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Dudley's on Short, Lexington, KY

Dudley's on Short

4.8
4.8
2072 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Booked 31 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
    Lunch
    Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Bar
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 252-1010

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mark Richardson

  • Private party facilities

    We have the ability seat 20- 60 guests in our private dining rooms. They are eloquently appointed and located on the second floor. A bar is available adjacent to the rooms.

  • Neighborhood

    Lexington

  • Cross street

    259 West Short Street #125

  • Parking details

    Valet is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Snacks

$5

  • Dudley Eggs or Smoked KY Trout Dudley Eggs

    Paprika, Chives

    • JC House Fries

      Green Goddess, Smoked Aïoli

      • Weisenberger Grits & Beer Cheese Fritters

        Hot Pepper Jelly

        • Smoked Castelvetrano Olives

          Orange & Fennel

          Starters & Salads

          • Pimento Cheese Crab Puffs$17.00

            Pickled Mustard Seed, Chicory, "Secret Sauce"

            • Meat & Cheese$23.00

              Artisanal Cured Meats, Cheese, House Pickles, Mustard

              • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail$19.00

                Cocktail Sauce, Lemon

                • Crisp Calamari$11.00

                  Garlic, Herbs, Sweet & Spicy Chili Garlic Aioli

                  • 1/2 Dozen Oysters on the Halfshell$18.00

                    Fresh Horseradish, Mignonette, Lemon

                    • Caesar$10.00

                      Romaine, Garlic & Herb Croutons, Parmesan, White Anchovy

                      • T.G. Salad$9.00

                        Local Bibb Lettuce, Blue Cheese, Tomato, Bacon, Dijon Vinaigrette

                        • Wilted Brussels Sprout Salad$10.00

                          Manchego Cheese, Pine Nuts, Aged Balsamic

                          Entrees and Classics

                          • Tournedos Maxwell$36.00

                            Petite Filets, Lump Crab, Potato Purée, Béarnaise

                            • Pasta Dudley$25.00

                              Angel Hair, Chicken, Red Onion, Peas, Carrots, Sun-dried Tomato, Fennel, Asiago

                              • Steak Frites$25.00

                                8oz. N.Y. Strip, House Fries, Garlic Shallot Thyme Butter

                                • KY Hot Brown$19.00

                                  Turkey, Country Ham, Bacon, Tomato, Sourdough, White Cheddar Mornay

                                  • Da' Burger$19.00

                                    Double Meat, Double Cheese, LTO, Pickle, "Secret Sauce", House Fries

                                    Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                    What 2,072 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                    4.8
                                    4.8 based on recent ratings
                                    • 4.7Food
                                    • 4.8Service
                                    • 4.8Ambience
                                    • 4.6Value

                                    NoiseModerate

                                    Loved For

                                    • Central Kentucky

                                      Best Service

                                    • Central Kentucky

                                      Best Ambiance

                                    • Central Kentucky

                                      Best Value

                                    • Central Kentucky

                                      Great for Brunch

                                    • Central Kentucky

                                      American

                                    • Lexington

                                      Best Overall

                                    • Lexington

                                      Best Service

                                    • Lexington

                                      Best Ambiance

                                    • Lexington

                                      Best Value

                                    • Lexington

                                      Great for Brunch

                                    • Lexington

                                      Great for Lunch

                                    • Lexington

                                      Special Occasion

                                    • Lexington

                                      American

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                                    1. JB

                                      JacquelineB

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Dudleys consistently delivers excellent food and service. It is the gold standard in Lexington.

                                    2. S

                                      Sandra

                                      Edmonton

                                      6 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Everything was great! Can’t wait to go back!

                                    3. IS

                                      IanS

                                      Denver

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined 5 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Started with a couple glasses of sangria and the calamari which were tasty. I had the halibut and my girlfriend had the steak frites which were also delicious. Finished with a decadent tuxedo sundae. Would definitely go back.

                                    4. e

                                      enjoydiningout

                                      Tampa

                                      12 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      12 reviews

                                      Dined 5 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Outstanding food & service!

                                    5. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Louisville

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Wonderful! Highly recommend. If you like ranch byo other than that great.

                                    6. FA

                                      FranciscoA

                                      Louisville

                                      8 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      8 reviews

                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A very pleasant night out that was made even better by Eric, our server. He did a wonderful job!

                                    7. SE

                                      SheilaE

                                      San Francisco

                                      85 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      85 reviews

                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Dudley’s is still my favorite! New restaurants come and go and Dudley’s consistently serves wonderful food. Always our go to when in Lexington. The salmon was perfectly cooked and the wilted brussel sprouts salad delicious. The New York strip was excellent

                                    8. K

                                      Kato66

                                      Los Angeles

                                      30 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      30 reviews

                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                      overall4food3service5ambience5

                                      The service and atmosphere were excellent. Most of the food was good, but the duck special was tough.

                                    9. KM

                                      KellyM

                                      Indiana

                                      5 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Fabulous menu! Food was spectacular. Love the “Old Lexington charm”. Service was top notch, by Brittany! Highly recommend.

                                    10. SS

                                      ScottS

                                      New England

                                      6 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      It was our first visit to Dudley's on Short and it came on Derby Weekend so it was a very busy weekend for the restaurant and Lexington itself. The food, service and ambiance were 5- STAR all the way. We cannot wait to get back there next time we are in Lexington. Valet service out front for your vehicle so you don't have to worry about parking. Great atmosphere.

                                    11. GR

                                      GeoffreyR

                                      Louisville

                                      9 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on May 2, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Dudley’s is the best. Debbie Long makes you feel so very welcome. Great staff. Great food. Great experience.

                                    12. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on May 1, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Birthday Brothers 65.

                                    13. TB

                                      ToddB

                                      Louisville

                                      14 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      14 reviews

                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      One of Lexington's oldest and best restaurants. A must visit if you are in town.

                                    14. RK

                                      RK3DEFan

                                      Louisville

                                      25 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      25 reviews

                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      First time dining after a friend recommended Dudley’s about 15 years ago (we like to “ease into” things). Lovely decor, warm and welcoming service, delightful cocktails (I’d strongly recommend the Sir Duke), delicious food (Brussels sprout salad and the halibut were the table faves) and an overall outstanding evening. My one knock - and it’s really a soft one - is that the lively and jovial atmosphere made it a little tough to hear friends across the table. I will definitely come back when I’m in town.

                                    15. LE

                                      LaurenE

                                      Kansas City

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 26, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Everything was amazing, the food the drinks the service. Our server had a great personality and checked on us often. The ambiance is exactly right for a fine dinning experience, chic yet artistic with a dash of horse paintings all over. The menu had choices for all types of eaters, we ordered 4 appetizers to sample everything and not one dish failed. The only “con” (I say that loosely) was the creme brûlée it was just a little buttery/oily and needed a thicker sugar glaze but still all and all a great experience and time. Will be coming back!

                                    16. TA

                                      TedA

                                      New Orleans

                                      31 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      31 reviews

                                      Dined on April 25, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Never disappoints!

                                    17. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 25, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Dudley’s consistently provides excellent service, food and beverages. Great for a cocktail with a pal or celebration dinner. Never dissatisfied.

                                    18. d

                                      dancer52

                                      Dallas

                                      5 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Dudleys’s will never disappoint!

                                    19. m

                                      marial96

                                      Detroit

                                      24 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      24 reviews

                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      The food was ok- the hot brown was not fantastic, it was just ok. The frittata and club were good, the asparagus soup was good. They did not have the original cocktail I ordered. Drinks were good. Excellent services

                                    20. IF

                                      IluvFranklinTN

                                      Nashville

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      If you are coming to Lexington, Dudley's on Short is a must.

                                    21. CH

                                      ChuckH

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellent food and our server was helpful and very personal. Location has very ambient atmosphere. Highly recommend.

                                    22. SR

                                      StephR

                                      Indiana

                                      6 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Delicious as always and the service was stellar. One of our favorite restaurants in Lexington.

                                    23. J

                                      Julias

                                      Louisville

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Dudley's is our go to restaurant for out of town guests and Debbie and her staff did not disappoint.

                                    24. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Cincinnati

                                      7 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      7 reviews

                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Grandmother and Granddaughter date

                                    25. f

                                      fonzetta

                                      Louisville

                                      34 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      34 reviews

                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      As always, a great dining experience. Wonderful dinner before heading to the Opera House.

                                    26. EM

                                      EllenM

                                      Philadelphia

                                      6 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A beautiful and delicious Easter brunch. Great service.

                                    27. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New York Area

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Easter Brunch

                                    28. JM

                                      JMHollin

                                      Louisville

                                      8 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      8 reviews

                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Once again, Dudley’s proved to be a superb dining experience! Our server, Caz, greeted us with a smile, and continued to be attentive, and accommodating throughout the dining experience. The courses provided a range of choice, and we left feeling well take.n care of, and satisfied! Dudley’s is hands down one of my favorite dining spots that Lexington has to offer!

                                    29. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Louisville

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Sam is the best chef in the 859, if you are looking for brunch plan. Dudley’s on Short is the place!

                                    30. DJ

                                      DudleyJ

                                      San Francisco

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                      overall1food1service1ambience4

                                      We were expecting to have brunch. Open table was filtered to brunch for Friday. Menu was lunch. We ate there about 4 years ago and it was fantastic. This was a poor experience.

                                    31. m

                                      mikes

                                      Las Vegas

                                      13 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      13 reviews

                                      Dined on April 11, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Consistently excellent across the board. We always feel welcome and look forward to our dinners at Dudley’s.

                                    32. SB

                                      SteveB

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 9, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Beautiful room and ambiance; attentive service; good food recommendations. Everything just as we could hope for our first visit. Recommend with enthusiasm!

                                    33. LJ

                                      LJC201

                                      New York Area

                                      2 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on April 4, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A really great romantic dinner with perfect service. A gem. The roast chicken, the old fashioned…..

                                    34. VW

                                      VictoriaW

                                      Chicago

                                      56 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      56 reviews

                                      Dined on April 3, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A must if you are visiting Lexington. Brunch was excellent. The best eggs Benedict.

                                    35. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Louisville

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 3, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Wonderful setting and meal for a birthday celebration! Brunch was fantastic!

                                    36. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      My daughter and I enjoyed brunch before wedding dress shopping. The food was delicious. The staff was very attentive and friendly. A great way to start a special day.

                                    37. RH

                                      RobertH

                                      Louisville

                                      3 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                      Food was pretty good. The menu was limited but the drinks looked great.

                                    38. B

                                      Babs19

                                      Richmond

                                      37 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      37 reviews

                                      Dined on April 1, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Beautiful environment. Outstanding service. Delicious halibut dinner on a Friday night in Lent. Wonderful Chardonnay.

                                    39. BY

                                      BobbieY

                                      Chicago

                                      58 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      58 reviews

                                      Dined on April 1, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Really like Dudleys, especially for lunch.

                                    40. KM

                                      KnittingMom

                                      Louisville

                                      20 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      20 reviews

                                      Dined on March 30, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Delicious food & drinks, exceptional service, & pleasant ambiance!

                                    Safety precautions

                                    • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                      • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                      • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                    • Physical distancing

                                      • Limited number of seated diners
                                      • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                      • Extra space between tables
                                    • Protective equipment

                                      • Waitstaff wear masks
                                      • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                    • Screening

                                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                    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 2072 OpenTable diners.

                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                    Booked 31 times today
                                    Google Map for Dudley's on Short

                                    259 W. Short St. Lexington, KY 40507

                                    Additional information

                                    • Cross street

                                      259 West Short Street #125

                                    • Neighborhood

                                      Lexington

                                    • Hours of operation

                                      Brunch
                                      Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
                                      Lunch
                                      Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
                                      Dinner
                                      Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                      Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
                                      Bar
                                      Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                      Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                    • Cuisines

                                      American

                                    • Dining style

                                      Casual Elegant

                                    • Dress code

                                      Business Casual

                                    • Parking details

                                      Valet is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

                                    • Payment options

                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                    • Executive chef

                                      Mark Richardson

                                    • Additional

                                      Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                    • Phone number

                                      (859) 252-1010

                                    • Private party facilities

                                      We have the ability seat 20- 60 guests in our private dining rooms. They are eloquently appointed and located on the second floor. A bar is available adjacent to the rooms.

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