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Lockbox at 21c Hotel

4.5
4.5
935 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.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 899-6860

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nick Fisherkeller

  • Catering

    Lockbox provides catering and beverage service for events at 21c Lexington. The culinary team uses thoughtful yet simple preparations to showcase local, high-quality ingredients. Custom menus are available and a dedicated Event Team will ensure every detail of your event is perfect.

  • Private party contact

    Charlie Cronin: (859) 899-6880

  • Neighborhood

    Lexington

  • Cross street

    Upper St.

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available and valet costs $12.

  • Entertainment

    Adjacent to Lockbox is 21c Museum Hotel Lexington. With over 7000 square feet of exhibition space, 21c Museum hosts dynamic group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging artists alongside acclaimed international artists.The Museum is free and open to the public, 24/7.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

To Start

  • Smoked Trout Toast$14.00

    Kentucky trout, celery, radish, roe, pink peppercorn. Allergens: Allium, Dairy, Gluten, Nightshade

    • Cornmeal Fried Oysters$15.00

      Creole butter, 'bama white sauce, celery. Allergens: Allium, Citrus, Dairy, Nightshade, Shellfish

      • Ham and Sweet Corn Hushpuppies$9.00

        Old bay, green goddess. Allergens: Allium, Citrus, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nightshade, Nitrate

        • Lockbox Pimento Cheese$11.00

          Scratch biscuits & pickles. Allergens: Allium, Dairy, Gluten, Nightshade

          Salads

          • Roasted Butternut Soup$10.00

            Grilled cheese croutons, frico, nutmeg. Allergens: Alcohol, Allium, Dairy, Gluten, Nightshade

            • Charred Broccoli$12.00

              Nuoc cham, cilantro, shallot, peanut, benne. Allergens: Citrus, Fish, Peanut, Sesame

              • Kentucky Bibb Lettuce$13.00

                Radish, shallot, carrot 'french' dressing, grana padano. Allergens: Allium, Dairy, Egg

                • Beet Salad$13.00

                  Feta, marcona almond, navel orange, cumin vinaigrette. Allergens: Allium, Citrus, Dairy, Tree Nut

                  Supper

                  • Seed Crusted Catfish$26.00

                    Fermented cabbage, kuri squash, brown butter vinaigrette. Allergens: Allium, Citrus, Dairy, Fish, Nightshade

                    • Char Grilled Pork Loin$26.00

                      "Dirty" grits, mushroom, trotter demi. Allergens: Allium, Citrus, Dairy, Mushroom, Nightshade, Nitrate

                      • 10 oz Prime NY Strip$52.00

                        Board sauce, creamy red potatoes, roasted garlic. Allergens: Allium, Dairy, Nightshade

                        • Char Grilled Half Chicken$28.00

                          Delicata, kale, farro, bama sauce. Allergens: Allium, Citrus, Dairy, Nightshade

                          • Hominy & Cauliflower$24.00

                            Poblano, Satsuma, fennel, cabbage, mushroom. Allergens: Allium, Citrus, Nightshade

                            • Lockbox Cheeseburger$16.00

                              Lettuce, pickle, american cheese & special sauce. Allergens: Allium, Dairy, Gluten, Nightshade, Sesame

                              Sides

                              • Kennabec Waxmans Potatoes$10.00

                                Smoked onion aioli, green peppercorn, red wine verjus. Allergens: Allium, Egg, Nightshade, Soy

                                • Pimento Macaroni and Cheese$14.00

                                  Pimento cheese & crispy crust. Allergens: Allium, Dairy, Egg, Gluten

                                  • Fried Cabbage & Smoked Andouille Sausage$12.00

                                    House smoked andouille, radish, fried garlic & smoke paprika oil. Allergens: Allium, Citrus, Nightshade, Nitrate, Sulfites

                                    Dessert

                                    • Coconut Icebox Pie$10.00

                                      Pineapple, toasted marshmallow, streusel. Allergens: Alcohol, Dairy, Egg, Gluten

                                      • Olive Oil Cake$10.00

                                        Hazelnut ice cream, mango curd, warm apple. Allergens: Citrus, Dairy, Egg, Stone, Fruit, Tree Nut

                                        Last updated: January 28, 2022

                                        What 935 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                        4.5
                                        4.5 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.5Food
                                        • 4.5Service
                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                        • 4.2Value

                                        NoiseModerate

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                                        • Lexington

                                          Great for Brunch

                                        • Lexington

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                                        1. D

                                          Danal

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Had a pleasant stay! Will be back in the area next month and plan on staying again!

                                        2. e

                                          e1313v

                                          Detroit

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food, phenomenal bartenders

                                        3. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Atlanta

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. Exceptional. Our waitress was superb!!

                                        4. C

                                          Chickee

                                          Orlando

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful meal choices.

                                        5. MK

                                          MaddyK

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great hidden gem! Amazing food! Would definitely recommend!

                                        6. EM

                                          EricM

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          The Lockbox has only gotten better since it first opened. Treat yourself to the pimento mac and cheese. You won't be disappointed.

                                        7. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Austin

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                          Visit the area

                                        8. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Detroit

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                          Service was a bit slow but that is to be expected these days bc of difficulty in hiring kitchen staff. But we had a good time and the waitstaff, particularly Bailey, was awesome. We were impressed that the chef took the time to prepare a special copy of the menu indicating what was already gluten free or could be modified to be gf. Btw, they had a great choice of gluten free options. All in all it was the perfect ending to a fun weekend in Bourbon country!

                                        9. C

                                          Crystal

                                          Washington DC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This is one of my favorite restaurants in Lexington. We got the share board (love the biscuits and pimento cheese), cheeseburgers, Mac-n-cheese, and the olive oil cake. Everything was amazing. Service was great. Definitely can't wait to go back.

                                        10. S

                                          Sga1nes

                                          Raleigh

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          10:00 is a little late to start. It would be useful to have something for early risers. Coffee at the desk was nice but we were hungry before 10

                                        11. RP

                                          RobinP

                                          Los Angeles

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We often feel Lexington is lacking in interesting restaurants, art, culture, etc. This was our first visit here, and it really energized us and made us feel like we were in a city again. We enjoyed walking around after dinner with our drinks and looking at the art.

                                        12. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                          overall3food3service5ambience4

                                          Food was a bit disappointing. Catfish was extremely salty. Fries were excellent but overall we expected more from a 21C restaurant.

                                        13. LC

                                          LynC

                                          Chicago

                                          11 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          First class dining experience in an artistic ambiance.

                                        14. t

                                          theezer

                                          New York Area

                                          48 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          48 reviews

                                          Dined on April 20, 2022

                                          overall3food3service2ambience3

                                          There was very little on the menu that was tempting and I am a pretty experimental eater. The snap pea salad was very good, the oysters with cornbread topping not great, the asparagus very good. My gamelli pasta dish was way too lemony even though it wasn’t listed as an ingredient. However the rye bread with salted butter was outstanding. Lots of wait staff but very uncoordinated service.

                                        15. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Louisville

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Everything great, except it took a bit longer than expected for our cocktails to come out. Food is five stars, and the negronis are unbelievable, best I've ever had!

                                        16. RH

                                          RobertH

                                          Western KY

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 20, 2022

                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                          The brunch menu was reduced from what was advertised and there was no table service. All of that would have been fine, if we had known, but it was a surprise to us when we arrive. We promptly canceled our reservation and went to a different restaurant for a normal restaurant experience.

                                        17. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Cleveland

                                          3 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 16, 2022

                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                          Food was amazing! Service was decent, the only issue was we were swatting gnats the whole dinner.

                                        18. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Louisville

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 16, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We absolutely loved all of the food we ordered. The service was great and the ambiance was on point.

                                        19. KM

                                          KeithM

                                          Columbus

                                          13 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          13 reviews

                                          Dined on April 16, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          First time visit and from the moment we walked in we felt welcome and attended to. Our server was great and so kind and accommodating. Food and drinks were great. A lovely Saturday brunch, 10/10 would dine again!

                                        20. M

                                          Melmac

                                          Vancouver

                                          9 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          9 reviews

                                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This was our first visit to Lockbox and it won't be our last. Food was superb and service, attentive and warm. Would highly recommend.

                                        21. D

                                          Disappointed

                                          New York Area

                                          35 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          35 reviews

                                          Dined on April 14, 2022

                                          overall3food5service1ambience3

                                          Having not been to 21C in several years and hearing about its recent change, I wanted to give it a try. However, it was extremely disappointing. The service was very very slow even though the restaurant was not busy at all. We often found our server hanging out in the other room with other employees. Twice I had to ask for drinks we ordered, and after waiting for 15 minutes for her to come back and take our dessert order, we instead decided to give up and I had to seek her out to get the check. Our food was delicious and perfectly prepared, but it seems like a $50 fish special should come with AT LEAST something on the side like a vegetable or potato or something! The intent of this dinner was to show off one of Lexington's best restaurants to someone interviewing for a job at UK, but the result was instead frustrating and disappointing. I would sadly not come back based on this experience.

                                        22. JA

                                          JouAnnaH

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 13, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great service, great food, and the drinks were delish. Would definitely come back.

                                        23. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Chicago

                                          4 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall2food2service3ambience4

                                          Had Sunday brunch at Lockbox. Server was nice but we were underwhelmed with the food and menu offering. Everything was so-so.

                                        24. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Louisville

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall3food5service1ambience5

                                          Food was GREAT! But service was horrible. The waiter seemed to be mad about something it seemed like because she had an attitude the whole night. When my friend paid for her food she did not give her change back and she was rude overall but food was good. Wish to come back but with a different waiter!

                                        25. j

                                          jlh0502

                                          Cincinnati

                                          12 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          The ambiance in the Lockbox is typical 21C - high ceilings, contemporary art and , of course, the proverbial penguins! The food was excellent. The Panzanella salad was the best I’ve ever had. A definite dining requirement if you’re in downtown Lexington

                                        26. PM

                                          PaulM

                                          New England

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          My wife and I had 2 delicious meals. Service was terrific, especially Ruby who shined. Relaxed atmosphere. Great!

                                        27. CG

                                          ConcertGoer

                                          New York Area

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Outstanding menu and delightful servers - friendly and very attentive.

                                        28. I

                                          Iberianvisitor

                                          Washington DC

                                          20 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          20 reviews

                                          Dined on April 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great menu and craft cocktails. The fried oysters, catfish and olive cakes are stars….but the real star is Sydney our waitress expertly guided us through the menu for a wonderful meal our second visit and we drove 6 hours to be here!

                                        29. F

                                          Food4life

                                          Calgary

                                          9 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          9 reviews

                                          Dined on March 27, 2022

                                          overall4food3service3ambience4

                                          Wasn't as good as expected. Food took a very long time to come out and was just ok. Were out of several items on the menu.

                                        30. R

                                          Roscoe

                                          Louisville

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 27, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          Great experience and the food was tasty too! Located downtown and close to our planned event after dinner.

                                        31. IJ

                                          IsabelJ

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 27, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          First time here and we absolutely loved it! Cocktails were so unique and delicious. Food was incredible! Got the fried oysters and the sauce they came with was so delicious. I ordered the steak frites - cooked perfect and a great portion! My boyfriend got the short ribs - so amazing! Everything on the plate went so well together. Our server was so kind and so helpful!

                                        32. PP

                                          PranayP

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 25, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food was amazing, the taste was at a different level. Beautiful ambiance and quiet, perfect for a quality time. The service was exceptionally good!! There is also a beautiful art gallery beside the restaurant.

                                        33. SF

                                          SFResident

                                          New Mexico

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on March 24, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Our server was the cutest thing. She was so helpful and patient.

                                        34. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Minneapolis

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I had stayed in the 21c before moving here but the Lockbox was closed due to COVID. Was so pleased by the uniqueness of the food!

                                        35. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Louisville

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food and service are always wonderful!

                                        36. JB

                                          JennyB

                                          Savannah

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 13, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Chef Nick and staff always serve up some excellent food. We have followed him to 3 different restaurants and each place the food has been excellent ❤️ We always leave full and never disappointed! We will be back again and again. Keep up the good, delicious work 🤩

                                        37. g

                                          gina

                                          Louisville

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on March 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Eggs Benedict were delicious. As was the salad accompanying it. Classic brunch staple menu, classed up and made with care. Our server was sweet. As 21c guests, the restaurant was a perfect place to come down from our room with our bags and have brunch before traveling home. We made sure to make reservations on opentable before just heading down bc downtown lex restaurants in general tends to fill up quickly.

                                        38. F

                                          Foodie

                                          Columbus

                                          93 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          93 reviews

                                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food was very good and service was good. We enjoyed everything that came to the table. Would definitely come again.

                                        39. JK

                                          JillK

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 25, 2022

                                          overall3food3service3ambience5

                                          The food was not impressive especially for the price. I don’t mind to spend more but when I do I expect it to be exceptional and is wasn’t even great.

                                        40. JB

                                          JBHitter

                                          Louisville

                                          55 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          55 reviews

                                          Dined on February 23, 2022

                                          overall2food1service1ambience3

                                          Unfortunately, probably the worst meal I've eat out in the past 10 years. We were told 40 minutes after ordering that "there isn't any salmon, or fish substitute." The manager stopped by and said, "sure we have the catfish." My pork shoulder was boiled, not braised, and tough, inedible. They took 50% off our bill. It should have been $0. I know COVID is causing difficulties, but Lockbox hasn't adapted well. There are several good places to eat in downtown Lexington, I would go to one of them.

                                        Safety precautions

                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                          • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                        • Physical distancing

                                          • Limited number of seated diners
                                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                          • Extra space between tables
                                        • Screening

                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                        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 4.5 stars by 935 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                        Google Map for Lockbox at 21c Hotel

                                        167 West Main Street Lexington, KY 40507

                                        Dining areas

                                        Additional information

                                        • Cross street

                                          Upper St.

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          Lexington

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Contemporary American

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Elegant

                                        • Dress code

                                          Smart Casual

                                        • Parking details

                                          Street parking is available and valet costs $12.

                                        • Payment options

                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Executive chef

                                          Nick Fisherkeller

                                        • Entertainment

                                          Adjacent to Lockbox is 21c Museum Hotel Lexington. With over 7000 square feet of exhibition space, 21c Museum hosts dynamic group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging artists alongside acclaimed international artists.The Museum is free and open to the public, 24/7.

                                        • Additional

                                          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                                        • Phone number

                                          (859) 899-6860

                                        • Catering

                                          Lockbox provides catering and beverage service for events at 21c Lexington. The culinary team uses thoughtful yet simple preparations to showcase local, high-quality ingredients. Custom menus are available and a dedicated Event Team will ensure every detail of your event is perfect.

                                        • Private party contact

                                          Charlie Cronin: (859) 899-6880

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