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Café Lou Lou

Café Lou Lou Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeloulou.com
  • Phone: (502) 893-7776
  • 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
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Met up with family for a going away meal. Great food, caring staff! The perfect place for the occasion"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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. "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had a great experience. Service was great, fast and friendly. Food was fantastic. Great experience all around."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I had two special of the day: the four cheese ravioli for my entree; the banana caramel pie for dessert. Both were amazing!!!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Delicious food, great service, awesome environment!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Perfect spot for our monthly girl's night!semi round table for a nice change!patient server!fab drinks&food!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Prices are reasonable. I would have liked a smaller salad as a side."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "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!"
    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"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We went to Cafe Lou Lou for first time with a group of girlfriends. Great service and great restaurant. Good times had by all."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The chicken piccata pasta and the cajun pasta were both delicious. The salads were tasty. A nice place to eat!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Reasonably price, health choices, cozy atmosphere, those are the reasons I keep going back for lunch."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Consistent service and quality and quantity of food so you are never disappointed."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "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)."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Cafe Lou Lou is consistently great. We go at least once a month and always experience great food and service."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "The special was fish tacos the night I went to dine and they were quite yummy!"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "We've been going to this restaurant since they opened. Clearly, we like it very much!"
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Excellent food and service. Always enjoy going there. Mike was fantastic!"
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "My calzone was pretty good. My wife's pasta was marginal, not much favor. She said it would be fine for a beginner cook. The service was hit and miss...waitress had another large table vs just the two of us. Lots of kids, and loud....which s fine by me, but not everyone would be as understanding. Since its wasn't that noteworthy, we would probably try other places nod not return."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "My favorite item is the pasta carbonara. Other good picks - chicken wrap, black bean lasagna (spicy), cheese bread, bread sticks with salsa and beer cheese, and salads."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "I found the salad to be very good, but the appetizers which we had for dinner were very bland. So I rated the food as just okay."
    Dined on 6/15/2013
  • "A very creative and varied menu - lots of options! I had a spinach and tomato flatbread (pizza with really thin crust!) and husband had gyro wrap. I chose the best! His wrap came with a fabulous side of pasta salad that was much more interesting and delicious than the usual. He wasn't thrilled with the wrap itself (described as lavash), but the stuffing was wonderful - he just ended up dumping it out and eating it. I had a glass of bubbly and he had a glass of wine - all in all, great lunch!"
    Dined on 5/21/2013
  • "We went with our children and the noise level didn't leave us feeling like our rambunctious 4 year old was out of place. The ambiance wasn't too loud, it was just right. The food was very good. I had the special, a salmon filet, and my wife had a pasta dish. We both enjoyed it. We also had the shrimp & grits (a little two runny for my taste, but good) and the breadsticks with the cajun spread and salsa and that was fantastic."
    Dined on 5/11/2013