Lockbox at 21c Hotel

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$30 and under
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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 Cody Derosett, 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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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lockbox is excellent. I have eaten there twice in the past two months, and found the food outstanding. The service was outstanding one time and only so-so the second time. Still, I would highly recommend it.

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience dining with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and we hope you will come back again soon. Thanks, Laura- Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again a wonderful dinner. One change I made. I ordered enough to take home for a second dinner. Especially the potato puffs. Many thanks, Julie and Dan.

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Responded 3 days ago

Hi Julie and Dan- What a great review! Those potato hunks really are a treat:) So glad you enjoyed everything and we hope you'll come see us again soon. Cheers, Laura- Restaurant Manager

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service with only one other table occupied was a bit slow. We had steaks and salmon which were very good but IMHO a bit overpriced. The side dishes did not impress us. They seemed to be "overdecorated"
with nuts and other unknown substances which defeated the taste we were looking for. We were not offered drinks other than water or something from the bar. It took quite a while to receive food and quite a while to pay the bill. Great atmosphere in an "artsy" downtown setting, but just not the type of American fare we enjoy.

k
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service. our server was very nice and food was presented beautifully

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Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for the great review, we are so glad you enjoyed everything. Cheers, Laura- Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at the table said their meal was really tasty. Service was good, but not obtrusive, which really allowed us to enjoy the get-together.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

Thanks for the great review and we are so glad you all enjoyed your time together at Lockbox. We hope you will come back and see us soon! Cheers! Laura-Restaurant Manager

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KB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We ate at Lockbox because it was voted Lexington's best date night restaurant. The atmosphere was really cool and it was wonderful to sit in a restaurant that was quiet enough to have a conversation sans shouting to hear one another. However, the food was VERY expensive... we did enjoy what we ordered, but I'm not sure it was worth the $$$ we paid for it. The waitress was also absent for most of the night, which was surprising given how many open tables there were. Overall, probably wouldn't go back.. at least not for dinner. Brunch looks like it is more reasonably priced so we may try that in the future?

OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was superb! The sage advice cocktail was my favorite of the night.

MP
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Cool combination of Kentucky "home cooking" and flashy new ideas. Loved the "3 pots" appetizer and the salmon was out of this world! Oh, and all of this was preceded by some sippin' of Angel's Envy...oh my!

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks so much for the fantastic comments on your dinner! We are so glad you loved everything. One can never go wrong with a little Angel's Envy :) Cheers! Laura- Restaurant Manager

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NY
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The three of us greatly enjoyed what we ordered. Our server clearly, fully answered the questions we had about menu items. For much of the time, we were the only three people in the Lockbox, so we could talk freely without worrying about others overhearing our conversations. All in all, it was a wonderful experience having lunch at the 21c.

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thanks so much for the nice review of your lunch and we are so glad you enjoyed everything! Laura-Restaurant Manager

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OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The dumplings and collards were amazing along with The Jars. The steaks were not cooked well. One steak came out cold. The table collapsed on us at the end of the meal. Nobody came over to check the table after there was a loud crash. The hospitality aspect is lacking somewhat.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Food and service outstanding.
Dan.

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Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for such a nice review, Dan! Laura- Restaurant Manager

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GH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

We were a party of four, two couples. The food was outstanding.
Service is of the same caliber as Waffle House but not as good. The front is run by some very nice young kids, some, I am sure, having graduated HS, but absolutely clueless as to how to provide service that matches the prices this restaurant requires. They need a real manager to take over. Nobody was intentionally rude. But their constant interruptions and obsession to clean tables ruined the experience for us. The check was presented to me without my asking and without asking my guests if they wanted dessert. So we all passed. It's too bad because the kitchen was good.

ST
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to return to Lexington and stay at 21c and eat at Lockbox again.

Their grits were sooo buttery, loved the potato chunks and duck!

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Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you for such a nice review and I'm glad to hear you loved the duck! We just put it on the menu for winter and I'm excited to try it myself. Cheers, Laura- Restaurant Manager

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C
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious breakfast with excellent service in a lovely white-tablecloth dining room.

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Responded on October 22, 2019

Chloe, Thank you for leaving such a nice review. We are so glad the service was spot on and you enjoyed yourself. Cheers- Laura- Restaurant Manager

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F
Fayetteville
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

CB
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was our second visit to Lockbox and it just wasn’t up to our first visit. Would like to see changes in menu choices - maybe some reflecting season. Bread dishes collected then returned as bread was “thawing” - then crust almost too hard to bite. Service on previous visit was much more personal.

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Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you so much for leaving this review and we are so sorry to hear that it was not on par with your first visit. Thank you for specifically addressing issues so that we can make those things better. Best, Laura- Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Out of multiple things on menu.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The place was pretty empty and all though the staff was nice and got everything we asked for we would be waiting quite a while for our drinks

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Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you for leaving a review about the timeliness issue you experienced. We use feedback to become better and will definitely use yours! Best-Laura, Restaurant Manager

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SS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Specialty cocktails were delicious, but my Autumn Daiquiri was a touch too sweet. Loved the hint of cinnamon, tho. Our party of four was quite satisfied with our dinners. We started with appetizers “in jars” and potato fritters. Orders included Short Ribs, Scallops, pork and salmon. Service was excellent. Well done!

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Responded on October 15, 2019

Susan, Thank you for leaving such a nice review and we are so glad you enjoyed the food. Hopefully you will come back and see us soon! Laura-Restaurant Manager

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very expensive for what it was. No Wow Factor.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for my anniversary. Emily, our server, was exceptionally detailed, unobtrusive, knowledgeable and sweet. The cocktails were exceptional and the ambiance interesting and beautiful. Manager was sweet to bring over complimentary champagne and cotton candy!

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Responded on October 9, 2019

Yay! We are so happy that your anniversary was celebrated and you felt special with us :) Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a nice review. Laura-Restaurant Manager

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JB
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were spot on. Friend had the chicken and said it was delicious. I had the cauliflower and lentils. They need a bigger plate, but delicious. The chai mousse for dessert was outstanding, with I had more room for my own. Ambience was very nice.

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Responded on October 9, 2019

Hi Joann, Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice review. We are so glad you enjoyed drinks, dinner and dessert! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Laura- Restaurant Manager

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c
Louisville
71 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent but I wish there were more wine by the glass selections. Service was overall good but kind of spotty at times.

KL
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. The food was prepared fresh to order. Many vegetable dishes available and creatively inspired. Loved the cauliflower steak, delicata squash, and mushrooms. Both the wait staff and the chef were knowledgeable about gluten allergies and offered alternatives. Definitely will be back.

OT
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Apps were excellent. Our main courses were average. The steak came out cooked but cold. Service was ok. When our main courses came out, our server was busy talking at the servers station. The salad and appetizer dishes were still on the table. Wouldn’t go back.

J
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Had to ask for drink refills twice. Restaurant failed to mention special occasion to my son, who is spending first bday away from home. Disappointed.

f
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lockbox never disappoints. Every time I come here for dinner, the food is superb. The tomato pie was outstanding! We had the salmon and love that dish. Desserts were delicious. Thank you!

AB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Weirdly enough, the bathroom is a must-visit.
I took my family to Lockbox on parents weekend, gameday and it exceeded my expectation. It wasn't overly crowded or loud, and the service was great! All the meals were cooked perfectly. The menu was great offering a wide variety of tastes without too many options.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents Weekend

d
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, cocktails and food experience. Will 100% go back.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent ! Would recommend for anyone wanting a great dining experience

B
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was pleasant. Will be returning.

RM
Louisville
109 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday brunch and found the restaurant very pleasant. Food was very good, service was excellent and the atmosphere was quiet while being busy. It continues to be one of our favorite places for special events.

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Responded on September 4, 2019

So happy to hear your birthday brunch met your expectations and we are honored to be your go-to for special events! Thanks for leaving such a great review. Laura- Restaurant Manager

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and every detail was perfect. We frequent here schedule permitting and have never been disappointed.

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Responded on September 4, 2019

Jessica, Thank you so much for leaving such a nice review! We are so happy to have you as a regular guest and so glad every detail was perfect. Cheers! Laura- Restaurant Manager

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, meal was amazing! Incredible wine selection!

B
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Have been here few times and food never disappoints.... had many apps and rabbit. Delic!! Our server was great as well

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who doesn’t love a good brunch and museum in the same morning! Any 21c is highly recommended in my book, and this one did not disappoint. Great waitstaff, food was delicious and the space is gorgeous!

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Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you for such a nice review of Lexington 21c and all of our other properties too! We are so glad you enjoyed your brunch and please come back and see us for another service! Thanks, Laura- Restaurant Manager

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DD
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary- the staff were attentive and the food was wonderful.

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Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you so much for leaving such a nice review and we are so glad you had a wonderful anniversary. Cheers! Laura Restaurant Manager

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K
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great time. Very fine cocktails and terrific food selections. The standout NY strip with pommes frites NEVER disappoints. They were certainly the best frites we have had in ages, and combined with the heirloom vegetables and other dishes we were filled UP! For the appetizer, don't miss the grilled shrimp and sausage with rice and tomato. Amazing.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

We are so glad that you always have a great time with us and enjoy everything! The shrimp is one of my favorites too. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice review :) -Laura Restaurant Manager

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SR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was horrible, and the price of drinks was ridiculous - $20 for a glass of wine!

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