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“Not Great”

Cheapside Bar & Grill
Ranked #222 of 903 Restaurants in Lexington
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Cheapside is located in the heart of Downtown Lexington. Three blocks from Rupp Arena facing Cheapside Park & the Fifth Third Pavilion. We have been serving great food and fabulous beverages for over 30 years. Our menu features variety: great burgers, sandwiches, smoked and roasted meats, and a new and growing section of the menu featuring fresh and Modern Mexican cuisine. We feature a large selection of premium tequilas, craft beers and classic cocktails. Cheapside has long been known as a great place for outdoor dining and Happy hour on our famous Patio and the Oasis deck. Also featuring the best in local live entertainment on weekends. Come for a great dinner and stay for the party!
Winchester, Kentucky
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not Great”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

First time at Cheapside. Started out sitting on the patio. My son ordered a beer on tap, our waitress came back "we're out," he asked what others were available and she squated down beside talble and reached for the table top list, knocking over the salt shaker and saying "S__t." After getting our drinks and placing our order my son noticed a huge storm brewing and heading our way (arriving in about 10 minutes). We noticed other wait staff asking their customers if they wanted to move inside. Ours was too busy talking to other staff inside the restaurant to notice. We finally went and asked her if we could move inside, her response - "sure, sit where you want." We headed into the bar area because we had overheard another waiter telling customers that the last storm that came out of nowhere drinched those customers sitting in the open air/covered part of the restaurant. When we sat down (most of the booths seating was in need of repair), there was a patron at the bar who was loud and using terrible language (not just a few times, but every other word out of his mouth was f____) - it was obvious he had had a few too many. Other patrons were looking at him, but the bartender did nothing. When another waiter (not ours of course) brought our food to our table (after waiting about 45 minutes) I asked if he could talk to the manager regarding the foul mouthed patron. He immediately went looking for the manager. The manager came to our table and asked how everything was - my food was not even warm, so he did take it back to the kitchen and returned with hot food (much quicker than the first time). He then approached the patron at the bar and took care of the situation. The next time our waitress showed up was to ask if it was going to be 1 check or 2. So you can gather that my experience wasn't great, and the food didn't make up for our waitress's lack of attention. Won't go back.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Lexington, KY
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Cardboard food”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

The only good thing about this place is the patio. So if you want a cold cocktail in the heat of summer, this might be a good place to start your evening. The food is inedible.

Visited July 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great vibe to just relax”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Live music was local and good on Saturday night, place was slammed because of ALOT going on that day, but the staff held up and had a good night. Food was good but not great but drinks on the patio and upper deck were a very nice finish to the day. The wait staff was Great. Just the right attitude. Lots of fun.
Will stop by when next in town.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Mark B
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Washington, D.C.
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113 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A Lexington must”
Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

How do I love a visit to Cheapside? Let me count the ways:
Great atmosphere;
Great bartenders;
Great location;
Free street theater;
Warm outdoor patio;
Huge smoke-free zones;
Unlimited gales of laughter;
And more!

  • Visited April 2013
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good meal and music”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Good bar-type food. Lots of different dining areas with different atmosphere, including outside. We were in the bar area, and the Wednesday night blues jam was quite enjoyable. Negative was the service was efficient but not quite as personal as one might like.

Visited April 2013
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Thank RoyalB
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