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

Boone Tavern

4.3
4.3
1190 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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 1,190 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Special Occasion

  • Lexington

    Great for Brunch

  • Lexington

    Healthy

  • Lexington

    Special Occasion

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  1. BD

    BarryD

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  2. JR

    JanisR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    FrancisH

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Hostess also very good and very efficient.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. GE

    GEOFFREYT

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. R

    Rick

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our mean, and the entire experience.
  11. W

    Willie

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Food was not near the quality of the service or ambiance
  12. DR

    DianeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure... come for the spoonbread, stay for the rest of the delicious menu items.
  13. LK

    LindaK

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious--the best meal I have had in a long, long time.
  14. CD

    ChelseaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Alex was phenomenal. Food arrived very quickly to our table and was warm. Deep fried deviled eggs were amazing. My husband ordered a hot brown and it was hands down the best thing either of us have ever had at any restaurant, ever. We both look forward to returning some day.
  15. VB

    VickiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    beautiful restaurant. will visit next time when in the area
  16. JC

    JackC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food great service great atmosphere was just right.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious authentic Kentucky cuisine
  18. JB

    JBrooks

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great server and nice atmosphere
  19. LV

    LindaV

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in a quaint and beautiful historic hotel....
  20. WT

    WalterT

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent as always but the service was a little slow.
  21. B

    Bebe

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. The food was just ok. Maybe it was my order.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The Boone Tavern has old charm and elegance. Some food was better than other food. Service was a little slow but worth the wait. Steak was good, salmon was over cooked as was the rice. Desert was just ok. Not worth 15.00 for lava cake and ice cream. Lovely setting for dinner.
  23. K

    Kathy

    Denmark

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Sadly, we were really let down. The place is beautiful., the food, not so much. Literally, I don’t want to be that person, but after we paid our almost $200 bill and walked to a different restaurant and had pizza and a sandwich. The food is not good.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food never disappoints. Highly recommend!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    No regard for guest reservation times. Waited 15 minutes for a table for two at 6:00. I’ve been here previously so knew you ask for a nice table ( not one to the right in traffic patterns. Although I’d said nice table , the hostess tried to seat us at worst table right inside dining area to right. I didn’t accept and we sat by the window. As a hotel guest paying for multiple rooms / multiple days each stay ~ the hostess / seating problem shouldn’t always be my problem during each stay. Food is just OK. It’s convenient if you are a hotel guest … once you get a table.
  26. m

    mpwky

    Cincinnati

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Katie, was friendly, attentive and efficient. Deep fried deviled eggs were just ok - jam helped them. Hubby said KY Hot Brown was really good. Bourbon glazed salmon was delish - perfectly prepared. Derby pie was really good, coffee hot and good. Overall an enjoyable, leisurely experience.
  27. MM

    MelodieM

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful lunch at Boone Tavern. I had the Fried Green Tomato BLT with fries. It was very filling! The tomatoes were excellent and not greasy at all. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. Oh, let’s not forget the spoon bread…a Kentucky speciality. It was warm and delicious. I highly recommend it.
  28. E

    Edgar

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed Boone Tavern dining ever since we moved to Lexington almost 45 years ago. We still delight in their friendly, expedient service, delectable breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and especially their wonderful hospitality. And the shopping around the hotel is grand as well!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious & we served 2 helpings of spoon bread which is a reason for eating there!!
  30. j

    jeffreyr

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was outstanding. We were not rushed. We shared 3 Starters and all were great. There were 6 of us and all had a different entree. The food quality was exceptional. The prices were very fair and reasonable. The ambiance and experience were also very special. Tables are spaced at a very good distance from others. I had eaten there 45 years earlier and it was special to be back. Dress code has evolved from the jacket and tie days but honestly, I wouldn’t mind a little more serious dress code that respects the history and tradition of the Hotel.It would be reasonable to require no hats and jeans..most did but not all. A real classy and quality experience and highly recommend.
  31. T

    Tyler

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    There were 8 of us for a company dinner. 4 people ordered the steak (cooked medium), 3 people ordered the salmon, and 1 person ordered the "chicken flakes in a bird's nest". Two of the steaks were grossly undercooked (purple in color and not warm) and the other two were edible until the center which was almost as undercooked as the first 2. One of the salmon meals was very undercooked, and the other two weren't eaten due to a very weird taste in what we think was the glaze. The chicken meal was the only one that was enjoyed. Restaurant staff took one of the steaks off that was only cut and not eaten. Staff was friendly enough. Will not be returning to the restaurant.
  32. RH

    RobertH

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. I like how the menu changes periodically. The spoon bread was right out of the oven and excellent.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Had to ask for the spoon bread….. was almost cold and very dry. Not like what I recall from previous years. Hot Brown was way too salty. Service was great.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day
  35. JT

    JamesT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The Boone Tavern was a very goo d experience,,,, The Staff was friendly and kind. The Bread pudding with one scoop of vanilla ice cream is the best we have ever had in our travels.... Great Coffee also,
  36. R

    Reeta

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met old friends at Boone Tavern and had a wonderful time! The food, wait staff, and ambiance was wonderful!
  37. TR

    TheRoarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and the service was wonderful. Highly recommend the bread pudding!!
  38. JW

    JWoutdoors

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyed our dinner. The interior could use updated decorating.
  39. LW

    LorraineW

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Three of us were looking forward to this lunch at Boone's Tavern. The setting was beautiful and historic. The service at lunch was lacking. We weren't asked if we wanted anything to drink, so we had to ask the server for iced tea. We ordered appetizers, lunch and dessert. We weren't asked if we wanted any coffee or tea with dessert and had to call the server back to ask for a cup of coffee. She didn't bring any cream or ask if my husband wanted any. She wasn't friendly or warm and was very rushed. I asked for a dessert menu first before I ordered as it affected what I ordered, and she seemed miffed like it was an imposition. The food was OK - I had a beet and spinach salad which was totally decomposed and the beets (tingled on my tongue which usually means it is turning bad) so I didn't eat them. The Appalachian bacon dressing was delicious. My friend's onion soup was very good. My husband's creamy shaved chicken in a cream sauce in a potato next on mashed potatoes was just OK. The creamed chicken inside and the mashed potatoes underneath made the potato nest soggy. For dessert two of us had the bread pudding with bourbon sauce and it was very compact and dry and need more sauce. My husband's Derby Pie was ok. There was complementary spoon bread which was OK (never had it before so not sure if it was very good or not). We were disappointed as we expected a wonderful lunch in a beautiful historic Tavern.
  40. j

    julietango

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Boone Tavern was such a delightful experience. The first time we at lunch here, it was a happy accident. We were close to Berea at lunch time and there was a table available. Now when we travel, we make our reservation in advance and plan our day around the Boone Tavern experience. Quiet, gracious atmosphere, excellent service, and delightful food.

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 4.3 stars by 1190 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 9 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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