Lockbox at 21c Hotel

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578 reviews
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Contemporary American
Located in Lexington’s 21c Museum Hotel, Lockbox showcases a commitment to sourcing local, high-quality ingredients. Led by executive chef Jonathan Searle, 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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Lockbox’s Easter Brunch menu is fully stocked with farm fresh ingredients Indulge in your brunch favorites like Eggs Benedict and Shrimp and Grits, and libations such as Velvet Crush with our three-course pre-fixe menu. 9:30a-3p Three courses, $35 per person. (*3 course menu only served)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were looking for something a little different than the average "Farm to table" restaurant and we found it at the Lockbox. Southern inspired enough you could get some southern dishes. Hush puppies were very good. The grilled broccoli salad was exceptional. Crispy potatoes under the short ribs were very well done. THe melange of flavors with the pork shank was very nice. Carrots were very good also. Nice wine list. If you like to watch the kitchen, it is open here; ask for a table where you can see. Our waitress was very good, as was the whole staff. I recommend if you are in Lexington and want a good fine dining experience.

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Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyable brunch

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KD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten at Lockbox on several occasions and every time we have enjoyed a warm, relaxed atmosphere, great service and an exceptional menu. The entrees here are delicious, but it is also fun to order a few shareables and sample some of each. Highly recommend the 'In Jars' - Homemade spreads served with house made biscuits, crackers and pickles to start. The Crispy Potatoes are just WOW, loved the Roasted Heirloom Carrots (and I don't even like carrots!) and the Beet Salad is perfectly done with strawberries and creamy goat cheese. We also had the grouper special and it was just delicious, served with black-eyed peas a wonderful mixture of lemony goodness on the top. Top it all off with the Chocolate Pot de Crème or the Strawberry Shortcake Pie - trust me, you will not be disappointed!

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Responded a day ago

Karen, what a lovely review of your dinner! I am also a huge fan of all the new Spring changes on our most recent menu. Thank you for taking the time to share. Cheers! Laura Restaurant Manager

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LD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

This has been my favorite place when I’m
in Lexington. However, this past weekend, after staying at the hotel and eating three times in Lockbox, I won’t race back. The food overall is decent but wasn’t as special as past visits. The service has really gone downhill. The first night at dinner it took almost an hour and a half to receive our entrees and one guests burger, ordered medium well, came out completely rare and bloody. Everyone was finished eating by the time the burger came back out. No apology. No correction to the bill. Not terribly concerned. I thought originally just a bad night but brunch the following day was basically different server same bad service. Again, I also felt that while the food was certainly better than average, it wasn’t as wonderful as past visits and at the price point it should be. The atmosphere is world class however.

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HM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Lockbox several times as we go to Lexington once a year and have been dining there since it opened. I think the food has gotten better over time. The service has always been terrific, even on nights during race season when the place is packed.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place has such a unique feel to it. Dining outside of the vault was neat as you realized the history of the facility and learned more about the thought behind the restaurant. While dining we saw the head chef dining with guests. It was great to see the chef believed in his menu enough to bring his own guests to the restaurant. For a great addition to dinner ask to have dinner with a penguin.......

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you so much for leaving such a thoughtful review! Come see us again soon and try our new spring menu! Laura Restaurant Manager

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SK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent early dinner. Loved the grilled fish over fish stew, broccolini Caesar. Excellent dinner with out of town family visiting for the week.

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi Susan, Thank you so much for your review! I'm so glad you enjoyed dinner with your family. We hope you'll come back and dine with us again! Laura Restaurant Manager

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is awesome but our service was kind of slow. Overall great food great environment. Will def be back.

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Thanks for the feedback and we will definitely take it to heart! We are glad you plan on coming back and we hope to wow you in the future! Laura Restaurant Manager

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GG
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Our food was very good but the poor service overshadowed everything. We drove 4 hours to take our niece out & felt like we were a total waste of our servers' time (117, Kyle). He was not helpful with menu questions and didnt check back for drink refills until time for the bill. I guess we were too small a group (3) for much attention.

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SK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service wasn't as good as our brunch two weeks ago. It wasn't bad, just felt our waiter wasn't as attentive.

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Susan, We really appreciate your review and comments and we will definitely use them to grow! Thanks for taking the time to review, Laura Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and food! Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Thanks for the 5 stars and nice comments!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Prices are a little high. Table spacing did not lend itself to a intimate date night. Brussels sprouts were AMAZING!! Staff was great!

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Responded on March 25, 2019

The Brussels Sprouts are a favorite around here, too. We appreciate your comments! Thank you, Laura Restaurant Manager

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was only OK. service was decent. Wine knowledge was lacking. The bar service was more knowledgeable, more enthusiastic, and more well informed.

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Steve, as we use it to help us grow! We hope you'll come back again. Laura Restaurant Manager

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

After eating at Lockbox, I wonder why more hotels don't have museums in them. The feeling in the restaurant was like eating in your own personal art museum, and the food was fantastic. The hush puppies had a bit of sweetness, and the butter complimented the bread well. My partner was underwhelmed with the spaghetti, but the steak was cooked perfectly. Overall, a great experience. The one thing that was hard for me was that I would hand the server and the bartender my card and it would be handed back to my partner. Maybe there was an assumption that the more masculine appearing person was paying? Other than that it was great.

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for the review and we are sorry about the card mishap! I'm so glad you loved the experience overall and we hope you can come back and we can WOW you next time! Laura Restaurant Manager

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Service was excellent and attentive, and the food from start to finish was Devine!

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Responded on March 17, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a stellar review!

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MY
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fabulous experience! Service, food, vibe! Would highly recommend and will be back!

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Responded on March 17, 2019

Thank you, Melissa for your feedback and we hope to see you soon! Laura Restaurant Manager

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CB
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very pleasant and appropriately attentive! The food was outstanding! Manager also very pleasant and great to visit with.

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Responded on March 17, 2019

Wow! We are so happy we hit the mark for your dining experience. Thanks so much for the review! Laura Restaurant Manager

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p
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor service. Server seemed annoyed. Orders were incorrect (ordered without onions and salad arrived covered in them; had to pick out because server was not around to tell and server never addressed the issue). Drink was delivered with hair in it but another staff member came to deliver a new drink and apologized. Also asked for extra lemons for drink and both times server “forgot” to bring them. Other than issues with server, we found the atmosphere to be pleasant. Probably will not consider coming back because there are plenty of other great restaurants in the area.

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AC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is a great time to try Lockbox! The menu selections are approachable but still unique and delicious.

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Responded on March 17, 2019

Anna, Thank you for your kind words, brunch is my favorite service too! We will be changing the menu in the next couple weeks for warmer months and we hope you'll come back to try! Thanks, Laura Restaurant Manager

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TH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The consensus at our table was that the food was good but for the price we will go somewhere else next time. Server and service was excellent.

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Responded on March 17, 2019

Thank you for your review, we do appreciate your feedback.

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CS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place!

We used the valet parking since parking downtown is such a pain. They were fast and very professional and it only cost $8(plus a tip), which is what you will pay to park yourself somewhere.

We ended up being 10 mins late due to traffic, but they didn’t seem to mind at all.

It was my wife’s bday and as a joke I always put in the special request that we would like to dine with a photo of Brian O’Conner from The Fast and the Furious. NOONE has ever did it for us, but Lockbox did!!! Sure enough we sat down and there was a framed photo waiting! My wife almost died. That alone made this place awesome!

From what I can tell the building use to be a bank, because they had a bank vault (with door) you could use for private dining. The dining area was beautiful in a quirky way.

There is a huge tv screen in the back that plays a looped a looped scene of people eating at a table outside. They all have hats blocking thier face. It’s a bit unsettling, reminiscint of the movie Get Out. So for us it was perfect!

On to the food.

We are not fancy eaters so I will say I didn’t understand what many of the words on the menu ment. So we ate what we knew. We had the country ham hush puppies for an appetizer and it was amazing. The only thing I would change would to make them an even number, because my wife and I fought over the last one!

We both ordered the NY strip and fries. We ordered it medium (pink throughout), but with a thick cut it’s hard to get the very middle done without ruining the rest. We should have asked to butterfly it, but that’s on us. It was still very good. The fries were amazing also. A little heavy on the salt, but that’s not a bad thing lol.

After dinner we got the lemon cake for desert, and I’m not a lemon fan, but my wife is. It was amazing! We were full from dinner, but made room for it!

I’m running out of words here so I’ll close with, we loved it!

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Responded on March 4, 2019

Awwww! Yay! We are so glad that we could help make your wife's birthday special and that you loved everything else about your experience. I agree, that lemon cake is one of my favorites too. Come back and see us again soon! Cheers, Laura Restaurant Manager

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E
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Loved our dishes, but the menu didn’t really appeal to me.

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Responded on March 4, 2019

Thanks for leaving a review, fortunately the menu changes often and seasonally so maybe next time you'll find something you like! Laura Restaurant Manager

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s
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprising experience. I don't know what I expected, but my experience was quite delightful. The food was wonderful - cheddar jalapeño hush puppies, short ribs, cheese platter, olive oil cake for dessert - were all terrific. The service was quite good too. Also, they were able to accommodate our party of six last minute.

Atmosphere was great too, terrific art collection!

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Responded on March 4, 2019

Thanks for the review! We are so happy that you had an enjoyable experience and loved the food and service. We hope to wow you again soon. Laura Restaurant Manager

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RW
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good meal at Lockbox on Feb. 23. Zephyr was our server and she was excellent. Started with In Jars, which is always a good way to start. Zephyr recommend rainbow trout which was good. Others had scallop, short rib and pasta. No complaints with the food. Everything was good. Got joined by the blue penguin at the end of our meal.

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RN
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic overall experience!!! Food was delicious, service was on point and art was stimulating!

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Responded on March 4, 2019

So glad you had a fantastic experience, and we appreciate you leaving a review! Cheers, Laura Restaurant Manager

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AS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here for brunch before a UK basketball game and it was perfect. The "not hot chicken biscuit" was tangy but not too hot. Really tasty! My husband had the burger and it was fantastic. My bloody mary with bourbon was also great. Would recommend!

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Responded on March 4, 2019

A bloody mary with bourbon.... I've never had one but now I want one based on your recommendation! Thanks for leaving such a great review and we do hope to see you again soon! Laura Restaurant Manager

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o
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server was nearly lifeless and had the energy and personality of a chair. Seriously, the server seemed depressed and wanting to be anywhere else but there. The food was decent but not overwhelming especially for the price. Glad I went, but won't go back.

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c
E. Tennessee
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was remarkably good. The service was a bit sluggish.

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved our experience at Lockbox. The food was delicious and service was timely and efficient. The entire atmosphere set the scene for a romantic date night with my husband. The braised short rib and NY Strip Steak were cooked to perfection and the Fried Lemon Pie was outstanding! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Responded on February 24, 2019

Thanks McKinzie, The lemon pie is also one of my favorites! We hope you come in again soon. Laura Restaurant Manager

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls brunch

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CC
Louisville
47 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food. Less then professional service. Shrimp and grits were excellent and so was the eggs Benedict.

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Responded on February 24, 2019

Thank you for leaving a review. We are sorry we missed the mark with service and will be using your review to help improve. Laura Restaurant Manager

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner on Saturday before the game, food was great, great staff. Had an even better brunch experience. Food choices for all types of pallets, Cant wait to return.

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Responded on February 24, 2019

Thanks Dan! I agree, Lockbox is a great spot to start off a basketball game. Come back soon! Laura Restaurant Manager

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I normally don’t give bad reviews, however our experience at lockbox should be noted. The service was very poor, and unprofessional For a moderately high end restaurant. Our main course took 20 min. After we finished our salad we had to ask our server to check on our food. The steak was cold and the scallops were full of grit or sand. We don’t recommend Lockbox.

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b
Louisville
82 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food,nice ambience and excellent service.What more can one ask for.

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Responded on February 24, 2019

Thanks for a great review! Laura Restaurant Manager

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. The macaroni was huge! Love the cocktails!

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Responded on February 24, 2019

So glad you loved everything! The macaroni is one of my favorites :) Laura Restaurant Manager

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R
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It was just OK. I would not go back again. The steak was dry and lobster was stringy. The atomosphere was great.

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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic, from tip to stern it was magnificent

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f
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and the space is absolutely beautiful inside the 21c Hotel. 10/10 Would recommend.

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Responded on February 24, 2019

Thanks for your great review! I really appreciate your response. Come see us again soon! Laura Restaurant Manager

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NH
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flavor with each item we had. Portion sizes were more than adequate, especially the mac and cheese! Absolutely loved the ambiance, and the accompanying free 2 story art gallery. Perfect for a romantic date night in the Bluegrass! Will be coming back!

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Responded on February 24, 2019

Nathan, Thank you so much for your kind words and we are so glad you enjoyed a date here. We hope you come back soon! Laura Restaurant Manager

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WD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around, staff knowledgeable and attentive

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