Don't miss this place!
We had a wonderful meal at Dudley's. Not only was our server Steve knowledgeable and helpful, he did a great job of supplying our needs without being obtrusive. Must be a mind reader! The warm brussel sprout salad is delicious (I urge you to try it even if you don't think you like brussel sprouts). The lamp chops are 2 double cut chops and were perfectly cooked. The 'small plate' paella is a perfect portion for most diners as an entree and is loaded with flavor.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Service-Friendly Staff
Saturday evening I meet with friends and enjoyed a relaxing, delicious meal. The staff is friendly, the best bar tender and wait staff in Lexington. Debbie joined the conversation with our group; she always makes you feel very welcome.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the elegant, relaxed feel of Dudley's on Short. This is always a stop on my frequent visits to the area. The food is inventive as well as excellent. Enjoyed a duck dish while my companion ordered salmon. The food was served at the perfect temperature, delicious and artfully presented. This was a first visit for my dining companion and immediately made it on their list of places to visit when in town.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dudley's on Short: Long on Dining
Simply outstanding Bluegrass dining experience at Dudley's on Short upscale in a classic way. It is.
The service, food, and ambiance were equally outstanding. You just can't find a "Golden Horseshoe" shrimp cocktail reminiscent of old Lexington. Diners are ladies and gentlemen and appear dressed the part with few exceptions (shorts and T-shirts: go to Arby's!)
An easy Five-Star rating.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Was recommend by hotel concierge. She deserves a raise. Great meal. Never rushed by staff. Food was prepared to perfection.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent attention to detail
My wife and I recently had dinner at Dudley's for our anniversary, and it could not have been better. The service was outstanding from the moment we walked in. We were greeted and sat immediately. Our server was had a wonderful demeanor, and checked on us just the right amount.
The food was excellent. I appreciate how Dudley's always has new specials to try.
I will continue to dine a Dudley's and encourage anyone out there to do the same if you are looking for a fantastic dinning experience.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rooftop Patio to die for!!
The patio on top is spectacular!! Brussel sprout salad could have been bigger, but was excellent.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dudley's was not a dud
Visiting Lexington and never tried the restaurant. Started with the county ham fritters. Enough to share and they were amazing. Had the wilted Brussels sprout salad and it was gone in a heartbeat. Would love this recipe. Husband had the lamb chop which he cleaned his plate. I had the hikes fricasses on recommendation of our server. It was very good but the ends of he hickey were a bit dried out. Service was good. Would go back.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dudley's was recommended by a local business professional acquaintance of mine. He hit it on the spot as "the place to be seen". A bit pricy but well worth it as the atmosphere was great, waiter was exceptional, and the food was fantastic; oysters-on-the-half-shell, seared salmon, vegetables, and desert to name a few; the wine list great and offered a wide range of prices for everyone from $35 to over $250 per bottle. Everyone in our party raved about the place! Can't wait to visit Lexington again.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a winner!
Our go-to place for special occasions, when you're willing to spend a little more for a memorable meal and ambiance. Always a winner in every category. We especially appreciate the menu selections that vary from items for the sophisticated palate to basic, but exceptionally prepared, fare.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Got lucky with Dudleys
We were in Lexington and two people suggested we eat at Dudleys. It's downtown and just looks like a few umbrellas in front of a window from the street. We were so happy to walk inside and see a bright, two story, bustling restaurant and a bar full of happy people. We had reservations to eat outside and almost changed to an indoor table due to the hot sun on the umbrellas out front.... but no! They led us upstairs to a lovely, secluded patio on the roof, shaded by surrounding buildings. We sat in twirly wicker chairs and had a fantastic meal of wilted brussel sprout salad (a must try!) and filet mignon, cooked to perfection. We are returning to Lexington in two months and will definitely eat at Dudley's on Short.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and the service was
The food and the service was excellent. The only thing is that it was a bit hard to have a conversation due to the noise level so everyone talked a bit louder than "normal" tones.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have come to Dudley's frequently--at both locations--and consider it one of our favorite restaurants. We really enjoy the energetic downtown location, the friendly staff, and the delicious menu offerings. The cocktails are generous and make the perfect start to a lovely evening. All four people in our party loved their meals and the entire experience. The four of us celebrate our anniversaries together each year, and we wouldn't think of going anywhere else but Dudley's! Thanks, Debbie, for always making us feel so welcome!!!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall excellent dining spot
Dudley's did a great overall job, service, meal, wine was all fantastic. It is nice when an expensive restaurant lives up to the billing...
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dudley's is Lexington's best
My husband and I LOVE fine dining and discovered Dudley's a few years ago. After trying nearly every other fine dining restaurant in the city, we were happy to come back to Dudley's and name it our absolute favorite. When we had company in from the DC area for the holiday weekend and they wanted Lexington's finest-- we knew exactly where to take them. They could not have been more impressed! The prices are reasonable, the food is amazing, and the service is the best I've ever experienced.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner for 2
Excellent meal at Dudley's. Perfect for our wedding anniversary. All aspects of service and meal met and exceeded expectations.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic Lexington Restaurant!
Always consistent excellent food, service and wine!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dudley's - Great
Dudley's is my new favorite place. Haven't been since they moved locations and probably several years before that. Can't wait to come back. Love it that they sell Silver Oak by the glass!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were excellent - as always. If you are looking for a high energy atmosphere, ask to be seated in the bar area. If you want a quiet, romantic evening - ask to be seated in the rooftop dining area.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night at Dudley's
Great service, awesome atmosphere and even better food. Appetizer, salad, entree and dessert were all fabulous! Definitely will go again.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Review of Dinner
Our waiter, wish I could remember his name, was classy and attentive. The menu itself has great items to choose from, but keep in mind, it is a little pricey if you plan on appetizers, a bottle of wine and entrees.
As far as the quality of the food: I would say the food was good, very good but not knock you off your feet good, as you may get in a more metropolitan city like Lousiville or Cincy. But, it IS Lexington, and its about as good of food as you're going to get staying local.
The best part of the evening was the atmosphere which was wonderful. The lighting and some of the tables towards the wall are intimate and a great place to take a date you really want to connect with over a lingering meal.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I came to sample the food for the "More than grits" restaurant week promotion - fixed price 3 course menu. We had to choose among 3 starters, 3 main plates and 3 desserts. We each made different selections, meaning we sampled 6 of the 9 items offered.
Each selection exceeded our expectations! This was our third restaurant selection - the other two are also highly regarded - but was measurably better than the others - not so much in execution, but in innovation and variety. We will certainly make this one of our regular dining venues.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anything but a dud. We had a wonderful meal with great atmosphere. The flavors if each dish made our mouths water. Succulent and sweet blue point oysters. Kale salad with light lemon infused dressing and peach pies for desert. 2 minis to share with creamy amaretto ice cream. Yummy.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
good overall experience
This is a place to go if you want to have a pleasant dining experience. The restaurant has all the right ingredients. Good food, good service and ambience without pretensions. We will be back.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attractive interior with original
Attractive interior with original art and an antler chandelier, dark red walls. Food was well prepared, well served and original.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dudley's on Short/ Lexington, KY
This is one of the best downtown restaurants in Lexington. Excellent service. Food is good with appropriate quantities. May be getting about time to update the menu, however.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow service was fantastic food was even better.. GREAT place to book a reservation!!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary at Dudley's. They made it very special, without knowing it was a special night for us. We did not let them know until the end of the meal and they surprised us with a special dessert. Everyone there was absolutely great. We will make this our place for special occasions.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
High noise level
My wife and I dined on a Friday night. The food and service were excellent. However, the noise level made normal conversation virtually impossible. This is not a restaurant for a romantic dining experience. It would be an excellent choice for a group that wanted lively evening out for dinner. The wine list was somewhat limited.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch with friends!
We celebrated a friend's birthday with lunch at Dudley's on Short. It was wonderful! The food, the atmosphere, the accomodation for our friend in a wheelchair were all supurb! Thanks so much! We will definitely be back - and soon!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Lexington's Best
We had a beautiful Brunch for a friends birthday. Service was impeccable and the food, delicious. Very nice presentation. Ambience is the best in town.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Lexington
Excellent food, great atmosphere and attentive service.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of those places
This is one of those places where you feel like the center of attention for all of the waitstaff. They cater to every need, are helpful and polite. The food was excellent and the ambience was great.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch in Bluegrass Country
Our lunch at Dudley's was a great ending to a very enjoyable tour of the Bluegrass Country with Bluegrass Tours. The Lamb Burgers were a real treat. The local lamb was grilled to perfection. The overall experience at Dudley's was very nice and we will certainly go back for dinner on our next trip to Lexington.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best meals we've ever had. We went for Sunday brunch and celebrated a birthday. All six of us commented that the food was amazing. The service was really great too. I don't normally recommend places, but I've already done so for this place. The ambiance and décor was really nice as well.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had researched on line(never having eaten at the new location) and shrimp and grits caught my eye. Our waiter Thomas told us it was no longer on the menu but he would talk to the chef. My date had never had shrimp/grits before, the chef fixed the s/g for both of us and it was delicious. Gustavo took over from Thomas and together they did a first class job. Many thanks- I shall return.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Each time we visit Lexington we try a new fine dining restaurant, after eating at Dudley's we will look no more! The food, drinks, wine, ambiance and service were exceptional. We have traveled extensively and this is truly one of our finest dining experiences.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife to Dudley's for our 4th anniversary and was very pleased with the overall experience. The service was outstanding, excellent ambience for a quite dinner with my wife and the fodd was very good. My wife had the fillet of beef and I had the tuna steak, both were quite tasty and cooked perfectly. The wine selection was fantastic, the side salads were outstanding. The desserts, while good, weren't as good as the dinner. The only negative comment I have is that while the side salads were outstanding, the price compared to the amount of salad you recieve was disproportional.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local spot for a nice meal
My husband and I went here to celebrate a birthday and really enjoyed it.
The service was great - accessible and polite, but not hovering.
We had both the salmon and lamb chops and both were excellent, no leftovers.
I'm no wine expert but was impressed by the length of their wine menu - I'm sure afficionados would find something interesting to try.
Lighting was dim, i.e. 'romantic'. Even early in the week for dinner it was pretty packed; the only downside is it was a bit noisy and hard to hear conversation at times, but we would definitely recommend this spot and go back again.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out
We chose Dudley's to celebrate a wedding anniversary. The steak I ordered was perfectly cooked and well seasoned. My wife ordered the duck which was absolutely delicious. For desert the layered crepe cake was a good finish. We sat close to the bar so it was moderately noisy. The service was great. Highly recommended.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Resturant in LEX
No matter whether I'm entertaining business clients or out for a wonderful evening with friends and family, I can always count on Dudley's to provide delicious good layered with flavors and to provide an ambience conducive to great conversation and lots of laughs! If you've never been, you must go! Dudley's is a true Kentucky staple!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Lexington's best.
One of Lexington's best.
Great service and great food.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Birthday Dinner
I took my 17-year old "foodie" daughter for her birthday. We were both thrilled by our meal and the time we spent together. My daughter is very health conscious, and practices great portion control. Rarely does she take the remnants home. She clung to her "doggie bag" the whole ride home!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Service, Good Food
This was my third time at Dudley's, always a favorite when I'm in town for an annual convention. Service was bubbly and attentive without hovering. The wilted Brussels sprout salad was outstanding. The scallops were cooked beautifully, but the sauce mexicaine was a miss--way too strong for the delicate scallops. Otherwise, our dining experience was a real treat!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently top notch. Down to earth and friendly but sophisticated. We've had dinner lunch and brunch many times. Outstanding!!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of Lexington's Best
Small group of 6 tonight. Oysters and Tuna Poke were fantastic. Steaks and Scallops top notch as usual. Dudley's consistently delivers on its rep as one of Lex's best. Consistent, but not to the point it is chain-like. Things vary slightly enough that you know offerings are prepared as ordered, by skilled humans on the premises. Great, and seems to be staying that way!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The short walk from our hotel
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.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just as it was 15 years ago when I lived in town...better location! Never disappoints!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
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 !
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM