Boone Tavern

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669 reviews
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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, 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 and reservations are required for groups and evening meals.

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Wine Down Wednesday

Enjoy $5 off of bottles of wine and $2 off of glasses of Wine. Available Every Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 15, 2019

Ends: July 16, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-8:00PM

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ME
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere. A good place for a light lunch. Can be a little slow so give enough time

s
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had dinner and breakfast in the Boone Tavern dining room.
For dinner we had an 8 oz beef tenderloin and the Hen under brick. Both came with fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegies. All the food served is sourced from the farm ran by Berea College. Very fresh.
We had the bread pudding and triple chocolate cake for dessert. Each were generously portioned, and good but not great.

For breakfast we both had create your own omelets that were terrific. These came with fried potatoes or cheese grits. If you're a grits person, definitely go for the grits.

Our servers, Hunter for dinner, and Amber for breakfast were excellent at their jobs. Very attentive and friendly.

KO
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. I am on a special diet and had to be real picky. They were willing to work with my restrictions. Super place to visit.

DL
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Definitely a favorite, however they seemed to be off their game a little last visit. Service was slow, we weren't offered their traditional, delicious spoon bread, and the grilled peach heirloom tomato salad was almost inedible - the peach was hard as a rock and hardly grilled and the tomato was a waxy grocery tomato. But the Hot Brown was delicious as was the grilled chicken club sandwich. Home made chips were also delicious. Still one of our favorite places, so we're hoping next time will live up to their standard of excellence.

GA
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed stepping back in time. The decor was old lavish and i was almost expecting a rendition of ball gowns, horse and buggies, or an apparition or two of yesteryear. Food was great. Service was good and a definite repeat.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we ordered was delicious. Four clean plates out of four! Portions not oversized, and just right to properly fill the tummy and flavors perfect to quench the appetite.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Hotel was wonderful, quiet, quaint and very well maintained! Make sure to enjoy the rocking chairs on the front porch.
The restaurant was a big disappointment!! We had dinner there and breakfast. I had the scallops and they were very good. I added a side of their cheddar grits and that was a waste. It was just a congealed blob with little to no taste, it probably had been sitting for hours! Two people in our group had Chicken in a nest dish and it was basically chicken salad in a French fry bowl that was too hard to eat. Lastly one person had the duck and sent it back it was so tough. The wine list is basically non existent and the staff had no knowledge of what they had.
I almost canceled breakfast then thought if we stick to the basics we can’t go wrong.....,I was wrong.
Poached eggs were well done, sausage was previously frozen and very rubbery, ‘home’ fries were also a frozen item. ‘toast’ was not toasted! And they didn’t even put butter on the table it was some sort or margarine cause it didn’t melt!
Really wish I had booked out meals outside of the hotel!

KC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful! Delicious food and outstanding service in a beautiful setting!

KT
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and chose to eat at Boone Tavern for our celebration. We both ordered the scallops and corn plus the fried deviled eggs. Both were delicious.

JA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

I booked the reservation for a birthday dinner for my wife. The portions were rather small, and no sides offered or salad selection with our meal. The meat and cheese appetizer was quite disappointing with cheese selections that were loud in smell and taste, and one of the meat samples was extremely chewy with a taste that was not appealing. We spent over $90 for our meal and left hungry.

LC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding ! The fried green tomato appetizer was delicious. The watermelon and tomato with whipped ricotta cheese was light and tasty. We all ordered the scallop dinner and enjoyed our meal. We will return again soon.

JM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Such an elegant dining room and food with beautiful presentation. Will need to return when we can spend a night in the hotel and more time in the area.

S
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Loved the food and atmosphere but the service was much to be desired. Not busy at all but took quite some time to make it to our table. Waiter was disinterested and disingenuous. Would ask us “how is everything” but walk away before we really answered. Bizarre. Had the food and atmosphere not been so enjoyable we would have made a complaint to mgt., but we just laughed about it and let it go.

LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to college in the area over twenty years ago and always wanted to eat at Boone Tavern. I’m so glad I finally did!

PK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu,great service,historic charm .large dining room but very quaint

DM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had Sunday brunch at the Boone Tavern Berea, Kentucky. What a wonderful atmosphere! The hotel and the dining room are absolutely fabulous. I guess we didn’t realize that there was a Sunday brunch so that we had no choice but to get the buffet. This is not great for those on weight watchers. Even though the food gets rave reviews, it was not outstanding to us. The fried chicken was just OK. The fruit, the squash casserole and the bread pudding were, however, amazing. This is a really neat place to go when in Berea.

CG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was lukewarm. Everything needed salt. The gravy was sweet, tasted like they used sugar instead of salt. The best thing I ate were the soup beans, potato salad, and the spoonbread.

BM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We had dinner at the Boone Tavern on Saturday and food was fair to good and experience overall was good; however we also had breakfast there the following morning, since we were staying at the Tavern and the experience was terrible. After being seated by the "hostess" who seemed to be in a daze, we had to finally ask for service. Finally a waiter came to deliver coffee and take our order -- oatmeal and yogurt-fruit parfait (nothing complicated). It took one hour from the time we entered the dining room until our food was served. We debated walking out several times but didn't want to have to drive some place and start all over. At least one other table of diners was having trouble also because staff kept showing up and apologizing to them for something. We had a long drive ahead of us that day and were an hour and a half late launching because of the poor service in the dining room. Because we wanted the breakfast put on our room bill we were forced to wait longer until the breakfast charge was put into the computer in the dining room so it would appear on our final bill. While waiting for the bill, I complained about the long wait and more wait and the desk clerk talked to her manager and the breakfast was comped, which we appreciated. Nice gesture but too little too late. We will not return to the Boone Tavern.

t
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place for its elegance and its continuing commitment to preserving tradition.
The food is wonderful albeit not gourmet and prices are surprisingly reasonable. We will
return over and over again.

GB
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Boone Tavern is an exquisite beautifully maintained venue. The food is really good, but could be better, and the service is quite slow.

L
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were on a road trip and stayed at Boone Tavern on the way back to Tennessee from West Virginia. The dinner was delicious and service (from Eric) was perfect.

LB
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Berea Craft Festival 2019 Lunch Reservation

It has been more than 20 years since I last had lunch at the Boone Tavern Restaurant and I learned after attempting to eat lunch during the Berea Craft Festival 2018 that you need to make reservations so this year, weeks in advance, I set up our lunch reservations for 12:30 which gave us plenty of time to see the sights and shopping from first arriving at the Visitor Center to the local shops around the restaurant. We were seated right away and offered spoon bread which is delicious! I ordered the Small Tavern Greens salad with the house sorghum mustard dressing which is plate licking worthy and my dining companion ordered grilled peaches and heirloom tomatoes which was quickly devoured. Our only problem with service is that there was a very long lull between receiving our small plates to when our main entree was served. Probably about 15 minutes and it was explained to us that they wait to serve the meals to those who ordered small plates but it was really excessive compared to other dining experiences. My main was the fried green tomato BLT which was good but the bread was just so dry I had to order a side of mayo to try to combat the dryness but otherwise it was really very good and my dining companion ordered the tavern burger which was well received. The restaurant wasn't overly crowded and overall the service was good except for the long pause between the small plate and the main entree. Well worth the stop.

DS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boone Tavern never disappoints. Lovely and quaint atmosphere, traditional Kentucky fare prepared in non-traditional ways - it’s a great place for a gathering of friends or a romantic dinner for two.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service !!

s
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My husband and I stayed at the Boone Tavern Hotel so we ate dinner at the restaurant and then ate there for breakfast the next morning. We each had salads that were very good and fresh. I had the salmon which was overcooked. My husband had a spaghetti dish which he said was a bit too spicy. The restaurant so cold that we had to wear jackets. There was a family near us that had a young child who screamed almost all through dinner (I realize this was not the restaurants fault but it made it hard to relax and enjoy our meal).

For breakfast we ordered oatmeal and my husband had a waffle which he said was doughy.

I would not recommend going here if you wanted a really nice chef prepared meal. I think they are trying to be an upscale restaurant but are not quite there.

LM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely enjoyed every moment of our visit there. The food was excellent and the whole atmosphere was lovely. My 93 year old mother in law, a former Berea Student and tavern worker, loved celebrating her birthday there. As did we. Will be back again.

DT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I would recommend a visit to Boone Tavern for the experience. We started visiting the Tavern for Sunday brunch in celebration of special events about 5 years ago. In the time since, food quality has dropped, especially desserts. They are overly sweet and many appear to be commercial food service items. The spoonbread this past Sunday was extremely mealy and did not have smooth texture I have become accustomed to. The omelets made to order are good. Service was decent and small requests such as a dish of jam, an extra napkin, and a replacement fork were accomodated. Part way into the meal, rather loud background music was turned on that made conversation somewhat difficult. For me the music selection and volume was not at all pleasant, especially for dinner in a 'fancy' place. My adult children and wife, all likely to listen to classic rock and similar genre found the music somewhat annoying and at times funny: such a hodge podge of music that they had to laugh.

DI
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The historical value and the architecture alone was worth the trip. The food was great and not overpriced. Highly recommend.

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We had a difficult evening. When we arrived three minutes before our reservation, we observed a couple being turned away because they did not have a reservation. The dining room, was nearly empty, the couple had driven 30 miles and had called ahead to be told that they did not need a reservation. They were extremely disappointed. When we were seated, we were the last table of five tables that were occupied in a very large dining room with dozens of open tables. We waited more than 20 minutes to be acknowledged at all, and finally the manager came over to offer water and to apologize for our not being served, saying he had asked our server to attend to us and the server had not processed this request. The food was delicious but the service was very poor and we were confused by the restaurant's refusal to seat the couple who had arrived just before we did.

KB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dinner. We had 4 different entrees - all were delicious. We spent the night at the hotel -- breakfast the next morning was equally as good. We look forward to coming back whenever we pass through Barea.

AL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

we felt is was very very over priced.
probably would chose another place next time
i would recommend it but inform them

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

During our meal we didn't see anyone serving spoonbread. We had to ask for it. We also came back to our table after going through the buffet line the second time and our coffee cups had been removed by the waiter. We had to ask for more coffee. We've had better dining experiences in the past. We felt extremely rushed today. For the amount of money we spent here I want to relax and enjoy the meal.

DD
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our Sunday Brunch there. Our server, Santana, was very attentive to every detail. The food was delicious and a large variety to please every person. The desserts were fabulous! We couldn't have asked for a better experience!.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening!

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b
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always, a very pleasant experience making the day trip worth it!!

s
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was very good. But general service and ambiance is a far cry from what it was 20 to 50 years ago.
With the lack of a decent dress code you may as well have been in the local MacDonalds...except for what you paid. When the entrees are priced upwards of $30+ and the salads are a la carte at $10+ and an expected gratuity of 18%+ the dining experience should be a little more than we experienced. Just not what we expected and we were therefore disappointed with their newer management philosophy.

P
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely experience. Staff was very friendly and prompt with service. Would definitely recommend.

n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the history behind this restaurant. Main complaint would be one of the dishes we ordered was really NOT what was described - it would better have been described as a stewed pork chop in a tomato based sauce as opposed to pork chop with red eye gravy.

The lamp chop and baby Lima’s and peas was fantastic as was the lavender cheese cake.

DG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We stopped not knowing there were numerous events which took45 minutes to get food! Our waitress was delightful! We were traveling and didn’t plan on a 2 hr dinner.

Z
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch, drinks, ambiance and food. Would come back in a heartbeat!!!❤️

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