Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano

4.7
812 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(859) 272-4269
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Steve Olmstead
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room seats up to 45 guests. Doors and 4 solid walls make the private room completely private. It is available by reservation on a first-come first-served basis. Private room dinner packages may be viewed on our website, giuseppeslexington.com. Or guests may order from dinner menu. Or create a custom menu for your event. A screen is provided free of charge; projector available for rental. Ideal for business meetings, family celebrations, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Old Nicholasville Road
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Parking details
Giuseppe's has a parking lot by the front door of the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Live Jazz in our Lounge: Dave Hall plays saxophone Weds, Thurs and Fri. Tom Senff plays keyboard Sat.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 812 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine! Excellent food and service. I have celiac disease and I am always accommodated and have never gotten sick. Highly recommend!

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JB
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place! Great food and drinks. Monday night half price wine bottles!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the lasagna!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

Isolated between next to sax player and a large wedding party made conversation impossible would suggest that table be used for walk ins not a reservation made a week in advance

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DG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Annual Christmas dinner of college friends

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w
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was slow but food amazing as always
A must for folks wanting a Good Experience

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband out for a birthday dinner, food was great, service was great and dessert was awesome.

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SG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I would’ve given this 5 stars but the room temp was very cold when we arrived for our 4 pm reservation. It took about an hour to warm up, then we were done with our meal.

Our server was wonderful though! Norman took great care of us and the food was delicious. I especially loved the tiramasu!

This was a birthday celebration for me and I will definitely return. I just wished you were open earlier the day for lunch. We live almost 2 hrs away and don’t like to be out too late anymore.

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DK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting Giuseppes and were very pleased and couldn't wait to make reservations again. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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t
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. And Guiseppe’s was the perfect place for us to do that. We absolutely loved the food. It reminded us of Italian food in New Jersey where my husband is from. So glad that someone recommended Guiseppe’s to us! Will definitely go back.

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PR
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It would be nice if your parking area and street were lit better at night....I would maybe consider coming out there more were it not for the traffic on Nicholasville Rd between 5-7 pm...Food was really good and our waiter, Scott, was very accommodating.

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H
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time and not disappointed. Cocktails are a great buy — large full glasses and perfectly mixed. Food is authentic, excellently prepared and huge portions. Service was great as were the deserts.

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ST
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Good Italian is one of my favorites. Food was unimpressive. Seems like a popular place that regulars frequent so the atmosphere is pleasant. I really wanted to like it, but my meal and my spouse's meal were just not good Italian food ... that we were expecting.

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F
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely place to go and share a lovely meal with friends

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, as well as a great atmosphere...perfect for celebrating our colleague!

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B
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good authentic Italian food in a pleasant atmosphere with excellent service

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j
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great environment with awesome live music!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great time as always

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CL
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

For the most part the restaurant was fine. But only fine. My dish the Saltimboca was truly awful. I doubt it was even veal. However, the fish dishes were very nice and prepared properly. The ceasar salad must have been torn the previous day and was limp. Croutons not freshly made and too big. The service was good. Atmosphere nice.

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IP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food and restaurants in Lexington Kentucky

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a delightful dinner as we celebrated my husband's birthday. Service was excellent and the food was wonderful!

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giuseppe’s was fantastic! The food was amazing, the ambiance was great, and our service was great. They had half off bottles of wine, which is a great deal. I will definitely be back!

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G
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We love the food at Guiseppe’s but have found the service to be somewhat lacking. We recently sat for at least 5 minutes staring at our entree without being able to eat it as we didn’t have any silverware,. Finally, my husband got up and tracked down a bus boy for some. This type of issue is typical of what happens at this restaurant. Unfortunately, the servers just don’t seem to be that well trained.

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OT
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and music!

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w
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy little place with excellent menu and service. Love the quiet music in the bar. I would rate in the top 5 in Lexington.

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DT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few consistently great restaurants in Lexington...always great food and service.

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s
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, with a very nice selection. The server was friendly and helpful.
Was not happy with our seating

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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T
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!! The drinks are amazing and the jazz is wonderful. Food is always consistent!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The lasagna I had was a little dry and needed a boost of something. The sausage was dry and spicy.

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s
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience would definitely recommend

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R
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed sitting in the lounge with live music and TVs to watch the UK football game. High energy night and lots of fun. Food was excellent. I highly recommend the arincini appetizer. Our halibut special and sea bass were both very good. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere request the dining room rather than the lounge when making a reservation.

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M
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with many entree items and specials. Good service even tho we had to wait in our reservation. Enjoyed lounge with music. Will return

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M
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

🤙🏽🤙🏽🤙🏽🤙🏽🤙🏽
Was excellent as always, make sure you make timely reservations, especially during the Keeneland meet

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FK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Always great food and service. A great place to go after a less than profitable day at Keeneland. My favorite restaurant in Lexington.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server provided us information on the specials for the evening to include the wine list. Recommended a great appetizer before our meal was delivered. Excellent service all around.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The prices of the menu online are not the same prices of the menu in the restaurant, the food is good but a little pricey. We were celebrating a birthday and despite making a reservation well in advance had the worst table in the restaurant next to the kitchen door with a very noisy and obnoxious large party right next to us so it was hard to have a nice dinner. They offered to put us at a different table but there wasn't one available for at least 20 minutes we were told. While in the ladies room I was hit in the head by baby changing table that was not secured I told the hostess and she says oh that's happened to me before, I was shocked that a manager didn't even come by to see if I was alright. The food was okay but not what we expected based on the reviews and all the other little things that went wrong we would not return

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KD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I always come there and I live in New York State. I absolutely love it!

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LY
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We always enjoy Giuseppe's and have gone there for many years. The food is high-quality but less expensive than that of other area restaurants. It is very convenient to our neighborhood, as well. Our only complaint is that the parking is very limited and the parking lot is a bit difficult to navigate. In general, we would rate in an easy 4 out of 5 stars.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoy the food at Giuseppe's and the service is second to none. we'll be back next month!

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