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Willie's Locally Known

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286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
+1 859-281-1116
11:00 - 02:30
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Sun 11:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good food, BBQ is tasty, nice old time barn feeling, has luve music and good bar. Bacon appetizer is very interesting!

Thank marlowstew
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We eat at Willie's a couple of times a month. Every time it is amazing. Love the pet friendly patio!

Thank Lisa S
New York
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I dropped in for dinner while on a business trip. Good quality food with a great atmosphere. Great for a quick bite, date night, or an evening of drinks with friends. I'll be back.

Thank jpalin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here last June and just had to go back this trip. I had the Beef Brisket Tacos and they were excellent! The others had the pulled pork and a smoked turkey sandwich and we all enjoyed our meals. Reasonably priced, extensive dining options, and great local beer. Everything a great barbeque restaurant should be!

Thank Peter D
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

The food is not good barbecue, nor is it good casual American. The prices are high and the flavor is low.

Thank Clifford S
Fort Worth, Texas
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

The wait staff is what was so memorable here. Was with a group of 6 for drinks and dinner. The staff was super accommodating, quick with drinks. The food was good. Everyone at the table enjoyed what was ordered.

Thank minimyzr
Greer, South Carolina
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118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Ran across this place on TripAdvisor and decided to give it a shot. Nice atmosphere. Menu selection was good. My wife asked the waitress about the "Soup Beans" and she simply said, "It's just soup, with beans in it." I asked about the wing sauces and told her that I like spicy flavors and she recommended the house specialty blackberry... More 

Thank Trey A
Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

first time customer. pretty busy on a sunday but, it was expected given the time. a very extensive menu that provides a lot of options. i'm planning on returning during sunday brunch for certain. the chicken biscuit option looked TOO DANG GOOD to not try! our server was "Scott F". Willie's needs to thank him. he was a very good,... More 

Thank Mike H
Lexington, Kentucky
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I've been a few times from when they first opened to just recently. The menu has changed slightly but for the better. The food has always been great and our servers were excellent as well. The owner, Wilson, checked in on us and sat with us a minute. The oysters on the half-shell were perfect and reasonably priced. The smoked... More 

Thank davanderpool
United States
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250 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Willie's has a wonderful reputation. I don't know if we were there on an 'off' day or what the problem was. The food was very average …nothing that I would ever feel the need to return for. The service was horrible. I felt that our server would rather do anything else in the world, than to care for the needs... More 

Thank menbx5

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Bar, Barbecue
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?