Café Lou Lou

Café Lou Lou

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeloulou.com/
  • Phone: 5028937776x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Clay Wallace
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Wednesday Night: Live Jazz (½ price wine by the bottle with entree)

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Trolley Hop top
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Café Lou Lou
Selected by LEO & Louisville Magazine reader's polls as "Best New restaurant 2005", Café Lou Lou offers casual dining in a funky pop art space. Food is fabulously eclectic & servings are generous. Please call for availability for larger parties.
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Café Lou Lou reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (5)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)special occasion (3)romantic (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Consistent Every Visit
    EKEMVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I have been going to Cafe Lou Lou for years. We always have nice, perfectly paced service. Food is always fresh and they are happy to accommodate changes to dishes. This is not a formal resturant but there is a lot to be said for a great mid priced place that is completely reliable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable casual
    ukiefromkcVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Never can go wrong with Cafe Lou Lou for a casual meal at a price that belies the quality of the food. generous portions (getting into the enormous range with the calzones) and excellent preparation. try the seafood pasta.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    Bestdining
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was a real find! Tonight they had the broiled trout with crawfish and shrimp with a grits gravy - they best meal I have had in twenty years. I don't know how many times I have passed this place because we live less than a half mile away. Definitely a great place to take friends for great food and a memorable experience. Waiter was great. Can't say enough about this place Dick and Linda P
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Carb loaded menu unless you want a salad. Wish the menu had other options.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    GreatBrunchLunch
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Café Lou Lou is a great find. I do a lot of lunches with friends & Lou Lou's is easy to get to and the food is delicious & served in generous portions with enough to share or take home for left overs. The prices are fair! Staff is very attentive & cheerful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I love the dish I had the other night. It was a fettuccine bolognese, and it is the best dish I've had. I think it ought to be a regular on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    MKLex
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Met up with family for a going away meal. Great food, caring staff! The perfect place for the occasion
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 220 reviews are from the Café Lou Lou reviews archive.
  • Enjoyable (tasty too!)
    Mary
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We enjoyed a birthday dinner here with another couple. The pizzas are always a favorite of my husband, and the one that night didn't disappoint. I chose soup of the day (corn/chicken chowder with some poblano peppers) that was very tasty. Along with a large version of a salad, it was plenty for me. I had ordered the dressing on the side, but it was served with the dressing. Fortunately it wasn't too heavy or too much. Their wine selection is good, except they didn't have the white zin that my friend prefers.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our first visit to Cafe Lou Lou. the atmosphere is casual, with a wide variety of clientele you would expect from a neighborhood gem. The service was attentive and friendly and the food was good. The only thing that limited my grading on the ambiance was the amount of noise. This was great for my wife and I, but carrying on a conversation across the table would be difficult if you had more people at the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had a great experience. Service was great, fast and friendly. Food was fantastic. Great experience all around.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jtsrn
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was a last minute jewel of a find. The service was excellent with a nice wine list. The best part of course was the food! I had grain salad from the special Derby menu that was delicious. I ordered the smoked salmon pizza at the recommendation of the waiter and it did not disappoint. The salmon flavor was not overpowering and the olives really added that extra "pop". It paired beautifully with the Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Scene
    OooohLALA
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Cafe Lou Lou is an energetic local restaurant and bar with good food and nice ambience. it's comfort food with a good selection of beer. It's popular with everyone in my neighborhood and has reasonable prices...and also delivers!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Specials to die for
    Choosydiner
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had two special of the day: the four cheese ravioli for my entree; the banana caramel pie for dessert. Both were amazing!!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great service,
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Delicious food, great service, awesome environment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reunion night
    Rdytogo
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Perfect spot for our monthly girl's night!semi round table for a nice change!patient server!fab drinks&food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GO CARDS!
    Claudia
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    After I made a reservation for Saturday at 5:30 I called the restaurant to see if we could sit where we could watch the game. Dan was very accommodating and made sure we could sit in the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prices are reasonable. I would
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Prices are reasonable. I would have liked a smaller salad as a side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    jeffpat
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We only go a couple of times a year but it's always incredible. Our table was ready when we arrived, friendly hostess, great server named Kelly. There is something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Want to give it another try
    Lwillis5
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Granted we went on mardi gras so it was very busy, but the service was poor. I think we had to flag down our waiter 3 or 4 times However, the pizza was to die for and I know my pizza! This was "best I've had in Louisville". I will go back for that part alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Mardi Gras
    Jviv
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had a girls night the weekend before Mardi Gras and experienced some unexpected festivity!! With a special New Orleans menu, staff dressed in bourbon Street faire, and king cupcakes, it was a great night out for the girls!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in St Matthews
    foodman
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Very good cajun, and Italian food, Very good Muffalada, Piazza and other stuff as well We were there Friday and I had the Crawfish Etuffee. It was just like what I get regularly in New Orleans. Their Mardi Gras menu was great. Try a "Hurricane" It is like what I get at Pat O'Brians in New Orleans. We sent four friends their last night and they agreed that everything was very authentic New Orleans style
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining
    friends2dine
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We went to Cafe Lou Lou for first time with a group of girlfriends. Great service and great restaurant. Good times had by all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    Beau
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We love going to Cafe Lou Lou where we are always assured of a DELICIOUS healthy meal served fast before we attend a show downtown. You can make reservations on-line and the service is outstanding and friendly. We love the funky casual atmosphere. My favorite is the Grilled Chicken Salad and my husband often orders the specials from the chef. Their dark beer selection is better than average, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, casual setting
    Yummyfood4u
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great place for a 1st date, really good food at a reasonable price with a solid drink and bar menu. The atmosphere is pretty casual but I really setup. Went here for a valentines date with someone I had been talking with for only a couple weeks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • valentine's dinner
    Robwil
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I needed a place to take my date for valentine's day. Cafe Lou Lou was the only olace I could get on such short notice. I had never been there so I really didn't know what to expect. Everything was perfect. We had a great time. The food and service was great. I wouldn't call it a romantic venue. But it was for us that night. I couldn't be more pleased. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, comfortable, good value
    Card2inal
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The chicken piccata pasta and the cajun pasta were both delicious. The salads were tasty. A nice place to eat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Pizza in town
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Cafe Lou Lou's pizza is simply the best -- the fact that it is so good and always "hits the spot" probably keeps me from trying lots of other tasty items on the menu, but usually when we head there it's because I'm craving the Lou Lou Pizza and my husband is happy to oblige because he is a big fan of their Chong pizza. The pizza's come in two sizes 10" and 14" -- we usually opt for two of the smaller ones so that we can 1) each get our favorite and 2) have some left for lunch the next day. My husband also got the wedge salad which proclaimed as "the best wedge ever". The service was attentive and friendly (as always).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    fitfoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Reasonably price, health choices, cozy atmosphere, those are the reasons I keep going back for lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    Butch
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Consistent service and quality and quantity of food so you are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • During the Holidays
    Boozemanjack
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Cafe Lou Lou has good food, a well stocked bar and reasonable prices. We choose to go there when we are not sure what we want to eat or we're in the mood for a good pizza. While it is a popular spot, they take reservations … which is great. Our last meal was at the end of a shopping day, two days before Christmas. It was fairly crowded but we were seated quickly and served just as quickly. Yes, it gets a bit loud in there when crowded … but its worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick with the standards!
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Cafe Lou Lou can always be counted on for prompt, friendly service and good food. Though there were a couple in our group that weren't thrilled with their orders (gyros, black bean lasagna), we had a nice family lunch outing. Rave reviews for the caesar salad with chicken, pepperoni pizza, cuban sandwich, greek salad with chicken! The gyros was reportedly bland and the black bean lasagna just looked like a pool of black beans and cheese --- was told it didn't taste "bad" but it certainly was not lasagna (no noodles or anything other than cheese / beans).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best pizzas in town
    powercarsearchVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    When we want a good pizza, Café Lou Lou is our go-to place. Pizza is not necessarily what they are best known for, but it should be! The pasta Carbonara is amazing as well! We always get good, consistent service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Cafe Lou Lou is consistently great. We go at least once a month and always experience great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you have issues with spicey
    BirthdayMan
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    My father and great aunt ordered the chicken shwarma wrap. Both were surprised to find out that the item was spicy. The menu I don't think made a reference to the spiciness. so just double check with your server regarding if the item you are ordering is spicy or not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food
    MissStiletto
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    The special was fish tacos the night I went to dine and they were quite yummy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Excellent food and service. Always enjoy going there. Mike was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Reverend
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    We've been going to this restaurant since they opened. Clearly, we like it very much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husbands pizza was fantastic!
    cnbmom
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    My husbands pizza was fantastic! My pasta was okay, but pizza was better. It was our first time though, so we weren't sure what to order.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappointing
    alphasis
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    i love this place! they have a varied menu and an excellent beer selection. amazing service from the moment you walk in the door. cafe lou lou is always a treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Just way to loud and noise level too high. Chaotic noise bouncing in every direction. Food always good, but most people agree there is a noise problem. I am an interior designer, I recommend they hire a designer to help!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic