Lockbox at 21c Hotel

4.4
824 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located in Lexington’s 21c Museum Hotel, Lockbox showcases a commitment to sourcing local, high-quality ingredients. Lockbox uses thoughtful yet simple preparations and cooking techniques in a contemporary brasserie setting. Designed by Deborah Berke Partners, the Lockbox space highlights historic features like original marble floors, decorative plaster details, large arched windows and even a historic safe deposit vault that is used for private dining. Communal table in both the dining room and the lounge provide opportunities for large groups to dine together, or for individual guests to meet new people while they dine.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 824 people are saying
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4.4
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLizPig
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great celebratory dinner for our anniversary. The outside table that we reserved was not ready on time, so the staff brought us complimentary drinks. It was a thoughtful and appreciated touch. We had a great meal with excellent and attentive wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

First time visiting for Lex restaurant week and even stayed at 21c for a special dinner and evening in downtown Lex. With so many restaurants participating in restaurant week, quite a decision regarding restaurant choice, but Lockbox had been on our radar for awhile and had a wonderful restaurant week offering. SURPRISE! Lockbox was not honoring their restaurant week menu offering and substitutes were far from exciting or even

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and loved how you could walk right up to the kitchen and watch them cook and prepare. Everything was wide open!! Loved it!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Limited menu but very good.

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vipkWww
Nashville
37 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious menu. Terri was wonderful server. Loved our wine pick after the most amazing cocktails. Enjoyed the salmon, burger and the fried oysters. highly recommend!

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John
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here a couple of times and both were great experiences. Food, drinks, and service are all great. The space itself is quite nice, and you can enjoy the artwork in the restaurant or the gallery spread out in the hotel lobby area. Definitely recommend for special occasions and/or just a great meal!

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JanW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious! Service was outstanding. Highly recommend!

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David
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I brought some visiting family to Lockbox, and they are very well traveled and currently live in Los Angeles, so I was hoping for a real treat to show off Lexington. Overall we were mostly happy with the experience, the setting is wonderful, and the food was outstanding overall, though the pork loin on one of our entrees was underdone. Our service was fine right up until our entrees came out, and unfortunately that was last we saw of our server until she brought the check, and it is not cheap here. Three of our sides never appeared at all, we went without water throughout the meal, and no drink or wine orders after we got out entrees. What was starting out to be a memorable meal faded just from the lack of a little basic follow up. Still, the kitchen did a great job overall though and we enjoyed the food. The cocktails are great. The restaurant was very sparsely attended, so no reason we shouldn't have seen our server. I want to point out that every single person at our table of six has past experience as a restaurant server, so we weren't being unfair in our expectations. My son, who has a lot of fine dining service experience in both Chicago and NYC, was particularly incensed.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, great food and very nice location.

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vipWmElex
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten at lockbox a number of times but there’s been a gap. We had dined there a few months ago and weren’t impressed with one of the entrées and service. Management was quick to contact us with apologies and a nice card. The meal last night was a different experience in quality and execution. A party of three, we had the salmon, the pork and a hamburger. All were expertly prepared and quite tasty. The fries the accompanied the hamburger were particularly good with the right flavor and texture. Are weak person was attentive and no the menu well. Also bartenders excellent with service and quite the mixologist. There was one drink we tried that I did not like and he amiably suggested another and quickly brought it to us and it was delicious.
So we are happy to report that Lockbox has now returned in our opinion to be one of the top restaurants in Lexington.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food I have ever had!!!!

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vipJudyM
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! We were in the Vault and It was private and a great time.

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SarahO
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had brunch at LockBox for the first time. Food was delish (had banana bread and Benedict). Ambience was unique and comfortable. Servers were professional and friendly. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was great. We were celebrating our anniversary and gifted each a glass of champagne. We definitely would come back!

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AmiP
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner and everything was spot on. The trout toast appetizer and the Weekend Surprise cocktail were especially good.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The food was dreadful.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on June 2, 2021

I am very sorry to hear this, I wish we would have known during your visit so we could have had the opportunity to try and fix this! Please don't hesitate to reach out so we can try to rectify this so we can have you visit again soon. - Kira Hassenger F&B Director khassenger@lockboxlex

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CaptainGelatin
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Creative menu choices. We love going to look at all the art after dinner

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WayneWB59
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Amelia, was fantastic...friendly, knowledgeable and courteous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat offender because that burger and fries is my favorite in Lexington. The service was great and remembers regulars! They took great care of me and even allowed me to try a new cocktail they were soon releasing! I can’t say enough about how great of an environment they set up for guests. They put the guests first and it shows here.

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BeccaG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Although there were few menu options, do not let that deter you. Everything we had was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible, food over priced, cocktails ok

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SissyH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the bourbon flight. Food was very good. The French fries were the best I have ever eaten!!

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vipRickA
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves last night at 21C. The food was amazing as was the service! We would go here more if the menu had more entree options.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on May 26, 2021

Rick, Thank you so much for the nice review! So happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit! Thanks for the notes about the menu! We are doing everything we can about expanding, but I will say that our Summer menu is going to be awesome with all the veggies from our local farmers! See ya soon! -Kira Hassenger F&B Director

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viprroddy13
Cincinnati
72 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Really pretty disappointing. The place (hotel and restaurant) shows alot of wear and lack of attention to detail. Although most places in Lexington are now open and at full strength, Lockbox still has very limited and not great menu. Frankly, it was far from clean andservice was marginal.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on May 21, 2021

rroddy13, Thank you for taking a moment to share your experience. I am very sorry to hear that it wasn't up to par when you visited. We have taken this feedback very seriously and will ensure that things get fixed. Hope this doesn't keep you from visiting again in the future. - Kira Hassenger F&B Director.

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ElizG
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fancy, artsy, photo worthy brunch. Perfect change of pace from the more casual bars and pubs in Lexington. Delicious food.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on May 26, 2021

Eliz- Thanks for coming to hang out for brunch! So happy you enjoyed it! See ya soon! - Kira Hassenger F&B Director Lockbox

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PerryB
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lockbox is always a great choice for a special occasion. The menu is often interesting and different but the food is always excellent.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on May 26, 2021

Perry, Thank you for recognizing us to be a great place to celebrate a special occasion! Also thank you for the note on the menu and the food being excellent! We hope to see you back again very soon. - Kira Hassenger F&B Director Lockbox

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, service, and experience. My wife and I sat outside on Upper Street.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on May 26, 2021

Anthony! So happy you came sat on the patio! We've been happy we've had the nicer weather for it! Thanks again for the nice review. - Kira Hassenger F&B Director Lockbox

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kims
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon! - Kira Hassenger F&B Director

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Only able to get 2 drinks in 2 hours. Food was good and servers clearly working hard but the bar was extremely off making the entire experience less than stellar

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Calsin
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spending time with our grandson at UK. Food and service were wonderful.

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DebK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Food excellent. Service needs to be more attentive and professional. Server attire is much to casual for this upscale restaurant.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you so much Debk! Thanks for the notes on what was great, and what we can work on! This is great feedback! We are looking forward to continuing to improve. - Kira Hassenger

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Iberianvisitor
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service was even better. Outstanding atmosphere

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vipManuelR
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food is delicious, but everything is a little too pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lexington is a gem of a city and Lockbox really represents a lot of what makes this city special. The menu is well crafted and the ambiance is fitting the museum it is housed within. And of course the bourbon selection is robust.

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wschartwell
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After driving over 12 hours from Florida, we arrived in a city we had never experienced. The hotel was spectacular and the evening was crowned off by a memorable dinner.
The food was unique, tasty and the wine selection right up our alley!
Cheers to the kitchen staff and servers who all worked in harmony to deliver a pleasant experience!

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AlenaW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time along side wonderful service!

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AldoRain
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Dinner was excellent. We chose to sit outside due to the nice weather and covid, and no one else was outside with us. However there are only 4 tables, and I guess the outside dining isn’t part of their focus. Despite that, the food was excellent, particularly the burger.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel
Responded on May 26, 2021

Hello! Thanking you for having dinner on the patio with us! So happy you got to enjoy the nice weather. Glad you also enjoyed the burger! See you again soon! Kira Hassenger F&B Director

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ChrisB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great craft cocktails, the in-house made burger bun was remarkable and the fries are truly the best hand cut in Lexington!

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SarahM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The brunch was the best! The biscuits were the highlight of the day. Get anything with a biscuit!

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vipFrank
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Please put the prices on your paper wine list.

FAQs

Lockbox at 21c Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 899-6860.

Lockbox at 21c Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 824 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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