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Palmers Fresh Grill
Palmers Fresh Grill

Palmers Fresh Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palmersfreshgrill.com
  • Phone: (859) 273-0103
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "....was excellent, food was very good but pricey. Great place for a special occasion but not casual dining."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been to Palmer's several times, and always had excellent meals."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had a cheery server, Melissa, and a nice view of the pond and outside bar area, while sitting inside in the cool air conditioning. We ordered a nice pinot noir, Meomi, and the egg roll appetizer (social hour has special prices). The egg rolls were delicious, and a great start to our dinner. Warm bread with olive oil and spice dip was brought to the table while we waited for our entrees. We had the pretzel crusted trout, the grilled trout, and the salmon grill for our entrees, and all were so delicious and thoroughly enjoyed. For dessert, we had the bread pudding between the 4 of us, and had more than we could handle - this too was superb."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • " The food was perfectly cooked...amazing selection and beautiful presentation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Noise level based on outdoor seating. Delicious piece of swordfish which came with two unannounced changes to the sides. Spouse had chicken piccata which was very good. Overall a very nice spot especially on a beautiful evening."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "made an online reservation and in the special comment section wrote I wanted on the patio. When I arrived I was told you didn't take reservations for the patio. This information should be made available on line. Had almost a 30 minute wait after all. I ordered the beer battered fish and chips and the fish batter was overdone. My husband ordered the swordfish which he thought was delicious. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A very good place in the Spring for a wonderful dinner on the patio. Good food and pretty good service for the money"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I've dined at Palmers several times. I've been here for lunch, happy hour small plates, and full dinners, and I've never had a bad experience here. I've never even had an average experience. I've always been extremely pleased and impressed. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Would have thought for a bday they would have offered free dessert & wishes me a happy birthday but did not. The sign they brought out was nice though. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Made a reservation through Open Table. When we arrived on time we were told our name would be put on a list. We finally found a seat at the bar and ate there, but was never called by the hostess for our table. She was not friendly and had no sense of what hospitality really is. It was just a job to her. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great place to dine in the Nicholasville Road area, you must go to Palmer's! The food, the service, and the atmosphere are all top notch. If you consider yourself a foodie, this is a great place to try. The shrimp and grits are worth the trip! It is a wonderful venue if you are looking for a romantic night out or if you are looking for a great night out with friends. I can't say enough about the food and the service. We were thoroughly impressed with everything. The manager stopped by our table to inquire about our evening. Our server was excellent and made recommendations for one of our entrees. The bread pudding is also a must try. You will be pleased with the entire experience."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We love Palmers. The food is always excellent. It has become one of our favorite restaurants. On our last visit however we dined at the outside bar. There were burning torches that left ashes on our clothes and in our drinks and, of course, we were seated next to the only outdoor fan that didn't work. We still love Palmers...just not the patio bar. Maybe they should lose the torches. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "While the food was excellent, the service equated to one of the worst dining experiences I've had ever. We were seated almost an hour after our reservation time. The server we had was extremely unpleasant and inattentive. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food....made reservations for 1:15 arrived at 1:05. Was told they were a little behind and it be a few minutes. After 30 minutes I checked in to see what the issue was as there were many empty tables. Told issue was in the kitchen. Was seated in about 5 minutes of that. The waitress was up front and said that normally took 20 minutes to get orders up from kitchen today running 35 to 40. We ordered our group of 5. It took an hour and 10 minutes. Would have thought we would never have to ask for refills on drinks as they were not busy delivering food. But, we went long stretchs not seeing our server. The manager did come by before we left and apologize and offered discount on future visit. I told him it was a shame great food awful serv"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Their food is excellent but their speed of order to table is terrible. It is not the fault of their servers but is very much a kitchen management issue. We waited over an hour from the time of our order until we received our food with our total time approaching two hours in the restaurant. I understand Mother's day is always a challenge but there isn't any good excuse for food delivery times that long when our 3 entrees consisted of kids shrimp, tilapia, and shrimp and grits."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was terrific, but they were not prepared for the Mother's Day crowd."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had reservations for 4 for lunch after church. Arrived right on time, place was hopping -- we were seated immediately. We had a booth by a window that overlooked the patio and the pond with the fountain -- nice! Had a pitcher of white wine sangria to start our celebration. Bread was served nice and warm accompanied by olive oil w/ seasoning. Kitchen was a bit backed up, server said they were much busier than a typical Sunday, and it took a while to get our entrees, but we didn't mind because we were enjoying our conversation. Food was delicious - tuna with wesabi mashed potatos & brussel sprouts for me. Others enjoyed trout, fried fish, & a chicken pasta dish. Mothers received complementary cheesecake for dessert - Yum! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Twice we have eaten at Palmer's for lunch on a Sunday. Both times we waited for our food for over an hour. The restaurant is nice and the food is good, our servers were also good. The kitchen isn't able to keep up causing a lengthy delay and both meals to be comped"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Waited an hr for food - only received after asking. Party of four ordered two salads, raw oysters/sautéed spinach, and catfish. Catfish was not fully cooked, although we were comped on that particular dish, produce was old, spinach was not brought with everything else - brought later. Had to ask for refill of beverages several times."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had the chicken piccata and it was very good. Wife had the trout which was good as well. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I took my wife and son to dinner for an early Mother's Day dinner. Although I made a reservation and arrived early, it still took awhile to be seated. The service was good and the food was great. I highly recommend Palmers. It is higher price than most, but the food and ambience are worth it. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It was a busy holiday and I think that was a factor in our service. We were seated on time but table service was lacking. Food was good and more than ample portions. Prices compare to other upscale restaurants. Would definitely return. Outside seating is waterside and very relaxing. Noisy inside."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We stayed in Lexington a d travelled to Louisvillebfor the Kentucky Derby. We happened across Palmers. What a magnificent find. Food, service, ambience and in an awesome shopping area. Hope to get there again soon !"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had their gnocchi pesto with shrimp. The best i've ever had. The bread was amazing too and our server was great."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Not knowing Lexington, we picked a place that didn't require business casual dress so we could stay more comfortable, but had good food and the reviews looked promising. It didn't disappoint! We picked an earlier time than what we originally reserved. Worked out great as it's a popular place with the large mall next door. Service and servers were attentive and had great humor and personality. We had some of the best calamari for an appetizer to share. Our meals were the daily feature of Ahi tuna and the Shrimp and Grits. My husband, who isn't keen on grits, loved this dish as it wasn't just shrimp and grits....andouille sausage, tons of shrimp and cajun seasoning. My ahi was excellent with the brussel sprout slaw. A perfect choice!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I refrained from characterizing this restaurant from the first two visits, each time hoping things would improve. With many venues in town for red meat, I hoped that Palmers would be a place to order fish. Unfortunately, each time, my moderately sized portion of fish was overcooked to the point of toughness (cooking instructions for grilled fish should not need to be part of my order). Again, the wine selection, this time a sauvignon blanc, was severely overpriced (a 400% markup for this familiar New Zealand vintage) with few reasonable alternatives for a dry white. When discussing this with our server, her response was that some diners enjoy the leathery texture. I hope that Palmers isn't aiming their cuisine for such masochists."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our trip to Palmers was first rate in every area. The service was fast, friendly and professional. The food was exceptional and worthy of any fine dining establishment. We will be back every visit time we visit Lexington. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Stopped in for lunch while visiting UK with my daughter. It was quiet but very nice with pretty view of the lake and they had a great menu. Too chilly to dine outside - too bad. The service and food was wonderful especially the Truffle Fries!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Thanks to Open Table I was able to find a table at Palmer's at the last minute for Easter Brunch. We were pleasantly surprised at the prices. The food was very tastey and plentiful. The hush puppies were a hit with our whole family. We also ordered the chicken egg rolls. They were full, but the flavour was a bit flat despite the kick of spice. My shrimp tacos were overflowing with good-sized shrimp. I counted seven in one taco. This was a good choice and one I do not hesitate to recommend. About an hour before our reservation I called to request an outdoor table. After an unnecessarily, long explanation of why it was possible this was accommodated. The staff were all courteous and did their jobs well. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We have been several times to Palmer's. This time we took our adult children who were visiting from Quebec. They loved it as much as we do! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "It was a bit noisy but it's not a quiet romantic, atmosphere- but quite beautifully decorated & the food is very good! We enjoyed very much."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The service wasn't bad but our waiter forgot to put in the order and didn't realized until an hour after we ordered. He awkwardly apologized and promptly had our food out to us. The management staff took care of us and resolved the issue. Overall a good time. Food was great!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had an early lunch with my daughter (she's 3) and my sister. The food was wonderful, as was the service! Kid friendly & delicious! Would also be a great place for a date, or to just hang out in the evening! Two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "For those who haven't gotten out of the grind of the restaurant chains, you will find this satisfying. For us, we like the smaller, more inventive places and the food here had the appearance and taste of a more assembly line approach. Perfectly fine for a meal or drink where your expectations are not too high, though."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We had a 'delicious' dinner and visit. Great decor, food and service. The view of the lake is an added bonus. Thank you Palmers!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Very Good Seafood and Service. A little chilly to eat outside the night that we dined, but nice facilities for the warmer months. Inside provided a very nice ambiance that could also accommodate groups. Nice, well stocked bar. We Enjoyed our dinner."
    Dined on 4/4/2014