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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Lexington

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Lexington? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Blue Heron Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2019)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Lexington
About the restaurant


The Blue Heron Steakhouse is located in the thriving historic Jefferson Street corridor. We offer an excellent menu with steakhouse classics and modern Southern fare with specialties such as fresh oysters, the finest cuts of beef, shrimp and grits and more. Our restaurant started as a hand-crafted cocktail bar and consumer demand made it obvious that we needed to expand to a full-service kitchen. The Blue Heron is situated in a renovated home with exposed brick, a beautiful, locally crafted chandelier, a roaring two-sided fireplace in the colder months. Locally owned and loaded with character, The Blue Heron is a perfect setting for an intimate date, an evening with friends or simply a casual dinner while watching the game.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Outstanding Experience, It is our "Go to" place. Really Enjoy the Blue Herron.
A photo of Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4083)
$31 to $50
Italian
Lexington
About the restaurant
There’s a quiet country road hiding near one of Lexington’s busiest intersections. Tucked down the lane in a tree-lined cove, Giuseppe’s has been serving great Italian cuisine serenaded by live music for the last 25 years. Renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, hand-cut steaks, traditional and contemporary pasta dishes, homemade desserts and extensive wine list, Giuseppe’s captures its guests with the ambiance of candlelight, easy sounds of slow jazz and a taste of passion which flows from your fork, making every dish its own invitation to return. Whether you prefer a table in the main dining room, the lounge, or the patio, Giuseppe’s is the perfect romantic spot for dates and anniversaries, and it’s also a favorite for large gatherings of family and friends. Giuseppe’s Private Dining Room provides a relaxed, intimate venue for business and social events. That is how something so hidden still stands out, and that is why those who find us return again and again.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious food and great service. The bottle of wine suggested by our server was very good!
A photo of Rodney's on Broadway restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1078)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Lexington
About the restaurant
Rodney's on Broadway is located in a historic 1840's home in the heart of downtown Georgetown, Kentucky. The restaurant has been beautifully restored to commemorate the best that "The Bluegrass" has to offer.

Rodney's on Broadway has been featured in such magazines, newspapers, and other publications as: Southern Living, Discover Horses, Kentucky Monthly, AceWeekly, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville's Courier-Journal and Keeneland Magazine.

Top review
AlanP
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Food and service excellent as expected. Noise level borders on loud.
A photo of Holly Hill Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1014)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Midway
About the restaurant
At Holly Hill Inn, we offer a unique dining experience which showcases our seasonal and innovative use of local ingredients and heritage Kentucky foods. Our reservations for each service are limited so that our guests may enjoy their time with us to the fullest.

Relax in an art-filled dining room and savor a leisurely dinner or brunch, enhanced by our award-winning wine list, craft cocktail menu, and curated bourbon collection. Our culinary team is led by founder and chef Ouita Michel and Culinary Director Tyler McNabb.

Holly Hill Inn has been featured in Garden and Gun, Southern Living and the N.Y. Times.

For more information, visit www.hollyhillinn.com. To receive our newsletter and explore recipes and stories, visit www.hollyhillandco.com.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
We dined on the patio. It was a beautiful evening for outdoor dining. Service and meal was absolutely amazing.
A photo of Dudley's on Short restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2545)
$31 to $50
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Dudley's Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Lexington dining scene since 1981. Dudley's offers delicious modern American cuisine with an impressive wine list to match.
Top review
ElizabethBvip
Dined 6 days ago
Very nice! Quiet, relaxing, delicious! Helpful staff. Very welcoming!
A photo of Lockbox at 21c Hotel restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1207)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Located in Lexington’s 21c Museum Hotel, Lockbox showcases a commitment to sourcing local, high-quality ingredients. Lockbox uses thoughtful yet simple preparations and cooking techniques in a contemporary brasserie setting. Designed by Deborah Berke Partners, the Lockbox space highlights historic features like original marble floors, decorative plaster details, large arched windows and even a historic safe deposit vault that is used for private dining.
Top review
MissyT
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
It was a great dining experience and service experience. The perfect place to eat before our concert.
A photo of Malone’s - Lansdowne restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2934)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Lexington
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
LoriM
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Great meal and great service. Our steaks were perfect! Would go back next time in Lexington!
A photo of ItalX restaurant
4.6
4.6 (540)
$31 to $50
Italian
Lexington
About the restaurant
ItalX, an avant-garde Italian restaurant, is now open for weekend lunch and dinner six days a week at City Center. The restaurant is located at 160 West Main Street. The team draws inspiration from Italy's emphasis on simple, fresh, quality ingredients and inspired hospitality in a warm and inviting space. A twist on traditional Italian fare, the menu will feature multiple scratch-made pastas, reimagined small plates, vegetarian and gluten-free offerings, and everyone's favorite desserts. Popular Italian dishes will be reinvented with elegant presentation. ItalX's bar program offers extensive Italian wines from all regions of 'the Boot' and an inventive cocktail list, backed by house-made ingredients and Italian liqueurs.
Top review
Straylight6
Dined 7 days ago
ItaliX is amazing all-around. We were there in mid-July so the wall of doors was open to the street - it felt like we were dining outside but with the cool of inside - which was lovely. (This was also the reason I gave it a high sound rating though - Lexington seems to like it’s incredibly loud motorcycles - still the open walls are worth it though) The food was unbelievable- the Marsala, Picata, and Carbonara were all amazing. Cant say enough about the ambiance and food. Helpful note, there is a nice/bright parking garage under City Center with four different (and well-marked) elevators- one of which (“Residence Inn/ItalX”) takes you right up to the ItalX door.
A photo of La Cosa Nostra restaurant
4.4
4.4 (25)
$30 and under
Italian
Danville
About the restaurant
Welcome to "Our thing" La Cosa Nostra! Come enjoy an evening in Danville, KY with phenomenal dishes, cocktails if you wish, a fun and upbeat atmosphere, and leave happy. Everything from your classics like Spaghetti & Meatballs to our signature Chicken Saltimbocca. Your experience will be one to remember that's full of flavor start to finish. You can also request to dine in our refinished bank vault!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Great food and drinks. Brynn was an excellent server. This was last minute and our first time while driving through. Thankfully, we don’t live far because we can’t wait to return!
A photo of 33 Staves restaurant
4.3
4.3 (197)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lexington
About the restaurant
33 Staves, located inside the beautiful Origin Hotel Lexington at The Summit. 33 Staves is a modern southern-inspired restaurant and bar. We take pride serving a seasonally crafted menu comprised of handpicked local ingredients. Our bar offers a wide range of craft cocktails and bourbons.


Top review
CaptKirkOUvip
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Beautiful space with great bourbon selection and excellent menu. Staff was also very friendly and helpful.
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