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Joe Bologna's Restaurant and Pizzeria

120 W Maxwell St, Lexington, KY 40508-2530
+1 859-252-4933
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
120 W Maxwell St, Lexington, KY 40508-2530
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A Lexington institution. Many years ago relocated to a former church, thus putting the proverbially cherry on the "pizza". Fantastic food, service and ambiance. The breadsticks are massive, the salads fresh. If in Lexington, don't pass this up!

Thank Calguy64
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been Joe Bologna fans since it opened 45 years ago. Soups and salad dressings are homemade, and huge breadsticks dipped in garlic butter are the best in town.

Thank Carol M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was among the first customers when Joe opened his restaurant in 1972, or so. It’s still a great place. The bread sticks, swimming in garlic butter are worth the trip and the pizza is first rate. Tonight, I tried the gazpacho and thought it...More

Thank Daniel E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Their bread sticks have been talked about by generations of students and Lexingtonians as well. They are worth the visit. Get them swimming in garlic butter. The pizza there is good but not the best I have ever had. The building it is in now...More

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a nice meal with friends inside this “once was a church” building. Pizza, salads and breadsticks. Everything was good. They are actually known for their very generous size breadsticks and sauces...rightfully so. Joe is often on site overseeing the operation and is known for...More

Thank reddskyy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family ate here for lunch. It’s very ecelectic as it’s in an old church. The breadsticks are huge and the personal or lunch pizzas are the right size. Service was good until we needed to leave. We had to be somewhere else by 1,...More

Thank TSP2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Italian restaurant is located in a former Presbyterian church. The original 41 glass windows were preserved ... nice touch. A new loft to accommodate more diners was added above the main floor. The service was slow but it was Sunday of Memorial Day weekend....More

Thank Noisy41
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of about 20 ate here on a busy Saturday night. They seated us pretty quick and the food was amazing. I highly recommend the bread sticks and the chicken parmigiana. Very reasonable prices and Joe was such a kind man. Do your self...More

Thank TheSuze12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a cute little Italian place right in the heart of Lexington. The restaurant is in an old church building. Our server was pretty attentive during the meal until it came time to pay the check. She was a little slow bringing it...More

Thank Tara P
Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

We come here with a large group and we were a little early. So we were planning on getting drinks and appetizers while we waited for our friends Unfortunately they have this policy of not seating anyone until the WHOLE party has arrived. This was...More

Thank Marco C
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January 25, 2017|
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Response from Bruce M | Reviewed this property |
while it's best to call ahead to help them accommodate a larger group, it's not necessary. you may have to wait longer to have that many tables together to accommodate you where if they have advanced notice they can work... More
February 23, 2015|
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Response from 316melee | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is parking on the street and in the back. But, with the unusual amount of snow we have had, it may be a bit difficult to find parking out front.
February 23, 2015|
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Response from wandaellene | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do have parking off the street. We parked almost at the door.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 W Maxwell St, Lexington, KY 40508-2530
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-252-4933
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