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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for a Date (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Authentic (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

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 11, 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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vip
 (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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·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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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food was good. Service good.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

First time customer. Good food, service, and atmosphere. Would prefer vegetarian options though. It's hard out here for a vegetarian. Thanks!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Very good! Parking behind the restaurant. It took us a while to find the parking.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had family in town for Keeneland and made reservations for dinner. Our server was very nice and efficient. All in all a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have been to NR's 4 x and my husband 3 and each and every time we have had a fantastic meal, but last Saturday was even more impressive. Three family members from out of town joined us after a day at Keeneland and they were very impressed with the ambiance, overall feel of the place, the service and the food. They loved the fried chicken, but I thought my salmon was superior. I would definitely order the salmon again! The grits are not to be missed! Ask them to substitute the grits for the rice. Love this place. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Absolutely fabulous! The food was outstanding. Service was perfect. One could ask for nothing better. I would eat here every evening if I lived in Lexington! In fact, next time we are here we are going to try and eat here! Truly, one of my favorite all time restaurants!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fun atmosphere and great outdoor patio.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nick Ryan’s is our go to for special occasions. We love the Jefferson Street area and are always treated so well here. We ALL (6 of us) cleaned our plates like we have never before! I had the Mahi and must say it was a party in my mouth with each bite! Two at our table couldn’t get over the shrimp and grits, saying best they have ever had, the presentation was beautiful. Same with the fish fry. Our daughter loved her filet minon and her boyfriend the brisket. It was a wonderful evening and we highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice atmosphere, great food.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 17, 2017

They were very accommodating when our anniversary trip out of town was cut short and we were back in Lexington at 5:00. The Nick was our first choice and proved once again why that is true.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Dined early. Out of one of the advertised side dishes. No seasoning to speak of on steak, mashed, or asparagus. Tried Nick Ryan's instead of where we intended to dine on the referral of a colleague. We determined that we should have spent the extra $20 each and gone to the steak house we had originally chose. Service was slow, waiter was very nice but disappeared for a long period of time. Not horrible but not a place we would go back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I've been to Nick Ryan's several times and this experience was the absolute best. When we arrived, we were greeted and seated immediately. The entire restaurant was packed, but that did not hinder the service. The waitress was great and very attentive even though she had several larger groups. The food arrived very quickly, but we did not feel rushed to finish our meal and leave. My group had great food, great drinks, and great conversation. I would recommend to anyone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

FOOD was excellent.. six of us each ordered different dish and all were very tasty!
Our waiter was awesome.... very attentive to our table through out the meal. Great selection
of cocktails.
only negative .... when coffee arrived, it was COLD. Quickly brought us a fresh perked pot!
Wait staff seemed to be on top of their game as they helped each other out continuously with orders, and keeping water glasses filled.
Great place to eat, fun environment!
Would highly recommend Nick Ryan's Saloon.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 9, 2017

My husband and I went to Nick Ryan's for our anniversary last night. The food was delicious. Somehow we got a lackluster waiter. He cared more for the table behind us talk about Bourbon. Than he did our table. I felt like we were an after thought for him. Maybe we should have ordered Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was our first visit and we weren't sure what to expect. The food was great and our server did a nice job. They weren't super busy since UK football game was being played. We watched the game there and had a great time. We'll be back.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

It was my father-in-law’s 96th birthday and we decided to take him to one of our favorite places in Lexington. At 96 he’s seen a lot and eaten at a lot of places so sometimes hard to please BUT Nick Ryan’s was able to deliver to him a wonderful meal and birthday dessert. As always Victoria and the staff at NR’s was superb and the food.....what can I say other than stellar and delicious as always. We had a variety of entrees Fried Fish-Brisket-Rossi’s Pasta-Fried Chicken and my favorite Blackened Mahi.
Thank you for another wonderful meal and we will always be back soon.
Make reservation especially during Keeneland because it is always busy!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Nick Ryan's is almost back to the way it was before it sold. I have always loved this place. I have put it back on one of my favorites list.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Food was average at best

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was OK, but the service was subpar. Had reservations but waited several minutes for someone to even greet us, even though at least 10 employees rushed past us at the entrance. It was not at all crowded, but the wait for food was long. Our waitress was very nice, but totally messed up our 2 bills. Loved the patio, but may just go back for drinks out there.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Nick Ryan's is consistently good and has a nice ambiance. Aside from no longer serving the truffle oil fries, all was well (but they should bring back the truffle oil fries).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Awesome place!!!! Will definitely be back soon! Service was excellent and the food was served hot, fresh and quick!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was only average. Pricey meal with green beans from a can. And some of the most boring mashed potatoes I've had.

I won't go back. Blah all around experience.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Overall it was a good experience. Dinner with friends and I had the filet. Food was tasty well put together and our server was good.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Morgan provided great service. Lunch on Saturday was a perfect time! Thanks!

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Visited Nick Ryan's for our anniversary dinner. Had several unique cocktails on the menu. Good selection of appetizers and options for a light meal or well appointed main course.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Food was ok. There was only 3 table full at the time we went and they crowded us together in one area. Do have to commend the service our waiter was excellent. Can't remember his name but he had a full beard.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 31, 2017

This was our first time here, and everything was fantastic! Our server was very attentive, and the food was prepared perfectly, in very good portions, and tasted delicious!! We will be back for sure!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Hopefully we just hit it on an off night, but Nick Ryan's had been one of my faves that I could count on for excellent food, but instead everything was just "ok". I hope this trend does not continue. We would be sad to see it go!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 29, 2017

What a great restaurant. I had the pork chop dinner - awesome Gouda grits!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Was seated early of our reservation, which was nice. Our order was taken within 15 minutes of being seated. But then didn't get food to our table for over an hour. Filet Minon was ordered to be butter flied and it was not delivered as ordered. Was very dissatisfied with the experience.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 27, 2017

A nice place for lunch where you can enjoy good food and conversation. Service was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food okay. Kitchen was slow in spite of the fact that the restaurant was not at all crowded.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Nick Ryan's! The Blackened Mahi was wonderful and my wife liked her pasta. The service was wonderful and very quick! In and out in 45 minutes which is great for us!

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

This was a terrible experience. The food was mediocre and cold. It took a very long time to be greeted by server. The food took a long time to be served. The appetizer (calamari) was horrible and had to be taken back. The entrees came cold with the wrong side. All in all, it was awful and I will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone. Disappointed!👎🏼

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