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Haywood's

4.6
4.6
477 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Haywood’s offers a casual, lively dining experience with locally sourced seasonal cuisine, full bar, live piano jazz Friday and Saturday evenings, and a jazz combo Sunday evenings. Named in memory of a man who liked to eat well, loved Dixieland, jazz and big swing music, never met a stranger, and never saw a piano bar he didn’t like, Haywood’s is a great place to gather with family and friends.

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2 people

8:30 PM


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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (540) 463-2508

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jason Wilkins

  • Neighborhood

    Lexington

  • Cross street

    Washington St. and Main St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Live piano music Thursday through Saturday, Jazz Night on Sunday

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 477 people are saying

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4.6
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  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. CC

    ChristinaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there during the Sunday Jazz night from 6-9. The music went perfectly with the food!
  2. AS

    AndrewS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were driving through and scheduled a 1:00 pm lunch but they called and told us that they would be closed at 1:00 pm. We did get there by 12:45 and they served us. But they seated others at one on the patio. Food and service were good and they were very nice to us.
  3. C

    Charlie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food.
  4. PE

    PeterE

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening with great service, great food and great ambiance.
  5. L

    Leigh

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Filet and salmon entrees were excellent; filets were cooked perfectly to order. Both desserts (carrot cake and flourless chocolate cake) were delicious. Our waiter, Gio (?) was friendly, efficient, and very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Our party also greatly enjoyed the piano music. Lovely dinner and evening!
  6. BF

    BridgetF

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great, all staff was so friendly and accommodating. My husband has a shellfish allergy and I have celiac and we felt heard and accommodated for the entire meal. We both enjoyed our meals and had a great experience. We will be back!
  7. CM

    CatherineM

    Atlanta

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate at the bar Brenda was fabulous as always. She knows My preferences and always makes me feel special.
  8. B

    Britt

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a lovely meal, the wine was delicious. Loved the piano player. Unfortunately there were some very loud customers who seemed a little over served right behind us being very loud and speaking aggressive, it’s a small place so that really effected the ambiance. Service was just okay, no better service than a much less expensive restaurant which was disappointing. Don’t think I will go again but the food was good. Filet was perfection everything else was good but nothing spectacular.
  9. S

    Susan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we have had in Lexington since 1994. Seriously delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    Haywood's "Spring Menu" online lists a total of 27 items, from appetizers to desserts. However, in actuality, when you are handed the menu in-person, there is only a total of 13 items (2 appetizers, 6 entrees, 3 sides, 2 desserts to choose from). That is not many choices; and the online entree that we were looking for (Tomahawk steak) was not available. The ribeye and filet steaks we ordered were tasty - I'll give them that. When asked if we wanted rolls, we said yes but had to wait a long time for them. We weren't sure why until I actually saw the servers run across the street, only to return with a large tray of rolls. Since we were among the first customers seated for the evening, we're guessing they weren't fully prepared before opening at 5 p.m. Iced tea was served without lemon or sweetener and had to be requested. Our server was being trained and was openly reminded by the regular staff member to give a spoon for stirring. At the prices charged, we expected so much more from what we thought would be a very pleasant experience. Two salads, two entrees with special flavored toppings for the steaks, one glass of wine and one iced tea totalled a whopping $145. All in all, the place seemed too pretentious for its own good Oh, and for a restaurant we perceived to be categorized primarily as a steak house, they do not have any steak sauce. The servers and maitre'd did ask how we liked our meals, but we didn't complain. Maybe that's our "bad," but we didn't want to add any more negativity to the experience. We're sorry... We know times are tough, but we will not be returning.
  11. BB

    BlaizeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak was to die for! Our Waiter Jay Jay was so attentive. We loved the music and the wine was absolutely lovely as well. Would eat here again when we come back to visit.
  12. G

    Gino

    Richmond

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific salads and steak entrees and a smartly chosen, but modest wine list that’s sure to please.
  13. JW

    JoshW

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Flavor of the food was great. My 12oz ribeye was smaller and thinner than my wife’s 6oz filet. Potatoes and asparagus were well cooked and good. Very limited menu. Our waiter was good. There when we needed him but not over bearing.
  14. P

    Pattaylor22

    Key West

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful mean at Haywoods piano bar last night... had dinner whilst sitting at the bar with Brenda giving us great service and mixing killer martinis. A limited menu, but salads, filet and lobster tail, lemon angle-pasta with grilled shrimp, and flowerless cake were all 10's across the board. Staff very friendly... GM has this restaurant on point! Our first time here, but we will definitely return in the near future.
  15. x

    xyz135

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    normally this is a wonderful experience. But, on a very slow nite, service was exceptionally slow (over an hour to get our meal), the entrees were quite pricey, and cooking instructions were not met. Under such circumstances, the restaurant ought to comp drinks or something.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Arrived after a 2 day drive for Mother’s Day dinner with my daughter. Just the 2 of us. We were seated next to the piano/bar although there were 3 other 2 tops available in more quiet areas. We could not hear the waiter, could not have a conversation because were were literally next to the piano. I asked 3 times to be moved to one of the other open 2 tops. I had heard it “was not the same” and now have experienced first hand. Will happily enjoy the other great restaurants in Lexington from now on.
  17. KE

    KaiaE

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it. Great service, delicious food and complimentary Mimosas! We were also late after underestimating our travel time but they were very accommodating and we were able to provide our prix fixe menu orders over the phone so they could get the orders ready before the afternoon reset for dinner. Celebrating Mother’s Day, the moms were even given each a single rose as a gift. Wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend for out of town guests when looking for something more upscale.
  18. I

    Iana

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After a minor fiasco at Easter, Mother’s Day brunch was amazing. Food was awesome as was service. This is still my preferred place for celebrating special occasions.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 1st visit to Haywood’s and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is small but we had a great table by the window. The service by Omar was impeccable and the food was delicious. Fresh and flavorful but not overdone. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omar was a great server!! Food was amazing!!!
  21. TK

    ThomasK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haywood's is wonderful restaurant .. the food is the best in the area. Their wine list is perfect and the bartender made my wife the perfect cocktail. Their decor is inviting and everything was spotless. The piano area is a bit loud if your looking for conversation with your guests but not annoying. Our waiter was a perfect gentleman, answered our questions and made sure we were attended too.
  22. n

    nancy48

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have always loved this restaurant. It just keeps getting better! Last night's dinner was perfect...the scallops were fabulous and so beautifully presented, the carrot cake to die for, and the wine list excellent. The ambiance with the pianist is always fun, and the service excellent. Haywood's has a welcoming atmosphere and I'm always excited to revisit when in Lexington. Keep up the great work! Nancy, Asheville, NC
  23. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best chef in Lexington! We say that with every visit. Made my mother in laws 80th birthday a special night. Thank you!
  24. DW

    DougW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food Excellent service Nice piano music, we were next to it so it was slightly overpowering) Only downside was the margaritas, “top self” but were a bit watered down tasting We will definitely go back, just won’t order margaritas
  25. VT

    VeronicaT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience4
    Never again. We dined here on Easter Sunday. we stopped here on a drive from NJ to Charlotte. To have a nice Easter dinner. They take a credit card to secure the reservation. The words they use say you may be charged a fee if you cancel close to your reservation time. Stress the word “may”. On our drive we were detained by a lot of traffic traffic and I called from the road 2 hours before to ask if we could cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. They said yes but we will charge you $125. Can you waive I ask. No they say. Ok. Never mind. I knew the policy when I made the reservation. So we somehow arrive on time. It was not busy. We ordered beer. They did not have it. They were also out of 3 things on the very small menu. It took an hour for 3 appetizers and one we discussed with the waiter but did not order but he brought it anyway. And charged us even tho we said we did not order. Also after 45 mins of that hour the waiter proceeded to tell me they were out of scallops that I ordered 45 mins before for my main course. Really? Another 45 mins and they bring our dinner. The food was ok but after being coerced to come and then being out of everything we really wanted and a bill of $300 it was just insult to injury. Never ever again. The most awful restaurant experience I’ve had.
  26. RL

    RobertL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great venue for Easter Sunday brunch with many main courses from which to choose.
  27. S

    Schmoopie12

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Had an extremely disappointing experience at Haywood’s for Easter Brunch. Reservation was at 11. We were seated timely and received beverages and salad quickly. We placed our order shortly after being seated - 2 orders of French Toast and 1 order of ham and eggs. After 50+ minutes we still had no food. Nor did the waiter or manager come over. It wasn’t until we asked waiter who responded “kitchen was backed up “. Still scratching my head as there were only 5 tables seated and how hard is it to prepare French toast and eggs!! I then went and asked manager/hostess what was going on and where our food was. It was then that she said “kitchen is backed up what can I do for you?” For $55 pp for Easter Brunch, one would have thought the manager would have come to our table etc. it wasnt until I got up to go the hostess station and ask did she speak to me. Needless to say, after she checked again on or orders and came back to say it would still be awhile we decided to leave and offers to pay for the salads and mimosas. She rightfully said we owed nothing. This was an extremely disappointing Easter morning visiting my son !!!
  28. TO

    TORIB

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish is excellently prepared and presented. Unlike some restaurants, don't plan on splitting any dish unless you are just not hungry. The portions are reasonable, not HUGE and not tiny. We always order a soup or salad and an entree. You will experience the craft and expertise of the chef in every taste! The servers work hard to make your visit exactly what you hoped. They are knowledgeable and attentive. The ambiance is cozy with lovely lilting music from the piano. Save room for dessert and you will not be disappointed!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Overall a good dinner.
  30. DK

    DebraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a special occasion and could not have had a better experience. The food and staff made this a memorable evening. BEST carrot cake I have ever tasted!
  31. T

    Traveler

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Stopped there on our travels from NC to MD. Lovely place but we were seated in the back room where it was a bit loud. They have a pianist who was very good and I am not referring to him as part of the noise. Food was excellent and so was the service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere with piano music, if you can handle the noise level. We loved it! Great food too and had a nice glass of wine.
  33. RR

    RayR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great live music and good food and beverage. Friendly atmosphere with nice service
  34. DS

    DonnaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was well prepared and presented. The service was excellent.
  35. p

    patthecook

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant and as usual the food was lovely -- snapper, lemon pasta. The price of the steaks, unless you have a group, was more than 2 of us wanted to pay. But the cuts were large, aged, and unusual for many restaurants -- like an aged tomahawk. I think they are doing the best they can in this odd time: there will probably be more choices like before once the pandemic stuff is resolved. It is a gracious lovely setting, with a piano. The chef came over and was delightful. We will be back, often, now that the restaurant world is opening up.
  36. L

    Lbep

    New York Area

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    well prepared food, with very attentive service
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious & presentation impeccable. The piano bar added ambiance that we loved. Service was professional and just right. Our favorite spot in Lexington!
  38. BH

    BrendanH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant. Excellent food, top notch service in a very pretty atmosphere. Cannot wait to return!
  39. M

    Mark

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our visit could have been lousy. We arrived to an empty place, and yet the Hostess put us way in the back, next to the bus station and restrooms. No good. However, we asked our server to move us and he did--to an excellent table. Food was outstanding. Service was excellent. We enjoyed ourselves and eill be back.
  40. O

    Ok1204

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Although I love the atmosphere at Haywoods and the piano music, it seems like their portion sizes have gotten even smaller than they already were, while their prices have gone even higher. We probably won't go there again.

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    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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You can order delivery directly from Haywood's using the Order Online button. Haywood's also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now.

Haywood's is rated 4.6 stars by 477 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online
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Google Map for Haywood's

2 North Main Street Lexington, VA 24450

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Washington St. and Main St.

  • Neighborhood

    Lexington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Wilkins

  • Entertainment

    Live piano music Thursday through Saturday, Jazz Night on Sunday

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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