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What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?

Heading to Louisville and I'm looking for the best restaurants to try while I'm visiting. Open to all types of food! What are your top places to eat?

9 Answers

answered by

Lilly's or  211 Clover Ln211 for farm to table food and conversations that won't leave you hoarse for your efforts to be heard. Migo in the Dundee Loop, for ordering as you go, a la carte/ create your own tacos. Havana Rumba for Cuban. The Grocery for newest opening by well followed/loved chef, in Butchertown. Then afterwards, check out the charcuterie and bar upstairs. Jack Fry's for its quintessential Bardstown Rd. style restaurant, decade over decade, great service and excellent food habit. Or  Ward 426, from the former head chef of Jack Fry's, making a run at Jack's longevity.   In Nulu, the Mayan Gypsy, Harvest Restaurantor Feast BBQfor why everyone talks about Louisville's restaurants. Dining locally, it's hard to go wrong in Lou Court at any price point. Each area/neighborhood in town will offer at least one go to restaurant where the kitchen is cooking from scratch if not locally and sustainably. For example, if you find yourself in Germantown you'll have a choice of Hammerhead's, EiDERDOWN, and so on. In Crescent Hill there's Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe, in Clifton there's  Volare Italian Ristorante, Varanese Restaurant, El Mundo, the The Silver Dollar, Bourbons Bistro, the North End get the idea :+) . Enjoy! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lilly's (restaurant)
  2. 211 Clover Ln (attraction)
  3. Migo (restaurant)
  4. Havana Rumba (restaurant)
  5. Jack Fry's (restaurant)
  6. Ward 426 (restaurant)
  7. Mayan Gypsy (attraction)
  8. Harvest Restaurant (restaurant)
  9. Feast BBQ (restaurant)
  10. Lou Court (attraction)
  11. Hammerhead's (restaurant)
  12. EiDERDOWN (restaurant)
  13. Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe (restaurant)
  14. Volare Italian Ristorante (restaurant)
  15. Varanese Restaurant (restaurant)
  16. El Mundo (restaurant)
  17. The Silver Dollar (restaurant)
  18. Bourbons Bistro (restaurant)
  19. North End Cafe (restaurant)
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On Frankfort Avenue: Varanese Restaurant and Basa Restaurant are nice up scale restaurants. The Silver Dollar, and El Mundo are more casual. If your on Bardstown Road: Jack Fry's, Seviche, A Latin Restaurant, Holy Grale and El Camino. Impellizzeri's Pizza for pizza (Bardstown road & Downtown). Downtown area: Mayan Cafe, Harvest Restaurant, Garage Bar and Rye. Love the food at Mojitos but the atmosphere is terrible. And The Village Anchor Pub & Roost  is good too!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Varanese Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Basa Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. The Silver Dollar (restaurant)
  4. El Mundo (restaurant)
  5. Jack Fry's (restaurant)
  6. Seviche, A Latin Restaurant (restaurant)
  7. Holy Grale (restaurant)
  8. El Camino (restaurant)
  9. Impellizzeri's Pizza (restaurant)
  10. Mayan Cafe (restaurant)
  11. Harvest Restaurant (restaurant)
  12. Garage Bar (restaurant)
  13. Rye (restaurant)
  14. Village Anchor Pub & Roost (restaurant)
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answered by
Maggie from Indiana

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mussel & Burger Bar (restaurant)
  2. Milkwood Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Holy Grale (restaurant)
  4. Game (restaurant)
  5. Sapporo Japanese Grill & Sushi (restaurant)
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Seviche, A Latin Restaurant - Latin/seafood 

Basa Restaurant - modern Asian 

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse - BBQ & beer 

Cena Italian Trattoria - modern Italian 

Mojito Tapas Restaurant- Spanish 

Guacamole- upscale Mexican 

Milkwood Restaurant- modern Asian fusion 

Jeff Ruby's Louisville- upscale steakhouse w/ seafood & sushi

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Seviche, A Latin Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Basa Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse (restaurant)
  4. Cena Italian Trattoria (restaurant)
  5. Mojito Tapas Restaurant (restaurant)
  6. Guacamole (restaurant)
  7. Milkwood Restaurant (restaurant)
  8. Jeff Ruby's Louisville (restaurant)
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answered first by
Sherrie from Louisville

Our favorite dinner restaurant is Seviche, A Latin Restaurant. We often eat something from their nightly specials (duck nachos if they have them!), but you can't go wrong with their regular menu items, like guacamole, empanadas, green chile caesar, churrascos steak, or any of the seviches. A bourbon mojito is my drink of choice, but the bartenders are great and can make whatever you want.

Louisville has the Urban Bourban Trail, and Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar is on that trail, so get a "passport" and get it stamped there. The bartenders are fantastic, and created many of the drinks on the menu. We tend to get the same things to eat - raw oysters, beef brisket tacos, mussels, or fried pork chops (or if we are sharing with a lot of people, we get the heaping chips).  They are open for lunch & dinner during the week, but it's dinner only on Saturday & Sunday.

I can't resist the yellow curry mussel dish Basa Restaurant. (I always take home the leftover sauce and throw it in my eggs the next morning.)  The catfish claypot is delicious, and the perfect size for my husband and I to share.  They are only open for dinner.

If you are looking for a breakfast/brunch/lunch place, go to Wild Eggs.  They have multiple locations, so there should be one near to where you are staying.  My husband often gets the chile verde huevos rancheros, and I get Kalamity Katie's Border Benedict.  It's typically too much food for me, so I ask for a half order.  They are always happy to oblige.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Seviche, A Latin Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar (restaurant)
  3. Basa Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. Wild Eggs (restaurant)
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answered by
Dee from New Albany, Indiana

Hammerhead's, is a whole in the wall type of eatery, but man, is it tasty.  Expect there to be a wait. It's worth it though.  

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  1. Hammerhead's (restaurant)

answered by
Melissa from Louisville, Kentucky

Wow, there are many,many good restaurants in Louisville it all depends what you are in the mood for. My suggestions would include:

for breakfast- North End Cafe or Wild Eggs, both have a few locations and the Lydia House in germantown is funky and has a great breakfast.

casual-Garage Baris fun, Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Barhas a great raw bar, The Grind Cafe & Coffee House has the best burgers of all time, plus a great kale salad and brussel sprouts, Migos Tacos or El Caminos Mexican estaurant for mexican, The Post for pizza, and Check's Cafe for an authentic louisville experience.

more upscale-Proof On Main is swanky and hip and you can check out the art at the 21C Museum HotelJeff Ruby's Louisville has great steak, Seviches is fabulous, Sapporo Japanese Grill & Sushifor sushi and hibachi tables, and I love the Mayan Cafe

  Louisville is a serious food town, there are so many more great restaurants, these are just some of my favorites, and many of them feature local products with fresh farm to table offerings. Enjoy!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. North End Cafe (restaurant)
  2. Wild Eggs (restaurant)
  3. Lydia House (restaurant)
  4. Garage Bar (restaurant)
  5. Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar (restaurant)
  6. The Grind Cafe & Coffee House (restaurant)
  7. Migos Tacos (restaurant)
  8. El Caminos Mexican estaurant (restaurant)
  9. The Post (restaurant)
  10. Check's Cafe (restaurant)
  11. Proof On Main (restaurant)
  12. 21C Museum Hotel (hotel)
  13. Jeff Ruby's Louisville (restaurant)
  14. Sapporo Japanese Grill & Sushi (restaurant)
  15. Mayan Cafe (restaurant)

answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

Joe's Crab Shack on the river

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  1. Joe's Crab Shack (restaurant)

answered by
Patty from Indiana

The Gasthaus German Restaurant,Brownsboro Road Louisville

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gasthaus German Restaurant (restaurant)

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