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BOURBON RAW

3.6
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267 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
***** DUE TO THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, WE WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY AND DURING LUNCH HOURS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE CONTACT THE RESTAURANT DIRECTLY - LIZH@BOURBONRAW.COM *****


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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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Chakitup
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was just ok. Nothing special. First appetizer we had the Jalapeño Poppers were just not good. Watery center and the breading was some of the worst. The cornbread was solid.
For the meals. I had the Wagyu burger. Not bad. My wife had the pulled pork. BBQ sauce on that was very bland no flavor.
We did have desert, the salted Carmel Bronwine and that was pretty good.
For our drinks they were really good, I had the smoked old fashioned, Highly recommend it.
Our Waiter was fantastic. Wish I remembered his name to give him a shout out. Also we never had to wait long for our drinks or food. So spot on with the service. Atmosphere of the place was calm, could easily have a nice conversation.

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TinaB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was terrible. The bourbon jalapeno scallops had ZERO flavor. I even had to ask for salt and pepper, and that still didn't help.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Several of us ordered the Seafood boil and it was missing 1 ingredient and someone only received 1 shrimp as well so that was a little disappointing. We got several cocktails and they were all very good. The goat cheese appetizer was very good.

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vipSwoony
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

First trip in but sadly if you've been to the old Maker's Mark lounge from years ago...then you've been to Bourbon Raw. The decor, tables and most everything else hasn't changed (literally). For a Friday night it was pretty empty, the lighting was poor and musoc lackluster. All that said, the service was solid and the food was above par. If you're in for a convention and need a quick bite close to the hotel this will do but unfortunately I'm just not a fan at this higher price point.

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Beagles2
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was a wonderful experience and our server, Darrius was terrific. Food was delicious and we had the restaurant to ourselves. A lovely fire and just enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal with some colleagues. Server was amazing and didn’t rush us at any moment. Food was 100% above and beyond what we expected. Drinks and dessert was amazingly on point. Will definitely add this to a list to share with folks coming to the area.

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MLKB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We had your scallops. Thanks for a nice spot before the Diana Ross concert .

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vipDustin
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were able to be seated well before our reservation time which was nice. They drinks were incredible. We shared the shrimp cocktail and the fettuccini...both excellent.

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BigMama
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Our server was lovely (with beautiful dreadlocks) and did everything right, but the food choices were limited (out of several foods we hoped for) and fine, but nothing special. When this restaurant was Maker's Mark, the meals were excellent.

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vipMarkA
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Friday night dinner - not too crowded. Had skillet cornbread - burnt and inedible on bottom. Bourbom butter hard but good flavor. Scallops small for price charged, chewy, dish smothered in Cilantro (not described in menu). Wouldn't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Out of oysters and ribs.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Waited over 20 minutes for someone to wait on us - food way over cooked

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AmandaS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The hostess was very nice and accommodating when we needed to up our reservation by two people. However that’s when the nice service ended. We felt like we were being a bother to our waitress. Also, the food was not the greatest. They ran out of a specific appetizer we wanted, and also ran out of to dinner choices. Maybe it was just an extra busy night? But I will not be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible seating. Elbow to elbow. Uncomfortable. Loud. Poor service. Didn’t make it through appetizers and left. Went to Eddie merlots across the street. Fantastic over there although we didn’t get in until much later.

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EmilyC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

They ran out of the appetizer we wanted and we were there early. The food was bad. Wouldn’t go there again.

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PatriciaC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I took my husband for birthday/valentines/Anniversary. He had fried chicken he said it was good except the hash Brown casserole was cold, I had a dirty martini before dinner, very good had a glass of white wine with dinner. I ordered the seafood boil. The potato’s were good I ate a couple of them the corn tasted freezer burnt ate a couple of bites. I asked for no mussels but I thought it came with andouille sausage In it...there wasn’t any, but no big deal, I don’t like it anyway. The lobster was very large...good but so tough I couldn’t cut wit a butter knife and fork, basically had to cut and tear at the same time. Inedible because so chewy. The waiter was good enough to have it taken off and a glass of wine on the house. He was a little forgetful but I tipped him very well. They weren’t so busy that the food should have come out like that. don’t think I will go back unless it’s for drinks only.

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CathleenM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

After being seated right on time for our reservation, we then waited almost 5 minutes before seeing our server. Ordered beers that were slow to come. Noticed everyone else had water on their table before being seated. Ordered fried pickles. They were okay. Husband ordered scallops and I ordered bourbon salmon. Tried to substitute hash browns instead of fingerling potatoes. Our waitress stated no substitutes. Food arrived and within the first bite my husband realizes not only were his scallops cold, several were still frozen. My broccoli had been cooked to the point of utter mush. He then asked for crab cakes which he said were okay. He had broccoli that was cooked and seasoned perfectly. We were going to try a bourbon flight and dessert but at this point we’re just disappointed and decided to leave. No wonder they had plenty of reservations left the afternoon. Shame on us.

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Cornboy98
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ate here last year while attending the National Farm Machinery Show. The atmosphere of the restaurant has changed a bit but it was still good. It was not packed like last year thought so I was a bit hesitant. Instead of being dressed up the waiters were all in jeans and t shirts. Service was a bit slow and the menu didn't have as many higher end offerings like in the past. For me it was still a good meal at a decent price. Drinks were very good as well! If you're looking for a nice place to relax, eat and have a good time then this is a great place to go.

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JamalH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed Valentines day there ! Good food service and deal!

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TROYB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Service was fine. Appetizers were fine. Entrees where awful. Neither of our steaks were near cooked as ordered. She ordered steak medium and it was raw. Mine was super well done instead of medium rare. Both side dishes were Luke warm at best with my steamed broccoli being cold.

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BernieA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome night out with my wife. Sat next to great folks and had a great conversation. Loved the food and the atmosphere. Highly recommend

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We were seated is some sort of modern seat that was low to the floor and extremely uncomfortable. My knees were hurting before we were finished. I’m 5’9, the husband of the couple next to us was 6’4. Our joking back and forth was about how miserable the seating felt and how we had to keep shifting to lessen the pain. Another couple offered us their couch pillow as they left to help my wife’s discomfort. Great food and the place had a nice bourbon theme but it wasn’t worth the pain.

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Jlstrick
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Was disappointed in our meal and service. Had a group of 7 people for a nice work meal. Our server was not attentive on refills of drinks or clearing out plates or taking our order. Then the manager came in at 8 and said she noticed we hadn’t ordered our main meal yet and wanted us to order because they had a reservation coming in at 9:15 and needed the table. We had another table same size as ours open the whole time we were there for someone else to sit at and the restaurant was only half full even though it was Valentine’s Day. Thought that was weird and rude. So we ordered and weren’t allowed to change our sides on any entrees per the waitress saying they were too busy. Appetizer of crab, lobster, shrimp, goat cheese dip, and cornbread was great. Everyone’s steaks and scallops were barely warm and everyone’s steak was not good quality meat. All of our filets were tough cuts of meat. Just disappointed in execution

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We encountered a snag on our side which made us late, they were super accommodating! Our table was ready as soon as we arrived, service was excellent and the food was even better! This was our first visit but it won’t be our last!

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vipbuckize
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Went for date night special. I had ribs. Little dry. Ask for extra sauce. Wife had shrimp and grits. Generous portion but just OK. Good bourbon cocktails. Value was good with bottle of wine. Brownie desert flavorless and dry. The goat cheese appetizer was great. I will go back for drinks and appetizers.

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RaelynC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The way that the tables are set up are a bit awkward. Where we were sitting, I would
Not have been comfortable with another couple sitting right next to us. The service was great, and their goat cheese was out of this world. Cute little spot with great decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Average food, Overpriced and slow service. Restaurant was not crowded.

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RichelleG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately they were shut down. Just a sign on the door that said "closed for maintenance". Nothing online to indicate they weren't open. Recent facebook posts about future events. Not sure what happened but it was very disappointing.

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AngelaJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff was friendly, food was good. Price was a little high, $130 for two people including a couple of drinks. Overall I definitely would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Definitely not worth the money. Service wasn’t good and food was not worth the money at all.

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vipDBP1914
Western KY
33 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lot of food fir the price. It was really good too. Bourbon flight was a hit!

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vipjbormann
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmazIng place with great food and prices.

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vipIngridP
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, our waiter had a table that was extremely rude to him but still gave us great attention and service. 10/10. Food was amazing per usual

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BrigidW
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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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
4 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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SueF
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.

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vipBrad
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Came to visit with some customers. The service was good outside a number of careless mistakes. They spilled water on 2 of our guests and spilled the sauce from a bowl of mussels on a third guest. Finally, they had an error processing the bill, in which they brought a bill, I gave them a credit card, they returned the bill for signature and tip. All very ordinary. Then they can back and said I only paid half the bill. I asked how that would even be possible? The waiter did not know, so he left only to return and say that everything was just fine. Apparently it was a system error? The entire experience was weird and clouded by the series of unprofessional errors.

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vipBrendal
Louisville
22 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.

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SARITHAD
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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BOURBON RAW offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 568-9009.

BOURBON RAW is rated 3.6 stars by 267 OpenTable diners.

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