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Hays House

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112 West Main, Council Grove, KS
620 767 5911
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6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great historical value!

This is one of the most beautiful restaurants you can find anywhere. The historical value alone is worth the visit! This place has been renovated back to its original condition from the upstairs tavern to the basement!! The food is excellent and they also serve drinks in the upstairs tavern... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Council Grove, Kansas
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Council Grove, Kansas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful restaurants you can find anywhere. The historical value alone is worth the visit! This place has been renovated back to its original condition from the upstairs tavern to the basement!! The food is excellent and they also serve drinks in the upstairs tavern! Its a little expensive, but worth it!

1 Thank Susy22755
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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258 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Place is being refurb'ed, which is fine, but it's less then half full at 7:30 on a Saturday and its 30 minutes to fix food? Really? And you ran out of brisket before dinner started? The salad bar is VERY sparse and the prices scream tourist. See photo for current menu.

Thank NoIberostarFan
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

A nice place to take the family out. Place is antique and homely, service was great. They really made us feel at home. Good people and good food, we'll definitely be back.

Thank Flightmed29
El Dorado, Kansas
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Our family stopped at Hays House on the way home after a weekend road trip. Boy it's off the beaten path, but what a sweet reward when you arrive! We had absolutely fantastic service! When we opened the menu they had a surprisingly diverse selection - not just your every day country food choices. We were also a little surprised... More 

1 Thank Laura S
Manhattan, Kansas
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91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

My wife and I had Saturday lunch here as part of a day spent looking at the sights in Council Grove. We've driven through town many times but had not stopped until now. We walked into the place and stood for 10 minutes waiting to be seated. It was busy, but there didn't seem to be a hostess, just several... More 

Thank KSUBaker
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I was looking forward to eating in this historical restaurant when we were in Council Grove, but was disappointed. Menu was overpriced for very average food, and there were very few vegetarian options. I asked the waitress if I could get the shrimp pasta dish without the shrimp, which I am sure are just added at the end, and maybe... More 

Thank Extradish
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117 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Enjoyed a late lunch here after a hot morning biking! My husband and I each had the Mediterranean Salad which was very good--was a bit skeptical since seemed like a meat and potatoes kind of place but we both thoroughly enjoyed it! The desserts looked fabulous but we didn't have room after the large salad--next time! The service was efficient... More 

2 Thank L R
Cary, North Carolina
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The Groom family Lived in Council Grove for many Decades so we stopped here every time any of us were in Town. Great Fried chicken and Desserts like the Godiva Pie. Beautiful restaurant with 3 levels and lots of space for large groups or private events. Tavern upstairs.

1 Thank Vanessa W
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297 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We ate dinner here on a Friday evening with friends. We like to eat upstairs for dinner, but prefer downstairs for lunch. This is an old established restaurant in Council Grove and people in the vicinity are lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber. We enjoyed the excellent Salad Bar; Filet Mignon; Chicken Fried Steak; and Shrimp. All the... More 

2 Thank KansasHummingbird
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We had a wonderful homemade "harvest chowder"--chunks of potato, corn, sausage and corn in a spicy cream base. Dessert was homemade peach pie (tough decision because there were several to choose from). The prices are very reasonable. They make most of their bread in house. Service was good.

1 Thank FloridaTheresa

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 112 West Main, Council Grove, KS
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Council Grove
  • Phone Number: 620 767 5911


Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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