About Jean Farris Winery & Bistro
From its inception, Jean Farris has embraced our families’ history in agriculture, and, our passion for fine cuisine. With us, wine is best when sharing a table with good friends and good food.
Here on the estate we grow our own fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, and honey to use in the winery and in the kitchen. We serve our farm products with the wine, beer, and spirits that speak of our region. To us "Home-made" is a practice not a philosophy. With that our menu changes several times a year, reflecting the seasons. Staying in time and in touch with the cycles of seasons and what is naturally available to us.
We look forward to having you joining us at our table and sharing a night at Jean Farris.
Contemporary American, Steak, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation:
Wine Bar: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - close
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
As you enter the property, you drive through the front vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. All of the parking is close to the building in the private lot. Handicapped parking is offered with easy access to the front door. There is limited overflow parking available.
Private Party Facilities:
Our small private Alcove room will sit a group of 8 to 12 and is equipped with a TV monitor ready for showing presentations to the group. Our large private Vineyard Sunroom overlooks the vineyards with an amazing view. It is fully enclosed and climate controlled for up to 80 guests, available for booking through-out the year. During the April-October period the outdoor patio is also available for booking. This space will accommodate 40 guest and can be reserved with the Sunroom or without. Also, it is covered with a large white tent but climate control is not available.
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro as a whole is available for a private party on Monday only.
Private Party Contact:
Jeanie O'Daniel: 8592639463x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I ventured to Gene Farris Wi ...
My wife and I ventured to Gene Farris Winery to celebrate our anniversary. We arrived early and enjoyed a cocktail and appetizer (cheese tray was very good) prior to our reservation seating. We sat at our table for nearly 10 minutes before hearing from our server. We ordered and received our drinks and salads and all was well. My wife halibut and enjoyed her meal. I ordered pork and was greatly disappointed. The menu calls for the pork to be served with estate pea shoots, raisins, almonds, grilled peaches and Granny Smith apples. Instead, it was served with whipped potatoes (which were good) and the pork was covered with a brown gravy / sauce. The unexpected substitution was something I could live with but the pork was overcooked and quite dry. I made a mistake of not sending my meal back to the kitchen and that's my fault. Overall, the service and quality of food did not match the cost of the experience.
Had a great time at Jean Farris. The ...
Had a great time at Jean Farris. The wine was excellent and the food delicious.
Consistency is key in all fine restauran ...
Consistency is key in all fine restaurants. Jean Farris nails it time and again in the categories that make a good place great. It's the owners presence and attention to detail that keeps this spot on our list of favorites.
Food was delicious in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Close to everything, but felt like a true escape from the day to day. Provided a perfect evening!
Dinner with a view!
Even with the rain pouring down, we loved the view of the beautiful rolling hills out of the patio windows. The cheese and meat board was delicious (I never knew how much I needed pickled watermelon rind with fresh made ricotta in my life!) and our entrees were equally good. Fun to have the options of local bourbons, beers or wines on flight, but also able to choose "higher end" wines if you wanted to from their extensive list. While it was a bit of a drive from Lexington, it was worth it for the peace and quiet and the view! The inside of the restaurant was nothing special, though, so don't think I'd have been as "wow"ed if we'd sat inside. Also, the hostess was wearing jeans, tennis shoes and a sweatshirt....not really setting a great tone for an upscale restaurant--but a great reminder that we WERE on a farm, I guess :)
Always good place to eat!
Jean Farris is always welcoming. It is a very warm and amicable place to eat dinner with friends and families. Thank you for the continuous great service. The dishes on the menu are all delicious!
The food was very good. The server was ...
The food was very good. The server was pleasant. However, It took way too long to get entrees.
Since our server disappeared for a while after taking and delivering our drink orders, we asked some questions and learned the chef and much of the wait staff were on vacation due to the long holiday weekend. We noticed no decline in the usual delicious food quality but, although very professional and courteous, the staff simply couldn't keep up with the volume of diners. Since we were in no particular hurry, this small glitch impaired our enjoyment only a little. Scallops and halibut entrée were fantastic and their specialty cocktails were also superb.
My husband and I went to Jean Farris to ...
My husband and I went to Jean Farris to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. Everything was delightful!!! We enjoyed seeing the arbors, trees, and other vegetation. The food was extraordinary and we found a new Riesling to enjoy. Service was outstanding.
I am so glad Jean Farris is open here in ...
I am so glad Jean Farris is open here in the Bluegrass.
My wife had the duck and it was cooked p ...
My wife had the duck and it was cooked perfectly! I had the filet and it was great. We shared a cheese plate and the red hawk is a must have. Even though it's a winery, The barrel aged old fashioned is very good.
It was my daughters college graduation a ...
It was my daughters college graduation and didn't feel the waiter was very nice at all. The setting was beautiful though.
Took Mom to "brunch" here on Mother's Day. Our reservations were at 10am, but there was only one breakfast option, everything else was really lunch (short ribs, etc.) The table where we were first seated was dark with no lighting and no window. I asked to be seated on the porch but was told it was already book, even though I had booked several weeks earlier. After a second inquiry, we were re-seated at a table with a window at least. The service was pretty good, the food was just ok. We won't be back for a meal, but it might be a nice winery to visit during the day for a tasting. (When we left, the patio was still 1/2 empty...might have been a little bit of a different experience has we been able to sit outside).
Arrived from NH for daughter's graduation at UofK. Two other restaurants on OpenTable were booked for an early slot, Jean Farris was the only one whose menu appealed to us. The drive out from Lexington was beautiful and the dinner was perfect, really made our weekend!
Great place to celebrate
We visited JFW on a Saturday night with a large party, with a reservation. We were seated promptly, and had excellent service throughout the night. The menu was excellent and the dishes were superb, some a bit under seasoned, but overall worth the pricey price.
The scallops & duck were tasty but the f ...
The scallops & duck were tasty but the food temp was not warm. The service was fair. The server seemed to be overwhelmed. Overall a very nice meal with exception of food temp & service.
Happy last minute find for dinner for 6
Used Open Table to locate any available restaurant that could accommodate 6 diners on May 1st post Rolex. Jean Farrar popped up. Definitely off the beaten path. There is actually a vineyard in front of the restaurant. Lovely restaurant overall. Food was excellent.
Never disapoints us.
We live in Cincinnati and come to the Lexington area 2-3 times a year just as a close get away for the weekend. Dinner at Jean Farris is always a must. The food, service and ambiance always results in a great dining experience.
They were a little short staffed which d ...
They were a little short staffed which delayed the entire dinner. The food was good, not great. It could be much better with just a little more attention to detail. Server was very kind, informative and professional. The setting is outstanding but the entire experience just didn't match it.
The food was good,tho the portions were small. The wines were disappointing and well below the quality of those made by other vinyards in the Lexington area. Our waitress was inclined not to smile much.
Lovely evening with friends
We enjoy dining at Jean Farris: the short drive is lovely, the food is creative and very good, it has a laid-back atmosphere for a relaxing and enjoyable evening, and the dining room is quite enough that we can enjoy talking to friends.
A perfect date night
Yet again we had a fantastic experience here and we are not push overs. From the cocktails to desert it was flawless. Parmesan Chicken and Halibut were outstandingly prepared both bursting with delicate intricate flavors. Service was attentive and professional without being stuffy. You'll love this place. Do yourself and someone you love a favor. Go here.
A so-so experience
Only one waitress for five tables! Really. I had the filet mignon which tasted like it had been cooked the day before and reheated. My husband had the flank steak which had no flavor at all. I've had better food at Texas Roadhouse. The only good thing about the whole experience was the beautiful drive on the way there. I can't see us returning to Jean Farris for the food. It's unfortunate. I really wanted to like it.
We had a wonderful experience here.
My husband and I had had our first date here a few years ago and have been waiting for an opportunity to come here again as we live in Somerset, Ky. I made reservations for his birthday this year - so easy to do online. The setting was perfect, our waitress was fabulous and the food and wine were delicious. We have both raved about the tri-color carrots. And we have already recommended it to several friends. I can't wait to come again - hopefully sooner than we made it this time !
My wife and I had date night here and we loved it. The food was amazing, service was excellent. We did make reservations and went early as it was getting busy when we left so I recommend reservations for sure. Great place.
A Short Drive for a Great Meal
There are many great things about Jean Farris that I will mention, but the first is the spectacular views. We sat on the patio and watched the sun set over the vineyard. It truly was a remarkable sight and would have been great for a romantic evening for two. On this evening, we were accompanied by two other couples and everyone had great things to say about our entire experience. The sausages and cheeses we began with were outstanding and the beet salad with goat cheese was a personal favorite. A few people in our group ordered seafood, one had a pasta dish, and my wife and I split the filet. It was more than enough for the two of us. Everything was cooked perfectly and it was agreed that everyone enjoyed their meals completely. I would like to mention that while Jean Farris is my favorite local winery, it still isn't quite what you might get with a wine from more recognized regions. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is a local favorite, but at almost $50 a bottle I wouldn't consider it a bargain. Their cheaper wines probably won't impress someone with a knowledgable wine palate, but aren't bad for the price. Overall, we very much enjoyed Jean Farris Winery & Bistro and are looking forward to returning.
Outstanding meal with very good wine
The cheese appetizer was very tasty. The wine was good and very reasonably priced. Beef was really good. Chicken and macaroni and cheese dish was fantastic. Waitress was great
To be honest, we had no wine. The food ...
To be honest, we had no wine. The food was great. Our meals were well cooked and priced. We would gladly come back here.
Have been several times before. Out for relaxing evening with taste of local wines. Excellent appetizer selection. Entrees ranged from heavy to light. Will continue to return.
I never miss a chance to dine here!
I come to Lexington 1-2 times a year and never miss a chance to dine at Jean Farris. The food is superb and the menu is often changing, so there is generally something to tempt me. And their wines are very appealing also. I'm a bit of a food and wine snob, so was skeptical 10 years ago when first visiting, but now, I make it a point to dine there when I'm in town.
Chuck from Wilmore
We were early, but seated anyway. Restaurant was not busy. Waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Our appetizers were good and the wine was great. The entrée was very good. we all had the medallions. I would go back anytime.
Jean Farris-Stalwart and True always
Jean Farris never disappoints. We can always count on the food, service, and ambiance to make it our go-to restaurant in Fayette County. It is a hidden gem of the Lexington food scene.
We really enjoyed the cheese board and the menu selections were wonderful. My tenderloin melted in you mouth. Soups were excellent. And vegetables were all local and delicious. Our only complaint was the fish special which was smoked and seemed dry. Desserts were over the top. Definitely a keeper and we will be back!
Great dining experience
We went for their Valentines prefixe menu. Food was excellent and service was great. Atmosphere was romantic.
Not so impressed this time.
We had valentine's day here 3 years ago and even though we sat on the patio it was amazing. There were white table cloths, great music, wonderful fire pits that provided ambiance as well as warming heat. The food was great, the service was fantastic and the atmosphere was phenomenal. This year we decided to go back and enjoy it all over again. This time we sat in the main dining area. No table cloths at all let alone, white. The whole place felt cold. the service was pretty mediocre at best. My main portion was good, but the sides were pretty plain and flavorless. My wife's food was pretty bland. Nothing compared to our last visit where the food knocked our socks off. When I made the reservation I specifically asked for a table out of the way and quiet. I was told they noted that on the reservation and should be able to accommodate. When we arrived we were seated and what I would describe as the worst seat in the place. RIGHT next to the kitchen. My wife noted to me that she was freezing because every few seconds a draft would blow cold air on her. The noise from the kitchen was VERY distracting. I ended up switching seats with her to at least help her be warmer. I was not at all happy with our placement especially when half the restaurant seemed empty. For these prices I expect there to be a certain level of professionalism and dress. I saw multiple people not wearing black or professional level clothing, but dressed in jeans and what looked like t-shirts. Not the level I expect from a restaurant with this price point and reputation. It wasn't a terrible visit, but for the price I paid, I don't feel like I received the value. We will not be returning any time soon and can't in good conscience recommend to anyone else to either.
Always have loved Jean Farris.. Been the ...
Always have loved Jean Farris.. Been there many times.. But this time we had the worst service ever.. Been in the business I don't or wouldn't complain but I'd make sure never to get her ever again... Slow on drinks.. Refills.. Waiting for dessert and she bring us 2 more entree's... I really was surprised they have someone that bad working there!!!
We were charged twice for our meal and i ...
We were charged twice for our meal and it took weeks to correct. I was very unhappy about this. The food and experience is great but the error was poorly handled.
Very nice appetizers, wine, and service.
Nice Valentine's Day location. Nice drive to the restaurant. Would have liked a seat closer to the window. The appetizers were very fun and well made. The wine and dinner was good as well.
The food, wine and service was outstanding!
My wife and I couldn't have had a better date. The scallops, steak and wine were top quality and so good. We had such a great time at the winery. We look forward to going back for another date night!
Outstanding as always
My husband and I dined at JF for Valentines Day and were as always very happy with our experience. While we have eaten there many times, we have never done a prix fixe before and it was wonderful. Everything was well timed, the service was professional and friendly and the food was excellent. Love this restaurant and look forward to going out again soon!
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