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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
  • "After we made a reservation, our group had heard from locals the restaurant was in decline. Our experience was good in all aspects."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Everything about Dudleys was FANTASTIC! The food was outstanding and our waiter was one of the best possible! We'll make a point to dine here next time we are in town."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It was as always a very positive experience. We dined in the bar area and the only negative is the noise level is higher than elsewhere in the restaurant. Service great and food always excellent and tired something different this trip. Will see you all again."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Unfortunately I did not get our servers name but he was outstanding! One of the best server's I've had. Living in Chicago, I dine at many fine restaurants and was very pleasantly surprised with the food and service at Dudley's. The ambience was great and the business was booming for a Wednesday night. Not for kids but great for a special event or nice time out."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Anyone looking for a beautiful space to sit and eat some truly well-prepared food will not be disappointed. Everything we tried was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Dinner was great the other night. Food was fresh and prepared as ordered. Service was efficient and personable without being bothersome. Love the place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Service was good. Food was good. All around good experience"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great lunch with great company & we were able to watch the basketball game on the TV near the bar area."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have eaten lunch here a few times recently, and the food and service have been excellent. Four of us recently had dinner, and it was consistantly excellent. Food is fresh, the specials are always interesting and good, and service is professional."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was good, but not outstanding. The service, however, was outstanding! Cocktails were great and the wine list was extensive, though you had to know what you were looking for. The noise was OK, but slightly distracting. Overall, I would say that this is a restaurant well worth going to. The best thing I can say for it is that my mom really enjoyed herself."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our entrees were delicious, but the desserts were superb. Unusual, innovative, and so delicious! We each ordered a different one and shared. All were outstanding. As was our waiter--we told him we were going to an event after dinner, and he served us promptly and had our check ready as we savored the last bites of our scrumptious desserts."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great service from the water girls through the servers. Great atmosphere and one of the best Manhattan's I've ever had. The food is a little too fancy for me, but still very good."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Excellent for lunch, or a charming evening meal - doing business, or having a romantic outing. Owner, Debbie Long, typically wanders the floor chatting with guests. It is a great message when the owner takes such a personal interest in outstanding food, and exceptional service."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Very nice meal, waiter was excellent. Noise level a little high for my liking."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had soup,salad and quiche. It was all delicious and lovely. I hadn't been here in a over a year and was glad to be back. I like the more formal atmosphere but it's not over the top. It did get loud when we were there for dinner and tables were full."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The NY Strip was out of this world, the service was nothing less than Perfection, just every aspect was so great !!! Price does not matter with this king of excellence !!! My other party was just as satisfied ... Reservation was at 6:30, arrived at 6:15 and table was ready and waiting..."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "A Classic American Dinning experience, atmospheric bar, in a great venue. The four of us shared a selection of starters which were enjoyed and for mains scallops, salmon and lamb were taken. The lamb and Salmon were especially good and all appreciated the vegetables. Only one person took desert, Creme Brulee, and was disappointed. The wine list is a little top end, or certainly the prices. The recommended Stags Leap Two Hands, for the price, lacked depth. I will certainly return"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I eat at Dudley's fairly frequently, usually dinner. Brunch was not as good as their dinner. I will give brunch another chance, but the food did not live up to what I expect from Dudley's."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening @ Dudley's. This was a return visit for us & since we were staying @ the Hyatt, it was in walking distance for us. Our table was for two & it was very comfortable. The loose pillow added a comfortable touch to your back. Our server, Kyle was outstanding & very helpful. We had the blue cheese beignets...very, very, good & our dinner entries were the tuna & scallops. They were both delicious❗️The ambience could improve.... the lighting was alittle too low. But, that didn't prevent us from enjoying everything I've mention. We will return."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was the worst experience I have had at this restaurant. Obviously food quality & service suffer on a busy holiday."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Hostess informed us that there were much more imprtant people than us dining with them that evening."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We have been dining at Dudley's since the early 1980s and will continue. You should try it!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We couldn't get enough of the restaurant! Our waiter was excellent! The wine less had a great selection! The food was superb!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "As usual, one of our favorite places to be and never disappoints! Thanks for the great evening!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "After being seated, we sat for what seemed like an eternity before our waiter appeared. Once the service commenced it was acceptable, but not outstanding. Quite possibly our young man will improve with more experience time? Despite two attempts to get poached eggs cooked properly, the kitchen just couldn't get it right. The eggs were over-cooked on both our orders. I sent mine back to the kitchen and they came back over-cooked a second time. Master the technique of poached eggs, or remove the entrees from the brunch menu? We were disappointed with this visit, but we'll return to the restaurant in the future - everyone is entitled to an "off" day every now and again, eh?"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Visiting Lexington with friends and celabrated one of our birthdays at Dudley's and by all accounts it was a fabulous evening with really superb appetizers, salads and entrees! Will keep this on my permanent list for return visits!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "What a lovely place to meet valued friends! The food and service were excellent. I was very impressed with the menu items as well as the presentation and taste of our selected items. I hope to go back every time I visit Lexington. My congratulations on a wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Many visits, and always excellent food and service."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, too bad the food does not live up to the decor."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "I enjoy a quiet nice dinner which this place provided for me. We were sat upstairs which only had only one other table occupied. It might have been too noisy if we were placed downstairs. Without a doubt this is my favorite place in Lexington to eat."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Met a friend in Lexington and tried Dudley's. The main course were excellent, the salads average. Service was also excellent, nice atmosphere, pleasant surroundings. Meals are generous, couldn't manage dessert. Recommended wines were good, nothing special but was only willing to pay for a moderate level wine."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Our waiter, Steve, was great! very knowledgeable, helpful, enthusiastic -- but not pushy. Normally, we find Dudley's food to be outstanding -- but this time I felt mine was a little blah. But, one of our party raved about the Pike Valley chicken. But, Dudley's is always very good."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My spouse and I were more than satisfied with our brussels sprout salads and the entree specials for that evening. Our waiter was attentive and other wait staff made sure our water glasses and bread plates stayed filled. The interior decor is simply beautiful, but the noise level was so extremely loud (due to all the hard surfaces) that is was difficult to have a conversation at our table for two. Large groups seemed to be really enjoying themselves and we could hear every conversation. I will most likely only return with a group, but for a quiet romantic dinner I would not recommend."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had a great anniversary dinner! We called ahead of time to see if they served cheesecake (as it is an anniversary tradition) and though it wasn't on the menu they made sure they would have some for us!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Every time we stop in Lexington KY we go to Dudley's for dinner. The people are all very friendly and the food is delicious. A real fun neighborhood hangout!!!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "What a great restaurant. I had not been to Dudley's for several years for no particular reason. I guess I just didn't feel like going downtown to eat. I won't make that lazy mistake again. I was very impressed with the food, the service and the atmosphere. And parking is readily available, and there was even a company offering valet service for $6 for Dudley's and the many other restaurants and bars located on W Short and Cheapside. I will definitely be coming back more often. Honestly, the NY Strip special was as good as any steak I had ever had at Ruth's Chris, Mortons, or any of Jeff Ruby's restaurants in Louisville and Cincinnati."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "It was a lovely restaurant and we had never been before . The evening was slightly marred however by the hostess seating us at the table by the kitchen enterance . Not a problem if the place was packed but there were plenty of tables and they stayed empty all evening !"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Just as it was 15 years ago when I lived in town...better location! Never disappoints!"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "My guests and I enjoyed an elegant evening at Dudley's and can't wait to come back. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! We were especially appreciative of a beautiful birthday surprise for my guest of honor. Thank you, Dudley's, for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "The short walk from our hotel was the primary motivator for going there, so we we were very gratified to see the lovely facility, fine menu and excellent service. Locals seem to love it and out-of-towner's should be confident to go there."
    Dined on 11/25/2013