We invite you to gather with family and friends to celebrate Easter at Jean Farris Winery & Bistro. We will be serving a 3-course prix-fixe menu for $30 per person, $15 per child plus tax and 20% gratuity. The annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Vineyard begins at 1:00pm. Don't forget to bring your basket
Sunday, April 1, 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.
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.
The chef’s creations are incredible!
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.
It was very easy to make a reservations and then the wine and food were outstanding ! Everyone there was very nice and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We will be back !
Excellent service, always reliable. The filet was done to perfection! Quiet.
New Year’s Eve
Sirloin steak was tough. I had to saw at it with a steak knife. Didn't look like a sirloin steak. You get a better steak at Longhorn, Malone's, or home for half the price. My steak was cut in half when it arrived and the waiter waited while my wife cut into her filet to see if it was medium. Chief must not know how to cook a medium steak. I typically don't do reviews or complain but the last time I ordered a steak here it was a NY strip. That was worse than this time but figured it was a one-off. Had to ask for rolls that were lukewarm and really nothing special. Too bad, we usually saved JF for special occasions. If we do go back we will probably stay away from beef. Seems to be a weakness.
A wonderful Pre Fix New Years Eve Menu the Duck Wellington was detectable
Our first visit to Jean Farris was really pleasant. We did three flights of tastings of dry wines which included both reds and whites (there were 2 semi sweets in the white wine tasting). Our opinion was that the food quality out shined the quality of the wine. Service was with Jessica whom we felt very comfortable with as she was patient and attentive. We can see where summertime would be a great time to visit again!
The overall experience was good. The food was average and could have been warmer. For the cost, we would have expected more.
Always solid. One of our favorite places in Lexington. Relaxing atmosphere.
worst steak ever, could barely cut it with a steak knife
The food is fresh and based on local ingredients. Their wine selection is wonderful, especially their own wines. Highly recommend eating here if in Lexington
Wonderful food and service.
Love the atmosphere! We enjoyed an appetizer of delicious local cheeses and accompaniments. The filet and ribeye were excellent as well. Service was top-notch. All four of us highly recommend Jean Farris!
Went for a delicious Thanksgiving DInner with my family. What a gem to be open on a holiday. They're wine selection is great. I prefer their reds. I will definitely continue to visit.
For a Holiday meal, surprisingly, the restaurant was not crowded during the late afternoon seating. My spouse and I found the room quiet, understated - the staff polite & attentive. Our choice of wine was suitable for both the game & fowl selections, but seemed remarkably well-paired with the flan, which turned out to be the highlight of the meal - quite delicious with a velvet texture.
We took home several bottles from the winery - too bad we could not have doggy-bagged some of that scrumptious flan.
I specifically made reservations for Thanksgiving because their website did not have a limited menu. Then we got there and there was a limited menu. I did not enjoy the main dish. The soup and dessert were both good. If they are going to have a limited menu for a holiday, they need to put it on their website a month ahead.
We had a lovely time at Jean Farris Winery this past week. The UK game was on the TV in the bar area with the volume turned low. People could watch or not watch and it was not intrusive. We had a lovely meal with our friends. The burgers are wonderful and all of us enjoyed the food and wine. We will definitely return.
This was our second visit in 2 years (this time for our anniversary). We were seated on time and our service was outstanding. We tested some cheese and tested a few wines to start - all excellent. We both ordered sirloin steaks, which were fine, but not outstanding. My wife's steak was undercooked, but the kitchen handled it promptly. Overall, a nice dinner, but it didn't leave the same impression as our first visit. We would, however, consider it an overall positive experience and recommend it to others.
Great food in a casual modern setting. Loved the Kentucky Rose appetizer.
Great food and ambiance. Our waitress Erica was fabulous!
Food was perfect. The ambiance and scenery was very nice, and it was quiet. It isn't high priced, but not low either, but worth the price in our opinion. The wind selection was pretty impressive and has all that most people need. Not a large food menu which was a good thing, but they had at least one of everything you might want, including awesome appetizers with cheese and meats, Desert menu was the most limited. The pork loin was great and the beef filet was equally great. Would recommend anyone to go there for a special dinner with your spouse, or a date, or anniversary. Wouldn't bring the kids though.
Best food we have had in Lexington. The service was great.
Jean Farris is one of our favorite dining spots. It is nice to be able to sit outside during the cooler fall weather and the view is stunning. We enjoy happy hour at the bar and the friendly staff and new friends we have met there. We have taken guests from out of town to dine there and they always ask to return to JF Winery whenever they return.