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About Nick Ryan's Saloon

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.


157 Jefferson Street
Lexington, KY 40508
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:


Monday - Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday brunch 11:00-2:00
Closed Sunday

Cross Street:
W. Main St. & W. 2nd St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(859) 233-7900

Website:
http://www.nickryans.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine

Nick Ryan's Saloon Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Special Occasion (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Casual (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (11)
Business Meals (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was loud. We had reservations and was seated in the bar area. The food had hardly any flavor in either of our dishes. It was disappointing for a place that requires a reservation. Tony’s would have been a much better choice for the occasion.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Saturday brunch was delicious! There are few places to get Maryland style egg Benedict in Lexington, but Nick Ryan’s has it! The portion size of the crab cakes was perfect and there was a wonderful Bloody Mary bar. We will definitely come back. If you’re in town for any reason, this should be on your short list of stops for brunch, lunch, dinner, and or drinks.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We requested table in bar area (more casual with TVs and less candlelight) and thoroughly enjoyed. Great food, as always.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

We always enjoy Nick Ryan's. Great place to eat in Lexington!

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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I went for dinner on Valentines. Absolutely no dedicated parking. I was informed beforehand that they would be having a modified menu. The appetizers were wonderful but the entrees were average at best. This was our first time and we will not be going back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious. Had 3 course “special” Valentines menu which had many of their regular dishes at a much higher price than usual. Only had 3 Dessert choices none of which were great...you could only get either tiaramasu, 2 chocolate covered strawberries, or red velvet heart. Red velvet was more like a cookie with cream in the middle,so it was better than expected. Overall highly suggest going, just not on Valentines Day. Dinner for two (without alcohol) & tip was $130.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was great! Knowledgeable bar options. Classic, no fuss, well done food. Delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service and food were excellent!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Nick Ryan's was excellent; we had wonderful food and service, and the cocktails were great. I would definitely recommend to anyone, for any kind of occasion.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Our first visit to Nick Ryans. The food was delicious. My girlfriend liked her meal so much she wants to go back soon to revisit the flavor (Chicken Roulade). It was a weeknight so thereal wasn't a large crowd, it was so easy to hear each other. The atmosphere was great for a long overdue date night as well as a birthday. The drinks were on spot, perfectly balanced. Not too strong, not too weak. Our server, Ivy, was fantastic. She was incredibly helpful with menu suggestions and was super attentive. She made our experience that much better. We don't get to venture out that often so we like to try new places. Nick Ryan's is definitely on our list of places we'll return to in the future.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Two of us ordered the Rossi's Pasta. Horrible. Menu listed shiitake mushrooms and proscuitto, we got button mushrooms and regular ham with an obscene amount of red onions and very little pasta or flavor but served in so much liquid it was almost a soup; awful. My husband's NY strip steak was dry and overcooked. The other person in our party ordered the pork chop and said he liked it but I think he was just being polite. I found it to be rather overpriced for the less than mediocre meal we received and we were very disappointed. We were with some friends from out of town and I was actually embarrassed to have brought them there. We will never be returning and I can't recommend it in good conscience. Honestly we paid $150 for a meal I wouldn't pay $15 for. However, our server was a very polite young man and did a good job.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Outstanding lunch menu and close to the stadium. The best calamari in Lexington.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was served cold and not very good. For the price I’m expecting top notch food and service and we got neither.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was solid. Service was ok.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I am very new to the area, and I have Been to Nick Ryan's twice. Great value for excellent quality. I will be excited to visit again!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great. Great food, great service!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Really great location in Lexington. Atmosphere and service are excellent. Food was very good. The pork chop with grits and asparagus was fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Enjoyed the traditional Kentucky Hot Brown. Good menu options overall. Service was prompt, courteous. Host/hostess very welcoming.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good on New Years eve. Good service, maybe a little over priced

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was good and friendly. The menu had a lot of variety. Very nice portion, just right. I had an interesting craft martini made with gnger to broaden my horizons. Elegant white tablecloths but still a casual atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Chose this place off of Open Table and it was a perfect choice. My husband had the signature, award winning pork chop and I had the salmon. Both were cooked to perfection. Service was terrific and the ambiance was great. When we go back to Lexington we will definitely go to Nick Ryan's for a meal !

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The reason I had not received the restaurant is that it was the first time I didn't have good food; the steak I got (at this point, I cannot remember but I think it was flank steak) was really tough and not tender. I didn't want to complain because we were with friends and he didn't complain about his. I can't remember the dish's name; it was almost stated like a barbecue dish is all I can remember. (Sorry; it's been a month!)

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Found this restaurant while driving in down town Lexington. Looked very inviting. Decided, to make reservations. Was not disappointed. Greeted cordially, seated in the bar area. Waitress, introduced herself and it was the beginning to a great meal, prompt and courteous service. The meal was delicious. Hidden treasure in downtown. Foodies will enjoy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Very disappointed in the Rossi's pasta. Had a different yet lackluster taste. Shrimp wraps were good as always. Very concerned that this menu will not be able to keep up the pace in this town. We have been going there since it opened and this is very sad. This is not the first disappointment. On a brighter note our server Morgan was a delight!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great Kentucky Gem! Recommend it. Nice atmosphere. They also have parking.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My first time there--took the office staff. Allen the server was outstanding. Appetizers good, price good, food good, service time good. Again, Allen was the best. No noise when we first came in but as it filled up, some noise but not enough that I couldn't hear my table mates. I despise loud restaurants so this fits the bill for me for lunch.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great spot. Dirty martini was perfect. My steak was great. Service was quick. Server was attentive.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was excellent but we made reservations for a romantic anniversary dinner and specifically noted it on your website but we were seated in the bar near a crowd of extremely loud people who made our conversation virtually impossible.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

When we first arrived the hostess was nothing short of rude! We were a party of six and was greeted by an annoyed hostess. I had Specified that we were there for a birthday. They never once acknowledged or said one word about it. I even mention it to our waiter a couple times and he still did not do anything. Also, all the tables around us received a bread before their meal. We were not offered any or given any. Mind you, my husband was drinking $25 glasses of pappy van winkle so it’s not like we weren’t spending money. The service was mediocre at best

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Very good experience

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

They were out of almost everything that we ordered. The 2 wines we picked they didn't have, the appetizer we ordered they were out of and the dinner I chose (which there aren't many to pick from) was not in stock either.
However, the appetizer we got was good and the Filet & Mahi were tasty!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Try the Spicy Chick sandwich. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Went for birthday dinner with friends - well worth the 50 minute drive from out of town! Beer cheese fries were uniquely delicious, filet was outstanding, hot brown was right up there with the bests! We’ll definitely be returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This was my first visit here and I really enjoyed it. I love the menu, the price points are appropriate, and the food was great. I will definitely be back.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My first experience here. We had the shrimp and grits and the mahi-mahi and they were good. The sashimi app was delish. Unfortunately our server did not inform us of the specials and when the neighboring table received their entrees the beef wellington may have been my choice instead. Overall 7/10. Worth a try.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Sometimes you don’t want to give away info on a fabulous hidden restaurant, but this place is a gem. Food had great spice without being too focused on spice equaling heat. Cameron was a great server, dinner was not a huge wait. Give this place a shot!

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Several of us had issues with our food and while they corrected them, we all finished our meals at different times.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We always love Nick Ryan's for any special occasion. My wife will almost pick NR's every year for her birthday. I will never disagree because they have the best Hot Brown in the city IMO!!!! Always a very relaxed atmosphere although this night the uk football game was on and we were sitting in the bar area and some diners were apparently fans of the city school (they lost) and were cheering so, what can ya do??? We are never disappointed in the food or the service, top notch!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a nice meal. Would surely go back if in the area. Some nice local beer choices. We sat out on the deck to watch the world go by. Parking is not plentiful. We parked behind the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food was good. Service good.

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