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Traditional Chicken Flakes in a Birds Nest - Boone Tavern, Berea, KY

Boone Tavern

4.4
4.4
1218 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Organic, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 985-3700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Boone Tavern offers private dining, meeting, and wedding receptions space for groups from 5 to 150 guests. We offer six beautifully restored and renovated event rooms including the Bowling Dining Room. Our southern hospitality, vintage charm and elegance along with our commitment to locally grown and “Kentucky Proud” ingredients make your group dining experience memorable. Your guests will savor Historic Boone Taverns famous restaurants fine dining cuisine. Attendees will experience customized breaks that include homemade snacks and our Signature Boone Tavern coffee, luncheons featuring tastes of the season with fresh locally grown ingredients and elegant dinners complete with Boone Tavern Spoonbread, all prepared by our award-winning culinary staff. Give your guests a grand finale to remember.

  • Private party contact

    Ashley Lewis: (859) 985-3705

  • Neighborhood

    Berea

  • Cross street

    100 Main Street N.

  • Parking details

    Boone Tavern has a complimentary self parking lot at the back entrance of the hotel. Boone Tavern also offers spaces for handicap guests parking as well as reserved spaces for Eco Friendly vehicles.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,218 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Special Occasion

  • Lexington

    Great for Brunch

  • Lexington

    Healthy

  • Lexington

    Great for Lunch

  • Lexington

    Romantic

  • Lexington

    Special Occasion

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    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely stay, good meals, pretty town.
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    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful historical restaurant food was amazing service was great.
  3. JO

    JodyO

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, all staff were friendly and professional. Our server, Sam, was exceptional. Beautiful restaurant.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was great as always. Service was extremely slow. Took over a half hour just to get waited on and that's only because I got up and said something. Probably be awhile before I go back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best food and great service ! Love it !
  6. LB

    LouB

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food great. Personnel great also, just need more of them. Happy about the experience.
  7. CG

    CynthiaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    3 different entrees: bourbon glazed salmon-👍🏻👍🏻; pork chop-👎too dry; Kentucky brown-👎tooooo salty. Very good service and ambiance. Desserts were excellent ( derby pie and chocolate Bundt cake).
  8. r

    richardf

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    nice place for a great get away if you are in the area
  9. L

    Lori

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, delicious and plentiful food, great service, very enjoyable meal!
  10. NO

    NancyO

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love coming there everyone is so nice. The food and service was great
  11. JR

    JamaR

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Delicious brunch with a historical KY backdrop.🐴
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Small menu but excellent food. I had the beet spinach salad with salmon and a bowl of French Onion soup. The salmon was so tender and flaky. The salad was great, and the bacon dressing was perfect. The soup was flavorful, not too salty, and not oily. Excellent. The boys had the chicken flakes and loved it. For dessert I had the bread pudding. The bourbon sauce is good, but stout if you aren't expecting it. The boys had the special which was funnel cake fries.
  13. k

    kirkb

    Louisville

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The overall experience was very good. They food was excellent. I ordered the filet mignon and asked for mashed potatoes and green beans, which they happily accomodated. The steak was cooked to perfection. My wife ordered the pork medallions with a marsala sauce and asked for green beans instead of the mixed vegetables. The waitress graciously recommended that the vegetables paired better with the dish. I agreed to keep the dish as stated, and she was correct, they went wonderfully. All in all the restaurant is wonderful. My only complaint is they need to work on their wine list availability. The 1st night we had to order 3 wines before they could find one they had (took over 40 minutes). We thought we would be ahead of the game and ordered the wine for the 2nd night when we left the 1st...when we arrived, they didn't have that wine either. Overall a nice evening.
  14. k

    kirkb

    Louisville

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was too notch. They had a little hiccup trying to find the wine we had ordered, but once that was taken care of, it was wonderful. I had the Bourbon Salmon and ordered mashed potatoes instead of the rice. The bourbon sauce was divine, not too sweet, and the salmon cooked to perfection. I also had a beet salad that was fabulous. We also ordered the filet, and it was also cooked to perfection. We oredered the bread pudding to take back to the room...wonderful. A very pleasant evening!
  15. JA

    JohnA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Drinks and food were both very very slow coming out. We ordered 2 more glasses of wine and they never came. Reserv was at 5:15. Didnt have Food at 6:00. Had to be at a play at 6:30. I would reccomend if you have plenty of time. Nowhere to go after.
  16. DB

    DianeB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the total experience, from the greeting by the Hostess to the wait staff. We enjoyed the spoon bread which is always delicious. My friend and I chose the Hot Brown which we both agreed was the best we had ever tasted. The side salad was fresh and just the right amount. We shared the cheesecake and our waitress even brought us both toppings, carmel and chocolate! It was tasty.
  17. DC

    DanC

    Louisville

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely brunch in the historic Boone Taverne.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my daughter and some friends for brunch to celebrate her 16th birthday and really enjoyed it. The food was delicious.
  19. ER

    ElisaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful. The food was excellent and the service was great.
  20. k

    karenr

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Historical venue.
  21. GM

    GregM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is incredibly good. Enough options to satisfy most palettes. Staff are wonderful...and please keep in mind that many are Berea College students, some of whom may have just begun their employment obligations with the college. They are all wonderful people, so please be patient and understanding if they aren't yet as quick and polished as you may like. Highly recommend not only the restaurant, but also a stay at the hotel for the complete package. Amazing experience.
  22. HC

    HappyCustomer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely place to have a romantic meal. The service was superb. The food was great. And the ambiance was quiet and romantic.
  23. KK

    KentK

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Good food. Service a little slow, understandable with the student training aspect.
  24. KM

    KyMag

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second night, very loud laughing and conversation was next to us. We asked the waitress if we could change tables and she cheerfully said yes which we appreciated. I realize wait staff, etc. have no control over loud talking which seems to be in vogue today with 30-40 year olds.
  25. TR

    TaraR

    Cincinnati

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Boone Tavern and try to stop there for a meal any time we are traveling through Berea!
  26. L

    Louise

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely old restaurant, great local food and classic atmosphere! Highly recommend.
  27. B

    Brownie51

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very relaxing and excellent place to stay and eat.
  28. AS

    AliciaS

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must do when in the Berea area. very pleasant atmosphere. They absolutely have the best spoon bread I have ever tasted. Our server Milaki (sp) was a gem. She took the time to suggest some menu items. We ordered the Fried Green tomato and bacon sandwich . It was so tasty!
  29. MB

    MarthaB

    Savannah

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I met some friends for lunch. We had a delightful lunch. The spoonbread was warm and they brought butter!! One must have butter with warm spoonbread. Our server was very attentive and the food was wonderful!! Thanks for a great day!
  30. t

    toms

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Service was very good. Restaurant was clean and arrangement of tables offered privacy at the table. Breakfast was excellent-however- we were not pleased at all with dinner. Food was very salty, not attractive on the plate and a Kentucky dish like Hot Brown should have been exceptional!!! Even dessert was a disappointment and selections were not exciting as they should be at Boone Tavern! Have eaten there in the past and no comparison to this experience!!! Will stay at Boone Tavern again- but - unless dinner menu has improved will not eat there again.
  31. BD

    BarryD

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We have visited Boone Tavern many times. Pre- Covid the Sunday brunch was excellent with very attentive staff and a fantastic brunch buffet. Recently though, it is disappointing. The wait staff is either lackadaisical, insufficiently trained / supervised or simply disinterested. The quality of the food has also suffered. In 63 years I have never been served cold (apparently straight from the refrigerator) biscuits. Even the gravy didn’t warm them up much. When next our server arrived, we were finished with the rest of our meal and when told about the biscuits just said ‘I’m sorry’. I sincerely hope that service improves significantly. Please bring back the brunch buffet.
  32. JR

    JanisR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dining experience. The Hot Brown was wonderful. Recommend desserts. Just the right size!
  33. n

    naplesann

    Cincinnati

    230 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    230 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is perfect. The service attentive. Their hot browns are huge and delicious. I have never had any experience any better.
  34. FH

    FrancisH

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Hostess also very good and very efficient.
  35. BK

    BonnyK

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful experience. Loved the decor! Food outstanding! Great little town.
  36. R

    Rocket

    Louisville

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dining room with downtown Berea views through large windows. Have dined there twice in two weeks. Servers are excellent and so is the food. Menu prices are reasonable. Make a reservation if possible as it is quite popular.
  37. B

    Betterwithbutter

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Love the concept of a place that’s is part of a school where students are required to work while in school and that the restaurant employees them. Our waitress and waiter the next morning were both very nice as was everyone. What is sad is they bring you delicious spoon bread and do not serve real butter, just fake butter in those little containers. If you are charging $42 for a 6 ounce filet you should not be serving anything but butter. Same goes for breakfast, real butter. Maybe lighten upon the heavy sauces some and invest in real butter, that spoon bread deserves nothing but. The grits at breakfast were the best thing we had from both meals, perfection.
  38. GE

    GEOFFREYT

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Having a reservation really helped. The restaurant was not busy but soon became so. We were seated right away and server took our drink orders. Food delivery was slow but food was hot when finally delivered and vert tasty. Dessert was very nice also.
  39. DP

    DebP

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have stopped here twice a year for the last 15years. This restaurant has never let us down. Consistent choices from salads to southern cooking. My personal favorite is breakfast
  40. HK

    HelenK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful historic hotel and restaurant in a lovely college town.

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

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 1218 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 6 times today
Google Map for Boone Tavern

100 Main St N, Berea, KY 40403

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    100 Main Street N.

  • Neighborhood

    Berea

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Organic, Southern

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Boone Tavern has a complimentary self parking lot at the back entrance of the hotel. Boone Tavern also offers spaces for handicap guests parking as well as reserved spaces for Eco Friendly vehicles.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (859) 985-3700

  • Private party facilities

    Boone Tavern offers private dining, meeting, and wedding receptions space for groups from 5 to 150 guests. We offer six beautifully restored and renovated event rooms including the Bowling Dining Room. Our southern hospitality, vintage charm and elegance along with our commitment to locally grown and “Kentucky Proud” ingredients make your group dining experience memorable. Your guests will savor Historic Boone Taverns famous restaurants fine dining cuisine. Attendees will experience customized breaks that include homemade snacks and our Signature Boone Tavern coffee, luncheons featuring tastes of the season with fresh locally grown ingredients and elegant dinners complete with Boone Tavern Spoonbread, all prepared by our award-winning culinary staff. Give your guests a grand finale to remember.

  • Private party contact

    Ashley Lewis: (859) 985-3705

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