Dudley's on Short

4.8
1466 reviews
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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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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was a bit slow. The food had waited too long in the kitcheen before service and did not fully meet our expectations.

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MV
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service, with the owner on the premises on a Sunday evening. The chef even specially prepared vegetarian dishes. Well done!

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SS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation Brunch

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Dudley’s

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CM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly Lexington’s finest and most thematic restaurant!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and great service!

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CB
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dudley's always does a great job when I bring my granddaughter. She loves this place, especially the rooftop. Service is always great and the always changing bread selection is wonderful. The wilted Brussels Sprouts are my all time favorite dish.

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BT
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Truly delicious and warm, friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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YY
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pretty good choice for lunch on our one day in town. Great location and cool ambience. However, 74 dollars for one sandwich, three drinks and a shared salad is a bit crazy.

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LK
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants - excellent service, terrific food, loyalty recognized, beautiful environment, extensive wine list. Highly recommend the TG salad, pasta Dudley’s, and s’mores dessert. The fries with dipping sauces (garlic aioli and green goddess) are extraordinary. The bread selections vary daily. Nice specials. Try the grilled romaine with flat-iron steak for lunch - delicious!

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PA
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Friendly management and staff and their elegant building made for an enjoyable meal

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DB
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to eat in Lexington. Always good food, excellent service and lovely surroundings.

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Service was excellent! Highly recommend it!

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MR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to dine at Dudley’s. We enjoyed one of the delicious daily luncheon specials. Service is always spot on! Especially loved being able to enjoy a leisurely meal. Dudley’s is one of our favorite spots!

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JW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food! I would highly recommend this restaurant. Excellent brunch menu selection and the staff is warm and welcoming!

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RR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about Dudley's! In town for Derby weekend and wanted great food and great energy. Got both plus so much more. The artwork here is fabulous. The other guests were convivial. The food was excellent. It was a great way to start a memorable weekend! I will be back and that's a promise!

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RC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always: exceptional service, food & ambiance. We were 10 mins early and had no wait on Derby night.

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H
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very first time in Lexington Ky.
Bcuz of Kentucky Derby, people recommended this restaurant, tried to book by open Table, only available at 8:30pm we took it, waited at cozy bar at upstair.
Bartender was super nice , met with very friendly Kentucky people. Even staff were very attentive to make sure our table during waiting time.
Food was wonderful, not too salty , well balanced flavor.
It was one of the superior experience.
Thank you Dudley’s on short

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time celebrating our daughter’s graduation from UK....everything was just perfect, waiter/food/atmosphere/relaxed staff!!

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m
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

get the house fries!! so so good. best i have ever had.

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SS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect, bright spot to enjoy lunch in Lexington. Excellent service and a nice variety of sandwiches, salads and entrees on the menu. The flank steak salad was delicious, and do not skip the s'mores dessert with homemade marshmallow. Yum!

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SA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Was a little loud and hard to hear our servers. Overall great atmosphere.

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l
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Derby guests! As usual Dudley’s was spectacular!!

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BJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation lunch it was wonderful

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BB
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambience are excellent; wonderful location; varied wide list!

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a
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The lady who served us water at the beginning was much better than the gentleman who was our waiter for the evening. He was not very attentive to our table, we felt ignored compared to nearby tables he was service.
The duck we ordered was cold, and was completely rare (as opposed to medium rare). We had to ask them to heat it up halfway through as it was not as good as expected, and arrived already cold! The endives were overgrown/harvested too late, hard to eat and not very soft. Not good quality. They were black - too grilled but uncooked. Difficult to even chew or swallow.
The pork steak was bland with no flavor. We think it was the meat that was not flavorful. The asparagus on multiple plates ordered were not satisfying, of good quality, or cooked well.
We came to celebrate a birthday, told the staff, and was told they would give us a little cake. We ordered the cake (I was expecting it to be a surprise for the birthday girl, instead of having to order it outright in front of her). But, ten minutes later the waiter came back asking if we had decided on desert, even though we had just told him ten minutes prior what we wanted.
It came out with multiple spoons for sharing (which was requested, no problem there), but we had expected a little candle or something. Instead, it felt less like a birthday celebration and more like three people deciding to split a single desert. The chocolate cake itself was okay. The frosting was supposed be an orange type of frosting, but had absolutely no flavor. The actual cake part was very good however.

We have been here in the past for brunch, which we found to be a 4 to 5 star experience both with service and food quality. It was too bad we decided on here for dinner, though. If we come back it will only be for brunch!

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

My meal was inedible it was so salty. Service was excellent. I explained to the manager how overly salty the entire meal was and that I didn’t want anything as compensation. I just want the chef to do better.

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JB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere. Always great food and excellent service. Perfect for Sunday brunch.

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DS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We know that we will always get an excellent meal at Dudley’s. Brunch was delicious and the service is the best!

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RO
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Brunch prior to matinee. First time visit. Outstanding!

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OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will never go wrong selecting Dudleys for an upscale outing. It’s a local favorite for refined dining.

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JL
Yosemite
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food quality was marginal. Chicken entree was dry. Halibut entree was tough and lacked flavor. I typically dine out 4 nights per week. Will not be going back to this restaurant.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round; respected seating request. Dudley's is my favorite place to dine with close friends and family.

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal for Easter. Service and food were great.

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DR
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love having lunch or dinner at your lovely restaurant. It is first class, warm and friendly!

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MK
Greensboro
28 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is awesome! We felt like we had stepped back in time. My husband ordered a “hot brown”. It was yummy ~ It had a little different twist than an original (more cheesy) but it was still delicious. I ordered the ” Dudly Eggs”. (Deviled eggs) . They were good. Nice flavor made with Dijon mustard.

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KH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as expected. Classic meals mixed in with innovative choices.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Wife recommended but I was underwhelmed. Limited reservation option times on open table but restaurant actually half empty so booked earlier than planned for nothing. . Food was average at best.

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MM
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere on the roof patio. Perfect service and and exquisite meal!

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JV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting. Our waiter, Corey, was excellent. He and the kitchen were great in guiding and accommodating me in regard to gluten-free fare.

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