Jean Farris Winery & Bistro

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1731 reviews
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Farm-to-table
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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

This Valentine’s enjoy an enchanting dinner at Jean Farris. Recommended on Opentable as Romantic, good for a date, and offering a notable wine list JF delivers every element for the romantic date night. Our menu offering on Valentine’s Day will be a 3-course wine paired menu for $75/pp+20% gratuity.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 1731 People Are Saying
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PB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. The service was really good. Tried one of the cocktail specials and it was delicious. My wife enjoyed her wine a lot.

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B
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sea bass was unbelievable and she loved the vegan spaghetti squash! The wine and cocktails were very good too.
Our server always great and very funny and nice.
We will definitely be back again.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there for New Years.


They ran out of several items. Service was slow.

Pretty sure no one wanted to be there, and by the end of the night, neither did we.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Very disappointing New Year’s Eve experience. Food took 3 hours to come out, was cold, and unseasoned. It appeared that our server was the only person working. Drinks took 20 min to come out. Have had only excellent experiences there before so this was very disappointing.

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MW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening celebrating New Year’s! Great food and service even though very busy evening!

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P
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!

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SK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous experience! The New Year's Eve menu was absolutely delicious. The sea bass was melt in your mouth and I wanted a second order of the chocolate covered strawberries. They came with the best whip cream I've ever tasted. Jean Farris wines are my favorite. I promise you will not be disappointed by these Kentucky wines, especially if you like dry red wines.

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BM
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food delicious, server was friendly & attentive, however it was extremely slow between ordering & receiving our dinner-extremely slow. May have been short staffed or off night, but was good enough to return

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice experience. I had the shrimp and grits (yes, so good) and my date had the flank steak (love the way you guys cook it). My date really liked the wine, it was the Sauvignon, I cannot recall what the name of it was.

Only gripe was it was a bit too dark for my liking!

Also, the fact you were open on Christmas was a lifesaver for us, and we were very appreciative.

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BM
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were from out of town spending Christmas with our daughter who recently moved to Lexington. We figured we may be eating at a diner, but ran across this restaurant serving Christmas dinner on Open Table. It was fabulous. I would highly recommend for any occasion. We will definitely be coming back on our next visit to the area! Food and staff were outstanding.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. Have an accomplished chef. Wide selection of dishes. Portions generous. Service was friendly and timely. Enjoyed my glass of Riesling. Only complaint was our dark booth in the corner needs more light.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I wouldn’t recommend this place in a million years! My mother and I were so extremely disappointed with this awful experience.

We booked this table thinking we would need a reservation b/c it was X-Mas Eve. We were seated and everything started as it should. Ordered a couple glasses of wine, which weren’t great, and we each ordered soup. Soup came and then the waitress came around with rolls. We accepted. Along with the soup, we ordered the scallops with carrot “kimchi” and the brown butter brussel sprouts to share b/c we were planning on getting a dessert.

It took 30+ minutes to finally receive our entree and side in an EMPTY restaurant. (we asked about them twice) oh, and during that 30+ minute wait, not once were our waters refilled or were we checked on. Again, the place was basically empty. I think there was one other table in the whole damn place.

We each cut into a scallop and they were still RAW!!! Barely seared on ONE side, the “kimchi” was shredded carrots that were tossed in vinegar and the cauliflower mash was utterly bland! Oh and the brussel sprouts were burned! See photo.

We tried to wait for someone to come back, but my mother had to get up from the table and wander back into the kitchen to find the hostess! When she follows my mother back to the table, she asked us to put the scallops back on the original plate. What where they going to do? Put the poorly cooked scallops back in the pan and serve them to us again???? WTF?! Finally, after having to hunt down the hostess (AGAIN), we asked to just have it canceled, as we had both lost our appetites. It was obvious that we also didn’t eat the side but paid for the side, wine and soups.

We will never return and strongly suggest against anyone else from wasting their time here.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lamb and Old Fashion I have ever had! Outstanding meal from start to finish. We will be back.

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GV
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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JS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with top notch service. The only complaint would be the parking lot was VERY dark as well as the entrance to the winery.

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NC
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty and not too fancy for a nice evening out.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Jean Farris was GREAT! Ambiance in general, food in particular. We had the special Bouillabaisse and were not disappointed! It was exquisite.

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W
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was some of the best food I have ever had. Everything was delicious and well prepared. Not a single complaint. Staff was wonderful, chef even personally delivered some dishes himself since it was a quiet evening. One of my favorite restaurants and we will be back in the future!

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RY
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A bit short on wait staff employees..stretched thin. Waiter had limited knowledge of the bar options, but it didn’t detract from an excellent meal otherwise. Highly recommended.

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GV
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always comfortable and delicious, this is our neighborhood go to spot.

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OT
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Great, friendly staff! We’ll definitely be back! Thank you for a great evening.

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TM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Good news, soft music which allowed diners to converse at the table. Too much bad news! One of the main course selections was fried turkey, very small amount of turkey with a lot of skin. The dressing was more like mashed sweet potatoes, and the mashed potatoes were very plain. Also included a very small dab of cranberry sauce. Presentation, looked more like a plate of left overs. Two dessert choices were offered, except they were out of bread pudding and the other choice was rather dry cake. It appears the kitchen did not prepare enough food for the number of reservations. For quality and quantity of the food (did not include beverages) a $50 per person cost, plus 20% automatic tip and taxes was way over priced. We will not be returning to Jean Farris Winery and we will be sure to share our experience with our friends.

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G
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to spend Thanksgiving with my family. The food was great. The BlackBerry wine was awesome too.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was okay enough but not outstanding. With the tacked on fees bringing our total to $63 per person, I would've expected something more special than an aveerage Lexington restaurant. Instead, four people received their salad/soup, and one person was forgotten until the others had nearly finished theirs. The gnocchi portions were much too small, while the turkey and dressing portion was enough for two. When one (elderly) person needed a box for the starter salad, the server brought it out in a black plastic bag and plopped it on the table for the duration of the meal. It was all fine, but not at all the special Thanksgiving we thought we'd signed up to have. Perhaps it's great for a casual lunch or dinner, but just not special, other than being out in the country. Also, we had to move from our first table, as the sun was blinding to the people facing it. With no blinds or shades, it would've been impossible to enjoy. Just not the attention to detail we would've hoped. Not remotely in the ballpark of the quality of food of Coles, or Tony's, or Carson's but with a similar price, at least at Thanksgiving.

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P
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service/ Sat on the patio - ambience was lacking. Chairs were uncomfortable.

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LH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time visit. The view of the vineyard is lovely and the food was amazing. We will be back!

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MA
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening at Jean Farris Winery & Bistro. Out of town friends joined us for a fabulous dinner. Every diner had a different entree and all remarked on how delicious everything was. Our server was helpful and informed. Chef Nate was remarkable once again. We will definitely return!

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J
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jean Farris’s was the place for our special get together for homecoming. They were so accommodating and paid so much attention to our every whim. The menu is fabulous from the the cheese selections to the homemade pasta and dessert choices.

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D
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food,service,and wine was excellent! Jean Farris was the perfect place before seeing the broadway musical Chicago in Richmond that evening.

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LM
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read about Jean Farris in the Keeneland program during the 2018 Fall Meet (our first horse race ever).
The ad was charming! We were able to make a reservation same day through Open table. Arrived after dark due to our other obligations so we missed, what we bet, are stunning views. The Winery and Bistro are located on a quiet country road but it is pitch black after dark. We had a beautiful starry night but some parking lot lighting should be installed- perhaps some low light on perimeter at the ground and enhanced lighting on the road sign.
Quiet and charming atmosphere in restaurant-great contemporary design. Had a lovely server in Andi. She is a delightful young lady, very informed about the offerings, didn't rush us. Enjoyed the red wine flight and time to decide on wine (Cab sauv). Can't wait to come back for a tasting to learn more about their wine making process. Delicious sea salt crackers paired with creamy cheeses (sofia, honey cheve) and a cranberry and peach compote were a 5 star selection. The pork entre was perfect too. Wish we would have saved room for dessert- but just a reason to come back. Thank you- worth the drive!!!!

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P
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening to celebrate a birthday. Service outstanding, meals delicious and wine outstanding

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MA
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our latest visit to Jean Farris Winery was outstanding. Lovely happy hour drinks at the bar followed by a wonderful meal. Chef Nate often has something new to try and his special dishes never disappoint. We were seated where we could watch the storm clouds go by - they were on the way north and JF was spared the downpour. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the ambiance, good wine and food for any occasion.

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TI
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with friends ,Service was outstanding and every one enjoyed there meal , Always get Great service and food here..

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used the winery for our 30th high school reunion and I can't say enough about the wonderful experience we had. So many have said it was the best reunion we have had and the food, service, and location couldn't have been any better. Just absolutely a wonderful night and we couldn't have done it without Jean and her staff. So pleased!

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was the most outstanding thing that really set the Restaurant Apart from others in the area. The Staff were very polite and courteous to me and m girlfriend. I would highly recommend your establishment to friends and colleges. The wine however, seemed a bit too fresh. As if it was just corked a few months ago. on this note, I am afraid I would not be able to rate the wine very high, A fair at best ratting would suffice.

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L
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place for dinner. We had a small bite and tasted one of their wines

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TI
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our goto place for a great meal always have excellent service, and food is always cooked to perfection, There wines are very good as well..Jean Farris is a nice quaint restaurant.

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J
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was our second visit to Jean Farris. I was a little disappointed in the sparse menu; I remember there being more on our previous visit. It is definitely NOT kid friendly, so I would not take my daughter there again.

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M
Louisville
75 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

With entrees priced as high as $45 and glasses of wine at $16, our expectations were high. They were not met. We had reservations and had requested the patio. We were seated indoors even though there was seating available outside. The room we were in lacked ambiance. The server was unsure when asked to suggest a wine and entree pairing. (Really?) While some of the individual food items were very good, some were poor. We do not plan to return.

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