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The Julep Cup
The Julep Cup

The Julep Cup Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thejulepcup.com
  • Phone: (859) 226-0300
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, French
  • Executive Chef: Virginia L. Brooks
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Julep Room is separated from the main dining room by french doors and contains an oval table that will seat up to 12 persons. No fee for the space. Perfect for small buisness groups, birthdays, book clubs.
  • Private Party Contact: Mike Esham (859) 226-0300
  • Entertainment: Music in Bar certain Friday nights.
    Call to check. Features local talent such as Ben Lacey and Bob Bryant on guitars; Phil Copeland; - Emmy award winning songwriter and vocalist; Paul Osborne, saxophone and Harold Young, keyboard.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Main & Woodland
  • Public Transit: The Lextran Trolley runs to the corner of Midland and East Main Street, one block west of The Julep Cup. Trollies run daily between the hours of 9AM and 3PM from downtown hotels and the convention center. Lextran City Buses stop on East Main at the corner of Woodland in front of The Woodlands where The Julep Cup is located.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the rear parking deck directly behind the building. Other parking is available in the parking lot on the corner of Woodland and Vine Street, directly behind the parking deck. Street parking is also available on Woodland Avenue and Vine Street.
A word from The Julep Cup
Tops Magazine | 2013 - Blake Hannon

...Then, there are places like The Julep Cup, which is intent on elevating it to obscenely delicious levels....Chef Lindsay’s specialty is infusing southern comfort food with a bit of French flair...She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and earned the Superior Cuisine Medal...in Paris, (France). This deft hand is evident from your first bite to your last...Now, the Julep Cup has evolved into one of best places in Lexington... As my colleague, photographer Keni Parks, nicely put it when hearing the dish’s description, “every word you just said I love.” I agreed, but words barely do this tasty entrée justice.
Everything about The Julep Cup, from what’s on the walls to what’s on your plate, will give you a feeling that you’re experiencing something both familiar and unexpected.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the food. Owner was there and very accommodating and friendly. Excellent fish, perfect sized portions."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Took my wife there for her birthday and my young son. I could tell that they do not get many kids, but they were very gracious. As for the food, everything was over the top with great flavors."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "I always have a good experience at this restaurant. The food is excellent, the service is good, and the acoustics are wonderful. So is that sea salt in the Ladies bathroom. I always want to buy some, but then forget as the evening goes on. I had the trout on this last occasion, but I've really never had a bad meal there."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We thought the menu was well balanced as well as the wine list. Food presentation was great as well delicious. The only suggestion is to have the entertainment lower the volume, it was a little loud for the space. We would repeat this one!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Leans toward an older crowd. Music was perfect for the evening and the band interacted with the crowd in a say that made you feel relaxed."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Right from the start we loved this restaurant. The host was so nice and our waiter was fantastic. They could not be more accommodating with our special orders. Our food came out perfectly. Is the process, we got to meet the owner who must have been one of the nicest men I have ever met. Would reccomend this restaurant to anybody who is looking for a nice restaurant with a great setting, firendly staff and fantastic food."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We usually enjoy dining at The Julep Cup but this past weekend was an exception, due to the entertainment. It was loud, country music totally unsuitable for dinner music. It was almost impossible to talk over and totally ruined the experience of dining out for us and our friends. Normally the entertainment here is appropriate for fine dining however this group would be more appropriate for a bar where conversation wasn't wanted. We all regretted that we did not opt for dining outdoors."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It was charming and represented an era when you would go to a restaurant dressed nicely and entertained the entire evening. It is not only about the "food". Good traditional southern Kentuckian cuisine."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I loved the Julep Cup experience. The atmosphere is unlike anything I've come across in Lexington and the food was delicious. I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a fine meal at The Julep Cup. The restaurant week menu was generous in portion and the salmon was especially good. It's a bit of an older crowd, but the food is tasty."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "A local shop owner recommended this restaurant and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The food, service and ambiance were all exceptional. One of the things we most enjoyed is there was a musician playing guitar and singing who was both a great performer and not intrusive of diner conversation. Perfect balance. When back in Lexington we would definitely return to The Julep Cup."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I had the ky trout and it was good but the sides were not good, kale was bitter and burnt, potatoes tasted like cardboard and never liked the inside it is too dark --- it needs an update on the décor----I would go with med. tan wall and please get rid of those awful light fixtures on wall with feather things, change those out to nice brass fixture --- lighter brighter décor is much needed"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "After being in the restaurant and waiting quite a while for our drinks, we ordered our food. About 20 minutes later the waiter came to tell us the restaurant was out of fillet mignon. No suggestions, no solutions. Hey, maybe a ribeye cause that's the same, right? The manager never visited our table. My guest didn't want fish and so didn't order anything else. The food that was delivered was good, but clearly the service was not. The waiter was obviously inexperienced - I don't blame him for the fiasco. Clearly this is a management issue. I won't go back. Good food, odd ambience, DOA customer service. That's too much "nope" to bother with it again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed. Have always enjoyed the specials. The menu items are always good. We like the Julep so well that we frequently dine with friends who have never eaten at the Julep. Invariably the newbies are pleased and I wouLd expect that they will return again. This time we again took friends who had heard of the Julep but had not dined there. We dined outside and it was lovely. Again all was good - 4 satisfied customers."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As the title states best in lex!! We have never been let down... As we have at some of the other fine dinning restaurants such as Melone's and sal's . If your looking for fine dinning at its best you will love the Julep Cup.."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a very nice dining experience while in town. Although the options for gluten free and shellfish free items to select from the menu were few at that time. I was happy with my meal. I ordered the salmon entree with noodles and vegetables in a light broth. I asked to exclude the noodles and was pleasantly surprised with the overall flavor and balance of my meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We arrived super late, but the staff was super friendly. I have had some terrible dining experiences in Lexington lately. Julip Cup was on point. I had the feta crusted red grouper. It was amazing! New favorite place!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We didn't know what to expect our first night in Lexington ... but knew we were in very very good hands the moment the expertly made Mint Julep came out. The food was truly dreamy - perfect fried green tomatoes, sublime deviled eggs ... fried oysters in lettuce leaves with a kick of jalapeno! Amazing Hot Brown, local Berkshire Ham is to die for, and even our very picky daughter LOVED the (delicious) fried chicken. The staff made us feel at home - oh did I mention the great interpretation of Wedge salad with Grilled Romaine?! To top it off, don't miss the luxurious salt hand cleanser in the bathroom (for sale!) - we bought two jars.. If you love local food and creative twists, don't miss this place. Seriously."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Waiter got our order wrong...two instances. The Julep Cup is a very fine restaurant. The food is outstanding. The ambiance is great. We had a very nice table inside (May 2014). First, my wife asked for the salad dressing to be provided on the side as she sparingly uses salad dressing. She got dressing on the side IN ADDITION to the salad being soaked in dressing. Second, I had ordered a salmon entrée, but I was brought a cod entrée. I frequently order salmon when dining out and HAVE NEVER ordered cod in my life so I know it was not a mistake on my part. The proper entrée was brought out promptly and it was delicious. Portions of the drinks and food are a decent size for the price. But, if we are ever back in Lexington we would return! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our visit to the Julep Cup was a wonderful experience. Our server was very attentive and had a good knowledge of the menu and wine list. Our meal was delicious and filling. We will be back again and our out of town guests loved the horsey feel to the place."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "but it is usually very good. The service is generally very accommodating and friendly and the ambiance is nice if you want a more quiet atmosphere to converse. A harpist in the dining room was a nice, relaxing touch after a long week. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I haven't been back to this restaurant in several years, remembering a good but undistinguished experience; however, we were much impressed by an excellent and wide-ranging menu, excellent food preparation, a superb and reasonably priced wine menu, and excellent service. We're going to return much more often and enjoy this refined and rewarding dining experience. Our only minor issue was that "rare" steak was served "medium rare" and "medium rare" came out "medium". The tenderness and flavor of the meat dissuaded any complaints, but we'll "under-order" the doneness of our meat at this place in the future."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We went for Mother's Day and the buffet was excellent. We will definately be back to order of the regular menu. Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Disappointed with Mother's Day brunch, had not been aware when we made the reservation that it would be the only option. Thank goodness there was an omelette station as that was the only appealing item-- but $90 for 3 plain omelettes made me miss New York prices! Their porch is lovely however, so perhaps a good summer option if one can order from the menu."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food on the buffet line did not compare to the past experiences I have had during a sit down meal here. I was not impressed with the flavor of the food and for $30.00. I will not be returning for the buffet in the future but would be happy to try another sit down meal again soon "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went prior to our daughter's graduation for a late lunch/early dinner (3pm). Food was excellent (Shrimp and Grits, Deviled eggs highly recommended). However, our server had apparently been called in to sub for someone who didn't show up and she was not happy about it and told us several times. She had no clue about specials or desserts and seemed like she was in a hurry to get us out. Other tables around us were certainly getting better service."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had not been there since it was Cafe Jennifer....Loved the ambience and the food was fantastic. Staff was so friendly and accomodating. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Nothing but highest reviews. Celebrated my mother's 80 birthday and the staff made it a wonderful night. Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The dining trip was a Business lunch with a client that was on a tight schedule. I think there was an issue in the kitchen because the service was slow. They had to eat fast & leave quickly. Good place for privacy to discuss business. The food was excellent and will return with proper planning."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Great food, always unique presentations with creative flavors, service (Heather) did a great job, and the wine suggestion was perfect for our group. Thank you for a great evening!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We ordered a bottle of wine with our dinner. Twenty minutes later the server came back and said they no longer carried the wine. We picked a second bottle. Twenty minutes later the server brought a different bottle which was much more expensive and would have opened it had I not noticed the difference. He went looking for the original second wine and returned saying they did not have it. Our food had arrived by then so we gave up on the wine. The food was very good. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food, drink and great service. Our party of 10 spent 3 great hours remembering 40 years of memories!!!! Great Hot Brown, Shrimp & Grits and bring a big appetite if you order the fried chicken, which is excellent! One of the best filets in Lexington too!!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The flavor of the food was good but the portion size was ridiculously small. My husband ordered the shrimp and grits entree which cost around $20.00. It doesn't come with any sides and it only has 5 shrimp and maybe three spoonfuls of grits. He had to eat half of my entree to feel like he had enough dinner. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My daughter and I stumbled across The Julep Cup on an equestrian-themed visit to Lexington several years ago, and gave it a try. We were so impressed by the food and the gracious, helpful service that we have made it a point to eat there every visit since, and now bring friends and family. The rolls are delightful (always a good sign), as is the grilled romaine salad, and all of the entrees we've tried have been exactly on the mark for Southern comfort food-meets upscale dining: shrimp and grits, salmon croquettes, fried trout, perfect fried chicken, and wonderful steaks. The ambiance is great for horse lovers, without being over-the-top kitchy. I love the deep red walls, and the comfy seating. Oh, and do NOT forget dessert! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is perfect after a day of betting on horses at Keeneland or any other time. Very helpful and friendly staff and great food. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Ate there last night with a group of friends. Both the food and service were excellent. I had the filet, which was perfectly cooked and melt in your mouth tender. Had macaroni and cheese as a side which was wonderful as well. I was there with a group of seven, and everyone loved their food!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the ambience and menu. Only disagreeable thing was the service. While our waitress was pleasant, I'm not certain she had any experience. She said some inappropriate things, and was inattentive to our needs. LOVED everything else about our visit and will definitely try again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "An excellent evening out and Heather was extraordinary."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Dinner was great! I wasn't expecting the quiet atmosphere. The Julep Cup was very slow on the friday night that we were there, but my friend and I enjoyed our pre-race experience. It was nice to be in a relaxing environment and the unexpected Jazz music was fun! I would return here!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Julep Cup's menu is Southern in concept with many delightful revisions to add surprise, and Southern in hospitality. Its interior furnishings, lighting and table arrangement are intimate, and its staff warm and personable. In addition to the excellence of its kitchen, the portions are generous without sacrificing presentation. The experience is kind of like eating at Grandma's...if Grandma were a five-star chef. Another HUGE plus was live music during the main dining hours. A sultry singer, a great jazz man on the keyboard, and the occasional guest from the audience really made the evening sing. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014