Where to Eat in Richmond: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Lean Nau

Richmond is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Madison County, Kentucky, United States. It is named after Richmond, Virginia, and is the home of Eastern Kentucky University. The population was 33,533 in 2015. Richmond is the third-largest city in the Bluegrass region (after Louisville and Lexington) and the state's sixth-largest city. Richmond serves as the center for work and shopping for south-central Kentucky. Richmond is the principal city of the Richmond–Berea Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Madison and Rockcastle counties.
Things to do in Richmond

1. Casa Fiesta Mexican Grill

240 Eastern Byp, Richmond, KY 40475-2331 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 859-623-8582
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Casa Fiesta Mexican Grill

Reviewed By Britt S - Nashville, Tennessee

This was a perfect experience. Greeted and seated right away, and promptly served with chips and salsa. They bring you a big carafe if salsa so you don’t have to keep asking for more. Be sure to ask for the hot salsa. It’s amazing!! I had literally eaten two chips when my lunch was served. So fast! My beans were delicious, not runny or soupy. The grilled jalapeños were sliced thin and cooked perfectly. It was also very inexpensive. Entrance is through shell station. If you miss it, you have to circle the block. Great place and I hope to return!

2. Purdy's Coffee Company

212 W Main St, Richmond, KY 40475-1444 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Soups, American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 859-624-9920
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 80 reviews

Purdy's Coffee Company

Reviewed By jmac33 - Montgomery, Alabama

I must say I don't know how places like this make money. The location is filled full of people reading and studying and using their free Wi-Fi they might have a $3 cup of coffee and that's it. Service is nice the Ambiance is good a nice place for a quiet date with your girlfriend or wife

3. Masala Fine Indian Cuisine

1000 Center Dr, Richmond, KY 40475-3838 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 859-623-8589
Excellent
66%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Masala Fine Indian Cuisine

Reviewed By jamesy844 - Richmond, KY, United States

Masala in Richmond is one of the best ever Indian cuisine restaurants I have visited. Neat, friendly, courteous service, extremely clean for any restaurant, outstanding food. Their buffet is always excellent, well stocked and full of outstanding foods. And their iced tea is a delight. I have yet to find a food their that I, my wife, or guests didn't enjoy.

My wife and I visit Masala on a regular basis.

And did I say outstanding courteous service?

4. Starbucks

2013 Colby Taylor Dr, Richmond, KY 40475-8678 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Brunch +1 859-623-7305
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 38 reviews

Reviewed By Aidana A - Berea, Kentucky

My summer institute classmates and our professor stopped by Richmond Starbucks to get some beverages and a light quick breakfast before participating in a triathlon. The place is always clean and the staff is super-friendly. I had regular green tea and a croissant which was delicious.

5. Jackson's

203 S 3rd St, Richmond, KY 40475-2103 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 10 +1 859-623-2090
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 159 reviews

Jackson's

We offer a large buffet and large menu to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. From our meatloaf and fried pork chops, loaded garden salads, to our mouthwatering burgers, Jackson’s Restaurant has all your favorite comfort foods. You are guaranteed to not leave hungry with our large portions and delicious food. Breakfast is served ALL DAY EVERYDAY. If small town, locally owned and home cooking is your craving, look no further!

Reviewed By ArmenianGypsy - Pine Knot, Kentucky

Excellent service.

We came for breakfast and my coffee cup stayed fill and warm.

I had the corned beef breakfast. Fresh called corn beef, beat food for a fair price.

Hubby had the Jackson Country Breakfast, enough food to last him for the day.

We ordered both of our eggs over easy and they were made exactly as they should be.

We are passing through town but if we came through again at breakfast time we'd come back.

Ask for Ashley, very attentive waitress.

6. Khin's Sushi

841 Eastern Byp, Richmond, KY 40475-2569 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 859-624-0438
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Khin's Sushi

Reviewed By Steven D - Sun City Center, Florida

I do not give out many 5 stars to a restaurant, but this establishment earned it completely. They were 5 stars on each and every level. The Sushi is huge, the quantity is massive, the prices are so reasonable, the quality is superb and the staff is so friendly and happy that you came you do not want to leave. We took the Sushi back to our hotel and I am not a small man and could not finish what I purchased. Lunch for tomorrow. My eyes were bigger than my stomach as i did not believe the comments on Trip Advisor. No restaurant could be this good and offer free beverages (2) for every $6. spent $24 = 8 free drinks. WOW!! Wowwie!

7. Sonny’s BBQ

1001 Center Dr, Richmond, KY 40475-3838 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +859-624-4499
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Sonny’s BBQ

In 1968, we were just a local BBQ joint in Gainesville, Florida. Today, we're still a local BBQ joint. We just happen to be in a few more locations. But we still do things the same way Floyd "Sonny" Tillman and his wife, Lucille, did back then. We still slow-smoke over oak for up to 12 hours at a time. We still serve generous portions. And we still believe people should be able to go out to eat and feel right at home.

Reviewed By Bob S - Baltimore, Maryland

Wait staff and quantity of food were perfect. Just as described on TA. However, the platter called "Sampler" was delivered almost cold. The food was on the edge of overcooked and the sauce was almost non-existant. Add your own sauce is the policy. I have...MoreWe’re very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit, Bob. We’d like to try to help—please email [email protected] with the details of your experience, including the location, and your phone number. Your feedback is important to us.

8. Babylon Cafe

213 W Main St, Richmond, KY 40475-8924 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 859-625-1212
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Babylon Cafe

Reviewed By gadgetguy11 - Kentucky

I was blown away by the friendly staff and the delightful entrees at Babylon Cafe in Richmond, KY. Next time, I plan to order a Gyro. I saw it served at a neighboring table and it was amazing!! The entrees are extremely generous and there are many healthy items for those watching their weight. The menu is complete with choices for all tastes. I enjoyed the grilled chicken, served tender and moist. This is a delightful restaurant and is highly regarded by the locals - for good reason!!

9. Cracker Barrel

1797 Lexington Rd, Richmond, KY 40475-2803 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 859-623-0037
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Cracker Barrel

Reviewed By Myrna S - Florida

My son treated the family breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I really like my meal, biscuit, gravy, hash brown casserole, and fried apples. Delicious!!! Server was very nice and friendly.

10. Cook Out

120 Eastern Byp, Richmond, KY 40475-2302 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner 40475
Excellent
56%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Cook Out

Reviewed By Andrew B

Really love the milkshakes here, that's why I give it the three stars. Nothing else here has been impressive. I'd compare it to Five Guys but it's nowhere near that good in terms of quality, just greasiness. Fries are okay. Nothing special.

They do serve Cheerwine which is hard to find in Kentucky!

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