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The Village Idiot

307 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1203
+1 859-252-0099
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (10 reviews)
“duck” (44 reviews)
“mussels” (26 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
307 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1203
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Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere! Good selection of beers and cozy environment. Had some normal (good) pub food but also had some different foods (also good). Not too loud - could carry on conversation but also had some TVs.

Thank GatorMo
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want something other than straight bourbon or beer you are out of luck, for our bar tender, a gimlet was daunting and he did not know gin from vodka (sigh) After we got to our table things improved our server was on the...More

Thank BeachyBride2010
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband returned recently to the Village Idiot. It has been one of our favorite restaurants in Lexington since it opened. It has an extensive beer selection and an interesting food menu. It is a little pricey but not so much so to make it...More

Thank publicpen
Reviewed 3 days ago

Typical food and beer. The surprise was the smoked catsup and the mussels. Both items blew me away. We could not get enough of the smoked catsup and needed more bread to soak up the juice from the broth in the mussels. Would go again.

Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Pulled pork with macaroni...Not much flavor. Goo selection of beers. I think the sandwiches looked alot better.

Thank Chuck S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I want to give this place 5-stars based on the food alone, but the service is consistently really bad. Each time we go we hope management has hired more servers, but they never do. I can't think of a time we made it out of...More

Thank travelinartist23
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited twice, with colleagues, during a recent stay in Lexington. The first was on a weekend and it was super-busy. We had left it too late to make a reservation over the phone but we decided to take our chances and were happy enough wen...More

Thank 19AB58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is good. I enjoyed the lamb sliders as a dinner. Good lamb flavor. The side salad however was just lettuce dressing and some croutons. I thought the beer collection was a bit weak.

Thank bruce h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yup, sister there is! Who knew? Everyone talks about the amazing food in Louisville but seriously I think they don't talk about Lexington too much because the locals don't want a ton of tourists cramping their style. The food here is outstanding! Outstanding!! We had...More

Thank shabjessa786
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Besides the interesting name the fiid was AWESOME. We were lucky enough to go on the first Monday they started serving lunch. $10.00 burger that was amazing. High quality ingredients with homemade ketchup, mayo and mustard.Served with a side salad. With all homemade delicious dressings....More

Thank 92cherylz
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail