BOURBON RAW

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$30 and under
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American
At Bourbon Raw, our hospitality comes from the heart. We pay tribute to the timeless recipes and traditions of a southern kitchen with the freshest ingredients. True to its Louisville roots, Bourbon Raw is the place where a country gal meets her inner-city lady. Regardless your style, you’ll find your home here. Interested in bourbon? We house over 100. So, come on in, relax, and let us take care of you.



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3.7based on recent ratings
3.6
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3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.5
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Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had thought there would be more people for a Friday night, but I think the cold kept people away! The service and food was great

BW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation and even altered it a couple times. We planned our entire day around the reservations to make sure we were able to complete the urban bourbon trail. Well low and behold we arrive and there’s a sign on the door that says “closed for maintainable.” Never once did anybody reach out to us. As we’re standing outside someone came to the door and didn’t apologize didn’t say anything, just double checked that the doors were locked. So rude, and very poor customer service. So I suppose this isn’t a very fair representation on the food quality, because we never got to taste anything. For being out of towners and planning our entire trip, we didn’t get to get our 6th stamp and had to replan everything.

BOURBON RAW
Responded on December 2, 2019

Could you please let us know who you made a reservation through? There was nothing in OpenTable for a reservation. We apologize for being closed, but we had a gas leak and were told to evacuate the area. We hope that you were able to get your 6th stamp from one of the other 33 stops on the Urban Bourbon Trail!

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Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I was not impressed with the food and they had very limited choices for bourbon. None of actually even finished our meals.

BOURBON RAW
Responded on December 2, 2019

I apologize that you feel we have limited choices for bourbon. We carry over 100 bourbons in house, so our sincere apologies that you were unable to find one to your liking.

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SF
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The food and the service was great. The staff was very friendly. We will definitely be back.

B
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was Okay . Service okay but neither enough to refer friends. Not a good value for the price or selection.

SA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We had a party of 20 come in for a luncheon and the hostess was not expecting us. After we ordered the food we were later told they ran out of French fries. My 11.00 burger was burnt to a crisp so I had to wait and watch others each until it was replaced. Obviously they were ill prepared at 12:30 on 11/18 to receive us, the kitchen was very unorganized.
The server was patient with all the complaint.

BOURBON RAW
Responded on December 2, 2019

Unfortunately we were ill prepared, because the reservation was made online through OpenTable for a 20 top the night before the lunch. OpenTable is not supposed to allow guests to make reservations for groups over 10 people. We also do scheduling and send out to staff before Sunday night for a Monday afternoon reservation. I apologize for running out of fries, but it was after a busy weekend and our deliveries for the kitchen arrive on Monday afternoons and hadn't come in before your group did.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience4

I am a chef , and a pescatarian.. There is no space or room to deviate from menu

AB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The Hostess was extremely unprofessional in attitude and appearance. When she seated us, there was a puddle of water next to my dad's chair and when I pointed it out- she looked at it and said, "yeah- it has been here since this morning." Then she just walked away. Our server, thankfully, was much better and cleaned it up. The food was decent but nothing special and not price worthy for certain. We did like our server a lot and hope she finds a better place to work.

MJ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

What a waste of money and time. Order was ignored and brought with wrong items and under cooked....do not go here

k
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Very enjoyable meal! Will definitely visit again on our next trip to Louisville.

LS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tanneca (sp?) was our server and she was excellent! She was very friendly, courteous and knowledgeable about the menu. Our bill was $177 and worth every penny! The oysters were kind of small for the price, but everything else was terrific! The spinach seafood dip was delicious and our lobster tails and king crab legs were cooked to perfection.
My husband and I are from Evansville, IN and usually spend a long weekend in Louisville at least twice a year. We will definitely be coming back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Might be ok as a bar, but don't go for food. Not sure if it's more over-priced or over-cooked. Steak and porkchop. Both tasteless and dry. Potatoes were bland. Service was haphazard and slow. Staff is very informally dresses for a restaurant at this price point.

K
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a fantastic experience here! I ordered the oysters, which were divine (!) , and my friend ordered the shrimp cocktail. We also would recommend the delicious bread pudding.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the most wonderful service for a large group of 18. Everyone was extremely accommodating to give us a great experience and our server was absolutely amazing.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Prices are too high for the quality and quantity of food. This trip was my second to BR and I will never return. This trip cost around $180 for 4 people - we were shorted shrimp in our order of dozen shrimp cocktail, received 4 tiny asparagus as a side dish to an entree, the $10 house salad was less lettuce than a bag of salad mix at the grocery, the cauliflower skillet was barely warm and left much to be desired, the grits were under cooked and the scallops were rubbery. The only dish our table was satisfied with was the seafood dip & chips. The signature drinks weren't too bad, but were a bit high in price. Our waiter never returned to our table after we received our food, so therefore our dissatisfaction could not be expressed or attempted to be made better. The atmosphere is nice, but the food and drinks are not worth it!

KS
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Worst wait staff experience ever

Guess good help is hard to find

f
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food quality was not good. Fried chicken was under cooked, one person did not get the entree they ordered, there was confusion about the menu and which menu was currently being offered (our party of 6 was given 2 different menus when we were seated). Our server was new and very nice but seemed like she had been given very little training. She rushed us through our dinner so that she could close out our check because she said her manager was going to send her home because the restaurant was slow. Overall this restaurant did not meet our expectations as an upscale casual restaurant.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great service and awesome food/drinks!

BA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a large group of 28 and they were very accommodating. We had a back room to ourselves. We expected the service to be slow after reading other review and having a large group, however, that was not the case. They were attentive, efficient, and hospitable!!! Great place for a large group!!

P
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was just ok. They brought me the wrong entree and my friends were close to finishing their dinner by the time they corrected their mistake. I was also surprised that they charged $2 and $1 for ice in two of our drinks! I’ve never seen this before. When asked the waiter said “ we do that all the time, it’s just the way it is”. Needless to say I would not go back. $180 for dinner for 3 was a pit pricy for this quality and atmosphere.

BOURBON RAW
Responded on October 18, 2019

We don't actually charge extra for ice. If you order a drink on the rocks, you get a heavy pour which is what they upcharge is covering. You're getting more alcohol in your drink when you order it on the rocks versus neat. However, I would love to know the name of your server. Obviously we need to address how he brought you the wrong entrée and his response to your question.

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K
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good but waiter was at best average. Not offered any dessert and had issues keeping my water glass filled. Not sure I would return

MP
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a family gathering before the wedding weekend started. The private room and dedicated wait staff made the evening a wonderful experience.

MN
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linda was a great server. The pulled pork sandwich was awesome.

AM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I was disappointed that I ordered a steak that came out with the wrong toppings. It was then taken back and I can only assume placed under a heat lamp for about 10 minutes so by the time my order was corrected, my steak had gone from a medium rare to well done and everything was dried out. It created an awkward experience while my husband had his steak and we were still waiting on mine, then mine wasn't even any good. We don't get fancy date nights often, so this was a disappointing experience overall.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!!

T
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The quality of food and drinks were disappointing.

TE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was not as good as expected.

BM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food was outstanding, make sure you sit on the patio to people watch! Cocktails need some work but otherwise fantastic

A
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I went here to celebrate my boyfriend’a birthday and we had a terrible experience. Our waiter was absolutely awful and even talked negatively about the chef when we complained about our food. For the price, I would absolutely go somewhere else. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Was in Louisville for a weekend with some friends. Went here because of its location (walking distance to yum center, where we had concert tickets). Server and service in general were excellent. I got the salmon, which, unfortunately, was way over cooked. I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Wouldn’t have minded paying the higher prices if the food had been excellent, but overpriced for what we received. Ambiance and service were excellent. However, probably won’t be back the next time I’m in town.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was good, sat outside. Hostess was unfriendly even though we had reservations. Server was woefully average.

TW
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Three diners for lunch. Two meals brought to the table. For the first time waitress explained they were out of third item. Waited for a substitute, a cold salad, was brought out. Other lunches got cold.

S
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were visiting Louisville for the day and wanted somewhere in 4th Street Live to eat before exploring some of the bars. We ordered several appetizers and a couple of drinks. Everything was delicious, especially the goat cheese skillet! I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for a drink and a couple of appetizers. We did not order any main dishes, so I can't speak to that- but the food that we saw coming out of the kitchen looked great!

KD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Good service, nichole was great. Very bland overpriced food. Weak drinks mostly ice.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sherri was an excellent server. The service from the kitchen was slow and she continually reassured us that it was being made. We had a large party and she waived the auto gratuity as well as comping a few items for the inconvenience!

JM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and attentive. Will continue to patronize when in the area.

F
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were unimpressed by this restaurant- our server was not knowledgeable about the menu - brought wrong order and incomplete had to ask for everything including the dessert menu which we did not order from
Would not recommend this restaurant

BOURBON RAW
Responded on August 9, 2019

Can you please let us know the name of your server?

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E
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A group of us went for a friends birthday. There table was already present with menus, silverware and waters when we arrived. Cherie couldn’t have been a sweeter or more attentive server. They had an extensive bourbon section and you can try any as a flight. The goat cheese skillet was excellent and the fried chicken, delicious. Sparkling birthday sundae is awesome!

OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Rough night. Burgers came out rare (bloody) (med rare requested). Filet came out beyond well done (medium requested). Chicken was WAY over cooked. Server needed major support. Payment process was a mess! Appreciate the restaurant accommodating a large group but would not return.

LD
Toledo
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

As expected the drinks were very good even if a little pricey. The food on the other hand was not as good and not worth the money or the visit. Our server seemed very busy even when they weren’t full or super busy. Not somewhere we would visit again.