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Hays House

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112 West Main, Council Grove, KS
+1 620-767-5911
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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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374 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was there on a Wednesday when a buffet is offered and that's what I chose. Fried chicken, one of their specialties, is featured and it really was good. Of course, the historic building is a big part of the attraction and the hostess happily turned on lights in idle rooms and pointed out various points of interest.

Thank Denny G
White City, Kansas
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Hays House is part of Kansas history, but it also serves very good food. While we stopped this morning for breakfast, you have to try the biscuits, the speciality for years has been their pies and fried chicken. Fri ed ndly family atmosphere and small town charm.

Thank JimCook310
Derby, Kansas
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484 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner at the Hays House is an experience! The history of this old restaurant is fascinating as is the beautiful old building. On a Saturday night my husband was able to have the prime rib special- which he said was special! My small rib eye steak was flavorful. Our meat portion included a side and trip to the salad bar.... More 

Thank NancyinDerby
Emporia, Kansas
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We were a group of six, arriving on a Friday Evening around 6 PM. Seated immediately, upstairs by the bar - our request. Server was attentive without being overbearing. Appetizers arrived quickly with enough time to finish them and our Salad Bar with only a few minutes between that and our food arriving. The Chicken Alfredo Pasta was a huge... More 

Thank Vatergoose
Strong City, Kansas
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33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

A Saturday afternoon about 4:45 was when we went to dinner in this fine small rural town in Kansas. The mistake we made was not to allow for shopping before or after for the other neat shops close early, and they are a must. The Hays House runs specials on a daily basis and for those interested can partake. I... More 

Thank craigshandler
Park City, Kansas
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Hays House is a great place to eat. The fried chicken is really good. The smaller portion was plenty. The staff was friendly and very helpful.

Thank Linda W
Saint Louis, Missouri
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

The atmosphere upstairs is much more upscale and more to my liking. Food is generally pretty good though it can be inconsistent at times. I've had some really good meals here as well as some very average ones. Get a steak.

Thank pmorty
Topeka, KS
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767 reviews
504 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Hubby ordered the buffet and I got the Mediterranean salad and subbed beef for the chicken. My salad was $18. Hubbys all you can eat buffet was $15. The steak on my salad came perfectly cooked - but with absolutely no seasoning or flavor. Hubby said the fried chicken had good breading, but also zero flavor. Service was prompt and... More 

Thank breoni
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Very good brisket sandwich with good proportion of meat and home made dill bun , BBQ sauce on the side with pickles, ordered slaw but wife had onion straws which were excellent. Server was friendly keeping water glasses full. Clean and prompt.

Thank Jerry W
Lawrence, Kansas
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

This is the Second time I have eaten here and swore after the 1st time I would not go back ... We were with a Group so we ate here again. . Not one person in our group said they would go back again !!!! If you are going to charge $14.95 for a buffet You might want to have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids
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 West Main, Council Grove, KS
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Council Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 620-767-5911

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