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Jean Farris Winery & Bistro

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1632 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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From its inception, Jean Farris has embraced our families’ history in agriculture, and, our passion for fine cuisine. With us, wine is best when sharing a table with good friends and good food.

Here on the estate we grow our own fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, and honey to use in the winery and in the kitchen. We serve our farm products with the wine, beer, and spirits that speak of our region. To us "Home-made" is a practice not a philosophy. With that our menu changes several times a year, reflecting the seasons. Staying in time and in touch with the cycles of seasons and what is naturally available to us.

We look forward to having you joining us at our table and sharing a night at Jean Farris.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Southern
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Hours of operation
Hours of Operation:
Wine Bar: Thursday- Sunday: 12:00pm - close
Dinner: Thursday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(859) 263-9463
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Our small private Alcove room will sit a group of 8 to 12 and is equipped with a TV monitor ready for showing presentations to the group. Our large private Vineyard Sunroom overlooks the vineyards with an amazing view. It is fully enclosed and climate controlled for up to 80 guests, available for booking through-out the year. Also, it is covered with a large white tent but climate control is not available.

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro as a whole is available for a private party on Monday only.
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Private party contact
Jeanie O'Daniel: (859) 263-9463
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Parking details
As you enter the property, you drive through the front vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. All of the parking is close to the building in the private lot. Handicapped parking is offered with easy access to the front door. There is limited overflow parking available.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1632 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Went for our anniversary. Service was slow, but the scenery was beautiful so the wait wasn’t so bad. Our appetizer was better than our main dishes. I will say, the wine we had was amazing!! Overall not bad but for a special occasion I expected better service.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Sunday dinner with my wife. Service was prompt and staff very courteous. Good wine selection and a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Very relaxing. Lobster pappardelle was very good and portions filling. Sea scallops cooked perfectly. Overall very pleased and will be coming back.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went here for my birthday and Mother's Day. Our waitress was terrific and accommodated us when asked to move tables due to the sun in our eyes on a busy evening. The food had large portions; our only qualm was one of our desserts (the brownie with coconut) was a bit tough and maybe overdone, but delicious.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was a very bad dining experience. I will not ever go back and I really used to love this place.

We went for Mothers day and I was embarrassed for picking the place. They ran out of 3 different items that we ordered and we had reservations along with everyone else so they should manage their inventory better. They also took 1 hour getting our food and when they brought my entree it had ingredients missing and at that point I wanted to leave. The server was apologetic but she never brought the rest of my dish. She did subtract that from the bill without asking because she saw that I was miserable. They gave my husband the wrong desert and when I asked the other server was rude and said that this was not intended for us anyway? My husband said he heard others complaining also. So disappointing!! Bad reviews now DONT GO!!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The server was so poorly prepared that it was a distraction to the otherwise pleasant Mother’s Day brunch.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was the worst food we have had in years. There were 9 of us. 2 people ordered the same thing, and their plates looked completely different. This was for Mother’s Day brunch. Bacon was raw, everyone’s meal was terrible. The only thing that was good were the cocktails and crackers. Out of 9 not one of us enjoyed this meal. Everyone was starving when they left. I can’t even say it was decent. It was terrible. The lobster Benedict have zero sauce and my egg came on the side and there was basically a loaf of bread. The avocado toast was also on a loaf and the avocado was brown. The service was even worse. We will never return. Sad that this place has gone so down hill with awful in all areas.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Beautiful drive in the country to get to the winery. You can dine inside, or on the glassed in patio, or outdoors under a canopy. Lovely views and imaginative menu. Dined on Lobster Benedict! Good wine selection, of course.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Read previous reviews before dinner tonight and was a little nervous about the quality, as well as service. The food was better than I ever could have imagined! Our server was very attentive. Also, the wine was excellent, especially the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon!! I couldn't have asked for a more marvelous dining experience. I will always recommend this establishment to friends in the future. Overall, it was the perfect evening!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Filet was excellent! We went for mother’s day and it was perfect!

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fried chicken was tasteless. Wine ok. Nice place.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service and atmosphere are great, but the quality of the food was very disappointing compared to the price. My friend ordered the steak and it had no flavor, not even salt, I ordered the lobster pasta and it tasted more like a dish from Red Lobster than the artisan description.

I feel this restaurant has great opportunity and the menu choices and cocktails are great, but the quality of their cooking needs some definite improvement to justify their price point.

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This was a terrible experience. The fish was undercooked and we found out that the cook was sick. We also had joined the wine club last month after a nice experience. My card was charged $74.14 but no wine was ever delivered. The owner sat us at our table this evening and said that our server would take care of getting us our wine for our wine club membership. No wine was provided. The only things were was provided were pitiful and empty exorcises... “our computer is down” “we can’t find your membership” “the person who handles this isn’t here” “we don’t know how to fix this” and the cherry on the top when we asked to speak with the owner was “the owner isn’t here” but then we saw her as we left the restaurant. UNBELIEVABLE. We will be reporting all of this to the Better Business Bureau and will be contacting our credit card company.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We have had great times at Jean Farris and especially enjoy taking groups there. Jean has made a point of working with our table directly to make sure we were happy with how things were going.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Went here for a bachelorette part dinner. It was raining but still a beautiful view. Patio seating, indoor seating, private rooms, and a bar. It was so intimate and perfect for the 4 of us! 10 out of 10 recommend the cheeses! Yummy cocktails and save some room for the blueberry tea :)

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Pacing of food was a little skewed. Waited for a cocktail that arrived after the salad, for example. Really good food.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

First time we have used OpenTable and the experience was awesome. We arrived for our reservation and escorted immediately to the booth I requested! No waiting, and no miscommunications on our table request.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We had a great time with a fantastic sunset view from the patio and enjoyed the new Cabernet Sauvignon which is terrific. I enjoyed this wine with there filet mignon which was cooked to a perfect medium rare as requested. My friend had the lobster pasta which is wonderful too. We both recommend you try this place.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We are a member of the wine club and enjoy great discounts on not only the Jean Farris wines but all the wines offered at the restaurant. We pickup our wines at the winery and receive free dessert with dinner however I hear some elect to have their wines shipped to their house instead of dessert. This has become our "go to" home away from home dinner spot and we love all the staff as friends. It has a great relaxed atmosphere to just enjoy a dinner out.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My husband and I had been looking forward to trying this local farm to table restaurant but were so disappointed. Despite calling to confirm it with us, the hostess could not find our reservation when we arrived. Then we were seated on metal patio chairs. Our server was not very attentive but in the end she tried desperately to do the right thing. We started with the muscles that were served with bread that was somehow both burnt and soggy. My husband got the lamb which had good flavor but lacked sear on the outside so looked very unappetizing. I ordered the pork which was so dry I could barely cut it with a steak knife. I am not typically someone who complains but I had to send it back because I could barely swallow it. When they remade it it was nearly as dry the second time. Our server was gracious enough to try to bring us a complimentary dessert in addition to comping the pork dish. Sadly the kitchen was unable to make a dessert for us. Our server ended up not charging us for meal at all. I will say the wine was pretty good but the food was very poorly done.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We were immediately greeted with welcoming hospitality and service. Wine and cheese were served quickly and efficiently. The dinner was phenomenal. Steak was cooked perfectly, the grits with the chicken were absolutely wonderful as well. The waitress really took her time explaining the different entrees. She was amazing! And then the chocolate bread pudding and the buttermilk panna cotta was the perfect ending to a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Our server needed to be a bit more attentive to the details.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Terrific meal!! We loved the entree of scallopes with gnocchi which was vibrant in color and flavor. This is one of the best dishes I've had from a restaurant in years. The old fashioneds were well made and we enjoyed their house Cabernet Franc as well. The service was not rushed but met our needs. I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Ther service was good and the food was delicious. The filet was cooked a perfect medium rare. The atmosphere was nice here. We will definitely be coming back.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was back to being what we had come to expect from Jean Farris. Very tasty, well prepared, pleasant presentation and ample portions. Better get going getting more Jean Farris wine bottled. Not good to be out of so many wines that then have to be purchased by the bottle for $65-100.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One word “Amazing”, this might be the best restaurant experience ever. Our server Jessica was exceptional. She was extremely knowledgeable about the food, wine, and cocktails. We started with a cheese plate of three cheeses that came with house made crackers that were the best I’ve ever had. The cheeses were unique and well recommend by Jessica. We also ordered the beef carpaccio to start and it was a unique seared version with a spicy horseradish dressing. I ordered the Sea Scallops entree, which was the best I have ever had, extremely fresh with gnocchi and lots of vegetables. We also enjoyed the pork with corn pudding and brussels sprouts , as well as, the fried chicken with cheesy grits with grilled onions. We only had room for one dessert to share so we choose the buttermilk panna cotta with a blueberry and lavender sauce. The entire meal was terrific. Lexington is lucky to have such a unique farm-to-table restaurant to share.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Only 2 options of entree available on Easter at 2:15. This doesn’t make sense to me considering they took reservations. The food was no better than average. The menu was misleading.....carrot hash browns?? Grape tomato salad?? The server had little to no knowledge of wine....at a winery? Very disappointing Easter meal. Thank goodness that I was in excellent company.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is one of my favorite places to eat when near Lexington. The cheese selection for charcuterie is wonderful. My salad was swimming in some sort of oil dressing, very gross, had three bites and no more. My daughter and husband both loved their food, chicken pasta and hamburger, respectively. Had to ask to be seated on enclosed porch which is a big draw for me being from a big city and dining near nature. Ordered 4 charcuterie and 4 wine flights. Got 3 charcuterie with 7 cheeses. Not 8 the menu stated were available. Menu stated charcuterie/butcher board would come with various meats, pickles etc, even at lunch, but ours did not. Felt like our bill was a little high considering one of our boards only had one cheese and it looked like we got charged for 3 full boards.

Regardless of possible bill mix up, we did not address it with staff. We were heading home from a vacation and this was our last stop for 2.5hours until home, and did not feel up to stressing the bill.

I have been here on several occasions. Day and evening. The property is lovely despite proximity to 75 and the cheese selection is fantastic. Wine is wonderful as well. We will be back when we pass through Lexington again, but I will be more vocal about what we’re expecting from our order. If I had not had such travel exhaustion I would have spoken up about cheese boards and salad.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This is the Best place to eat PERIOD ... always great food and service .. We have ate at many places in Lexington “ the best of the best” none have compared to Jean Farris Thanks to the staff for always being great ... A dining pleasure ...

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food is amazing. Service is outstanding. Local wine and other dishes. One of our favorite spots in Lexington.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Jean Farris has been our favorite restaurant for a while now. We stopped by to try the new spring menu as well as enjoy two happy hour cocktails. Everything was absolutely delicious and we especially loved the new rack of lamb dish. Our waitress was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Did not disappoint. I had the scallops with gnocchi and it was delicious. My husband enjoyed the lamb with roasted turnips. Wait staff was terrific. Loved it all.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The red blends were a little disappointing. But overall a good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Really nice atmosphere, great service and really good food. Only one vegan dish on the menu but, it was wonderful.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

There were 4 ppl in our party.. first the appetizer of cheese for 20.00 was literally 3 very small pieces of cheese which were good but overpriced.. but the worst was the chicken ordered was way over cooked and the pork tenderloins very dry and over cooked! My dinner the lobster was only thing good! My husband never complains but literally couldn’t eat it his pork and waitress took entire plate back n offered to fix something else but we didn’t have another hr to wait.. she offered dessert which two of us accepted.. she did not charge for the 8.00 desserts but charged for the 25.00 pork tenderloin which he sent entirity back! I felt like we should’ve never been charged for this item at all! The other couple was very hungry and chose to eat their meal but was very dissatisfied with the dryness and over cooked chicken and pork. Between the two parties it costs close to 170.00 which definitely wasn’t worth what we had exp when my husband didn’t even eat! Very dissatisfied and won’t return!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Our request to be seated on the sun porch was honored, the views of the KY countryside are unsurpassed. Our waitress, Colby, was new but was knowledgeable about the wines and menu. We would have appreciated if she had checked on us during our meal to refill water and wine glasses.
The roasted chicken was delicious flavorful with just the right about of herbs and marinade. The skirt steak had more in common with beef jerky than steak. Way too tough.
The Old Fashion was wonderful, especially the price.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We dined at Jean Farris with friends from out of town this past weekend. 3 of our party had special dietary needs and Nate and the kitchen crew prepared a delicious meal for all of us. We enjoyed the weekly special happy hour cocktails at the bar prior to our meal. Jean Farris is our favorite dining location.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The chef’s creations are incredible!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Daughter visiting from out of town.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I have never been more disappointed with a restaurant. Jean Farris has taken a serious dive in terms of quality in the past year. My girlfriend and I received a gift card to Jean Farris and made a drive down to Lexington over the weekend to have a date night. Upon the arriving, the restaurant's facade was deceptively inviting, but its true character resided in the absence of decent wine and bland, overpriced meals.

For dinner we sampled the classic red and white wine flights, which were almost unbearable to drink. The wine, tasting of old raisins and bitter molasses, which signifies error in the oxidation process of the wine, was best drunk like a shot, rather than a wine. I was astounded. A winery that produces and bottles flawed wine? I should have taken the hint when our server mentioned, "Some wines are better than others." By the end of the night I was at a winery drinking bourbon.

Now the food is an entirely different story. The beet salad consisted of a smattering of grapefruit, tough beets, a drizzle of honey, and a crumble of feta cheese. I have no doubt this meal could be exceptional, but with ingredients that are produced by the hands of someone that might be better qualified to work in a T.G.I. Friday's, I would strongly advocate against ordering. Thankfully girlfriend and I ended up sending the meal back to order meatballs, which proved to be palatable. At this point, I couldn't help but notice the couple next to use could not even finish their meal. laughed to myself as I studied their plates, both ordered steaks that looked more like the rubbery dog toy than a steak.

I am, sadly, already nearing the word limit and have not even reached the main course, how unfortunate, I only hope the preceding text has discourage you enough from wasting your money at this establishment. So to make a long story short, I will sum up the restaurant as: overpriced, deceptive, talentless, and distasteful.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Of course you expect dinner at any restaurant to be busy on Valentine Day. But for it to take one hour and 45 minutes, for two people!Clearly, the kitchen was over taxed and wait staff at a loss to just sit and watch helplessly or continue to refill water and wine glasses.

Once we received our food it was tasty and well presented. We had just lost interest waiting 45 minutes after we ordered.

My wife and girlfriends eat here on regular basis; she says they have never had this kind of lapse. But even she recognized the inability of the kitchen to meet the larger crowd.

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