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Willie's Locally Known

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286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
+1 859-281-1116
11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
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232 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Willie's has a wonderful reputation. I don't know if we were there on an 'off' day or what the problem was. The food was very average …nothing that I would ever feel the need to return for. The service was horrible. I felt that our server would rather do anything else in the world, than to care for the needs... More 

Thank menbx5
Lexington, Kentucky
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there with my 4 years old daughter for quick lunch. Service was a little slow, but food is good. I am going there again for sure.

Thank Mustafaagha
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88 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love the new location. Meats are where its at. Side salads are huge. I'm not a fan of their collard greens - too sweet, but everything else I've had has been good. Brisket is good, but it's slides and I'd prefer chopped, so I go with the pulled pork most of the time.

Thank Ron E
Lexington, Kentucky
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69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been twice....the food is good, large portions served on a tray....great outdoor back patio. They have live music some nights which is a lot of fun. Tons of beers on tap.

Thank Napagrl
Versailles, Kentucky
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's rare that a great restaurant is also a great venue for live music - or that a music hall has great food. But Willie's gets it right on both points. The menu is diverse, original and very well-prepared. We had dry-rubbed chicken wings (which are deliciously smoked), the oyster Po Boy, and truffle fries... even the tater tots were... More 

Thank studio246
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easily the best BBQ I've had anywhere in the country. I play in a traveling band and I would travel just for the wings alone! Service and atmosphere are excellent as well

Thank Dan R
Porto Alegre
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Located in a Southland building that has seen its share of failures, I think this one will be there for a while. Presented mainly as a sports bar/restaurant with live music, it goes above and beyond with a great menu. Many unusual dishes, or dishes not expected in a place of this nature. Everything I have had has been very... More 

Thank mateodasilva
El Dorado Hills, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Had the pleasure of enjoying a great Sunday brunch with live jazz band to aid in the digestion. Willie's seems to always have something going on musically at night but this was a real joy to get great jazz to enjoy brunch with!!

Thank Gohiney
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

This was my second trip to Willie's. I live pretty close and really was hoping to find a go to bar/grill with live music. So, I wanted to give it a second shot. Sometimes it's just an off night. Price? Ehh, for the food? Average. For the drinks? About 1.5x as expensive as most restaurant/bars in the area. When there's... More 

Thank Will G
Lebanon, Ohio
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I are from out of town, and decided to give this place a try. I'm a big BBQ fan, and cook many of my own meats, therefore I have high standards. The atmosphere was busy and full of energy on a Friday night around 7:30pm. We had a wait of around 30 minute, which was fine. The... More 

Thank Jim B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116

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