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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

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  • 21
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 5
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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
Quiet place

The service was a little slow, but it was a great local place to see. Food was average, and the atmosphere had great horse memorabilia.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Demi T
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New Haven, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

Service was EXTREMELY slow. Made the whole meal miserable. Restaurant tried to be fancy - however, they failed. Bathrooms also felt unclean.

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New Haven, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The service was a little slow, but it was a great local place to see. Food was average, and the atmosphere had great horse memorabilia.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

My husband, friend and I ate at Clay's in Paris, KY while on vacation from out of state. When we arrived the hostess told us it would be about a 5 min wait so we could wait or grab a drink at the bar. All three of us went to get a beer from the bar. The bartender asked us... More 

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Paris, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

As a longtime customer of this restaurant, I was shocked by the service we received here last night. Despite two watered-down iced teas, our food was delicious. Our problem was not with the food which is consistently good but with the service. We should have known something was wrong when it took almost 20 minutes to even order. Then once... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My wife and I drove up to Paris today for lunch since it was a beautiful day and picked Clay's because of the great reviews. We loved the lunch - my wife had the chicken salad platter and I had the prime rib sandwich. Both were wonderful and the service was wonderful - we highly recommend Clay's!

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Cynthiana, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My wife, granddaughter and I went to Paris to eat at Clay's Downtown without a reservation and because we arrived at around 5:30 we were seated immediately. We were close to the front door which gave us a cold breeze now and then which was a little uncomfortable. My wife and I ordered steaks mine a rib eye which was... More 

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Paris, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Always ask Frank Clay what the special of the day is. We had fresh tile fish on a bed of vegetables & polenta and it was absolutely delicious: interesting, attractively plated & a wonderful combination of flavors. Good wine, too!

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Paris, KY
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24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Top quality meats, friendly staff, owners are always there, and nicely restored building. Frank and Elizabeth, the owners are very nice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

My sister and I were in Paris and stopped here again for a mid-afternoon meal. I cannot say the place was great, but service was ok. I ordered the friend shrimp and it was surprisingly good. Probably the largest shrimp I had have in a long time and very fresh. My sister had the crab cakes again and they were... More 

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Paris, Ky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Not a good place. The decor is nice, the service is good, food quality is poor. Wouldn't go there again.

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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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