Cafe Lou Lou - Highlands

Cafe Lou Lou - Highlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cafeloulou.com/
  • Phone: 5024599566x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Chef Clay Wallace
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area
  • Catering: Most menu items are available for parties of 30-35 or less.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a small lot in the back of the building but mostly street parking.
A word from Cafe Lou Lou - Highlands
Lou Lou offers casual dining in a funky pop art space. Food is fabulously eclectic & servings are very generous. Please call for availability for larger parties.
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Cafe Lou Lou - Highlands reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good food, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was good but they brought everyones out seperately about 5 minutes apart! If this was my first time at this restaurant I wouldn't go back. I realize it must have been an off night. Unfortunately I brought all new people with me that night, so they were not impressed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BLAND!
    luv2wineanddine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I had reservations and we arrived early but was still seated in the back by the bathrooms. We both ordered pasta dishes and they were so bland it was if they had been submerged in water!! I never give bad reviews but this was my first and last time dining here.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    First time to the Highland's location, but I like it a lot. Same great food, same great service, but with that Highland's feel. Everyone there is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Ec109
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good food, great bar. Definitely reccomend it. Service was fast and they don't rush you out the door
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was great place
    hlaundry
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    it was a great find for after a round of golf, it was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PBLAVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was not good. Too much bread on sandwiches. Had the Gyro which was dry and not edible. Should come off the menu. It really couldn't pass for a gyro. Had chicken wing appetizer which was ok not notable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 110 reviews are from the Cafe Lou Lou - Highlands reviews archive.
  • Great food, great service!
    DinerSLT
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our party of 4 orderd caesar salads, shrimp & grits appetizer, and various pasta dishes. The 1/2 orders were still generous portions. All food was outstanding! Our server was terrific - attentive without hovering. The restaurant was very busy & he didn't miss a beat. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Bill
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Good mix of offerings. The crab and corn fritters were out of this world and I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place with great food!
    Sarahnade
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I came here on a business trip hoping all the Open Table reviews were correct. They didn't let me down! Really great ambience, relaxed and made me feel at home. The waitress was good and I'm pretty sure the gentleman who was busing tables and asked how we were doing was the owner. It's obvious they take pride in their food and service. I'd definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went to Cafe Lou Lou's
    Potts
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We went to Cafe Lou Lou's for the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday dinner. The food and service were great. The Gumbo was fabulous and I think the restaurant should add this item to its' menu permantly. I will visit more often if they did. Great night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Tee40223
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is a small restaurant but the food is always good, as well as the service. The soups are my favorite. I try a new soup every time I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent fun
    LambsidivyVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Enjoyable! Everyone had a good meal... Hearty salads and hummus for the vege crew, pizza for the pizza folks and substantial pasta for everyone else. Wait staff was familiar, friendly and attentive. A regular, repetitive venue for consistent fun!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Late Bite!
    MaryLou1023
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Had a lite dinner before attending the Boar's Head Festival. The service was fast and friendly and we had time to spare. the food was great and there was plenty to take home!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Great Experience
    Louloufan
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Normally don't fill these out but our group has never had an off night at this restaurant. Food and service is always top notch and price is reasonable. Beer list is very impressive, some of the best IPA's I've ever had came by trusting our server's advice. It truly is a gem for Highlands dining and brew scene.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but Noisy
    foodrules
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    We were at Lou Lou's for dinner, and found most of the menu more like sandwiches and pizza lunch-type offerings. We opted for a scallop pasta special that was delicious. We asked for a quiet table, but that really wasn't an option. Conversation, music and television noise makes it very cheerful, but overly loud for my taste. The wine list was disappointing, but the service great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a bad meal
    TracyS
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    I've eaten here many a time and gotten the same thing each time. I can't help it! The chicken portobello roll is delish! We'll be back again soon, I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No full bar service
    PickyEater
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Dinner for four on a Saturday was great. We all really enjoyed our food -- two pasta dishes, one calzone and one pizza. We were just surprised to learn that Café LouLou in the Highlands doesn't have full bar service. Plenty of good wine and beer selections were offered, but no liquor. Surprising for a place that has such a big bar in front.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One night at Cafe Lou Lou
    GMW09
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    I've been to Cafe Lou Lou several times now. The food is excellent, the bar is well-stocked with local and little-known varieties, and the bartender/server was very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We do not like to eat in the table area of the restaurant because it feels too confining and if there are children, it is usually loud and not comfortable for those of us who want a quiet dinner. Lou Lou's is so accommodating to reserve us a table in the bar area. Love it!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Robb
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    It is a converted store front of some sort and has very little ambiance to it. It was so noisy, we had to get out to have a conversation with our friends. Some sou d baffles or something on the walls would help absorb noise. Food was good and tasty, presentation lacking. All in all, a decent neighborhood place, but I wouldn't drive across town to go there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    I've never had a bad experience at either Lulu location. Good food. Last visit was quick, which was what I was looking for!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time there. Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    First time there. Everything was very nice. Thanks for a good meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for casual lunch
    RKS612VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Great spot for casual lunch with many good choices. Chicken portobello wrap was delicious, but their seasoned fries are too spicy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun restaurant! Friendly service,
    LambsidivyVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    Fun restaurant! Friendly service, boisterous patrons, good and plentiful tasty food and 1/2 price bottle of wine on Weds.! We had a great time. Are repeat offenders to Lou Lou's in the Highlands and love it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fat Tue FUN!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Fantastic Fat Tue meal and ambiance!!!! Usually not so loud, but loud on Fat Tue due to the great cajian music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had the meatball sandwich,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Had the meatball sandwich, and it was excellent. Wait staff was engaging and eclectic. Place was a little hard to find for someone unfamiliar with the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    I have been to the St. Matthews location of Cafe Lou Lou several times but this was my first visit to the Highlands location. I was very disappointed in the quality of the food. The Shrimp and Grits appetizer was bland; more like cheese grits with shrimp dropped on top rather than the genuine southern dish. All three people in our party ordered pasta dishes, and we were all disappointed. The white wine sauce in one dish was overly oily. The Chicken Marsala was made with dark meat chicken and limp mushrooms and had little Marsala flavor. The Chicken Picata was sent back to the kitchen...which is why I rate the service as very good. This problem was addressed quickly. On this night, Cafe Lou Lou was a big disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Same menu as st Mathews location,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Same menu as st Mathews location, but some items were not as well prepared or as good as that location.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Quaint neighborhood restaurant tucked away on Dundee Rd. You have to go inside a hallway to access the front door which is a bit odd but just seems to add to the quirkiness. Excellent food, very large portions. My dining companion & I split a small salad & a sandwich and found it to be plenty. Will definitately go back to this location or the other location in St Matthews.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience...
    philsie
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I brought my family here on New Years Eve (table of 6). At first they had us seated in the bar area (I did make the reservation somewhat late) but they made accomodation for us elsewhere as my mother's knees prevented her from mounting the bar stools. Bonus points for service. It was busy but the food came fast. Apps were Shrimp&Grits (5*), Polenta (5*), and shrimp cocktail (for my kids, 4*). We all shared, we all loved them. Kids had cheese pizza (4*) and lasagna (this was wonderful! 5*+). Two had the fish special (though slightly overdone it presented and tasted very good, 4*). I had the Carbonara (2*,decidedly bland- needed garlic and salt badly). Salad was great too. Service was excellent and spot on. Decor is Modern-Hip
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice! We really enjoyed
    mlsprig
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    Very nice! We really enjoyed our dining experience. Will return when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There were six of us dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    There were six of us dining for lunch for a holiday celebration, and we were very pleased with the food and service. None of us had ever been to Cafe Lou Lou and will definitely return as a group and individually. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sticking to St. Matthews
    EJXD2VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Love Cafe Lou Lou, but I seem to enjoy the St. Matthews location much more than I do this one. Both the food and service seem better at St. Matthews.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh +
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    It was a bit crowded and noisy when we were there. The waitstaff and kitchen seemed able to handle it. The food was pretty decent for the price. I give it a Meh+.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommended!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    This go-to neighborhood gem should never be off your list. Everyone in your party will find something interesting here - outside the usual bar food. This particular location can be a little loud sometimes if you sit in the bar area, but even that is worth it. This place is great for groups of all sizes and they really try to make your meal pleasant. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a very good meal -
    RobBVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2012
    We had a very good meal - but the real treat was our waiter, Scott. The way he anticipated our every need or want was amazing - you'd start to say (or think) "I wish I had..." and he would appear with it before you could finish the thought. Made for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ordered pizza, salads,
    bourbonlover
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    We ordered pizza, salads, and a sandwich. All the food was fresh and had a good taste. The fries were super spicy but tasty. Though the fries could have been hotter. They had an excellent beer list, but no liquor. Our waitress was attentive. We enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite neighborhood
    MattRossiterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Our favorite neighborhood spot...the take good care of us. I can't remember the name of the pizza, but when you combine ricotta cheese, bell peppers, sausage/meatball slices...you have just made one of our favorite pizzas. A great capri salad to start it off and throw in the fact that its Half Price Wine Wednesday....What a great way to spend a Hump Day Dinner!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent - four
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    Food was excellent - four cheese ravioli with shrimp in a tomato vodka sauce is to die for! And the selection of beer is extensive and unique - will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have dined at Cafe Lou Lou
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    I have dined at Cafe Lou Lou many, many times, and each experience has been excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic