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286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
+1 859-281-1116
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Barbecue
££ - £££
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I came out for Burger Week. Those who got the special, a hamburger pot pie, said it was okay, but had too much sauce and kind of was more like a meat loaf. They didn't eat the whole thing. Those who ordered...More

Thank Ginny W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had been wanting to go to this place for months. Finally was able to and boy was I disappointed. I ordered the brisket with greens and potato salad. The brisket was just ok at best. Definitely needed BBQ sauce and there was only one that...More

Thank aimeemorris888
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although our out of town visitors wanted to eat at a different restaurant that was closed for lunch, they were amazed by the quality and service. They remarked that they never had side dishes as we received and theywant to come back to sample more...More

Thank ProfessionalFemale
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited friends and this is where they took us. Great place to eat! Great atmosphere, excellent service, great beer list, very tasty and delicious food. If I'm back in Lexington, I'd come back here for sure. Definitely recommend.

Thank TennNole
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

We both ordered brisket, which was tasty. Hubby's greens were delicious, and I usually don't care for greens. However, I ordered slaw which was WARM and tasteless. Cool atmosphere, there was an open mic event going while we were there. Service was friendly but on...More

Thank Gina J
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Brisket sandwich was very good but most sauces were lacking (the hot one was ok and wife does not use sauce). Service was a tad slow and it was a Tuesday/slow night. Probably a very happening place when live music is there. I would return...More

Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for a bite after church today. My husband got brisket tacos I had the brisket sandwich with the coleslaw on it and our son had the ribs. The servings of meat were ample and very tender. The ribs were juicy and tasty....More

Thank Kathy I
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Four of us arrived at Willie's for brunch on a Sunday. We were greeted by a friendly host that seated us right away. Live Jazz music played on stage. Our server was helpful and friendly. Our food arrived pretty quick and correct. Our meals looked...More

Thank Shelby S
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Six of us met here to celebrate a birthday. It took over an hour to get our food after ordering. The food was not good. Nothing anyone got was hot - barely warm. The sweet potato had some kind of HOT sauce on it (not...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 15 April 2018

We visited Willie's with a group on a night that a band was performing. It was pretty crowded. Cover charge was $12 per person (but we weren't staying for the performance, so that wasn't an issue for us). Virtually everything on the menu is smoked....More

Thank littletm
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Terri S
7 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, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116
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American Eclectic Restaurant and Live Music Venue specializing in smoked meats, craft beer, and bourbon.
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