Zim's Cafe

4.7
147 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Ouita Michel’s newest restaurant - located on the ground floor of the Historic Lexington Courthouse.

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GretchenP
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere.

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KathyV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
54 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
13 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
140 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
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent. Bre did a great job serving us.

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vipJenniferB
New York Area
56 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
106 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
63 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
106 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling through Lexington with family. Great food. Cool
Setting in an old courthouse building. Setting was perfect for our family!

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The menu had an ample selection of a variety of dishes. The burgers were declared excellent - top of the line! The catfish was very good, as were the Cuban sandwich, the chicken sandwich, and the club sandwich. The grits were interesting/unique and very tasty. The artichoke fritters and the baked brie appetizers were really tasty too. The only disappointment were the French fries which were overcooked. The service was great and we ate at an off time (Monday evening at 7:00) so we were seated in the Thirsty Fox part of the place and it was nice and quiet. The prices were very reasonable. I would definitely recommend Zim's to anyone looking for a very nice meal downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was awesome. Would go again. Sat outside and had a nice view of the ciry.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, quick service, and friendly staff!

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vipDeniseH
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was awesome and he kept up with us. Thank you!!

The food...I was not impressed when 2 people order the same food and each plate is different.

The Hot Brown (2) one came out looking beautiful. The plate was full. The 2nd plate looked like its skinny cousin. It was sent back to make it look better. They were very tasty!!

Chicken fingers (2) one came out dark and one came out golden and juicy.

The pork cutlet was over cooked and very dry.

The shrimp n grits was the one meal that came out perfectly!! The shrimp were perfect. The grits with the sauce was delicious!!

I would have to give them a second chance when there isn't a labor shortage.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice. The radio was too loud to hear conversation and we were early before the crowd.

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JOELLF
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

the food was great, but the noise level was so energetic.....we had a hard time hearing each other!!

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JillG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was fantastic, reasonably priced with excellent and knowledgeable service.

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vipGary
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was just ok. Food was marginal. I had the pulled pork. The pulled pork was dry and average at best. The corn meal pancake was tasteless. The best thing I had was the coleslaw. Nothing on the menu was unique. If you like routine bar food this place is for you.

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Kentuckyfans
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food, service and interior design were awesome. Our only complaint was the extremely loud bass music that was playing outside.

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vipBurley
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was exceptional at a reasonable price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fabulous!! The prime rib Restaurant Week Special is a real value and delicious! Parking on street meters after 5:00 and weekends is free all around the courthouse. I will remember Zim’s and sister restaurant The Thirsty Fox for easy dinner out more often.

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LBarnett
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Large menu with good specials and great food. Service was slow despite a nearly empty restaurant.

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 4.7 stars by 147 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.