Daughter visiting from out of town.
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.
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.
The food is really the only thing to critique. It was St. Valentine’s holiday. So, I’m sure they’d been busy. 1st course: lobster bisque & arugula salad were the best elements. They weren’t perfect. But they were well done, for fine dinning standards. Next , the entrées: “surf-n-turf” filet mignon and tdiver scallops with “loaded fingerling potatoes” besides poor temp. at presentation, the potatoes were a mess. I think of casseroles as dishes that are suited for potlucks, school lunch and less than skillful culinary artists. My date had the Halibut with macaroni-n-cheese. The Mac-n-cheese was over seasoned. But the Halibut was expertly cooked excluding neglecting to remove the fish fats that rise to the surface of white fish flesh.
The desserts were underwhelming in portion and execution. All I can say is, I’ll go back and hope it was the business of the dreaded holiday.
Food was great! We waited over an hour for our meal.
We had an outstanding Valentine’s Day experience!!! I read through some of the negative comments and to be honest, we didn’t experience any of the complaints. Food was outstanding, service was exceptional, and the ambiance was fantastic. A little on the pricier side as far as the menu went but it was worth every penny. Can’t wait for warmer weather to go back and enjoy the patio! Overall we had a very enjoyable experience and would highly recommend going and seeing for yourself!
Having lived in Ca. And having access to lots of great wines, The wine here was off. I tried an outside wine, could not find one of theirs I liked.
Valentine’s Day:-). Jean Farris is a quaint place that makes you feel like you’re on vacation in wine country:-).
Delicious food and great service! I always go for the scallops or the filet:-). The bar serves more than the Jean Farris wines . Beautiful sunsets!
My wife and I went for Valentine's Day dinner. We elected to have the specials. One was halibut and the other
Fillet and scallops. Both were spectacular. The food, service, and ambiance were all perfect.
Food was burnt and cold. Potatoes had 1/4 inch thick of bottom burnt to a crisp. Food was presented on the plate with burnt portions hidden. I don’t know how staff cut the potatoes it was so thick, burnt and crisp. The fact that they served this food to a customer says a lot about the way the owner treats their staff. Our server could tell something was wrong but refused to acknowledge it to us. I will not pay $140 for bad wine, burnt and cold food. Never had such poor service or food in my life.
We celebrated Valentine's Day early at Jean Farris. We LOVED our dinner. The wine was good, Cheese and sausages were so so good, and the dinner was good. I don't eat a lot of red meat so they were so nice and accommodated me by changing the surf and turf from steak to chicken. We had the patio all to ourselves. The inside was busy but it was nice being able to talk.
We had a lovely time at Jean Farris. We like to come for happy hour before our meal. There are always new special cocktails to try and our favorites are also available. Our meals were perfectly cooked and delicious. We came with another couple who also had a fabulous time. Jean Farris is our favorite dining spot.
The main was too much salty for me
We have been going to Jean Farris for years but had not gone in a long while. Our recent experience was superb! We will be sure to go back soon.
We enjoyed dinner, the atmosphere, and Jessica our server was awesome! Great wine also.