DINING IN LEXINGTON:
Below are just a few of the excellent dining choices Lexington has to offer. Lexington is a town of “foodies.” New choices all the time. Below are some local favorites. All with the exception of Tony’s and Jeff Ruby are locally owned:
Dudley’s on Short:
Dudley’s is a 35-year-old mainstay of fine dining in downtown Lexington. Located in a historic Bank Building, it is a favorite for brunch, lunch or dinner. (Has rooftop dining but must ask for it when you arrive already with a reservation, limited seating.)
Open 7 days. M-Th 5-10, Friday and Saturday 11-11, Sunday 11-10.www.dudleysonshort.com
259 W. Short St., Lexington (859) 252-1010 Carson’s Food & Drink:
Winner of 2018 Diner’s Choice Award. Across from Thoroughbred Square, rustic setting with a Bluegrass atmosphere. Live jazz on weekends. Fun, Upbeat, great food and service. Open 7 days. M-Th 11:30-10, Friday and Saturday 10-11, Sunday 10-10.www.carsonsfoodanddrink.com
362 Main St., Lexington (859) 309-3039 Tony’s of Lexington:
Located on The Square in Lexington, Tony’s is a classic American Steakhouse. Fine dining. Valet parking. White tablecloths. Romantic. www.tonysoflexington.com
Open 7 days S-Th 5-9, Friday and Saturday 5-10.
401 W. Main St., Lexington (859) 955-8669 Distilled on Jefferson Street:
Chef Mark Womble describes their menu as “elevated Southern cuisine, removing all unnecessary ingredients from fine dining!” His other restaurant is Heirloom in Midway. www.opentable.sg/r/distilled-on-jefferson-lexington
157 Jefferson St., Lexington (859) 255-0002 Malone’s:
Always a favorite of our guests for steaks! Casual yet upscale meat lovers paradise! Malone’s also has sushi, pasta, fish and poultry dishes. Open 7 days 11-10.www.bluegrasshospitality.com
3735 Palomar Centre Dr., Lexington (859) 977-2620 The Merrick Inn:
A Lexington institution for 40 years. By reservation only. Closed Sunday. M-Th 4-11, Friday and Saturday 4-12am.www.merrickinn.com.
157 Jefferson St., Lexington (859) 255-0002 Giuseppe’s Ristorante Italiano & Bar:
Lexington's favorite Italian restaurant. Open 7 days. S-Th 4-9, Friday and Saturday 4-10. www.giuseppeslexington.com
4456 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington (859) 272-4269 or (859) 272-4053Jeff Ruby's:
The Jeff Ruby Experience is about excellence. It is captured in the quality of the food, the energy and elegance of the atmosphere, the impeccability of service and the overall dining experience. Open 7 days. M-Th 5-10, Friday and Saturday 4:30-11, Sunday 4:30-9.www.jeffruby.com/lexington
101 West Vine Street Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 554-7000 Coles 735 Main:
Eclectic locally sourced American cuisine served in a circa-1938 restaurant space. Closed Sunday and Monday. T-Th 5-9, Friday and Saturday 5-10.www.themerrickinn.com
1074 Merrick Drive Lexington, Kentucky 40502 Telephone: (859) 269-5417 OBC Kitchen:
(Old Bourbon County) Updated chef-driven Southern fare, craft beer and an extensive bourbon and wine list. High-quality distinctive dishes in a pub-like atmosphere. Open 7 days. M-Th 3-10, Friday 3-11, Saturday 10-11, Sunday 10-9www.obckitchen.com.
3373 Tates Creek Rd., Lexington. Phone: 859- 977-2600. Crank and Boom Ice Cream:
For a treat!! Craft ice cream with eclectic flavors, like bourbon honey and coffee stout. Boozy ice cream floats, homemade waffle cones. Travel & Leisure called it “the best ice cream in Kentucky.” Located in a historical brewery in an industrial-chic area, the Lexington Distillery District. Open 7 days. Sunday-Thursday 12-9, Friday and Saturday 12-10.www.crankandboom.com.
1210 Manchester St., Lexington. Phone: 859-288-2176.