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Willie's Locally Known

286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
+1 859-281-1116
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“burnt ends” (15 reviews)
“truffle fries” (16 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Burnt ends were pretty good , sides tasty. Service really poor , got my own drink refill. Server came back in about 25 minutes

Thank Charlie W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was below average, it took forever to get our food even though the crowd was light. I got the ribs, and they were the worst ribs I have ever had, they were not tender and very dry. I could barely cut them with a...More

Thank tomsl1947
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Clean, sharp and edgy decor. Great happy hours prices. Had the oysters on half shell, a couple of beers and a shot of Bourbon. Pleasant staff. Will return.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had not eaten here in a year due to poor service and mediocre food after they first opened last year. I do like the atmosphere so I decided to try again. I had a salad (large portion) with grilled chicken with the house-made balsamic....More

Thank Lem1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a fool for catfish. Ask anyone. I got Willie's Southern-fried Catfish as a carry-out order last week and it was incredible. The batter was so light and crispy. And the inside was perfectly tender and tasty. I'm a catfish fanatic and this was, perhaps,...More

Thank Toucan-Stan
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Been to Willies many times and always love going there. Food is awesome, atmosphere is incredible. Go late for the music but be ready for a crowd.

Thank Terry M
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We went to Willies on a Thursday night. We got a table right away and had Zack as our waiter. Zack was knowledgeable about the beers and we chose a local IPA and a lame Bud light. We had the brisket with mac n cheese...More

Thank lolly n
Reviewed 19 October 2017 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 14 October 2017 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 October 2017 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
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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
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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