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“Excellent place!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jonathan at Gratz Park - CLOSED

Jonathan at Gratz Park
120 W Second St, Lexington, KY 40507
859-252-4949
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Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: W Second St and Upper Street
Description: Regional Redefined Cuisine in Historic Downtown Lexington, Located Inside the historic Gratz Park Inn
Lexington, Kentucky
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101 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Excellent place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Went there on a saturday lunch. As it was said, this is a restaurant in the lobby of a hotel. The hotel is a beautiful place and the restaurant has a very nice ambiance.
The waiter was very good, this guy knows about the food and why is so good. He is a good reference if you are looking for a recommendation.
We had the carpaccio and it had a very nice flavor.
This was my first time with the Burgoo and it was a very nice experience. The fried grits was fantastic. Is a very tasty soup with multiple vegetables.
The price goes to the Bourbon & Coke Braised Beef. The flavor was very rich and the meat was very tender and perfectly cooked.
Excellent presentation.
Good wine list.
The prices are ok for me. 100 with a bottle of a nice chianti.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Always a great dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Jonathan's is our "go to" restaurant when we entertain out-of-town guests as we know the food is always excellent, the atmosphere is friendly (but not too loud), and a great wine selection.

Visited September 2013
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cleveland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Enjoyable over all...BUT”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Had a 7:00 reservation , for our 40th wedding anniversary dinner. Arrived on time and hostess seemed surprised we had a reservation. We were seated promptly, and I noted the restaurant was not even half full, so I'm very sure a reservation wasn't necessary. (and this was a Friday)
Our waiter was very attentive, and very knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. I must say this, we have been to many restaurants with "so called waiters," both in the US and Europe. This gentleman was a true professional waiter, made a visit more enjoyable. The atmosphere was quiet and cozy , just what we wanted.
We both had the fried green tomato salad, which was great. My wife had the roasted salmon, served on a cedar plank . the presentation was nice, and meal was very tasty, however the portions were small. I had the bourbon & coke braised beef. Again, the presentation was very nice , the sauce had a kick and was great. BUT the beef was as tough as shoe leather, not much of an exaggeration. I would never order this dish again. The desserts were great, banana pudding with a bourbon topping , and a caramel cake. As the title of this review says, the , overall this was an enjoyable evening, but I just don't feel we received a $150.00 dinner.
It is not my intent to promote another restaurant, so I will only say, we dined at another Lexington well known steak house the next night , and the dinner was twice as good, and at 66% less the cost. However , the hour wait to be seated was frustrating as heck.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Huntsville, Alabama
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Outstanding in Lexington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

First, let's get some minor comments out of the way. The restaurant in located off the lobby of a business/hotel and has no bar scene. They do have a full bar that includes a decent spirit selection but IMO is weak in the wine department. However, that is minor compared to the overall experience as this was one of the best restaurants ever from a pure food prospective. While my shrimp & grits were fantastic, the wife's veggie plate took the prize.....it was unbelievable. Obviously, this review is based on one visit and we only sampled two entree's; however, given the limited evidence, we would highly recomment Jonathan's.

Visited September 2013
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San Angelo
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Homestyle cooking with a twist”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

The food here was very enjoyable. Had black-eyed peas like never before. They were crunchy and well seasoned. The food here has that home cooking taste but with a twist. The atmosphere is quiet and comfy.

Visited July 2013
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