Carson's Food & Drink

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$30 and under
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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!
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.8
ambience
4.6
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baked goat cheese app was stupid good. The filters and scallops awesome and the smoke Gouda grits very tasty.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to brunch to celebrate a birthday. The food was delicious and the portions huge. I got the salmon eggs Benny and my partner got the sweet chicken and waffles. Both were so good and beautifully plated. Our server, John, was great. He was friendly and quick. The only issue we had was the seating. We made a reservation way ahead of time to ensure we got a nice table. The hosts (who were friendly and understanding) showed us to the first table which was right by the bathrooms. I asked if we could move and they moved us to the only table by the front door. In the end, we had a good experience so it did not matter much! In the future I will specify in my reservation that I don’t want to sit by the bathroom/open front door.

SH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here and both times were great! We sat at the bar the first time and got reservations for a table the next. Both were good. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. The manager came by twice and was super friendly. The menu is large enough that everyone should be able to find something. I had trouble deciding because there are so many delicious things on the menu. My husband ordered the scallops and they were amazing. I ordered the fried chicken and the portion was large and it was very good. My friends ordered the ribs and filet, both said they were excellent. The drinks were also great. We will definitely be back!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about Carson’s was phenomenal from the food to the service.

PC
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server, Eric, was very attentive. Food, good, slightly pricey for type of restaurant.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second dining experience at Carson’s and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The staff were friendly and super helpful navigating the extensive menu. The food was delicious! Drinks fun and tasty. Atmosphere was the neatest part of the restaurant, akin to a speakeasy kind of vibe. My husband kept raving about the food long after we left. Highly recommend this place. We will be coming back!!!

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal at Carson’s. This was the ideal place to bring out of town guests for a nice lunch in Lexington.

SS
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Carson's! Great food and atmosphere. Our waiter Matt K was THE BEST!!

KM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific and came out in a very timely fashion. The service was great, and as always, the ambiance of Carson's is second to none. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the Lexington area!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing!! Will definitely be a regular place!!

AW
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Julia and great food as normal. The baked Brie and any steak on the menu is a must. One of the best in Central Kentucky!

G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Server was delightful - great sense of humor.

BK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great atmosphere. This is my go-to place for business luncheons and a great meal in general! Highly recommend.

CR
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is great as always. Took a while to get service once we were sat. Also seems every time we go to Carson’s, even though I’ve made a reservation, the host tells us it will be a bit longer because someone is still at our table.

I have used opentable in the past as a server and completely understand pre-seating the restaurant through the app so servers understand their covers for the night and each employee gets a fair shake. That said, there comes a time where some guests are still enjoying and may not plan on leaving for a while. If there are a multitude of open tables left sometimes the plan need reworked to accommodate the guest at their set reservation time. Again I worked as a server for years and we used the open table platform in many restaurants I worked at.

This won’t keep me from coming back, but is an odd thing we seem to encounter every time we eat there. Thank you

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and service. The grilled shrimp and truffle fries app were amazing!

Chicken fried chicken never disappoints or the spinach salad. Shrimp and grits were so. Good. Too.

We’ll be back!

E
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Tasty and good food. Great atmosphere.

BM
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. It got a little noisy as the restaurant filled and we were seated next to the live music. Our out of town guests were very impressed and our food was great. Definitely one of our favorite Lexington spots.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and got fast service for a Saturday morning brunch. Food was pretty good and so was my date’s meal. The drinks however, were awful. I got a Bloody Mary and a cold brew with some sort of vanilla flavor they use for hard drinks instead of vanilla cream that I asked for. Food was good, but the drinks... save your money

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, very loud atmosphere for a date though

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, very attentive and quick with anything we needed. The food was incredible!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, John, was fun and answered every question we had. He also made suggestions based on what we told him. He didn’t lead us wrong. The food was outstanding! I had the prime rib sandwich and the tomato basil soup. The accompanying Caesar salad was enough for me to take home for another meal. My husband had the salmon Benedict. This was our 5th time at Carson’s. It never disappoints.

TH
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. I had the crab Benny and was very happy with it. Bloody Mary is good too. Highly recommended..

BK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our waiter was awesome. Can’t wait to come back!

BS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. One of the coolest bars I have ever seen. Very diverse menu. Waiter was attentive and talked to us a lot about the local area to give suggestions and also gave suggestions for food. Manager also came by to ensure everything was good. Nice experience.

K
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. We come here at least once a month. Food and atmosphere can’t be beat.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Loved the Field Greens salad

CO
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for a business meeting with friends. Tony, our server, was perfect at knowing when to hold 'em

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great meal and service any time we come!!! Everyone is always very helpful and welcoming!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always wonderful! Food is awesome! My only suggestion is to lose the music on Sundays. It’s already so so loud with no music, if you are near the music you absolutely cannot hear.

m
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic. Food was great as always. One of my go-to brunch spots with friends.

h
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carson's does not disappoint! The food is delicious and well plated. Bring your appetite as portions area very generous. The wait staff are cordial and extremely accommodating.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining experience at Carson's is always pleasant.

DR
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carson's cooks the best sirloin steak in Lexington. They're ability to get the degree of cooking correct is better than any other place we know in town. Even though one of our favorite meals was not on the menu, they managed to "assemble it from parts". Unfortunately, they're pricing is a bit higher than last year, but maybe's that to be expected from about every good restaurant. Making reservations via OpenTable have always worked well. Other than the environment can be a little loud at times, we'd rather eat steak at Carson's than at some of the newer, higher-priced steak places in downtown Lexington.

OT
Nashville
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found Carson’s by a chance search on Open Table. Was in the area and looking for a place to have lunch. The food (quality and quantity) was excellent. Service was great! Great atmosphere. The only downside was the parking lot. Heavily rutted and lots of standing water. Needs immediate attention.

Will definitely go back when in the area.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate birthday celebration. Good wine, conversation and ambiance...

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with an awesome atmosphere. Will be back here for sure.

JJ
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was absolutely the correct way to leave 2019 and enthusiastically usher in 2020. Carson's provided a hospitable venue for the revels. The ambiance was lovely, warm, and tastefully decorated. The wait staff were most appropriately costumed in 1920s attire. They were enthusiastic, helpful, efficient, and friendly. The meal itself was bountiful and delicious. It was the "usual" dinner menu, not some extravagantly priced meal with an extravagant price. The spicy shrimp and sausage appetizer was memorable and just right for dipping with the excellent, crusty bread. The entrees were sumptuous and salad fresh. We enjoyed the jazz trio and singer that enhanced the atmosphere without adding a lot of extraneous noise. We were simply delighted with our New Year's Eve dining experience at Carson's. Thank you.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our food, appetizers are so big that 4 of us filled up on the Brie and truffle fries and ended up boxing up our meals! Amazing atmosphere

OT
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark runs a great establishment! Carson’s is a great blend of elegant and casual with a creative menu that’s always perfectly executed....

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Tried the brunch and I didn’t think there was a lot of low carb options. But the food was great! The portions are huge for big eaters.