Dudley's on Short
Dudley's on Short

Dudley's on Short

  • 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
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: No
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Dudley's on Short reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (76)fit for foodies (70)romantic (55)notable wine list (51)neighborhood gem (45)good for groups (30)hot spot (27)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (20)vibrant bar scene (20)great for outdoor dining (15)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • A city gem, perhaps the best in town for town!
    Mike
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    There is just no occasion from dinner with friends a loved one or business associates that Dudley's does not fit the bill. Food, wine and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Freshladybug
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This restaurant was wonderful. We had the best server who knew everything about the menu. The food was delicious. It is loud, but that doesn't bother me. It is an old house with a very warm feel to it. If I'm ever in Lexington again I will definitely go back to Dudley's on Short.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb.
    jkpugel
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Dudley's had been on my list of restaurants to try and I was excited to finally go there to celebrate my 1 year anniversary. We got there and were seated immediately and the feel of the restaurant was very classy, dimly lit, and filled with the sound of people talking and enjoying their meals. I ordered the filet and my fiancee ordered the pasta and we both were really pleased with our food. The waiter asked if we were celebrating something since we got champagne and we told them and after our dinner he brought us a special dessert (which was fantastic) with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate. Very nice touch. Needless to say we really enjoyed Dudley's and we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seating undesireable
    LexdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We have been here several times. Great food & service. It was our first visit on a UK ballgame night. We were disappointed to be seated along the wall, with a long bench on one side, elbow to elbow with other guests..... a bit too close for comfort. We were guessing that it was just too tempting to get as many people in as possible.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Up to Usual Excellence Service
    Mark5555VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Dudley's is one of the top restaurants in Lexington. The food is inevitably excellent and the service first rate. Normally this is my favorite place for a quality business lunch. There is always an interesting and tasty lunch fist special. This week, however, the poor service left me speechless. Apparently, they ran out of the lunch special by 12:15. The waiter could offer no low carb alternative. Finally, I asked for a manager. The hostess who came to our table had no alternatives either. After three different conversations, she finally agree to serve the salmon off the dinner menu. I will go back as this was very uncharacteristic of Dudley's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best in downtown Lex for lunch
    DonMcNayVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    It is the best place in downtown Lexington For lunch. The ultimate place for movers and shakers but the food is excellent, exciting and moderately priced. I go there often and will continue. Don McNay
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    mas1966VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Dudley's manages to combine wonderful food, exemplary service and an inviting atmosphere. You really can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    gr8food
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Our Vice-president and Corporate Manager were coming to visit our facility and taking the managers out to dinner. I chose Dudley's and it was absolutely the right choice for this event! Everything from the greeting when we arrived to the service, drinks, and food were awesome. I received many positive comments from each group member that attended and how much they enjoyed their meal. Dudley's is a great place to go for fine dining!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    DLJCPA
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The best Salmon I have ever had! Everything was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JBL11
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very good restaurant overall. Fine food and good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!!
    genebram
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Went there to celebrate a friend's birthday while traveling to the Lexington area. Super meal and attentive service....in spite of boisterous party of three men at the table next to us, who apparently had consumed a lot of alcohol by the time we arrived to be seated.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good pick!
    BBBB
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Met all expectations...loved the bread girl!!! Service was good and felt we were valued and left in great mood!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as always!
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Coming here for a pre-UK Opera Theatre brunch is now a family tradition. Always outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud with Good Vibe
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My girlfriends and I went here for dinner after the Races. It was very busy and quite noisy. The food was good, though and the wine list extensive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old friend
    ChicagofavsVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had not been to Dudleys since we moved from Lexington and we had not been to the new location . We use to love to go to Dudleys and we were not disappointed when we returned. The new location is beautiful . The food and service are as excellent as I remember. It was really a wonderful experience and it makes me miss Lexington even more
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place in Lex for lunch
    DonMcNayVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It's where you will see all the movers and shakers. The food is excellent and prices are moderate. Don McNay
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loud crowded and overpriced
    kytraveler
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had made a reservation several days in advance. We were seated upstairs beside two parties of 12+ at each table..The noise level was distracting and loud. My party of 5 orderded appetizers for the table. The 6 panko fried oysters Rockefella arrived each the size of a dime. At $14 we thought they were too small and overpriced.The small portions continued with the $10 salads.The $40 entree specials were uninspiring and overpriced for the Lexington market. Grouper special was good along with the sea scallops. The lemon pie desert was actually a small tart. Small portions and high prices seemed the norm at Dudley's.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    SheilaAhmad1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dined there twice- food was great both times! Highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best!
    JackVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We eat every meal out and this was the very best in all respects!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had lunch at restaurant before and enjoyed it so wanted to try dinner and it was nice. Will com back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food and service was excellent but the noise level when the restaurant is full makes it very difficult to have a conversation. Don't go there for a business dinner where you need to have meaningful interactive discussion. There were 5 of us and if the person next to you wasn't talking directly to you there was no way to hear the conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A winner!
    ArkieFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Romantic and elegant, without being stuffy. Friendly, efficient service. Nice wine list with a range of prices and selections. Food was delicious! My husband's duck breast was the "best he's ever had!" Try the T.G. salad - local Bibb lettuce, bleu cheese, bacon with mustard vinaigrette -- outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Lexington
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    What a great place. Conveniently located in downtown Lexington with plenty of parking available in a pay lot across the street. Honestly, my fillet was as good or better than any I have had at a Ruth's Chris, Morton's or a Jeff Ruby owned restaurant. Friendly, courteous and professional wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second visit to Dudley's, and we didn't remember that the noise level was quite so high (though our last visit was on a week-day night, and this was a Saturday night after a UK football game). We found that we almost had to shout across the table to each other so we could be heard, partly due to a boisterous group of five seated next to us who had obviously had too much to drink. Once they left, things quieted down a bit, and we had a wonderful dinner. Service was excellent, as was the food, particularly the scallops and salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place To Celebrate
    rightspot
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great for an evening out with your significant other. Flexible menu and helpful service. Excellent food, excellent service and great wine list!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    food4thought53
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Went to Dudley's for my wife's birthday dinner and both of us enjoyed it tremendously. Our waiter Steve catered to us very well. He recommended a wine which my wife liked a lot. The entrees were very good you can tell the chef is skilled in his creations. The best part was when Steve brought a complimentary dessert out for my wife. A sundae made with all home made ingredients including the ice cream. We would recommend Dudley's for any special occasion to friends. Thanks for a memorable time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    WearyTraveler
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Arrived in Lexington at dinner time. After traveling add day Open Table helped find a very nice spot to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dudley's on Short
    Frankfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice downtown Lexington restaurant. Ahi tuna and scallops were very good. Nice wine selection, good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good but a bit pricy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was very good but a bit pricy for the portions. Parking is a bit tuff especially with an event across the street. Excellent service. Totally full....got pretty noisy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of Lexington's best!
    dhunter919
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The buttermilk fried calamari is very unique and delicious...a definite for calamari lovers!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always
    JSHab
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Every time we go to Lexington, we always choose Dudley's. The menu changes frequently. The food is always wonderful, the staff more than friendly. They have accommodated our needs; menu's without prices and made our elderly parents with canes and walkers feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marvelous Evening!
    TimMVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dudley's never disappoints!
    Kyfarmgirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best club sandwich ever
    MeatAndPotatoes
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening thanks to Dudley's
    jsowards
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening!
    Seabreezer62
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dudleys
    td36
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    MegMcA
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie8
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lexinton Restaurant Week
    Lexjgh
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate