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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 - 9:00 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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Ponca City, Oklahoma
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great historic restaurant in a very historic town. The Hays House has been in continuous business since the Santa Fe Trail Days. The service is good and the food is okay. The real draw is the history of both this place and many other attractions around town.

Thank SuZi520
Topeka, Kansas
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on a Sunday and decided on the chicken buffet because at $14.95, it looked mine The best deal and almost everyone ok The place was having on. The decor was rustic and we had good service. Our waitress was very attentive even though we had the buffet. The salad bar was okay and could have used a few... More 

Thank T A
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37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good service. Good enough food. Nice atmosphere, great old downtown street. Plan to stop here. Afterwards you can go next door and shop for antiques or continue a drive through the Flint Hills.

Thank R Keith M
Baltimore, Maryland
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506 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovely lunch at Hays, with homemade lemonade, homemade chicken salad, homemade coconut cream pie, etc. The service is as good as the food, and the restaurant is housed in a historic building. In fact, it's been operating as a restaurant since 1857.

Thank Wanderlust777
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for breakfast during our trip on the Santa Fe Trail. The food was great and our server was happy to share the history of the building with us. He turned on the basement lights so that we could see the original foundation of the building.

Thank Andrea D
Council Grove
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

1 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 weeks ago 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 weeks ago

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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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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 

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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
Large groups, 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?