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The Village Idiot

$$ - $$$American, ,
307 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1203
+1 859-252-0099
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
307 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1203
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1 - 10 of 353 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Village Idiot is located in one of the oldest existing buildings in Lexington, it was the city's first post office. That's my favorite thing about it. The menu is odd. Gastro-pub food, but nothing that sounds very appetizing other than burgers. The burgers are...More

Thank Pamela P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten here twice and my son eats here regularly. They always have a burger of the week which is normally quite distinctive. Their specialty burger has a huge onion ring and barbecue port on it and is so large it is difficult to...More

Thank Ron A
Reviewed 20 August 2017

While on our bourbon trail tour we were told by friends to try out this restaurant. The atmosphere and art collection were amazing. The servers were very friendly (NY'er here) and were quite knowledgable about the local liquor selections. We opted to order in family...More

Thank Sally_P101
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Judging from the busy dining room on a Wednesday, this was a good choice before we ever read the menu. Lively but not deafening, we headed upstairs to our table. Our server was affable, practiced, funny and could speak about the menu and beer with...More

Thank TheRedHare
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped for a drink and a quick pub bite outside. It was nice, the cocktail selection was great, beer selection was good. I tried the hush puppies and they were excellent! Those around us that had ordered food looked really good. We should've stayed...More

Thank JenColumbus_OH
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We ate here for lunch as we were passing through Lexington. The inside is very nice. The restaurant has a lot of beer selections and it is a very good lunch spot. I had the burger with pulled pork on top and it was delicious....More

Thank roaddogg1983
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We picked this place because of the outdoor seating option and the menu looked like it had some choices we could try. We did sit outside. But the food was a sad disappointment. If you like regular ketchup with your fries try someplace else. It...More

Thank chsail
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The upstairs had been reserved months in advance for this wedding rehearsal dinner. They only had one waitress for 50 people. She was great but frantic. The food was excellent if you didn't mind waiting for two hours to get it.

1  Thank postingtrot3
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped for a drink at the close of lunch service and they let us have one cocktail before closing to prep for dinner. We had a bourbon and lemon concoction that was very refreshing. They have a nice patio area along the sidewalk and...More

Thank aatbender
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We happened to be driving through Kentucky and did a quick search of places to stop for lunch in Lexington. We stumbled upon the village idiot. I ordered the l Korean chicken biscuit and my husband the idiot burger. We both enjoyed our food. The...More

Thank emeraldprincess71
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 307 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1203
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-252-0099
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