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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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food is always delicious, and staff is always friendly and helpful"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food and service were both top-notch. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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
  • "Great atmosphere whether inside or out. When it's full, service can be distracted, but manager keeps pretty close eye on things and steps in to smooth thing out."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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
  • "3rd time there and can hardly wait to return. So good in fact that I actually picked up the phone the next afternoon and called the manager, to let him know how delicious the food was and how great our server was. It is wonderfully quaint and comfortable."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We went to celebrate an early Father's Day, and sat on the 2nd story deck/patio. Weather was perfect. Service was attentive. Never had an empty glass. The thing that impressed me the most was the presentation, or so I thought. Then I dug into the food, and was more impressed by the taste! Everything was very pleasant, and we had a very nice evening. We weren't rushed and both waiters took care of all of our requests."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We are not die hard foodies, but though we had been to all of the worthy upscale dinner locations in Louisville. We were missing Gary's. Away from the usual upscale and local Louisville restaurants, Gary's is beautifully tucked away from the crowded streets of Bardstown Rd and Frankfort ave. parking was a breeze, the deck bar was a hot spot as the Preakness was just finishing, downstairs was quaint and perfect for dining out with my spouse. Wine selection and specialty drinks were good and the bar accommodating.Appetizer menu was fantastic. The mini hot Browns were so amazing I could have eaten more . The grouper was crispy on the outside and perfectly prepared. My husbands meal was equally perfect. The price was very reasonable."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Gary's on Spring is tucked back in a quite neighborhood away from Louisville's various "Restaurant Rows" but what happens in this unassuming location is nothing short of spectacular ! The result of Executive Chef Harold Baker at the helm in the kitchen and veteran GM Greg Fearing as well Gary's owner Guy Sutcliffe overseeing the dining room, bar and patio area is that you will hit the Trifecta every time that you dine in this neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been several times and really unless someone was just picking at things there would not be anything from good to great with this restaurant. The menu has some very unique offerings that are flavorful and well presented. Had a slight menu change for summer from our last visit and enjoy one of the new offerings"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My Wife & I had a Great experience, food, and service on Saturday evening June 7th. I had the Blackened Bourbon Scallops and my wife had the pork tenderloin, both were excellent. My first choice of wine was sold out so I picked another that was a higher price point, Greg Fearing the manager adjusted the price for me which was something he didnt need to do but was very much appreciated. This shows they are all about providing excellent customer service. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent service. The food was good, but not worth the price. Place has potential I believe but needs to change business model, especially with all the close competition. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The 5 of us had dinner Tuesday, June 3rd prior to the Rod Stewart concert at the Yum! Center. All of us were so thrilled with each of our meals and the friendly atmosphere. No one could stop commenting about what a great place it was to have dinner. I personally thought the ceasar salad was the best I've ever had. And everyone raved about their main course choice. We are now watching for other reasons to travel to Louisville so we can visit Gary's on Spring again. Thanks for a wonderful experience. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My wife and I searched on google for outdoor dining in Louisville, KY and Gary's on Spring looked intriguing to us. It far exceeded our expectations--great atmosphere, great food and the service was outstanding. Greg made us feel very welcome--and we've already been back! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Awesome restaurant, wait staff is fantastic, food is fabulous. My only complaint is that the short ribs with succotash was not on the menu. :( But the filet of Beef was delish!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "One of the best decks in Louisville. You must have the hot brown appetizer."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We met another couple and prior to them arriving we spent some time at the upstairs bar. This is a true gem in the Louisville dining experience. Nestled into the neighborhood it could easily be missed. The drinks were very good, food was excellent, and the ambience was perfect. A lively crowd, but still quiet enough to have our own table conversation. Our other dining party had not been to Gary's previously and they said they would definitely come back............we were disappointed the outside area wasn't open, but it was a little cool out. Great place!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I made an on-line reservation, but was confused when I checked the restaurant web site - because it indicated they were closed on Sundays. I called and left a message (the Sunday prior to Mother's Day) to confirm the reservation, and they called me back early Monday to confirm all was well. I appreciated that! When we arrived, the customer service was very friendly, and our table was ready. They had a nice menu established, with something to suit everyone in the party. We enjoyed the appetizers, as well as the entrees. Oysters Rockefeller was very tasty. The polenta with my chicken dish was the best I've ever tasted. They also had a nice complimentary dessert bar for the mom's, which was very nice."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I have enjoyed Gary's over the years. Our favorite thing on the menu is the Hot Brown. It is offered as an appetizer but is plenty for a meal especially when coupled with a salad. The rooftop area is great and very informal. We've never been there when there is a band but I think it would be a great venue. It looks like Gary's is on the rise with some new ideas. Go Gary's!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I was looking for a new spot and found Gary's. My husband and I are big foodies and enjoy the local scene, but had not been to Gary's yet. One trip and we will be regulars! The food was great, the decor is fresh but true to the history of the building and Selene was a very good server. No complaints. Great place to take out of town colleagues - good bourbon list is a plus for those bringing out of town guests. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Saturday evening the four of us enjoyed our first, but definitely not our last dinner at Gary's on Spring. What amazed me was its proximity to our home, yet we had never heard of it before. After dinner we discovered the bar and deck and then, the garden! Gary's could easily become our favorite Louisville dining experience. Now I'm kicking myself for not signing up for reward points when I made our reservation. Is it too late to join now? Thanks for a wonderful evening - 5 Star in every way!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was disappointing. The only fish that wasn't encrusted with something was the trout and the waiter assured me it was only lightly sauced. When the plate arrived I couldn't find the fish because it was buried under sauce and an odd mess of dressing and vegetables. My husband had the lamb chops and it arrived with the same mess surrounding his chops!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The wine was very good, and the food was even better. This was not the first time we'd been to Gary's, but it was the best on terms of the overall dining experience."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Colorfully blended and delicious! A well-balanced, healthy meal that was a beautiful to the eye as it was delicious to the palate!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "After sitting between 5-10 minutes before being greeted. Our server was dripping with perspiration. When he talked he spit on my wife. He told my wife what she would have instead of making a suggestion. It was actually funny how bad he was as a server. The other servers near us were much more "normal". The food was actually really quite good. I think our service was not the norm but it was our experience none the less."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Gary's never fails to impress me in every way! They always have great food, service, and the atmosphere is perfect for conversing with friends or family!! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The General Manager and the server provided us with one of our best experiences. The Gen. Mgr.'s extra effort that day to accomodate our reservations on Derby Eve was above and beyond. The politeness and attendiveness of the server was above average and an extra touch as he thanked us by name after payment. The entras on the appetizer and dinner menu are all excellant and give anyone many opportunities in meal price and quality."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We went on Thurdays before Derby & our whole group was blown away my the food! A true bonus to the evening was the service! Our upstairs bartender, Titus!!! Wow, he made us all feel like family! A rare find to have a great combination !"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Gary's on Spring was on the list and finally we were able to get there. And wish we hadn't taken so long. Lovely decor, excellent service and the food was delicious. It is on our rotation list now!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "There were three couples who meet periodically for dinner and everyone was amazed with the quality and taste of the food. This was the first visit by everyone. Two of us had the Salmon which was outstanding, with garnishments that were also good. The portions were generous and more than enough for one person. Service was impeccable, from cocktails to the main course served at just the right time intervals. Our server was attentive to our needs but not overbearing and patient enough to allow us time to talk without rushing. All three couples said they would return in the future "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at Gary's on Spring. We were greeted and serviced with genuine service. The food was spectacular!! The owner came by and told us the history of the building and offered a special dessert. It was a special evening."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great meal as well as service. We were a group of 8 and will be back!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My in laws were in town and we wanted to take them some place different. Luckily we chose Gary's. I've been wanting to try for a while and I'm sorry I waited so long. We were seated on the upper patio the service and food was great...all enjoyed. I couldn't get enough of the shrimp and grits...fantastic dish. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Gary's on Spring is a wonderful restaurant. Great food, service and ambiance. You won't be disappointed!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Gary's is our go to place! Always a great meal and great service. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014