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Winston's Restaurant
Winston's Restaurant
  • Address:
    3101 Bardstown Rd.
    Louisville, KY 40205
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown Louisville
  • Cuisine:
    Fusion / Eclectic
    Price: $30 and under

Winston's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.winstonsoflouisville.com
  • Phone: (502) 456-0980
  • 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 (502) 413-8904

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The overall quality did not seem to be as high as in the past."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent. Lots of attention to detail. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "excellent service, excellent food, excellent atmosphere"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Excellent food and friendly efficient service. Highly recommend this eating establishment!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Brunch. Would recommend to others. Prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Thank you Winston's, we enjoyed sitting and catching up on family over a quite and delightful meal."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Service was 'good' but not as GREAT as has been in the past."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The three course meal for $25.10 would be hard to beat for overall value. The portions for salad and entree were a bit small by most restaurant standards but were reasonable, no danger of overeating. Dessert portions on the hand seemed a bit larger than most. OVeralll the meal was pleasant. Not outstanding but at the price definitely worth the visit."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had dinner at Winston' on 2/22/14. The presentation and the dinner was excellent!. It was an enjoyable experiece!. I plan to return! The restaurant is"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I chose Winston's from a list of Louisville's 502 Restaurant Week restaurants, mainly because of the interesting-sounding entrees. We both chose the 'Not Brown' which consisted of fried green tomatoes, shrimp, a creamy sauce, etc. It was delicious and very unusual. The desserts were good also. I chose chocolate orange cake. Yum! The restaurant is part of Sullivan University's culinary school, a fact that probably explains their innovative menu. It is a small restaurant, so reservations are recommended. Great food and service!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Over all good. Expected more flavor from the soup and deserts. Entree was very good. The evening was enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This is an old favorite of mine, so I decided to ask some co-workers and friends to come with me because we all love great food and I knew Winston's had recently revamped their menu. From the French Onion Soup, to the seafood, beef and poultry dishes, everything was on the mark and perfectly done. The desserts were heavenly and out of this world (the tuxedo cheesecake has to be seen and tasted to be believed). The service - performed by students in their last phase of training - was quite good, and I'll hand it to the one server who, when I asked about a wine-food pairing, went to a supervisor for assistance; I commend her for that than trying to make a guess. We had a wonderful time and hope it won't be long until we can return."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We had not been to Winston's for a few years. The food was great, just as we remembered. The waiters and people that brought the food seemed a little out of sorts...but nothing major. Tried to bring us someone else's food a couple of times, didn't bring butter with the bread, didn't have the table set when we were seated, seemed very close to the people next to us, even though we were at different tables. We ordered desert to go - last time they were decorated in packages made of animals - this time they were in plastic boxes....as I said, just little things...but things that make a difference for great service. The FOOD itself was delicious!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is a great place for lunch, conversation and good food. Lunch is affordable. The servers are available, but not intrusive. I've never had a bad meal at Winston's."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our lunch at Winston's on a cold, snowy day was delightful. The atmosphere was serene and elegant, and we felt special due to the staff's attentiveness that was not overbearing. We waited an appropriate time for our lunch while sipping on coffee and munching on the rolls and unique crackers brought to the table. The food was great. It was our first visit to Winston's, and we plan to return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "What Chef John Castro and GM Mary Wheatley, their staffs and students do at Winston's Restaurant located in the Culinary School at Sullivan University is nothing short of amazing. We went there for Valentines Day and my birthday weekend, when Mary took us to our table I was shocked and surprised to see both of our daughters who live out of town sitting there waiting for us, this was all part of an elaborate plan to surprise my for my birthday-Ms. Wheatley was a huge part of this and it shows her caring manner and attention to every detail. Despite a sold out Valentines night restaurant Chef Castro and his crew performed with absolute perfection and amazing food as always. Winston's truly is one of best spots our fine city has to offer."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I took his parents for brunch Sunday as an early Valentines celebration. The service was outstanding and the aosphere was great. Quiet enough to carry on conversations without difficulty. I ordered the seafood frittata and honestly I can't remember ever having a more delicious brunch. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "the dessert list is just right, I must say... those CAKES are sooooo good!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "After hearing great things about the food we decided to try it for ourselves. The prices are fine dining prices but taste wasn't. The presentation was awesome but the food lacked the wow factor Of a fine dining restaurant ."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Very good knowledgeable wait-staff with mediocre food . Not worth the buck."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Food was fair (for the price), but this was the worst service that we have ever had anywhere in the world. We were told that our server was "new", but that is an unacceptable excuse for a restaurant of this "quality". I blame management for exceptionally bad training and lack of supervision. We will not go back."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "My husband and I went for the New Year's Day event, which was only available with reservations. There was a 45 minute wait for a 5able just so we could be seated. We never seemed to get an actual server, as the manager took our order and coordinated service. Drinks were not refilled, course delivery was poorly timed which gave little time to enjoy our food. The wait staff that was circulating seemed sullen and disorganized -- no one seemed remotely happy to be working. The only saving grace in an otherwise abysmal experience was the food -- the presentation and taste was superb on all counts. I would try this restaurant again on a regular dinner seating to see if the service was better just based on the wonderful food selections."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "The selections were broad-ranging and food quality excellent, as always. The waiter was courteous but appeared totally untrained in the duties of wait-staff. The other waiters had to pick up the slack, for which we were grateful."
    Dined on 1/1/2014