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Joe Bologna's Restaurant and Pizzeria

120 W Maxwell St, Lexington, KY 40508-2530
(859) 252-4933
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Ranked #35 of 749 restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This isn't your typical pizza joint, as it is housed in an old church building. There is off street parking, and easy access. The service was fast and attentive. My husband and I shared pizza and bread sticks. The pizza was ok, but the bread sticks were really good. There was a good beer and wine selection too. Definitely recommended.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My mother went to UK in the 70s and worked at Joe's. She used to take us there as children every time we were in town and I love it as much now as I did then. It is wonderful to go into a restaurant that has been a part of your life for 35 years and still see the... More

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Evansville, IN
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Really enjoyed our meal at Joe Bologna's. Located in an old church/synagogue in the heart of Lexington's University of Kentucky campus area. Great service and great food. Bread sticks (which my wife remembers from her days as UK student) are wonderful with garlic/butter for dipping. We had spaghetti and lasagna, and both were well-prepared, hot and very flavorful. Even though... More

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Oxford
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I was told that I HAD to go to this restaurant. My friends drive over an hour to eat the pizza. I am not sure why. We ate there for lunch. We ordered a breadstick--because everyone loves them so much--a personal sized pepperoni pizza and a personal buffalo pizza. The waitress was pretty agressive about the amount/size of the food... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This restaurant is in an old synagogue. The breadsticks are a meal in themselves - huge, fresh and delicious. The service is superb - and the food very good. I had a zucchini pasta dish and the sauce was great. The salads are fresh and large.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Joe B's is truly one of Lexington's treasures, and a local restaurant not to be missed! You must have one of their famous breadsticks, you won't regret it! Great pizzas, pasta, homemade soups & desserts too!

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I just remembered that I had eaten at Joe B's a few years ago with a friend and remembered that it was pretty good! So when my friend's decided to come out for dinner, this made me super excited because I just knew that it was going to be AWESOME! We got to sit up top in the seating above... More

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Roanoke
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I have been eating at this restaurant since 1985. While the locations have changed over the years what has stayed the same is the food. I used to live in Lexington and while there we would eat there all the time. My Husband LOVES their Pizza and they have A LOT of Pizza choices (including Gluten Free) , but you... More

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Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Joe B's is a local favorite and super delicious! You must get a breadstick! Yes, a breadstick...they are amazing! We personally like the garlic butter, but you can get marinara sauce if you prefer. It is in an old church with beautiful stain glass windows.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Joe B's has been a Lexington institution for decades... with good reason. The location in an old church is cool. The pizza is always first class. Service is generally very good. The bread sticks are sinful. They recently added gluten-free pizza as well. A recent visit confirmed that the place has not lost its touch.

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