Jean Farris Winery and Bistro

restaurant review of Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington KY,

Review guidelines:

1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - Dinner

Jean Farris Winery and Bistro

6825 Old Richmond Road
Lexington, KY
(859) 263-9463
restaurant review of Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington KY,

The occasion was dinner with my husband and a friend from out of town who was staying with us.  She is a wine aficionado and the restaurant is located five minutes from our house.  The restaurant was smaller than I expected, however, there is a large patio for alfresco dining.  We chose to dine indoors, given the slight chill of spring.  The menu offers several soups, salads, a handful of appetizers, and 9-10 entrees, not counting the nightly specials.  For the wine lovers, there are a variety of meats and cheeses to accompany your wine selection.  There is an extensive Wine List which offers a per bottle discount if you join their Wine Club.  The Club offers three different levels of memberships and benefits.

restaurant review of Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington KY,
For starters, our house guest and I chose the salad: Kentucky Limestone Bibb, Marcona Almonds, Tobacco Onions, and Scallion-Ginger Vinaigrette.  They were excellent.  My husband chose the soup of the day which was Cream of Asparagus.  He said it was very good.

restaurant review of Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington KY,
For the main meal, I chose the short rib with potato puree (mashed potatoes) and bordelaise sauce (gravy).  I opted to switch the snap peas side dish for carrots.  The short rib was tender, but very fatty, enough that I could only eat one of the two rather small pieces of meat.  The mashed potatoes were fine, but the carrots were not cooked at all.  Further, my plate was only lukewarm when the food arrived.

restaurant review of Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington KY,
My husband chose the Crispy Skin Chicken Breasts served with Baby Carrots, Fennel, Savoy Cabbage, Fingerling Potatoes, Chicken VeloutĂ© (broth).  Again, the carrots were not cooked at all.  He liked his selection, though.  It resembled a chicken stew of sorts.

restaurant review of Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington KY,
Our house guest chose the Seared Duck Breast served with Goat Cheese SoufflĂ©, Raspberry-Cassis, Reduction, and Haricots Verts (green beans).  She raved about the excellence of the duck.

restaurant review of Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington KY,
All three of us shared one dessert: A Chocolate Bourbon Tart with Black Walnuts, KY Bourbon, and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream.  It was delicious!  Our house guest picked up the check, but I estimate it was around $125 including tax and tip.

Service was slow.  The bistro was crowded since Keeneland is in session, but there was only one server for the entire dining room.  Given how long we waited for our meal, I expected mine to be hot!  I had high expectations from a restaurant of this caliber, especially given the price tag, but I felt that they fell short in several key areas.  However, it is a romantic location for special events.  The dining room was nicely appointed with a great view of the vineyards from our table.  The atmosphere would be a great venue for a wedding reception.

Gluten Free Options – none advertised.

Vegetarian Options – none advertised.

For Jean Farris Winery and Bistro complete menu, hours of operation, and upcoming special events visit their website:http://www.jeanfarris.com/

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