Boone Tavern
Boone Tavern

Boone Tavern

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.boonetavernhotel.com/
  • Phone: 8599853700x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:am

    Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    Dinner Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American
  • Executive Chef: David Poulton
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Boone Tavern offers private dining, meeting, and wedding receptions space for groups from 5 to 150 guests. We offer six beautifully restored and renovated event rooms including the Bowling Dining Room. Our southern hospitality, vintage charm and elegance along with our commitment to locally grown and “Kentucky Proud” ingredients make your group dining experience memorable. Your guests will savor Historic Boone Taverns famous restaurants fine dining cuisine. Attendees will experience customized breaks that include homemade snacks and our Signature Boone Tavern coffee, luncheons featuring tastes of the season with fresh locally grown ingredients and elegant dinners complete with Boone Tavern Spoonbread, all prepared by our award-winning culinary staff. Give your guests a grand finale to remember.
  • Private Party Contact: Ashley Lewis 8599853705x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 100 Main Street N.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Boone Tavern has a complimentary self parking lot at the back entrance of the hotel. Boone Tavern also offers spaces for handicap guests parking as well as reserved spaces for Eco Friendly vehicles.
A word from Boone Tavern
Fine dining has brought Boone Tavern much of its international acclaim. Whether you prefer traditional or creative southern cuisine, you will find palate pleasing fare in Boone Tavern’s Dining Room. The Duncan Hines Excellence in Hospitality Award was presented to Boone Tavern in 2003. The prestigious award is named for restaurant critic Duncan Hines. The Kentucky Tourism Council states, “Boone Tavern has been a hallmark in the hospitality business for nearly a century. After all these years, it continues to be a favorite destination.”
Lunch offerings let you choose from a variety of salads, unique sandwiches and hot entrées. Evening meals offer an array of delightful appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts. Historical favorites like “Chicken Flakes in a Bird’s Nest” and “spoonbread” are fixtures in the restaurant. Sunday Brunch is another tradition. Dining room attire is tastefully casual and reservations are required for groups and evening meals.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Boone Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (36)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (15)romantic (13)good for groups (11)great for brunch (11)scenic view (5)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Poor service
    PrairiequeenVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The service at breakfast was so bad that we sat waiting for someone to acknowledge us for fifteen minutes and the people at the table next to us for at least twenty. Finally, that lady went to the coffee stand and served herself coffee. People were waiting a long time to be seated and many just walked away. The food was okay at breakfast. The dinner experience was better servicewise. Then the food was very good. Once the server came to take our order, she was very nice and things went well. It just seems that no one seemed to know whose table belonged to who. And one served seemed oblivious. She walked back and forth past the table next to us for twenty minutes and finally then she asked the people if they were taken care of.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Glad to be able to finally have wine with my meal. I look forward to a bigger wine list in the future. I had the salmon which was excellent. My husband had the fall pork chops which were good but not as good as mine. We also had the crawfish cakes as an appetizer which were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice to have wine with dinner.
    Tcbound
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Swordfish was wonderful. Unique salads full of favor. Breakfast was also prepared well. However Morning service was disappointing - opened late, no coffee for 20 mins, no food for 45, and order was not correct.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Berea, KY
    HoosierForever
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Berea, KY is a very beautiful town, great place to visit. I would recommend "The Boone Tavern" as the best place in town to eat & stay. It would be a good idea to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep returning...
    HappyHoosier
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have stayed and dined at the Boone Tavern many times once we "discovered" it in recent years. We have always, consistently had positive experiences at the Boone Tavern lodging and dining. We were surprised on this last visit to learn alcohol is now served in the dining room -- started October 1, 2014. The lack of having alcohol with dinner has never been a barrier for us and we have dined at the Boone Tavern many times. But, we enjoy a glass of wine with dinner so it was a pleasant surprise for us to have wine available with dinner. We told close friends about the Boone Tavern experience and they stayed and dined at the Boone Tavern August 2014 and were very positive in their feedback to us. They especially liked the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Support the students
    Ashevillefoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    To support the students at Berea College you should definitely stop by.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First night serving alcohol
    Paolo
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The restaurant was much busier than usual: they were a little overwhelmed and it showed in many, many ways, but the staff is very nice and I would definitely give them another chance. The essential reason why I will probably not go back is that food is way overpriced: for this type of quality, decent but at times mediocre, I would not pay more than $15-20 for an entree.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boone Tavern Restaurant
    drdms1VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Our return to Boone Tavern, almost 20 years later, embraced our memories. The food is skillfully prepared, served promptly, and delicious. Our servers were very friendly, knowledgable about the menu, and the history of Berea College and the Boone Tavern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kentucky gem
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Boone inn is a wonderfully restored inn and dining room. We stayed one night and had dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Food was great. Service was great thanks to Adam, our waiter. Only drawbacks were: no wine (service is beginning this week, though!). Also they have these mouth watering photos in the elevator- but no longer serve the entree in the photo that I was all set for! The menu changes with new chefs. Ah, well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic
    KYdiesel
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Brought my wife here for her birthday. I wanted a nicer than usual restaurant (at least for us). Boone Tavern fit the bill nicely. We were there on a Tuesday night, so it was quiet. The food was very good and the service was very attentive. The dress code is smart/tastefully casual. It makes for a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joseph
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We made reservations for my wife's birthday. We were very disappointed that we could not dine in the main dining room because of a wedding party. Overall the food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffet A Bust
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We made reservations 1/2 hour prior to the buffet closing and arrived a few minutes early. Perhaps they were winding down the buffet. Boone Tavern should be ashamed of the quality and the lack of offerings we experienced for the price.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Debdoug
    Debbij
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A historic stop. Service was great. The good was good. Southern with class. Was disappointed that there was no alcohol served. Would go back again perhaps for lunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Charm
    LouiseThings
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Boone Tavern is a dining experience that takes you back to the day of impeccable service with exquisite dishes. On the night my family dined at Boone Tavern the feature dish was swordfish and it was outstanding!! But so was the smoked pork chop which is a regular feature on the menu along with the grilled scallop and the vegetarian gnocchi. The accompanying dishes are local, fresh and imaginative such as the fresh pea risotto and the spinach quinoa salad. The traditional spoon bread is classic as is the fried green tomato appetizer. No one will leave this restaurant hungry. Prices reflect the quality of the food. Serving staff is polished and professional. All in all a stellar dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    usc4evr
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and service were both great. Between our family we enjoyed the steak and potatoes, lamb stew and the tricky pork chops. All were prepared very well. The spoon bread was a delight. We will definitely visit again if we are up this way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    kentuckyrain
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had the special for the evening and it was delicious....server was very attentive. The signature "spoon bread" did not disappoint. We ate early and the restaurant was very quiet. A beautiful building , nicely decorated.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dineout
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was very good but the waitress was a bit lacking in skill. We asked for separate bills and a couple of the bills were wrong. She finally got 3 of 4 corrected but one bill was still wrong and over charged. The person just paid it to save more confusion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Bthomas
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The scallops with and coulis and the vegetarian dish featuring gnocchi in a cream sauce with zucchini and squash were both very tasty. The prices were a little high for our wallets but we knew this coming in and had a $30 dining credit. The spoon bread was delicious! The dining area is absolutely gorgeous and the service by the college students was great! Our server was Kat who was very attentive to our needs. We really enjoyed our meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kentucky proud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Boone Tavern's dining room is casually elegant, a beautiful melding of Southern food and hospitality. Our meal was excellent, and the menu features Kentucky products. Our server, Adam, was efficient and attentive. This is a "must" for Berea visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good after church jaunt
    Lexcouple
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Nice place for a Sunday drive and enjoyable brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food. Very nice ambiance with the Southern historic touch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic
    TerrypVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I love the atmosphere of Boone Tavern and Berea. We were there for lunch during the July Berea Craft Festival and had a very enjoyable time. The service is great and the food was almost as good as expected. The only negative is that the famous spoon bread was too browned. Much more so than in our past visits. Since the craft festival brings in so many people, we were glad to have made a lunch reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Boone Tavern - A great meal
    WillBback
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I spent 2 nights at the Boone Tavern. We ate dinner on Saturday evening. Started with the Hunter's Plate which is a collection of local meats, cheeses, and pickled items served with toasted bread rounds and spicy brown mustard. It was an ample portion and quite good. For dinner I had Lamb Pot Roast and my wife had Scallops. We both enjoyed our entrees very much. For dessert I had bread pudding and my wife and choc. pecan pie. My piece of bread pudding was huge! I had to take 1/2 with me. It was delicious as was my wife's pie which was very rich and filling. Service was a bit sketchy at times but I attributed it to the fact that a large wedding reception was being held during our dinner and I'm sure it was a busy time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food in a historic old inn
    Sarah51
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were staying at the Boone Tavern hotel and decided to dine in the restaurant. The food was outstanding, including many Kentucky favorites like spoonbread. We had the grilled scallops which were outstanding. The Derby pie was not as good as billed, with Hershey chocolate syrup decorating the plate. A simple presentation of the pie would be more appropriate. Hoping that they get a liquor license soon, as we think wine would make the experience more pleasing. The service was prompt, but the servers need some more training and "polish". Overall, a very good meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1creativechef
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The spoonbread is worth the trip. The service staff were attentive and friendly. We will definitely return for another special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If You Are Looking for Local
    Disappointeddiner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Boone Tavern is a beautiful, elegant, stately place which suggest a bygone Era ( except for the way people are dressed) but if you are looking for local cuisine which showcases dishes for which the Bluegrass is known, don't go to Boone Tavern. The menu reflects trendy dishes that you can get anywhere. The service was very nice and it seemed to be child friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful ambiance
    kemosabe
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Beautiful dining room in a Historic Hotel. Gourmet menu with a fair selection of meals. Service was fair and spotty, I think my server was new. Everyone on the Hotel staff was outgoing and friendly, dining room staff chipped in to help my server at times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TRAVELIN
    Notsogood
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    On way to Knoxville, great ambience stop along the way
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 108 reviews are from the Boone Tavern reviews archive.
  • Fine Dining
    EnjoyFineDining
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Boone Tavern rates at the top of my list for fine dining. Ambience, service and food are all excellent. Our guests stated that this is the best food that they have ever eaten. Anyone traveling on Interstate 75 should take the few minute drive into Berea, Kentucky to dine at this fine establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Kentucky Gem
    CardKate
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    If you have not been to Boone Tavern in Berea to spend a night or two and have a meal, you need to do so. A true Kentucky gem, Boone Tavern is an outstanding example of the Commonwealth's sophistication and gourmet offerings. Who would guess that located in the foothills to the Appalachians is a hotel and restaurant of such quality? Scallops and salmon were the two entrees we had - both were fabulous!!! Our meal began with fried green tomatoes and ended with blueberry bread pudding - both also outstanding. All food was served with understated digniity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent dinner experience
    Lasteely
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had an excellent dinner at Boone Tavern! The students that work there are a delight, and the food was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely ambiance
    xpatsuitcase
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This restaurant is worth going to for the ambiance (traditional hotel dining well restored and seems newly refurbished). The service is very good also. The food was just average, but we both ordered the same dish (pork chops the tricky way), so I don't have knowledge of a wide range of the menu. To me, the meal lacked flavor, except the greens which were a bit over-vinegared. My husband, however, who likes his food more bland liked it much better than I did. The restaurant serves no alcohol as it is part of the Berea College, so if that is a deal-breaker, go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Improvement needed
    Cookie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband and I were seated immediately for dinner on Sunday evening, but were told after a few minutes that our waiter had not yet arrived; several more minutes passed before she arrived to take our order. When I ordered the lamb, I was told that it would not be available for another 30 minutes. I ordered the pork chops, which, at first, looked appetizing, but were underdone. Breakfast on Monday morning was better, but does not measure up to the standards set in the past. The service, however, was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic Delight
    HoosierVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Located in the heart of Kentucky, perfect for a great weekend away.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jesse
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The Boone Tavern is one of our favorite places to dine. The environment / ambience is so nice and so enjoyable we go there whenever we get a chance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MariluRN
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We went to Boone Tavern for brunch.The resturant is very nice the service was wonderful the food was good the Dessert selection could be better. Worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a trip
    Bill
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I've visited Boone Tavern several times over the years. It is always worth going out of the way to stay there and eat there. It is a delightful inn. The food is always great. Most of the servers are students who are very friendly and eager to help make your visit a delight. We will definitely visit again the next time we are within 100 miles.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    manoflettersVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We were here a few months ago for the first time in 35 years, and were extremely disappointed. Except for the famous spoonbread, the food was unremarkable, even carelessly prepared, the portions skimpy, the choices few, all was very overpriced, and the amenities (extras) were few or absent. There are obviously no other options for "fine dining" in this tiny town, therefore you're relying on well-intentioned billboards and guidebooks. The ambience is pleasant, clean, old worldly, slightly dowdy, Quaker plain, and it's a non-alcohol scene, of course, but the service is friendly even if it sometimes looks like a learning experience. Sorry, Berea.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef Approved
    FoodieChef
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    As a Certified Chef and also in the fine dining world when I am at work, I tend to be overly critical about food and presentation. This restaurant has been in my history for many years as I was there as a child and teen. My grandmother being an alum of Berea College ('33) we grew up eating with her in the dining room. As for this meal we ordered the Hunters Plate for our appetizer, the simple greens salads with house orange marmalade dressing, the sea scallops for her and the ribeye special for myself. The spoon bread was as I remembered and we skipped dessert. This is a must for people in Lexington to go and see as well as passers by on I 75!!!! I would describe the food and stuff but the character limit on here cuts one short.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting Boone Tavern for Dinner
    cmginlex
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Our main server, Aaron, was so interesting and informative, we enjoyed listening to him talk about the specials, menu and restaurant almost as much as our meal itself! The prices are all ala carte, but the servings were adequate and the options were all delicious. Smartly Casual is a good option there as Berea College is right next door. I do think the dress code could be explained to specify no flip flops, tennis shoes or t-shirts, which are just plain casual.... Otherwise, the venue was lovely, the service prompt and enjoyable and the food, very good. We will return in September, when I understand, wine or other options will be available.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet