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“Beautiful restaurant, great service, delicious food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palmers Fresh Grill

Palmers Fresh Grill
161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY 40503
859-273-0103
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Ranked #139 of 768 Restaurants in Lexington
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Pub
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night
Lexington
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90 reviews 90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Beautiful restaurant, great service, delicious food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This restaurant is still fairly new and we usually wait to allow them to work the kinks out. I'm also not one to complain about a restaurant's decor unless it causes a food hazard. The place is beautiful. This IS the Horse Capital of the World and the equine artwork is breathtaking. As well as the white upholstered booths, the rough hand-planed tables and the lighting. Four of us decided to eat here on a Saturday night around 7:00 with no reservations. We were told 15-20 minutes and we gave them our cell number. We were invited to sit at the bar while we waited but we declined. 6 minutes later our phone buzzed and our table was ready.

Our waiter was prompt with our drink orders and drinks. He also asked if we needed any suggestions because everything sounded amazing. While we waited for our dinners, the waiter brought us a loaf of fresh bread with olive oil for dipping. Two of us had the Beer Battered Fish and Chips which came with crisp fries and a light coleslaw (not overly saturated with mayo). Another got the Bone-in Chop with the most amazing melt in your mouth whipped potatoes and fried apples. And the fourth diner ordered the jerk chicken sandwich with fries. All of our plates left the table completely wiped clean. As for drinks, two ordered beers - which were a bit higher priced for the size and the other two had water/sweet tea.

But the real star of the night was the dessert: Salted Caramel & Bourbon Bread Pudding. Bread pudding is usually a staple on a KY restaurant menu and it didn't disappoint. Perfect balance of flavors!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
winchester, Kentucky
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95 reviews 95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“great group experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I hosted a business dinner for 20 associates and everyone had a dining experience. I had the bone-in pork chop and it was excellent. Others around me had the steak with truffle fries and they were pleased as well. I enjoyed a nice Simi Cabernet but the wine list was limited. The desserts were also very good and large enough to share. The service was good and I would not hesitate to bring another group to Palmers for dinner.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We went to Lexington for a girlfriend trip, stayed at the Hilton with Palmers next door. Great outside atmosphere by the water! Food was good, great selection.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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PORTLAND,OR
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66 restaurant reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“GIVE 'EM A BREAK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Many reviews have been rank and nasty...this is a new joint for Pete's sake. They need to get rid of the training wheels so I am planning a return visit.

Our initial stop was on a Sunday evening, no reservation. Our hostess was charming, invited us to the dining room or an outside table once one was available. We decided to take the bar tables...some kind of cement slabs that work. Music was not too loud as many reviews have complained.

Waiter was there in 20 seconds. Rudi G. was excellent although he was a bit apologetic. Drink orders (draft beers) were there promptly. Order was for a first course of salad and soup. Entrees of fish tacos and fish 'n chips. Wine list was solid but pedestrian. Although having Silver Oak is a bit pretentious given the menu. Anything over $70 a bottle is being wasteful...this is where they make their money so be aware.

And the entrees appeared with gusto...but where was the soup and salad? Oops!

Immediately, Scott, the manager, appeared and apologized. Nice touch. We waved off the soup and salad since the entrees were on the table.

Total tab for tacos, fish, two drafts and one very late tomato salad was $46.66 They deducted the cost of the salad since it was the greater cost of the two appetizers. The price points are 10-15% higher than they should be. The quality of the product is, frankly, just above a chain. The fries with the fish were a mushy mess. Every chip shop up East would close their doors with this presentation. Several reviewers have said you should save your money and go to Red Lobster.

We were impressed with the attentiveness of the manager, the gentle manner of the waiter and the venue.

They clearly have a long way to go before being above average. The mockery of some reviewers can be understood if you are from a foodie environment. Lexington isn't there but let's not strangle it in the crib.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Loud, Poorly Managed and Mediocre Food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

They say they take reservations. We had a reservation for August 3 and arrived 15 minutes early. They told us it would be a half hour wait even with a reservation. Others were seated before us( we were a party of four) and they did not have reservations.
They then seated us at the end booth closest to the hostess stand. The entire restaurant was loud, but being in that location we could not hear each other across the table. The open floor plan is not meant for any conversation at all.
The food was at best mediocre. We all dine out several times a week and not one meal was memorable. For the quality it was WAY overpriced.
The only saving grace was our server, Whitney, who did everything possible to make us happy.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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