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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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "A bit noisy. Food was good. Easy to spend $100 if you have drinks."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great spot with a good location in a neat part of Lexington. Menu small but sufficient. Wait staff incredibly attentative. Food and overall experience was great."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Myself and 3 coworkers had dinner here. They had a good selection of Lexington craft beers. The food was delicious. Our waitress was great. She was very informative and provided great suggestions. I had the beet & goat cheese salad as a starter, then the shrimp & grits per her suggestion, both were very tasty. We really enjoyed this restaurant and will return for sure!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Lexington has been a regular travel destination for me and my family for more than 20 years. I am embarrassed to say that we had never been to Nick Ryan's before. I can tell you that we will be back many more times. The food was excellent! The service outstanding! The restaurant was packed! A reservation, while not required, is certainly something you should plan on making! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere! The Shrimp and grits was awesome!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Another excellent evening spent at Nick Ryan's. The food and service were outstanding. The salad Nicoise is flavorful and includes a generous helping of perfectly-cooked tuna."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner with family . Service was excellent and nick Ryan's has great vibe. My husband and I split a steak which was cooked just right. Other family members ordered the catfish special and raved about it. Will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We specially enjoyed the wonderful garlic grits. Both scallops and beef tenderloin steak were cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I made a reservation at this restaurant for our anniversary based on the reviews and menu selection. We were visiting Lexington for the weekend.The quality of the food was excellent yet the prices were affordable. We had shrimp with grits and the special of the night which was a filet with crab meat. I don't have a single complaint about the food. The service was a little slow and we had a bit of a wait for the food. However the quality of the food was worth the wait. We will return when visiting Keeneland/Lexington in the future."
    Dined on 4/11/2014