Carson's Food & Drink

4.8
2177 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Carson's Food & Drink features new and exciting chef-driven recipes and cocktails that combine rustic refinement with classic Kentucky elegance in a casual, yet comfortable atmosphere. We can't wait to welcome you!

Due to COVID restrictions, we are currently reserving our patio area. However, due to a extremely high demand for patio tables, request sometimes will not be able to be honored at peak hours. We apologize in advance and thank you for working with us!

Disclaimer: We do not reserve our patio area. If you would like to sit out on the patio, please arrive early and we can add you to the wait-list for the patio, alternatively, if there is no wait we will get you sat immediately. We will not honor reservations made through Open Table that are for a different number then the reservation is made. Feel free to call us at (859)-309-3039 and we will be more then happy to see if we are able to accommodate your actual party size! We look forward to seeing you!
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VirginiaM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Right now they are only serving on the patio, but it is covered and heated. The traffic noise isn't too bad.

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Jennifer
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carson’s has amazing food, atmosphere and the customer service is top notch!

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JimH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice birthday meal however requesting to sit by the bar and being put out on the patio was kind of irritating having made a reservation a week ahead of time

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carson's is my go too dining when in Lexington. One of my favorites. Don't miss the ribs.

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CharlesM
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Couldn’t have asked for a better night for my wife’s birthday. Large portions meant we brought enough home for lunch.

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nanabiker
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Carson’s at least 4 times. Delicious food and friendly staff. Absolutely love this place. If I had a critic it would be that the parking lot is not paved. Would be a whole lot nicer if it was paved since it is an upscale restaurant. I will definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in lexington! Ashton, our server was excellent.

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FaithC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for our anniversary. Made reservations for 730p. Short wait for table but was not pleased with hightop with 4 chairs at the corner of bar. Awkward placement and not very romantic. Nikki the host was understanding. We had to wait over 30 minutes to get better table. Nikki made sure to constantly check on us & update. Finally got a way better table and Scott was an absolutely amazing server! He made great suggestions on food that we were very pleased with. Excellent food. Very beautiful and tasty dessert for our special occasion. Cinnamon ice cream was delicious and presented exquisitely! Will definitely come back, we choose this spot over Tony's and glad we did!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Carson’s!

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loriw
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carson’s has become our favorite “go to” restaurant when my husband and I need a date night. The food is always fantastic and every server we’ve had has been very friendly, helpful and attentive!

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vipCommissioner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of my favorite restaurants in Lexington. Food and service is always superior!

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vipGatorDave
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for son. Outstanding!

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ShanaM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have such a classic and rustic look close the food is always phenomenal! Our waitress was extremely friendly and patient with us and very helpful with choosing menu items.

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sapple
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Had an amazing meal! And the service was fantastic. Such an excellent dining experience

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vipMegE
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Carson’s for brunch, dinner, cocktails. I love taking out of town guests here as well. Consistently excellent food and service is always great! Love having Carson’s as a preferred dining option in Lexington

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vipBobby
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Appetizers better than our Entrees! Great bar and drinks! Had an issue with a meal, they stepped up and took it off the bill, appreciated that. I would go back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food and atmosphere were fantastic.

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vipSteveC
Louisville
79 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very popular restaurant, nice decor and pleasant. Good looking menu, my reservation is the food while being very tasty is heavy with lots of sauces. It must appeal to many but not for us. Another sore point for me always is the entree coming while the previous course was not finished. Thanks

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Anonymous
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We visited several locally owned restaurants during our trip to Lexington and this was one of our favorites. The atmosphere as well as the staff is warm and inviting. Julia was our server and she did an impeccable job with her timing. As for the food we started with beer cheese and soft pretzel and had enough left over for a midnight snack. I had the filet and scallops which is served over mashed potatoes topped with a lobster cream and it was well prepared. The only negative would be the noise from Main Street. I will definitely visit this restaurant again on my next trip to Lexington.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, inviting atmosphere to celebrate our anniversary. The food and drinks never disappoint. Highly recommend. We will definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service.

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LindseyB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always have a wonderful experience when we come to Carson's. It is our favorite dining spot in Lexington.

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Chance
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is ALWAYS delicious. Service is ALWAYS great.

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KarenH
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only reason why it was not all 5's is because where I sat, it was right underneath a heater and even though it was cold outside, I was sweating profusely. When I moved moved my chair to the other side of the table it was fine, but that heat was not evenly distributed and I was sweating. Otherwise great as always. I travel 5 hours just to get to Carson's about twice a year and it is worth the trip.

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AnnaH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers were Luke warm and salad was forgotten with a meal but aside from that we had a very good time.

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AaronB
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and nice drink selection. The dining room is spaced out so social distancing is possible. I had filet and scallops. It was all cooked perfectly. She had the fried chicken the waitress recommend. And I had some of it too Delicious. The servings are huge; next times we’ll split an entree.

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BrendaR
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and will definitely be returning!! Started with the brie appetizer which was good 👍 their soup of the night was fantastic!! Portion sizes are generous and prepared very well! We had the filet and chicken ~ both were cooked perfectly! Server was very attentive and did a great job!!

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SherriB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great way to spend a cool late Saturday afternoon with the one you love. Amazing food and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls brunch

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vipTPerez
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time at this gem. Our server Leroy was fantastic. A massive Bloody Mary yo start followed by sandwiches of gargantuan proportions. Great selection of anything you desire. A must visit

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vipLeslieP
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was wonderful

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vipConanZeus
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Friendly Server, {Joe}. Great salads & Sandwiches. Especially the Salmon sandwich!

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful!

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LeeT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a good night. Food and service was very good

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SamK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and innovative. We will definitely be back!

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KelseyD
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful, food was delicious, and environment was great!

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very tasty. Would have been better sitting inside since it was stormy a little but they.closed the blinds.

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JimK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and very quick service. It took a little bit longer to get our check, but the restaurant was busier than expected for a Thursday night. The atmosphere was great and my wife and I really enjoy dining here for date night!!

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BiggMike
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites in Lex. They didn’t disappoint and my wife had a great bday dinner. This is a must for Lexington fine dining

FAQs

Carson's Food & Drink is rated 4.8 stars by 2177 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.