JW's Steakhouse - Griffin Gate Marriott Resort

4.0
125 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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JW’s Steakhouse at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington KY serves a wide variety of USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere of genuine southern hospitality. So whether you are planning something special or just looking for an excuse to have an exceptional steak, JW’s is the perfect place to spend an evening. Dinner is served nightly from 5 to 10pm, reservations are recommended.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(859) 288-6155
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sharon Caudill
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pin Oak Drive
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Parking details
Ample parking with Valet and Self Park available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food quality and portions not worth the price!

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

Went here for Burger Week. In its day this was a first class steak house. It is now been remodeled into a cheap hotel restaurant that has the ambience of a cafeteria. Hard to believe this is a Marriott Resort. The burger was very good and our waitress was very nice. But a look at the prices on the dinner menu, given the atmosphere is bewildering. $30 for a chicken breast - you've got to be kidding.

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FW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Warm sourdough bread was great. Good martinis and good salad and steak. We often come here for special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was ok, ambiance below average, and high priced. I probably won’t repeat.

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KW
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

One of the worst experiences ever. The place was packed and I never saw more than two servers handling a ton of tables. Well, not handling, that's the problem.

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KG
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the blackened salmon BLT sandwich and it was great !!! So mag different flavors in one bite it was amazing. I def recommend it !!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I reserved this restaurant for Valentine’s Day since this is where we had our wedding. I was very disappointed with the quality of the food that was brought to the table. We spent over $140 dollars and both of our entrees were cold. I couldn’t even say the food was warm because it was that bad. I complained to our waitress and asked her to take the food back to warm it up. She brought our meals back and the food came out warm at the most. So basically I completely hated the food and wasted money. I would have much rather ate at Texas Roadhouse. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The restaurant wasn’t even busy to justify the food being so horrible.

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MJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good but not memorable and overpriced when compared to comparable restaurants. Service was good.

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JL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

When I arrived the waiter saw us but did not acknowledge us. The bartender did not bother to look at us while speaking. The waiter was nice but not the best. The food did not have any seasoning or flavor. The steaks were not cooked as requested. Food was very bland and the Bloody Mary I ordered was very pungent and tasted of pure dijon mustard.

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WL
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We took my elderly Mother for Christmas Day lunch. The lunch was a buffet although it is a stretch to even call it that. Salad consisted of greens, tomatoes, carrots and several dressings. I did not end up eating mine as the ranch dressing was not very good. On the, so called, buffet there was turkey (rather bland) stuffing, green beans,mashed potatoes, gravy and an omelet station, but no bacon was offered to go with the omelet. Desert was apple or pecan pie, bread pudding and some sort of green filled chocolate cake. I have never seen such a pitiful buffet anywhere I have eaten. It would not have been quite so bad had the price been in keeping with what was offered, but at $30.00 + per person this was just ridiculous. Other restaurants at this price offer carved ham, carved roast beef, shrimp, sometimes crab claws, bacon, and sausage, in addition to turkey, omelets, huge salad bars with a variety of salads, numerous vegetable choices, fruit and marvelous deserts to choose from. I would certainly not return to this restaurant again and would not suggest it to anyone.

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food for a Christmas brunch was good. A more varied selection would help. The service was excellent. A great alternative if one does not want to cook a Xmas dinner and clean. The ambiance is very nice.

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g
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I had a rubber band in my food from asparagus and it was just brushed off. Still paid for the upcharge. That was disappointing In an otherwise nice meal. It doesn't take much to keep a happy customer.

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SL
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Butter cake is out of this workd

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OS
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Darlene was excellent! We enjoyed celebrating the 14th anniversary of our rehearsal dinner at the very same restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 3 and there were only a few people there. All staff was great. Pasta (Alfredo) was over cooked pasta and my baked potato had a really bad spot in the middle that would have been seen if they split open the potato before serving. Filet mignon was delish!

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DU
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Wine choices were limited. Special anniversary meal and no mention by restaurant. Steak was just ok and seemed rather an ordinary cafe type restaurant.

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FC
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

I was truly disappointed in this restaurant. I guess I had hoped for something with more ambience. We had read the description as being a steakhouse with surf and turf... this just was not accurate. There were no surf and tirf options that we found. We were expecting more of a restaurant rather than an open extension of the hotel. There was literally only one table there besides us and it was so bright and open, it lacked that intimate feel. I think this would be good for groups of people staying at the hotel for a wedding or conference, but not a date night restaurant. In addition, we found a string or piece of cloth in the crab cakes, which made us wonder what else was in the food. The wait staff was friendly. We actually didn't order a dinner there, as we didn't feel the cost was with it, after finding something in our appetizer...

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The menu on Open Table was not the same as in the restaurant - they had not updated their menu. No fresh fish option & pork that was listed in open table was not available.

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k
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Loud hotel restaurant. Pleasant service.
VERY mediocre food. Both NY strip and filet completely lacked any flavor or juiciness. No crust and medium rare was really rare. Served next to a single small potato.

Humus platter extremely overpriced for a blob of tasteless humus and a few carrots. Pita was warm tho

Would not go back for dinner. Overpriced.

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St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our steak dinner was cooked to our liking and was tasty. The fresh baked sourdough bread was warm and delicious. Our server, Ryan, provided us with great and attentive service.

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M
Orlando
53 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a great steak here and also enjoyed a few glasses of wine. Our server was a bit quieter almost changed the whole experience but he warmed up. Felt like they're in need of a hug. Bartenders were a terrible let down. Bad attitudes and slow as molasses

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Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This place is not what it used to be. The experience used to be top notch, from the eclectic menu to the great service. Now...unfortunately, it is a ghost of a restaurant. Overpriced, generic and disappointing. My husband and I have eaten here for over 10 years and this experience will keep us from ever coming back. Horrible service, bad food and lame atmosphere. Sorry, save your money, you are better off at Denny's next door!!

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Naples
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was a bit slow and the entree's didn't come with many sides. Typically we are used to a salad and a side. It would also be nice to offer bread and butter while waiting for dinner. Waitress was super nice however we waited for a long time for our dinner.

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CB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was just ok and the menu is not very deep. Very convenient if your staying at the Marriott. The wait staff was excellent. The buffet breakfast is worth the money and was much better than the dinner.

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K
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The food was delicious, our waitress Darlene was very sweet, and we had a great experience!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and the service we received from Darlene!!

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k
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

chicken picatta was delicious. However, I think it is rude to charge me $6 extra because I requested 2 different sides that were not paired with this entree. Always trying to gouge the customer. Marriott shame on you. I'm sure the baked potato I requested did not cost you $6 more.

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S
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality ingredients well prepared! Nightly specials.

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Place has totally lost its experience. We did New Year's Eve in a ball room setting. No what it used to be.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

This was unbelievably overpriced for the food we received.
Steaks not cooked right,tough and flavorless, baked potatoes cold and undercooked. 20% gratuity added for party of 6. Our server was good but he was the only positive thing about our evening.
$300 meal that was worse then eating at a cheap chain steak restaurant.
Very disappointed.

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MC
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

It's not bad for hotel food. The service was good.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and incredible service!!

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We were first time guests. The restaurant was too cold, the food entirely over-priced and on top of it all, charged me 18% tip for 2 ppl. Totally outdone. Won't be back. Thank you though

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Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Not very good. Disappointed in the food this time around. Have been before and it was very good, even though it's pretty expensive. This time the steak was full of grizzle, and the small baked potato was lukewarm and the butter wouldn't even melt on it.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Ordered the filet and Im not sure what cut of meat it was...looked like a burger (thats what my daughter asked if I ordered without a bun....tender but not a near quality filet mignon)....asparagus spears overcooked. Cauliflower mash was very good ...subbed for mashed potatoes. Tried my wifes steak sliders...not good...very tough.

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z
Columbus
41 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We always stay at Marriott for Keeneland weekends and appreciate a good steak after the races.

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DE
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The pound cake dessert was the best I have ever had. Phenomenal!!

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ML
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

I liked it a lot. There just was no real excitement atmosphere but real good service and food

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EG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Our server was friendly, but the service was slower than expected for the relatively few patrons that were present. The Ahi Tuna appetizer was pretty good. Our Steaks were cooked to correct temperature, but not otherwise particularly noteworthy; no better than I can cook at home. The Broccoli was steamed correctly but not seasoned. The Mushroom risoto was very bland. With Appetizer, two steak dinners, and two cocktails from the bar, the bill before tip, was $117. Overall not an impressive meal and poor value for the cost.

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