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Nick Ryan's

157 Jefferson St, Lexington, KY 40508-1758
+1 859-233-7900
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pork chop” (8 reviews)
“short ribs” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
157 Jefferson St, Lexington, KY 40508-1758
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a great dinner at Nick Ryan’s. It was a Thursday night and not crowded. We ate in the bar area. The bartender went out of his way to make sure he had prepared my cocktail the way I like it....More

Thank CurlieQ13prm
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The good ratings are undeserved. My colleague ordered the fried chicken entree and the first iteration was raw. The server and head chef apologized profusely, then returned with the second iteration of the fried chicken entree, which was overlooked. The atmosphere and service are excellent,...More

Thank TomSwain
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We were just walking off the beaten path and going north on Jefferson Street walking through the neighborhoods. Place was a great place to go in. While there had couple cold beers and a snack although they did have a full menu. Next time we're...More

Thank billwa5kul
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Visiting Lexington for a family wedding. This restaurant was recommended by the owner of the townhouse we are renting so we gave it a try. Within walking distance and in a nice area we had a great dinner. Service was great, food good, portions large...More

Thank Cng217
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Took a business group to lunch here and it was great. Great service, excellent food and very nice place. Highly recommend.

Thank EJG4
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is the first time in several years that we have been here, I understand it is under fairly new management. We had a the Caprese Bruschetta for an appetizer which was fairly good, but the main menu is pretty light on choices which would...More

Thank poogie88
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Had lunch with my daughter who arrived before me. She had been served her drink but it took nearly ten minutes for me to get the attention of any server to take my drink order. The excuse was they were slammed but there were only...More

Thank R T
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We were headed to a place across the street when we walked by Nick Ryan's. It had a good vibe so we went in and secured a great table on the porch. The meal, service and atmosphere were memorable. The place has an upbeat atmosphere...More

Thank ronnenbr
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This restaurant offers a variety of delicious entrees and appetizers. The grilled pork chop was French cut with Bourbon brined garnish, roasted Granny Smith apple and caramelized onion. This was served with smoked Gouda grits and grilled asparagus. So good! The service was very professional...More

Thank Edwin H
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

So we go to Nick Ryan's about once every month because they have a very nice atmosphere and my spouse really likes that. He always has the Hot Brown. I have tried several entres from the menu but I usually give their Specials a try....More

Thank Lilly M
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Questions & Answers
Christy M
23 February 2016|
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Response from Goukats1 | Reviewed this property |
I called and they said that although they do not have a separate children's menu, the kitchen would be glad to accommodate with some items like hamburgers, etc. for children. Just ask when you get there.
7 February 2016|
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Response from Goukats1 | Reviewed this property |
I just called and ask them and they do have some gluten free items on their menu.
27 August 2015|
Response from barbara w | Property representative |
We recommend business casual, but there is no formal dress code. Thank you for your question
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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