Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano

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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 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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JB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a perfect spot for a special birthday dinner. The food was incredible. Our entrees were perfectly seasoned without being covered in sauce or cheese. The wine and creme brulee topped it all off. I only wish the saxophone player could've been heard in the dining area.

AC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great dining experience at Giuseppe’s!

JM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first time at Giuseppe’s. We have wanted to visit for years, finally found the right time. The food was good, we split the chicken pepperoni, shared the Arancini appetizer, and had cannolis for dessert. I would order everything but the cannolis again.

BC
E. Tennessee
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Our dinner was excellent. We ordered veal dishes which were perfect, tiramisu and shrimp cocktail were also perfect. Management needs to look at service. There seemed to be enough staff, just not appropriately assigned. Out server had too many tables, we received very little attention. The wine by the bottle is exorbitantly priced. I don't mind paying restaurant prices for a bottle, but this was ridiculous. $50 for a $16 bottle of wine puts a damper on your evening. If you order by the glass, you may not get a second one. We love this restaurant and will probably go again, but I would like to have a truly enjoyable evening with reasonably price wine and better service. Absolutely cannot complain about the food.

EL
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

SA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have eaten here many times and unfortunately service was slow, and food was terrible. I was ill later in evening

M
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Good entertainment. Fun bar.

DM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Giuseppe's in Lexington. What a true hidden gem. I was entertaining 2 guests and did not know what to expect. Upon my arrival, I waited at the bar to have a drink and was greeted by a very friendly bar tender who excelled at his mixology abilities and made me feel welcome while I waited for my guests. Promptly at our appointed reservation time we were escorted to our table. The service was professional, friendly, knowledgeable and our meals were outstanding. Overall, I believe this was a five star experience and Giuseppe's is a little hidden gem in Lexington. Highly recommended.

MW
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. Service was good, but no one told us the specials of the day. The waiter next to our table told his table all options and we would have ordered had our waitress shared with us. Instead she told us nothing and we missed the opportunity!

JB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. The restaurant was quite loud when we began our meal. After a while, the crowd thinned a bit and we were able to have a conversation around the table.

JT
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in Lexington. Seafood is excellent as well as pasta and beef. Will definitely return. Love the bar and live music.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent really great Italian fine dining experience!

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been in years, and were pleasantly surprised to see the food is just as good as we remembered. Easily the best place in Lexington to get any classic Italian meal.

G
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for Keeneland and had to stop by to eat at this favorite spot. Its always a tucked away treat!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service was top notch. Will definitely go back.

AE
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious menu. The sea bass was outstanding and the asparagus wrapped in provolone and prosciutto was top notch.

c
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Devin did a superior job as our server. Ask for him,

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a nice night out with family for a birthday. Giuseppe’s was recommended to me and it did not disappoint

FW
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Eat there frequently and always have great food and service.

j
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food as always, family event with 7 people. A terrific place to go for many years. Pretty crowded and service was slow. Don’t know if it was the waiter or more likely the kitchen.

We will be back for sure

m
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

A number of things we noticed during our dining experience.
1 Tableware: Wondering if this establishment obtains their silverware from Sams or Costco?
Terribly cheap and obviously purchased in bulk somewhere.
2 Timing of delivery: May not be much communication in the kitchen. After we enjoyed our Calamari
our dinners were delivered to the table by someone other than the server, Pedro.
Pedro was nowhere to bee seen for about 10 minutes before he showed up with
the wine we ordered with dinner.
3 Food Quality: Dinner salads arrived prior to our entrees. The garden salads looked very nice.
However, the sliced tomatoes on the salad consisted mostly of a white, inedible
core. Why even put this in a salad? We occasionally encounter the same core in
tomatoes at home and simply cut it out of the tomato.
Overall, we felt as if the restaurant is making up for average quality food by providing
large amounts of it.

Summary: Very disappointed. We had not dined at Giuseppe's in a number of years but had a memories
of very nice dining experiences. This was not the case on this occasion. At this price point,
a lot more attention needs to be paid to details!! Likely will not return to this restaurant again
any time soon.

CY
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giuseppe`s sets the standard by which all other Italian restaurants are judged! Bravo, Pat and company!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been here in years. It’s still fantastic! Will be back soon!

MB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate in the dining room which we normally enjoy because of the quiet atmosphere (my wife is hard of hearing) This last trip however was nosier than we are accustomed to, through no fault of the restaurant. A large party was seated in the center of the room and were enjoying themselves, talking down the table. They were not objectionable but it did reduce our enjoyment level.

JB
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Giuseppes. Great food & service. And Monday half priced bottles of wine! We went with our relatives from Ontario Canada. They loved Giuseppes too!

MS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Nothing negative.

B
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was fair. Alfredo sauce lacked flavor with dry grilled chicken . Ravioli was good but the scallop dish was marginal. The service was attentive. They did forget that we were celebrating a birthday.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food at a reasonable price, will definitely be back.

LM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Lexington. Have come many times.

CP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guiseppes never disappoints. We always take out-of-town guests there. The food is fabulous and the wait staff is so attentive.

VM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best Italian restaurant I've been to in Kentucky!!!!!

RS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was delicious, service was excellent, and we received a free dessert to celebrate our anniversary!

G
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food are consistently top notch. Great place for a special occasion or date.

KM
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious ravioli always served as a generous portion is my very favorite meal ever especially with the wedge salad!!! Celebrating 62, Giuseppe’s was my first choice and the complimentary cream brûlée for dessert was the perfect ending to a fabulous meal served by Todd. Great atmosphere for dinner!

M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always and service was outstanding. Thank you!

TO
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

JS
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Giuseppe’s and consider it the best place for Italian food. This time I ordered the gumbo as my soup in place of a salad and it was outstanding! The Stephano is a favorite as well as the daily catch.

L
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Giuseppe always have excellent service staffs and decent food. One of the consistent place in Lexington to celebrate a special occasion.

OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

after absence of several months, had opportunity to again visit Giuseppe’s - as has been the case every time we’ve been there, the very competent wait staff was “on top of their game” and the kitchen crew continued to amaze - salads were fresh with outstanding dressings, fried seafoods were perfectly breaded and fried, sauces served with entrees and pastas were tasty but did not overwhelm the item they accompanied, overall a very pleasant and satisfying experience

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

Service was great. Food was excellent. Very special date night!!!

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