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Dudley's on Short
Dudley's on Short

Dudley's on Short Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dudleysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (859) 252-1010
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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A word from Dudley's on Short
Dudley's Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Lexington dining scene since 1981. Dudley's offers delicious modern American cuisine with an impressive wine list to match.
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Diner Reviews
  • "While we have been to Dudley's many times, this was one of the most relaxing and fulfilling dinner gatherings that we have had. The service was punctual but not pressured. The pace of the evening felt comfortable, yet not slow. Time to enjoy the evening and service staff that was attentive. The bourbon and wine lists are excellent. They accommodated a food allergy with grace and ease. We have moved Dudley's back up on our list of favorites!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Padgett was our server who has perfected the art of providing the best despite occasionally being a bit over-the-top. The food was exceptional as always. In our group of six we enjoyed Crab cakes, calamari, steak frites, scallops, paella, grilled Brussels spout salad and a divine chocolate dessert. Debbie Long is well known in Lexington as the owner of THE best place to eat well!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I wanted to eat lunch someplace unique during my first visit to Lexington, and Dudley's was just a few minutes' walk from my convention. The service was great, although my server could not recommend anything because he had not eat but a few menu items. This I found odd. However, everything looked good. I wanted the hot brown, but I knew it would be too heavy given my activities for the rest of the day, so a simple sandwich it was. How pleasantly surprised I was to be served a wonderfully basic club sandwich but made with high quality ingredients. It was very satisfying. The decor was exquisite, and the staff extremely friendly. I'll be back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Always great food and great atmosphere, the rooftop patio is a must visit along with a great menu and an atmosphere that makes Lexington proud."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Great night super service! I had the duck special which was perfect and of course the amazing warm Brussel sprout salad."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "A real find. The restaurant was very busy. The wait staff was very professional. They were at your table when you needed them-no push for you to leave."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My fiance and I tried Dudley's on Short during Restaurant Week, and we were not disappointed. It seems like some high end restaurants dumb down their menus for Restaurant Week; not Dudley's on Short. I never wanted to stop eating the wilted kale salad with bacon vinaigrette, and the seared trout with polenta and ratatouille made my taste buds so happy. The transparent pie was perfect. My fiance was similarly happy with his choices: the heirloom tomato salad (both of our first times trying real caviar), lamb porterhouse, and peach cobbler. The service was impeccable. I'm sorry to say I do not remember our server's name. If I did I would post it here!. Thanks, Dudley's on Short, for an amazing meal. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This was my first time dining at Dudley's on short. I was very pleased with my meal and service. I did participate in restraurant week and will go back to Dudley's. I spoke to friends and colleagues that participated in restraurant week, my meal and menu choices seemed much better than at other participating restraurants."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Since we dined here for the first time during Lexington Restaurant Week at the special lower price, I expected to be offered less expensive items OR smaller portions, but I did not expect both. I had the shrimp w/fettucine and vegetables, which contained exactly 5 SMALL shrimp, a small portion of pasta, and not many vegetables. At least they could have bulked up the dish with extra pasta and vegetables to make it seem like we were getting our money's worth. Even extra bread would have been nice, but we each received a single piece. The peach and blackberry "cobbler" that I ordered for dessert was just a plate of cooked fruit with a tiny square of pie crust. Overall, the food was good, but not anything special and not worth $25 per person."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "As always the food was very good. I would recommend this restaurant to all of my friends based on the quality of the menu items. The service was good. And we have had previous experiences where the service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Went on 1st Sat of Lex Restaurant Week. Prix Fixe Entrees offered were not what was published on line."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wonderful spot to have dinner. Great food and service. Prices on the high side for portion sizes. Peace."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "4 of us went on a Thursday night, forgetting that there was an activity right outside the door. The restaurant was very busy, in spite of that the service was spot on-courteous, attentive without making us feel rushed. It was restaurant week and we ate off the fixed price menu. Delicious trout, delicious short ribs. The arugula soup was like water. I'm not sure if it is on the regular menu but I would not order it again. Two of our party had the heirloom tomato salads, also disappointing. But all entrees and desserts we delicious. We wii be back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Dudley's is our favorite for special occasions and restaurant week makes it more special."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Had a perfect lunch on a great afternoon. Food was great, ambiance perfect. Best place I've been in ages and I dine multiple times per week."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Austin was our server and he was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about not only his dishes but his bar selections. It was a fabulous atmosphere and experience for our daughters 21st birthday dinner. Thank you"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had a great meal here- I think the quality of the food is not quite up to par (I was not blown away the way I usually am at higher end restaurants) for the prices but it was made up for by the great service and the endless supply of those amazing breads. Still thinking about that sweet honey wheat roll... Yum!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Dudley's has a reputation to stand up to and they do! We had a lovely dinner with friends in the bar."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience here. My wife and I had our 5 year anniversary dinner and the experience made it even better. Great service, food was outstanding and atmosphere was perfect. I'd recommend getting a reservation without a doubt. Gets busy in a hurry"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food and service were great! Verry, very loud. Back ground noices was terrible. Do not plan to have a quiet conversation."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We were visiting my daughter in Lexington and she heard great things about Dudley's but had never been there. We made our reservations through OpenTable and she arrived first and was seated when my wife and I arrived. The food was outstanding and creative. A pressed watermelon salad was a unique experience. The crispy duck special was delicious and the desserts were sublime. Our waiter, Austin, kept our classes and coffee cups full and was there at a moment's notice to meet our every need. I highly recommend Dudley's."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We dined on a Monday night for my husband's birthday. The restaurant provided a nice, quiet atmosphere to go along with the great food and a knowledgeable and attentive server. A very nice touch was the birthday sundae to which my husband was treated!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We eat here every time we're in Lexington and the food is always great."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food and service were very good, but the wines were expensive. It is a nice place to go for a special occasion, but it is a bit pricey for frequent dining."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been going to Dudley's for many years. It is one of the best restaurants in Lexington."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "But we had no idea it would be one of our top five dining experiences. The restaurant is beautiful and, as requested, we got an intimate table out of the way to celebrate a birthday. Our waiter was fantastic - attentive but discreet. The food was superb - some of the best oysters we've had (and we've lived in Florida and on the East Coast). My steak frites was perfection as was my husband's "lamb two ways". They also had our favorite wine (Camus). As a birthday special I received tiramisu - now, I generally am not a fan of tiramisu, but to be polite I had a taste. One of the best desserts I’ve ever had. Next time we are in Lexington, we will be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The salad and the raw oysters were very good. My colleague and I ordered the pasta chicken dish as an entrée. That dish was only average. The most disturbing part of the evening were the small flies that kept swarming around the table. We told our waiter. His explanation was that the windows were open in the bar and that the flies would come in. I finally killed one, and it fell in my wine glass. The waiter did replace the wine. After swatting one fly, two more came swarming to the table. In a "fine" dining establishment, I would expect more sympathy regarding flies in the dining area."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Delicious food in a beautiful setting that allowed for a productive lunch meeting!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Not only was it so much fun the food was excellent and service even better. I can't wait to visit Lexington again so I can have dinner again at this GREAT Place!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Traditional steakhouse fare coupled with a magnificent wine list (Opus One, Insignia, Ray Estate). The service was the best part though--ask for John. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My favorite Lexington restaurant. It never disappoints. Food is excellent, service outstanding, and atmosphere very nice. It is my go to place for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Perfect evening on rooftop. Service outstanding and food the best. Scallops and oysters on half shell so tasty. One of our favorite downtown stops. We try to make it as often as we can and recommend it as tops."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Restaurant has a nice feel, good food and great service. Saw it in Garden & Gun magazine earlier this year. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My husband and I visited the restaurant as out-of-town guests. The delicious food, meticulous service, and ambience made our trip to Lexington worth it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Delightful ambiance on the rooftop patio. Excellent food and good service. A tad bit pricey, but very good food nicely presented."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We could not have asked for a better experience. The three things that make dining experiences delightful are: ambiance, service, and fine food. Rarely do you find all three. Dudley's on Short nailed all three much to our great pleasure. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is always a sure bet for a great dinning experience in Lexington!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed the experience but thought the prices were inordinately high...... won't be back....... can't afford it....."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is the second time we have eaten at Dudley's on Short. Service is impeccable. Food is fabulous. Wine list is extensive, but overpriced. Always a wonderful dinner experience. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "They always keep their menu fresh and source local ingredients. Great food and great service at a fair price, it's a simple formula but it works. Best rooftop lounge in Lexington. Great bar tenders. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014