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Carson's Filet Medallions - Carson's Food & Drink, Lexington, KY

Carson's Food & Drink

4.8
4.8
5024 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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'.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 145 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (859) 309-3039
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Neighbourhood
    Lexington
  • Cross Street
    Eastern Ave
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,024 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Overall

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Food

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Value

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for brunch

  • Central Kentucky

    Hot spot

  • Central Kentucky

    American

  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Lexington

    Best Overall

  • Lexington

    Best Food

  • Lexington

    Best Service

  • Lexington

    Best Ambience

  • Lexington

    Best Value

  • Lexington

    Great for brunch

  • Lexington

    Hot spot

  • Lexington

    Lively

  • Lexington

    American

  • Lexington

    Most Booked

5,024 Reviews
  1. Pookie

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We've been here a few times and the food and service are consistently great. The food is cooked to perfection and the portions are good. The menu provides lots of variety for all types of eating choices. We were seated in the area close to the road and the windows were opened, which made it a bit noisy with traffic. I asked for a little more gravy for my potatoes and I was charged $2 for about ~2 tablespoons, which I thought was excessive. The service was great. I would highly recommend.

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  2. Frank

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food is as great as always and service is top notch

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  3. CarrieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere! We will definitely be back!

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  4. KpReview

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Our server was pretty absent. He was nice just not attentive. My husband was going to ask for hot sauce, but we didn't see our server from the time he dropped off the salads (before the meal) until we were ready for the check (after the meal). Never refilled my drink either. It was actually pretty disappointing considering the quality of this restaurant.

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  5. Cuse

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our 4th time to Lexington and 4th time to Carson’s. Food is great, ambience as good and people so friendly. One of my favorite restaurants and i eat a lot across the world.

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  6. TrishS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daniel our waiter was awesome. Would ask to be seated with him again when come

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  7. Janza

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food, lively atmosphere, fun cocktails. Would return

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  8. JDSx2

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Busy place with a lot of energy! We had challenges with our server. He forgot our order a couple times and we waited exceptionally long periods to receive drinks and our food. Food was decent. We went to visit our daughter at UK and it was so loud, we were yelling at one another. If you wanted to have cocktails or meals at a bar with someone one on one, might be worth a shot.

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  9. JamesB

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food was very good. It took a while to get our food as it was very busy. However, most nicer restaurants allow for a leisurely meal.

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  10. AprilF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Carson's to celebrate Bentley's 13th birthday. Our server went above and beyond to make him feel special. Appreciate that so much.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food !

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  12. trishaw

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing. Parking was a little difficult but no big deal The overall ambience was great. Our server was very knowledgeable. The food was worth every penny. What a wine list. So many choices. We'll definitely be back.

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  13. MichaelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This speakeasy was a great place. Somewhat loud at times because of the outdoor nature. Food was very good. Presentation, taste & cooked to perfection steaks were great. Will most definitely come back again

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  14. Penny

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The field greens and spinach salad with salmon is absolutely outstanding! Service was excellent.

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  15. TinaC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from Pennsylvania and we ended up going to brunch there and had such a good experience we went back the next day for dinner. Olivia & Lauren were both wonderful!! The food presentation and quality was amazing! We will be back! Thank you for a great experience!

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  16. MICHAELC

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in town!! A must place to eat. Best food

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  17. Kevingbh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Super food. Made appt because brunch is packed. There is reason they are number one in Lexington.

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  18. EricL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great atmosphere, this was our third time visiting and as always it was great!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences I’ve had lately. Food and service were awesome! I highly recommend Carson’s!!

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  20. StephanieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Carson’s! The food is always delicious and the service is top notch! This is our favorite place to celebrate!!

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  21. TrinaW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizer was great, steak and all entrees were great, good drinks, and great desert

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  22. Jkelly

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful! Food was outstanding and our server was great!

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  23. DoreneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The weather was nice for outside dining but the noise level made it hard to hear each other at the table.

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  24. JenniferA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious. Everything we tried was amazing, pretzel with beer cheese, fried chicken, and banana bourbon bread pudding. Will make it a stop every time we visit

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  25. Susan

    Louisville

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food. It is a little loud but if I sit in a booth, it is enjoyable. The menu has a great selection of inexpensive, moderate, and expensive which suits everyone.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would fly there from LA just for the food! Incredible Ribs 10/10 honestly and the Mac N Cheese with pork belly is amazing!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food amazing people always come here while I’m in Lexington

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 70th birthday today..our waitress was the best !

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  29. joen

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there, celebrating our one year anniversary, the food, and the service was excellent. The drink was really good, the noise level was a bit loud, but it’s not like you can hear the conversation from other tables you just heard noise from other tables.

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  30. DianeC

    Gold Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had lunch with my beautiful daughter at Carson’s today. We both had the Ahi salad. Delicious. Our waiter and his staff were very accommodating. Whenever I’m in Lex I always want to eat at Carson’s. Great food. Very reliable. Good menu choices that accommodate different tastes.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carson’s never disappoints. The service, food and the atmosphere are always top tier.

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  32. SheliaS

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always. My 82 yr old mother loved the Portabello mushroom sandwich on flatbread.

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  33. YoulondaM

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am in love with Carson's! The staff is perfect, the food is the best in the city, and the ambiance, energy, and vibes is unmatched. If it's a special occasion, there's nowhere else to go other than Carson's. Literally, Lexington's BEST Restaurant.

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  34. lina

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our experience at Carsonds was outstanding. That being said, it was very loud so would not be the place for a romantic dinner.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was excellent! We started with the grilled Brie appetizer - perfect! My wife had the scallops and they were delicious. I had the Oscar medallions and they were so good they melted-in-my-mouth. Our waiter, Ian, was at the top of his game. It was our first time at Carson’s and I hope it’s not our last because the dessert menu is so incredible, unfortunately we were too full to even contemplate that.

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  36. TGC7

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    I was very disappointed with our table. It was next to the hostess stand and we had to hear every interaction. I made reservations obviously 2 weeks in advance and we had to wait and we were then given a table which should be reserved for walk-ins only. Walk-in got better seating than us. The hostesses were very disorganized. We ate our food as quickly as we could and got out of there. The only atmosphere that we were aware of was the hostesses discussing seating all through our brunch and our chairs getting run into by the patrons and wait staff. We had always had good experiences prior to that.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great Sunday brunch spot. Lots of menu choices and specialty cocktails. It won’t disappoint.

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  38. DaveT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is fabulous. It's very noisy, so if you're looking for a quiet, romantic spot try somewhere else. But, if you're looking for an excellent, tasty meal, here's where you want to be. Our waiter, Nick, was also excellent. Knows his stuff.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall it was great! Food was great, service was great. Definitely put it in rotation of great places to eat .

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  40. debrac

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious foot and great service. We both had steak and it was tender and flavorful. Service was fast.

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FAQs

Carson's Food & Drink is rated 4.8 stars by 5024 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 145 times today
Google Map for Carson's Food & Drink

362 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Eastern Ave
  • Neighbourhood
    Lexington
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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