Zim's Cafe

4.8
160 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Ouita Michel’s newest restaurant - located on the ground floor of the Historic Lexington Courthouse.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
What 160 people are saying
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4.8
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4.6
ambience
4.7
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Noise · Moderate
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VincentS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-game meal. In & out with no issues. Food & service were great.

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vipMelissa
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is outstanding! The price is right and the service is great! Vibe is MUCH better at Thirsty Fox. Zim’s is too bright and cafeteria feeling.

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CharlesP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits was excellent. My dining companions also had excellent choices and everything was very enjoyable-we will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, service, atmosphere was great! Would recommend! Will go again.

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CarolG
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zim's food is always delicious. The service is good. We seldom have to wait to get a table, but there is usually a fairly good size crowd. We try to go there about once a month.

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TraciS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Zim’s cafe. We have been several times and it only gets better!!

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CarlW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great service and good food. Convenient location in downtown Lexington. Will go again

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! We'll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday there and while brunch is their specialty their dinner was very pleasant.

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vipPastorjs5265
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat! Love this place! HIGHLY recommend~

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SusanJ
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Zim’s , food was great, casual atmosphere and close to Rupp.

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DavidP
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Time dining at Zim's and we really enjoyed it! Very convenient to Rupp Arena. Perfect Place for a Pre-Basketball Game Dinner.

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GretchenP
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere.

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KathyV
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last visit was in August 2021, and it appears now that the portion size has been cut down greatly over what we had 3 months ago. We were a bit disappointed.

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vipRedsFan
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a local gem in the visitors center. Took us awhile to find it, but we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner before the UK BB game there. Two of us had the pork plate and I had the Bourbon trail chili. We each had a hoecake (Corn bread) and the meal was complete. I would definitely go back here again.

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vipKelly
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate here prior to a concert at Rupp, and loved it! Food was delicious, menu was creative (but not weird), and we all really enjoyed what we ordered. Bar looked inviting, and I will have to go back sometime to try some of their offerings. Great downtown spot!

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Laura
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner experience. Our server was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Food was great! We can't wait to go back.

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GregW
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place.. good quality food, and prices still reasonable. Portions kind of small. Some unique takes on many dishes.

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vipBrunch
Denver
142 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pretty quiet for a Thursday night. This seems to be more of a lunch place as they were out of several things by dinner. Food was good. The Windy corner has many of the same items and I thought they were better prepared there.
Service was good.

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kyvol98
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal prior to a basketball game. Wasn't stuffed but extremely satisfied!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of seven with a reservation. We were seated immediately; the restaurant was not busy. Very excited to find quite a few vegan options. Several of us ordered them so I was able to sample more than just mine. Super tasty! Our server was great. Very prompt. Kept my coffee refilled. Too enthusiastic thumbs up.

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JOELLF
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had such a good time...celebrating a friend's birthday...and all was perfect!

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PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zim's Cafe was inviting and everyone working there was incredibly nice. The service was outstanding and quick! I had the pulled pork platter and a Cosmopolitan. Both were great!

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vipdoublediamond
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent. Bre did a great job serving us.

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vipJenniferB
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. The food is always excellent. The staff is super friendly and efficient. I love that you can make reservations.

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TedA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, we had catfish and porkchops with greens and chesse grits. All done very well. Finished with Bourbon Pecan Pie. Humble but good atmospere, cheerful, attentive service. A very good experience, and great value for quality.

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JerryD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu selection of sandwiches, I had shrimp and grits, creamy grits with lightly seasoned shrimp and lots of butter. Great fried artichokes with mild remulade sauce. Artwork was a nice touch, service was great. Maybe a new place, will become popular.

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Unwit
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic Ouita Michel restaurant, this one low- to medium-priced. I had the salmon, which was great. Any of Ouita's restaurants is always a safe bet for a kickass dining experience. Outdoor seating made me feel safer.

One high point of this place is that it's connected to The Thirsty Fox and has a variety of brewed adult beverages on tap, many of them locally produced. I had the RockHouse porter on tap.

Recommend? Hell, yeah!

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Goose
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent menu, and tasty food. My Go-To dining spot when I want to sit and talk to a friend over a good meal in a friendly space.

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vipSteveC
Louisville
108 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good meal as usual

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Unfortunately for us, there was a large group of guys that was really loud-not the restaurants fault though.

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vipKyVisitor
Indiana
66 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The artichoke appetizer and the fried pickles were delicious. The cocktails were very good as well. The hot brown was amazing. The pork chop was the best ever. The macaroni salad was so good. The chili was very good. The chess pie was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

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cassib
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best eggs Benedict I’ve ever had!!!!

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Shupetersdining
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the patio setting. Drinks and preparation of food was excellent. But the one big complaint was the tiny portion of salmon served to two of the three whom ordered it It looked as if one serving was halved to serve to two. We do enjoy this owner’s dining establishments overall but disappointed w two of the serving sizes

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TimS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our pre-concert dinner. The food was very good and the staff were very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. I had the catfish and it was some of the best I’ve ever had. My daughter had the shrimp and grits and was impressed. We both had the greens for a side , outstanding!

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KYGirl
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious and our waitress was very efficient and friendly. We could not have been more pleased. We were there for UK family weekend, and it was by far the very best place we ate all weekend and will definitely be returning!

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vipSteveC
Louisville
108 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner on the patio, very enjoyable

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Went for the music great Atmosphere expect to be patient for service.

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 4.8 stars by 160 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.