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About Lockbox at 21c Hotel

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.

167 West Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 9:30am Brunch: 9:30am-2:00pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Upper St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(859) 899-6860

Website:
http://www.lockboxlex.com/

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.

Catering:
Led by executive chef Jonathan Searle, 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.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available and valet costs $8.

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Searle

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Lockbox at 21c Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (24)
Special Occasion (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Fun (10)
Authentic (9)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (9)
Seasonal (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

We were very disappointed. The atmosphere is austere. The service was Ok, but not friendly. Food portions were small.Prices are high.
The art on display is uninteresting.
21C in Louisville is much better. So is Giuseppe's in Lexington, and a superior value.
WE won't return.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always enjoy the food at the LockBox and my server was very fun and friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Having dined at several of the 21c restaurants we always find the Lockbox to be warm and accessible. We love the lightness of the restaurant. Never disappointed in either the food or the service. A lovely place to celebrate or to drop in for a bite.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Zephir was a major delight we enjoyed every second of dining it dining with her awesome awesome entrees! The mushroom

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The country ham and cheddar hush puppies were hot, flavorful and a nice treat to start. The Red Wine Mufala was really delicious with lots of nice flavors throughout the dish. The red Zinfandel was an excellent accompaniment. Our waitress was delightful and engaging without being overbearing or interrupting often. We will return.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and service is average but valet parking is good.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Reservations were for two at 6:30 on a Tue night. When we arrived the restaurant was totally empty, totally. The young man acting as host showed us to the very first table right next to the door and right next to the podium. When we asked for a different table, he said that all of the other tables were reserved. I pointed out that I also had reservations and that my money spent as well as any other patron’s. I asked for a two-seater at the end of the banquette, but was refused. He eventually acquiesced to seating us midway down the banquette and clearly acted as if he was doing me a huge favor. Not the best way to begin my evening.

I might note that the server, Zephyr, was excellent, as was the food. But beginning the evening on such a sour note almost ruined the entire experience.

I wish I had thought to speak to the manager as that young man obviously needed additional training.

Btw, no other patrons occupied any of the banquette seating, to include the requested table, during the course of our meal.

Lockbox will not be among my first choices for future dining.

Tags: Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My family and I enjoyed Lockbox and the creative and delicious food! Our cute waitress was friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My daughter and I had Thanksgiving dinner here. There was more food than we could eat and for the most part it was good. The white meat of the turkey was more like turkey loaf, though. Service needs some improvement. We had to flag down our server twice for water. When she brought the bill, she just tossed a piece of paper on the table wordlessly. No folder for the credit card, no pen. Also, no one asked us if we needed anything else. Just left without a thank you.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I went to celebrate my birthday. Boy did I get a birthday surprise. Food that was supposed to be hot was cold, service was extremely slow, and the food was ridiculously priced for what I received.

It took my entire birthday evening to get my food and get out of this restaurant (almost 3 hours) and there were only 6 tables being served on a Friday night.

I have been going to this restaurant since they opened and I have only seen it go downhill in both food quality and service. What a shame.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Lovely room, super food and great service. well worth a visit

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Such a great neighborhood gem! Had an incredible Shrimp and Grits as well as some delicious cocktails. Would highly recommend this restaurant to people just visiting Lexington or people who know the city well. Such a great addition to the Lexington food scene. Will absolutely be visiting again in the future.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Enjoyed the new winter chicken entree for dinner. The interpretation of the Caesar salad was amazing, with broccoli replacing the romaine lettuce and an anchovie dressing instead of traditional dressing - awesome! First time dining here, and highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fabulous - start to finish! Great wine selections!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and atmosphere were perfect for date night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This dinner was my first time at the restaurant. I have visited the bar before for drinks and an app. Although the menu seemed a bit "funky" we all enjoyed our meals very much. Regina is an attentive and energetic server - ask for her!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I treated my elderly mom and her friend to Saturday dinner at Lockbox. We are already big fans of Proof on Main and Grey and Dudley, 21c's restaurants in Louisville and Nashville. Lockbox checked all our boxes on menu, creativity, preparation, service, and ambiance! Our server, Brian, was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu items. We live in the Nashville area and can't wait to return to Lexington for another dining occasion at Lockbox.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The ambiance was the best thing. Most unfavorable was the fact that I ordered a drink and the waiter forgot to tell me it was not the drink that I ordered when brought to our table and I had to consult with the waiter and then he admitted to the omission, in that they did not carry the bourbon (Crown) that I requested until after I'd taken a drink. Why didn't he tell me that up front?
The cuisine was average, in that, we ordered the most expensive entree on the menu, which was the ribeye for two @ $95 and it was cold and all in all average. But for a very special first date between two people that had not laid eyes on each other in 15 years..we def are seeing each other again but probably won't return to the Lockbox.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

It was just a good experience

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Really cool space, great food! Interesting wine list. Service was on point to start, then tapered off a bit towards the end of the night - but not a huge deal. The space is really cool with interesting art installations. The vault which has been turned into a private dining space is also pretty cool but for one major criticism: the chairs through the whole restaurant, including the private dining room are awful. The most design-absent, cheap looking, wedding hall reminiscent stackable chairs. Total design miss. Hope the budget opens up for new chairs. At a minimum, put some kick a$$ high style chairs in the vault. The whole space is lacking without it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I had been excited about getting to try this restaurant which I had heard a lot about. But I was not impressed from start to finish. Our waitress was dressed in a tank top and pants with a ring in her nose. I know it was lunch but it is a white table restaurant and that was a little too casual for me. I brought the CVP and CFO of a fortune five hundred company for lunch and felt like we were eating fast food. I thought the menu was very limited and although not excessively
expensive it was certainly too much for what we received especially given the very casual staff. We ordered two totally different salads and with the exception of the chicken being fried on one it could have been the same salad, it was not bad but neither was it great. Not only was I disappointed but I have already told several people I would not recommend the Lockbox based on our experience. In addition there is no parking downtown and the valet cost 8 dollars for lunch. Once again had it been the experience I had hoped for it would have been worth the cost but sadly it was not so the cost was not justified.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was quite slow, the server was great, but it took an hour to receive our dinner and the restaurant was not packed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The sound level in the dining room was so loud, especially from a nearby table that we had trouble conversing with one another.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is my 2nd time going. The atmosphere and ambiance at Lockbox is terrific. Very nice, clean, etc. My wife ordered Fresh Garden Salad and Red Snapper. I ordered the steak (Medium) and the creamed corn.

Good:
The salad was awesome! If you like the ingredients that the salad contains, you're really going to enjoy the seasoning and flavor.
The Red Snapper and the veggies around it were great too. The snapper was very tender.
The veggies with my steak was terrific. Potatoes, the salsa seasoning, and eggplant were great.
Creamed corn. Another hit.

Bad:
Server. She was terrible. Didn't tell us about any specials. Waited forever for drink refills. Didn't pre-bus and get the crumbs off the table (like the others). Just minor, but if the other servers were doing it, then she wasn't doing her job. She was rarely around.
Steak. Cooked to Medium-well (almost well done) and hard to chew. I am fairly disappointed since that was the main staple of the meal. I do not complain to the staff around that because I do not want them to waste the food and throw it away. I do not like making a scene either and try to get "free" stuff because I don't want to seem like a free-loader, but I will write an honest review.

Overall: more like 3.5 stars, this time. I will go again and see what the 3rd time is like.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great lunch. The Gravlax on Toast was light and perfect. The Not Your Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich is much more substantial and almost too much for a single meal but great for left- overs the next day.
We were old friends getting together to catch up. The seating and quiet setting were perfect for conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were celebrating the engagement of our daughter. The restaurant was outstanding--great food, great drink. A wonderful experience all around!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 15, 2017

My friend and I just came for drinks and dessert prior to an event downtown. We sat in a corner by the window; lovely location. The restaurant was not too loud (or filled, even though I had one of the last reservations). Service was excellent - very friendly and attentive. My smores and coffee were excellent. We toured the art exhibits prior to our seating - it is such a wonderful way to start an evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was well cooked and tasted great, just nothing extra special. Not dying to go back but wouldn't turn down another invitation--neat atmosphere and great cocktails, just not enough bang for my (substantial) bucks.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was incredible! You must get the pimiento cheese fries ( a bar menu item but pro tip, you can get them for dinner too!). Our waitress was INCREDIBLE and made our night even better!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food, the Snapper was greatly enjoyed by my fiancee, and I loved the spaghetti. Our server was helpful and courteous, and kept our waters topped off and checked on us regularly. My only criticism is that 2 person seating is a little close together. We were literally sitting about a foot away from another couple and we could hear each others conversations perfectly and kept talking over each other. I would definitely recommend it though, but next time I might try to request a table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Lockbox went above and way beyond to make sure my partners 39th birthday was special. Left a very high bar for future local restaurants to try and meet. I am still thinking of what I had to eat even days later as it was amazing. Even to the point for having a smoke pot come out with the S'More dessert that made it even taste more amazing.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Reliably VERY good. But not quite the best of the best - so 4 stars. Baked oysters and tomato tart very good. As good a burger as you will find anywhere near. Greens a tad spicy. Service good & attentive. Food & wine priced fairly, but no bargain. Menu may be more limited than some would like.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This restaurant is great.
The Wait staff is anything but wait staff.
These ladies are the most intelligent engaged young ladies I have ever encountered at a restaurant. They can talk in depth about the menu and most of the art in and around the restaurant.

Enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

My wife and I had a very enjoyable dinner and time with friends whom we'd not seen in months, so we had a nice, slow evening with great service, great wines and delicious fare. We were there for three hours! Lovely time, we will go back, soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

We really enjoyed the restaurant. The ambiance was wonderful. The selections were great for the different tastes of our group of 4. Everyone was pleased with the selection of both food and drink.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Classy comfortable restaurant. Wonderful art on display.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great experience! Being from Italy I enjoyed the very open and European atmosphere. The plates were not taken away from under your nose with your last bite, the waiters were not always in your face. We could actually sit and enjoy an evening together!! Really enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. And the food was absolutely great. What can I say? A gem in Lexington!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Casual, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

As always, great food, exceptional service, perfect evening. Lockbox never disappoints!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great Dinner absolute must try!

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