Boone Tavern

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$30 and under
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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, 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.

Specials

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.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 15, 2019

Ends: July 16, 2118

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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us at Boone Tavern for our famous Thanksgiving Buffet. The buffet includes a premium salad bar, Chef carved turkey, a full hot buffet with assorted sides, as well as a deluxe dessert bar. Reservations are required and the buffet times are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Boone Tavern offers a Christmas Eve buffet. It will include Chef carved prime rib, deluxe salad bar, dessert buffet, as well as other seasonal items. Menu will available at a later date.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 698 People Are Saying
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JR
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service were excellent

E
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

It just isn’t as good as it used to be. The service was very slow and there wasn’t a crowd yet. Can’t imagine what it was like for the others since the place was full when we left.
Another patron warned us away from the buffet”everything is cold”.
The servers need better training. Water needs to be filled regularly as does the coffee.
We used to love driving over from
Lexington, especially in the fall. I’m afraid it’s no longer worth the trip.

SB
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Worst experience I have ever had. Ordered chicken and waffles with 2 eggs. Got a piece of chicken and a pancake, no eggs. Told kitchen "could not do waffles today." Also told meals ould be discounted but when got bill everything was at full price. Very unfortunate that it did not live up to reputation

S
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has lovely decor, attentive service and excellent food. We were there yesterday for Sunday lunch and decided to order from the menu, which suited us. A delicious small plate item was deep-fried deviled eggs. An excellent choice to start the meal. We will always have a meal at Boone Tavern whenever we are in Kentucky.

RW
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We were on time but had to wait for about 20 minutes even though there were vacant seats within the dining room. The dining room was noisy and hard to communicate with our friends.

After we were seated we had to wait to get our order taken. Then had to ask for spoon bread and still waited for it. When we got the spoon bread it was burnt on the bottom.

Our meal was over priced for what we got.

Will not take friend there again.

TL
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date had never been there, but I grew up stopping here for lunch on the way to Cincinnati Reds Games. Excellent as always. So excited to be able to have the first Saturday brunch buffet. It was perfect!! Only wish the cheese grits had been on the buffet. No worries! We just ordered a side. Have always loved the spoon bread! Thanks for keeping it so good!! We’ll be back!

OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So rude. Didn’t even eat there. I didn’t felt welcome there at all. I heard the food was bland, but that is so much better than the service. Hope this restaurant fails and something worth while goes in. Yea it’s historic, but some history has to be forgotten and moved on from. The pompous front of the house people made sure I never come back to their AARP, retirement-home dusty “restaurant”. Went back to Lexington where they appreciated my business.

DT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food overpriced. Service good but not very personable. Atmosphere nice.

GS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with great service and food. Presentation was incredible and menu very interesting.

OT
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Wasn’t as good this time. The staff seemed put off that we were there to dine out.

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. The setting was beautiful! Berea is a wonderful place to visit.

B
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience. Hot brown was fantastic. Thanks so much for an absolutely great evening

JF
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been more than 40 years since I had last dined at Boone Tavern and it was the first time my wife and been there. I had told her how elegant it was and how good the food was especially the spoon bread. Both of us enjoyed the experience and also learning more about the history. I didn't realize that Boone Tavern was constructed by then President William Frost back in 1909 because his wife Nellie needed more space for guests to stay when they were visiting Berea College. I found that interesting because my last name is Frost and I grew up in Richmond never knowing about Berea's president. As for the dining experience, I highly recommend it to everyone especially for special occasions. The menu offer unique main selections and you can't leave without ordering the Derby Pie for dessert. I recommend sharing the pie.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the overall experience. Good atmosphere and service. My wife enjoyed the buttermilk fried chicken. I was somewhat disappointed with the bird nest entree that I ordered however I did enjoy the spoonbread. Also enjoyed cocktails at the Frosty Cafe after dinner. Would likely return but try a different entree.

W
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was awesome and really helped our family celebrate my daughters birthday.. took such good care of my 2 year old grandson !!!

K
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Sunday brunch was great! Decent price for the full buffet, which included a good assortment of meats, vegetables, fresh fruit, and desserts. The made-to-order omelettes were large enough for two of us to work on, and the desserts selection gave a bunch of options for different tastes.

We went to Boone Tavern near the start of a new school year at Berea College, and we were told that some of the serving staff were still learning the ropes. The only "glitch" we saw was that the dining room wasn't ready to go at 11:30 -- the first reservation time -- so we got in about 20-25 minutes late. Other than that, though, the servers were friendly, prompt, and knowledgeable.

Good overall experience. We would definitely recommend the Sunday Brunch especially.

MD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious Sunday brunch in a beautiful setting! We will definitely be back when we are in town again!

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Not enough wait staff

P
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Boone Tavern! We always try and stop here whenever we are traveling down 75. Sunday was a beautiful day and we just decided to make the trip down from Cincinnati to get brunch! Never disappoints!

S
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal in a relaxing quiet atmosphere with music. The hot-browns we ordered were delicious. Our server was efficient and courteous. This luncheon outing made for a very pleasant birthday experience!

JM
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is staffed primarily by students attending Berea College. We were welcomed at the door by a young woman who seated us immediately, even though we arrived about 15 minutes early. The atmosphere was quietly elegant. A student server almost immediately took our drink order. Another appeared shortly with a pan of spoon bread. The food was excellent. We hope to make a return visit in the future and spend the night at the Inn.

TI
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Great service, A Real Kentucky gem....

MD
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful small historic hotel that has been well maintained. A jewel.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service was excellent !

EH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and service were excellent. Would highly recommend the restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed a cocktail on the porch. Only downside was there were no rooms available for an overnight stay.

G
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was lovely and the food was outstanding. The corn soup was the best I’ve ever had and the summer squash with risotto was also very good. I had the salmon with cheese grits for my entree and it was excellent. My husband and I shared the bourbon bread pudding and it was delicious!

The young wait staff were all very polite but they could use more training. We ate here for both dinner and breakfast and neither of our waiters brought a pen with the check, not even after the credit card was run. They also didn’t clear dishes well. I had to put my soup bowl on the side so my entree could be placed on the table and even the. The bowl was not taken away.

The restaurant at dinner was very cold _ so cold my husband went back to our room to get a jacket. The room temperature at breakfast was very comfortable.

The service kinks and temperature can be corrected. The food was so good that, even though we live in Atlanta, I’d like to think we’ll be back!!

DW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was attentive but not intrusive. The bar provided excellent mojitos and my hot brown sandwich was delicious. I had not had one since we moved from Kentucky nearly 45 years ago, and it brought back wonderful memories. My husband enjoyed his scallops and we both enjoyed the spoon bread and our shared bread pudding. We had a lovely evening.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service was terrific. They had many new students who had just started with the new semester, had to send for fresh spoon bread. The accommodated changes in my side items easily.

LA
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service very slow despite few customers. Servers very nice and friendly, but food arrived cold, condiments too late.

ME
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
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
22 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.

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