Boone Tavern

4.3
472 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Organic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(859) 985-3700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Ritchey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
100 Main Street N.
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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, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 472 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Quiet
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very enjoyable. Staff all gracious. Server, Angela, is exceptional. We enjoyed our meals, atmosphere, and complimentary birthday cake.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The atmosphere is very nice. It feels like dining in an elegant home setting. The service was very good. The food was excellent. It was delicious. We had plenty of time to visit with our friends without being rushed. We tried the dessert of bourbon cheesecake. It did not appear to have any bourbon in it at all, but it was still delicious. After we finished our lunch we sat in the lobby for a little longer. I am thankful that I made reservations because there was definitely a crowd at Boone Tavern that day.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I made a reservation the night before, knowing I would be passing by Berea on the next day's road trip from Newport, TN to Cincinnati, OH. I had never been to this landmark restaurant before. Attentive service in a beautiful dining room with a lot of nice lunch choices. I had the Cajun shrimp salad which was delicious. Fresh hot spoon bread was served out of a cast iron skillet and taken table to table. This was also delicious.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Nice history. We went for breakfast. Menu was small and very ordinary- not what I expected for all the hype. Our server, Brittany, was absolutely delightful. She made the visit worthwhile.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Flash back to a elegant time. Beautifully restore inn and restaraunt. Delicious food. Tried the crumb covered deviled eggs appetizer and loved them.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Historic college hotel restaurant is located in the center of the campus where the blue grass meets the mountains. Tradition ensures your meal will be delicious.

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1.0Dined on June 7, 2018

I had eaten at the Boone Tavern twice in the past and it was very good. This last visit was awful. Three of us had terrible meals. My daughter ordered lamb and she received a couple pieces of dried out ,tough, tasteless meat. My sister received a very small piece of dried out salmon. I ordered a dish that was supposed to have scallops and shrimp. I had 3 scallops on my plate and no shrimp. I asked for the shrimp and received some in a creole sauce. The only problem is that I don’t like shrimp creole and I had not ordered it. The prices were very high in comparison to the tiny portions we received. Plus, the food was very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

They served hot cornbread right out of the skillet--somewhere in the top five pieces of cornbread I've ever eaten. The Reuben sandwich could have been served proudly in an NYC deli.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Décor is nice and food was very tasty (the smoky salmon quesadilla was superb), although I wished my portion was a bit bigger. Staff is very friendly and pleasant. Salad and spoonbread came quickly after ordering, but it took longer than expected for entrees to arrive and for the check to come.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

My first time there and I'm looking forward to whenever my next time will be. :)

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Boone Tavern is a must for 1-75 travelers. Located in an historic hotel, the beautiful dining room is a throwback to simpler times when chain restaurants didn't dominate the landscape. Good food, terrific service. Worth the trip off the freeway

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Absolutely love this place, although we booked reservation late, they were more than patient that we were there after closing. Would very much recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Birthday brunch was awesome!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The salmon was white. The cheese cake was actually custard- nothing like cheesecake.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The whole experience that day was stellar. It was my husband’s 80th birthday and our three daughters were home for the occasion. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves because of the terrific food, the atmosphere and our waiter, who did a great job. Thanks Boone Tavern!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Went to Boone Tavern for a family dinner and absolutely loved it! From the food to the service to the history of the place, everything was just amazing. Highly recommend it to anyone driving through or live around the Berea area. Definitely worth a trip to experience Boone Tavern!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The buffet was overpriced & the food was not very good. The prime rib was to tough to eat. It was certainly not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Everyone was extremely nice and warm. Food was excellent! Best dining experience I’ve had in many years.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Melody was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Very good place to have a special occasion meal. High quality meals with good variety.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Beautiful room, excellent food. We try to stop whenever we are in the area

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The food was excellent the waiter was very attentive and the atmosphere was quiet.

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Our 101 year old Mom graduated from Berea College in 1941 and we honeymooned there 40+
Years Ago and had fond memories of our times there. As a treat we drove several hours to
Celebrate an early Mother’s Day dinner together. Our waiter disappeared several times for
Long periods and it took a long time to get our food and drink refills. Food was mediocre
Not like we remembered. There was a large party there so dining room was noisy. For
The price very disappointing.........we would not recommend except for historical value.

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2.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Food was disappointing. Had the scallops. Sauce tasted like it was out of a jar. Cheesecake warm. Service not very professional, and slow.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Third time I've been to the Boone Tavern. Ambience is lovely, service is wonderful and food is unique and good. If I'm in the area again, I would definitely eat there again.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

A birthday night for my wife, on the way to see family in eastern KY from Michigan. Stayed at the inn. Have been there before and have eaten at the restaurant before. That's why we returned.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food and service in this elegant restaurant were quite good. The Crab Cake starter and the Wedge salad were very tasty. The Seared Scallops and the Lamb Loin were very delicious. Everyone in our party of 5 enjoyed their meals. I have only one slight criticism. The red wine was being stored on a top shelf under lights which made it warmer than room temperature. Like many restaurants, there seems to be a lack of understanding that red wine should be stored at
17-18 Celsius or 58-62 Fahrenheit which, after served, will warm up to room temperature.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Had a lively Sunday Brunch

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food was excellent. Our service however was slow and we had to ask for refills a couple of times. We sat there for 18 minutes before we got any water and to meet our waiter once we were seated.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I would definitely recommend the Boon Tavern. Between the food options and the mood of the restarunt, it is an excellent experience. I also highly rocomend the lamb medallions given the chance to order them.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Dinner was over cooked and the restaurant is over rated for the cost of the meal. Just expected better than it was.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We are from NE KY, and we met some friends there that are from E TN. It was just a perfect place for our purposes, and the food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Boone Tavern is one of our favorite local spots. You can’t beat the great meals and wonderful ambiance! Boone Tavern is a special treat for my husband and I to bring friends and family for a nice evening! The quail is perfection.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The whole dining experience was excellent. 3rd time there and it was as good as usual.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Overall, the food and service was good. However, I had the worst butternut bisque soup that I could ever remember. That particular recipe should be tossed.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Loved it...will return again soon! Our visit was for a pre-theater dinner. Was so impressed, we came back for breakfast...

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Very good service. Great seeing students helping.
Excellent variety of bourbons being a Kentucky tradition.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

A most enjoyable evening. Came to the Inn from Cincinnati for our anniversary. Our server Andrea made it very memorable! Thanks Andrea

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful Sunday Brunch. We enjoy our visits to Berea and Boone Tavern.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our 25th Anniversary dinner together was a delight at Boone Tavern. We drove about 1 1/2 hours to get there, but the food was perfect and our waitress was wonderful! We would love to visit again.

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