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Willie's Locally Known

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, , Barbecue
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
+1 859-281-1116
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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10:30 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Barbecue
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286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited friends and this is where they took us. Great place to eat! Great atmosphere, excellent service, great beer list, very tasty and delicious food. If I'm back in Lexington, I'd come back here for sure. Definitely recommend.

Thank TennNole
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We both ordered brisket, which was tasty. Hubby's greens were delicious, and I usually don't care for greens. However, I ordered slaw which was WARM and tasteless. Cool atmosphere, there was an open mic event going while we were there. Service was friendly but on...More

Thank Gina J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brisket sandwich was very good but most sauces were lacking (the hot one was ok and wife does not use sauce). Service was a tad slow and it was a Tuesday/slow night. Probably a very happening place when live music is there. I would return...More

Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a bite after church today. My husband got brisket tacos I had the brisket sandwich with the coleslaw on it and our son had the ribs. The servings of meat were ample and very tender. The ribs were juicy and tasty....More

Thank Kathy I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us arrived at Willie's for brunch on a Sunday. We were greeted by a friendly host that seated us right away. Live Jazz music played on stage. Our server was helpful and friendly. Our food arrived pretty quick and correct. Our meals looked...More

Thank Shelby S
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Six of us met here to celebrate a birthday. It took over an hour to get our food after ordering. The food was not good. Nothing anyone got was hot - barely warm. The sweet potato had some kind of HOT sauce on it (not...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 15 April 2018

We visited Willie's with a group on a night that a band was performing. It was pretty crowded. Cover charge was $12 per person (but we weren't staying for the performance, so that wasn't an issue for us). Virtually everything on the menu is smoked....More

Thank littletm
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Showed up on a very busy Saturday night. Server came out to the patio to see if we needed anything and agreed to serve us there. We sat around the awesome fire pit and chatted with the guy manning the grill and smoker. We had...More

Thank lnedmonds
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

We had dinner there tonight, First and last time. I ordered a single burger (double was on the menu, they made the single but still charged for double). Burger was ok, nothing noteworthy. My partner ordered wings with the habanero sauce. They weren’t even a...More

Thank Jay H
Reviewed 16 March 2018

I was sad to find out Willie's stopped serving the Fried Oysters basket and the Po-boy. They were two of my favorites and I do hope they bring them back. I do love the Fried Green Tomatoes IF they do NOT run out of them....More

Thank Suzanne2012012112
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Questions & Answers
Terri S
7 October 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure if they have a specific gluten free option.. but with choices like fresh oysters, chicken wings, brisket and ribs. I have to believe there are offerings that will fit into a GF diet.
Amanda M
24 January 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
FYI.. they have definitely moved and their new location has a great patio!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 18
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116
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American Eclectic Restaurant and Live Music Venue specializing in smoked meats, craft beer, and bourbon.
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