Top 5: Cozy Restaurants

Amanda Harper



Lansdowne & Brannon Crossing   859.335.6599

With a fun pub feel, Drake’s is beloved for their mini burgers, great beer selection and awesome brunch. But in the cooler months, the fireplace makes Drake’s a much cozier destination. Grab one of their perfectly seasonal cocktails with a serving of warm pretzels and beer cheese. Gather up with friends for trivia, Pint Night and more.

Carson's Food & Drink

362 Main St.   859.309.3039

The interior of Carson’s takes on a romantic, intimate glow when the fireplace is lit. Share the Grilled Brie starter (with bourbon pear chutney, candied pecans and seasonal berries served with a toasted baguette and truffle butter) with your friends while you take in the warm, inviting ambiance. Don’t forget about brunch!

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

101 W. Vine St.   859.554.7000

Every trip to Jeff Ruby’s is a special occasion, and that’s definitely true during the colder months. Enjoy the Chateaubriand For Two, featuring 18oz. beef tenderloin, seasonal vegetables and sea salt, prepared tableside. Enjoy live music and a truly exceptional experience.

The Merrick Inn

1074 Merrick Dr.   859.269.5417

Combining Southern charm with comfortable elegance, it’s no wonder Lexingtonians love to stop by The Merrick Inn during the winter. The Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin is perfect for a chilly evening; it comes sauteed and topped with Maker’s Mark apple chutney and maple chipotle butter. Try it with Libby’s corn pudding.

Sedona Taphouse

3600 Palomar Centre Dr.   859.368.0464

This casual spot is a wonderful place to relax after a long day. Their Prime Rib Sandwich comes topped with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, fontina cheese and horseradish sauce on a toasted artisanal roll, served with natural aus jus and greens. Or keep it simple with a Moscow Mule and great company!