Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano

4.7
1104 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 25 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 ambiance 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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OT
E. Tennessee
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great experience here. Excellent service and food!

KV
Indiana
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for my mother’s 80th birthday. The cocktails were delicious as well as the appetizers- love the risotto balls! I had the French onion soup, my son had the white bean- both were very tasty! Our entrees were equally as delicious. Our server was outstanding. Overall, it was a great experience. One of our favorite places to dine.

VT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the drink at the bar served by our favorite bartender Norman to our wonderful server Ruby, our experience was great. The pasta with Italian sausage was delicious if you like authentic spicy sausage. My carbonara was delicious. We have had excellent meals and service with each visit. And we can actually hear each other talk! The ambiance is perfect for a dinner with friends at one of the best restaurants in Lexington.

JW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite! The saxophone music was a pleasant surprise.

R
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food in the Lexington market. The local entertainment is subdued for a quiet dinner.

l
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

N
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We had the grouper and the salmon, both were tasteless. Very unsatisfied this time. However, last time my husband had Redfish and it was prepared very well, and I had the chicken dish with pesto cream sauce which was great. I think the fish dishes are not consistently good. Overall, food has been good but this was an expensive disappointment. We will be back though, so thank you for your willingness to make an effort to improve your menu.

TC
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superior! Never disappoints. Birthday dinner for 8. Added 2, 2 were trying to calm their baby so were in and out. Took it ALL in stride!

JF
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was exceptional and a great value. The service and ambiance at Giuseppe's is always the best.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is my second time at Giuseppe’s, although it has been several years. I was underwhelmed the first time and only came a second time because I received a gift certificate. Parking is very difficult, as it is mostly on the street. The food is mediocre and certainly not worth the price, in my opinion. My husband and I had Caesar salads; his had no dressing and mine had limp lettuce, and soggy bread crumbs. Our main course of pasta was good, but not worth $24 and $26 respectively. Dessert was the best part of the meal; chocolate lava cake and cannoli. Our bill was $80 and change. We did not drink or have appetizers. I have no desire to return to this restaurant a third time and instead will spend my money at another Lexington dining establishment.

WB
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Celebrating anniversary and birthday. Food, service, atmosphere was great. Music provided by David hall was icing on the cake, very nice adding to the ambiance, nice selection from jazz standards to pop. Highly recommend. We shall return!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service! Todd was excellent!!!

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giuseppe’s is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is excellent and the service outstanding. It is a quiet, intimate restaurant enhanced with soft jazz music, usually sax or trumpet live in the bar. It is a great atmosphere for a high quality, leisurely dining experience.

SM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal!!

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D
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was, as always, great. I keep ordering the same dish because I would hate to leave without having it. Service was good and timely but not outstanding, as in very friendly. It was my wife's birthday and I'd requested as quiet a table as possible. Given the room size and how busy you were, that wish was accomplished. We will certainly be back and are always recommending others try you out.

MH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giuseppe’s never fails to deliver a GREAT dining experience! From the Gnocchi appetizer to the Carbonara entrees (American and Italian) the food was outstanding and served with 1st class service. The soft jazz sax was a perfect environment. Felt like a big time big city restaurant. Commit to frequent more often.

PF
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, ambience and service! Would highly recommend and I can’t wait to go back!

KT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Favorite Italian restaurant-Interior needs to be updated.

CG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and atmosphere, never disappoints. One of the very very best in Lexington!

G
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food
Excellent service
Good music
Will be back soon!

N
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Service was excellent. Management was attentive, therefore, the celebration was superb! Chicken with thyme sauce was yummmmy and red fish excellent our compliments to the chef and staff!!!

TA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service. Well worth the money!

l
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter’s anniversary dinner. She and my son-in-law loved their dinner!!

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

Food and serving size were excellent. Our server was absolutely fantatic, thank you again Devon!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service. Our meal was delicious and we had a great time. It was also half off a bottle of wine night.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

JB
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. We love Giuseppe's. Monday half price bottles of wine.

MM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our group had a wonderful time. Our server was attentive and his recommendations were awesome. Food was great from the appetizers to our entrees. Love, love the chocolate martinis.

EB
Louisville
37 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great! Had never been for brunch and really enjoyed it.

G
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Our server was MIA most of the evening. Too top it all off, we were seated in the bar area, complete with crappy music and a screaming little girl. So much for an enjoyable date night!

K
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, tons of options, friendly service, great date location, I go for every yearly anniversary

BB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm a hearing aid wearer and the noise level was a bit loud overall - but music played by a live musician was kept reasonable although hearing my wife sitting next to me became an issue with others in the restaurant being overtly loud and in my estimation obnoxious. Naturally Giuseppe's can't control that but perhaps next time we'll ask to be placed on the quieter side if possible. This WAS a bit loud until a couple of the tables finally got up and left. Noisy people, coupled with music and general close-space environment - plus with my hearing aids, which I could have turned down, was a bit too loud for me and if I HAD turned down my hearing aids then the conversations with my wife would have been harder to have. NOT restaurant's fault again however.

N
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good! Chicken Marsala very good and came out Hot with hot plate!! Excellent, that is finer dining 101!!! Yeah!! Great job!! Salad bread & butter tasty!! Desert excellent! Keep up the great job! Pay your employees well they deserve it!!

CM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all around. Service was attentive without being intrusive, food was extraordinary. great wine and bourbon selection. Great music.

FW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We eat there frequently and always enjoy the experience. They have live jazz music on the weekends.

TT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our 1 year wedding anniversary dinner and it was excellent. The food was amazing, the service was great and the food was absolutely delicious! We will definitely be back!

TM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went on my birthday 🎂. Everything was great. Food was great,

DJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable night out! Food and service were outstanding! Food was fresh and tasty!

BQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giuseppe’s is our favorite Italian restaurant in Lexington. For many years it has consistently been delicious. The wait staff has always been informative, attentive, and polite. Their standard menu offers are so good, but they also offer nightly specials that are interesting and unique. If you’re looking for a wonderful meal or apace for a special occasion, Giuseppe’s is the place to go!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful classic ambience, great chicken piccata and capers, excellent service, smooth delicious wine, free anniversary dessert....what are you waiting for? :) Just sorry we were too early for the saxophone player.

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