Jean Farris Winery & Bistro
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jeanfarris.com/
  • Phone: (859) 263-9463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation:
    Wine Bar: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our semi-private room is available for parties of 10 to 12. The private room we offer is our Vineyard Sunroom and overlooks the vineyards with an amazing view. It is fully enclosed and climate controlled for up to 80 guests, available for booking through-out the year. During the April-October period the outdoor patio is also available for booking. This space will accommodate 40 guest and can be reserved with the Sunroom or without. Also, it is covered with a large white tent but climate control is not available.

    Jean Farris Winery & Bistro as a whole is available for a private party on Monday only. The maximum capacity is 150.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeanie O'Daniel 8592639463x

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: As you enter the property, you drive through the front vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. All of the parking is close to the building in the private lot. Handicapped parking is offered with easy access to the front door. There is limited overflow parking available.
A word from Jean Farris Winery & Bistro
From its inception, Jean Farris has embraced our families’ history in agriculture, and, our passion for fine cuisine. With us, wine is best when sharing a table with good friends and good food.

Here on the estate we grow our own fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, and honey to use in the winery and in the kitchen. We serve our farm products with the wine, beer, and spirits that speak of our region. To us "Home-made" is a practice not a philosophy. With that our menu changes serveral times a year, reflecting the seasons. Staying in time and in touch with the cycles of seasons and what is naturally available to us.

We look forward to having you joining us at our table and sharing a night at Jean Farris.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (54)scenic view (52)fit for foodies (52)notable wine list (51)romantic (48)great for outdoor dining (45)great for brunch (21)good for groups (21)neighborhood gem (15)great for lunch (9)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • dining bight of Nov. 22, 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had been here twice before and it was excellent. What a disappointment this time. Service mediocre, strip steak was gristly and fatty, whipped potatoes bland and dry, broccoli tasted like it was dipped in pure vinegar and then roasted. I had stomach issues from eating the broccoli. They must have changed chefs and the menu was different too. won't go back there . At the prices that are charged you expect very good food and service which we did have the first two times
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great night!
    Randysnightout
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Went for our Anniversary. Had a very nice, quite dinner. Wine was very good and the dinner was excellent. Will definitely go again. It was dark, so we couldn't see the view. Have heard it's really nice. Will try and take that in next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful and great food.
    MrsColeman
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great far service, food and a beautiful restaurant. Far enough out to feel like you're getting away but still close to town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently perfect
    Lovegreatfood
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Impeccable sevice, wonderful food, and a perfect location make Jean Faris a wonderful place to dine either for brunch or supper. A group of six of us dined there on a Tuesday night on a gloomy November night. Our server was extremely knowledgeble and friendly. He provided great service and made the food even better. The new full service bar i great. Only top shelf liquor makes a difference. Going back again his Friday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit different
    Jinky
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Jean Farris is off the beaten path and the drive way can be a bit tricky to find after dark. They have an extensive cocktail menu as well as their wine list. Nightly specials are my go to. The ravioli is not what I am accustomed to in this area, so check it out before ordering. Service has always been excellent
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not ready for prime time
    NashvilleWineCouple
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant with a great atmostphere and a wonderful staff. The food, however, is not up to the front of the house. The French onion soup was wimpy with few onions and weak broth. The steak and carrots were cooked over too high of a heat, quickly cooking the outside, but leaving the insides well under cooked. The pork was bland -- the plate needed a leader for the other tastes to follow. Not seasoned well. The Kentucky wines were surprisingly good and we would recommend them. With better performance from the kitchen, this could be an outstanding place. Right now, stop in for the wine and enjoy the atmosphere and you won't be disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food! decent service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    my wife and i went to jean farris for our anniversary dinner. i made reservations online then called ahead the day of to tell them that it was our anniversary and that i would appreciate a little special treatment if possible (for which i would have tipped large). the man on the phone acted like this was a fairly normal request (as i thought it should be) and he would let my server know. when we got there, nothing different was done and they sat a group right next to us. i was expecting a secluded table or something to that effect at least. regardless, we had a good time and i'm sure we will be back. the server was a fill-in and normally bar-tended which made for a humorous experience at least.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a new server that had difficulty handling the wine. She couldn't get the bottle open then as she left our table she recorked the red wine rather than leave it open to breathe. She held onto the cork rather than let my husband inspect it to make sure it wasn't dry. Hopefully, she will improve as she has more experience but since this is a winery, you would have expected more training on how to serve wine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a delightful experience
    psycgirl
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a romantic dinner overlooking the beautiful sunset over the Jean Farris Vineyard. The food was amazing! The chicken and mac and cheese over braised kale was one of the best meals I have had this year. We had wine flights and discovered some really nice bold reds including the cab sav and pinot noir! All in all it was a wonderfully romantic evening and this place is on our list to revisit when we come back in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level out of control
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were seated in the enclosed patio area. The evening started out great then a table of 10-12 women came in and the noise level got out of control! The patio floor is concrete, so it did not absorb any noise. We could not even hear each other talk. Luckily, our meal was almost over. Two other tables asked to be moved , and they did move them. The problem is that the other areas were small, so not everyone could move. My concern is that you can not guarentee where you would be seated when you make a reservation. I would hesitate to return since all large parties are seated in the enclosed patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious brunch
    christie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful meal at Jean Farris. Food was delicious. Server was attentive and knowlegeable. View was gorgeous. A great place to enjoy a special occasion or just a meal out. Menu has something for everyone for brunch. Can't wait to go back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I Never Grow Weary
    Tink65
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I love Jean Farris. This is the first place I book reservations when I know we are heading to Lexington. Love the food. Love the wine (am even a Wine Club Member and I live in VA). And, the service and view is ideal. A "must go!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    You know the place is special when it's pricey, out of the way, and STILL packed for dinner. The menu is not extensive but so well-chosen as to have something for virtually everyone. And the evening's specials are almost always the way to go for their inventiveness, ingredient quality, and aptness for the season. In addition to their lovely presentation, the portion sizes come dangerously close to spoiling room for dessert. Wine list is very good, as might be expected. The Jean Farris wines are worth a try (a flight is a good way to do that) and I loved their Pinot Noir but, for those who need more proof in their beverages, the selection of top-drawer spirits and creative cocktails is just fine, too. Improve on the ordinary bread
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice find
    DoyleT
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were traveling into the Lexington area and found this gem on Open Table. Beatiful scenery overlooking vineyard and farms. Nice local Petite Syrah and local made cheese. Food and ambiance were excellent! Wonderful place with a wonderful waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place!!
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always one of favorites in town!!! Always perfect and spot on!!! It was a great 2 year anniversary!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food is still very good, however the enclosed patio leaves something to be desired. With all metal tables and chairs and the high ceiling, the space is cold and very loud. I would not eat out there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ArkieFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our third time at JF. The food was excellent, as in the past, but this time the wines did not inspire us to buy a case as we usually do. The menu had been changed in the past week, and I was disappointed not to see some of my favorites from previous trips, but my filet was perfectly cooked and delicious, and my husband raved about the grilled pork loin. The web site mentions a business casual "dress code" but the servers were in shorts and tennis shoes, which really detracted from the specialness of the atmosphere we had experienced previously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happydiner74
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Jean Farris was the perfect spot for a first date. We went out on a Sunday night so it was not crowded at all. Our server Evan did a fantastic job, he was attentive but not at the table every 5 minutes. The food was excellent, we had the pork loin and the sea scallops, highly recommend both!! Jean Farris was the perfect stage for a wonderful night!! We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Luvfoodandwine
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent location, service, food, and wine. Service outstandingly friendly. Food well prepared and enjoyable. Very enjoyable experience. Wonderful wine selections. Will definitely return. Outdoor dining was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    MandMDining
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was the first time we had visited Jean Farris, which was highly recommended; and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent - including flavor, presentation and portion sizes. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly - but did not hover. The ambiance was very nice. We ate inside, but agreed that we would definitely try the outside seating on a future visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kentucky Winery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was passing through Lexington on the Labour day weekend, and this was the highest rated restaurant which I could reserve a table. It turns out, the restaurant was only 25% full. Because of that the noise level was moderate. I had the evening's specials. The daily soup was good. The main dish was a strip steak, cooked perfectly. I also tasted their flight of 4 reserve red wines. It was only OK, I would think they are in the $10/btl range in both price and quality. If they sell the wine for more than that, it's not worth it. If you know your wines, it would be better to select a bottle from their modest wine list. All in all, I think the meal was worth the drive and the money, but I will not be buying their wine for my wine cellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special evening!
    Walter
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I surprised my wife with a getaway trip to Lexington and wanted a unique destination for dinner. The drive out was beautiful. Once at the bistro we were seated promptly and our waiter was there for our drink order. The menu had good selections and we tried a cheese course to start which was wonderful and very well presented. My wife ordered the lamb chops and I the special sirloin strip. Both entres were cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. We sampled several of the wineries white wines and did not find one we liked. However the Cabernet Franc they make was excellent and we ordered a second bottle and took it home with us. Our waiter's knowledge of the food and wine they served was very good. Overall a great find!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    kterps
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Took my parents here for brunch to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary and they loved it! Wine flights had a great selection and the brunch was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exceptional
    abloomerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food and service. Only negative is the sound level on the enclosed patio. Very difficult to hear.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    KimJ
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Jean Farris is an excellent out of town eatery that always meets my expectations in food, wine and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    from "soup to nuts" everything was wonderful. An enjoyable dining experience. Will return. We enjoyed the local wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional outdoor dining
    likespeacefuldining
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We dined on the outdoor patio on a warm summers evening at sunset. It was our anniversary and the whole experience was delightful. The setting was unbelievably lovely. The service was great and the food was excellent if a bit pricey. I was not as impressed with the interior seating and the problem is you can not reserve a table on the outdoor patio - it's on a first come first serve basis. I think if we had been seated inside it would have been a much less satisfactory experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great get away
    Roscoe
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great place for a nice dinner, brunch , or lunch. Nice to be able to escape downtown and have this place to dine. Great bar, food, and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KnightKrawler
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We sat on the porch at one of the end tables, so the view wasn't the greatest, but other than that, it was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Wine in Town
    KevinS
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great Food, Great Wine, Great Servie......one of the gems of Lexington that just got even better with the new editions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Place-takes reservations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for a special occasion, and had spectacular service! The food was superb and plenty of options for wine. Our table for two was within 15 inches of another table for two; one person from that party, talked very loudly nonstop. We were finishing dessert when they had appetizer, so it wasn't our whole meal. It's just a personal preference, to sit within earshot of loud talkers. We will return, and bring friends-maybe ask for patio seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wallydeb
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    we have visited your restaurant many times and the service and the food has always been excellent. we enjoy the view of the countryside and since we live in clark county in the country it is very convenient for us to enjoy your winery.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!!
    KYfanVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sunday brunch was a treat, would highly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unimpressed
    FoodReviewers
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Seated in an outdoor glass enclosed patio which was a bit uncomfortable on a warm, humid evening. I would suggest screens to offer outdoor air or add air conditioning. Service was extremely slow and our food was over cooked. Waters were served tepid without ice in the glasses. Appetizers were embarrassingly skimpy. Our drinks sat empty for at least 20 minutes and when we asked for refills it took another 20 minutes to receive them. I really wanted to like this place and kept hoping it would get better but it just didn't happen. $130+ for two (without dessert and not including tip) was disappointing. On a positive note, the wine was good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch!
    Gwennlex
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Have always loved Jean Ferris. Recently tried their brunch for the first time with a group of girlfriends. We sat on the patio and had a wonderful time. Food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining!
    jmctruthVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Once again an exceptional dinner and experience! Have eaten at Jean Farris many times over the years and have never had a bad experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RECENT CHANGES
    TOMKATVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Love the fact that you now have a full service bar and are serving Sat. & Sun. brunch again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1110 reviews are from the Jean Farris Winery & Bistro reviews archive.
  • You will come back again and again!
    Paramedic635
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I love this place! You can sit back with a group of friends on comfy patio furniture and sip wine and enjoy...you can get a table and have course after course while over looking rolling hills and vineyards. It's all great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lexiebound
    Lexieone
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Third time to this restaurant and always enjoy it. Everything was fine but not outstanding. Service was a little weak for an upscale dining place. I am from out of state so will return when back in this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, views, charm
    NomNomVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Now even better with a full bar and extended wine list, and back to serving brunch (yay!), I didn't know I could love Jean Farris even more. The food is very good, the view and ambiance are unmatched in Lexington, and the professional, warm staff wrap the whole thing up with a bow. Can't get enough of JF!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet