Boone Tavern

4.4
1030 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Fine dining has brought Boone Tavern much of its international acclaim. Whether you prefer traditional or creative southern cuisine, you will find palate pleasing fare in Boone Tavern’s Dining Room. The Duncan Hines Excellence in Hospitality Award was presented to Boone Tavern in 2003. The prestigious award is named for restaurant critic Duncan Hines. The Kentucky Tourism Council states, “Boone Tavern has been a hallmark in the hospitality business for nearly a century. After all these years, it continues to be a favorite destination.”
Lunch offerings let you choose from a variety of salads, unique sandwiches and hot entrées. Evening meals offer an array of delightful appetizers, salads, classic entrées and desserts. Historical favorites like “Chicken Flakes in a Bird’s Nest” and “spoonbread” are fixtures in the restaurant. Sunday Brunch is another tradition. Dining room attire is tastefully casual.
reservations are required for groups and evening meals.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1030 people are saying
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Coach
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It has been about 10 years since we have been to Boone tavern. Wow the service and the ambience was excellent as we remembered the food left something to be desired. It was just average and nothing special.

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PriscillaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing to say, except that it was a great dinning experience

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JohnO
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always so great and everyone is always so nice to us. Sam the waitress always is so great to us service is perfect. We have always received excellent service and food.

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Amber
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place for brunch! Good service, beautiful dining area, and the food was fabulous.

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rick
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was slow, but a weekend and a holiday. Everyone was very pleasant. Very frugal on the alcohol. Wine and whisky both.

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Ishyrho
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Expected fine dining but risotto was dry, salad was the best part. Spoon bread disappointing as well.

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rick
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Just to get away without kids to wind down during this great holiday

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MatthewL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best restaurant in the county.

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was decent, but barely warm, and the desert item we wished to have (carrot cake) had run out even though our reservation was at 1:30 with several more hours to go for the holiday meal.
Our out-of-state guests were impressed with the history of Boone Tavern.

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vipShirleyR
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and the selection of food was excellent. Only complaint was the bread pudding - it was cold and the sauce was skimpy. I've had it before, and it was delicious, but they missed the mark today.

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Designer
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at Boone Tavern was simply wonderful. The service and atmosphere were excellent. Our server, Valerie was very attentive and took great care of us. We enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

On 11/25/21 my wife and I showed up for our reservation at 9:30am at Boone Tavern. We made our reservation 3 weeks prior for breakfast time. We were counting on their regular breakfast menu and that was the reason we made the reservation. When we showed and were seated they said that they only had a continental breakfast. The menu was fruit, scrambled eggs and biscuits and some type of gravy. We asked the waitress if we could get something different because my wife doesn’t eat eggs and gravy. The waitress summoned the Kitchen Manager and he showed up at our table. He claimed that he made everyone aware the prior day by phoning everyone that the menu was as it was. He also was very rude stating that they were preparing for a large group that would be coming later for a Thanksgiving dinner. We told him that we were not notified. He insisted that he contacted everyone. We told him that we did not get a call that we were home the day he said he called and if we knew the menu we would never had shown up. He was very curt with his comment. So my wife ate nothing but a dried out biscuit. The bill came and was $31.00. I paid it but cancelled my net visit in December. We should have left the restaurant when hearing the menu but we traveled almost 30 minutes and there were no other restaurants open. We will not be going to Boones Tavern ever again and will never recommend the restaurant to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Thanksgiving breakfast. Eggs were cold, biscuits were hard and no meat selection. Atmosphere was great, but not worth the price

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and service was outstanding

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Shrek
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Portions were small for the price! But excellent customer service!

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Dimitri
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service the dessert was good and the food overall was great

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BruceO
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our lunch here on Tuesday…lovely setting, excellent service, and good food. What more could you ask for?

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TeresaB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely EVERYTHING was perfect! From the service of Renault with the spoon bread to our other two servers, to the shared Derby Pie at the end of our brunch! The fried deviled eggs were absolutely amazing (I started out skeptical) and my Hot Brown was amazing! My friends said their salads were perfect! I can't wait to return again SOON! Teresa (Nashville, TN)

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Chas
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meal was well prepared and quite delicious. Server was knowledgeable and accommodating with respect to food intolerances. Nice atmosphere. This was our 2nd time eating here and would eat her again for sure

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TeaTam
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was friendly & efficient, atmosphere was pleasant. Wonderful experience. Looking forward to returning.

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Embwc
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

This was a return trip to Boone Tavern after many years. Our server was lovely, the fried green tomato stack appetizer and dessert was delicious. The scallop entree was a huge disappointment, just not very good. The menu indicated that it was served with a risotto with green peas. What it came with was dry white rice with a few scallions in it. The rice lacked seasoning, flavor and a sauce. The three medium sized scallops on the dish were cooked just okay, not really seared well. I would have expected our server to tell us that the entree was not as described on the menu at the time of our order. The risotto was a big factor in our decision and we would have gone to plan B had we known.

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OrionGuru
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in historic ambience. In the autumn season, you better have a reservation.

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NancyT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Boone Tavern is a great place to stay and eat.
However, like many other restaurants right now, they are a bit short staffed.
The staff was friendly and attentive, so they are doing pretty well.
Steak frites was delicious but the fries served with it were a bit underwhelming - maybe consider something better to match the steak (and the cost).
Overall a fine experience.

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Rich
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Helpful waitress. Excellent food. Good menu. Good value.

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KVB7
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was friendly and attentive. Food was excellent - we had lamb chops and a chicken and shrimp teriyaki dinner. Ambience was very pleasant. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience1

The dinning room is so outdated. The lights were so bright I felt like I was on an exam table. The menu is outdated and selection was poor. Deviled eggs were tasteless. They need a new updated menu. Waitress was okay ish- they all looked sloppy and no one matched. There was dead flies in the window seal. And the table cloths were dirty. They need to dim the lights- The ambiance would be much better and you wouldn’t see every flaw in the restaurant.
Old and outdated place for sure/ needs some updates and a new menu. Choices of food were slim and steak was ehh- could have better quality steaks/ food.

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MarthaB
Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is very good. The service is just not what it could and used to be. I know it’s hard to get help right now.

Boone Tavern
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for choosing Boone Tavern. We appreciate your feedback and apologize that you didn't have the service you deserve. I hope that you will consider coming to see us again soon. Sincerely, Melissa McGuire

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KYKAT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner with excellent service and very good food. The dessert was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bang for buck in Madison county if you want upscale casual - formal dining experience

Boone Tavern
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for choosing Boone Tavern. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience and we can't wait to see you again soon. Sincerely, Melissa McGuire

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boone Tavern and Inn is a favorite stopover for us when going up and down I-75. The people are great as is the food. The rooms are nice and quiet too.

Boone Tavern
Responded on November 9, 2021

We are so happy to hear that you enjoy Boone Tavern and return again and again. We look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Melissa McGuire

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with friends at Boone Tavern. Our waitress Alex was attentive and amazing. Love eating at Boone Tavern!

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JOELLF
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a superb place!! I remember going there at age 5, and falling on the sidewalk, and my father dabbing the scrape with his saliva, telling me "it's all better, sweety!"
AND THE SPOONBREAD!!

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RichadL
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Poorly prepared food overall, two of the four meals were just ok the other two were not

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CarolA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love staying at the Inn and dining in the Tavern. Pretty room, upscale with delicious food and friendly service. Staff could not be nicer. We ask for a table at the window and the hostess has one reserved for us each time.

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GailK
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was wonderful. Our server was professional and attentive. We especially loved the Spoon Bread!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very beautiful experience!!! :

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AllenA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Shrimp and grits were not eatable. Lamp chops were served lukewarm .

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AshleaS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I took a trip to a cabin nearby for our anniversary, and the Boone Tavern was recommended by our Airbnb host. It made for a perfect anniversary evening. The food was delicious; my husband got the pulled pork Mac-n-cheese, and while it had a sweetness that he did not expect, he loved it. I had the hot brown and it was amazing. Our server was very personable and kind. We loved our time here, and hope to come back another day.

Boone Tavern
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for spending your anniversary with us at Boone Tavern. We greatly appreciate your business and can't wait to see you again soon. Kindest regards, Melissa McGuire General Manager

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TracyD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Service prompt and unassuming. They were out of one of the entrees we wanted, but the substitute was perfectly acceptable.

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DarrellA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The spoonbread is fantastic! Overall it is a very good restaurant. Prices are reasonable and service is good. To be outstanding there needs to be more consistency from the students servers.

FAQs

Boone Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 985-3700.

Boone Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 1030 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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