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Nick Ryan's Saloon
Nick Ryan's Saloon

Nick Ryan's Saloon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nickryans.com
  • Phone: (859) 233-7900
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. Main St. & W. 2nd St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Nick Ryan's Saloon
New restaurant in Lexington's Historic West Suburb. Come enjoy modern American cuisine, atmosphere and good people. 5-10 minute walk to Rupp Arena. Great place to enjoy dinner before the Cats play in Rupp!!!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I always have a wonderful dining experience at Nick Ryan's. The patio is a great place to hang out and have drinks and eat. Brought an out of town guest and he loved it too. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Enjoyable night with good food and good service. Recommend Nick's to anyone"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I was with a party of six recently on a Thursday evening. Our waiter did a good job, so I almost have to assume the kitchen was very backed up as it took a very long time to get our meals. I ordered a pork chop well done, it came out very bright pink to red inside. I could not bear to eat it, so the waiter gladly took it back to be cooked some more. When he brought it back to me the other 5 people in my group had finished their entrees. The waiter took the charge for my meal off our bill, which was unexpected, but very nice."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We often meet friends at Nick Ryans. It's a fun and friendly atmosphere, and the food is consistently good."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Met another couple for a Saturday night dinner. Had a drink in the bar waiting for our reservation. Ordered from the Prix-Fixe menu since it was Lexington Restaurant Week. Food was very good. Table service was excellent. My two complaints: There was only one dessert selection (they were out of the others) when it came time for dessert. We checked in early for our reservation and went to the bar to wait for our table. When we went to check on the status of our table (15 min. after our reservation) they said they had called our name and we didn't answer and they thought we had left. Overall, a good experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Best grouper I've ever had. Grit cake was outstanding. Dessert was exceptional. We will be back often!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Both of our startea were a bit lacking, my Napoleon was bland and not too tasty. My boyfriends main course the beef he didn't care for at all, he left most of the plate, the server didn't comment on this. My shot ribs were decent. The derby Pie was great for desert but I think should have come alamode. All in all the food was decent but we were looking for good, great or excellent."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week. Nothing wowed us about the food. Cocktails were prepared perfectly--I'd go back just for drinks. It's very loud inside. Server, while polite, seemed to forget us most of the night. It does have a beautiful, long front porch for outdoor dining."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We were seated immediately which was a PLUS! The waitress was very friendly, helpful in explaining dishes, and efficient. The food was very good and everyone enjoyed the evening. We will be back to celebrate more birthdays in the future."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This was the 3rd time I have eaten here with a reservation, and every time, I have been seated 25+ minutes after my reservation time, despite showing up early. This time was during Restaurant Week, so I understand that it may have been more hectic, but there were only 2 of us, and the hostess did not even acknowledge our wait. This all tells me that this is commonplace. Worst, after waiting nearly a 1/2 hour to sit, my entree came out when I was midway done with my salad (I am NOT a slow eater), so it was lukewarm when I finally was able to to eat it. Having said that, I have stopped in here on a weekday and sat at the bar for dinner, and had perfect service. Bottom line: food is good, but I would not suggest it if timing matters."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Reservation and seating process was smooth. We sampled the restaurant during a very busy promotional period and I expected it to be crowded, hectic, and unorganized but nothing could be farther from the truth. We were seated promptly, the dining area was full and everyone was quiet and respectful. The food was delicious, the cocktails were festive and seasonal. Our overall experience was very favorable and we will be coming back and recommending the restaurant to our friends."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great selection! Food and service was great. The place to go."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were there during Lexington food week and although the menu was limited during the event and the crowd was big even at closing the quality of the food remained constant. Having had negative experiences last year at other restaurants during this event I was thrilled that Nick Ryan's was able to maintain their quality during an event like this."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Actually this was the first bad meal we have ever had at Nick Ryan's. We love the ambiance and usually the food. Must have been a bad night for the chef."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Reserved on Open Table. Seated promptly and courteously. Great friendly service! Accommodating and very knowledgeable. Great food and drinks.Be sure to try the shrimp and gritts!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "As always good food and service local produce fresh and tasty good beer and wine list"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had some great beers and great fried chicken cobb salad was perfect"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "have been here many times took some out of town guests that were in town for the Concours. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the staff."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food very good. Seated at outdoor area which was great"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "food was good Service not so good. not very attentive for the price"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Most enjoyable evening! Our window seat was delightful!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "First time we have been here for lunch; have had dinner several times. We were with a group from work, sat on the patio, which we had requested. It was a weekday. Service was extremely slow and they were not that busy. The food was fine -"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "In an era of suburban chain restaurants, Nick Ryan's is what you want to see in a vibrant city. Charm abides inside or on [arguably] the best patio in the city. The menu successfully captures local fare in a modern farm-to-table concept."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This was our first visit. Great atmosphere! Food was very good! Great Service! We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was very good, service was very attentive but restaurant was warm. too warm the staff brought a fan and it helped a lot--they did all they could. Seemed that the perfect storm of sun going down, a busy patio and an overwhelmed AC unit was the culprit Bring it up in review because it may be nice to place some ceiling fans if not too expensive to do so and also a sincere thank you to the STAFF who went above and beyond to try to improve the temperature. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My daughter and I picked this place randomly when we were in Lexington for her UK orientation. It was fabulous! We are still talking about it. Food was amazing (crab cakes!), service was great and the wine list was very nice. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great service, great wine, great food! Loved the Shrimp n Grits! Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Last time I dined service was slow, but this time was perfect! Really enjoyed my grilled chicken salad and dining partner enjoyed filet as well. Can't wait to go back! Very nice patio."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I loved Nick Ryan's! The food was fantastic, the service was great, and the enclosed patio was the perfect place for our date. Overall very pleased and we will be back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Nick Ryans is one of our favorites spots to meet friends for dinner"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had a great time taking my out of town relatives to Nick Ryan's. They were very accommodating to my 1 year old rambunctious nephew. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "When we first arrived, nice and quiet, great atmosphere after about 30 minutes two large groups arrived and it was extremely loud! We were just a couple and couldn't even hear each other talk at all and could not communicate. My husband ordered something that was referred to as "spicy" but it was so "spicy HOT" made eyes water and nose run! Do not feel that it had adequate information on menu for how "spicy" it truly was. This was for our 20th wedding anniversary celebration and left quite disappointed. Will not be going back again. On the plus side my crab cake dinner was very good, thus the "good" rating."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent but our server was very young and appeared inexperienced. There were 3 people at our table and we ordered two appetizers but no appetizer plates were brought. One person in our party requested ketchup and we wound up having to ask another staff member to get it for us because he never brought it. It was difficult to gain his attention when we needed something. So food gets an A+ but the service was more like a C."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Took a date there and it was a great experience. Loved the the ambiance, the service and the food was amazing. Would definitely go for the hot brown if you're here for a true kentucky experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Ed was our server and he was helpful with menu suggestions. Thanks Ed!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I took my wife for her birthday. It was our first time to Nick Ryan's. Good was excellent. Server was great. She was knowledgable and attentive. A great place for adults to slip off too for a wonderful evening. I was surprised with the additional parking which made it convenient to get too. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was our first visit to NR. I have made reservations ahead of time. When we arrived the hostess was not friendly, just offered her basic, Hello. The waiter was not very good, either. He did a very “mediocre” job…I purposely said that it was our FIRST time just to see if he would change his “attitude” or service level…nope! Although the food was good, I did not like the fact that there was no extra effort in his customer service level. A friend of ours made special arrangements to have a bottle of wine delivered to our table which NEVER happened! I am very disappointed in the service that we received and knowing that we never got our special bottle of wine makes me never want to return or recommend NR. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We weren't aware of Nick Ryan's until we were looking for a place to celebrate our daughter's graduation from U.K. The proximity to the graduation ceremony site at Rupp Arena was convenient, and the menu appealed to everyone in our party. We were thoroughly pleased with our choice from the moment we arrived - from the appearance and decor, to the service from the entire staff, to the meals we all enjoyed. Our waitress, Maleah, was super friendly, and even took some pictures for us. I'll be recommending Nick Ryan's to others, and my family and l will definitely go back again. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food but service was slow. Seemed to have wait staff waiting too many tables at once. Other than that, great atmosphere and enjoyed the filet."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Returned to Nick Ryan's Saloon and again had a delightful meal with impeccable service! Highly recommend this restaurant - it's a real gem!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014