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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
“fries” (23 reviews)
“crab cakes” (14 reviews)
“fried chicken” (11 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
157 Jefferson St, Lexington, KY 40508-1758
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the BEST time at Nick Ryans. We were late, loud, and got alittle unruly at my friends wedding rehearsal dinner and the staff there was wonderful. Our food was delicious, drinks cold, and the server was so patient with us, which I knew...More

Thank Katharine A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very nice little restaurant. I had the fried chicken and it was very yummy, no bones. The green beans were like something my grandma use to fix and I loved them. Husband had the hot Brown and he said was very good....More

Thank Erica B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We picked this venue on purpose after searching for places in Lexington with patio dining. I am a frequent visitor to Lexington and always find new places to try. We ate here for dinner on a Thursday evening without reservations but the do accept red...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the 3rd time at this restaurant. Its been great all times. Went here for a friend's birthday. Got there early for drinks at the bar, but the bar is super small & crowded. No room to sit or stand. Ordered & drink &...More

Thank Christine H
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We went last night for a birthday dinner. Service was terrible. Couldn’t get waiters attention for refills. Never brought bread to the table. Appetizers and entrees brought out cold. The waiter never came back after entrees were delivered so we ate cold food. Showed up...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Nick Ryan’s was awesome local place that was not a disappointment. Food was great - service superb! Way to go.. would visit here again’

Thank Stephanie F
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Recently had dinner on a Saturday night -busy but not loud or overcrowded. We were able to sit outdoors. Food was very good . Service was excellent. Good bourbon selection. Would go back if I was in the area.

1  Thank Michael Z
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Recently visited on a bumpin' Friday night in downtown Lex! Our table of 6 had a reservation & that's a must. A table away from the bar area is recommended. Our waitress, Stacey, was very good. The pace of the meal was good. The bottles...More

Thank soccerdad1616
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

We ordered several things. The Mahi mahi with corn was my favorite but everything was good. The cheesecake was delicious and all wines were good. Service was outstanding. The grits are exceptionally good. I’m not a grits person but these were worth ordering again. We...More

Thank NoComplaining
Reviewed 13 October 2017 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

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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, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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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