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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.
Lexington, KY 40508
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
Two words attracted us on Blue Heron Steakhouse's menu: Peter Luger.
Having previously dined at the famed Brooklyn steak house (and still ranking it as the best steak I have enjoyed in my life), my wife and I thought it somewhat audacious of a steakhouse in Lexington, KY to reference a 40 ox. porterhouse steak for two as "Served Peter Luger style." No way, we thought, that this steak could approach the gold standard for red meat . . .
But the great surprise is that the Blue Heron delivered!
Indeed the presentation was definitely Peter Luger-esque and the steak was awesome! (We ordered medium and the filet side of the steak was perfect, the strip side was more medium-rare.) And with two sides per person included it was well worth the price. It was a good call to not order an appetizer and regrettably skip dessert when ordering this plateful of beef for two. Definitely come hungry.
One other great thing, and something that never happens with Saturday night dining, New York or Lexington or anywhere: we showed up about 20 minutes before our reservation time and were advised our table was waiting; we were seated immediately. I'm sure that doesn't happen all the time, but it was a great start to our dining experience.
Save the airfare to New York, omit the brusque German waiters in Brooklyn, and feel free to use a credit card (not an option at NYC P.L. locations) . . . Blue Heron is Luger in Lexington!
Can not wait to go back! The Porterhouse for two was done perfectly as was the Ceaser salad. Cocktail menu had a good variety from bourbon to vodka mixed with fresh ingredients. Makes such a difference. High quality without being pretentious. A new favorite!🥂
I would have normally give my 5 star review as we love the Blue Heron but tonight with the temperatures dropping so dramatically (80 degrees to 40s) sitting on the screened in patio was very chilly. There weren't any tables available by the fireplace. Food and service were still excellent.
Overall our experience was OK, not spectacular or worth going back. The restaurant has a small dining area with A LOT of tables close together. We were given a table shoe horned between a column, 2 other large tables and the bar. Inarguably the worst table in the house-so much so the server apologized for it when we got our check. We did ask for a different table initially and were told that was the only option. We were celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary or we would have left. While the food was great we weren't really able to talk at all as the place was really loud due to dense table layout. I had the 24 oz porterhouse and my wife had the seafood pasta special-both were excellent.
We had a business dinner where all the food was wonderful. The noise level was at a good level, no problems hearing each other. One area that could have been better was our server. There were times when drinks would be empty for a longer time than they should have been. Overall, a very nice, quaint place.
I keep trying Blue Heron, but it just does not cut it. Some things are good...Old Fashioned...good, Fried Chicken...good, wedge salad good. But other items are just ok. For the price I expect more. Steaks are great qualtiy, but underseasoned. Pasta dish underseasoned. Had a fish dish one visit--Overcooked. People here like this place. I think there are much better. If you want a good old fashioned tho, great bar!
Cozy with a great wood burning fireplace. Lots of energy. Food was delicious and varied. Service was attentive but slow. Not sure if that was due to the kitchen or the fact it was a full house that night. It did make for leisurely dining! Live music is offered some nights and there is an outside patio area (not open the chilly night we were there).I would go again!!
This was a huge disappointment for us. We were told good things about Blue Heron and decided to try it out. The atmosphere was nice and cozy. Our waiter was good and attentive. However, for the price we paid, our food was way too pedestrian. The steaks were chewy and unflavored. The sides were lackluster. Our drinks were lacking as well. I don't mind paying a higher price as long as the food is stellar. This was not. Tony's is a much better steakhouse that never has disappointed us over several visits.
We spent the evening in Lexington during a drive from Hilton Head to Chicago, and we decided to visit Blue Heron. Just oustanding, as it was when we visited 2 years ago. Great, fresh Old Fashions, Oysters from Washington State, both grilled and fresh with a vinegar minuet. Fabulous. Porterhouse for 2 was medium rare with a perfect char, and seemed well priced at $59. A nice wine list with a selection for most any budget. Don't forget the wedge salad.
Everything was presented perfectly and explained by our sever, Paulina, who obviously has studied both the menu and wine list Very Well. She is a real professional.
See you next year!
I had the 8oz Filet Steak. The favor and tenderness was outstanding. Highly recommend. The sides were lacking and the side salad would have been better with lettuce instead of weeds. Nice atmosphere but priced a little too high. Overall I would give it 4 out of 5.
We had out of town friends visiting from Indpls. Blue Heron didn't disappoint. They were truly impressed and so were we. From the creative cocktails, extensive wine list, to the delicious entrees including the sea bass special (exceptional!!), to the delectable desserts (crème brulee) they commented how fantastic it all was!!! We will definitely continue to go back. Parking continues to be the only issue for all of the restaurants.
Food was not that impressive compared to what's around town. Anniversary meal. Tile fish special was terrible. Had to send back. Lamb was good, charbroiled flank was so so. Apple crumble dessert-undercooked apples. Sad. Only outstanding item, fresh oysters with their rice vinegar sauce! Service decent.
We've been to this restaurant many times and have never had a bad experience until this past weekend. We have always known the parking was awful, but this time was especially bad. They only have about 10 spaces for entire restaurant plus the on street parking. We drove around for about 20 minutes trying to find a place to park so we wouldn't get a ticket or get towed. There was a police car parked near the restaurant and 2 more down the street so parking in one of the "resident only" lots was not an option. When I made the reservation I said it was our wedding anniversary, and we'd like to be near the fireplace. When we finally made it to the restaurant we were taken to the glassed in patio and seated by the window near the entrance stairs...not even inside the main area. It was unbelievably loud out there. We were going to try to make the best of it until the waiter came and we couldn't even hear what he was saying. It was almost laughable. We even commented to him how loud it was and he agreed with us. I understand people want to have a good time, but we wanted to enjoy a quiet evening at a nice restaurant that we've enjoyed in the past. I shouldn't have to yell across the table at my husband. We ordered our drinks and then couldn't taken it anymore. When the waiter brought our drinks we explained our situation and asked to be moved. He checked with management and said they didn't have anything any better. We told him to cash us out. We figured if we were going to spend almost $200 on a meal then we should enjoy it so we checked OpenTable for other restaurants in the area that had availability. We paid $29 for drinks we didn't touch and ended up at Portofinos where we spent well over $200 and had a nice meal for our anniversary. I understand all requests can't be met, but when you make them a week in advance it shouldn't be a problem especially when the hostess took us right past an empty 2 person table by the fireplace then ignored me when I asked about it.
When we got to the restaurant we were greeted by our host immediately. She sat us in a nice corner of the restaurant and within just a few minutes we were greeted by our server. It was very obvious that she had been involved / with the restaurant for many years. She was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. As a group of four, we ordered various entree's with one appetizer. The appetizer was superb. Baked oysters. Most of us ordered steak. Although my steak was cooked a bit more than I like it, the steak(s) were flavorful and tender.
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