Nick Ryan's Saloon

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813 reviews
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We know you want your dining experience to include great food and a warm atmosphere with good friends. Whether it’s a casual lunch, hand-crafted cocktails, dinner with friends, or a special occasion, make Nick Ryan’s your next dining destination!

Try Nick Ryan's famous burger, Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad, Salmon with Jasmine Rice and fresh vegetables for lunch. Dinner entrées include Blackened Mahi-Mahi, Chicken Roulade, Shrimp & Grits, Filet and many more. Nick Ryan's also offers fun items like an open-faced sandwich known as the "Hot Brown," a signature Kentucky dish stacked high with turkey, ham and bacon and drenched in Mornay sauce. If you find yourself feeling extra indulgent, you can finish your meal off with a decadent dessert martini.


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

Always great food and service

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Louisville
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

There was a wedding which dominated and diverted. Our service was good but the noise was
loud enough to prohibit conversation and my entree was simply horrible. I tried a small bite
and then threw it away. a Bun, two onion rings and a fried chicken patty with Velveeta melted
on it and then covered is some variety of barbeque sauce!

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TC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great apps and entrees. Specials very good. Patio layout quite nice. Will certainly be back.

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CV
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nick Ryan’s is starting to feel dated, the food is decent but nothing to write home about. The prices are fair, and the service is really good. The restaurant has been in the area for a long time, and is fairly close to my home, to be honest it’s usually the 3rd or 4th option in our last minute dinner list when other area restaurants are overbooked.

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W
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great day for my wife’s birthday. The only thing that could have been better, maybe give birthday person a dessert.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow but everything else was perfect. Great girl’s lunch

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

Allan, our server was the best! Great service and recommendation for food and drinks. It was our first visit but won’t be our last.
Bill and Kathy

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!

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WT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always good comfort food well prepared, great service and enjoyable atmosphere. You have to try the corn fritters and fried chicken.

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our meals were wonderful and the service was great. The only issue was, as we were seated on the patio, smokers had gone out the front door to smoke and it was blowing right toward the patio area. Not enjoyable to smell smoke while dining. Also, the street is very close and there seem to be a lot of fire trucks going by.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside which was perfect. our server was very friendly & went out of his way tho help with my special dietary needs.

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T
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’re from Alabama & had eaten with you several years ago. We enjoyed it so much then, we wanted to come back. You did not disappoint.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Becca is an amazing server and the food is delicious! It was my first time dining at Nick Ryan’s, I will definitely be back again.

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RO
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and service was great! the steak was as good as any in town for a lot better value. wish you had a dedicated parking lot as spaces where in shotr supply with the concert.

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MN
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were told by the Hostess she didnt see the reservation. I showed the confirmation on my phone and we were seated!

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j
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall very good food and atmosphere on patio. Probably just the night but we were beginning to look around for someone to sit us bc no one around. Waited for waiter who then decided to chit chat, beyond necessary pleasantries, with another table. We were not in a hurry but even slow for leisurely dinner. Well still go back. Very good food.

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h
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is awesome and there’s a good mix of casual/comfort food as well as a more upscale options. Staff is always friendly. Patio is great. Onions rings are extra crispy, Mac n cheese is extra cheesy, and drinks are extra yummy.

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SB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was exceptional and made great recommendations. Cocktails were well done. Try the Ginger Pearadise martini. Pork chop is excellent as well as shrimp and grits. A great place for adult family party.

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FJ
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very noisy, food was ok (average), price a bit high.

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OM
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patterson's (Tyler was what we mistakenly named him) service was spot on! He was pleasant and had great recommendations!

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RM
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good service. Food was tasty. We were seated next to the exterior doors/windows snd it was a bit chilly.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had eaten there a few years ago, and it was mediocre to bad, with not great service, but it has really improved. We were quite surprised and delighted by how much better is is. We will definitely be back!

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b
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were seated At the edge of the room by the door. It was drafty and in traffic. I was bumped by waitstaff twice. Our waiter was fine. The food was ok. This was our second time. The first 2 years ago was a much better experience. Also the table was so sticky that your silverware stuck to it. Other than that.....

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Seemed incredibly understaffed and poorly trained servers. Food was ok but couldn’t make up for the service.

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VW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 4 of us, from different states, in Lexington for a business trip. We had received a book called "Beyond Grits" from one of our clients. Since the weather was so good, we wanted a venue with outdoor seating and Nicks was our choice. Perfect! We'll pass the information along to our colleagues as a place to give a try when they're in Lexington.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly service. Nice menu with several good choices. Food was tasty, as was cocktail from their specialty menu.

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DH
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been a while since we had been here. The food was really good, and I especially LOVED their cream corn. You can tell it's freshly made. I'll go back just for this side! And the burger was good also.

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MH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fish and chips and fried chicken was fantastic.

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w
Monterrey
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Loved the food service and ambiance. Food was amazing. Thank you.

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Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The restaurant smelled like the sewer was backed up so we had to leave. We had a bottle of wine and trio hummus dip while we tried to find another restaurant. The dips were packed in their serving containers for awhile in the refrigerator and were too hard for the corn chips. Celery served with dip had brown ones mixed in. Some chips were stale some were fresh. I am not sure how any one was able to sit with the smell and enjoy a nice dinner. Sad experience. Staff was friendly, building is nice looking from outside.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered the salmon and asked for it to be blackened. It was some of the best salmon I’ve ever had. It was accompanied with really great risotto and veggies. We did order the buffalo chicken appetizer. It was served with a ton of celery and baby carrots and tortilla chips. All very fresh and yummy. However there were probably 3 tablespoons of buff dip. Sorry, for $9 I expected more dip and less veggies and chips. It was flavorful but not much there for the price.

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L
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was just OK. Probably will not go back anytime soon.
Wait staff was very nice.

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l
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son engagement

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BK
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably my favorite restaurant in Lexington. It’s the place I recommend to friends and family when visiting. Great menu, food taste terrific, good bar choices, great waitstaff. This past trip I got 2 Nick’s tacos and bowl of chili. It was delicious.

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BW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the restaurant. We arrived around 5:30 and no other diners were there. A few other diners came in around 6:30. The service was good and we loved the old house ambience. I ordered the hot brown and thought the sauce would be more creamy and runny rather than thick. The flavor was good. My husband ordered the salmon and thought it was good. We shared a house salad which was very good with delicious dressings. He also ordered a flight of bourbon which was tasty and priced reasonably. I had one glass of wine and total bill was $70. We would definitely go back.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a very nice little restaurant. Food was good. Prices on drinks were very reasonable. Service was good and attentive. Will return again when in Lexington.

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MA
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This made our second visit to Nick Ryan's since our daughter started at Transylvania University this year. Both times the food was just ok and service about the same. This time, was by far the worst experience. Had to call the day of to try and confirm reservations because their answering machine still stated the old message from being closed due to the water line break. When ordering they were out of a lot of basic menu items. Then when I tried to order a martini that was on their website, was told they no longer had those. We received our appetizer before my drink even came. What a shame, this place looks to offer a lot but truly disappointed again so won't go back.

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

Wonderful service! We were the first to dine in over a month due to some water damage. They were quick, friendly, amazing prices, and wine and bourbon selection. I will definitely visit again when I am in town. My only suggestion would be to make sure the website is up to date.

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

Our reservation was cancelled by the restaurant

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N
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First: Do not go to this place when UK plays. There is no parking anywhere near the restaurant.

Second: The menu on Open Table is not correct. Don't expect the same menu when you get there.

Overall it wasn't bad but I won't rush to go back. The appetizer portion sizes were on the small side. They were ok taste wise.

Every one of our entrees was served lukewarm. The food was decent but no better than an Applebee's or similar chain place.

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