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265 N Limestone, Ste 1, Lexington, KY 40507-1073
859-254-1969
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1:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 2:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
If there is better outside seating, please tell me where!

My husband and I live 100 or so miles from Lexington, but we visit a few times a year. And we go to the Atomic Cafe on at least one of those trips. The outside seating is premier, the bar is stocked with a large variety of beer, wine and specialty drinks and the service is always excellent. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Minerva55
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Independence, KY
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  • Bar scene
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Independence, KY
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My husband and I live 100 or so miles from Lexington, but we visit a few times a year. And we go to the Atomic Cafe on at least one of those trips. The outside seating is premier, the bar is stocked with a large variety of beer, wine and specialty drinks and the service is always excellent. The food... More 

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Versailles, Kentucky
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I'm always looking for unique dishes to try and at Atomic Cafe they are plentiful and delicious! The Ropa stew with fabulous green olives and capers was a hit as was the Island Sampler with the best coconut shrimp and to die for jerk chicken and wonderful trio of sauces. The Salmon is excellent served with local asparagus! I like... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Each year during Coal Prep I make a point to visit the Atomic Cafe. Love the Food and the ambiance. If you love the caribbean flavors then this is the place to go. Very eclectic restaurant. Love the Mahi Mahi cooked in the bananna leaves - so good.

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Norwich, Vermont
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

In a funky up-and-coming neighborhood of Lexington, this restaurant (it's not really a cafe at all) features mindblowing cajun-inspired cuisine. Huge portions, great seafood options, fast and friendly staff and a great atmosphere and decor makes it an entirely enjoyable experience.

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Holland, Michigan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Visited Lexington, and hoped to have a nice, casual dinner before heading back to Frankfort. My husband wanted garlic chicken, but it wasn't on the Cafe's menu, so he went for the jerk chicken. It was not a good sign when the cook, (I think that is who he was) came to the table with a large Kirkland container of... More 

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Toronto
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We've been coming here for more than 20 years and it's still a really enjoyable place to get to. Located in downtown Lexington, it is a Caribbean restaurant that's grown from a tiny cafe to a full size dining spot. Big portions, typical cuisine and reasonable prices. The bean with corn chips is a play on nachos- pinto and black... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant used to be a favorite of mine but alas no longer. Patio music shuts down when UK starts playing football. Manager made suggestions on food and wine but no one checked with us after our terrible food arrived. We waited over 30 minutes for a drink and when I asked the server where our drinks were he replied... More 

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KY
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128 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Known for its spacious patio and exotic island themed drinks, the Atomic Cafe also offers a taste of the Caribbean during cold winter days. While the huge plate glass windows shine light onto the North Limestone thoroughway, the atmosphere inside is alive with the delicious dishes from south of Key West. Starting with my favorite appetizer, sweet potatoe chips served... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Start with the latter. This is the worst name they could have picked. It's not a coffee shop, it's a Caribbean themed menu. Pick up with the food. Good value for what it is, not the best food but OK for the price point. Lots of Caribbean themed stuff, beans and rice, etc. And some good fish. The middle. The... More 

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Kentucky
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65 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Lived in the Caribbean for several years. I found the description of the menu items to be authentic. Goat Cheese Salad was fresh and ginger dressing was excellent. It was a pretty night, and we were comfortable on the patio. Will go back to try more. I recommend they expand their list of Caribbean beers. Servers were attentive and pleasant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 265 N Limestone, Ste 1, Lexington, KY 40507-1073
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: 859-254-1969

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
2:30 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?