The Tulip Bistro + Bar
The Tulip Bistro + Bar

The Tulip Bistro + Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thetulipbistroandbar.com/
  • Phone: (859) 367-6687
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday:4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Spencer van den Dool
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer set menu's for large parties to suit any needs you may have. Contact Shawn Deakins to set an appointment.
  • Private Party Contact: Shawn Deakins 8593676687x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cooper
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer parking in our lot or on the street.
A word from The Tulip Bistro + Bar
The Tulip Bistro + Bar is a small treasure in the Chevy Chase Neighborhood. Chef Spencer van den Dool has worked in fantastic local restaurants such as Pacific Pearl and Emmett"s before going to Holland and working at a 2 michelin star restaurant called De Kastanjehof, where he fine tuned his French-American cuisine. The menu offers such things as Mussels, Fish and Chips to Curried Seafood & Short Ribs. There is something for everyone! Our wine list covers most of the world, while our martini list features old and new favorites, such as Tulip Margatini, Blue Goose and The Grand Cosmo.The Tulip will impress you and have you making a reservation for your next visit.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Tulip Bistro + Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (48)great for outdoor dining (34)special occasion (25)hot spot (15)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (14)romantic (13)notable wine list (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Will go back
    tsx05
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Last night was the first time I dined at Tulip. Very nice menu. The food was superb! Kudos to the chef with the nice touch who graciously made some substitutions on the salmon special. The food and wine prices were more than reasonable. The manager/owner checked on us often and was most helpful. My only complaint in what was a perfect dining experience was the noise level - 2 nearby tables had very loud parties making it difficult for our group of 3 to converse. Other than that I wouldn't change a thing and will go back hopefully on a quieter night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy & overpriced
    Jojo
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Was so loud couldn't carry on normal conversation in restaurant portion. Service very slow. Was told the "special" of the day was $25 but when bill came was $35. Also dessserts were terrrible...Husband ordered a fruit tart type which was only whipped cream with a few berries on top. I ordered a pound cake type of thing with mascerated strawberries...cake was so dry could barely swallow and the berries were just a few sliced. They did take the cake off the bill when I asked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Neighborhood Gem
    loves2eat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food is spectacular. The service varies on different nights. Would have received a 5 star if we would have been seated where the noise level wasn't on 100.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food....again
    Bmccr
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife and I love to come here on date night. The food and service are both equally fantastic. I'd highly recommend trying the short ribs they're fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    1969paulVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    1st trip through Lexington and glad to find this place. Very good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best food
    live2eat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Varied menu with excellent choices. Food was perfectly prepared. We were there on a Friday night and had a difficult time conversing due to the high noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy!
    TulipVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We love the Tulip! Food never disappoints. Bar can sometimes get too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service and food was outstanding the menu is outstanding when my wife and travel to Lexington KY this is our #1 place for dinner. Great job to the staff and management I recommended it to all my MSTATE alumni in Lexington for the football
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious, but TOO LOUD
    Bdiner
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Each item was well prepared and fresh. The wait staff sufficient. On the night we were there it was nearly impossible to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, tough parking
    yogaleighVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I've never been disappointed in the food at Tulip and I've tried lots of things. The salmon special this time was SO good. The burger is one of the best in town. However, parking is so tight there that we go less & less. The lot is tiny & Suggins customers fill it. This time the whole area was packed for some reason; had to drop my mother off and drive around and around before finally parking on the street a block away. One of the reasons I no longer live in San Francisco or Chicago is that I got tired of wasting my life hunting for parking, so I really resist going to a place around here that's that hard. We also generally go pretty early because Tulip gets very noisy when it's crowded but we were later this time and it was deafening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud to enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Dined at the Tulip for the firs time 10-18-14. Unfortunately there was a noise level so intense that we could barely hear the server review the specials. Finally the manager went over and spoke with the party whom we think was a future bride and her friends. The manager waited a good 15 minutes before approaching them. This was the first time in a very long time my wife and I had the opportunity to dine with old college buddies we first met in the 70's. Really put a damper on the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT FOOD but loud
    soccerparents
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went to Tulips for our anniversary the food was great but it was way to loud to really enjoy our experience. I would only eat outside or do take out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • msboo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My first time there but was highly recommended by a family member. Everything was great! I got my 'steak fix', was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than I remembered
    LexingtonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It had been almost a year since the last time we were there and maybe the saying "good things come those who wait" really is true. From the Asparagus/Leek and the Shecrab soups thru the salads and Salmon specials everything was excellent. There is no doubt that we won't wait another year before returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DoubleOSeven
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I found the food and service to be outstanding. When I first arrived the noise level was quite high, but after a few minutes it was much more pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    77an56
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A perfect night out for a romantic with your love one. I will be back. My first visit. An excellent evening.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    great service. fun atmosphere. our first time there. Lots of selection on the appetizer menu-I had the mahi taco-it was great and an excellent value. the braised short ribs were good but my wife's filet was fantastic! I never order steak unless I know it's special but that's what I'll be getting when we return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jo
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Good food, reasonably priced for a weekday evening meal. Definitely a neighborhood favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    FoodAddict
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our visit to The Tulip. Cute location, nice decor, VERY noisy...not the quiet dinner we hoped for. Friendly but erratic service, eg, we had to ask for oyster forks and soup spoons. Food items a bit over the top in complexity. Excellent cocktails helped ease the pain so I'm planning to give it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy place
    kykatVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Sat outside which is nice. Waitress gave me a good wine selection. When we ordered our meals, waitress said she would be bringing bread and our salad. Bread finally arrived with the main course after asking for it three times. They were perhaps missing some staff as it took a while to get some extra ketchup too, and the staff seemed to be working hard. The house salad was nice with their sherry vinaigrette. I ordered the seafood trip for my entree. It was good, not great. The best were the mussels in a non-cream broth. The blackened mahi mahi was over-salted. I still like coming here & will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mvanden
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As always the food is spot on perfect. Our waiter whose name I forgot was great not pushy and offered great selections. The menu has something for everyone. The chef Spencer van den Dool is the best in Lexington!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem of Chevy
    adavis12
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I love this place! We intent to frequent this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was just okay.
    lpd1234
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Based on the menu selection (and the price) I had high hopes for delicious food. We were somewhat disappointed. Nothing was "bad" by any means, but it wasn't that great either. The highlight for me was the She-Crab soup, which is my favorite type of soup and was very good. My entree, however, left me disappointed. I had the short ribs, and if it wasn't for the bone staring back at me, I would have believed I was eating a simple pot roast. Our waitress wasn't that great either. She left us with the impression that the people at the table next to us were much more important to her simply based on the number of times she stopped at our table compared to theirs. I will admit that they were dressed nicer than us. Would we go back? Probably not.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very noisy
    Victoria
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have been to the Tulip before and really enjoyed it. However, this visit was not enjoyable. There were a lot of people in the bar area and they were loud that my friend and I could not hear each other. We each had hamburgers. I ordered mine "medium." It arrived well done and it was extremely salty. It was not an enjoyable dinner but I will give The Tulip another chance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent food and service
    MountainValleyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been here 5-6 times in the past year, and it is always wonderful. The food is excellent, and the service is professional. Great menu for small bites or unique dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty close to spectacular....
    RevWill
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My experience was very pleasant. This was a date night for me, and we were well taken care of. The food and the service was top notch, and my date and I enjoyed everything that found its way to our table. The appearance of the restaurant is lovely. The Tulip was a bit noisy later on, however. And that was a little distracting at times. I'm not sure what can be done about that, but that was the only unsatisfactory factor of my visit. Overall, compliments to the owner, chef, and staff. My date and I had a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the food and atmosphere. Only complaint was noise level, felt like we had to scream to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terence collier
    clarence
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Superior food and service outweigh the high noise level and rather heavy decor. The yellowfin tuna was as good as you would find anywhere. Food arrived promptly and was attractively presented. Wait-staff were very professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good. Potential for great
    CameronsReviews
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The menu is diverse enough. Personally, I'd like to see more seafood options. I like the creativity with the dishes. I had the polenta with chicken. Good idea but the polenta was DRY-needed less cooking as well as a sauce. The dish was served with broccolini, one of my faves, but it was overcooked. Liked my wine. Our guests enjoyed their meal of seared tuna and salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food. Hate the noise
    LexdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have enjoyed Tulip a number of times & the food NEVER disappoints. Have sampled many of the delicious appetizers. Amazing salads & entrees. On this occasion, we tasted short ribs, filet mignon, salmon with jalapeño grits, and tuna. The chocolate & vanilla creme brûlée was delightful. Cocktails are refreshing & light. Unfortunately, you should avoid weekends or go alone because the noise prohibits conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food, but...
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went to The Tulip for a special dinner with friends. I'd been there once before, and the food had been amazing and the ambiance lovely. This time, though, whereas the food was still amazing, the restaurant was so busy and noisy, we could hardly hear each other talk. Plus, the service was slow beyond belief. The manager did comp the appetizers without our asking, which we appreciated. And I really can't say enough about how wonderful the food was. But I'll think twice before going there again because of what I would call an unpleasant atmosphere. Maybe go mid-week and early evening instead of 7:30 on a Thursday. (Who knows what Friday and Saturday would be like!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always elcellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This food is very creative and different and flavor filled. The staff is patient and allows for dinner talk and time. What more can I ask for? Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCEPTIONALLY GREAT!
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I am new to the Lexington, KY area, and I was looking for a 5 star restaurant to bring my in-laws to for dinner. I am SO GLAD I found The Tulip Bistro and Bar! Everything was exceptionally GREAT! The food, quality, service, location, and overall experience at this restaurant really was a 5 star restaurant experience! Thank you to the staff at The Tulip Bistro and Bar you really impressed my in-laws, husband, and myself from the minute we walked in to leaving! THANK YOU!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mary
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Very,very loud and very,very slow service and very expensive. Food was ok but nothing special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loved every bite!
    LexdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Grilled shrimp & mahi taco appetizers. Ahi tuna over edamame,corn, tomato ragout. Nutella cookie for dessert. Top it off with a refreshing Collins from the bar. Already planning a return visit this week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Everything we had to eat was good. The sausage appetizer, the shrimp and grits and the creme brulee were all very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 246 reviews are from the The Tulip Bistro + Bar reviews archive.
  • Wonderful
    FeFeLaPloom
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Like one it was The Black Tulip in Midway...it is an outstanding place. Dinning at it's best. Love the location too!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food poor service
    KAH1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was excellent but our waitress lost us after the appetizers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 7/11/2014 Tulip Experience
    Winluv2dine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    On 7/11/2014, my date and I dined at the Tulip for the first time. What a great evening!!! I made a reservation on line, but expressed the desire to dine outside if possible. We arrived early and informed the staff of our desire to dine outside on the patio. We were able to be seated outside after a short wait, our waitress provided excellent service & the food was outstanding, also the mild weather help make this an absolutely the perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The bar had a crowd who were incredibly noisy, so it was hard to talk over dinner. The oystrers Rockefellar aren't, but edible. The outside patio would be nice but lots of evening sun. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic