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Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano, Lexington, KY

Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano

4.9
4.9
2569 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Booked 41 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 272-4269

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steve Olmstead

  • Neighborhood

    Lexington

  • Cross street

    Old Nicholasville Road

  • Parking details

    Giuseppe's has a parking lot by the front door of the restaurant.

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz in our Lounge: Dave Hall plays saxophone Weds, Thurs and Fri. Tom Senff plays keyboard Sat.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,569 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central Kentucky

    Best Overall

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Food

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Service

  • Central Kentucky

    Italian

  • Lexington

    Best Overall

  • Lexington

    Best Food

  • Lexington

    Best Service

  • Lexington

    Hot Spot

  • Lexington

    Notable Wine List

  • Lexington

    Romantic

  • Lexington

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  1. JT

    JohnT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening and dining. We especially appreciated our server, Julia, who highlighted our anniversary celebration and who was attentive and excellent in all aspects of making dinner and our experience memorable. Thank you.

  2. MI

    MissyI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress was fun and friendly. She gave us just the right amount of attention. The food was scrumptious! Our party of 4 had Caesar salad, house salad, and Tuscana soup to start (with warm house bread and soft butter). All were good. Entrees were Tortellini Alla Panna E Pesto, Ravioli Quattro Formaggi, Chicken Cacciatore, and Sausage Cacciatore. Everything was delicious and we all had to take some home. We were celebrating hubby’s birthday and our table was in the dining area with live jazz. It was a little too loud at times, but overall, very enjoyable! Lovely atmosphere, superb food - definitely recommend and would return.

  3. D

    Dinnerwinner

    Louisville

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They have remodeled since we were last here and the place looks great! The food was excellent and servings generous. I had my all-time favorite Pasta Vincenzo with shrimp and it was delicious! Service was very efficient and friendly… Parking was a bit of an issue, but the walk was worth it!

  4. MR

    MichaelR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic dining experience. Food was great. Sax player was very good. Drinks a little over priced.

  5. CS

    CharlesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our experience here has always been positive, the food always excellent! I especially love their seafood offerings!

  6. RW

    RobertW

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great Italian restaurant and in such a lovely setting. The staff are always so charming and gracious. Easy to get to and very charming. We loved the food of course but the ambience was also just as elegant.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening!

  8. RK

    RKing

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and kind staff. The food was incredible as always!

  9. WM

    WilliamM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic dinner. We will attend every week from now on. Our waitress, Alison was wonderful. We will ask for her every time we go back. Had the best Veal Marsala that I have had in many many years. Plenty of tender veal with a great sauce couldn't eat all of it. It was still great for a reheated lunch the next day. I almost hope no one reads this review because I don't want the place to be so crowed, I can't get a seat.

  10. EK

    EileenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent from start to finish. Our server was wonderful, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was very nice. We will be back for sure.

  11. K

    Kwkw

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hostess was so accommodating when I asked not to be seated in the bar. They were clearly busy and fully booked but she was able to move some things around. The bar had live music that was the only reason I didn’t want to sit there. Our waitress was fantastic. I seriously think this was the best and most friendly service I’ve had at a restaurant in years.

  12. DS

    DavidS

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday Dinner. Everything was good. Had live music which was great but can make it hard to have conversation if you are seated to close to the music. Not a problem for us though as we were expecting it.

  13. DW

    DanW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We haven't eaten here in a few years and last time it wasn't so good. But, they have improved greatly! The food was very good though a little pricey. Probably one of the best Italian restaurants in Lexington.

  14. JH

    JennieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great place. Will be back again. Our server was excellent. Food was good.

  15. JG

    JaneG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sea bass is exceptional.

  16. CF

    ConnieF

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always delicious!

  17. SB

    SheilaB

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    It was a birthday dinner. It was nice that they brought out a scrumptious white cake.

  18. EB

    ElizabethB

    Louisville

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yes it was delicious! Staff was wonderful! Wonderful atmosphere. Absolutely the best.

  19. HD

    HappyDiner

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food at Giuseppe’s was excellent! Our server was attentive.

  20. JL

    JohnL

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is prepared just right. The selections are varied to satisfy every person's likes. The wine list is extensive with both domestic and international choices.

  21. GB

    GuyB

    Charleston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience.

  22. TM

    TonyM

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of the best restaurants in Cental KY.

  23. SL

    StevenL

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If I could add an extra star I would. This restaurant was recommended by my brother, and it did not disappoint. Spot on with seating at reservation time, very friendly, energetic and competent staff, meals were outstanding! Sorry we didn't have room for dessert, but we will plan better next visit!!

  24. FH

    FredH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first time and we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Excellent overall

  25. K

    Kaitlynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You can never go wrong here. Every food option is immaculate. 10/10 every time i’ve ate here!!!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated my birthday with family & friends was absokutely awesome

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Birthday the server was excellent, the lasagna was amazing and the scallop R too. Fried oysters appetizer was a great portion.

  28. NL

    NancyL

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Allison was our waitress and she was absolutely delightful. The food was delicious but her attention to detail was top notch.

  29. JK

    JosephK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What can we say other than this is our favorite place. The food is always really good. The service is always excellent. The prices are very reasonable. Hard to beat!

  30. NM

    NancyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Giuseppes is our ‘Special Occassion’ place. They offer delicious unique dishes (and drinks - I recommend the flirtini). I always look forward to the live music that washes away my stress, making it feel like a mini vacation. The server we had on 6/16/22 was attentive and friendly, setting us at ease. A free ‘birthday’ piece of cake was a delight! We left there full and happy!!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    In town for work

  32. ME

    MelissaE

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite restaurant for many years. Old school meets young and fun. Dress up…dress down…but come for great cocktails, delicious Italian fare and high class atmosphere!

  33. DD

    DanD502

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was outstanding and the service was good! Great location for a business dinner.

  34. VB

    VirgilB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, excellent service (Allison). 28% discount at the 4:00 PM setting was a great value. Plan to go back.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. Food and service were very good!

  36. JM

    JeremyM

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite place to go for celebrations. Always excellent service and food quality.

  37. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and on Monday nights a bottle of wine is half price!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed everything!! Food was wonderful, environment is always cozy and pleasant, service was impeccable!

  39. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Eat here...as often as you can...and request Julia.

  40. LR

    LoriR

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a great dinner celebrating our daughters 21st birthday. Service and food were both excellent!

FAQs

Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 272-4269.

Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.9 stars by 2569 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 41 times today
Google Map for Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano

4456 Nicholasville Road Lexington, KY 40515

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Nicholasville Road

  • Neighborhood

    Lexington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Giuseppe's has a parking lot by the front door of the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Steve Olmstead

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz in our Lounge: Dave Hall plays saxophone Weds, Thurs and Fri. Tom Senff plays keyboard Sat.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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