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Blue Heron Steakhouse, Lexington, KY

Blue Heron Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
1503 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 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (859) 254-2491

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Will Preston

  • 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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,503 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Romantic

  • Central Kentucky

    Steakhouse

  • Lexington

    Best Service

  • Lexington

    Notable Wine List

  • Lexington

    Romantic

  • Lexington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. TL

    ToryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the porterhouse for two. Amazing! Comes to perfection! All the sides were delicious too. Nice wine list. Our waiter was super attentive and wonderful!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect!
  3. CC

    ChasityC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing. He food, the drinks, the staff. We will definitely be back.
  4. B

    Blade

    Western KY

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good meal. The place, when packed, is very noisy
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal
  6. KP

    KentP

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really good top Steakhouse. Food was great. Only quibble was the spicy cocktail sauce with the shrimp wasn't. I was hoping for St. Elmos spicy level. Service was friendly attentive without hovering. Steaks were top quality.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On our first visit, we were pleased. The service was professional but not stuffy. Noise level was moderate. Crab cake appetizer was outstanding. Steaks and sides would be hard to beat anywhere.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We left our credit card and the owner called to arrange for its return. Outstanding.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Took a large group to Blue Heron. Overall outstanding dinner, they battle the same challenges everyone has with short staff and slow delivery. Once it arrived it was delicious. Good bourbon selection too.
  10. j

    joexxx

    Louisville

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Crab cake and wedge salad. The perfect meal
  11. NS

    NickS

    Fort Lauderdale

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot I go often. Crisp service and the food is exceptional.
  12. PB

    PerryB

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite at which to eat. Great food, great service.
  13. JT

    JaneT

    Louisville

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We were celebrating 3 birthdays - The food was excellent - a little pricy- service was slow and birthdays weren’t even acknowledged- Probably won’t go back go a while.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!
  15. TL

    ThomasL

    Nashville

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my first time at the Blue Heron while attending a conference in Lexington. The halibut special was outstanding. The service and atmosphere were excellent. I will be back
  16. BC

    BenjaminC

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal. Thick cut bacon. Filets, baked potato, roasted broccoli, chocolate mousse.
  17. PG

    PGGSr

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Porterhouse for two was a mediocre cut prepared well. Need to push back on the supplier. Tip of the cap to the bartender - but bold is beautiful, don't hide behind the sugar and simple syrup. Sides were excellent.
  18. LA

    LinaA

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crab cake was amazing, all the entrees were on point, the chocolate mousse is not to miss for dessert. The service was great as well
  19. m

    mindyl

    Grand Rapids

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service and cocktails were great! Steaks were average. Atmosphere inside is like a lodge with an awesome bar.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! Food was phenomenal!
  21. C

    Christian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hadn’t been to Blue Heron in some time but my wife and I had a great experience. Food was phenomenal.. portions are very large as well.
  22. d

    dinnerguy

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a really great place. All the way around.
  23. KV

    KyVisitor

    Indiana

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect- from the delicious summer cocktail menu to the bacon appetizer to the halibut special on risotto. A new favorite were the onion rings and the macaroni!!! The cheesecake was exceptional. Service was outstanding as it always is.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to go to the Blue Heron. Great food. Great service.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    To be honest it wasn’t great. The best part was our server. The food was not that good this time. We have been there in the past and had better experiences. The cost with tip was almost $150 with one drink and water for the other.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    The our server was great tge only problem was the fried chicken meal’s breast came out raw in the middle and actually bleeding. We informed our server and he politely took it back to the kitchen. It was weird though when they proceeded to bring back half the meal on a smaller plate while we waited for the breast. The breast finally came out 15 minutes later but at that point everyone else was done eating and cleaned up so it had to be boxed. Now, we are not one to request free meals and I actually have NEVER written a review but we were shocked to find the meal still on our bill. Not even a dessert was offered or one of our appetizers removed even though the manager came over at one point to apologize. Have eaten there before but sadly will not be returning again after this.
  27. B

    Bryn

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great halibut special. Cocktails were delicious!
  28. NS

    NickS

    Fort Lauderdale

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Living nearby I go often The food is consistently very good Best crab cake for miles around. Good cocktails Just go!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Night out with my BFF and we had an amazing dinner and bottle of wine. Love this place!
  30. MH

    MissyH

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The filet's are always phenomenal and the service last night was incredible. The only complaint I had was that it was extremely warm inside the restaurant, not sure if the AC was broken or they just didn't have it on all day? But it was very warm and uncomfortable. Had I known I would have asked for table on their patio, it was cooler outside than inside. But overall, I have never had a bad meal at the Blue Heron!!!!
  31. m

    matthewt

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Good steak. Terrible service. If your looking for a better steak and dining experience, I recommend Jeff Ruby’s
  32. GB

    GuyB

    Charleston

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice meal and drinks. Fried chicken and pan seared salmon was wonderful. Like the patio seating the best.
  33. MC

    MylesC

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David was very professional and a great waiter!! The ribeye was cooked to perfection!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Not the best experience but I think they were busier than expected. My main issue was the heat. Several of us were actually sweating and we were inside. Our server was overwhelmed and not as attentive as he might of usually been. I'm sure he's great on a normal night. This time, we felt like an annoyance. We'll go back because our previous visits were amazing and anyone can have a bad night.
  35. H

    Happygolucky

    Columbus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Bad fish dish. Good french fries. Wine list barely middling grade. Steaks are not dry aged but still expensive.
  36. E

    Earl

    Louisville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food, always an amazing atmosphere.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The parking lot attendant was very helpful in getting us parked and in helping us use a wheelchair lift. The restaurant has a nice ambience and good food.
  38. M

    Melmac

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb dining experience. Blue Heron does everything right. All four of us raved about everything we consumed. Highly recommend.
  39. JH

    JerryH

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Hannah was outstanding
  40. g

    gingerd

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Highly recommend.

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Blue Heron Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 254-2491.

Blue Heron Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1503 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 20 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–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • 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

    Will Preston

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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