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About Boone Tavern
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.
Berea, KY 40403
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:am
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
100 Main Street N.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Banquet, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Boone Tavern Ratings and Reviews
This dinner was in celebration of my husband's 80th birthday. I appreciated being seated at a round table so we could visit easily with our family from out of state. Our waiter was upbeat and efficient. We were able to get a birthday cake put back in the kitchen to be brought out at the appropriate time. It was a great experience all around.
Enjoyed the info in the lobby and the ease of getting a reservation on line . We all enjoyed our food. Although the server was friendly he did a terrible job of bringing what was asked for without a reminder and was not very attentive at all for that nice of a restaurant.
There were eight of us attending dinner at 6:30 on November 4th. We were seated promptly. The waiter was very attentive. The food was good, but not excellent. We have had better food
at Boone Tavern. Four of us ordered the strip steak which was a special that night.
It was tough and overcooked. It almost tasted as if it had been cooked and warmed up.
So, we were a little bit disappointed. However, this will not deter us from trying Boone Tavern
I took my granddaughter there for her 10th Birthday. She had to go to the restroom half way through the meal. I told the waiter, but when we got back our table was being remade and our food was gone. Said they could give us more food but would require a significant wait. The waiter said he had not been able to tell the clean up crew. We had dessert as she was still hungry. Everyone said they were sorry but no gesture to reduce bill. Was disappointed as was my granddaughter.
The restaurant is lovely inside with crystal chandeliers and hardwood floors. The table settings are dignified and the wait staff prompt and efficient.
The food was good with decent variety and met our expectations.
The Boone Tavern hotel and dining experience make this a great get-away destination.
Food was better and more complex than we expected. Our only complaint was that the tables are little wide and it seemed we felt far apart. The music was a little loud initially but was turned down. Overall, a nice relaxed dinner. We will go back despite the 45 minute drive.
It seems that there has been some change in the food quality, which is a little sad, but I suppose the way of the world these days. Specifically, the desert selections were particularly unsatisfying - the cake was still partly frozen in the center, the cookies were out of a grocery store package, and the brownies were clearly Sysco. It was so much more of a treat when they employed a pâtissier (pastry chef)... Still, all of the entree items that I had were quite good and the selection was appropriate for brunch (fish, vegetables, fruit, bacon, omelettes, etc.) I particularly enjoyed the citrus salad dressing and the fried chicken, which thankfully still appear to be made in-house.
Something very rare these days that we really were thankful for was the service - which was absolutely tops. The waiter for our table was superb! He was very courteous and friendly, as was the girl bringing the spoonbread around, and they made up for the desert issues.
The ambiance, as always, was very nice - a traditional, semi-formal setting with well dressed wait staff, pleasant music, and tasteful decor. If you like historical settings the Boone Tavern Inn is a must-visit.
We dine at the Boone Tavern whenever we are in the area. It never disappoints. This is the first time we experienced the Sunday Brunch. It was excellent. Great dishes prepared well. Well worth the drive, and certainly worth the slight detour off of the interstate!
I took my husband to Boone Tavern to celebrate his birthday. Food was delicious, but we asked for more spoon bread and they said they didn't have anymore. I thought this was weird as spoon bread is what they are known for so you would think they would have some until their last guest left. Also, they never acknowledged my husband's birthday. In celebrating future
birthdays, we will not choose Boone Tavern.
We were there for an annual conference and had read reviews on TripAdvisor and naturally wanted to try ourselves. The food and service was very good. It was VERY cold in the restaurant to the point that it was uncomfortable. The three of us got a chicken dish that was accompanied by potatoes along with a tasty salad and of course, the Inn's famous spoon cornbread. Everything was very delicious. The restaurant was tastefully decorated. We returned for breakfast and found it much more comfortable. Breakfast was delicious, plain old country cooking with fried eggs, crispy bacon, homemade biscuits with fresh jam. Coffee and tea was great waking up to in the morning. We definitely plan to return and try different items on the menu. The management team and servers and all others at the hotel are excellent and friendly. You simply could not ask for better southern hospitality. Loved everything about this hotel!
12:00 confirmed reservation, seated at 12:45. Explanation " no tables were available", was a little odd, with confirmed reservation. Elaboration " some people have finished and just want to stay and talk, I cannot ask them to leave", also a little strange. The reservation algorithm needs some attention. Food not really outstanding, adequate, but ambiance is excellent. Service seems to disappear at times.
This is one of the few places to dine when visiting Berea...but it's not remarkable and the food is average. Servers are cheery and kind, but I would not recommend for a special or distinctive dining experience. Best to go for location..great proximity to college and local craft shopping.
Traveling thru KY we decided to stay at the lovely Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and we're surprised to find this special restaurant. The food, service, & setting were all great. A nice wine list. Relaxed pace. Patrons were nicely dressed but not dressy. A really nice change from fast foods & chain restaurants while traveling.
We arrived just as brunch began, and the staff seemed friendly and efficient. Our server was very good - he very professional, prompt, and friendly, but the manager on duty was somewhat unprofessional - telling the table next to ours to 'blame the College' for them not being able to get alcohol before a certain time of day.
Most of the food was excellent, but some things were clearly Sysco and not local food prepared by chefs, as we have come to expect from the Tavern. The citrus salad dressing, chicken, and mashed potatoes, for example, were all excellent, but the deserts were clearly Sysco frozen products - bland, and unremarkable, which was disappointing.
The Tavern Sunday brunch is a true brunch, with traditional breakfast and lunch selections, which is rare these days, and it is well worth the drive from Lexington. The restaurant is both historic and beautiful, and is located on a very pretty college campus - it's always a fun experience.
My only concern was with the apparent change in the quality of the food, which used to be %100 prepared by actual chefs and often locally sourced, resulting in a meal that was far superior in quality to most food you can get out. This change to using mass distributed food is disappointing, but fortunately it seemed that not that much of what was offered at brunch was lower quality than what we are used to finding here. The selection of items on the brunch buffet is always wide, and I've never had difficulty finding choices that I enjoyed. Regardless of the change in food quality, I would still recommend trying the Sunday brunch.
Who would have guessed that 5 minutes off the fast food and filling stations of I-75, one could find stellar service and mouth watering food? Located across the street from Berea College, this restaurant gives travelers a lunchtime vacation. We were greeted with a warm smile, a quiet venue, and hot bread right out of the oven. I truly recommend the "Birds Nest" made of potatoes with a cream and chicken filling. My husband had the Hot Brown and refused to share, so I can't comment on it. We also enjoyed strolling past the unique shops on the same little block.
Our family of 10 opted to dine at Boone Tavern to celebrate my mother's 72nd birthday. The ambiance, service, and food were all excellent. Each of us were well-pleased with our orders and the staff went above and beyond to ensure that we had an excellent evening. So thankful to the staff for providing our family with an outstanding dining experience. We will definitely be returning to their establishment.
Boone Tavern has been a favorite since I was a little girl, coming for special lunches with my mother and grandmother. The dining room and the porches, now beautifully refurbished , hold special memories of Mother's Day with my mom and sisters and our children, as well as more recent years when I have worked with groups on retreat . It is still one of my favorite 'go to' places for a long, lovely lunch with a good friend , and Friday was just that. Great server, great spoon bread, great lunch and a wistful leavetaking of all that reminds us of the best of Kentucky. Thank you! We'll be back as soon as possible!
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