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About Blue Heron 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 and an expansive patio for warmer weather. 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.

185 Jefferson Street
Lexington, KY 40508
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday 5 pm - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday 5 pm - 11 pm
Closed Sundays

Bar:
4 pm - 2 am

Cross Street:
Second Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(859) 254-2491

Website:
http://blueheronsteakhouse.com/

Parking Details:
The Blue Heron has a private parking lot right beside the restaurant. There is also ample on street parking in the area.

Executive Chef:
Will Preston

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
New Year’s Eve
1st-choose one:
*Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
*Braised Berkshire Pork Cheeks with Gnocchi & fried Cabbage
*Duck Consommé with Foie Gras toast
*Kusshi Oysters with spicy Bloody Mary Granita
*Baby Kale & Frisée, roasted & pickled Beets, warm Pistachio crusted Chèvre, Cornbread,
salt-cured Lardons & Sherry Maple Vinaigrette

2nd Course-choose one:
*Filet of Beef Tenderloin, warm Fingerling Potato salad, Porcini mushrooms, roasted Cippolini &
a Peppercorn demi-glace
*Slow Roasted Prime Rib, twice baked Red Skin Potatoes & Asparagus
*Florida Grouper, Lobster Galette, Sauce Américaine, Frisée-Lima Salad
*Osso Buco, Mascarpone Polenta, Broccoli Rabe & Gremolata
*Roasted Poulet Rouge, Cassoulet & braised Greens

Desserts-choose one from a large selection

$75 per person includes choice of one item from each course.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Please note - set menu only today, $75 a person. See New Year's Eve menu for details.

Blue Heron Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
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Cozy (20)
Special Occasion (18)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Romantic (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Business Meals (10)
Casual (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Fun (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

Had the Porterhouse for 2,, AWESOME ! Cooked to a perfect medium, melt in your mouth tender and juicy. Service was AMAZING,, our waitress Emily was a rockstar! We will be back.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great atmosphere. Love this place. The food was delicious and the service was as fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

This restaurant has it all....great steak, wine, appetizers, desserts and service. I went on the recommendation of a friend and she was correct! One, if not the, best steak in Lexington. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Server impersonal and distracted by friend at the bar. Brocolli side was over cooked and just awful. Bartender inexperienced.

The steak (NY strip), however, was outstanding. Atmosphere is really nice.

Price point is very high so I expected better.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

My husband and I happened upon this little gem via a google search. We were in town Christmas shopping and we rarely get a moment alone with 4 children. We took a chance based on the menu options and WOW it didn't disappoint! The food was exquisite and we had outstanding service from beginning to end. The cocktails were wonderful, the crab cake was the BEST I've ever eating (no fillers), the steaks were cooked perfectly, and the side of Brussel sprouts was to die for! We will definitely be visiting again.
My only negatives were the small space. We were placed at a table next to a beam running from floor to ceiling and the tables next to us were within a foot or so of us. I did feel a bit cramped. Also, there was a large party sitting quite close to us that were extremely loud and being that close dampened the mood for us some. My husband and I could barely speak to each other without a raised voice. Probably not the best place for kids either. Most of the seating is right next to the bar and with games on the TV the crowd tended to be a bit obnoxious. With all that said, we will definitely be visiting again...the food was that DELISH!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was excellent and that steak was exactly as ordered. They were busy and our service was good but we were brushed off a couple of times. All in all an excellent meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had an early reservation and was sat on the patio behind a wall. Hostess did not inform the waiter that their section had been sat. After ten minutes I had to go find the hostess. Waiter was very apologetic. It was a simple mistake. Food and service were phenomenal and more than made up for the minor inconvenience at the beginning. A group of 8 sat down next to us as our food arrived. They were so loud I could not hear my wife speaking to me across the table. They were intoxicated and literally screaming across the tables, throwing items and using profanity. Management did not address their behavior. This is normally a quiet and intimate restaurant and others near us were bothered by this too. Will definitely go back just hope the management doesn’t allow guest to be over served and ruin the dinning experience for others.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Best margarita in Lexington. Food is amazing! Bacon appetizer, oysters, and the steaks are all my favorite.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service food and atmosphere

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My wife had the snapper special and totally raved about it!!!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food and service at Blue Heron are always quite good. We like it because it's consistent and you can carry on a conversation. It's especially cozy during cold weather. The fireplace offers warmth and great ambiance. We love it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Its a fair place to go. Food and service average but parking is rough.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very poor, slow service. Mediocre food at best. For an upscale “steakhouse”, you’d think the steak would be above average. It absolutely was not.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful epicurean experience!! Our server was extraordinary!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had the steak and lamb. It is a steak house after all. The quality of the meat was excellent and cooked perfectly. It's a small restaurant. Service was good and our overall experience was excellent. We would definitely make a return trip. Highly recommended if you are in the mood for a steak and don't want to go to one of the more traditional steak restaurants.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had a nice evening with excellent food and a knowledgeable waiter in a comfortable environment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

First timers, great service, craft cocktails, not just a steakhouse , variety of specials, good value!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This restaurant was a recommendation from some clients that had their first date there. It did not disappoint. The ambience was great, and the service exceptional. We loved the food - great choices , and a good value. We would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Consistently, the Blue Heron offers terrific food, a lovely atmosphere, and excellent service. We have been here numerous times and never failed to have an excellent experience across the board. I only wish they would bring back their Weekend Bar Menu which had the best hamburgers with their special grind each week...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We chose Blue Heron based on a recommendation from Open Table. We were not disappointed. The porterhouse for 2 was excellent. Cooked medium rare and it was perfect. Wine list is full of choices. The stag were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Oysters to start were also fresh and tasty. Definitely recommend and we will be a returning customer.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Enjoy our dinner every time. Very nice staff and atmosphere. Steak is always delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Best filet I've had in a very long time. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We have been here several times. IT is hit or miss. Food was great this time.
Be prepared. Restaurant is EXTREMELY noisy. Wait staff is over worked...dont expect much attention. But, all in all, we will go again

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a party of 8. Dinner with friends after our daughter's wedding. We wanted somewhere to take our out of town guests and impress. Blue Heron did just that! Everything was perfect! Great service, great food, great atmosphere! Highly recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Loved it! Outstanding steak and tasty sides

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service, great food, great atmosphere!!! Excellent cocktails and good prices!! One of my favorite places in town!!!! And the best steak I've had in town!!!! Perfect!!!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our first time to Blue Heron didn't disappoint.
The steaks are apparently a specialty & were fantastic-even for someone who doesn't indulge very often. Fried chicken was great as well, and a huge portion!
Each of the sides is an updated version of old steakhouse standards. No soggy green beans here!
Wonderful wine selection by glass ( just in case everyone else is drinking beer)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is one of our favorite places to go for date night. Highly recommend it. We have never had bad service and the food is always great.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is my go to place when visiting Lexington!! The drinks and food are amazing!!!

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Birthday Arrived at 7:00. Ask to be seated in the enclosed patio area next to the street. By 8:00 it was very busy and noisy. Very popular place. Our waiter was good but had several large parties. We got the porterhouse for 2 Very good
Yes we will go back

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food and service were good .The tea was bitter and strong.The bar area was very noisy and made it hard to converse.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very limited parking, but that is expected for a "downtown" restaurant. The food was good and not overpriced. The cocktails were also reasonably priced, (although they were out of several premium Bourbons which for a Lexington KY location is a bit off putting). THE SERVICE WAS A DISASTER! Our waiter was friendly enough at the beginning, getting our drinks and taking our orders. Salads and appetizers arrived a 1/2 hour after placing our order and the meals shortly there after. No follow up or refills during the meal. We were a Party of 7, with 5 separate checks. (We weren't asked at the time of ordering how or if this was going to be split up). It took a Full 50 MINUTES for everyone to get their checks. Even then they were generally incorrect. One member of the party told the manager, (after waiting 45 minutes) that if he didn't get his check in the next 5 minutes they were leaving! A terrible experience that capped off what would have been a nice meal.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

What a find in Lexington! I have been coming to Lexington for 20 years and this is as good as it gets. Everything from atmosphere to service to food and drinks was excellent. I will be back!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food and atmosphere! Will definitely return

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant before and had a much better experience .
First we were seated at a 2 top ( which no restaurant should ever have ). In the corner near the kitchen. So it felt like we were being punished from the very start. Food was mediocre at best.
We had appetizers and entree. Both were dismal. The place was too loud to hear yourself talk and the staff was way too busy to be attentive. We have another reservation booked at this restaurant. Will probably cancel :-(

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

The Blue Heron was outstanding. The food and service was top notch. Definitely will be going back in the future. One suggestion if going. Arrive about 30 mins early as parking is limited and you may have to have find a spot in the area and walk.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We went there on a date after 3 weeks apart due to travel since Grey Goose is one of our favorite restaurants and were very disappointed. Our service was very slow. Food was luke warm and mediocre. I was very disappointed especially for being one of the priciest restaurants in Lexington. We didn’t even bother with a second round of drinks or dessert. I hope others have a better experience.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Our favorite Lexington restaurant, best 40 oz steak for two. The absolute best “Old Fashion” in Lexington. Next time we go for their award winning Southern fried chicken. We always prefer week nights as they are somewhat less crowded. Blue Heron keep doing what you do!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I enjoyed our dinner at the Blue Heron but was disappointed that the hostess seated us at the table closest to the server's station, especially when there were a number of other tables open throughout the restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Outstanding steaks. Stellar wine list. Cozy, dark ambiance. Top notch upscale steakhouse experience without the crowds.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Cozy
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