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Lexington has an amazing array of non-chain, independent restaurants. From time-honored recipes to the latest trends, our restaurant scene is sure to impress.

a la lucie

159 North Limestone Street Lexington, KY 40507

The city's most "uptown" downtown restaurant. An unmistakable leopard print awning sets the tone for this chic and eclectic Lexington favorite of over 25 years. Small but unforgettable, with continental cuisine.

    A.P. Suggins Bar & Grill

    345 Romany Road Lexington, KY 40502

    The quintessential no-frills neighborhood spot, serving up classic pub fare. Expect a “where everybody knows your name” atmosphere, with friendly staff and locals ready to make you feel at home. Chicken wings, potato skins, burgers and award winning chili make this a perfect spot for grabbing a casual bite. A great place to watch University of Kentucky games.


      141 East Main Street Suite 190Lexington, KY 40507

      This eatery has been "doing the veggie thing" since the 1970's. Alfalfa cares about their ingredients and it shows, claiming “local before local was cool.” This community-centric urban eatery grounded in “granola roots” offers blackboard specials every day, but it’s hard not to try local favorites such as the blueberry buckwheat pancakes or the signature “Hoppin’ John.”

        Atomic Cafe

        265 North Limestone Street Lexington, KY 40507

        Colorful and top-quality, this Caribbean restaurant and bar serves up good times in a relaxed, yet vibrant atmosphere. The conch fritters, coconut shrimp and jerk chicken and signature tropical drinks are as lively as the crowd. The spacious brick patio forms a unique urban oasis and offers live music on the weekends when the weather turns warm.

          Azur Restaurant & Patio

          3070 Lakecrest Circle Lexington, KY 40513

          Chef/Owner Jeremy Ashby’s creative, bold and often farm-to-table creations shine through in a Euro café atmosphere. Azur’s décor, including a top-notch outdoor patio, could be considered among Lexington’s most unique restaurant designs. Throw in live weekend jazz and you have a can’t-miss fine dining destination. Try a Bourbon flight or one of their signature Bourbon cocktails.

            Bangkok House

            275 Avenue of Champions Lexington, KY 40508
            • Phone: (859) 226-9711

            A cozy campus mainstay of UK students and faculty. Expect generous portions from an extensive menu of affordable Thai staples such as spicy pad thai, panang curry, musuman curry and chicken satay. The Thai iced tea is another must-try. Family-owned and located in a comfortable underground location, it’s one of campus’ hidden gems.

              bella notte

              3715 Nicholasville Road Lexington, KY 40503

              Start with warm homemade bread with extra virgin olive oil produced exclusively for this Italian trattoria by the Rodolico family of Florence. Expect pastas and wood fired pizzas and more using fresh, local ingredients. Ask to sit under the tree!


                115 West Main Street Lexington, KY 40507

                Fine, white tablecloth dining on Main Street serving a diverse combination of classic and contemporary Italian dishes. The Chef provides a local and organic touch, supporting the region’s sustainable farms. Looking for romantic ambiance, top-notch service and authentic Italian cuisine? Look no further.

                  Billy's Bar-B-Q, Inc.

                  101 Cochran Road Lexington, KY 40502

                  Lexington’s original purveyor of Western Kentucky-style hickory pit Bar-B-Q. For over 30 years, Billy’s has been delighting guests with their down-home ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, mutton, chicken wings and more. Looking for a Kentucky specialty? Try the “world famous” burgoo. The battered and deep-fried “dill”ckles are another must-try.

                    Bombay Bar & Grill

                    102 West High St Lexington, KY 40507

                    Authentic Indian dishes, spiced to your liking, seven days a week in an intimate downtown setting. With more than a dozen kinds of naan, you’re never short on options. Customer favorites include the seafood biryani and tandoori ribeye. With an extensive wine selection, friendly and attentive service, and “dinner for two” menu options, it's a great spot for date night!

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