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Willie's Locally Known

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286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
+1 859-281-1116
11:00 - 02:30
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Sun 11:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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Lexington, Kentucky
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went there with my 4 years old daughter for quick lunch. Service was a little slow, but food is good. I am going there again for sure.

Thank Mustafaagha
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87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the new location. Meats are where its at. Side salads are huge. I'm not a fan of their collard greens - too sweet, but everything else I've had has been good. Brisket is good, but it's slides and I'd prefer chopped, so I go with the pulled pork most of the time.

Thank Ron E
Lexington, Kentucky
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69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been twice....the food is good, large portions served on a tray....great outdoor back patio. They have live music some nights which is a lot of fun. Tons of beers on tap.

Thank Napagrl
Versailles, Kentucky
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's rare that a great restaurant is also a great venue for live music - or that a music hall has great food. But Willie's gets it right on both points. The menu is diverse, original and very well-prepared. We had dry-rubbed chicken wings (which are deliciously smoked), the oyster Po Boy, and truffle fries... even the tater tots were... More 

Thank studio246
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easily the best BBQ I've had anywhere in the country. I play in a traveling band and I would travel just for the wings alone! Service and atmosphere are excellent as well

Thank Dan R
Porto Alegre
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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in a Southland building that has seen its share of failures, I think this one will be there for a while. Presented mainly as a sports bar/restaurant with live music, it goes above and beyond with a great menu. Many unusual dishes, or dishes not expected in a place of this nature. Everything I have had has been very... More 

Thank mateodasilva
El Dorado Hills, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had the pleasure of enjoying a great Sunday brunch with live jazz band to aid in the digestion. Willie's seems to always have something going on musically at night but this was a real joy to get great jazz to enjoy brunch with!!

Thank Gohiney
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was my second trip to Willie's. I live pretty close and really was hoping to find a go to bar/grill with live music. So, I wanted to give it a second shot. Sometimes it's just an off night. Price? Ehh, for the food? Average. For the drinks? About 1.5x as expensive as most restaurant/bars in the area. When there's... More 

Thank Will G
Lebanon, Ohio
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I are from out of town, and decided to give this place a try. I'm a big BBQ fan, and cook many of my own meats, therefore I have high standards. The atmosphere was busy and full of energy on a Friday night around 7:30pm. We had a wait of around 30 minute, which was fine. The... More 

Thank Jim B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere and service. Wonderful food. Fantastic live music. Amazing selection of local craft beers and bourbons.

Thank K T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?