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“Outstanding. One of the best meals I have had in Lexington”
Review of Jonathan at Gratz Park - CLOSED

Jonathan at Gratz Park
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: W Second St and Upper Street
Description: Regional Redefined Cuisine in Historic Downtown Lexington, Located Inside the historic Gratz Park Inn
Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

I've been coming to Lexington for work for the last 4 years. This is without a doubt the best meal I have had in town. Can't wait to come back

- Great ambiance off the park in a old historic hotel
- Great drink and bourbon selection
- Creative and incredibly tasty southern cooking. Their take on shrimp and grits was amazing
- Despite southern slant on its dishes, did not taste too unhealthy
- While not cheap, a great value for a meal of this quality

- Honestly can't think of any

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Thank zmoba96
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We decided to have our special get together here based on a recommendation since everyone was coming from out of town. We all have preconceived notions of what a $24pp brunch is supposed to be like, lets face it. We had a look at the menu beforehand so we realized this was not going to be a buffet brunch with a never-ending varietal supply of goodies. The menu IS interesting with a nice southern variety of specialties - burgoo, hot brown, beer cheese, etc - its just over-priced. There are no drinks included - each iced tea was $2.75.
We arrived timely, our table was ready - unfortunately the two tops they put together for our party of 9 were all different sizes and heights. Normally we're not that picky, but again based on how upscale this restaurant is, this detail was missed.
As a group we had the following - Starters - Burgoo, Strawberries (very good), Braised Pork Belly (excellent), Oatmeal, Salmon (good). Entrees - Hot Brown (mediocre), "Bad Omelet (mostly eggs, with very little of anything else), Eggs Benedict (mediocre), Steak & Eggs (lots eggs, small portion of steak). Dessert was a variety of ice cream and sorbet like the menu says - and they were fine. The bloody mary's were terrible. We should have stuck with Mimosas.
The server was very nice and knowledgeable. The food all arrived at the same time and was hot as you would expect.
The restaurant itself is quaint, but as some have pointed out - it just feels old & stuffy. We could have had a similar meal at the Embassy Suites where we were all staying that was included in our room rate. Our final bill was ~ $48pp and 3 of them were under 21.

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1  Thank CarlandTonya
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Very good food with beautiful presentations. The staff made it even more enjoyable. We ate there all three nights that we were in Lexington.

Thank Crazyponylady
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

My husband and I dined for the first time at Jonathon's on Sunday May 14, and everything was fantastic. We started with with a fabulous Mint Julep and several selections of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon (they have it), which they arranged for us in a sampler at our request, even though it is not usually on the menu. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about bourbon and even brought a couple extra samples to try. He also helped a choose a great wine which was less expensive than our original pick, and was spot on with his food recommendations. Most of the dishes that we ordered were outstanding: pork belly over waffles (app), pimento cheese grit fries (app), shrimp n grits (entree), vanilla bourbon pound cake, and a tawny port and Pappy Van Winkle Rye as after dinner drinks. We also ordered these items, which were very good: fried green tomato salad, cayenne brittle salad, and rack of lamb (entree), and banana pudding. If there is one thing not to be missed, it is the pork belly, which was melt-in-your-mouth goodness like nothing I've ever tasted. The cuisine was undoubtedly "southern", but each dish had a unique twist that nicely melded traditional with nontraditional. The ambiance is upscale southern elegance. I thought the price was typical for this caliber of food, ranging between $20-$30 and entree. I will definitely return.

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Thank CrossCountryJenn
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

I especially loved the quiet, elegant, and historic setting of Jonathan's at Gratz Park. This is a place I would go with out of town guests and on special occasions. The service was friendly and attentive. My dinner was very good and even innovative, although perhaps not outstanding.

Thank MontanaVoyager
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