Malone’s Prime Beef Steakhouse - Palomar

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564 reviews
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***3 LEXINGTON LOCATIONS***
Named one of the Great Steak Houses of North America, Malone’s is Lexington’s premier steakhouse. Less than two percent of beef processed in the world is rated as “prime beef.” Malone’s is pleased to offer the widest selection of fresh, hand-cut USDA Prime steaks. In addition to their steak selection, the diverse menu offers something for everyone. Enjoy freshly made salads, fresh fish and seafood selections, sandwiches, house favorites and seasonal chef features. Malone’s is the perfect destination for lunch or dinner with family and friends, professional meetings, and celebrations. Malone’s has been celebrating meals and milestones since 1998.
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OT
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! Great family environment

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R
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

My filet was too salty, couldn't eat it all. I also had bad stomach cramps afterward. So did others in my party.

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LT
Richmond
92 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Waitress was lovely but I got the wrong side dish. Ordered Caesar salad with extra dressing on side. Got a salad with no dressing and a small cup of dressing on the side. Steak was very thin (filet) and not center cut. Good taste and was cooked correctly.

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TE
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our first time at the Palomar location - the others offer higher quality and better service starting from the front door. For example, when my party of four walked-in the hostess never said a word - just looked at us! I thought, wow sorry we're bothering you. So it began: We had to change tables b/c ours had no lighting (I'm not kidding). Then, no round ice for cocktails. My steak was rare and my friend's was med rare, even though we ordered them the other way round. The baked potato was below par. Other than those issues was did get our $400 worth, but it was good and not great.

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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We usually have a good time, with good food and good service, which is why Malone's is our favorite place to eat. This time the background music was louder than usual. We had more trouble hearing the conversation at our own table.

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M
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a middle of the afternoon meal, so both had salads. I had the Malone’s Steakhouse salad and my husband had a salad with grilled chicken and apples. Both were excellent, my steak was cooked perfectly and the asparagus was crisp tender. Our waiter, Ben was very good. There when you needed something but not hovering. Would highly recommend Malone’s for food and service!

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N
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Steaks and salads were extremely good. Wait time was less than 10 minutes (we had reservations well in advance). Service was spotty....the waitress said someone would bring bread and salads...no one came. When the waitress arrived again with drinks, we told her and she apologized and immediately brought bread and salads. Later another bus boy arrived to take our dishes and we said we were waiting for more salads. He said nothing and walked away.

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B
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding.

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MT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Original reservation was for 5:30pm, we needed to push reservation back to 6:00 and restaurant was very accommodating. Disappointed with the service. Rushed us throughout the meal. Ordered my steak Medium and it came out medium well to well, no pink at all. First time visiting Malone's. I've heard so much about the restaurants, great food, great service but I was underwhelmed by our experience. I'll give it another try, maybe just an off night.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can always count on great food and service at Malone’s

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Was stuck in a corner booth that was a tight fit and landlocked by a party of 20. Was very hard to get in and out of our spot without running into someone from the party table. Food is amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service.

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a fabulous dinner at Malone’s Prime Beef Steakhouse-Palomar. The atmosphere was great, relaxed, and not too loud. We were given a really nice booth. Our waiter and his helper were very polite and knowledgeable. We were able to pick out exactly the right dishes for our tastes with their help. The Malbec wine was superb. We look forward to visiting Lexington again and dining at Malone’s Prime Beef Steakhouse-Palomar.

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DT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife’s birthday was amazing. Logan was an excellent waiter, and the rest of the staff were friendly and helpful. It was a bit noisy, but when you’re in UK country it’s to be expected. We will return in the future.

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EL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My steak was disappointing the lobster and shrimp was good

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AE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Lexington staple reliable, great experience every time.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

I absolutely love Malone’s and we make the hour drive at least every other week. We typically eat at the Tates Creek restaurant. Decided to try Palomar and we didn’t love it. It was so loud we couldn’t hear one another talk at our table, the food was mediocre at best. The server was very nice. It was just too crowded with little space to walk and the noise level from the amount of people crammed in, made the experience bad.
The steak was amazing. As far as appetizers and side items they were not comparable to other locations.

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AJ
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Seriously the best food ever and great staff!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

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AA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Malone's is our absolutely favorite spot to celebrate a special occasion. We never have a complaint about anything from service to food. Do yourself a favor and splurge on the Randall Cobb Steak...it is unbelievably good!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Steak overdone two times in a row

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MN
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual
We love this restaurant and the waiters

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MR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Malone’s At Palomar to celebrate my birthday. It’s our favorite go-to place for an excellent dinner. I am ALWAYS impressed with the servers, they are efficient and seem to anticipate your needs. Our server,Hunter, was cheerful, polite, helpful and personable. Our meal was perfect! And then there’s the decadent “World’s Best Dessert”!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Waitress wasn’t the best, but the gentleman helping her was awesome.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had out of town visitors with various dietary restrictions. Malone’s is consistently excellent in all phases of dining out and has such variety in their menu. You can always count on a good meal.
Very enjoyable experience for all of us.

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H
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I used to love Malone's and would use it often to host guests for work (I'm in development). I am hesitant to do that now. On a recent visit, the food was so salty that my guests tried to wash off their mushrooms in their drinking water, and no one could eat the calamari. Also, the noise level (including the music) is so loud that you can't hear someone across the table from you.
Recently I decided to give it another try and brought guests again. The calamari was salty and cold but not as bad as before. There is a fine line between good service and too much attention, and I definitely felt that line was crossed. We had a table for 5 and I started to feel that we were being rushed in order to clear our table. I want to like Malone's and continue to use it for work, but I have been using Tony's recently and will probably start using Jeff Ruby's too.

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CI
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Malone's is always a favorite but must say was not thrilled with our experience Tuesday evening. I had out of town family in and thought this choice would be a big hit. Food was very good as usual except for my sister had to send her filet back as it was cooked medium rare at best and she ordered medium. The rest of the entrees were delicious. Service was probably the poorest I've ever experienced at Malone's though. Waiter was not overly friendly and service slow getting drinks and food. I'm use to having several staff helping with a table of 9 and no one seemed to check on us..had to flag waiter for refills on drinks & to get steak returned to kitchen. Just not the normal Malone's experience.

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RP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a sure bet when choosing a location for business dinners!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and excellent food on a busy Saturday Night - we will come back for sure 😃

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service friendly and nice. Clean and quick. Overall very satisfied with the experience and the service

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always love Malone’s. The boy helping our waitress was very rude and we had asked our waitress for bread and butter to take home and the she asked the boy that was assisting her to get it and he did but forgot the butter so we asked the waitress about it and the joy came and literally threw the little container of butter on the table and it slid off the table and my wife grabbed it. We just stared at each other like wow!!! Very rude and stuff like this makes me not want to give my business there again!!!

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P
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place NEVER lets you down. Phenomenal food. Outstanding prices. Perfect ambiance. We live in (southern) Northern Kentucky and drive to Lexington to eat at Malone's! I wish they'd open one up here!!! (hint, hint)

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L
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Our server, Houston, was efficient, friendly, and attentive without being intrusive. Malone’s can always be counted on for consistency and a great dining experience.

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LK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and the best steak I have had in years! I know we'll be going again soon.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak, great place. Table was ready on arrival, service perfect.

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MC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

While the food was excellent, for the price you pay I expected better service. I have been to Malone's several times and service is something that has never been a problem. Not the case this time. Disappointing.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have never been disappointed in the quality of food at Malone's.

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SS
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure spending a meal with Malone’s!!

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The parking lot is always full when Malone's is open, for good reason. The service, menu, and food are consistently excellent here, and we go regularly. Waiters are solicitous and well-trained. I have several favorites here. Of course the Lexingtonian salad is famous because it is delicious. The bread they bring to the table is delicious as well. My favorite entrees are Coach Cal's Chicken and the Grilled Atlantic salmon, medium rare with the dill-icios sauce! My fellow diners all enjoyed their meals of various cuts of steak, which Malone's is known for. This is where we bring folks for a never-fail meal.

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