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Willie's Locally Known

286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
+1 859-281-1116
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“truffle fries” (17 reviews)
“burnt ends” (12 reviews)
“wings” (26 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A few friends and I were down in Kentucky to tour the distilleries. After a nice day of tours we were hungry so we look up a BBQ joint turns out it was willies!! This place has it all good food,good brews and great selection...More

Thank Jason S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our ARBNB recommended this place. We were not disappointed. Great chicken and cole slaw. Waiter was very good. We got right in with no wait. Good atomosphere.

Thank John K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The BBQ was amazing and the live music made it a fun atmosphere, too. Casual, laid back atmosphere but really good food. The Burnt Ends are where it's at. If there's any left when you get there, do yourself a favor and order them. I've...More

Thank preston918
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family went for Sunday brunch. The mimosa was lovely. We tried ribs, burnt ends, turkey and steak. Sides were beans, fries, salad, coleslaw and macaroni cheese. Disappointed from all the reviews I have heard from people. The food was only just warm but we...More

Thank triotrois
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here on a night when RC and the NightShades were playing, and the place was packed. We sat at the bar for awhile, and finally sat in more comfortable seats at a table and ordered chicken tacos. Our server was Marie B, and...More

Thank KyBoop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Willie's Locally Known for lunch and had the BBQ pork baked potato. It was good, however I wasn't entirely smitten. The inside is decorated very cute, however it feels more like a chain restaurant than a down home BBQ joint.

Thank Kelsey P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was WONDERFUL! My choice was salmon w/a raspberry jalapeño sauce. My 2 sides were a sweet potato with a sweet molasses added and green beans that had a sweet taste. My husband got the pulled pork wrap and was able to substitute green...More

1  Thank debbrandt72
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is very cool. Lots of local beers and rotators to choose from. Service is definitely lacking almost every time I've been in. Food is ok. Fried oysters and burnt ends are very good. Good place if you want a couple drinks.

Thank carter414
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Staff was friendly and this place has brunch on the weekends. You can get 4 mixed drinks for $10 or 6 mimosas for $10. I didn't get to drink since I had to drive 3 hours to get home. This place is known for their...More

Thank Joshua B
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Have been wanting to try Willie's for a while and finally got the chance. First of all we went on a Thursday around 7pm and service was great. My wife got the Chicken tenders and said they were the best she had ever had, she...More

Thank Rick C
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Questions & Answers
Terri S
8 October 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure if they have a specific gluten free option.. but with choices like fresh oysters, chicken wings, brisket and ribs. I have to believe there are offerings that will fit into a GF diet.
Amanda M
24 January 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
FYI.. they have definitely moved and their new location has a great patio!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116
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