201 N. Limestone Phone: 859-253-3135

  2750 Richmond Rd Phone: 859-268-1666 

125 Southland Dr Phone: 859-313-5300 

Note: Nighthawk Yearly Special Ended on 3/21/2017


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Thrillist: “The Essential Lexington Restaurants”

Best steak: Columbia Steak House

“Lexington loves steak, which might explain why Columbia’s has been around since 1948. Get the legendary Nighthawk special: the Famous Diego salad, a tenderloin broiled and served with garlic butter, and a baked potato.”

Conde Nast Traveler: “Lexington Is the Bourbon Destination You Need to Know About”

“Save room for dinner back in Lexington at Columbia’s Steakhouse, the city’s oldest. The restaurant is renowned for their Nighthawk Special, an eight-ounce tenderloin drenched in garlic butter, named after a legendary local DJ. Finish it off with a slice of Kentucky Silk Pie, a decadent, chocolate overload.”

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Diner Review • Nov 19, 2013

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I love food. I really love steak. For the past decade my wife and I have been regulars at Columbia’s. We finally got our picture on the wall!!! In Lexington Columbia’s is constant as the northern star. It’s a rare example of a place where quality rivals quantity. The food is great and I always loosen my belt a notch or two before I walk out the door. Don’t come here if you want trendy, don’t come here if you want something light, don’t come here if you want gimmick food. If you want a steak fit for a king, and side dishes rivaling the best memories of your grandmother’s kitchen, this is the place to be.


Downtown Limestone Location

Some reviewers say the place is dirty and outdated. It’s not at all dirty. Instead of outdated I prefer aged. The main dining room has a black tin ceiling and is lit by a little bit of outside light, a couple dim light bulbs and small red candles on every table, just like the ones seen in every movie made between 1966-1982. The walls are covered with regulars and a few local celebrities past and present. Columbia’s is simply a good old fashioned steak house surviving in a world of substandard chain restaurants. If you want new and shiny, with half price appetizers and menus that have the word “dippers” printed at least five timed go eat in Hamburg. If you want good food prepared by good cooks, friendly servers, and a manager that truly cares about her restaurant, Columbia’s is the place to be. I hope to see you there.

I think I may have actually found Lexington’s Best Burger!

Diner Review • Aug 22, 2013

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I have been trying (and retrying) Burgers all over central KY and I think I may have found the best. My personal taste is toward a thinner burger but they are ready for you with what they call a Flo’s Burger. Same burger but flattened and fried on a flat top grill which makes it better to me (Flo is the manager – been there 26 years, I think she probably knows her Columbia by now!)

Delicious ground chuck fried on a flat top grill with the burger assembled in the correct order. Anyone who is a burger enthusiast knows the correct order of the condiments is supremely important!  Columbia Steak House has been a Lexington tradition for 65 years. Try their burger Flo style. You are eating the best burger in Lexington.

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Customer Testimonial June 25th 2013:

Dear Greg and Tim,

On behalf of the boys and myself. I want to thank both of you for all your accommodations and special requests for their parents “50th” party at Columbia’s on Sunday afternoon.

Please give our thanks also to Brenda, Willie, Jason and the kitchen staff who each did their part. All of you contributed to making Ron and Judy’s anniversary celebration a special event for all present, family and friends alike. The “regular gang” looks forward to many more meals there.

Also, thanks to all of you who made my duties as Event Planner/ Co-ordinator easier with Michelle’s son Thomas.


Judy & Phillip

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Hi Greg

Just wanted to let you know my grandson and I finally made it to Lexington Labor Day. I went shopping at Talbots Outlet Store and then we ate at Columbia Steakhouse. I asked about you but they told me you weren’t at the restaurant.

As usual, the food was wonderfully delicious. The lamb fries were cooked to perfection and the salad and potato were great. I had enough food to bring home for another meal. BTW, where do you get such large potatoes? They are so good with all that butter and sour cream. I’m getting hungry just thinking about all that good food.


Richmond Road Location

Maybe we can meet sometime…..hopefully, I can email and let you know and hope my grandson keeps his word….

Take care,

Merle Brady

Bardstown, KY

Columbia Steak House has been in business since 1948 which makes us the oldest restaurant in Central Kentucky. Columbia’s Steakhouse offers real, historic, Central Kentucky only, specialties like the great taste of our decadent Hot Brown, crispy Fried Banana Peppers and scrumptious Lamb Fries.

Columbia’s also offers an extensive traditional menu that includes a variety of steaks, chicken, seafood items and the famous Diego salad with garlic and celery seasoning as well as a full-service bar.

The Legend Of  The Nighthawk

Columbia’s is most famous for their “Nighthawk” special, which includes an 8-ounce tenderloin smothered in garlic butter, generous baked potato, a diego salad, and homemade rolls with honey butter.