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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Lexington

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Lexington? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Hola Havana Cuban Restaurant restaurant
5.0
5 (53)
$30 and under
Cuban
Lexington
About the restaurant

If you're looking for a dining experience that transports you straight to the vibrant streets of Havana, then look no further than our authentic Cuban restaurant. Our cozy and inviting atmosphere is the perfect setting for you to enjoy your meal, whether you're dining with friends, family, or a special someone.Our menu includes a wide range of Cuban favorites, from the classic Cubano sandwich to our succulent Ropa Vieja and savory black beans and rice. And don't forget to save room for our delicious desserts and Cuban coffee. In addition, we are also introducing a range of new cocktails, mocktails, Latin American beers that perfectly complement our dishes. Whether you prefer a classic mojito, a margarita, or a martini, we have a drink to suit every taste and occasion.We guarantee that you'll leave with a newfound appreciation for the rich and vibrant flavors of traditional Cuban cuisine.

Top review
Otodocvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Despite being open for almost 2 years, this was the first time visiting this restaurant. The seating area was plentiful and there were incredibly friendly and hard-working servers. This is authentic Cuban cuisine with a great menu. We had dinner on a Wednesday night and Tuesdays and Wednesdays are half-price house margaritas, empanadas and croquettes. We started with beef empanadas and chicken croquettes as appetizers, both were served with unique sauces, and the empanadas were as good as I’ve ever had and very flavorful. The croquettes were tasty, but just lacked a little bit of flavor. We moved onto the chicken street tacos and the Lechon Asado, a Cuban Style Roasted Pork marinated with Mojo Criollo and roasted overnight. Both main courses were served with white rice and black beans as well as very delicious sweet plantains. And of course, a margarita to wash them down. The meals were exceptional, the service amazing and dinner for two with drinks and appetizers came out $50, which I thought was very reasonable for the amount of food that was served. Highly recommended and we will be back soon!
A photo of Zen Sushi & Sake restaurant
4.9
4.9 (445)
$30 and under
Sushi
Lexington
About the restaurant
At Zen Sushi & Sake, we only use the freshest ingredients – the essence of Japanese cuisine. we strive to use only sustainable seafood. Our goal is to offer high quality ingredients in an innovative and sustainable way.
We fly in fish from Japan every Monday and Thursday.

Top review
NatalieWvip
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Always excellent sushi, beautifully presented, and fast, friendly service.
A photo of BRU Burger Bar - Lexington restaurant
4.9
4.9 (441)
$30 and under
Burgers
Lexington
About the restaurant
The hamburger is over 100 years old. It’s a classic, purely American, and an icon. The hamburger is the people’s sandwich, everyman’s food. BRU is an ode to our love….the Burger. Paired with a beer, we can’t imagine what could be much better. Join us at BRU Burger Bar. We look forward to serving you! BRU Burger Bar is proudly operated by Cunningham Restaurant Group.

Welcome to BRU Burger Bar.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
The food was delicious. The drinks were excellent! My server Patience was wonderful and energetic. She was able to recommend some great options. Very much looking forward to going back.
A photo of OBC Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4136)
$31 to $50
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
OBC Kitchen is a local, chef-driven restaurant that houses an extremely rare bourbon collection, eclectic craft beer selection and extensive wine list. Centuries-old local barn wood surrounds guests as they enjoy high quality, distinctive dishes in a pub like atmosphere. Indulge in chef-driven dishes and seasonal favorites. Celebrate the weekend with $5 Happy Hour features each Friday. Enjoy brunch favorites, bloody marys and mimosas on Saturday and Sunday.

The passionate staff fosters a spirit of hospitality and Kentucky heritage. OBC Kitchen was named after the counties that eventually became Kentucky; “Old Bourbon County” was stamped on bourbon barrels that floated down the Mississippi from Kentucky and became synonymous with the best bourbon in the U.S.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Atmosphere was top notch. Cocktails were out of this world and the food was exceptional. The pimento cheese appetizer was one of the best bites of food I have ever had.
A photo of Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4087)
$31 to $50
Italian
Lexington
About the restaurant
There’s a quiet country road hiding near one of Lexington’s busiest intersections. Tucked down the lane in a tree-lined cove, Giuseppe’s has been serving great Italian cuisine serenaded by live music for the last 25 years. Renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, hand-cut steaks, traditional and contemporary pasta dishes, homemade desserts and extensive wine list, Giuseppe’s captures its guests with the ambiance of candlelight, easy sounds of slow jazz and a taste of passion which flows from your fork, making every dish its own invitation to return. Whether you prefer a table in the main dining room, the lounge, or the patio, Giuseppe’s is the perfect romantic spot for dates and anniversaries, and it’s also a favorite for large gatherings of family and friends. Giuseppe’s Private Dining Room provides a relaxed, intimate venue for business and social events. That is how something so hidden still stands out, and that is why those who find us return again and again.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Delicious food and great service. The bottle of wine suggested by our server was very good!
A photo of Carson's on Main restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5897)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Carson's Food & Drink features new and exciting chef-driven recipes and cocktails that combine rustic refinement with classic Kentucky elegance in a casual, yet comfortable atmosphere.

One of Lexington Kentucky's finest restaurants; Multi Year Winner of OpenTable's "Diners' Choice" (2017,18,19,20,21,22) and included in RestaurantNews 'Top 100 Restaurants in America 2018'.

We can't wait to welcome you!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The food, drinks and atmosphere were great, glad we tried it!
A photo of Coles 735 Main restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3531)
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Lexington
About the restaurant
At Coles, we're dedicated to bringing the art of dining to every experience. Think local meats cured in-house. Crisp vegetables fresh off the vine, pickled onsite. Breads baked fresh each day. The best seasonal ingredients available, sourced from local farms and trusted purveyors. And our menus go beyond the plate, with handcrafted cocktails featuring unique, house-made ingredients, hundreds of bourbons available for tasting, and an award-winning carefully curated wine program. We believe in honoring history and chose to set our restaurant in a restored historic landmark in downtown Lexington.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food and atmosphere! Will be coming again and again!
A photo of Bella Cafe & Grille in Chevy Chase restaurant
4.8
4.8 (79)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Everyday Dining Elevated
We have taken your everyday favorites and elevated them a smidge!
At Bella Cafe & Grille, we’d like you to enjoy our menu prepared with attention to detail and the quality you deserve.

Bella Notte Restaurant Group’s newest concept keeps with the same tradition of using fresh local ingredients and letting the natural ingredients speak for themselves with a focus on convenient carryout and delivery.


Top review
luv2eat
Dined 5 days ago
As always, Bella Café does not disappoint! Our luncheon salads were delicious, the salmon salad is my go to. The service was lovely and prompt. One of our favorite neighborhood spots.
A photo of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Lexington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5314)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Lexington
About the restaurant
Lexington, KY loves its legends and Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse has quickly become one since opening in 2019. Proudly offering nationally-acclaimed U.S.D.A. Prime Steaks, fresh Seafood & Sushi, Impeccable Service, and Live Entertainment, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse provides the perfect backdrop for an upscale, energetic, and elegant evening on the town. Opulent interiors pay homage to Art Deco luxury while still feeling uniquely Lexington. Hospitality reigns king here and being treated like royalty is a hallmark of our service. Private dining available for intimate gatherings up to larger groups looking to celebrate life. Outdoor dining is a lovely option on our decorated, temperature controlled patio. Delivery, Take Out, and Meal Kit options also available at JeffRuby.com. We can't wait for you to enjoy your next Jeff Ruby Experience!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Service was top-notch. The music was too loud for a normal conversation. The food was excellent, but surprisingly, the sour dough bread & truffle butter was the worst ever.
A photo of Malone’s – Hamburg restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3584)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Lexington
About the restaurant
Named one of the Great Steak Houses of North America, Malone’s is Lexington’s premier steakhouse. Less than two percent of beef processed in the world is rated as “prime beef.” Malone’s is pleased to offer the widest selection of fresh, hand-cut USDA Prime steaks. In addition to their steak selection, the diverse menu offers something for everyone. Enjoy freshly made salads, fresh fish and seafood selections, sandwiches, house favorites and seasonal chef features. Malone’s is the perfect destination for lunch or dinner with family and friends, professional meetings, and celebrations. Malone’s has been celebrating meals and milestones since 1998.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Noise was loud, but there were a lot of people sharing their stories with one another. Not normally that loud. Great suggestions made by Kip and Nick. Great duo, fast service. And by far, the best steak I’ve ever had. And I have been to quite a few!
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