Winston's Restaurant
Winston's Restaurant

Winston's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.winstonsoflouisville.com/
  • Phone: 5024560980
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:30pm; Sunday: 9:30am - 1:30pm; Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 6:30pm & 7:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Castro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Winston"s is available for booking private parties for groups up to 70 patrons. Group event organizers can choose from a modified lunch or dinner menu, or the Winston's chefs can customize a menu for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Wheatley 5024138904

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gardiner Lane
  • Public Transit: Louisville's TARC bus route has a stop directly in front of our restaurant. Gardiner Lane and Bardstown Road.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A large private lot for parking at Winston"s is directly in front of our door. Access to a handicapped ramp at the right side of the restaurant parking lot.
A word from Winston's Restaurant
Winston"s has been a Louisville favorite for 15 years. Sitting on the campus of Sullivan University, Winston's offers diners the opportunity to experience creative food in an intimate environment. Chef John Castro weaves together a menu of diner's favorites, like the Not Brown, Mojo Risin' and a melt in your mouth Fillet with more cutting edge newcomers like 'Deconstructed Pork Tamale' and Kuhio Crab Salad. Winston's is directly off the Watterson Xway (264) at Bardstown Road. The dining room is cozy with 15 tables. Winston's servers are friendly and approachable. Full Bar Service includes favorites like 'Castro Cosmo', Drs. Orders, and a broad wine list featuring wines from most major wine producing country.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Winston's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (16)romantic (14)great for lunch (11)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (10)notable wine list (4)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Another Highlands' treat
    CardKate
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Winston's is hidden away from Bardstown Rd., but it is very accessible from any direction. There is very adequate parking, and the atmosphere, while simple is quite elegant. We especially enjoy having brunch there. Servers are attentive but they do not hover. Food is good and reasonably priced, although this visit was not quite as good as previous times. My favorite thing about Winston's is that it is quiet and no one is rushing you out the door - so you can linger over your coffee, dessert, or drink without guilt. I'll chalk this most recent visit up to anyone can have a less than perfect day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    At two separate points I tried to order something that was listed on the menu, only to have the waiter come back and tell me they don't have it. We were there to celebrate our anniversary, so it deflated the evening for me. The food I had was OK, but it wasn't what I really wanted to eat, so that made a difference. I really wasn't expecting that type of experience at an upscale restaurant. The atmosphere was great for an intimate evening!! Had this restaurant actually provided what it had listed on the menu, this review could have been different.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent
    Bart
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Outstanding in all respects. Lot of innovative dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noname
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good but doesnt seem to be up to the standard it used to be. We had not been there since Valentine's when we had a terrible experience. Mary Wheatley is the saving grace of this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was delicious to the last bite Service was very good. We asked if air could be turned down and it was taken care of promptly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful brunch
    impressedinlville
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had gotten recommendations on this restaurant before we tried it out and so we expected to be pleased. And we were. The food was great, the presentation was over the top and the service was very attentive. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is not my first time at Winston's and it always exceeds expectations: great, great food / excellent service - just a wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite dining
    Foodtothemax
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was not our first trip to Winston's. It was our first experience with the Heirloom Tomato Dinner. It was wonderful from the Pineapple tomato Singapore Sling to the Green Tomato Brown Betty. Chef John Castro had a magical meal using a large variety of local produce. The lamb chops were divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food and learned a lot
    Marykt
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We attended the annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Winston's. It was a revelation! Chef Castro not only prepared a delicious meal making good advantage of the lovely produce, but spoke about the ingredients and the preparation. I had not gone to this event in the past because I do not eat pork or shellfish. This year only one course contained either and Chef Catro graciously substituted fried green tomatoes for the scallop on our appetizer course. The entree included the tastiest lamb I have ever had. The star of the meal was the delicious tomatoes and that is as it should be! Most of us could make a wonderful meal using the best seasonal tomatoes but it was a truly memorable occasion experiencing what a talented chef can do with them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALWAYS GREAT !
    dandryphotoVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Once again Winston's Restaurant and Chef John Castro prove that they are at the top of the heap in this Foodie Town. With Castro and crew in the kitchen and Mary Wheatley at the Front of the House helm - this is a true dynamic makes for a knockout combination ! All across the board; food, service, atmosphere and hospitality, this hot spot is top drawer, not to be missed and ALWAYS GREAT !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, a good experience
    Luci
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a pleasant lunch with friends - we were able to relax and chat and did not feel rushed at all. My seafood frittata sounded more delicious than it was; the eggs were overcooked and a bit dry. However, the appetizers were lovely, and the service was friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bobtravels
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were there by accident for the Heirloom Tomato fixed dinner and it was outstandingly conceived and executed. The wine accompaniment was uneven, with excellent whites and not so excellent reds. However the pours were very generous for that sort of thing. We do not know anything about the restaurant with its regular menu in place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    HappyPatron
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The meal was well prepared. The servers were attentive but not intrusive. Chef John did and outstanding job and was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Bkwlou
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Beautiful plate of pastries started the meal, but they were all stale. Our orders included shellfish which you could smell when the servers were 10 ft from our table. My mother's dish contained "crunchy" shrimp???? The shells had not been removed from the crab in my dish. This was my mother's birthday an we were very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not sure
    shepherd
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Server young and inexperienced and didn't know the menu. Short rib and rice appetizer was great. Basic Filet was to come with au gratin potatoes, but came with an undercooked baked potato. Steak and green beans were very tasty, but the steak came out luke warm along with a luke warm potato. Maybe will try again, but will not be first thought.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Relaxing atmosphere and a GREAT in and out for lunch in 1 hour. Parking convenient with great atmostphere for a business lunch or group.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MDR1
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The overall quality did not seem to be as high as in the past.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unique retirement celebration
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The staff at Winston's Restaurant bent over backward to ensure that 5 of us had a blast as we celebrated 3 retirements in an unusual manner! We will return to Winston's because of all the right reasons!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasteful, ellegance
    DRCRN
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I decided to surprise my wife this weekend by taking her to Winston's to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything from the time we arrive until the time we left was wonderfully done. We have always consider Winston's a "special place" in our family and it never fails to live up to or exceed our expectations!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Winston's is one of Louisville's classic dining experiences. The education component that links Sullivan University's Chef training to Winston's Restaurant make the dining experience different each time you go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 290 reviews are from the Winston's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Food and Service
    Waddycrew
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food and service were excellent. Lots of attention to detail. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Selections outstanding
    dining4u
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have dined at Winston's on several occasions and we've never been disappointed at the selections of delicious foods. Always something new and different. We especially like the Mother's Day Brunch with live music and such a delightful spread of foods. We've never been disappointed at Winston's. Such a delight for special occasions like anniversaries too. The atmosphere is very upscale. You're made to feel special from the maitre d to the servers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, horrible food
    YankeesVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Service for brunch was very good, everyone was polite and attentive. The food on the other hand was very mediocre and actually the chilled shrimp tasted old and probably were, or on the verge, of being spoiled. Most of the offerings were very bland and just so average for the price. I would not waste time or money dining here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was the second time in a row that the food on the menu was not available. They tried to substitute for less quality meat and fish. Disappointed of the lack of preparation for regular items on the menu. I have been there lots of times and have always been satisfied until lately.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 140derby
    140derby
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    excellent service, excellent food, excellent atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Easter brunch!
    Janmor
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Winston's Easter brunch was delicious and was much better than the usual buffet-style food at other local restaurants. We enjoyed a quiet, peaceful meal that was fitting for the occasion.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Tables much too close.
    BigJake
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Good food & service. Tables much too close together. Patrons cannot move about the room table without touching a seated diner. For example, entering to take your seat or to go to the rest room. It is irritating to have people constantly brushing my back when I am trying to enjoy a pricey meal. Need to remove some of the tables in the dining room. They could not run my Louisville Originals card & I did not get my points.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    goodfoodaddiction
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Easter Brunch was very good. The desserts were excellent. All got to choose a starter, entree, and dessert. It was reasonbly priced for the meal served. The staff were very friendly. They were a little slow between courses but it was not terrible. All family members liked what they got. They let each of the grandchildren pick an Easter egg which was a nice touch. We would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Excellent food and friendly efficient service. Highly recommend this eating establishment!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place to Eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Brunch. Would recommend to others. Prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Gathering
    Suzie
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Thank you Winston's, we enjoyed sitting and catching up on family over a quite and delightful meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • went for bruch. had a fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    went for bruch. had a fish special which i ordered. it was huge, sowas the price - twice more than any fish item on th menu. asked waiter about the - he said item was a dinner item they moved to bruch specials to sell the fish.
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  • Could have been better
    discriminatingdiners
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Server was terrific, could not have done a better job of answering questions or providing discrete attentive service. Excellent reasonably priced bourbon flight. BUT ... the kitchen could have done a better job: lukewarm baked potato, overcooked meat, terrible "lump crab cakes," missing elements on plate, skimpy undressed Caesar salad. We know Winston's has an ambition to be top-rated; however, they need more attention to quality control in the kitchen before the food is served.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice night out
    ghetti
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had been here before, and experienced another yummy dinner. Attentive service, well prepared food, and overall a good experience. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Winston's a Diamond in the Rough
    Podgeridge
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    More than a diamond in the rough. It is a well polished gem. Winston's has come a long way, from just a training site for new students. It is a well organized and managed place to relax and enjoy a 5 star meal. Our new favorite place. Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Service was 'good' but not as GREAT as has been in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bristle
    Margie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Initially I was disappointed. Our bread came... I found a bristle in my roll. I waved the waiter to our table and gave it to him. He acted very awkward and shyly asked if we wanted another basket. I had to ask him twice for my ice tea. When the waiter asked if we cared for dessert, I asked if it would be complimentary since no mention was made about the object in my bread. He had to ask the mgr. and fortunately, it was comped.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we went
    mamajo1
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I had been wanting to try Winstons Restaurant for a long time. I'm so glad I finally made it! The food was excellent. We had with us an executive chef (who would prefer to not be named), and she is a very picky eater. She cleaned her plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • WINSTON'S RESTAURANT = PERFECTION
    dandryphotoVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Winston's Restaurant is located inside the Culinary School at Sullivan University, the institution is filled with wonderful hard working students and fabulous professors. One of those professors is veteran Chef John Castro, he is the Executive Chef at Winston's. What Mr. Castro does with his food and his students in nothing short of AMAZING. So when this culinary master and his disciples go to work in the kitchen the dishes they turn out are of masterpiece quality. When this wizardry is coupled with Winston's GM Mary Wheatley who keeps a very watchful eye over,her students while she operates the front of the house as well as the wine and beverage program , you have a recipe for complete and total PERFECTION.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Wine Experience
    LA2KYFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We love the Wine Academies at Winston's. This one was an Italian Wine night and it was very good. Our meal before was good. The oysters were wonderful. Our salads were OK. My biggest (maybe only) complaint, at Winston's is the amount of dressing, on the salads. There never seems to be enough. This time, my Beet Salad had the perfect amount of dressing (all the leaves were wet), but the beets were not the best I have ever had. My husband's Wedge Salad barely had any dressing. I need to start asking for an extra helping of dressing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.