Equus and Jack's Lounge

Equus and Jack's Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.equusrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5028979721
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00 - 11:00, Friday - Saturday 4:00 - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tavis Rockwell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Equus specializes in any catering event from small intimate dinner parties to sit-down multi-coarse dinners for 500 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Equus and Jack's Lounge offers 2 private rooms. The Chef Room accommodates up to 60 guests while the E.P. Room accommodates up to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Elizabeth Henderson 5028979721

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oeschli Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot for Mariposa Center.
A word from Equus and Jack's Lounge
Upscale Bistro serving Refined American Cuisine since 1985. Located in the heart of St. Matthews, Equus and Jack’s Lounge feature a moderately-priced Contemporary American menu in a comfortable & relaxed bistro atmosphere. Enjoy our extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine menu, specialty cocktails, and broad range of domestic & imported beer. We are also a proud member of the Urban Bourbon Trail with over 50 Kentucky bourbons available to enjoy. Come spend an evening with us, you'll understand why we are a Louisville favorite!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Equus and Jack's Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)special occasion (13)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (11)romantic (10)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (7)notable wine list (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Loved it!
    Neighbor
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have lived in the neighborhood for four years and this is the first time I have eaten at Equus. The food was phenomenal and the service was very great. I had the crab cakes and fish tacos and they were the best I have ever had. I was also pleasantly surprised at the range in prices. You can dine for a price more in line with casual dining all the way up to meals that are gourmet and pricey. I think may become a regular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • olie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and service was excellent. Staff is very attentive. Food was nicely displayed and hot. Just enjoyed the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but not great
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Too expensive for the food quality. We had 2 so-so fish sandwiches, one tiny $8 salad, over breaded and over done onion rings, bland sweet potato fries and a beer and 2 wines......$70 bill. Not worth it....better value at Kingfish!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    rugbeechick
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was tasty! The waitress was amazing & had lots of great suggestions & info about the menu. Some of the items were pretty pricey, but they also had plenty of options that were reasonable. I was surprised to see they even had weeknight dinner specials ($2 off a certain dish each night). Some side notes: We went for a semi-romantic dinner to celebrate a birthday. So we didn't mind the ambiance with the dimmed lights and smaller tables. I did overhear several other folks mention how dark it was as they walked in & asked if there were tables with more light. Also, the crowd at the time we went (6PM on a Mon.) was much older than us, so maybe not the place to go for a happening evening, but I can't speak for later evening or weekends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Spot
    todiefor43
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had excellent food and our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful in our orders. I would highly recommend it and come back the next time we are in Louisville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    GMiller
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Can't go wrong ever at Equus and Jack's! The food, drinks, atmosphere and service was wonderful as usual.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good specials
    yumyum
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I ate there for dinner. He had a pork chop special and it was the most delicious pork chop I have ever tasted. My pasta special was tasty. Great salads and nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, but too dark
    msbeeVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We shared the fried chicken and it was awesome. Richard, our server, did an outstanding job; never leaving me without a refill on my Coke. The negative is the darkness of the place and the televisions set up around the room. The televisions give the appearance of a bar. If I want to watch sports during dinner, I will choose that. I would rather it was not chosen for me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Spot
    Millie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Consistently top notch food and service. Can't miss
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependably good
    MTTable
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    A comfortable atmosphere, reasonable prices, friendly, capable service, good food and an expertly prepared martini. What more could you want?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 227 reviews are from the Equus and Jack's Lounge reviews archive.
  • SUPERB
    DAVE
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    QUITE AMBIANCE, SUPERB SERVICE, MAGNIFICENT FOOD. WILL BE BACK MANY TIMES.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food/Service
    loufVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    . Our first time here and we were very pleasantly surprised as we had not heard much about this place. Food and service were excellent. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service is gently discreet
    SophiaVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The service is gently discreet , the food is consistently good , and always busy with an excellent atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack's is great!
    Sandysilver
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Food is always good! and service is too! Our movie group goes there a LOT of Monday nights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Bourbon Menu
    jfarr63
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I came for the bourbon selection, and a place to get a good meal. I was pleasantly surprise to get both. I got the 2O year Pappy Van Winkle. My wife already gave me the 10 year, and I have to admit, their version was much smoother. I tend to like lower alcohol content in my bourbon, In my opinion, you get more of the robust, nutty flavor from the lower alcohol content. They had several other really good bourbons, but I wanted to try one that I have not, and this was a great choice. I had the pasta meal, which was very good. Although, I admit, for Pasta, this would not be my destination of choice in Louisville. I enjoyed the fried apple pie. It went real well with the ice cream. If I go back, I might ask for a little more ice cream.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite spot
    thedebs
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This restaurant has never disappointed and I eat here quite a bit. If you are looking for a lite meal, you can't go wrong with their mushroom soup (a must!) and spinach salad. My husband swears the steak is one of the best he has ever had and that's a lot coming from him. The other night, I was planning on having the soup and salad when our waitress pointed out that the fried chicken dinner was on special that night. Were we ever glad we went with this! The chicken was perfectly done and was nestled on creamy mashed potatoes with delicious cooked kale as a side. It also came with corn bread that made you want more. This was definitely not a diet meal but so worth it! They also have a great wine list, also important. Love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so good
    aware
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Went to hopefully see Joy P at the bar, but she was not present so sat in the lounge area in the next room. Our server was not pleasant and seemed annoyed with our presence. I had one of the worst cocktails, Irish Old Fashion, I have had in a while-too sweet. The server recognized my dismay and noticed the full glass but only asked if I wanted another drink. We got the tater tot appetizer which had good flavor but was way over-fried. My favorite part of the short visit was when I asked for the check and the server seemed overjoyed that we weren't staying. If you are over the age of 60 and an "established" well to do Louisville native, this might be your place, otherwise, not so much.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday night with friends
    AmyW
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Need a fun but casual Friday night? Go to Jack's. Whether you eat in the bar or in the dining rooms you are sure to have a great meal and relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Senior Hot Spot
    callie
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We were recommended to this restaurant by a friend in his late 30's. We dined there on a Friday night around 7:30 and literally thought it was senior night lol. It was packed with wealthy 70 year old + people. Nothing at all wrong with that of course, but if you are expecting a hip young crowd don't come here. As far as food goes, we would not visit here again for dinner simply because the entrees are over priced (from $16 to $40 each) and frankly aren't that amazing and the portions aren't great. I would come back for some small plates/appetizers though! Loved the tater tots :). Service was great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a wonderful dinner
    BarbaraA
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner and as always at Jack's Equus, saw friends every where.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to have a conversation
    farmgirl
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    When I want good food and drinks and a cozy, quiet atmosphere, I go to Equus/Jack's Lounge. It's the perfect place to get tucked away in a corner, in comfy chairs and catch up with a friend or have a private business conversation. Food is very good and service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Equus/Jack's never fails to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Equus/Jack's never fails to provide a wonderful evening with fantastic food and great service, all within a very friendly atmosphere. Entire staff (front and back) are friendly, courteous, and helpful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good.... Thursday is
    Jmalone103VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Always good.... Thursday is typically the Fried Chicken special, never disappoints
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arrived and was promptly seated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Arrived and was promptly seated. Pleasant and attentive wait staff. Clubby atmosphere with TVs around the room. Food was very good - my wife had shrimp and and I had the scallops. Nice wine list with something for everyone's wallet.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had the mussels, scallops,
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Had the mussels, scallops, and sea bass. All were delicious. Also, ordered the mint chocolate cheesecake for dessert w/coffee and that was equally good! Our server, Jackie, was very good also. Love this place for the ambiance, food, and service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for anniversary dinner
    abcdefg
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    The tables on either side of us were about 2 to 2 1/2 feet away from ours, which made it almost feel like we were sitting at the same table with someone we didn't even know. There were table cloths on the larger tables, but not on ours. There were televisions on the wall in my view both to the right and the left with sports playing the entire time. My husband ordered a bibb lettuce salad, but was told later that they were out. I was served a different kind of soup than what I ordered. We should have received 50 points for Louisville Originals, but Equus is no longer affiliated with Louisville Originals. Food was excellent, but will probably not dine here again.
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  • Looking forward to coming back
    LizK413VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    I was there on a Monday, so I enjoyed the Monday Special: Fish Tacos. They were tasty, and the perfect size for me. I also enjoyed the Ginger Snap cocktail .... delicious dessert. And speaking of dessert, the Irish Bomb is a great dessert to share if you're a fan of Irish like me. I'm certainly looking to returning and trying more options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good... I had the fish-
    Jmalone103VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Always good... I had the fish- awesome. My wife had the fried chicken, ate every bite.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere
    KYSue
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Just returned from France and our meal last night equaled or surpassed many of our meals in Paris without the expensive price. The fish was cooked to perfection, served on top of fried green tomatoes with fresh vegetables. Our appetizer, a special with peppers stuffed with chorizo and cream cheese...c'est magnifique
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, not what I expected
    Wino
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    I didn't realize Equus and Jack's Lounge were one in the same. It was an upscale sports bar. The food was good as was the service. I would go back for a casual dinner or drinks.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Louisville
    Joseph
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Absolutely our favorite place in Louisville. We eat there regularly and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back.
    tsbayne
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Feels very upscale. Service and food were both excellent. Beers on tap had an excellent selection. Paid $100 for 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, and 2 beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was great, our
    Jakubowski
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    The service was great, our waitress done an excellent job. The food was amazing, the chef really knew what he was doing. We had an outstanding time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, Great food!
    SilverDollarFan
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    The nachos are delicious, the mushroom fume is to die for, and the fried apple pie with salted caramel icecream and homemade granola is worth every last calorie!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    When it comes to Equus I have to say I meat have found a new favorite place to eat. My only suggestion is that when it comes to dessert you might want to find somewhere else to go. The appetizer and main course were both absolutely amazing however the dessert did not impress it was kind if disappointing after how good everything else was. We will definitely be back but will be finding dessert elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for our first time
    eatingout1
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    This was our first time at Equus/Jack's. The food was outstanding. We started with the Calamari which was done to profection. My wife had the Rock Shrimp Jenkins which she loved. I had the Fried Chicken which was great. It was the wife's birthday and she was very happy with the outing. We wil return very soon. The wait staff was also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always something good!
    Sherbonney
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Burger is always good, fixed as you wish. Great fish tacos, pasta of the day.Love the s'mores dessert. Always try to come here when we're in town.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy dinner here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    We went years not going here and a couple of months ago a friend told us to meet them for dinner here and wow were we impressed. The wife had the Fish Tacos and the sauce on them was wonderful and I had the fried chicken and it has to be the best fried chicken and greens in town. The wait staff have always been on top of their game and make the visit very enjoyable. This is a very good place to go for a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    DonKathy
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    Dean Corbett and his staff always step up to make sure their guests are treated like royalty. Excellent restaurant and bar. Jack's is unique!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was not cooked as ordered
    Callie
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Food was not cooked as ordered it was sent back twice ,but they never could get it right.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate