Carson's Food & Drink

4.7
854 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(859) 309-3039
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Larry Hunter
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Eastern Ave
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 854 People Are Saying
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4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service, food was delicious, loved the atmosphere! Second time there, and we will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We are on a three day trip to the Bourbon Trail, and found Carson’s Food and Drink on Yelp. The food is quite simply fantastic. The drinks are well prepared and the menu has almost too many choices to choose from. My wife had the Salmon Oscar Style and I had the Chicken Fried Chicken. Both were terrific. Also, try the Smoked Gouda Mac and cheese, it’s heavenly. Good sized portions and very reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

LOVE the atmosphere!!
Great food and atmosphere come together for a wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I loved everything I had, though the bowl of soup could have been heated up a little more. It was very hearty--a meal in itself.
The sandwich was more than adequate, as far as portion size goes, so I took home half of it.
The wine was superb, the best pinot gris I've ever had.
There really wasn't a need to make a reservation at 5 p.m., so I might skip that next time.
It was too hot to sit outside, but the air conditioning felt nice. Some places are too cold.
Service was excellent.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

This was my second time dining at Carson’s for business and the return trip did not disappoint. The brie and the salmon bruschetta were delicious starters, and the Carson’s Whiskey Sour was beautiful and satisfying. The steak I ordered had some tough, fatty edges, but was otherwise prepared as requested and seasoned wonderfully. The service was timely and the ambiance was my favorite part of the dining experience, the bar being the focal point of the dining area. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very loud. Food very good. Service very good. Food quick to come out. Would not go back for special occasion due to crowd noise was hard to talk to each other

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Noise was too much.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My fiancé and I love this place for special occasions! We had only been for dinner so we decided to try out a late brunch for father’s day and we had a great experience as always ! Loved the shrimp and grits and the peach Bellini was perfection !

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

First time eating there. Food was some of the best I’ve eaten.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food and experience was fantastic. We celebrated our anniversary and they gave us champagne and a dessert. It was definitely a pleasant surprise. Overall, everything was top notch and definitely look forward to going back.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This was the second time for my wife and I to dine at Carson's. The food was terrific again (the Chicken Fried Chicken really is the best I've ever had). My wife wasn't crazy about her crab and eggs benedict dish. Not a preparation issue, she was just trying something new and it was not to her particular taste. The only issue we had was in getting drink refills. Our waiter disappeared for a good while after the food arrived and we ended up asking another waiter for refills. Other than that another delicious meal. The minor service issue aside we'll definitely dine at Carson's again.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

My wife and I chose Carson's for a special celebration and it was some of the best food we have had in Lexington. Each course was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The service was excellent and the restaurant itself is very attractive. We were there with our daughter and her boyfriend celebrating our anniversary. All the food that we ordered was incredibly spicy. My daughter ordered a pasta dish that was so spicy she really couldn’t eat it. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich on a gf bun and it was very spicy as well. Neither description said anything about the dishes being spicy. It was a lot disappointing. They did offer a free dessert for celebrating our anniversary. I don’t think we will go back.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The artisanal sausage platter was extremely special...3 very different tastes my shrimp and grits were awesome but the one that got away was the steak in the rib bone....,I will go back!

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1.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I made a reservation with Carson's for a birthday dinner. What a disappointment. The venue is so loud that our waiter had a hard time communicating with us. My wife has a food allergy, and they told her a specific dish would be safe. Except, it didn't turn out to be. The waiter has guessed instead of asking the cook. The meal had to be sent back, and she sat there, waiting for a different dish by the time the rest of the party had finished their meals. The mixed drinks were sub-par, though credit where credit is due, they have a superb bourbon selection. The burgers are absolutely TERRIBLE and looked like they had been frozen hockey pucks. The steaks however, were quite good (so I was told). All and all, for the money, go somewhere else. There's some good dining options in Lexington--this is not one of them.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Food and service were great as always.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food was not delicious and too salty. I could not eat at all.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Fantastic! If you love shrimp & grits they have this with a steak atop and it’s incredible! Steak melts in your mouth! Rosè linguini with shrimp was also delicious!!! Great staff!!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food and service was excellent. The parking lot was gravely and lots of puddles. The noise level was a bit loud.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

New expanded menu options and tried and true favorites. Carson's is always a solid choice for lunch, brunch, or dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Everything was great service and food. Live music and beautiful restaurant.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was wonderful and the service was great but the noise level was extremely loud.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was amazing and the service was phenomenal. I will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great experience! Service was amazing and so was the food! My fiancé and I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Nothing bad to say at all. As a matter of fact, everything was super! We’ll be back for certain

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We love Carsons. The menu is diverse and has options for nearly any diner. Excellent value.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The noise level is very high. The food was not as good as it had been many many times in the past. My sandwich was underdone and not as generous as I was accustomed to from my past experiences. Maybe it was just an off day, I will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Over salted and over priced in an uncomfortably loud environment.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Most of our experience was positive, especially due to the great service provided by Randy. Unfortunately, we had requested a patio seat in Open Table 2 weeks out, but were told when we arrived that it'd be a 45 minute wait for that area due to large parties in the restaurant that day. To our surprise, 2 people walked in without reservations, and were seated on the patio in 5 minutes. If special requests can't be accommodated, that shouldn't be an option when making the reservation.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Second time going here for brunch, WOW! Carson’s never disappoints. Everything is sooooo good. Huge portions too!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Amazing food, great service, cool story behind the restaurant. FAVORITE

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

My wife had a spicy steak dinner (can't recall specifically which one) & I had the spicy ribs. Both were excellent. The service by AJ was exceptional. It was our anniversary, he didn't rush us; gave us excellent advice on food choices and overall made this; our 44th anniversary, something very special. ~ Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Matt was a fantastic server and took great care of us for my son’s graduation. Food was excellent and it remains one of our favorite places!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Quite place with a little bit of back noise that was perfect. Food and service were both outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Our 1 st experience at Carson's - We had out of town guests and all enjoyed every aspect of our dinner. Waitress was excellent - very friendly and helpful in our choices. We all enjoyed either the soup of the day or appetizers and both were delicious.Entrees of salmon and/or soft shell crab BLT were excellent. Our friends will be back during football season and already requested that we eat again at Carson's. Betting that my wife and I will be back sooner than that. Also, we arrived about 2-3 minutes early for reservation, and were seated immediately. All in all, a wonderful experience

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was great, service was great as always!!

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was mediocre. I don't know that I could recommend anything beyond the appetizers...

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Amazing food and generous portions. Wonderful live jazz! Bloody Mary’s to die for! Our server was lovely and very personable. Only hiccup is that consistently the hostesses are very unfriendly and outright nasty. From the moment you walk in, they look wholly uninterested in even looking at you, let alone seating you. As a former hostess, I understand brunch shifts can be tough but even in the most demanding environments, you must be welcoming to your guests. Carson’s needs to do some serious retraining with their hostesses.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Been to this place 3 times in 6 weeks. Our new Lexington go-to. Food has been very good thus far. Sauces/gravy (pigs in blanket and chicken waffle sauce) are on salty side, however. Do they have to be so salty? Perhaps it was the meat being salty. Anyway, that was only less than optimum comment for our 3 visits. Bloody Mary’s very good. Really enjoyed our visits.

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