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Boone Tavern
Boone Tavern

Boone Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.boonetavernhotel.com
  • Email: boonetavern@berea.edu
  • Phone: (859) 985-3700
  • Hours of Operation:

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

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

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

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Newman
  • 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 (859) 985-3705

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Beautiful place. Would have loved to have a glass of wine on the porch in the rockers or at dinner. Dry. Full renovation has provided a wonderful place to stay right across from campus. Very nice to walk to shops. "Staff" is primarily students."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Food was good enough. Server was charming and did her best. But they were also hosting a wedding party - and did not have enough silverware or glassware for diners who were stuck in a drab side room. They seemed to have bitten off more than they could chew. Manager should be replaced with someone aware of the limits of the facility and staff. Was a long way out of the way for what we experienced there."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were spending a weekend in Berea and had dinner at Boone's Tavern. The food was excellent. Our server was so friendly and accommodating. The dining room was quiet and lovely. My husband and I had a very lovely evening."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Boone Tavern has beautiful décor, a great staff and wonderful food. The students and grads who served us were pleasant and informative. The steak on the menu was one to be savored. We appreciated talking with the servers about their college experience at Berea. We loved the experience. This is one of America's best restaurants,"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had quite unusual dishes that one would not find in "ordinary" places. We shared squash soup, and roasted brussels sprouts salad along with an applewood smoked pork chop and beef stroganoff . Pork Chop dinner was delicious, beef stroganoff was just so so, squash soup was cold, but roasted brussels sprouts salad was delicious. For dessert we shared a piece of raceday pie - pecan, carmel, chocolate drizzle type of pie with a dollop of whipped cream on the side. This was also just OK. very sweet. In retrospect - the cost was not worth the dinner, but the service was great by the students. The chef selections were out of the ordinary. if they could reduce the cost I might be more enthusiastic. Lovely old hotel and dining setting."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Very charming ambiance"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Great for a girls day out. My daughter and granddaughter were here for the weekend from Knoxville. We visited Tater Knob Pottery and then wanted a special spot for lunch. Excellent service and the food was perfect for out of towners to get a taste of our local specialities: spoon bread, fried green tomatoes, and chicken in a birds next. Wonderful day."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our fifth time dining at the Boone Tavern was again a most positive experience! Food selections were excellent. Service is surperb! A lovely ambience and quiet environment for visiting during dinner. Unique dinner salads are wonderful! Entres prepared carefully, presented very well and are very tasty and enjoyable. Simply a superior dining experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everything about the special Valentine's Day menu was outstanding. The lobster thermador appetizer was wonderful, as was all the food. My scallops were just right, and my husband's bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin was terrific. Dessert was fantastic. We have stopped at this restaurant/hotel on several trips and have enjoyed it everytime. We like the restaurant/hotel enough that we chose to spend our Valentine's night at the hotel after dinner. Unfortunately, we live 300 miles away from this treasure; but we will definitely go back again and again. We have recommended the restaurant and hotel to our family and friends based on this trip and previous trips."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Boone Tavern is where my wife and I celebrate special occasions. The food is excellent and the service fantastic. The atmosphere is perfect for special occasions. The dining room is extremely quiet and very relaxed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to make the short drive to Boone Tavern for Valentine's Day and since it was on a Friday this year, we decided to stay. The atmosphere was great and the new renovations beautiful. The special dinner menu for Valentine's Day was wonderful and our server was the best. Very knowledgeable and helpful. The room we booked was very nice and make us feel comfortable. It was very clean and the beds comfortable. In fact, it was snowing the evening we were there and it was nice not to have to go back out after dinner and drive home. My wife was impressed that the room had a Keurig coffeemaker in it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The staff is incredibly friendly, and the hotel and dining room are beautiful. The menu had a nice selection of items for every appetite; light fare, vegetarian, traditional southern cuisine, etc. My husband and I ordered a roasted chicken dish and the "tricky" pork chops. Both dishes we very disappointing. The chicken was very dry, and far too salty. Everything on my plate tasted like liquid smoke ( the bottled kind you buy in the grocery store). My husbands pork chops were also heavily salted and over cooked. The best part about his dish was the grits, and they were only mediocre. Any restaurant can have an off-night, and I hope this is what this was for boones tavern. It is too lovely an environment to have such bad food."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "A blend of traditional classics and modern flare. Local ingredients make for fresh and tasty dishes. Would return as often as possible! Boone Tavern is a jewel and should always be cherished in Berea. It's a must on visiting!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The ambience is perfect for sharing a meal with friends and family, as well as a wonderful place for a meeting. The salmon was incredible, along with the asparagus and mashed potatoes. My lunch companion really enjoyed the spoon bread, which the restaurant is known for, and the prime rib meal - noted the prime rib was cooked to expectation. This was truly an excellent dining experience that consisted of excellent food and service. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We just went throughout Berea for a few days on the start of our honeymoon and were so happy to have two breakfasts and a dinner here! The staff were all incredible and the food choices were impeccable, I especially love the emphasis on traditional southern food with a twist!"
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Boone Tavern is one of my favorite places to dine. My wife and I took our daughter from North Carolina and her fiance for a Sunday Brunch. We had a great time. The fried chicken and ham was very good as usual. We always enjoy the spoon bread."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Six women in my family made the trip to Berea for shopping and to eat at Boone Tavern. It was the first time for four of us. We were all very happy with our lunch. I had Shrimp and Grits really good would order again but will try something new next time. Bread pudding for dessert...perfect."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I have dined at Boone Tavern before, and they have recently changed their menu. They did not have some of their signature dishes, and their prices had increased drastically. Salad or soup used to be included in the price of an entree, but is now a la carte. The entrees are also now more expensive. My husband ordered the steak, and it was tough and tasteless. I have had better steaks at Texas Roadhouse. I had the salmon, which was pretty tasty, but definitely not worth the high price attached to it. I doubt that my family will be going there in the future. Sad, as this used to be one of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Where else do they bring spoon bread to the table, both before and during your meal? Boone Tavern is a lovely old building, filled with antiques. It's a fine place to stay, but also a fine place to eat. If you like taking time over your meal, if you like traditional southern favorites like Hot Browns and spoon bread, if you like efficient and courteous service which is not too obtrusive, then this is a great break."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "I have lived in Berea for years and have always been a fan of Boone Tavern for special occasions and the Sunday lunch buffet (when they have it). I had to schedule this meeting for a small group business meeting and, at the time I made the reservation, I asked if we could be seated in a secluded area. We kind of were, until they sat a large group right next to us. That was unfortunate for our business meeting. Also, no one at our table said their food was very good. The spoon bread wasn't souffle-like at all. It was flat and cold. This was a disappointing meal. What's happened, Boon Tavern?"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The food was priced as fine dining prepared by a chef but the food was of the quality prepared by a cook. I have dined at Boone Tavern on occasion for 35 years and I found my latest meal to not be to the standard or originality I have come to expect."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Our entrees at Boone Tavern were pretty good, but expensive. I had seared scallops and my companion had steak and potatoes. The quality, flavor and presentation of my scallops were all outstanding, but they were expensive. My friend's steak was tough and it was very expensive too. The fact that a gourmet meal here can't be enjoyed with a nice glass of wine is most unfortunate. I would only go here for a very special occasion and only if I can get wine with my meal the next time. Our server was very attentive."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Service was slow and inattentive. Considering the cost, I'd recommend that diners go elsewhere if they want good service and good food at an upscale price."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "It was a pleasant experience and food was very good. Nothing exceptional but very good. I thought the selection of serving french fries with the steak was a poor selection. I am sure you could have done much better."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The food was good but a bit overpriced. Spent $34 for sandwiches and had no dessert or appetizer. Our waitress was not a good one at all. We ran out of drinks. Didn't get bread till after our food arrived. And waited a while to get check. The restaurant wasn't overly busy at the time we were there at 1:45. The atmosphere was great. And the door greeter when we first came in the building was super. I give him five stars!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Boone Tavern on the edge of historic Berea College was originally built to serve guests of the college president - as many as 600 one summer! Students are required to work for their tuition and the Tavern hotel and restaurant is where many work. The setting is elegant! The food is excellent, the service varies but tends to be slow. No alcohol on this campus! Wonderful place for lunch and dinner. Great place for conversation. Prices are very reasonable for high quality of food. Efforts to use ingredients grown on campus or in Kentucky."
    Dined on 7/29/2013
  • "The dining room at Boone Tavern certainly delivers on all counts: beautiful décor, outstanding locally-produced food prepared and served in an elegant manner, and friendly, attentive, service by local students. I ate two breakfasts and one dinner during my stay and found all the food to be excellent. The restaurant's signature dish, Spoon Bread, is addictive!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I've heard about the Boone Tavern for years but last week was the first time we'd had the opportunity to dine there. Overall I was impressed. the quality of the food was very good and they certainly don't skimp on the quantity. We stayed overnite in a small suite--really a large room--with king size bed, had a very nice dinner for 2--appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert--and breakfast the next day--I had the poached eggs with country ham and hollandaise--for less than $275. A very very good deal compared to what we pay in NYC! we'll be going back soon."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "the food and service at the restaurant were excellent. however, the place does remind one of a working plantation. i would recommend the restaurant for the food, but the place doesn't show any signs that a diverse crowd is welcome."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "The main dining room was not available because of a large group from the UT that was not mentioned when we made on -line reservations. We were from out of town and were told if we had the chance to try the tavern by friends who didn't have the chance when they were in the area earlier in the year. What a disappointment! After being seated in a non-descript meeting room - no ambiance at all-- next to a very ugly, half way open door partitian, we pursued the very limited menu --nothing but a salad for the pescetarian and not too many choices for the lactose free dieter. No one greeted us after we sat down or asked for our drink order, but plenty of servers walking around. So, after 15 minutes of no attention, we left!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "I had an excellent meal with a sweet corn soup for the first course and lamb pot roast for the main course. Both were beautifully presented and very tasty. The lamb pot roast was one of the finest pot roasts I've had with a delicate gravy that made me keep trying to clean every last bit from the plate."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "I have dined at Boone Tavern many times over the years. This was the first time I felt the food was just a little below par. I had the roast beef sandwich and there was enough fat on the beef for me to take it apart and cut it off. The spoon bread (always a favorite) was overcooked. My friend had the shrimp and grits and said it was very tasty. Just a little disappointing, but I'll still go back."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "4 friends met at a central location (2 from Louisville and 2 from Danville) to enjoy each other's company. Excellent service from Chadwick, outstanding food, a beautiful sunny day, and as always, the very best of friends... I recommend the restaurant to everyone!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "My primary complaint about the food was that it was not warm. I did not get a salad, only hot (or what were supposed to be hot) lunch foods, and then went straight back to my table. By the time I took my first bite everything was lukewarm at best; and by the time I was halfway finished, it was cold. My husband had some of the breakfast foods, and I noticed that they were steaming on his plate. So if we ever go back, I'll probably have breakfast instead of lunch. The food I had was good, but nothing out of the ordinary, with the possible exception of the numerous yummy desserts. Service was excellent, as was the ambiance. In summary, I thought it was a good dining experience, but over-priced."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "as always, Boone Tavern does not fail to have a wonderful ambiance and spectacular food. It is just a wonderful experience.would have loved to enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner ..but maybe that will be available in the future..the wait staff was knowledgeable and very pleasant. My guest and I enjoyed both the baked chicken entree an the lamb pot roast!!Will definitely put this on the list of the "go to ' destinations..thanks for a great evening."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "So much hype, such poor delivery. Service was slow, spotty, and poor. A variety of servers took orders, delivered food, failed to bring refills, and generally did not deliver good service. Did I mention it was slow? And then there was the food. We had heard so much about the good food, but tonight's dinner wasn't it. I had scallops, usually my favorite, but these were bland, with no flavor in the mushroom sauce or the faro or the carrots. And the paella was a little better, but not by much. It was though the chef had taken the night off and left someone who had no taste buds in charge. We were very disappointed in dinner. Breakfast the next morning was much better but still plagued by slow, inconsistent service. Skip dinner here."
    Dined on 7/24/2013