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Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano, Lexington, KY

Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano

4.8
4.8
2903 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 70 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 272-4269

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Steve Olmstead

  • Neighbourhood

    Lexington

  • Cross Street

    Old Nicholasville Road

  • Parking Details

    Giuseppe's has a parking lot by the front door of the restaurant.

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz in our Lounge: Dave Hall plays saxophone Weds, Thurs and Fri. Tom Senff plays keyboard Sat.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,903 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central Kentucky

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  • Central Kentucky

    Italian

  • Lexington

    Best Overall

  • Lexington

    Best Food

  • Lexington

    Best Service

  • Lexington

    Best Ambience

  • Lexington

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  • Lexington

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  1. B

    Boaters

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always!!! Returning in 2 days and can’t wait!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We took my Grandma for her 90th birthday and she had a great time. Try the lobster ravioli. The best. Thanks to Giuseppes' for making my families night together a hit.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time we had ever been to Giuseppe’s. We absolutely loved it. The food was fantastic. We loved the Jazz music. Dave Hall was fantastic. We’ll definitely be back.
  4. ID

    InteriorDesignProf

    Louisville

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently excellent. Generous portions of food and wine pours and server accommodated our every request.
  5. CJ

    CharlieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food prep is excellent, we love this restaurant. It had become one of our top go to choices for great food and an easy atmosphere. No matter were you sit, at the bar, in the bar area or in general dining, you’ll love it.
  6. SH

    SteveH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time visit. Talked about it for years but finally made it out for our anniversary. They did an awesome job and we’ll be talking about it for years to come.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent!! Definitely will be back
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent table, excellent service, excellent food. Our server, Julia, was absolutely outstanding. We have requested her for our future visits. Best restaurant in Lexington!
  9. L

    Lola

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time and definitely not the last! Everything was awesome! Food bursting with delicious flavors! The service was great!
  10. BC

    BeckyC

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food, atmosphere and service were great. My only disappointment was that I need gluten free and some pasta items were available but I would like to see more gluten free options like ravioli, lasagna or canneloni.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food, and great service!
  12. KV

    KyVisitor

    Indiana

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing experience from the cocktails - best gin martini ever - to the appetizers to the entrees, not to mention the desserts- it was fabulous. And our server was outstanding!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Allison was our waitress and she does a great job—always.
  14. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magnificent food! Our favorite place to dine.
  15. TR

    TrentR

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    First time in a long time visit to Guiseppe's to celebrate a friend's birthday. Our server was extra friendly and attentive. We had the fried cheese appetizer, which was fine-4 triangles of breaded fried cheese and marinara. I had a salad--pretty standard with a nice (apparently house made) dressing. We got a basket of whole grain bread rounds with soft butter (I enjoyed it, my partner was less enthused by the bread). My friend ordered Alfredo with grilled chicken and I had a special, pan seared halibut with brussel sprouts. My halibut was a nice large cut, seemed fresh. I was really dissapointed that it was rather over-cooked (is a peril of ordering a fish special in a place that doesnt really do fish). Not bad enough to raise a fuss with the manager, but more in the "never order the fish at guiseppe's again" sort of dissapointment. The brussel sprouts that accompanied were tasty. My friend enjoyed her large portion of alfredo, but I felt the dish overall was somewhat pedestrian with a very heavy yet unremarkable sauce. Not terrible, but nothing special. After finishing we were treated to a complimentary birthday tiramisu, which was fantastic. With two glasses of moderately priced wine was $102 excluding tip (we had excellent service)- not terrible, but not really a great meal either. Not a deal breaker, I would go back, but the food greatly underachieved expectations. Specials should showcase the kitchen's skill. A basic dish like alfredo should be on point. Next time I will try a steak, but I must be honest my experience fell far short of what guiseppe's is known for.
  16. B

    Boaters

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, as always! Can’t wait to go back.
  17. B

    Brittany

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Our service was not up to par. I had to ask to get our salads and by the time our waitress brought them, the food came. She checked on us once. We asked for two to go boxes and she never brought them. I grabbed to go containers from the table next to us and did it myself. My one year old was getting fussy, so I stood up with him to get things moving, so I thought. It took about 10 minutes to get our check. When she brought it, I had my credit card ready, but instead she went to another table to take their order. I don’t expect our waiter or waitress to cater to us since we had young kids, but the time it took her to get things or do things was an extremely long wait (especially with our one year old). This is not our usual service and was very disappointed.
  18. AB

    AmyB

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic meal! Four of us got Chicken Picata- delicious and plentiful. Dinner salad was spectacular as was the bread and butter served alongside. Topped off with complimentary birthday dessert.
  19. BS

    BruceS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have dined at Guiseppes since it opened many years ago. It is our favorite restaurant. The food, service and ambience is always top shelf. The best entree is Tortellini de Simpson, the best Italian dish you will ever eat.
  20. RH

    RonH

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had family in town. Was a good evening! Enjoy the live music
  21. JF

    JosephF

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday dinner. Outstanding service and the food was amazing.
  22. GH

    GregH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent 37th anniversary dinner! Thank you!!! I highly recommend this restaurant!
  23. SC

    SteveC

    Louisville

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Siblings get together to celebrate birthday, anniversary and etc every 3 months. Always great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my wife for her birthday, and it was fantastic! The staff and service was great, a nice, intimate atmosphere and wonderful food! They even gave my wife a birthday dessert on the house, which you don't see much these days. I highly recommend...we will be back!
  25. RO

    ROBERTS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waitress was the best. Very helpful and pleasant. Food was great. Didn’t like sitting on the porch.
  26. DD

    DennisD

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great evening with my wife celebrating our anniversary. Everything was excellent. We so enjoy the music by David Hall.
  27. RP

    RichardP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An overall excellent dining experience. The atmosphere, service and meal were all excellent. We couldn't be more satisfied. Highly recommend Giuseppe's!
  28. P

    Phil

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was great! Remembered our anniversary. Food superb. Nothing really left to say other than I forget sometimes how good this place is!!!!
  29. FD

    FredD

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've never had a bad meal. My wife had TORTELLINI ALLA PANNA E PESTO. Very good. I had the special pasta dish with sausage, chicken, onions, mushrooms - very good.
  30. VT

    VickieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great atmosphere and service! Highly recommended! Even though the food is exceptional, the atmosphere is laid back and comfortable.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Sons 16th birthday dinner
  32. MG

    MelissaG

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good and it was a very enjoyable evening for our table of 6--however one of the main highlights was our waitress Julia. She was so friendly, helpful and full of life she made our night even better!
  33. S

    Stevenlex

    Louisville

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good choice, Conglioni de stephano was superb, as well as all the other selections. Best Italian in Lex
  34. CO

    CourtneyO

    Tulsa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we tried was fabulous and we will be coming back each trip to Lexington now. We enjoyed the shrimp cocktail (one of the best!), salads, bread, lasagna and tortellini. Service was friendly and great!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday dinner was excellent! They don’t do anything special for your birthday when you let them know through an online reservation, but I still had a great time and a delicious meal!
  36. TS

    TammyS

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Tried the special appetizer of escargot with puff pastry. So good!
  37. MF

    MikeF

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful cuisine … delightful menu…. never disappointed
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding!
  39. a

    angansel3

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, can’t wait to go back!
  40. F

    Fred

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my 3 favorite places to eat in Lexington. Recommend it to everyone. Keep up the good work.

FAQs

Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 272-4269.

Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.8 stars by 2903 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 70 times today
Google Map for Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano

4456 Nicholasville Road, Lexington, KY 40515

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Old Nicholasville Road

  • Neighbourhood

    Lexington

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Giuseppe's has a parking lot by the front door of the restaurant.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Steve Olmstead

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz in our Lounge: Dave Hall plays saxophone Weds, Thurs and Fri. Tom Senff plays keyboard Sat.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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