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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Lexington

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems 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 BRU Burger Bar - Lexington restaurant
4.9
4.9 (437)
$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
CherylB
Dined 3 days ago
What are fantastic place ! The hamburgers are to die for! I got the garlic 3 cheese burger just melts in your mouth! The atmosphere is wonderful! Hats off to the Chef !!!
A photo of Zen Sushi & Sake restaurant
4.9
4.9 (438)
$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
RobertWvip
Dined on May 2, 2024
We are new to Lexington and have been looking for a very good Japanese restaurant. We have found it! Zen.
A photo of Heirloom - Midway restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2122)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Midway
About the restaurant
"Voted Best New Restaurant in the State of KY 2007"- The Lane Report.

"Voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Lexington Area"- KY Monthly Magazine.

Located in the heart of horse country and just 20 minutes from downtown Lexington and 20 minutes from Keeneland. Offering an extensive boutique wine list and specializing in eclectic contemporary cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent every time. Fried chicken and champagne for the win! 🥂
A photo of Epping's on Eastside restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2001)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Lexington
About the restaurant
We're a bit like our hometown: sophisticated, well-traveled, but grounded in our roots. We believe there's nothing more important than taking time to dine well with family and friends in a beautiful space. And we have a passion for all things Bluegrass - curing our meats in-house, supporting the region's diverse farming and food community, and keeping a local-first mindset in everything we do. Epping's is located in a renovated historic building that once held Epping Bottling Works, home to the hustle and spirit of local entrepreneur John G. Epping. Today, we are proud to honor that history and be part of the energy of downtown Lexington's Warehouse Block.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great place and great food! Would love to go back again!
A photo of Bella Cafe & Grille in Chevy Chase restaurant
4.8
4.8 (45)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Went for an anniversary dinner. Server was so knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu. Started off with fun signature cocktails per his recommendation. Had an amazing imported burrata as an appetizer. Entrees were savory, delicious, and beautifully presented. Our server had excellent wine pairing suggestions and let us sample some options. Had an amazing panecatta with mango and strawberry which was well balanced with creamy and tart fruity flavors. Cannot wait to try this place again!
A photo of Hola Havana Cuban Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (45)
$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
MRCLEX
Dined on May 12, 2024
Very good food and the service was great. We will definitely be back.
A photo of AZUR Restaurant & Patio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1977)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lexington
About the restaurant
AZUR restaurant & patio was designed after European establishments providing the feel of being in a different place without leaving Lexington. The food is described as new American and Heirloom Contemporary. The chefs react to what comes at them from the local markets making our cuisine locally influenced, but worldly inspired. The walls are bold blues and greens with curves throughout. The interior space flows outside through three sets of French doors onto the elegant stone bordered brick patio. Weather permitting, the patio is opened and the patio sides could be lowered for inclement weather.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had an amazing meal and we’re looking forward to coming back during our stay in Lexington.
A photo of Bella Cafe & Grille (Fountains at Palomar) restaurant
4.7
4.7 (93)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
At Bella Cafe & Grille, we’d like you to enjoy our menu prepared with attention to detail and the quality you deserve.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Pesto Caesar salad with salmon was fantastic, as was crispy chicken salad. My husband got the burger which he said was “good,” but not amazing. Tiramisu was wonderful. Chocolate pane was also tasty. It was upscale, but still cozy. Small touches like putting lemons for water in a small tea cup if wanted was well appreciated, as I never like lemon in my water. We will be back!
A photo of Boone's Trace Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Located at Boone's Trace National Golf Club, Boone's Trace Grill offers a wide variety of dishes with a seasonal menu. Chef Holden Dougherty has created menu items that are perfect for after your round, drinks and appetizers, or that date night where you would like to treat your significant other to a fantastic meal. Boone's Trace Grill covers you on those nights where cooking just sounds exhausting! We offer 9 TVs for those afternoons or nights full of games and garage doors that allows you to overlook the golf course with gorgeous sunsets that will take your breath away! Our friendly staff is ready to serve you Wednesday-Sunday and make sure you come on down for live music of Friday nights!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Disappointed that the "Kentucky Hot Brown" has been dropped from the menu.
A photo of Honeysuckle Dining and Bourbon House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (175)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Berea
About the restaurant
Honeysuckle Dining and Bourbon House is the fusion of all things Southern with hints of modern and world influences. Come visit us and share in the experience.

Our specialty is delicious cuisine created with ingenuity and passion. We take great pride in improving upon your favorite dishes and using the best ingredients available. Select our Bourbon House for a unique and memorable Kentucky experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The food was excellent. The service was excellent. The parking was a little tricky. The prices were excellent for the food quality! I would highly recommend it for everyone to try it if you’re in the area.
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