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Gary's on Spring
Gary's on Spring

Gary's on Spring Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://garysonspring.com
  • Phone: (502) 584-5533
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, International
  • Executive Chef: Harold Baker
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Parties up to 24 can have a secluded area in the upstairs bar. Larger parties can either have most of the main dining room, or full patio with weather permitting.
  • Private Party Contact: Greg Fearing (502) 435-7723
  • Entertainment: Jazz outside when weather permitting.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust Street
  • Public Transit: Tarc Bus at the corner of Payne Street and Spring Street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Full lit parking lot behind the restaurant and side street. Additional parking along Spring street in front on building.
A word from Gary's on Spring
Gary's on Spring is a casual fine dining restaurant set in a two story brick building built in 1885. We have dining on the main floor with a walk-out covered patio. Moving upstairs you will find a bar/lounge with couches and exposed brick walls, accompanied by an open air deck to enjoy alfresco cocktails and dining.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Burgers are always good, crab bisque good. I would not order a steak...the steak is a bit over-priced for what it is. Rest of the food is always good and service is good."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was wonderful , but we had too wait a long time with a reservation. Also had to wait too long for the food. Will have to think about returning?"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "this was our first visit...it was very busy due to having a great review in our local paper. However when I made the reservations I noted we were celebrating a wedding anniversary and wanted a quiet table...well it was so noisy one could not have a conversation at all.......and no note of the special occasion was made....but again they were busy. On the plus side the oysters were outstanding and the entrees ok too...the service was excellent...the wine list reasonable...just the noise...yikes. If I come back again it will be during the week.."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great food. Loved my vegetable plate! Really like the first course/small plates idea too. But noise level/hustle bustle on 2nd floor in front of bar made for a less than stellar dining experience. Constant traffic next to our table was frustrating."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have been to Gary's several times and have always had a great experience. So when we had friends in from out of town we knew right where to take them. The service was great, food was amazing, and our friends were very impressed. Of course the Titus Lemon Drop was a hit!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed dinner immensely. My scallops were perfectly prepared and very fresh. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Will go back again for sure."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It was a amazing place with good food and good drink! Our waiter Justin was very attentive and was always asking us of we were okay of id we needed anything. The Manger came over and checked on us. I will be going back when I'm in Louisville"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "There were two large groups in the dining room, and the noise level became intolerant."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Coming off a recent 4 Star Dining Review (out of a possible 4 stars in the Courier-Journal) Chef Harold Baker and his kitchen staff are riding the same wave of excellence they have been creating since Garys On Spring opened. With Veteran GM Greg Fearing along with Proprietor Guy Sutcliffe presiding over the front of the house, this combination make for a true Trifecta on a nightly basis. Gary's and the people who work there are pros and what they do make this hidden gem a one of a kind Foodie destination."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was our first dining experience at Gary's. Every course was well prepared and an excellent presentation. My wife had the potato encrusted grouper and I had a scallop special. Our server, Selena, was very friendly and knowledgable of the various dishes. She remained very attentive of our meal status, never rushing but ready to remove empty plates and offering other amenities as potentially needed. An top notch first experience with restaurant and one I will look forward to repeating in the future."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Gary's on Spring is an excellent restaurant! The food is wonderful. The service is great. Gary's on Spring atmosphere is cozy and intimate. It is a good choice for a romantic dinner or dinner with friends."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and the birthday person ordered the salmon. He said it was great and it looked delicious. One person had the pork, one the spinach salad, and one had the fish sandwich, the best kept secret on the menu! The tomato on the fish sandwich was deep red and garden ready to eat. The spinach salad, as the check said, "garden to table" fresh and really good, dressing and all. The waiter was very attentive and helpful. He even offered to take the food that was boxed up to my cousin's car because she uses a walker. We were delighted to share the birthday person's free Turtle Cake, a favorite of mine, and gooey yummy! Two ordered some wine and we all had a nice celebration! Gary came to the door and thanked us!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Possibly the most disorganized restaurant I have ever been. It took over an hour on Friday night to get a drink. About an hour and fifteen minutes to order an appetizer. Some of our guests didn't even have menus when the waiter finally asked for our dinner order. The managers there did nothing to improve our experience. in fact, when a different table complained about their horrible service the manager argued with them. The food was actually good but the overall experience will stop me from every thinking about returning."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The restaurant has a small first floor where we sat, because of the hard surfaces all around it was very loud. Good for the restaurant because that means it was crowded, but not so good for me. I had the oysters which I could not find one oyster in the dish, a little heavy on the spinach, more oysters please. The salad with strawberries was delicious. The chicken dish had too too much going on, lighten up on the stuff piled on top. The sea scallops with pasta was delicious as was the strawberry mousse slice for dessert. If I go back I am going for the steak, simple, simple steak. My suggestion to the chef would be to par down the complexities a bit and offer a more defined taste, not so muddy. Had a good time though."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Mixed reactions from table of four. Burger and grouper dishes were fine. Salmon entree passed muster although not cooked to diner's request. Lamb entree was disappointing both in flavor and preparation."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "one server for the entire upstairs. Service very slow and many mistakes. Dissappointed"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Excellent overall dinning experience. Definitely Four Star"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I found this restaurant on Open Table, looking for a new place to take my wife on “date-night”. The entire experience was exhilarating. From the moment you walk in, you can immediately sense the professionalism of the staff, the ambiance of the facility and the intoxicating aroma drifting from the kitchen. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable of the menu, wine pairings, specials for the night, and attending to our needs in a timely manner. The food was outstanding – perfectly cooked and seasoned. I had the steak, my wife the Salmon. I will admit, I was slightly jealous of her selection. This is a perfect place for anyone looking to venture out from the typical locations in Louisville. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went with a group of 6, sat upstairs on the deck. Very comfortable seating and decent view. The service staff was great however there was a very long wait for our drinks. Very long wait of 1 hour for our appetizers in which 1 was missing and another the wrong item. The burger was great, however was missing the bacon that I paid extra for. Wine was half off which of course was great. The other meals.. Very busy.. A lot of unnecessary items and the grouper was a bit extra fishy, not in a good way. Great for apps and wine."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "the night that we were there it was extremely hot in the building. i don't know if the a/c was working properly. we just wanted to eat and get out. the food was good , but just could not enjoy it."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "With so many options for quality dining in Louisville, it's not hard to find great food. That's also true at Gary's. Went with a group if 8. Everyone loved the food -- Earth, Wind, and Sea was fantastic, as were the Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp and Grits, and everything else we ordered. Great, attentive service. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Outstanding and inventive food! Very personal service, as host and owner converse with patrons during the evening. Seafood focus, but filet mignon was cooked perfectly. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We celebrated inside, upstairs with Titus. Champagne and crab cakes were excellent. Gary stopped by early and late. Organic salads were sweet and fruity. Blackened scallops with pasta were my favorite. Earth Wind and Sea combination was different... Turtle caramel cake was very good, should have asked to be warmed. Wine list extensive with reasonable pricing to exotic. Gary's staff is excellent! A fine celebration."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "had the oysters rockerfeller for an app and then had the scallops...the meal was great and service was spot on"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had never heard of this restaurant; it didn't come with any recommendations. I found it on OpenTable, and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience, the meal, the ambiance, and everything about it. It was a very nice surprise and I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I went to Gary's on Spring with a friend. The food was okay, nothing outstanding. The service was very good and the ambiance was great. I had a very nice evening, I just wish the food had been a bit better. Dry salmon is not that pleasant."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had a table of 4, and it was so noisey I had a hard time hearing the person across from me. The vegetable plate has a bunch vegetables just piled on top of each other, it did not look appetizing and the was overly salted."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Gary's on Spring is one of Louisville's treasures. Each dish is unique, designed and prepared with a special flair."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have now been to Gary's on Spring four times. Each time has been enjoyable and I have learned something new about the place and menu. The service is always good and the food is exceptional. The manager checks in to make sure that the experience is a good one. And Titus makes the best cocktails in town! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food my husband and I encountered was well-prepared, ample and delicious. The service was very uneven. After taking the drink order, we were not approached for30 minutes (it really takes that long to make a key lime martini?). Our appetizer order was FINALLY taken after the drinks were served. Oysters Rockefeller took 20 minutes from order to table. The entrees did not arrive until 30 more minutes after the appetizer was served. No, the restaurant was not busy, although I saw only one server for four tables. No bread offered...no explanation for the wait either. Now I like to dine leisurely, but this was way too long to wait for food. This was our 20th wedding anniversary, and the long wait smudged an otherwise lovely evening."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. I was so pleased and impressed with our server. She was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and was so attentive to our table. She even made sweet iced tea for my friend and it is not on their menu!! The food was excellent! Everyone in my party was thrilled with their menu selections. The owner even came over to our table to talk with us and see how we were enjoying everything. I wish I still lived in Louisville, because I would be a frequent customer."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed our experience at Gary's! Great food, great service. Dining is elbow to elbow at certain tables; if you don't like that, request a more private table. There are a number of "separated" tables throughout the room. We had a window seat, so it was quite private and even quiet. The vent was right under our feet and rather chilly, but I plopped my purse on it and we were good to go. I understand the outdoor dining is magnificent, but on this particular night, it was too warm. The building is historic and has been very tastefully restored. Kudos to the owners on this gem of a Louisville restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food is always delicious, and staff is always friendly and helpful"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I stumbled on Gary's on Spring while I was out cycling a week prior. Decided to come back to sample the fares. After reviewing the menu, I could not decide on the first course or entree', so I had the waitress order for me. She ordered a salad and swordfish off the specials menu, saying that I can always come back and sample the standard fare. Both were wonderful. Topped it off with strawberry cake off the daily specials menu as well. No surprise, it was wonderful! I will return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food and service were both top-notch. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "everything was great except the temperature inside was uncomfortably warm. I liked the old neighborhood setting. i hope they make it. Fix the A/C."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Nice casual dining, will come again. Varied menu, good wine list and capable bar. Service OK, but not as good a we thought it should be per the restaurant's reputation."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Went to dinner at Gary's for our anniversary dinner. We walked in and there were 4 diners on the first floor. The hostess walked us to the stairs and directed us to go upstairs. Walked upstairs. Not a soul in the place. No bartender. No patrons except for two people sitting outside on the couches seated with a waitress. After ten minutes of no one coming by to check on us I called Jack Fry's for a reservation. While on the phone a man finally came upstairs, said nothing, went behind the bar, filled two glasses of water and came to the table. Seeing the man (her boss?)the waitress came in. They asked how we were doing. I said great, "We are going to Jack Fry's !" We did and had a wonderful meal. Gary's on Spring Street is off my list !!!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We visited Gary's on the recommendation of some friends. The outdoor patio was beautiful and the menu was very interesting. The food and service were so-so...nothing life changing."
    Dined on 6/14/2014