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Hays House

112 West Main, Council Grove, KS
620 767 5911
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Dining options: Reservations
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72% Recommend
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Harrison, Arkansas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It took 10 minutes to even get our drinks ordered. Then it took over an hour to get a single grilled cheese the food should have been timed to come out at the same time because half of our meals were ice cold. It wasn't worth our time or money. The only good thing was the fried chicken when it... More

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White City, Kansas
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

On the day we was there the daily special was chicken fried stake. It was good but not the best I have ever had. But it was good. It looks like the chicken would have been a better choice. That made me rate this place as very good was the history and all the wonderful people that work there. We... More

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Herington, Kansas
18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I was at the hays house on a Wednesday night. I was going to get a steak but felt the prices were a bit higher then I thought the steaks were worth. On this evening they had a buffet of fried chicken the all you can eat type. It was higher then some of the chain restaurants buffets In that... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We had a wonderful meal at the Hays House. We both had the buffet that had fried chicken! Amazing fried chicken! Service was very good. Restaurant was clean and I liked the rustic appearance. I've had the steak in past visits and was equally pleased.

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Salida, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

My husband and I were taken to dinner here by a local. So, first clue that it's a great place to eat is that the locals eat here. You can choose from a reasonably priced buffet or order off the menu. Our table went 50/50. The menu portions were decent sized at a fair price. Their beer selection is the... More

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Manhattan, Kansas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

The Hays House has long been a tradition in the Flint Hills and a destination for those seeking good steaks and old fashioned large meals in a historic setting. Recently a new chef was hired and the boost to the same old same old menu has been great. There are now some fish dishes and lighter dishes for those who... More

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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Council Grove is a step back in time, and this restaurant fits right in. Nothing fancy, but excellent fried chicken. Much better than Stroud's in KC, even though Stroud's is more famous. And lunch price was a real bargain. Don't miss if you are in the area.

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Kansas City
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We traveled to Council Grove while sight-seeing the Flint Hills. The atmosphere and service were very good. The food was also very well done! Take a walk to the basement and upper rooms to see some history of this former Sante Fe Trail stop. It has been a long time since I've been in a complete restaurant like this....clean, friendly... More

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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

While on vacation in the Midwest we stopped at Hays House for lunch. The food here was delicious! The prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly and efficient. Nothing fancy, just good food. Everything was fresh and they had delicious homemade dressings for the salad and we actually bought one of their cookbooks so we could make them at... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Had a large group dinner here where we tried nearly every menu item! Not a fancy place, but good cookin'. Loved the fried chicken livers and mashed potatoes!

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