Palmers Fresh Grill
Palmers Fresh Grill

Palmers Fresh Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palmersfreshgrill.com/
  • Phone: 8592730103
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Saturday 11:00am-11:00 pm
    Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Lakeside Patio Bar, Live Music (weather permitting), adjacent to Comedy Off Broadway, Lexington Green Mall is a high energy mall featuring such stores as White House Black Market, Chico's, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor Loft ,Joseph-Beth Books.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nicholasville Road
  • Public Transit: We are at the corner of Nicholasville Road and New Circle.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lexington Green Mall or The Hilton Suites.
A word from Palmers Fresh Grill
As the name implies, fresh is the focus at Palmers.

More than just fresh ingredients, Palmers is a fresh twist on what an enjoyable dining experience should provide. A fresh way to please your palate, featuring savory dishes and a menu changing up to four times a year. Palmers also offers weekly specials truly capturing the essence of seasonal flavors.

With a casually sophisticated ambiance, complemented with knowledgable and friendly service staff, Palmers provides one of Lexington's favorite dining experiences. Enjoy lakeside seating and live music on the spacious patio during warm weather months.

Looking for another reason to raise your glass? Enjoy our award-winning wine and cocktail list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Palmers Fresh Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (59)scenic view (42)special occasion (32)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (22)romantic (19)vibrant bar scene (13)neighborhood gem (13)great for lunch (13)hot spot (10)great for brunch (9)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Nice ambience, not so good food
    dddinesout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food not fit for foodies. The food would have tasted a lot fresher if they hadn't used so many dry herbs, over salted and over peppered everything. The flavors and seasonings tasted like really expensive chain food. The petit filet tasted pan fried and the meat was mushy, like it had been over-tenderized. The meat also tasted fishy, as if they used the same pan to cook all the seafood. Service was non-attentive. It's a shame, someone with taste decorated the place, I just wish the food had a similar sensibility.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for lunch too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I eat out more for dinner than lunch and have been to Palmer's many times for dinner. A visiting friend was the occasion for lunching at Palmer's and I'm glad I finally experienced it. Wish they had the burger selection at dinner! It was a nice set of choices. My friend is a native who moved away long ago and hadn't had a hot brown in decades; she was very pleased with it. She'd brought a friend to town who ate every bite of the beer-battered fish. Other than wishing the menu was a bit easier for a no wheat customer like me, I always enjoy eating here. If you go at a crowded time it's also incredibly noisy but I just avoid those times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Pasta!
    adavis12
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I both really enjoyed our pasta dishes. They were filling and flavorful!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    CardinalFan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Enjoyed my recent visit to Palmers Fresh Grill. The food and service were very good and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. The view of the pond / fountain also contribute to the ambiance. Unfortunately, it was a bit chilly the evening we attended, so we weren't able to enjoy the awesome outdoor dining / bar facilities.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Palmer's
    Foodlover999
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was delicious! Service was quite slow but very friendly and when we told them we were in a hurry (to see a show next door) they were very accomadating! Fantastic experience overall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as great
    LexingtonFoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I have been to Palmer's at least half a dozen times. We are usually super impressed with the food and service. We went on Saturday night and were disappointed. It took out server a while to greet us once we were seated, then after he took our order our good was out in about five minutes. It was so fast we felt rushed. The restaurant had hardly anyone in it at 6:30-7:30. I got the meatloaf which was delicious as usual but the vegetables were over salted and over cooked. My husband got the shrimp and grits for the first time and it was kind of bland. Even though this was not a great experience we are thinking it was just a rough night and we will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Dolphinali
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We took my son and his girlfriend (who are college students and appreciate something besides college food) and we had a great meal. Also, if we showed our hotel keys, we got a free appetizer with our entree. That was a huge help in cost if feeding hungry college students! The mussels were Telly good, we had the scallops which were excellent and the kids had the bone in pork chop and the seafood pasta both of which said they were great! Will go 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our server Melanie was an excellent server and honored our request for a "paced-out" dinner. Your hostess helped Melanie by clearing our table of finished dishes and making sure we were comfortable with service. Enjoyed the night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Palmers on the pond
    Palmersrocksthefood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The central focus of going out to eat is the food and Palmers has the best food I have found since moving to Kentucky. The fish tacos and crab cakes are the best. Every dish seems to get the chef's tender love and care. The servers are very attentive to the needs of the table and fulfill them very timely. The view of the ducks on the pond add that down home feeling. Will eat there time and time again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My son and I stopped when the place we were headed to was closed on Sunday. Found this place on Open Table and decided to give it a try. He had a bone-in pork chop. It was cooked perfectly and very tasty. I had a cup of corn and clam chowder and an Ahi tuna appetizer. The soup was luke warm, though very good and filling. The tuna was fresh and served with a couple of sauces that really made the dish. Nice outdoor deck when the weather is nice. I thought the prices were reasonable except for the drinks. The vodka on the rocks was one shot and about $8.50. The beer was $5.50. The service was very good and friendly. I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    RunBikeHike
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I just enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Palmers. If you sign up to be on their email list they send a special for your anniversary. A four course meal for two for a set price. You chose from a smaller menu, but there was still great selections and my wife and I both found something we really liked. It was a great deal, food was fantastic, and the service was perfect. They also have happy hour specials, and great outdoor dining and an outdoor bar. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awful service
    frequentdinermiles
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Made a reservation for 9pm, their website clearly states they closed at 10pm, we got there at 9 for our reservation and the servers were flipping chairs and told us they were closed and wouldn't serve us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly excellent food!
    Christmasfunk
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had not been to the location since it was last operated as another restaurant. I was stunned at the makeover of the facility and at the ambiance of the venue. The staff provided service that was attentive without being overbearing. Every appetizer and entrée was excellent and the beverage list was a great compliment to the cuisine. In fact, their homemade sangria was just lovely! We dined indoors but the greater part of the restaurant is actually located outside by the lake. There is a full-service bar available lakeside, as well as the same menu and service. What a transformation! We thoroughly enjoyed the venue, the food, and the entire dining experience! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing staff
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The fish and chips was to die for. The chicken egg rolls were just scrumptious. However, my fish taco wasn't all that but I wouldn't wipe them out of my dining list due to the fact that the chef took the time out of her busy schedule to come to our table. They got an A+ for customer service and this place will be part of my everyday lunch spot if I ever move to Kentucky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    JSisk
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wife and I dined here for birthday dinner. Restaurant overlooks small lake with water fowl and fish, with both indoor and patio seating. Quality of food and service were both good. Reasonably priced. Recommended. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salty!
    whiting10
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The only drawback to the evening was that our food was way too salty. My wife had the Scallop Plate and I had the Norwegian Salmon and both the entree and the sides were too salty. We ate there a few months ago and everything was perfectly done and tasted great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty but food was so so
    Thom
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The inside of the restaurant looks amazing but the food was not great. We ordered the white truffle fries and they were gross with almost no truffle oil on them(couldn't even smell it). We got the fish n chips and an ahi special. They both tasted cheep and processed. Over all I felt like we had gone to an Applebee's and paid three times as much.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thoroughly enjoined
    Lov2BOutside
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Thoroughly enjoined the entire evening. The food, service and atmosphere was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    love2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My boyfriend and I ate here last Saturday night. I had mixed feelings when we first arrived because the hostess was a tad rude inside but the outside host was super nice. We chose to eat outside because the weather was perfect but had to endure one of the worst one - man - bands I've ever come across. Our server seemed a bit stressed at first (had too many tables) but she got caught up and was overall a pretty good server. We started with the egg rolls which my boyfriend loved but I thought were too heavy and filling for an appetizer. We LOVED everything we had for dinner. I had the salmon, he had the fettuccine with shrimp, and we also shared some onion rings. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food and large portions size. Very accomodating staff. Calamari was amazing appetizer for two.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess wasn't helpful!
    FSteinVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The young hostess with long brown hair sat at the worst table in the restaurant, a high traffic area by a server station and kitchen. We requested a new table. There were 3 available in a quieter area of the restaurant. The hostess said that those tables were for people who has reservations. I said that I had reservations too. She just smiled, didn't know what to say, but refused to move us. What, really?! Have you ever heard of making the customer happy? We walked out the door and had a delicious dinner outside, at a table that didn't need a reservation. Also found it interesting that the manager asked us a closed ended question of how our food was. The food was great but left us no opportunity to tell her about the hostess.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    makers1000
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had a business dinner with two colleagues. Everyone had a seafood dish and all of them were prepared properly and tested good. The ambience outside by the water was a plus. Overall a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stay Away
    Diner1234
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have not one good thing to say about this restaurant. From the outside hostess who was so rude, to the waitress who looked lost the entire evening (and in fact left early), our whole meal was a distaster. It took 20 minutes to get our drinks, and another 40 to get our food. The excuses we were given did not ring true - our waitress said the bartender was really backed up, and that all the food is made fresh and that's why it was taking so long. I guess if they count fresh as made a week ago and microwaved. The manager was useless as well - she stayed in the corner of the bar on her phone for much of the evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining with a water view
    LetsEatOut
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food at Palmer's was excellent. The trout with capers was outstanding and everything else was very good. It had the best Restaurant Week Menu, and was the best restaurant we tried during restaurant. The ambiance with booths looking out on the water was lovely. Our server was outstanding and the sangria was good, too. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lexington Restaurant Week
    AmateurGourmetCook
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We tried Palmer's during Lexington Restaurant Week. Making reservations was easy and the atmosphere was relaxing--just what we needed. We felt we got a lot for the $25/person value and had so much food that we couldn't eat half of it. The food had a beautiful presentation and was good, though as someone who enjoys cooking gourmet meals, most of the dishes we sampled were not what we'd consider outstanding. The pretzel-coated trout was an exception; it was delicious. Overall, this was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodiegirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our waitress seemed busy because it was restaurant week, so maybe on a different night she would be more attentive. We had to ask for bread. It took a long time for us to get our food. Carrots with the beer cheese were old and dried out. Charred bread with the mussels had been sitting awhile so it was not hot or crisp, and had a taste of lighter fluid. The crab cakes were great as were the egg rolls. Please rethink the sidewinder potatoes, they need to go back to regular crispy fries. Usually the food and service are good. I think restaurant week dropped the grade of food and service we usually get here. Peach sangria was very good. The waitress was nice but was hard to get hold of.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week bargain!
    kyactor
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Had never been to Palmer's before, but was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful decor, very good food, and service. Most of the crowd was out on the large, noisy patio, but we sat inside to enjoy the quiet and the air conditioning. We had a great $25 prix fixe meal with lots of options and big portions. I'll go back, even if it's not restaurant week!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinnerwinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were able to eat outside by the water and that, as well as our server were excellent! The food was great as well, but they reportedly sat a group of 16, then a group of 50 (yes, 50), so food and bill took FOREVER!!!!!!!!! We were worn out by the end of the evening....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    PugPixie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Dean was our waiter and was attentive to our needs. The food was great. We had the shrimp & grits and the salmon. Wanting to try the steakhouse meatloaf soon. Definitely worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    VAisforLovers
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Went here for restaurant week. Had a delicious meal. Happy hour with $4.50 glasses of wine, which were great. Will definitely be going back. Outdoor patio is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner w/ daughter
    Goblue
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and even better service. Waitress was very skilled and manager was very engaged. She constantly canvasses table to table to ensure people were being served and satisfied. Our server anticipated our needs before we had them. I had the reef and beef and was delicious, wife had steak meatloaf and that was excellent. Also one of us had the catfish and the portion was ginormous (sic). Don't miss the hush puppies.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week in Lex
    Finediner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Palmers Fresh Grill was wonderful dining experience. I chose the egg roll, Palmers House Salad, for my entree I chose Shrimp and Grits and the Ghiraradelli chocolate brownie (that went home in box). The portions were very generous. The grits were creamy and seasoned with and andouille sausage. The weather was perfect for the patio and the entertainment was on the mark. I will definitely return to Palmers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad we tried again.
    ChefsMom
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After a perfectly dreadful experience on Mother's Day, we felt it was only fair to give Palmer's another chance. With the Restaurant Week offer, it seemed like a good opportunity to see if Palmer's, for us, could redeem itself and it did. To begin with, we felt like we had good service, unlike our previous experience. Our waitress was friendly and stayed on top of things without intruding. I wouldn't call the food outstanding, but it was somewhat creative in presentation, well prepared and tasty. The 4 of us tried the bread pudding with salted caramel sauce for dessert--highlight of our meal! We felt the Mother's Day experience was a result of not being prepared for the crowd, so we're glad we tried again. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diningpsi
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The décor was nice, the tables and seating areas were clean. The food was very good, we had two of the specials and they were fresh, and tasty. One special had steamed broccoli, and the some of the broccoli was not as fresh as you would like it, but all in all, for the price it was a very good meal. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent atmosphere and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I had the tuna medium rare. It was excellent. The portions were large. Everything was prepared well. We would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening!
    IrishSteve
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I have dined with Palmer's on multiple occasions and we have never been disappointed. This past weekend, Brian was our server and went beyond the call of duty to make sure we had a great evening. The food is always delicious and the outdoor patio overlooking the water was perfect along with live music with Willy Eames that made it even better. Great job Palmer's!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for brunch
    1ghlVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We ate inside at a window on the lake. It was a little to warm to eat outside. Loved looking at the wild glowers across the lake. And was entertained by a blue heron chasing the ducks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit but won't be last
    dddrich
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    WOW! We were looking for someplace new to eat in Lexington and we found it. Great food, great atmosphere and great fun. You could make a meal out of their appetizers but save room for their entrees and make sure you check out their specials before ordering. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dean our waiter...."
    Oldharry
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    ....was excellent, food was very good but pricey. Great place for a special occasion but not casual dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food....
    Ilovegoodrestaurants
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We have been to Palmer's several times, and always had excellent meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.