Nick Ryan's Saloon

4.3
789 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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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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OT
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
14 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
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fish and chips and fried chicken was fantastic.

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w
Monterrey
13 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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W
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
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son engagement

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BK
Louisville
4 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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c
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Be careful in you want a steak, only served with dinner menu. Went before a 6 oclock UK game, but learned that steak is not on the lunch menu. Other than that was fine, but was really in a mood for a steak, and had bragged to my friend who i met there from louisville that the fillet is really good. We ended up with hamburgers.

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m
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service: Average for this occasion; previous dining experience was simply excellent! In any event, no problem with dining here in the future.

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

We love eating at Nick Ryan’s when we come to town. Great food and great service consistently!

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LH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!!!
Great food and service!!!!!!

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RB
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We got there very early in the evening. Was fine by us. I prefer avoiding crowded places when I can.
I had looked at the online menu the night before and was looking forward to the brisket, mashed potatoes and green beans.
They didn’t have it. Only BBQ pork brisket. I wS bummed but ordered crab cakes. I had them before but these had a creole sauce. It was good but not my fave. I did get the goat cheese beeet and arugula salad. Yummm! Bought 2 to have this weekend. Overall it was good but not my top experience at Nick Ryan’s.

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations in advance for the dining room for a special occasion . When we arrived they told us they thought the table they just seated was us. Sat us in the noisy bar when there was another table available in the dining room. Waited over 1 1/2 hours for our food. Burgers were raw and they were ordered medium well. 3 out fo 4 dinners were not edible. Worst experience at a restaurant, terrible service and lacks management

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BS
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It always takes way too long to eat at Nick Ryan’s. If you are going to the game, consider an alternative.

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AH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great stop before the UK game

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c
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

on time, food was very tasty, and easy to get to rupp for the basketball game.

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J
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

food was good cocktails word as well, but they do not offer a single Moscato or sweet wine to drink which was very disappointing to my wife. Since that is all she really drinks kind of left her unable to enjoy any wine during the meal I would think Moscato would be a popular choice to have at a restaurant.

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KC
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I ordered the
grilled salmon that cones on a bed of risotto and veggies. The salmon was grilled perfectly and tasted great. The risotto was watery and had absolutely no flavor. Also, the veggies didn’t have any flavor. Service was excellent and quick. We had plenty of time to get to Rupp Arena.

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CG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place to eat and they accommodated us on a very busy night.

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AL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I were in town for a UK game and made reservations at Nik Ryan’s. We had been once before last year. There are many great dishes to choose from. I had shrimp and grits and my son had grilled salmon. Both meals were delicious. We finished with a hot brownie. I enjoyed a craft cocktail. Our waitress was very nice and professional.

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TP
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for UK games.

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PR
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Monday night was a very slow night at Nick Ryan’s..only my group of 3 and another group of 10-12 were in the restaurant. The corn poppers (or fritters) were delicious. My friend & I discussed splitting a salad, in addition to ordering our entrees, but we were told the salads were rather small, so we each ordered our own. The salads we received were quite large, so we really could have split the salad. I ordered the pork chop, which was good, but a little on the dry side. One friend ordered the salmon which was good. My other friend asked whether the shrimp & grits or crab cakes were better. She said the shrimp & grits definitely were better than the crab cakes & were not too spicy. The shrimp & grits dish was way too salty...enough so that the waitress gladly said she would let her order something else. So, she ordered the crab cakes as a substitute. Unfortunately, the crab cakes were horrible...way to salty and there was no substance to the crab cake...it was just a very salty mush. The manager and waitress both apologized & agreed that both dishes were unacceptable. We were not charged for either of those entrees. I typically like going to this restaurant, but I think I will hold off for a while.

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LP
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've only heard good things about Nick Ryans and we were glad to finally be able to schedule a date night with friends to try it out. It did not disappoint! Our server was great, service was quick and the food and drinks were outstanding. We will be returning!

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CR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fried Chicken is AMAZING! Bourbon flights were great also!

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D
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The NYE set Menu was a joke, $65 for a thinly sliced scallop, the worst Cesar ever and a dry corner piece of white cake. Although the filet was good the 3 other poor courses and the hot white wine ruined the evening.

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FS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nick's is a favorite. Friendly, cozy, good food without being overly fussy and always friendly service.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

NYE dinner. We were seated right next to the door & the weather was bad that night. Chilly rush of air when the doors were opened and higher noise levels at times. The food was very good as well as the service

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KR
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon was cooked perfectly and the veggies were very tasty. Service was wonderful and the location is convenient to downtown. Full bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak ever! All the food was great!

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TC
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a while since we have been here but it was excellent from beginning to end, especially if you prefer things a little spicy.

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PW
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I was pleased with the service, but the waitress got two of our orders mixed up. Then, the chili order was very small as was the shrimp and grits....overall, not bad, but not the best.

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