Hospitality Since 1781

We go to great lengths to serve a wide variety of unique seafoods, traditional regional dishes and choice cut steaks and ribs. Even so, our colorful riverside history is one of the flavors you can experience only at Hall’s On The River restaurant.

If you travel to Hall’s via Athens Boonesboro Road, you pass mHolder historic signiles of dry-laid rock fence that has stood for generations, and for which Central Kentucky is famous. 

If you come along the north shore of the Kentucky River, you may pass the spot where in 1776, Jemima Boone (Daniel Boone’s daughter) and the Calloway girls (Elizabeth and Fanny) were captured by a band of Shawnee when their canoe drifted against the riverbank. The girls were recovered shortly, and Fanny Calloway married Captain John Holder, one of the members of the recovery party. Captain Holder established Holder’s Tavern on this site in 1781.

Hall’s may appear to be remote now, but it really isn’t. From Hall’s it is only eight miles to Interstate 75 at Athens to the north, exit 95 to the south, and to historic Winchester. In the early days, Holder’s Tavern was open during a formative time in Kentucky history and located on the main thoroughfare – the Kentucky River – a mile or so down river from “Boone’s Fort,” better known as Fort Boonesboro.

Think of life that developed along the river – those original pioneers with their pleasures like catching fresh fish or hunting buffalo, and their pains of taming a vast and rugged wilderness. Or, think of the cargoes of bourbon and produce that filled flatboats on their way to New Orleans, and floods that have inundated this very location. Sometimes we are Hall’s “in” the River!

Close your eyes and imagine a thirsty pioneer walking into Holder’s Tavern, or a statesman, or a governor, or royalty – they’ve all been here. From Holder’s to Hall’s, a whole lot of good food and drink have been consumed over the centuries – possibly more than any other site in Kentucky. So enjoy yourself as so many have done before.

Hall's Beer Cheese featured in Food Network
The Food Network featured Hall’s On The River in its “Great Bites in the Bluegrass State: What to Eat in Kentucky.”

Hall’s On The River is also known as the restaurant that made beer cheese famous. Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese is sold commercially at many Kentucky Kroger and Liquor Barn locations, as well as online at Of course, you can pick up a tub or two right here at our restaurant.


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