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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 good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“burnt ends” (20 reviews)
“truffle fries” (17 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 - 23:00 Hours
American, Bar, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 19 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
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped in after a ballgame and March Madness happened to be on multiple TV’s as well. House band had some good music. Turkey wrap and Pulled Pork Swich with good fries and tots. Only wasn’t impressed with was fried pickles they were good but overcooked....More

Thank S40601
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We stopped in on a Saturday night for dinner. After a 40 minute wait we were seated but then waited another 10 minutes to be acknowledged by a server. I later learned our server was very new but our experience with her was dismal. The...More

Thank bbmamaholly
Reviewed 7 March 2018

Willies is just comfortable, affordable, fun and easy to get to. I have had many items here and never have they disappointed

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Found this place on TripAdvisor and decided to try it. We had a great server who recommended the turkey plate with a side and it was a great choice. He also suggested the bama white sauce which was another great suggestion. Everything that we ordered...More

Thank jharris57
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Truffle fries and Burnt Ends were tasty! Homemade sauces for dipping and live music by Brother Smith Band & Abbie Hamilton made an already great evening better. An attentive server (thanks Taylor) bringing Old Fashioneds and craft beer topped it off. We will definitely return!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Hubs and I dropped in for a quick lunch today. Outstanding service in a funky little place with a great vibe. I had the southern fried catfish with a side of crispy, thin fries and some slightly spicy baked beans. The fish was nicely prepared,...More

Thank Theresa M
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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
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
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116
  • E-mail
American Eclectic Restaurant and Live Music Venue specializing in smoked meats, craft beer, and bourbon.
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