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Clay's Downtown Restaurant

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730 Main St, Paris, KY 40361-1819
+1 859-987-6000
11:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Carlisle, Kentucky
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

It had been almost five months since we last ate at Clay and am sad to say it will be our last. Several items on the menu were not available, including beer and wine from the drink menu; there were no specials for Friday evening; bread was straight from the plastic bag; and the new menu had become even more... More 

Thank pguthrie
Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Came for dessert and enjoyed a lovely bread pudding with burboun sauce. It was delicious. The wait staff is also very nice bringing southern charm and hospitality to the place. The music selection was beautiful. Nothing like some old jazz to create a wonderful dining experience.

Thank bekahsa06
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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Nice food at a nice price. Herb crusted salmon is very good! My wife had a good pasta dish too. The traditional bread pudding with the bourbon sauce is great. Big enough to share! For a small town this is an above average find. I would put it on my short list of places to eat

Thank irish75
South Jordan, Utah
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We had 2 great dinners while staying in the area. The chef (Elizabeth I think) was personable and very good at what she does. We had several salmon dishes and they were all wonderful. Cooked perfectly and seasoned just right. The shrimp and pasta was also very good. I thought the servers were excellent also. Very knowledgeable and just the... More 

Thank R T K
Winchester, Kentucky
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Our first time visit looking for some place out of the ordinary. Beautiful gracious Southern charm and hospitality! Staff were friendly and attentive. All aspects of our meal were executed well. The menu has something for everyone. The steak was an excellent cut prepared just right! Salmon cakes were very good along with the veggie sides. Relaxing atmosphere after a... More 

Thank DaveLightning
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We were staying just outside of Paris, KY, so we were looking for close restaurants for dinner. We had steak and pasta. The marinara sauce was delicious. My husband's steak was average. Our kids had fries and PB&J. The fresh squeezed lemonade is awesome. Our server was nice and the hostess was very friendly.

Thank AutumnChastain
Lexington, Kentucky
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Clay's "chocolate bread pudding" is more like a dense cake with a back note of rich, dark chocolate. Served warm with either homemade caramel or bourbon sauce, it is a unique treat. I have stopped in many times just for this dessert but have also enjoyed lunches there. Out-of-town guests will enjoy Clay's historic charm in delightful downtown Paris.

Thank Praline39588
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We came here on a week night. There were only 3-4 other people in the place. Our waitress, and older lady who loved to talk, spent most of her time visiting with the regulars. We waited about 45 minutes for our dinner. I could understand it if they were busy, but ours was the only meal being prepared. Waitress spent... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

First off you can judge a place pretty well by how clean the bathrooms are. That should have made us walk out right then. Second, there was only 1 boy waiting tables, busing tables and seating guests . . . On a Saturday night????? Then as we finally got a table all the people that were seated after us were... More 

Thank Rebekah G
Orrville, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Our first choice was not open in Saturday's for lunch so we tried Clay's as we were passing through Paris. The chicken salad was billed as all white meat but was definitely thigh meat and maybe three small strings of it mixed with a half cup of celery. Not much to eat sadly and no crackers or bread. My husbands... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 730 Main St, Paris, KY 40361-1819
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Paris
  • Phone Number: +1 859-987-6000

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?