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Zim's Cafe, Lexington, KY

Zim's Cafe

4.3
4.3
451 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Ouita Michel’s newest restaurant - located in downtown Lexington, Ky. is a cornerstone of the Historic Courthouse Square. Zim’s Cafe features delicious sandwiches, Kentucky classics, fresh salads & innovative bites from executive chef Ethan Bowling. Order a cocktail, bourbon, or local beer from The Thirsty Fox, the bar component across the atrium with a cozy atmosphere!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Café, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (859) 785-3690
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Paul Hieb
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for a private event space? We rent out The Thirsty Fox. Email zimscafeky@gmail.com for more information.
  • Neighborhood
    Lexington
  • Cross street
    Located between Short and Main Streets at Upper Street.
  • Parking details
    There are paid lots on Short Street as well as paid parking garages on Main and Short. Street parking is free after 5:00 on weekdays and all day on weekends and federal holidays.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 451 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for brunch

  • Lexington

    Great for brunch

  • Lexington

    Kid-friendly

  • Lexington

    Good for groups

451 Reviews
  1. MjSmith

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant was practically empty. No shrimp and grits. Food was served, eggs overcooked and cold, fries cold, sausage cold, grits and Biscuit lukewarm, catfish piping hot. It’s a crime to serve food of that quality cold.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time at Zim's Cafe. We ate before seeing a show at the Opera House. The waitress was polite and prompt. All our food was delicious, and the portions were decent. The only downside was that they ran out of catfish, so it wasn't available. While being told they had a fully stocked bar, they didn't have Bulleit Bourbon. Hmmm. The pricing was fair and I would definitely return again.

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  3. Gary

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic service but they needed more people in the kitchen. Took awhile to get our food but…worth the wait

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute spot right downtown! Food was slightly pricey but delicious!

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  5. marial96

    Detroit

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely breakfast/lunch at Zim's. Although the food took a while to arrive, it was definitely worth the wait. Our party of eight tried a variety of dishes, and overall, the experience was quite good. I had a turkey sandwich with fries, which was very tasty. The artichoke fritters were a hit with everyone at the table. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the food.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Ultimately, our food was really good. The service was good, but the kitchen was very slow.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food took about an hour to be served/ told there was a large takeout order- made us late for meetings.

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  8. TanyaF

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went in for Mothers Day Brunch. Food was really great, and the service was good too especially considering how busy it was when we arrived. The only complaint I had was it was fairly noisy. Not sure if it was just where we were seated but we had to speak very loudly just to be heard of the ambient noise of the restaurant.

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  9. MaryEM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great choice of brunch and lunch options. Eggs Benedict and chicken salad were both great. It was busy for holiday but wait staff kept up.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Singapore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a party of 11 for brunch. Those who ordered the pancakes said they were cold. The quiche size was pretty small. Definitely not your standard pie size.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Zim's Cafe using the Order Online button. Zim's Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 785-3690.

Zim's Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 451 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Zim's Cafe

215 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Located between Short and Main Streets at Upper Street.
  • Neighborhood
    Lexington
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Café, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are paid lots on Short Street as well as paid parking garages on Main and Short. Street parking is free after 5:00 on weekdays and all day on weekends and federal holidays.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Paul Hieb
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (859) 785-3690
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for a private event space? We rent out The Thirsty Fox. Email zimscafeky@gmail.com for more information.
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