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Best Restaurants in Louisville
Highlands: 1606 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205 | Douglass Hills: 11400 Main St, Louisville, KY 40243
Hours: Douglass Hills: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Highlands: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A locally owned restaurant and wine bar, LouVino is best known for its award-winning wine list. With over 60 wines served by the glass, bottle or as part of a flight, you’re sure to find something to please every palate. There is also a notable selection of craft beers, bourbon and cocktails. The menu, which is compromised of shared plates, has a heavy Southern influence and changes seasonally. If you’re looking to host a private party, look to the Douglass Hills location; Their event space accommodates up to 45 guests for lunch, brunch or dinner! Using seasonal and fresh ingredients, Executive Chefs at each location are given the freedom to bring their imagination to life on the LouVino menu, which creates a unique culinary experience!
3909 Chenoweth Square, Louisville, KY 40207
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Cheddar Box is your solution to weeknight dinner doldrums! Specializing in gourmet meals, they offer fantastic casseroles, delicious entrees, fresh salads and sides and homemade desserts, all of which can be picked up. Founded over 25 years ago in Chenoweth Square, The Cheddar Box has maintained a tradition of quality, excellence and friendly service. With some of the tastiest treats in town, they have everything you need for a laid-back lunch or a festive dinner party. Let The Cheddar Box take the stress out of entertaining with their full-service catering options!
1147 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
Hours: Lunch – Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, having a romantic evening or grabbing a casual lunch with an old friend, Lilly’s Bistro offers a comfortable ambiance and a rich dining experience. There modern menu features a unique blend of flavors and dishes, all created with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients and gourmet techniques. They offer exceptional handcrafted cocktails as well as a great selection of bourbon, wine and beer. Enjoy small plates with fantastic drinks early in the evening or savor the full menu finished off with a handmade dessert. Whatever you choose at Lilly’s Bistro, you’re bound to be pleased!
702 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 217-6360
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m to 12:30 a.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Mix with locals and visitors alike at this award-winning restaurant located inside Louisville’s contemporary art-filled 21c Museum Hotel. This eatery will have you pleased! Snag a romantic seat and be sure to take a walk through the always-engaging museum gallery, when you aren’t busy gazing into each other’s eyes, of course!
900 East Market, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 749-6200
Hours: Sunday and Monday, closed; Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight
The moment you step into Rye you will notice all of the beautiful wooden interior! The menu is deceptively simple and perfect for sharing – especially their raw oysters – but their cocktail menu is really where Rye shines. You are sure to not go wrong with any choice!
1076 East Washington St., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 742-8315
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Located in Butchertown Grocery’s historic upstairs bar, Lola brings life to a late-night lounge by offering cocktails, comfort and the permission to be who you want to be. The “living room” to Butchertown Grocery’s “dining room,” Lola’s century-old building offers up a cozy atmosphere to sip and celebrate with a poetically named cocktail (we recommend Lola’s Negroni or the bourbon-based Happiness Does Not Wait), midnight snacks, live music and the always fascinating crowd.
1007 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502)452-9244
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Located in the Highlands, Jack Frys’ dark and rustic charm has something to offer for everyone. Try Executive Chef Eric Shaw’s take on shrimp and grits, lamb chops or the classic Jack’s Burger, and definitely do not skip dessert. We can never pass up their always perfect crème caramel accompanied by the sounds of a jazz trio. Sigh.
1359 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 822-3963
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
With its simple white brick walls and serene, earth-toned decor, Louisville restaurant La Chasse is inviting from the start. This Highlands neighborhood restaurant features innovative dishes by Chef Kristina Dyer — with distinct Southern French and Spanish influences — boutique wines, artisan cocktails and craft beer. We recommend their seared crab cake, or their braised bison short rib as crowd-pleasers everyone would enjoy.
636 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 589-5224
Hours: Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wiltshire is known for their weekly changing menu so you can always be ready for a fresh surprise. Nestled between NuLu galleries and shops on East Market Street, this lovely spot fits the aesthetic perfectly from the original art, organic stoneware dishes and one-of-a-kind tables made from rough-hewn wood.
3015 River House Road, Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 897-5000
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
We couldn’t call this a complete list of romantic Louisville restaurants without including a spot with an Ohio River view. Not only are the views swoon-worthy, this restaurant and raw bar led by Chef John Varanese definitely lives up to his creative standard.
350 W Chestnut Street (rooftop), Louisville, Ky 40202 • (502) 631-4180
Hours: Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Louisville’s very own rooftop bar is among one of our favorites. Led by Executive Chef James Moran, 8UP’s menu is unparalleled. 8UP offers a wide variety of drinking and dining experiences that were designed to please the sophisticated palates and celebrate the spirit of fun that defines Louisville.
2300 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 458- 8888
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Le Moo is an award-winning steakhouse and one of the Louisville restaurants that’s sure to impress. Dine in a vintage Louis Vuitton booth by reservation and agreement to meet the minimum spending price for an exquisite and classy experience. Le Moo also offers a brunch (including $1 mimosas) every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.!
1321 Herr Lane Suite 130 Louisville, Kentucky 40222 • (502) 708-2196
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8:30 p.m.
Artesano offers authentic Spanish tapas and entrees and their deals never disappoint. With their bottomless sangria available from open to 3 p.m. come with friends and savor a delicious lunch. For dinner — Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — their happy hour includes $5 red and white wine as well as $2 off tapas and $1 draft beer.
1211 Herr Lane, Louisville, KY 40222
Hours: Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
With Napa River’s great location in Westport village and consistent service, this restaurant remains and tried and true favorite. Their fall menu has launched and it’s sure to not disappoint. We recommend their baked shrimp scampi or lasagna!
829 E. Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m to 8p.m.
Ever in the mood for a big juicy burger and a cold brew? Grind Burger has got you covered! With more than five specialty burgers and the option to create your own, your options are limitless. Each burger or sandwich comes with your choice of hand-cut fries, kale salad or (our favorite) the brown butter Brussels sprouts.
401 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 515-0174
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Located next to Slugger Field, Against the Gain Brewery is known to be a hit for everyone! Their wide selection of on-tap and on-deck beers will satisfy anyone every beer lover. Stop by for a few of their yummy starters or an entree with a brew for a happy tummy!
1126 Bardstown Road Louisville, Kentucky 40204 • 502-632-2444
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, noon to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
Dragon King’s Daughter makes the list for their combination of sushi, tacos, and beer. We enjoy DKD for the Bento boxes commonly served for lunch. Their mix of quesadillas, salads, flatbreads and sushi make an menu option for everyone in your family!
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