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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
  • Email: nickryan@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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "I usually get the shrimp and grits, but this time opted for a burger. It was delicious, and the truffle fries are fabulous.Wonderful service as well."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. Great value."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The only thing that outshined the food was the service. Our waiter was outstanding. My fiancé and I have been to Nick Ryan's probably 5 times since it opened and we've always had a pleasant experience. The mustard sauce that came with the crabcake was delicious! I also like that your beer options included some of the locals!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We had a really good meal with our two kids. The hot brown was flavorful and my wife's shrimp and grits was among the best she's ever had. Wine prices were reasonable as well. We sat outside even though it was a little chilly. But the outdoor seating/patio there is great!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Friends recommended this restaurant so we tried it out for date night with another couple. Shrimp wraps were a fantastic appetizer! I had the lettuce wedge salad and crab cake dinner. Both were great! The rest of my party had the specials (one was filet with lobster & crab topping and the other was Trigger fish) and all seemed to enjoy their selections. We had to wait a long time for our entrée, but that's the only negative thing I can say. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had the filet and it was incredible. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was great! Modern style of cooking....incorporating quality ingredients with fresh herbs and the perfect spices to highlight and do justice to every dish we were served. Our group of 6 adults and 2 children had appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts and everyone left thinking that their selection was the best. I know I did with the shrimp and grits! We had a wonderful waitress that offered details on the dishes before we ordered. She was very attentive and we felt cared for and comfortable taking our time as we celebrated a birthday. I live out of the Lexington area, but plan on making this a regular stop on my trips into Lexington."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Visiting on a business trip and was very fortunate to find this restaurant. I loved it so much that I ate there all three nights of my stay. The management, servers and chef was excellent, as well as the food. I wish I lived closer so that I could return."
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "This was my second time for Dinner at Nick Ryan's Saloon. First time, fabulous food and service. Second time, not so. Management did comp me one of 4 dinners, but 2 of our dinners were below standards and waitress was too busy to provide more than standard service.. What happened Nick Ryan's? Bummer."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our waitress needs to be trained on wine pouring. The restaurant should improve its vegetable selection. Green beans are not a substitute for asparagus. That being said, I am from out of town and I dine at Nick Ryan's almost every time I come to Lexington. I love the food, service and ambience. The waitress was very pleasant - the wine issue was minor but there is always room for improvement."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We went to Nick Ryan's for a late lunch and I was surprised and disappointed to find the burger patty was preformed. We've eaten there a number of other times and now I'm curious about the quality of the rest of their food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Started with friends, moved to mimosas, and ended with three delectable desserts. Great atmosphere too."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Perfect place to grab a bite to eat before walking over to RUPP for either concert or game."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Based upon a recommendation, I took my parents there. Was a bit surprised at location within a neighborhood. Menu had a good and varied selection. We had both specials: a "deconstructed gyro" with spanakopita and stuffed red pepper; and halibut. My parents RAVED about the food. And that is rare. I would not recommend going on a night of a UK home game. Traffic was terrible leaving there."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My dining partner and I loved the lively, energetic atmosphere. We had excellent service throughout our meal. Our cocktails were perfectly prepared. My partner had the Kentucky Hot Brown and she loved it! I chose the crabcake and was disappointed that it wasn't a traditional Maryland Crabcake but more of a deep fried crab patty. However, we loved everything else about Nick Ryan's and will definitely eat there again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was good especially the crab cakes. Salmon dinner could have been better. Fish was good, otherwise, below average as a meal."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We frequent Nick Ryans on regular basis and are never disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "NR's is consistently good offering some hard to find entrées you just don't see at other Lexington restaurants....i. e. Red Beans and Rice....Shrimp and Grits. Our waiter was great!! The people at the table next to ours drank way to much, were extremely loud and did not respect others in the restaurant. This kind of took away from our Valentine's Day (and my wife's birthday) celebration)!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great service and nice meal. This is one restaurant we frequent often."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Everything was so delicious! Service was exceptional."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday night and made reservations, after waiting an hour we finally got sat at a table. I'm not quite sure why they take reservations, if they don't actually have a table reserved. The food was wonderful however and the waiter seemed apologetic for our long wait. I would try this restaurant again, just not on a Saturday night maybe for lunch."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had another fine experience at Nick Ryan's. We wonder if booking through Opentable is getting us sat at bad tables because this booking had us against the freezing cold exterior doors and in the corner of a room that was only about half full when we arrived. There were multiple tables for two open when we sat. Oh well. The food was delicious as usual and the sevice was friendly and effecient. Getting olives in every bloody mary (instead of just the first one) would be nice. With that said, we enjoyed our dinner and will return."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Nick Ryan's never disappoints. Good food, reasonable prices, good service without being intrusive."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Great place to go before or after games of our Wildcats! Close to Rupp Arena"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Five of us showed up for a reservation of 4 on a game night. A very pleasant senior hostess/manager stepped in and after just a few minutes, all 5 were seated. Our waiter couldn't have been nicer and our request to split the bill was a non-event. The food was good, definitely a step above the Friday's, Applebee's type chains. However, it's not great. It's probably not a fair comparison, but Nick Ryan's doesn't fare well when compared to the gastro-pubs in Louisville or even Cincinnati. But, for a quick meal before a basketball game, I love the place."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "This was great for date night on a Tuesday. We made it to happy hour and dinner was great."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Perfect spot for pre or post BB game (close to Rupp). The food was great, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was elegant but cozy...very Lexington. Enjoyed the well equipped Bloody Mary bar!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I have had gnocchi two other times in my life, once at a neighborhood Italian place in Pittsbugh which you would think might be the perfect place to try it and another place. It was VERY disappointing both times, so I'm not even sure why i tried it again except I'm a sucker for oyster mushrooms. You know the saying third time charm. This was wonderful! Tender and delicious! My dining companions loved the shrimp and grits. It was VERY busy, but the wait for our reservation and food was resonable. A bit noisy, but a nice feel and overall great experience."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Servers did a fantastic job but couldn't overcome the mediocre food for the price."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Lunch with friends was fun! Food was good and of a nice variety."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Looked high & low to find shrimp & grits comparable to Sea Captain's House in Myrtle Beach that were out of this world and I found them at Nick Ryan's. One of my guests is vegetarian and had the Pinto Burger with salad and he said it was awesome. Another of my guests and myself had a cup of French Onion Soup but had to send it back twice to be heated, but it was tasty once it was heated properly. Food is a bit pricey, but not that bad. It was a Friday night and the restaurant was very busy, but our server did his best to give us good service and attention. Will definitely go back again in the near future with my husband. He loves hot browns and steaks so I think he will be pleasantly surprised, I hope!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Nick Ryan's food and menu are always excellent. The steaks, the seafood - all great. And, quiet enough that you can talk at the table without screaming. We really like the place."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Our server was simply the best. He made us feel like guests in his home. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I had hoped to have a relaxing evening of good food and conversation. My party of six could not hear each other speak. The acoustics are terrible in the dinning room. Our waiter acknowledged the noise problem, but did not apologize. His attitude was that he had heard this complaint before. It was an absurd situation. We did not linger and ate our food quickly in order to get out of the restaurant. We had dessert at another establishment where we could talk and enjoy each other's company."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Ambiance was very good, there was eight of us dining. Seated on time. Service,(Leslie) was perfect! Best we've had in a along time anywhere. Water was always topped off. My steak was cooked to perfection. Thats about all I can say. definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Overall we were not blown away by the experience or the food for the amount of money we spent."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I'd like to say the service started the evening out right… We had 930 reservations and we showed up about 30 mins early and there was nothing but standing room only to wait. We walked to the patio bar and the owner noticed us and got is group up and gave us the 3 seats at the end of the bar. So we decided to just eat at the bar and everything was outstanding."
    Dined on 12/20/2013