Jean Farris Winery & Bistro

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1707 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

This Thanksgiving gather with your friends and family around our table to share stories and laughter. Enjoy the holiday for what it's meant to be and let us take care of the dishes. We offer a 3-course dinner with seating available from 1:00pm to 7:00pm for $50 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 1707 People Are Saying
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P
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
1 review
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
6 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
73 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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GV
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view from the patio is the best, very relaxing with a glass of Tempest. I highly recommend.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had not been to this restaurant in about 4 years, but it was our favorite restaurant in central Kentucky. It may have just been a bad night, but our food was warm, at best, and my chicken was dry. Our waiter seemed very stretched but did a nice job and worked very hard to cover a significant number of tables. Our drive is about 70 minutes and I will try again, but without improvement this restaurant will leave our list.

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AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Took my wife and family there on a Thursday evening to celebrate wife's b'day. Dropped over $600 and it was just disappointing. This is probably my 6th or 7th time there in past 9-10 years. We were part of the wine club for a few years. I hate to say it, but this place has trended down. I was hope for a recovery since we live relatively close. The filet was alright, but all the other meals were bad. They didn't even have the lamb chops that was listed on the menu. And why the heck would they change the formulation on the Tempest red wine? It was great at one time, now it taste like tobacco spit. Change the name if you change the formula for goodness sake! Cab is still OK. Sorry, but I'm done with this place.

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T
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had looked forward to our meal here, but were disappointed in the result. The server was friendly, the wine was quite good, the flavors were fine, but several items were overcooked, including the eggplant fries, scallops, and flank steak. We had alerted the server to the fact that my wife is allergic to green onions, but one of her dishes was delivered with a sauce containing green onions. A cook did come out from the kitchen to apologize for that mistake. The view of the vineyard is nice.

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K
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

This is the second time within a month that friends and I have dined here, specifically because of the outdoor patio. They have a small selection of wines from other wineries. If you're considering ordering one of their wines, try a flight first (I'm told they let you taste any of theirs before buying a bottle). At my first visit, I had the scallops which were good. This time I had flank steak, ordered medium - part of the piece qualified as medium but overall the meat was dry and very chewy, especially the well done portion (same for my friend who ordered medium rare). I would not order that again. Three of us had it, and my dogs are lucky because they got to eat what the three of us didn't finish. Staff are superb and friendly.

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B
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine and cocktails were really good. The food, server and ambience were great!

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k
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Been here many times, sometimes good but in the last several years, not really. 50% of our food was very good, 50% was terrible and expensive and server didn't even acknowledge our uneaten food. Scallops fishy and not cooked well. Mussels were tough, small, stringy although sauce was very good (don't need to serve buttery bread with this sauce, just plain crusty bread is sufficient). Filet mignon was very good to excellent, and the pork was well received. Wine was good. Cocktails okay, not great. Bill way way too high for what we got. Cannot go back again, unless just for some wine and cheese and view. Sorry, JF, it's over between us.

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RS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The view was pretty. It was not busy at all yet the service was a bit slow. The waitress couldn’t remember which wine flight was which. We figured it out quick as most of the wines were barely palettable. The cheese plate was tasty but the portions only enough for a couple of small bites. We ended up paying and going to dinner elsewhere. We were very disappointed in the overall experience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, set in the middle of a vineyard. I went during restaurant week and got a special three course meal for $27.00. I ordered the Fried Green tomatoes, which were outstanding, and the pork. The pork came out and it was the thickest pork tenderloin I have ever seen. I was expecting it to be very tough, but it was very tender and delicious. I tried multiple wines and the house Tempest was my favorite. i would recommend this place for any occasion.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Reserve a patio table... It's very pretty.

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BK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Restaurant Week at Jean Farris. Ate on the patio, under a tent. Great ambience. Server was efficient, but a bit slow, probably due to the larger than normal crowd. Had the French onion soup, very tasty, but not hot. Main course was pork loin, with a blackberry bbq sauce, wax beans, and cornbread pudding. Sides were great, but pork was absolutely hammered - dry and tough - hard to cut, much less chew. I almost never send back a dish, but had to here. The server was polite and agreeable, offering to get a refire. After several minutes, another person came out (probably a manager) and explained that their process was to brine the pork, smoke it, then grill it. She then told me I probably wouldn't like a new one, and offered other options. I took the chicken, which was ok, but I would have preferred a nice juicy piece of pork. They also took some money off my bill, so their heart was in the right place. I can't believe their chef has no way to present a nice pork loin to diners, or that they expect someone to accept that. (I saw another diner with the pork, and he had to fist his fork to hold the pork in place to cut it.) Dessert was good, wine was a good bargain. Outside atmosphere was great.

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CC
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu and service. Love the atmosphere and location. Brought out of town guests here and they loved it.

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GV
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was extremely busy for restaurant week but the food was worth the crowd. Their pork is marinated in sweet tea and then smoked before they grill it. They have the best pork chop I have ever had! Don't miss restaurant week, it is a fantastic deal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was incredible but maybe it was just the woman I was with...my wife on our anniversary!

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MW
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week, great experience as always. Excellent Service, creative dishes, wonderful wine, romantic ambience. Super value!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I both got the flank steak. Even though the waitress told us they may not be able to cook to a medium rare or medium, the steaks were done to perfection. The side vegetables and mashed potatoes were wonderful as well.

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GA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience for Restaurant week, will be back, thank you

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BO
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We visited Jean Farris during Restaurant Week. There was nothing wrong with the food except you could tell it was prepared in advance so the quality suffered. The pork was dry as well as the cornbread pudding. Our friend ordered the flank steak and had difficulty cutting it. I am sure the busyness of this special time is the reason for many of the items being prepared ahead of time but it was a disappointing experience.

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Salad and pasta were good dessert so sweet could not eat it (key lime tart)

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jean Farris is a great experience! Great food, wine and atmosphere for any occasion!

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

My best friend and I were looking for a unique place to celebrate my 50th birthday, and the Jean Farris Winery & Bistro was absolutely lovely! The ambiance was charming, the views were spectacular, and the staff was PHENOMENAL! The food, however, was sub par. The pork was tough and overcooked, and the corn souffle (?) was hard and dry. We attended during restaurant week which was probably an extremely busy time for the restaurant. As a result, the food, which (I hope) would have normally been delicious, suffered. Perhaps we'll visit again in the near future and give it another try.

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NC
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have enjoyed Jean Farris for many years. We went there for Restaurant Week. The food was great and the wait staff mostly attentive. We were disappointed because we called earlier in the day to see if we could add two to our party of two and we’re told we couldn’t. Then we were seated at a four top and there were several empty tables.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Four of us visited last Saturday night. It was our first visit to the restaurant but the other couple had been several times and always enjoyed the food. However, our special three-course meals were mostly awful! The French onion soup must have been made long before and warmed up in the microwave - the cheese was hard and the bread (?) in the soup was so hard it could not be cut even with a knife and fork. The entrees were equally disappointing - I suspect they were also cooked far in advance. Two of us had the pork which was overdone and two had the flank steak which was so tough that my husband had to send his back and he tried the chicken instead which was OK. The only bright spots were the wines - we had the sweet white and the rose and they were both enjoyable.

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EL
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I so badly want to like this place, but the wine is always the best thing, food is always just OK. My scallops were super salty, only ate one and the waitress did not even ask me why. No box offered. Fried green tomatoes were missing the bacon from the description, and the dish came out cold. Gnocchi was tough. It’s just too pricey for the food you get.

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