Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Lexington dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Lexington Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.



Cuban food might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're looking for a meal in Blue Grass Country, but Old San Juan does it, and does it well. Their portions are a good value for the price, and menu items like tostones (fried...  Read More



Tucked into an unassuming strip mall, Yamaguchi's Sake & Tapas serves the best Japanese food (and maybe even the best food, period) you'll find in Lexington. Portions are on the small side, as you'd expect from a tapas menu, but the quality...  Read More



There's nothing fancy about this counter service joint in Lexington, just amazing Mediterranean food. The lunch specials, which offer a lot of food at a very reasonable price, often mean you'll find a line going out the door at midday....  Read More



While off the beaten path and a bit difficult to find, Windy Corner Market is well worth the effort. Set amid the horse farms just north of Lexington, Windy Corner uses local Kentucky ingredients to inspire a menu famous for its po'boys and...  Read More



While gumbo is in the name of the restaurant (and it's certainly good), the étouffée and jambalaya are killer as well at this Cajun joint in Lexington. All the sauces (including a few vegetarian options) come served over either rice or pasta.



In previous days, Merrick Inn was a private manor house, but for more than a generation now, it's been a preferred destination for local folks, especially those in the horse industry. The interior boasts fireplaces and civilized details, and the...  Read More



Although Ramsey's has several locations in town, this one � set in a big, white house � is the original. Everything's casual, nothing matches, and folks love it that way. People come from all over to indulge in big portions of...  Read More

Airport - Lex


Evoking a Tuscan farmhouse, this inviting restaurant boasts plaster walls, rustic beams, touches of greenery and wrought iron, and even a life-sized "tree" growing from the floor. In keeping with the name ("beautiful night"), cut-out stars hang...  Read More



Brightly painted and adorned with bold art, this little eatery delivers classic Cajun fare at incredibly reasonable prices. Entrees ring up at $6 each, which is an amazing bargain considering the zesty, well-portioned dishes you get. Jambalaya...  Read More