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Clay's Downtown Restaurant

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730 Main St, Paris, KY 40361-1819
859-987-6000
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ok lunch

Stopped here for lunch after having it recommended to us by a local. Fairly generic menu for urban types. My sandwich came out wrong, but they quickly corrected their mistake. Food was good, service was attentive.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Stopped here for lunch after having it recommended to us by a local. Fairly generic menu for urban types. My sandwich came out wrong, but they quickly corrected their mistake. Food was good, service was attentive.

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Arcanum, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Hubby and I were staying at a local B & B and went for a Friday evening dinner. The Host (owner?) was too busy to give us a proper welcome and there was no crowd waiting to get in!!! We waited and finally just said we would eat a table at the bar. The bartender was very professional and much... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I had the crab cakes, corn pudding, and broccoli. The food was delicious. The service was only so-so. Had to ask for coffee refills, cream, sugar etc....

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Came here for a quick dinner with the kids. I had the Fried Fish platter, my daughter the kids pasta and meatballs, and my son just had cheese fries. Portions were generous and the food decent. Don't sit in the back room... the decor is much better up front. The waitress was accommodating and friendly, the prices were fine. There... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I had the shrimp scampi....big shrimp, very good, not over-cooked. Hubby had prime rib sandwich...enough prime rib for 2 sandwiches and not over-cooked. Thought specialty drinks were a little high, but beer very reasonable. Will skip crab cakes next time...they were good, but not worth price charged. We will go back again because it is a beautiful drive from Lexington....friendly... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We ate dinner here during a trip to Paris. The menu was average size with a nice array of choices. The chef at this restaurant is a vegetarian, so they had many great veggie choices for any vegetarians along side the traditional meals. Our server was friendly and attentive and the food is reasonably priced. Good place for a casual... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A restaurant that's trying hard to convince you it's upscale....but it's not. We came out $80 poorer and not happier. For that amount, I'd go elsewhere.

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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

As I walked in to get a table for my husband and myself, Frank Clay walked up to us, introduced himself and shook our hands! Have never been greeted in that personable a manner at aa restaurant. The food was fantastic! I had crab crusted sirloin which was cooked perfectly. And my husband had the salmon special with shrimp on... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The décor is lovely. The hostess seated us immediately. Our waitress quickly took our drink orders. My wine was delicious. I ordered fresh Oha fish on a bed of mashed cauliflower, topped with raspberries, and hold the onions, and also a side of sweet potato fries. It tasted absolutely amazing. The atmosphere is wonderful. The owner personally checked to make... More 

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Mount Sterling, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We come here at least once a year. While the food is consistently good, the furniture is in great need of updating. The booth that we sat in had seats that were peeling off. The particles go over our backs and seat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 730 Main St, Paris, KY 40361-1819
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Paris
  • Phone Number: 859-987-6000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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