Dudley's on Short

4.8
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1772 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Dudley's Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Lexington dining scene since 1981. Dudley's offers delicious modern American cuisine with an impressive wine list to match.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EfMo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent chef; Excellent presentation; excellent service. However the seafood linguini was the size of an appetizer. We will return.

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CTJ75
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing on every level. Very accommodating for our needs. Food and presentation were exquisite.

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vipDaveB
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden jewel!

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RobbieS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants!! Highly recommended and will be visiting again soon!!

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BretH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing and the service is the best you can get. Always a favorite spot.

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vipFoodie
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four friends getting together for a lovely evening and dinner. Dining on the upstairs patio added to our beautiful evening.

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perry
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

totally pleased with my visit. had not eaten at Dudley's since they moved from south hill to downtown. inside is beautiful. wait staff were excellent. food was great. the heirloom tomato app was absolutely delicious as was the lamb shank and dessert. highly recommend it. I live in Cincinnati and moved from the Bluegrass about 12 years ago, but would gladly make a trip back down on a weekend just to eat at Dudley's. was a great meal.

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RenoKelley
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Lexington. Food, service impeccable. We dined on the roof and it was beautiful!

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Jfddds
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!! Had dinner on the rooftop patio, great service, food was wonderful. Always in our favorite dining rotation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing, food and drinks were spectacular and I’ll definitely be returning. I would highly recommend it.

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Marher
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The tuna I had was a disappointment; tasteless, presentation poor. My husband 's Ceasars salad was taseless as well.
The dinner celebration a celebration of the birthday . When reserving a table I was asked in the questionnaire for the occasion for this reservation. I noted that it was a birthday. The person who had her birthday wasn't offer any special treat. Why asking for the reason for dining?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and food. Terrific waitress. Appropriate contact precautions in place for COVID (we are on the rooftop). Will be coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Said that it was for our anniversary on Open Table and they brought us a surprise dessert!

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BGB2018
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food came cold and seemed precooked.
Ordered vintage wine that was on menu and it wasn’t in stock
Overall - okay but not what we intended.

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JamesH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was almost magical. Great restaurant run by great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience and amazing service as well as the food was phenomenal! We went for our anniversary dinner and our server was Kazman, who did an outstanding job!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing.

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CindyB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pasta dish was smaller than in past and not as good.

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JimH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my 5 favorite places in the country. Food is always great, bar selection is fabulous and service is at the top.

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vipThomasC
London
32 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining experience. Great menu, wonderful food, and excellent service. Benton is professional and cordial. Thank you.

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vipRichardW
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dudley’s did not disappoint! Our server, Corey, did a great job and was exceptionally attentive. The owner came by to speak and invited us upstairs to view the patio dining on the rooftop. The food was excellent as well as the ambience. This is a must if you are in Lexington. We even got to meet Bob Baffert as we were leaving. Exceptional night!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Our food was not up to the normal Dudleys standards and the service was very slow. We typically love Dudley but this was not a house experience.

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vipLionsbell
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always! One of the best restaurants in Lexington.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beat experience I’ve had at Dudley’s so far! Brad was an excellent server, the food was delicious, and the spacing was comfortable due to Covid.

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vipPepperridge
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam was a wonderful server. He was very attentive and should be commended. It’s always my go to place when in Lexington.

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SteveS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic and the ambiance on the rooftop patio was perfect!!! I would highly recommend Dudley’s for a fine dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, as always. One my favorite restaurants in Lexington.

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vipKeithF
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special place and our most favorite restaurant. Food was exceptional wonderful tonight and so happy to see the restaurant busy and COVID safe.

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outandabout
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very pleasant evening, food was very good and service was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner absolutely amazing as always sat upstairs on outside patio which was gorgeous. Food was outstanding. Highly recommend the tourneodos and Berkshire pork chops . Always an incredible experience .

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Lance
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing? People were seat immediately beside our table.

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vipCarrieMac
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dudley’s once again did not disappoint. Cocktails, food and service were all amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wine, food and service all were excellent. Bradley took great care of us.

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vipKywildcats
Louisville
99 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here many times over the years and it keeps getting better (I worked here back in the day, at the previous location). The rooftop patio is beautiful and is the best patio I’ve ever seen. Our food was exquisitely plated and was delicious, we each had one of the fish specials. The owner, Debbie, is always present and making sure things are great. Our service was friendly and excellent. Truly a great night, Lexington is lucky to have a place like this here!

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vipThanksgivingGuests
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with limited seating and a smaller menu, Dudley's did not disappoint. Excellent service and awesome food.

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JMHollin
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Dudley’s for my birthday and were seated on the rooftop(my favorite spot)! Our server, Hannah was incredible! She was friendly and attentive, explained the dishes well, and helped to make our experience an enjoyable one.

We loved the rooftop ambiance (it’s truly unique), and were more than satisfied with the entire evening! Great food, great wine, great service, great night!

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vipSefsam7
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been Dudley’s fans for many many years... tonight- fabulous meal, fabulous service. Best date night in a while ... especially this summer. Top notch virus safety in place- thank you. We were so comfortable and relaxed. I almost don’t want to tell anyone else about it. Thanks, and keep up the good work- cap’n pap

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michaelp
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Pasta Dudley was too salty and full of raw purple onions, the waitress was oblivious, and when I complained about it she just kept walking. I had another server take it away. Neither the owner or mgr. stopped at the table to see what was happening. They were both on duty. They used to have a variety of breads, now they just give you 1 soggy store bought type of dinner role. Won't be back way overrated and over priced. $25 for a bland small portioned pasta dish--ridiculous!!!

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ZachB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Might be my favorite place in Lexington. They are always very courteous, professional, and I love the atmosphere and food. Whether it is for a business lunch or romantic dinner, I have never had a bad experience at Dudley's and have eaten there often.

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AprilM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the rooftop patio. Beautiful ambiance, food was amazing, service was fantastic.

FAQs

Dudley's on Short offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 252-1010.

Dudley's on Short is rated 4.8 stars by 1772 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.