About Jean Farris Winery & Bistro
Lexington, KY 40515
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
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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: (859) 263-9463
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Jean Farris Winery & Bistro Ratings and Reviews
We were a group of ten. Half of us got poor to tolerable food. Three scallops on a bed of risotto for 30 dollars! Scallops were hard, barely warm and sandy. Total disaster. For that price you would expect at least properly cooked scallops. Service was slow to non responsive. A complaint was voiced and dismissed with a smirk. Of course, since the tip was mandatory!! (20%). For dessert the bread pudding with bourbon sauce looked and tasted like a brownie with hard caramel. We are not going back.
Service was only fair because our server was not very attentive and left our water glasses empty a couple of times. She didn't seem to care whether we liked the food or not. We ordered a taste of sausage and a taste of cheese. The spicy italian sausage was not spicy but terrific. The cheese was good but only a small triangle. Another negative is that they do not allow substitutions for vegetables. The chicken marsala dish was very strong of marsala and even bitter and had no other flavor but the steak bordelaise dish was great. And finally, the bread pudding was amazingly horrible. It was very hard and they forgot the whip cream which wouldn't have helped anyway. We probably overrated the restaurant with a 3.
We enjoy this winery restaurant about 5-6 times a year and have never been disappointed. Menus change and always offer diverse choices. Plenty of room between tables, so not too noisy. Service consistently good, and they don't rush you. In nicer weather, glassed-in patio is a favorite of many. We recommend it to our friends.
Was excited to try it as it was recommended by a friend from a year or more ago.
Should have known when it seemed easy to get a reservation for the Saturday of Valentines weekend.
Parking lot was full when we arrived and had to park in a muddy field.
We were sat promptly and the attention was quick. Ordered drinks and an app. The scotch egg was good. We ordered salads and dinner. My wife's salad came, mine never did. She said hers was "okay". The meals arrived, and her halibut was cooked well and tasty, but her rice was slathered in a chunky tomato sauce not mentioned in the menu. She hates tomatoes and scrappednit all off. We ordered the Brussels sprouts and they were cold and practically raw. After my dinner was completely finished, the waitress remembered my salad and asked me if I still wanted it.
Overall, a disappointing experience not worth the money paid. We will not be returning.
Best Valentine's Day EVER !!! Husband had lobster bisque and I had strawberry salad. Beef Wellington was perfect, so moist and juicy. Dessert was red velvet cake and passion fruit. Exceptional service as always. More quiet than usual since only tables for two, not loud large tables. Perfect in every way. We go here time and time again for special dinner !!
The food was OK but the portions were very small for the cost. The salad, appetizer and the wine was grossly over priced. If you want to raise the price of your average wines (30$ per glass), you shouldn't expect us to pay so much for average food. I wont recommend the winery and I hope I can share my experience with enough people to effect your prices.
The meal was delicious. The size of the mixed drinks for the price was quite small. Lighting was very dim in the main dining area -- insufficient light to read the menu. The parking lot is not lit at all which poses a safety hazard. We almost hit someone who was kneeling on the ground digging something in the pitch dark.
Jean Farris is always a treat. We had not been here in a very long while simply due to schedules and being busy. On a cold snowy evening the drive out was enjoyable. When we arrived a dedication in back was underway to celebrate the late husband of the owner. The regulars at the bar informed us that the staff was in back and welcomed us like family thinking we may have to wait. Turned out the bartender and a server were able to quickly seat us -- ensuring we had drinks in hand and appetizers ordered. Charcuterie, onion soup, scotch eggs, fish and duck were on our menu along with their wonderful wine. It was a great meal as expected. Wonderful place to dine no matter the time of year -- spring, summer and fall are always nice on the patio. Look forward to going back.
The beef tenderloin special was chewy and a lot of fat....just not impressed and actually disappointed. The duck egg rolls were good and the Pinot noir was excellent. The waitress never refilled our water once...but it was New Year's Eve, so she gets a pass.
I have eaten at Jean Farris Bistro many times and will again. Overall, the experience two days ago was more than fine with a few wrinkles that kept it from being truly memorable. The restaurant was not busy on a Wednesday evening, but the service was surprisingly slow. Whether that was deliberate, as in wanting a group to be relaxed, or whether they were disorganized I do not know. Happily, our group was not in a rush and we were able to enjoy the time waiting telling stories and catching up on everyone's lives. The two wines selected, the cabernet franc and the pinot noir were very tasty. The appetizers of cheese and sausages were superb - the home made sausages have always been wonderful, tasty and succulent. Some entrees had missteps. The halibut was a little overcooked making it a touch dry though the blackened seasoning was excellent. The filet mignon was not as tender as was expected. On the other hand the eggplant was a huge success, much raved about by that particular diner. The pork tenderloin (I believe it was a tenderloin) was consumed heartily by those ordering it, and I did not hear any comments one way or another about that dish. I do understand the difficulty of getting everything just right for a party of seven, all food perfectly cooked and done at the same time, and I am only grousing about minor displeasures. As mentioned at the beginning of this review, I will be happy to eat there again.
We kinda settled on this place due to most restaurants in Lexington being booked already, but did we ever luck into something great. Wines were great, food was really good, we shared a dish ( $4 up-charge, but no biggie ) BD couple that with the appetizer, we had just enough.
Definitely returning in the summer, when we can enjoy the outside experience.
Other than three bar patrons, we were the only patrons in the restaurant on a quiet Sunday night. We ordered a bottle of wine. It was brought and opened table-side, however the waitress immediately filled all three glasses without offering a taste to the person who ordered. Entrees offered but three GF options, and two of those were beef. The other was chicken, so it was ordered. It was properly prepared, but it was very ordinary. The Brussels sprouts/bacon/bleu cheese side dish contained raw sprouts. An unpleasant surprise. The other diners in our group related similar experiences. Overall, this was a disappointing event.
We had a wonderful meal to celebrate our anniversary. Really enjoyed the assortment on the butchers board. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the lobster sauce was delicious. And you can't go wrong to end the night with chocolate bread pudding! Nice relaxing atmosphere for an un-rushed meal and drinks.
Especially in the warmer months and longer days, Jean Farris offers a relaxing view of vineyards, its garden and nearby fields. We sat on the porch to savor the sunset. I've visited JF several times. The food is usually excellent, and we've only been disappointed a couple of times. It seems they have a good chef on board now. JF uses many vegetables and herbs from their own garden along with many Kentucky products. We took relatives for a special night out and started with cocktails and the Cheese Board. Our cocktails were excellent, although one of the craft cocktails on the menu was no longer available. One of us had a tasty and pretty-too-look-at Cosmo. I had an Old-fashioned, made with the Single-barrel Four Roses. It was delicious oh, so smooth. I didn't see any cherries, but an orange peel floated in the glass. My experience is that JF's wines can vary in quality from year to year. I've had some that were amazing and others that were not drinkable. I'd recommend a tasting, as that way you can decide which suit your particular taste. Unlike many wineries, though, Jean Farris also serves other wines, including a few by the glass. On this night, I selected a glass of Malbec with dinner. We opted out of other appetizers or salads this time, but you can make a meal on those alone. For entrees, two of us had the filet, which was grilled to their liking. Another had the lobster pasta, which was full of chunks of lobster in a rich, creamy sauce, mixed in fresh pasta. I chose the duck breast with sauteed spinach and goat-cheese gnocchi. It was perfectly cooked, with crispy skin and drizzled with raspberry wine sauce. We all cleaned our plates and couldn't manage dessert, though there were many tempting items. Service was excellent! JF offers a wide range of entrees and specials from $21 to $32. Several items are labeled Gluten Free. The chairs on the heated, glassed in porch are not especially comfortable, however. Even so, we'll return!
Cute place. The food was good, but a little pricey. We opted to sit on the enclosed patio, because it sounded nice to be overlooking the vineyard, but I didn't fully consider that the early sunset would basically render us viewless. Ah well, will have to try it when the days are longer, I suppose. Regardless, the "inside" seating has the better ambiance, although the restaurant is a little lacking in that area. Will try it again.
Had a great experience at Jean Farris winery and Bistro. Took my fiancé there for his birthday dinner. We sat outside. They brought us a glass of champagne to toast. The cheese plate was excellent as well as our meals. Very fresh and steaks cooked perfectly.
The food was excellent. The serving size of the duck breast was small, maybe .5 of the breast. I tried to order an after dinner drink but the staff was too busy trying to locate a clear credit card that had dropped on the floor. I did really enjoy my meal and I would go back.
We dined at Jean Farris this evening and had a lovely time. The entire staff was delightful and attentive. I had the duck eggroll and beet salad and my spouse had the chicken and endive salad. The food was delicious. The chicken was served with mashed potatoes and they were the best we have had in a restaurant. We highly recommend both this restaurant and the Jean Farris wine.
I had the Halibut which was outstanding! This was fresh - the server said they fillet the fish themselves. I'm sure this must have been Halibut from the Pacific since I prefer it from there. This was better Halibut than what I had the last time we were in Seattle. My wife had the lobster pappardelle which was rich sauce with lots of flavor. We also got the mac&cheese with white truffles. This dish popped with flavor. The truffles distinguished this from any other mac&cheese. White truffles give food a pizzazz unlike anytime else!
The wine is by far the best wine in Kentucky and has won contests in California. We have been wine club members for several years and always happy with such high quality wines.
The new chef is very creative and talented. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. This is our favorite restaurant in Lexington!
Very impressed by the kitchen's ability to cater to the Gluten-free, garlic-free, onion-free diner in our party of five. The menu features a designated vegetarian entree, as well as vegetarian and/or gluten-free salads and appetizers. The staff are flexible about modifying menu items to make them Vegan. The omnivores in our group were well-pleased with their choices; the New York Strip special, the Filet Mignon, chicken, mussels and duck egg roll all were exceptionally tasty. The service was prompt, attentive and well-coordinated in delivering all of our food simultaneously. Enhancing the experience was a bottle of Jean Farris Merlot, which the wine lover in our group recommended highly. We had a lovely evening and look forward to returning soon.
We were visiting the Lexington area, and found this place on Open Table. The food was very good, proper temperature- french onion soup could have been hotter. However, the service was mediocre at best, we waited quite a long time between appetizers and dinner.
First, the wait times were unusually long. Literally waited at every stage; from the reception area to be seated, to the wait to order drinks, to ordering the food and then of course the wait to get the food. We were there two hours in total, which was too long.
The service was okay but they mentioned they had all new kitchen staff and I think it showed throughout the whole process.
My wife tried a dish and it was initially under cooked, which we sent back. It came back and she still didn't like it. I asked if we could have it taken off the check since she hadn't eaten much of it. They would not take it off the check.
My wife then ordered a dessert (a molten Nutella cake). It was literally a few flat chocolate brownies with fudged sauce on it. She had been offered ice cream to accompany it and lessen the richness of it, by the waitress. They of course charged us for the ice cream they offered to help their dessert.
We spent $93 on an underwhelming dinner with poor service. Applebees would have adjusted my check for a bad dish. Don't know that we'll be going back.
Seated in the patio area which really has perhaps the most uncomfortable chairs I sat in and tables that are really too small. After a few minutes of discomfort we asked to be moved to the dining area - and well, you would have thought we had asked to have our entire meal comped. Eventually we were moved. The place was very busy, and service was so slow. Drinks came very late and our server was pretty much not paying attention to us. She might have been overwhelmed with other tables, but not sure. Heard some of the wait staff talking about the kitchen being "in the weeds" and that bled over into the front side of the house were it appeared nothing was going right. No management to help or ever see if things were ok.
Will not go back.
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