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157 Jefferson St, Lexington, KY 40508-1758 (W. Main St. & W. 2nd St.)
+1 859-233-7900
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Couples gathered for a great meal with very good service. Grits were nice. Nice atmosphere with attentive servers but not hovering. Try a dessert or two, if you have room

Thank meggie0214
South Florida, Florida
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to go to Nick Ryan's when in Lex. I have gone with many friends and everyone likes it. Lots of variety on the menu so something for everyone. Good cocktails as well. My favorite is the Southwest Salad.

Thank WannaGoKY
Springboro, Ohio
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted southern cooking for our visit to Lexington. This is a great place for it. Several bourbon drinks on the menu. For dinner we had the hot brown and fried chicken. Warm ambiance for a cold early spring night. Perfect night out.

Thank WallymamaOhio
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pork chop and grits were wonderful!! I could eat my weight in their grits. The asparagus was very bland.

Thank Ellen Grace V
Falls Church, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Internal debate with myself about reviewing Nick Ryan's because I don't know that I want to spoil my secret new fave place! It's hard to find places that serve actual dinner after 9pm that are NOT fast food or chain restaurants, but we were one of 3 tables well taken care of by both the server and bartender on a... More 

Thank SuzieDerkins1986
Louisville, Kentucky
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing!!! Locally owned with an amazing variety of food. Great bartender named Joe who made my bourbon drink exactly how I wanted it!!! Dinner was mussels and can't do spice so the chef deleted the crushed red pepper and they ended up to being fantastic!!!! Great service, great location and well worth stopping on Jefferson St in Lexington!!!! No matter... More 

Thank Seabee8217
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The fried chicken was perfectly done. Reminded me of Sunday afternoons at my Grandmother's home as I was growing up. Everyone in the party raved about their choices. The wait staff was on top of everything and the restaurant has a very down home feel to it. I am looking forward to going back and trying some of their other... More 

Thank KYCAT13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I am a student and took my parents and other relatives to Nick Ryan's when visiting. It was everyone's first time at the restaurant, and we could not have been more pleased with our experience. The waiter was very accommodating to our larger group, did not rush us out of the restaurant, and was more than happy to answer our... More 

Thank Erin M
Lexington, Kentucky
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I have tasted one of the best fish and chips and Salmon dish in a beautiful setting and atmosphere. Its kind of hidden place on Jefferson St and never thought will have that quality of food.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

There were ten in our group on a Friday evening with no reservation and yet we were treated very nicely and given a table in a very timely manner. The entire staff was pleasant, accommodating and eager to please. We will definitely go there again.

Thank tueypoling

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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
US$10 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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
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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