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Hays House

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112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
+1 620-767-5911
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun 06:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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Manhattan, Kansas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I had a very nice dinner at Hays House on a night away from Manhattan. We sat upstairs for dinner on Saturday night. I recommend sitting upstairs if possible for the ambiance. We split an order of prime rib with a baked potato and salad bar. Everything was delicious. We also had a bottle of wine which... More 

Thank skochie
Overland Park, Kansas
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151 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

While this is not fare I could make a steady diet of, it was wonderful and fun. The ambience was great with all the old photos of the buildings past that shows it in the Oregon Trail days. Excellent fried chicken and the desserts are delicious!

Thank Maureen P
White City, Kansas
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great time at the Hays House on Easter. Staff was very busy, friendly, and courteous. The buffet featured the Hays House fried chicken and ham both of which were excellent. Salad bar was Top notch, my daughter loves their house dressing. Everything was Cook to perfection and they have a egg and vegetable dressing that you can... More 

Thank JimCook310
Dumfries, Virginia
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50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped here mainly because it was advertised as the oldest continually run restaurant west of the Mississippi. I am somewhat attracted to things like the largest ball of twine. Sometimes I get surprised with amazement and/or quality. This was one of those times. So... Rustic yes Historical yes Service was prompt and friendly Food was very good and read... More 

Thank David M
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We had our wedding reception in the Crystal Room this last March. A BIG, heartfelt thank you to Melissa and your staff for taking such great care of us. The food was great, and the service was far beyond what we could have asked for. The time and attention was very much appreciated by all. And Melissa made the planning... More 

Thank Stephanie D
Whitewater, Kansas
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68 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Incredible historical setting. Updated to 21st century but with 1800s appeal. Great food and all of that at reasonable prices!

Thank DB67154
Wichita, Kansas
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Did a lunch ride from Wichita to Council Grove, beautiful day, good food(Sunday Buffet) Decent pricing, family friendly, service may have been a little lacking.

Thank Bugsey829
Salina, Kansas
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Group drove hour and half for supper. Staff was very unfriendly. Told us we should just eat buffet. Never refilled drinks. Desert was not as listed on menu. Chicken takes 45 minutes we were told. Would not recommend. So disappointed.

Thank caboos17
Cincinnati, Ohio
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411 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I was there on a Wednesday when a buffet is offered and that's what I chose. Fried chicken, one of their specialties, is featured and it really was good. Of course, the historic building is a big part of the attraction and the hostess happily turned on lights in idle rooms and pointed out various points of interest.

Thank Denny G
White City, Kansas
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Hays House is part of Kansas history, but it also serves very good food. While we stopped this morning for breakfast, you have to try the biscuits, the speciality for years has been their pies and fried chicken. Fri ed ndly family atmosphere and small town charm.

Thank JimCook310

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Council Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 620-767-5911

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?