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Dudley's on Short, Lexington, KY

Dudley's on Short

4.7
4.7
2447 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri–Sun 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

What 2,447 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    American

  • Lexington

    Best Service

  • Lexington

    Best Ambiance

  • Lexington

    Great for brunch

  • Lexington

    Romantic

  • Lexington

    American

2,447 Reviews
  1. CarrieD

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, drinks, atmosphere, service and ambiance all top notch.

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  2. Ammy

    Northern MI

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ceviche small plate was exceptional. My husband is still talking about the lamb shanks - he loved them! And my tenderloin was perfectly cooked. Highly recommend!

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  3. MichaelM

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful wine list and reasonably priced too. Food and service was great. Atmosphere was ideal for my taste. 5 Stars

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  4. AnnS

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Delicious food. Fabulous espresso martini!

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  5. MadameE

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was a gem; very friendly, attentive, efficient and professional. Excellent value for the price point.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food was delicious, great atmosphere!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, our server Nicholas was great. He had a ton of tables but we felt very well taken care of. The cauliflower app and the Parker house rolls were amazing. Good cocktails too!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Hannah was wonderful! I highly recommend the Tournedos Maxwell. It was perfectly prepared and delicious.

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  9. Joe4

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Rushed through dinner, hair in steak, food was mid for price

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  10. JenniferB

    New York City

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful local gem. Perfect evening with great food and service.

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  11. MikeD

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was wonderful- food and service! A big table of women were so loud that it was hard for my husband to talk. Otherwise it was a great first visit!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a gem! The best food & drinks! Super cool atmosphere

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the top, and of our favorite, restaurants in Lexington.

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  14. JoyofDining

    San Diego

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dudleys on Short is a favourite for the family or my husband and I. Always consistently delicious food and great service. Valet parking is an added convenience.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dudley’s never disappoints. Quality food, a gorgeous environment and an incredible staff all make this an amazing experience!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love to eat at Dudley’s and this was another excellent experience! Connor was very attentive and the food was great!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Cats game food was amazing as always! Food is off the charts.

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  18. NicoleR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend. Stumbled upon this quaint place while looking for a nice brunch spot. Will be dreaming of my next meal there until the next time I'm in town!

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  19. Stef

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another delightful brunch! Food and service were both great!

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  20. TodM

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Tournedoes Maxwell was cooked perfectly, and the dessert special was amazing.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual had a wonderfulful meal at Dudley’s. The server was so sweet and friendly, she did a great job. Our meals were delicious, and a complimentary birthday brownie sundae topped the evening off. It’s a favorite go to place in Downtown Lexington that is always a great experience!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had our table ready and the service was excellent !

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy dining at Dudley’s. Service,menu,food,ambience are excellent.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful brunch. Food was excellent and so was the service.

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  25. AshleyH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of six enjoyed our dinning experience from start to finish. The food was delicious and the service was too notch!

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  26. zeus50

    Hawaii

    116 reviews

    5.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant and always try to go when we’re in Lexington. It never disappoints. I would highly recommend trying it out. Make sure you get the deviled eggs!

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  27. PatT

    Western KY

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is in an old building and is decorated in horse racing memorabilia. It was very cozy and the service was excellent. The food was very good and fairly priced.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had eaten there before and had the best meal of our lives. This time everything was sub- par Three of our 4 meals were half eaten. No taste. Poor quality. So sorry. We had friends from out of town that day.

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  29. MickS

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent table for 2 by the fireplace. The service was great and the overall feel of the room was top notch. Our complaint was with the special of the day. My wife ordered the pasta dish and it was so salty that she could not eat it. We boxed it up but decided that it not worth saving. File 13.

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  30. HamiltonS

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful waiter but the food was just not very good. This is the second time this has happened in our last two visits and doubt that I will return. Beautiful place great service but the food just doesn’t measure out. $100 not well spent. Again, we had a wonderful waiter.

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  31. 300m

    Naples

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Lexington staple used often for business meals long before I retired, Dudley's still impresses with a professional staff, romantic ambiance, excellent food and a varied if not eclectic menu. If you're going out to dinner, choose a place that does not remind you of your kitchen or a chain. Dudley's remains on my very short list of fine dining restaurants I would take an out of town guest or celebrate a special occasion. And for good measure, Dudley's is probably more of a value than any of the others on that list. Highly recommended and shame on me for letting too much time elapse since my last visit.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and beautiful decor. Filet was delicious. The pasta with chicken dish was okay. Great wine and drink list and delicious crab cakes!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time tonight. The food as always is exceptional .

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  34. mikec

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent. Lovely dining experience.

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  35. IanP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner. The setting is very cool in an historic home modified to be a restaurant, with really cool decor that reflects its Lexington character. Marth, our server, was kind, knowledgeable, and engaged us at a perfect pace- neither too pushy or absent, but just right. It was my wife's birthday and asked for a yellow rose on the table, which they obliged (and I asked for it late). And knowing t was her birthday, they brought a special dessert without all the theatrics that some places do. We loved it.

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  36. DavidN

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great but the sewer smell was over powering. It had never happened on previous visits.

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  37. MadameE

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely brunch, excellent service, thank you!

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  38. DanielleM

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely date night here before going to a show at Rupp Arena. We were seated at a small table right next to the fireplace which seemed like it wasnt really meant to be there but was an excuse to squeeze in more paying customers. Our service was great, husband had lamb shank which he loved and i had the Maxwell Tournedos petite filets and asked for them medium but they seemed a little more done that i would have liked. We both pretty much cleaned our plates so it was still delicious! Overall great atmosphere for a quiet dinner, romantic but casual enough for family and friends as well.

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  39. MDCB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A must when visiting Lexington. Our second time dining there; love brunch menu. May try dinner one day.

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  40. HonestFoodie

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dudley's never disappoints. Once again, the food was OUTSTANDING. My steak was cooked perfectly and practically melted in my mouth. I cannot stress enough how delicious everything was. Our server was friendly and professional and did a very good job of taking care of us from the moment we sat down until the minute we left. Great experience reminded me why I always choose Dudley's for special occasions.

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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 4.7 stars by 2447 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 Fri–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri–Sun 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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