Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano

4.8
975 reviews
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There’s a quiet country road hiding near one of Lexington’s busiest intersections. Tucked down the lane in a tree-lined cove, Giuseppe’s has been serving great Italian cuisine serenaded by live music for the last 21 years. Renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, hand-cut steaks, traditional and contemporary pasta dishes, homemade desserts and extensive wine list, Giuseppe’s captures its guests with the ambience of candlelight, easy sounds of slow jazz and a taste of passion which flows from your fork, making every dish its own invitation to return. Whether you prefer a table in the main dining room, the lounge, or the patio, Giuseppe’s is the perfect romantic spot for dates and anniversaries, and it’s also a favorite for large gatherings of family and friends. Giuseppe’s Private Dining Room provides a relaxed, intimate venue for business and social events. That is how something so hidden still stands out, and that is why those who find us return again and again.
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LF
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great Sunday Brunch. Our favorite for Easter Sunday, but great any time.

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EA
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in town. Food was great and the service was exactly what we like which is not to intrusive or hovering but takes care of the table and you don't feel rushed at the end of the meal.

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J
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous evening dining at Giuseppe's. Could not have been better!

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DD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restaurant knows how to provide service and quality food! One of the best kept secrets in Lexington!!!

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FL
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Started with fried oysters. They were cooked perfectly. They were nice and hot upon arrival at our table. Crispy on the outside and silky inside. We both had the fish special. Again, served hot, accompanied with roasted vegetables. The salad was romaine lettuce which is usually good. However, the majority of the serving was the rib of the romaine and not the leaf. Too much crunch and not enough green. Server was training a new person, so we have double service. Celebrating a birthday, so it was a good evening.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, the atmosphere was ok, but i loved the music. I ordered the new York strip medium and was disappointed, the strip was flavorless and had a lot of connective tissue. The steak was soft and retained it's juices very well. The vegetables served with it was flavorless and watery. The red skin potatoes was spot on and really brightened the dish up. My dish overall was disappointing enough that I will not try it again. I feel like I did not get what I paid for and will most likely not be coming back anytime soon.

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M
Detroit
101 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always stop at Giuseppe's on our way to Tennessee to visit relatives. Excellent food and service and a comfortable place to dine.

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We frequent Giuseppe’s as it is pretty close to our house and is the best Italian place we have had in Lexington. We had family in town and they want to go to Giuseppe’s at least once while visiting.

The food has always been very good. I have had the steak, pasta dishes and the fish. The Halibut is outstanding. My wife loves their stuff shells. My FIL ordered the lasagna this time and said it was just “ok.” He is the one that has to go every time they are in town, sometimes twice.

The restaurant is nice in side and the staff have always been friendly and knowledgeable.

The only real negative thing about Giuseppe’s is the parking. They do not have bear enough spaces. I would definitely recommend reservations as it tends to fill up quickly.

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VA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a great place that isn’t commercialized!! As real as they come!

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R
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great, service was lacking!

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DS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is always our top choice for a special occasion.

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N
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good and service was timely and professional. Parking was terrible (cars were all over the lot blocking access to many spaces). No one from the restaurant was outside managing the situation. When we arrived (with reservations made days in advance) we were told we would have a 20 minute wait until the party at our table finished and left. This was acceptable until we found after we were seated at least 10 tables in our area unoccupied????

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food!

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SL
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guiseppe's Ristorante Italiano was a very pleasant experience for us last Sunday evening. Our server, Cody, did an awesome job of staging our dinner so that each course arrived in a timely manner, without rushing us. My husband is not a big fan of Italian cuisine, but he loved the ribeye steak with the sauce Cory recommended! I had the penne pasta with shrimp and lobster in a delicious pesto sauce - definitely as good as it sounded! Bread was great, and we shared the tiramisu for dessert - yum, yum!

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l
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it's the only place we go for our birthday's.! it's a wonderful treat

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AM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting from out of town (Keeneland 🐎) and wanted some good Italian. This place is a hidden (almost literally) gem in Lexington. Great food and service. Would definitely come back again next time we are in town .

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JB
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Love Giuseppes. Took a couple of friends visiting Kentucky from Toronto & they were very impressed.

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CP
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My grandson and I enjoyed a great meal with extraordinary service Tuesday evening.

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KV
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my son’s birthday. Everything was great.

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PA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to Giuseppe's many times. Overall, a consistently good experience. Fresh flowers on the table are always a plus, too. We recommend it and will be back.

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New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit to the restaurant and the place was packed on a Saturday night. Scott was our server and we ate in the bar. It was loud but the live lounge music was tasteful and very good. Service and food were impeccable and the portions are huge so there is great value to it too. I will definitely go back when I am in Lexington again

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KS
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great table along the wall toward the back. No bothersome loud conversations. Service great. Loved the shrimp special entree and fried ravioli appetizer. Portobello beef pasta quite nice too.

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DB
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lexington’s hidden gem!

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PO
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! One of the best restaurants we've ever eaten at. Highly recommend.

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BC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are excellent. This is our favorite special occasion place in Lexington.

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C
Shreveport
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to celebrate after my daughter’s first art showcase.
We were seated promptly at our reservation time and our service was excellent! The appetizers were great and the meal was outstanding, and the dessert, fantastic!
We will definitely make Giuseppe’s a place to visit each time we are in Lexington.

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GR
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a girlfriend gathering
Wonderful service and very tasty food.

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AC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an overall pleasant meal for the six of us. It’s difficult to find anything close to authentic Italian fare in this area and I must say this establishment fills that void nicely. A bit pricey, but I expected that after going through the online menu. Noise level is my only real gang up as it was considerably high and I’ll appropriately blame much of that on inconsiderate people rather than the establishment. We will however, return in good time for another outstanding meal!
Thanks again.

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SN
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it being very quiet Would recommend highly

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance, food was good, but for the price I did expect something a little bit fresher or more authentic. The food really could use an update

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not awful, but not really fabulous for the price. I would not recommend.

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C
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Normally, Giuseppe's is one of my favorite restaurants. Service was still great & most food is still great, just warning anyone to be careful if you ask the kitchen to go off menu. they claimed to be able to recreate their linguini w/clam sauce, which they recently removed from the menu, and sadly, they were not. It was awful.

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BC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been as we moved but back in Lexington for a visit and wanted to go to a great restaurant. As usual everything was excellent.

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LM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience as usual. We will keep coming back.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, always a great idea. My parents have been coming here as their date night place for about 20 years now. It is like pulling off into a place within the city of Lexington, that feels more like you're at an Italian coastal location. Something out of a Nicolas Sparks novel. The live jazz music will not disappoint in adding to the ambiance. Giving 5 stars is a no brainer.

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PH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A long time favorite restaurant. Always quality food,service and ambience!

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JD
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Giuseppe's has the best tasting Italian food you can get commercially in Lexington. Although the place needs a physical facelift (feels dated), our meal was very good. Excellent service and we especially enjoyed the talented musician that was playing on Friday night. Food is a bit expensive, but I'll go back.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Quaint Italian restaurant tucked away off Nicholasville Rd. Beautiful live music, great service, and AMAZING food (chicken pepperoni and gnocchi are my favs + an amazing chocolate lava cake for dessert). A great place for special occasions because it is a little bit of a splurge. However, the quality of the food and experience is worth every penny!

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RA
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful—delicious food, great variety, don’t miss it!

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m
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wife birthday

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