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Willie's Locally Known

286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
+1 859-281-1116
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“burnt ends” (14 reviews)
“truffle fries” (15 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Started to drive past for another restaurant but the place looked so inviting that I stopped. The place is very open inside and also has some nice outdoor seating. I sat at the bar and struck up conversation with the bartender and one of the...More

Thank Lance W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We loved it. Super friendly staff, delicious garlic fries and an amazing hot sauce! The oysters were another highlight!

Thank nevernotleaveeurope
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever in Lexington, KY ( 1-2x/yr)...I always stop at Willie's Locally Known. There's usually a decent band playing on Friday evenings -but not this particular time. It was a bit disappointing, but good conversation with friends and delicious food made up for it. Whereas, I...More

Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a great place to hang out with friends, especially with the very nice patio that is dog-friendly. They have a good beer selection and even for a non-beer-drinker like myself, I can enjoy a glass to wash down the delicious BBQ. I...More

Thank Lorayne B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Lexington for a long weekend for our anniversary and ate here the last night. Wish we had found it sooner! Would have had at least another meal here. We started with a hot wing appetizer...amazing! They have the great smoky taste but...More

Thank Klgfnp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had brunch with friends on a Sunday in Lexington. Great variety of foods and reasonable prices. Awesome selection of Bourbons at the bar also.

Thank LilithMorgan13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A few friends and I were down in Kentucky to tour the distilleries. After a nice day of tours we were hungry so we look up a BBQ joint turns out it was willies!! This place has it all good food,good brews and great selection...More

Thank Jason S
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Our ARBNB recommended this place. We were not disappointed. Great chicken and cole slaw. Waiter was very good. We got right in with no wait. Good atomosphere.

Thank John K
Reviewed 8 September 2017

The BBQ was amazing and the live music made it a fun atmosphere, too. Casual, laid back atmosphere but really good food. The Burnt Ends are where it's at. If there's any left when you get there, do yourself a favor and order them. I've...More

Thank preston918
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Our family went for Sunday brunch. The mimosa was lovely. We tried ribs, burnt ends, turkey and steak. Sides were beans, fries, salad, coleslaw and macaroni cheese. Disappointed from all the reviews I have heard from people. The food was only just warm but we...More

Thank triotrois
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Questions & Answers
Terri S
8 October 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure if they have a specific gluten free option.. but with choices like fresh oysters, chicken wings, brisket and ribs. I have to believe there are offerings that will fit into a GF diet.
Amanda M
24 January 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
FYI.. they have definitely moved and their new location has a great patio!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
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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