Where to Eat in Monticello: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

Monticello is a home rule-class city in Wayne County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 6,188 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.
Things to do in Monticello

1. Black Stallion steakhouse

1215 N Main St, Monticello, KY 42633-2900 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 606-343-0011
Excellent
54%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Black Stallion steakhouse

Reviewed By Cumberlandgal - Monticello

Several years ago I gave this little local restaurant in Monticello, KY near Lake Cumberland and Conley Bottom Marina, an average rating sometime after it opened. However, today (and yesterday, last week the week before...)WOW has it far out reached my expectations!!
We have come to this little best kept secret at least 3-4 times a week for the last several months and it's been consistently terrific!! Now that says something!!
The shrimp salad is excellent!! A dozen plus nice size shrimp grilled to perfection on top of a large mixed salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, boiled eggs, cheese, etc. YUM! Your choice of dressing, of course.
Then there's the regular grilled shrimp dinner, the fried shrimp dinner. All good and with two sides, included.
One of my favorites is the steak tips with green peppers, onions and mushroom.
The steak is tender and cooked to your specification.
Steak is their specialty!
Their appetizers are tasty, too!!
Oh!! And I must not forget their rolls!! So good!!
The servers are so nice and very good. We especially like Alejandro but all are just great!
So next time you and your family decide to dine out while you are enjoying the lake or just visiting try this little gem.
Delicious!!

2. Dairy Queen

1490 N Main St, Monticello, KY 42633-2347 +1 606-348-9235
Excellent
30%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
14%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By TXRVer09 - Fredericksburg, Texas

Even though the DQ in Monticello, KY has been updated to the new DQ look, it has retained the local way of cooking breakfast. The food is what one would expect from a local restaurant. Eggs are done to order, bacon is crisp, and biscuits light and fluffy. The best part is the gravy with big chunks of sausage.

Service is very efficient. Be prepared for a crowd ad the locals really frequent this DQ.

3. Lighthouse Cafe

270 Conley Bottom Rd, Monticello, KY 42633-7202 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Lunch
Excellent
37%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Lighthouse Cafe

The Lighthouse Café offers an excellent view of scenic Lake Cumberland, indoor and outdoor seating available. Have a seat on our floating open café available with picnic tables for you to enjoy your meal! Our menu offers a variety of delicious food and friendly service. It’s a wonderful spot for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Stop in and enjoy a meal or just a cone of that great soft serve ice cream at one of Lake Cumberland’s finest floating restaurants. Dine in or enjoy our breezeway! Be sure to try our delicious soft serve ice cream! Opened Seasonally only.

Reviewed By somuchtoc - cincinnati

The Lighthouse Café was a bit hard to find as the address on Trip Advisor was incorrect. The restaurant is at 520 Conley Bottom Road. It was worth the drive though as the setting right on Lake Cumberland at the marina is scenic and very pleasant. There is indoor and outdoor casual dining. The menu is typically American. Service is good. The food is good, but not great. My taco salad was good, but my friend's burger was dry. We both enjoyed the flavor burst ice cream though. Double check the hours before you go especially out of peak season.

4. Pizza Hut

2064 N Main St, Monticello, KY 42633-2049 Wheelchair Accessible Pizza +1 606-348-9311
Excellent
55%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Pizza Hut

Reviewed By JpDrumr - Muncie, Indiana

Pizza Hut got famous, because it had good pizzas, & our experience here was a "Very Good" pizza lunch. There are several "franchise" restaurants in a row just off of the ByPass, near the Shopping Center.

5. El Cazador

90 Highway 90 Byp, Monticello, KY 42633 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
46%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Reviewed By SammieSuggitt - Monticello, Kentucky

I usually order the same item when I visit, but it has always been quite a wonderful meal! The waiters are friendly and the service is quick! Great place with great food!

6. Hardee's

1445 N Main St, Monticello, KY 42633-1904 American +1 606-348-4629
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By 03sann

The food here is always fresh and most of the employees are nice. You must wait for your food but it's worth the wait.

7. Sonic Drive-In

2010 E Highway 90, Monticello, KY 42633-5949 +1 606-348-4299
Excellent
56%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
22%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By Amy M - Lexington, Kentucky

The morning service at this Sonic is wonderful. I usually find that the morning staff serves hot food and gets it out fast. I have enjoyed two days of tater tot mornings with my boys. They have got tater tots each morning. The tater tots have been hot and fresh. I love the diet cherry cokes. I love that they can get your order correct as well.

8. Family Diner

699 Highway 3106, Monticello, KY 42633-7392 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 606-340-0816
Excellent
56%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
11%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Family Diner

Reviewed By DaleSwansea_IL - Swansea, IL

We saw the sign for the Family Diner with home-style cooking. So the four of us tried it.

When we went in, we weren't recognized by the staff. We had to finally ask a waitress if she would seat us or if we should seat ourselves. My wife and I ordered a burger, and it was done to perfection. The philly cheesesteak and the fish sandwich were also very good.. So we had no problem with the food.

What concerned me was what I saw as I was waiting for the food to arrive. Our waitress counted the cash in the cash register and also served as busboy by cleaning tables. She even had her fingers inside the glasses as she removed them from the tables. So my concern is unhealthy conditions due to cross-contamination.

Not sure if we would return.

9. McDonald's

1560 N Main St, Monticello, KY 42633-2003 +1 606-348-6540
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

McDonald's

Reviewed By JpDrumr - Muncie, Indiana

It had been a while since I'd been here, but I see it's still one of the best McD's I've been in. As a "travelin salesman," the introduction of franchise eateries revolutionized our job. Not only available restrooms, but food & drinks prepared rapidly, & Togo. This restaurant is owned & operated by a family who have done a spectacular job, with several McD's in this area of KY. Check out the pictures.

10. Groundz Coffee Cafe

1520 N Main St, Suite 8, Monticello, KY 42633-2908 Cafe, Contemporary, Soups +1 606-753-0307
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By SammieSuggitt - Monticello, Kentucky

The coffees and teas are fantastic and they have a wonderful lunch menu as well! Staff is great, atmosphere is fantastic and they have open mic nights with great local artists! They also cater and you can have private functions there! A godsend to this small town! Owners are awesome!

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