About Blue Heron Steakhouse
The Blue Heron Steakhouse is located in the thriving historic Jefferson Street corridor. We offer an excellent menu with steakhouse classics and modern Southern fare with specialties such as fresh oysters, the finest cuts of beef, shrimp and grits and more. Our restaurant started as a hand-crafted cocktail bar and consumer demand made it obvious that we needed to expand to a full-service kitchen. The Blue Heron is situated in a renovated home with exposed brick, a beautiful, locally crafted chandelier, a roaring two-sided fireplace in the colder months and an expansive patio for warmer weather. Locally owned and loaded with character, The Blue Heron is a perfect setting for an intimate date, an evening with friends or simply a casual dinner while watching the game.
Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 5 pm - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday 5 pm - 11 pm
4 pm - 2 am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Blue Heron has a private parking lot right beside the restaurant. There is also ample on street parking in the area.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Blue Heron Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews
Best filet I have had in years. Most pla ...
Best filet I have had in years. Most places have a problem getting medium right. Perfectly seared on the outside. Nice and juicy inside. Server was very attentive and knew the menu and wine list very well. Enjoyed our first trip. Won't be our last.
Our first visit here! This was a last mi ...
Our first visit here! This was a last minute reservation and only had two time slots available. We chose the 8:30 slot and still had a few minutes to wait due to a packed house! The porch was a nice place to hang out while we waited as it poured rain. Once seated it took a couple of minutes to be waited on, but nothing terrible. We ordered the Pear Rhum and an Old Fashioned, Both mixed well and a decent size with out over icing! Next we ordered the Grilled thick cut bacon appetizer! Where to start.... IT BACON! The plate came with a great presentation, along with fresh cracked pepper upon approval! I describe it as a thin pork belly plate, and the 'steakhouse sauce' with the fresh tomato and raw sweet onion was perfect! next we ordered the 40 oz. porterhouse for two, (HIGHLY RECOMMEND! and it comes with 4 sides!) even though I am normally a ribeye man most of the time this was cooked to absolute perfect mid rare(at 2 1/2 inches thick)!!! Presented Peter Luger Style meaning already butchered and sliced ready for consumption with the Jus and Butter on the bottom of the plate!!! The sides were standard fare for the most part, baked potatoes and green beans (cooked almondene) and broiled broccoli with chili flakes. Lastly, a coffee and one of the best Crème brûlées in town!!! Which they graciously put a birthday candle in for us. Overall the service was good, timely, and knowledgeable. The atmosphere a bit noisy, and dark(several people using light from their phones to read the menus) but still a nice and historic building that houses a great steakhouse to rival the others in town!!!
I had read about Blue Heron on Opentable ...
I had read about Blue Heron on Opentable and wanted to try out a new restaurant in Lexington ( since me and my husband tend to frequent the same places). I read rave reviews about the Porterhouse for two. I got the Porterhouse for one and my husband got the seafood/pasta special. The pasta was great--very flavorful with scallops and a great cilantro pesto sauce. My steak however was not as flavorful. It was chewy and fatty and underseasoned, which was disappointing for a $38 entree but I didn't want to complain. The service was wonderful (Nicki I think). I would return to the restaurant but would not get the steak. All in all, it was a very nice date night out.
Lovely food, lovely ambiance, great serv ...
Lovely food, lovely ambiance, great service...limited parking., though the parking "Guru" has never failed us. It is NOT cheap, unless you are in the upper quartile of income, you won't be eating here every day. But it is well worth the money you spend.
Our server, Polina, and she was outstand ...
Our server, Polina, and she was outstanding. Did a great job reviewing the menu, the daily items for that evening and kept her eye on us to see if we needed anything else.
The only negative to our evening was the slowness of the bar in getting our initial order out (about 15 minutes). Subsequent drinks came much quicker. Supposedly only one bartender on duty which slowed things down. My wife ordered a "special" drink and the waitress was not sure if the bartender could make, checked and said he could-my wife gave it very high marks saying it was excellent. They only do a 2 oz pour so if you prefer a stronger drink you may need to order a double.
Overall we would go back. The steak-the porterhouse for 2 was excellent, cooked perfectly. Every bit as good as another steakhouse in the downtown area and much less expensive. Excellent quality overall.
Good for Steak lovers and others
My husband and I have eaten here several times and though we are not typically steak eaters, we have found other things on the menu to be very good. I had the shrimp and grits, which is listed as an appetizer, but for an up-charge comes as an larger size entree with a side included. It is a tasty version of this popular dish, and Blue Heron is generous with the shrimp. I love their roasted garlic broccoli, but tried the grilled asparagus, a locally sourced special that night. It was just the right amount of crunchy, but a tad over-salted and greasy. This is the downside of the preparation of most of the food we have had there. A bit lighter touch on the oil and salt used in the cooking of the food would have upped the rating. My husband had the seafood special, halibut in a pesto sauce. Also very tasty, but again just a tad too heavy on the salt and somewhat overpriced. My biggest compliant is the cocktails. They make some interesting ones here, but for the prices, they are pretty scant. Lots of ice and small servings for the money, but some interesting and tasty concoctions. All in all, we like this restaurant, but will not go too frequently as it is a bit pricey. Food portions are, however, generous, but no more so than competitors falling a bit under the price point.
Loved our experience at Blue Heron! It w ...
Loved our experience at Blue Heron! It was a chilly spring night and they had the fire place going. Since it is a small venue, you had that cozy fireplace smoky smell throughout the restaurant. Not overpowering, but enough to be comforting. My husband and I split the 40 oz. Porterhouse and it was fabulous! Much better than the steaks we had at another prominent local steak house a few nights earlier. Our friend had the fried chicken which he swore was the best in town and, after sampling his, I just might agree.
I highly recommend this spot and will be back!
Six of us dined before a show at Rupp Arena. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and offered accurate descriptions of food and wines. Fresh glasses appeared when a second bottle of wine was opened. A look or a nod successfully summoned assistance. We splurged on raw oysters and they were among the best I've eaten--landlocked or shore-side--and came with a delicate mignonette. You cannot come here without eating steak, and I recommend the filet for one or the porterhouse for two. Exceptional, classic preparations. The food speaks for itself. I have dinner here several times a year and always enjoy myself. However, I did note that bread service and salads were not up to their usual, high standard. Usually, a piping hot loaf of homemade bread arrives on a cutting board with plenty of butter for slathering. This time, a basket of small, hard rolls was a disappointing surprise. My Cesar salad with white anchovies was likewise a sour note. An overabundance of soft pale greens was dressed in a tasteless sauce. The white anchovies (the reason I always order this salad) were over-dredged and fried beyond recognition. So sad. The entrees, wine, cocktails, and exceptional service made up for any earlier indiscretions.
Great food and service. Overall experience poor
Our server was excellent. Food and wine were great. Shame on the manager for asking our kind server to ask us to leave to make our table available for other patrons. We were still enjoying our dessert when this request came!!! Too bad - we might not go back to our former favorite place in Lexington.
Food was fantastic and our server LT was great! We ordered oysters for an appetizer, very good. Several in our party ordered the porter house, cooked perfect. Everyone was extremely pleased with our entire experience. BlueHeron is one of the best steak houses in Lexington
Wednesday evening out
Our party of three arrived mostly on time for our 5:30 reservation. Our first visit and we were unsure of parking in the area, but the parking attendant was very helpful. Dillon was our waiter, very knowledgeable and always available when needed. Our water glasses were refilled when half full. The Old Fashion I ordered was excellent. The oysters on half shell and the brie and fig appetizer were very good. The 40 oz. steak was excellent and it was the primary reason we visited. The slight disappointment of the evening was in the presentation of the steak, the nicely cut pieces of meat were scattered on the serving platter rather than reassembled next to the bone as demonstrated on "Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs". This way one was unable to see the "entire steak" in its' original configuration and obviously begs the question. The fries and salads were excellent while the broccoli was somewhat under cooked. Coffee was very good.
We will return!
We brought a business associate in from ...
We brought a business associate in from Utah and treated him to dinner at Blue Heron. We had the bacon appetizer, oysters on the half shell, and all 3 of us enjoyed the Beef tenderloin entrée. The roasted broccoli was perfection!
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