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Bourbons Bistro
Bourbons Bistro

Bourbons Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bourbonsbistro.com
  • Phone: (502) 894-8838
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Bridges
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant maybe rented out for large parties, or on days we are closed from lunches to special parties. Just call the restaurant to see if we can accommodate your group. We have a separate space in addition to our main dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Anne Harlow : events@bourbonsbistro.com (502) 894-8838

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jane
  • Public Transit: TARC
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have a small parking lot next to the building. Other than that we have street parking available. There are no parking meters.
A word from Bourbons Bistro
Located on Frankfort Avenue's restaurant row in the historic Clifton neighborhood, we offer more than 130 bourbons, as well as a selection of antique expression whiskies that you won't find anywhere else.
Bourbons features upscale dining in an elegant but casual atmosphere and a bourbon-inspired seasonal menu graced southern inspired cuisine.

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Diner Reviews
  • "In Louisville for a conference and a group of us went to Bourbons Bistro. Not in the city central...but it was worth the drive. ($16 cab ride with tip). Nice little neighborhood restaurant...nice menu...good food and a decent wine list. The Lobster Bruscetta left little to be desired, it was not at all what we were expecting...it was a dip with bread in the bowl....and very little lobster. Salmon was great! Above average Caesar salad. If i came back to Louisville, I would probably go back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "had a wonderful time for my daughter's birthday. it was a large party. the meal was timed beautifully. having been there recently i recommended the scallops to several people and they did not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Some friends And I dined here prior to seeing a movie. We had burgers that were delicious and came with fabulous french fries. We also has fresh crispy salads with oysters on them. The salads were also fabulous and the addition of oysters (recommended by our fabulous server) were delicious."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent selection and knowledge of bourbon by waitress / bartender. Service was awesome with great suggestions when asked. The bar area is the highlight of the area, the indoor dining area looses some of the ambience as its décor doesn't match the bar area."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We were in town for the PGA Gold Tournament and were looking for a casual dining experience. We knew nothing about Bourbons Bistro - found it by chance on Open Table. Truly one of the best meals we've ever had. They were slammed when we arrived. We opted to sit outside. Service was excellent, food was amazing and their bread pudding dessert was fabulous. The only downside was the lack of parking availability. Leave a few extra minutes to find a parking spot. Otherwise, a wonderful find!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Pro - Food had some good features. Eclectic, interesting neighborhood. Cons - Be prepared for little to no parking; too dark in restaurant to read menu but we had bad outside light on us, blinding us; waitress was friendly but lacking in intelligence when it came to knowledge of menu; had to ask for bread twice; meal was okay but nothing special - WAY TOO PRICEY!; ice cream was NOT homemade - maybe that's what the carton said."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We came post the PGA Tournament with our local family and a friend from Canada. The best part of the meal was our server...she was awesome and made the dining experience a delight. The appetizers (lobster bruschetta and fried oysters) came out less than appealing and were average in taste. Our steaks were good and scallop entree okay. Overall I'd rate it much higher if the price to the quality and the outdoor patio atmosphere were more in line. Seems very over priced for the quality and appearance of the food and exterior patio setting. As a side note, we loved the ambience of the passing trains."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Not only do they have a great list of a 100 different bourbons but the food is absolutely phenomenal. Highly recommend the filet. Cooked perfectly and melts in your mouth. Can't wait to go back and try others!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My husband & I dined @ bourbon Bistro Sunday, August 3rd. Food was delicious & Brian was pleasant, efficient, & helpful! Thanks for making our evening memorable! We will be back!!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Every time we go to Bourbon's Bistro we say we need to come back again, just sooner. We are never disappointed. the bourbon's flights are fun. The scallops were incredible. We had the olive oil cake instead of the bread pudding (our usual), a great choice. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Loved the food drinks and desserts. Very romantic."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We loved every bit of our experience at bourbons bistro. We had received a gift certificate for out wedding anniversary and our waitress overheard that and brought us dessert on the house to celebrate! Our food was amazing and the service was great! Will be back again!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My friend is a recent non-traditional graduate from UofL and I wanted to treat him to a nice dining experience. Just my way of saying congrats on your hard work. We loved everything about Bourbons Bistro. This would be a great date night or ladies night out."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This was probably my 5th or 6th time dining here, but only my first in the past few years. Not much has changed...excellent food, with surprising value (portions aren't quite as small as comparable restaurants), great ambiance and marvelous service (especially Shannon, who definitely knows her wines). This visit, I had the scallops, which we perfectly seared and flavored. A must-try location for foodies with a penchant for bourbons and whiskeys, it also boasts an excellent wine selection."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "we celebrated my wife's birthday with some friends and had a great time - great food, drinks, service. lobster bruschetta appetizer was out of this world, as was the salmon, and oh my those bourbon balls!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Always a great experience! Great food and consistent quality. Service is always excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food! Great service! What's not to love when everything has a bourbon flair! This restaurant will make any true Kentuckian wanting more!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you want to impress a visitor with KY's bourbon selection - this is the place! The bar is lots of fun. The restaurant is fine, but it would be much better if they sourced locally grown and raised food - it's all about the groceries. Worth a visit though."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was disappointed, the wine we ordered was a very small pour looks like they were trying to squeeze 5 or 6 pours out of a bottle? The food was good 3 Scallops for $24.00? Scallops cost them $2.00 a piece but felt the portion was small all around. Expensive night for 2 our total was $77.00 and we left hungry. 2 drinks no apps or dessert???"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves at bourbons bistro. We don't often go out (we have 2 small children) so we always choose carefully when we have the rare opportunity to eat out alone. My husband enjoyed his pork chop and the homemade bourbon ice cream. My favorite part of the meal was the olive oil cake, id say it was the best dessert I have ever had! We will return on our next date night (whenever that may be)."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "After many years of passing by on our way to other restaurants, we stopped for dinner with two friends. We should have stopped much sooner. The menu was not very long, but it offered a very nice selection of farm to table, freshly prepared starters and entrees. The wine list also offered several favorites, and reasonable pricing. The bourbon list is extensive, and includes "flights" - an opportunity to select several matched "tastings". Shannon, our server, was personable, efficient, and knowledgeable. We highly recommend that you try this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a great time at the father's day brunch. There was something for everyone and the waitstaff was very attentive. Thanks!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Try the pork tenderloin -- moist, tender, flavorful. Service was outstanding. Husband said his steak was good, but lacked flavor."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is wonderful. The bourbon selections, appetizers, main courses, and desserts are all to-die-for. Calamari w chorizo, pork tenderloin w proschuitto wrapped asparagus, soy-braised short ribs, finished it off w bourbon balls. Everything was delicious!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I had a Groupon so decided to try Bourbon's Bistro. It was fabulous! We had Spicy Fried Oysters & Lobster Bruschetta for appetizers. My husband had the scallop dish and said the scallops melted in your mouth. I had the pork dish and it was so tender. The flavors of everything was wonderful. The selection of Bourbon was almost overwhelming! We took our desserts to go (we were so full from our meal). The bread pudding was delicious and the Bourbon balls were the best I have ever tasted! We can't wait to dine there again. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Had a pre-concert meal that was great. My husband loved his steak and I was delighted with the pork tenderloin. After selecting a dessert, the waitress surprised me by telling us it was on them since it was my birthday celebration. It even came with a candle to blow out."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The bar and bartender are the reasons why I like to go there. They really need to work on their variety of food options."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Bourbons Bistro is a great special occasion/group meeting place. Its dark but you can talk intimately w/ others at your table. We ordered scallops, duck, oysters and wings & they were all exceptionally flavored and the portions seemed right. Our bourbon samples were labeled on little cards so we knew what we had. Overall, a great experience. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Bourbon's for a year or two. They've made some changes to the menu, all for the better except for the omission of the late, great fried green tomato appetizer. The service was prompt, friendly and attentive. The food was very good. I had the pork tenderloin and would recommend it although the hamburger looked delicious and was reportedly so. We'll be back much sooner this time!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very good brunch plus very tender and moist fried chicken. Down side was arriving late in the afternoon after many items were gone. Had to wait for the food to be replenished. Service was good and pleasant surroundings."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Dined at Bourbons Bistro on a Saturday night. Restaurant was busy and the crowd was energetic. Food was excellent. Our steaks were among the best that we've had in recent memory and the sides were creative takes on old favorites, with a few new delicious adventures. Bourbon list is the most extensive that we have encountered. Bourbon cocktails were refreshing. Overall, a great dining experience."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is one of our go to restaurants when entertaining out of town guests. Incredible array of Bourbons but I suggest you try some of their Bourbon based cocktails. Simple yet elegant fare. Highly recommend the duck burger. Try some of the Bourbon flights."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We are from a Chicago suburb and were looking for a restaurant to go to after the Derby. We were surprised to get in anywhere, let alone a wonderful place like this. The steaks were tender and juicy with the best flavor we have ever tasted. The mushroom bread pudding was awesome, and I don't even like mushrooms! Thank you Bourbon Bistro and Open Table! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great service. Server was sweet and efficient. Bustling dining room. Not happy that the full menu was not being offered (no burger or duck burger) and I was not informed. Filet was mediocre and had poor texture...seemed like the meat was in the freezer."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Unique and tasty bourbon drinks. The filet and mushroom bread pudding were excellent flavors. Fun wine list. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was excellent - I had the pork loin, mom had the filet and step-dad had a mushroom risotto dish. All 3 were superb. The waitress was friendly, attentive and helpful. The ambience was lively (we were there during the Kentucky Derby weekend) - the place was packed but we didn't feel rushed and the food and service were better than we had hoped given how crowded it was. Will definitely dine there again when back in Louisville. Don't miss this one!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had dinner at Bourbons Bistro on 5/1/14. They were very good about accommodating a change in reservation time when we were delayed. We were seated promptly and the service was good throughout dinner. The selection of bourbons are second to none and the server's recommendations were very good. The place filled up while we ate and became extremely noisy - a combination of some very loud patrons and a large number of people filling the bar area. We found the appetizers and dinner to be good, but nothing special. Desserts were good, but at $10, a bit pricey. My prior experience here was good. Overall, it's an OK experience especially if you want to sample different bourbons. The food is adequate, but nothing special."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "3 friends and I had dinner while visiting Louisville for the Derby had a fabulous dinner! Our waitress Shannon was an absolute delight and guided us through several amazing wines, delicious appetizers like the Lobster Bruschetta and an incredible assortment of entrees like the Filet and the Duck Breast. I would absolutely eat here again and highly recommend it for a great dinner. Book it and you won't regret it! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Really can't stress how great the experience is at Bourbons Bistro, and as the name suggests, especially if you are an aficionado of Kentucky's finest export. While it's easy to get enamored with the bourbon selection, the food delivers every time. Everyone at my table of five was satisfied beyond expectation. While the regular bourbon menu is expansive, be sure to get a look at the reserve list, which has some real specialties. Also, don't hesitate to to ask for suggestions either, they will help!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "If you want a wonderful meal this is the place the food is excellent. This is a real treat!!!!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014