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Hays House

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112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
620 767 5911
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Council Grove
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love going to the Hays House for their basic items such as a great steak, or their sometimes unusual sides and vegetables. Their fresh strawberry pie and fresh peach pie is so big, but worth skipping lunch for!

Thank Shirley H
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I stopped by for lunch. We've never been here before and are glad we made the trip. I had the chicken-bacon, cheddar pasta as it was their daily special. It was good. Staff was friendly and per their suggestion we walked both upstairs and to the basement of the building to look around after we ate. It's... More 

Thank Joe M
Council Grove, Kansas
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After a few bumps, the Hays House is back on track and serving delicious food. They have had some management issues in recent years, which have been resolved and I'm happy to say the quality and consistency is back to stay! Our children grew up eating at the Hays House and we are very sentimental about this establishment. Helen Judd... More 

Thank maddylee2015
Emporia, Kansas
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I always take friends and family to Hay's House when they come to visit from the East Coast. The food is fantastic, large portions, great service, and fair prices, all served in an establishment that served those pioneers moving west on the Santa Fe Trail. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The staff will encourage you... More 

Thank Vatergoose
Wamego, Kansas
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are no strangers to the Hays House. Get place to take out of town guest for a great meal as well as a nice trip through the Flint Hills getting to Council Grove,Ks. Our latest experience was a sunday buffet. Our waitress has been working at the Hays House for over 25 years. The buffet consisted of fried chicken,... More 

Thank phototaker872
Hesston, Kansas
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We've been visiting the Hays House when in Council Grove for over 30 years. Hays House is a Kansas historic site and has stayed amazingly consistent throughout the years. The menu includes specialty dishes that have remained consistently delicious throughout the years. A salad bar is available and always fresh with seasonal items offered too. Some of the items that... More 

Thank Marcy T
Fredonia, ks
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Took a party of 11 here post graduation of our daughter from K State. Good service. Great salad bar. Food above average. Seemed reasonably priced to me. Great ambiance. Will definitely come back.

Thank Dvaughnmd
Olathe, Kansas
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154 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

We had a group out on our motorcycles for a day trip out to the Flint Hills. This was a welcome stop for lunch and we were not disappointed. Amazing salad bar for starters along with cold beverages and really good burgers. There is a lot of history and it's interesting just looking around. While I realize there are not... More 

Thank Thundrdawg
Manhattan, Kansas
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58 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I have eaten here several times and the food is always good, if a bit pricy. Their desserts, especially their pies, are really good. Hayes House is very old --I believe it was the first hotel west of the Mississippi River (but don't quote me on that). It's beautifully decorated and some of the old hotel rooms are still furnished... More 

Thank maggietffh
Derby, Kansas
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

The chicken fried steak is amazing! I tried the Sunday Buffet the last time I was there, not bad, but the fried chicken that was left (it needed a refill) was dry and over cooked. The kitchen brought out new fried chicken that was so much better! This was the only time I've had an issue with the food. Great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Council Grove
  • Phone Number: 620 767 5911

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?