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Blue Heron Steakhouse, Lexington, KY

Blue Heron Steakhouse

4.8
4.8
1930 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse


The Blue Heron Steakhouse is located in the thriving historic Jefferson Street corridor. We offer an excellent menu with steakhouse classics and modern Southern fare with specialties such as fresh oysters, the finest cuts of beef, shrimp and grits and more. Our restaurant started as a hand-crafted cocktail bar and consumer demand made it obvious that we needed to expand to a full-service kitchen. The Blue Heron is situated in a renovated home with exposed brick, a beautiful, locally crafted chandelier, a roaring two-sided fireplace in the colder months. Locally owned and loaded with character, The Blue Heron is a perfect setting for an intimate date, an evening with friends or simply a casual dinner while watching the game.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (859) 254-2491
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Billy Oakley
  • Neighborhood
    Lexington
  • Cross street
    Second Street
  • Parking details
    The Blue Heron has a private parking lot right beside the restaurant. There is also ample on street parking in the area.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,930 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Service

  • Central Kentucky

    Steakhouse

  • Lexington

    Best Service

  • Lexington

    Best Ambiance

  • Lexington

    Neighborhood gem

  • Lexington

    Great for fine wines

  • Lexington

    Romantic

  • Lexington

    Good for special occasions

1,930 Reviews
  1. BonnieB

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from the parking lot to the dinner table. Parking attendant “made” a space for us, hospitable greeting at the door, friendly hostess, smiling Tom provided efficient and quick table service, and the food was delicious. Our first trip but will not be our last. 😊

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  2. Anthony

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the restaurant on advice from a friend. We went not knowing what to expect and boy we were suprised! Great atmosphere and very cozy. We were seated near the fireplace and was immediately attended to by Wes, our waiter. Very friendly and informative as to the contents of the menu. In my opinion the food was better than most 5 star restaurants! Great service, great food and an affordable price The Blue Heron will have my continued business!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was immaculate, service was fantastic and food was delicious!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time there and the atmosphere was wonderful, very intimate and relaxing. Celebrating a birthday and it was just nice to just enjoy each others company. The restaurant was very dark but we didn’t mind. We order the crab cake, tenderloin (medium) and they gave us a free cheese cake for the birthday we were celebrating. We got the Lexington Lilly and old fashioned cocktail. (they were delicious). Our steak was more on the medium rare side but we didn’t mind. Our server Tom was excellent, we will be back! The price was a little more than expected due to the crab cake ( we were unaware of the price 24.00) we only got one. So we probably won’t get that again, it was also a special.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed the Blue Heron. Food was excellent, service was excellent, and ambiance was excellent.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omg everything was exquisite! Food, ambience, service it was all great!! We will definitely be back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to blue Heron to celebrate Valentine’s Day enjoyed it so much as we always do it’s one of my husband’s favorites. He always gets the lamb chops and I got the salmon and a crabcake for an appetizer. Everything was delicious. Looking forward to our next trip.

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  8. JoeM

    Western KY

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was absolutely outstanding and our server Tom was superb.

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  9. Beubeu

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated at the smallest table they had,did not have enough room,ordered porterhouse steak for 2,ordered medium well it was not medium well,more like rare,our waitress was very kind and very attentive ,probably will not go back

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We going to celebrate Valentine's Day early Our table Was close to the bar table was too noisy. Food is good The service staff only wants to increase the sales amount. Make more tip

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely enjoyed our meal as always! We stop here while traveling to Ohio often. Our server was totally Awesome! Ask for Lacey! Excellent food and service!! You won’t be disappointed.

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  12. sbsb

    Cincinnati

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our Server Hannah was delightful. However, both my wife and I asked for our steaks medium and they were too raw to eat them. The seak fries were ho hum and the Grilled Asparagus lacking in flavor. All in all likely we will not return.

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  13. KimB

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and they did a great job spacing out the meal between appetizers, salad and main meal. The wedge salad was delicious and we enjoyed the porterhouse for 2 and had creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. The potatoes could have been mashed better but we're good. We would definitely go back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, couple of items that were not quite as good as I expected them to be (cheesecake was so so). Service (Tom) was exceptional and we were not rushed. Meals were reasonably priced.

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  15. Melmac

    Vancouver

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, everything was superb. Well done, team!

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  16. RebeccaJ

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. We had a wonderful crab cake appetizer special , and a wedge salad. All very good. Attentive service. They have onion rings that may be a best ever. One of our favorite places to dine.

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  17. Miggy

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The New York strip at Blue Heron Steakhouse was cooked to a perfect medium-well, juicy and bursting with flavor. The accompanying asparagus and steak fries were delicious complements. Overall, a great choice for a satisfying steak dinner.

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  18. RESSAS

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Old Fashion cocktails were great, as were my oyster appetizers. However, my steak was a little under-cooked (I ordered medium-rare), but not significantly enough to send it back, and my asparagus seemed to have no seasoning on it, making it taste very bland. Besides that, the Gouda Mac and my wife’s salmon were phenomenal. I’d definitely return but if I did, I’d be tempted to order something other than steak and asparagus.

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  19. MKentucky

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service by David and the food was wonderful as always!

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  20. PaulaM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great experience. Our waiter was fantastic!

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  21. LexGal

    Western NC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hadn’t eaten at Blue Heron for quite some time. It’s definitely going back in our rotation. Service was top notch. Perfect timing and great recommendations. I had the crab cake with a Caesar salad. Both were delicious! Hubs had an appetizer special of Chesapeake oysters on the half shell. He said they were great. His meal was braised lamb and he said it was great as well. No room for dessert.

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  22. ShaunS

    Bremen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great service. A few more beers on the menu would be great. :)

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  23. Scagmaster

    Treasure Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Blue Heron was a nice place, had many different dinner options and was very tasty and prepared well! Definitely will be back to enjoy something different . As the flavor was really good . Also, the cocktails were spot on .

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  24. MichelleA

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tom our waiter was FABULOUS!!! The ambience was awesome. Food was great!

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  25. TPAN

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was cold & cooked wrong. I had to ration my water and eat ice because our waitress never brought refills after dinner was served. Manager stopped by to ask how everything was, we were honest. Him & the waitress insisted they at least take off the appetizer ($8 lo) but didn’t. Been here several times but last night was garbage. It was our anniversary & it sucked. We both joked how we could’ve had better food and service at chick fil a. Won’t be going back after the crap show last night. Also couldn’t tell the waitress about the quality of food after we cut into it… because she never came back by. Had to wait over 45 min for the food as well. Took 30 min to bring the check.

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  26. BlueHeron

    Louisville

    63 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Super disappointed. I got the filet with a baked potato and asparagus. The request for for a medium cook, it was rare, blue in the middle. Potato was rock hard, undercooked and the asparagus was tasteless. It appeared our server was under pressure to move us along quickly. They stopped by 3 times in 3 minutes to get our drink order. Out meals came out VERY quickly, maybe 10 minutes. This might be why my steak was rare. Maybe is was in "off" night, I know that happens a lot now. However, this was bad enough, I won't be going back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place for date night. Best steak in town. Tried the salmon this time. AMAZING. We recently had out of town visitors and this is where we took them to enjoy a Lexington classic. Absolutely love Blue Heron. ❤️

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  28. MichaelJ

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food and ambience. Enjoyable to celebrate an intimate birthday dinner.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was great, food was as good as the service. Look forward to a return trip.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best meal we’ve had in a long time, from the appetizer of Brie and fig chutney, oysters on the half shell to our main course!

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  31. BunnyF

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pretty atmosphere, our server was great but the food wasn’t terrific. Probably would be good to sit at the bar, share an appetizer/salad and enjoy some cocktails or a glass of wine.

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  32. LarryD

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and atmosphere. Our favorite for special ocassions. Not the place to go for multiple drinks, $$$.

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  33. Milkovic

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down, best food in town! Amazing service and attention to details!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always first class from ambiance to service and delicious food

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  35. MarkT

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was perfectly cooked and prepared. We’ve been a couple times for special occasions and we will definitely be back!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dominick and his team at Blue Heron created an awesome experience. Food is top notch, had the porter house for two. Very cold night when we came by mid January. Fire was lit and already warm in the center of the main dining room. Just awesome. And local. Can’t beat it if you want a great evening out.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and great food. Perfect for a night out.

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  38. GeneH

    Alabama

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The food and service were impeccable but while we were there the owner or managing partner dined at the table next to us. He spent the our dinning experience criticizing and managing the menu and dishes brought to him. This completely ruined our experience. There must be an office or private table this can be done at. I understand he has every right, as an owner, to do as he pleases but that was not the diner atmosphere I wish to go through again. I’d appreciate if you would pass this on. Thanks. Gene Hilton

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent. Food and beverage quality left a lot to be desired.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding service. Steaks and sides were great.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Blue Heron Steakhouse is rated 4.8 stars by 1930 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Blue Heron Steakhouse

185 Jefferson Street, Lexington, KY 40508

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Second Street
  • Neighborhood
    Lexington
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The Blue Heron has a private parking lot right beside the restaurant. There is also ample on street parking in the area.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Billy Oakley
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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