Dudley's on Short

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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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LT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch I've had in months. Dudley's never disappoints. Debbie Long knows how to run a restaurant, which is why it is one of Lexington's oldest and best.

A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I dine out often and I found the menu to be a bit too eclectic for my taste. There is no earthly reason for fried calamari to be tossed with fresh, chopped garlic. An old fashioned made with muddled maraschino cherries should be against the laws of Kentucky. Our server was knowledgeable, graceful and kind. Running in to Coach Calipari after a KU win was the highlight.

C
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just outstanding in every aspect of the meal.

CH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I think we had a new waiter. Communication was choppy and chain of events was misaligned with the natural flow of how dinner goes.
That said, pork belly app and "smores" dessert were excellent. The bartender's special Old Fashioned is odd. For those that like cloves, you may enjoy it. None of us at the table enjoyed it. Entrees were solid.

Overall, I'd go back and hope the waiter is different or improved. Solid option for dinner while not top 3 in the immediate area.

DC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well-timed service, great wine selection, and delicious food.

JH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service great food.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant and excellent food and service!

HT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Dudley's. Also our second time to have Brad as our server. Our whole family appreciates his expertise and his friendly, enthusiastic personality. We enjoyed the delicious food and our evening very much.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Kazman was amazing! Gave us good food recommendations (definitely get the bacon and then the s'mores for dessert.) and provided us with exceptional service! We had a lovely night out!

MV
Louisville
39 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, friendly and professional service in a nice atmosphere.

G
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal with family and friends.

AD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was slow for a Monday. No bread service offered at all. Plates from apps left on table for way too long. Food was bland.

OT
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Server was very accommodating and friendly.

AR
Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. Our waiter was excellent, very efficient and on top of everything. We shared a charred octopus appetizer and a small beet salad (the beets were amazing). I had the local chicken - I never order chicken in restaurants but this was very good. My husband had the seafood chowder. The atmosphere is very pleasant. One thing I really appreciated that, unfortunately, I don't see as often as I should, is the proper table-setting (a real butter knife!) and replacement of utensils as needed. I would recommend Dudley's to anyone looking for a high quality meal with excellent service.

SC
Louisville
64 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to dine with family or friends, comfortable setting and wonderful food and service.

MG
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Brunch location, great Bloody Mary, delicious food!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food with larger portions than normal for fine dining
Thoroughly enjoyable dinner

OT
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Lex

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P
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a fabulous dinner. The main problem was the noise level at the restaurant. It was hard to have a conversation at the table. Regardless the food was so ousting we will probably return.

t
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place, great ambiance, lots to offer. Good value for quality too!

L
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weekend brunch is wonderful, as are the bloody Marys. Service was impeccable and fast, and the food couldn’t have been more delicious. This is our favorite place in Lexington.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party was great. Love the

MB
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go-to’s for lunch. CJ takes good care of us and food is fantastic!!

BA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was Told this was one of Lexington’s best restaurants. It was mediocre. The food was fine. The service was fine. But that’s all it was: fine.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to dine in Central Kentucky!!

C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the rare restaurant that you will always remember.
An amazing and truly wonderful place. The front is a very tasteful, but fun, bar. The back dining rooms are gorgeous and very elegant, but still made for comfort. The food is extraordinary. I had one of the most delicious and original salmon plates of my life (and I eat a lot of salmon). Also an apple caramel creme brûlée I will always remember.
Best of all, the staff and service is terrific. From the bus boys, to the servers to the chef himself, everyone at Dudley’s let’s you know they are happy you are there. If I was a local, I would be there once a week.

m
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dependable: excellent food, friendly and professional service, perfect martinis! Also a great wine list.

RM
Louisville
110 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere, very good food with pleasant, attentive service. Will go again.

g
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Inappropriate to reach across table to serve...………….

JM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with friends from Covington. Always great food, drinks and service. In my opinion, best in Lex!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! We will definitely be back!

DD
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were eating with cousins traveling through Lexington. The food was great, our server was excellent and we didn’t feel pressured to hurry.

OT
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!!

SK
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took some friends From Chicago to Dudley’s. They had never been to LEX. Everything was superb...the service, the food, the specials!! Excellent. My only suggestion is that something should be done about how loud it gets in the dining room especially on the first floor.

PG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience here. Consistently excellent food and good service. Love the rooftop in nice weather!

G
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly great every time! Everyone who works there treats you like long lost friends! Food choices and flavor outstanding

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and attentive service.

DD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no better choice in Lexington.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Braised Lamb Shank was fall off the bone tender.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch food with excellent service! Can’t ask for much more than that.