, mon, this downtown eatery is. Enjoy the Caribbean theme with a fun group of friends.

Bellini?s

115 W. Main St.

(859) 388-9583

Reservations: suggested, especially on weekends

Hours: Dinner 5 to 10 Sunday through Thursday; 5 to 11 Friday and Saturday; Lunch 11:30 to 2:30ish, Monday through Friday

Prices: $10 to $15 for sandwiches; $20 to $35 for dinner entrees

This family-owned and ?operated hot spot serves classic (Northern) Italian cuisine in downtown Lex.

Billy?s Hickory-Pit Bar-B-Q

101 Cochran Rd.

(859) 269-9593

Reservations: not accepted

Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Prices: $7 to $17.49

Savor authentic Western Kentucky-style barbecue, slow-cooked pork shoulder pulled from the bone and smothered in sauce, in a casual and comfortable atmosphere.

Bistro La Belle

121 E. Main St. in Midway

(859) 846-4233

Reservations: accepted

Hours: Dinner served Wednesday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday

Prices: $14 to $37

An anchor of Midway?s dining district, this attractive spot is perfect for couples or groups. Check out the gallery bar, featuring regional artists, French cuisine.

Buddy?s Bar & Grill

854 E. High St.

(859) 335-1283

Reservations: accepted, Friday and Saturday strongly recommended

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Sat, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; brunch Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prices: $8 to $25

A friendly, casual place in Chevy Chase where folks can partake in good food and stiff drinks.

Charlie Brown?s

816 Euclid Ave.

(859) 269-5701

Reservations: accepted for large groups

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sunday 1 p.m to 11 p.m.

Prices: $6 to $8

A cozy, comfortable place to chill for an inexpensive, yet tasty, meal.

DeSha?s Restaurant & Bar

101 N. Broadway

(859) 259-3771

Reservations: accepted for parties of seven or more.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch, dinner 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Prices: $7-13 (lunch) to $34

Enjoy Dudley?s historic elegance while dining on their delicious American cuisine. After dinner, stroll over to the attached British style pub, The Horse and Barrel, for a tall glass of imported ale from their extensive list.

FatKat?s Pizzeria

3073 Paris Pike (U.S. 460) in Georgetown (Exit 125 on northbound I-75)

(502) 570-0773

Reservations: not necessary

Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Prices: $4.75 to $22 for pizza; $6 to $10 for salads, subs and pasta dinners.

Minutes from the Horse Park, this restaurant is a pizza-lover?s dream. See story on page xx.

Fava?s Restaurant159 East Main St. in Georgetown (502) 863-4383Reservations: noneHours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m.Prices: $3 to $7 for sandwiches; $7 to $16 for dinner entreesFind casual, down-home dining with plenty of fun and tasty menu items.Hall?s on the River1225 Athens-Boonesboro Rd., 8 miles from Interstate 75, exit 104, Winchester, KY(859) 255-8105Reservations: accepted for groups of 15 or moreHours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.Prices: $6 (lunch) to $20 Hugely popular eatery offers Southern style cooking and hospitality on the Kentucky River. It's worth the drive. Heirloom125 Main St. in Midway (859) 846-5565Reservations: acceptedHours: Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. , with wine tastings and bar menu available from 3 to 5 p.m.; dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.Prices: $6 to $13 for salads, sandwiches and lunch entrees; $18 to $32 for dinner entreesNew to the Midway lineup of fine dining, Heirloom?s ambience and menu is midway between California cool and Manhattan memorable.Holly Hill Inn426 N. Winter St. in Midway(859) 846-4732Hours:Saturday and Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Visit www.hollyhillinn.com for updates.Prices: fixed price; $35 for dinner; $15 for Sunday brunchSet in a historic pre-Civil War home, the innovative modern cuisine is cooked using only locally grown ingredients. Joe Bologna?s Restaurant and Pizzeria120 W. Maxwell St.(859) 252-4933Reservations: noneHours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.Prices: $4.25 to $29.75Set in a historic church, Joe B.?s serves up pizzas and casual Italian dishes in a family-friendly atmosphere. Catch a basketball game on one of the large-screen TVs. Jonathan at Gratz Park Inn120 W. Second St.(859) 252-4949Reservations: suggestedHours: Monday through Friday, lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday through Sunday, 5:30 to 10 p.m., bar open as needed till 1 a.m.Prices: $7 to $38Enjoy award-winning Southern cuisine in Jonathan?s classic formal dining room. Le Deauville199 N. Limestone(859) 246-0999Reservations: suggestedHours: Monday through Saturday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Prices: $6.50 to $28Classical French bistro food presented in a charming street-cafe setting. Malone?s3347 Tates Creek Rd.(859) 335-65001920 Pleasant Ridge Dr.(859) 264-8023Reservations: ?not required, but helpful?Hours: daily from 11:15 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.Prices: $15 to $30Patterned after the famous steakhouses of Chicago, Malone?s serves up prime beef in a relaxed atmosphere. Marikka?s411 Southland Dr.(859) 275-1925Reservations: for parties of four or moreHours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., dining room till 9:30Prices: $5.99 to $15Serving flavorful German-American fare and pouring beer from a list of 400 of your favorites. Natasha?s Bistro & Bar112 Esplanada(859) 259-2754Reservations: acceptedHours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Prices: $4 (lunch) to $20Contemporary dining and imaginative New American cuisine in the funky-elegant atmosphere of a Soho bistro. Portofino249 E. Main St.(859) 253-9300Reservations: suggested Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Prices: $5 (lunch) to $36Delightfully Italian, with a California accent. A creative menu, impressive wine list, and excellent service make this a satisfying dining experience. Pazzo?s Pizza Pub385 South Limestone(859) 255-5125Reservations: none Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.Prices: $5.45 to $21.75To satisfy a craving for pizza and beer, Pazzo?s makes all of their dough and sauce fresh daily and carries 40 varieties of draft beer. Regatta Seafood & Grille161 Lexington Green Circle(859) 273-7875Reservations: suggestedHours: 11:15 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. every day; winter 11:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.Prices: $9 to $36Fish flown in daily makes Regatta the place for the freshest seafood in town. Save room for their award-winning apple pie. Sam?s RestaurantU.S. 25 S. at the Scott/Fayette county line; 1.85 miles from the Kentucky Horse Park entrance.(502) 863-5872Reservations: no way!Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.Prices: $5.95 to $13Roadside dining at its finest. Eat breakfast (anytime), lunch and dinner here, and then argue which is the best. Be sure to try the pie! Tachibana785 Newtown Court(859) 254-1911Reservations: accepted for four or moreHours: Monday through Saturday, lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m.Prices: $6 (lunch) and upAuthentic Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar and tatami room, with some of the freshest seafood in town. Wallace Station3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles(859) 846-5161Reservations: noneHours: Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (5-8 p.m. fried chicken on Mondays, fried fish on Fridays); Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Prices: $5 to $8.50 for sandwiches.This quaint, enticing eatery is favored by locals and the horse-farm crowd; it's a must-find for tourists.