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Dudley's on Short, Lexington, KY

Dudley's on Short

4.7
4.7
2156 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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

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What 2,156 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Special Occasion

  • Central Kentucky

    American

  • Lexington

    Best Service

  • Lexington

    Best Ambiance

  • Lexington

    Great for Brunch

  • Lexington

    Notable Wine List

  • Lexington

    Romantic

  • Lexington

    Special Occasion

  • Lexington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Lexington

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch for parents weekend. Great food and even better service!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caz (sp?) is our server every time we come in and we absolutely adore him. Dudley’s has become “our place” to celebrate special occasions between my husband and I. It’s been 3 years now it’s become a tradition for him to be a part of our celebrations. The food is always amazing, the atmosphere is swanky without being pretentious, and the service is 5 star
  3. ML

    MartyL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time service and food was amazing definitely will be back
  4. TK

    TomKat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service by Eric our waiter. Food was well prepared and d licious. Bread pudding is a home run!
  5. CV

    CrystalV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were treated as valued and appreciated guests. They made my daughter feel special on her birthday brunch.
  6. OT

    OutofTownFoodie

    Louisville

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a consistent favorite for decades now. We were there to support the Dining Out for Life event, and so happy Dudley's participates in such a great cause. If you prefer a quieter experience, just ask for seating in the dining room vs. the front bar area. You cannot go wrong with Dudley's on Short!
  7. j

    jeffb

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Upscale restaurant in downtown Lexington. Had great service including several recommendations. Went with oysters, watermelon salad and steak Maxwell.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great place to eat. And the sidewalk dining is perfect for our dog, Rosie!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This was a return visit that did not live up to previous experience. Service and atmosphere was good. The steak had absolutely no flavor. Appeared to have been thrown on the grille with ZERO seasoning relying only on the butter for any flavor. The fresh cut fries with the steak frites were good, but honestly no better than Penn Station. Service was good and efficient, we were well taken care of just let down by the food itself. My previous visit was 5-star on all counts. I did hear they have a new chef who may still be honing it what he wants to do. They steaks need help! The Old Fashion cocktail is noteworthy!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous just fabulous.
  11. RS

    RandyS

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful patio, good and service. Always consistent on their quality f food.
  12. M

    Mark

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Noisy dining room for Tuesday night and our first time visit. Our server was great and very attentive. The salads were delicious and my entree was well prepared and just the right amount. My wife ordered the meat and cheese plate as her entree which is meant for sharing. I wish the server would have steered her in a different direction.
  13. V

    Victoria

    Louisville

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We have been avid fans of Dudley’s for 40+ years. Tonight was not our best experience. I could only book a 5:45 reservation but there were several open tables from the time we arrived to the time we left. My cocktail was delicious but my husband’s mojito had wilting mint adorning the glass which did not look very appetizing. Dinner was fine but no anchovies on my Caesar salad, no offer of pepper, no steak knife for my husband’s steak. We miss Bradley who was such an accomplished and attentive server. Of course we will be back to Dudley’s again - just hoping for a bit better experience.
  14. WD

    WilliamD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, fantastic meal, great music, perfect night out !
  15. D

    Dinnerwinner

    Louisville

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here to celebrate a birthday…it’s a tradition, and we are NEVER disappointed!!! This is a beautiful restaurant and the service was impeccable. I ordered the spring salad and the scallops. Both were perfect; the scallops were perfectly cooked and on a bed of sweet corn risotto that was creamy and delicious. The birthday dessert we shared; it was a perfect chocolate exclamation point! Thanks, Dudley’s!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation celebration
  17. SS

    SandyS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Dudley's is a sentimental favorite for us, but even so, we always look forward to another visit whenever we're in Lexington. The decor, the inventiveness of the cuisine, the service, and the general ambience of the restaurant make it a wonderful place to dine. We've never been disappointed and have been loyal patrons for 30+ years.
  18. BA

    BobA

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always .
  19. S

    Srenatee

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our first choice for brunch when we are in Lexington! The Eggs Benedict and quiche were delicious and nicely presented. (I love pretty food. :)) And the special soup of the day—Avocado Cucumber Gazpacho— was bright and yummy. Our waiter Cole was friendly and very attentive. As always, Dudley’s remains a wonderful dining experience.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What started out as a terrible morning changed quickly when I arrived for lunch. I had a seat at the bar with the most wonderful bartender. If I had stopped at the homemade bread, bacon beignets and cappuccino, I would have been satisfied. Added on a Cobb Salad and mimosa for the perfectly delicious brunch. The friendly service and great food made me forget about driving two hours for a date, only to be stood up. I will definitely be dining at Dudley’s in the future.
  21. RS

    RandyS

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful waitress and delicious dessert
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch was wonderful. Our server went over and above and made our special lunch memorable.
  23. D

    Dgh2

    New York Area

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dudley’s is always the favorite for food, atmosphere, service, quality and wine selections. Awesome. 10 stars out of 5😊
  24. B

    Bird

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening on the rooftop. Excellent service and food. Such a nice experience.
  25. AD

    AnneD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Classic Lexington. Came here with my daughter when we were visiting Univ of Kentucky. Great dinner and great service!
  26. MT

    MikeT

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Appetizers and drinks were good, and the service was attentive. Our dining room was elegant. However, it was pretty loud for my taste. Unfortunately my NY strip meal was sub-par: the meat was loaded with gristle, and it and the sides were basically room temperature. I also had to add salt, which I don’t generally have to do at higher-end places (had to ask for salt to be brought to the table). My friend enjoyed his rabbit, and his wife enjoyed the filet/crab combo she got, but the general agreement is it probably wasn’t worth the money. I will try Dudley’s again, but I won’t be in a rush. Would not recommend until I have a top-notch experience.
  27. NE

    NormanE

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent
  28. N

    Nozarock

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We haven't been to Dudley's since it was on Maxwell St. The experience was very good and more casual and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Thank you.
  29. VG

    ValerieG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dudley’s never disappoints. Best restaurant in Lexington
  30. K

    Kywildcats

    Louisville

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a birthday on the rooftop patio, which is the best outdoor dining experience in town. The patio is simply gorgeous. The food is always exceptional and the service great. It was a fabulous evening.
  31. EB

    EmilyB

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was good, the environment is really nice, prices are a little high but in reasonable range, and our server was WONDERFUL! Perfect place for a special meal.
  32. l

    larryh

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been a while since we visited Dudley's, but we are already talking about our next visit. The team nailed it on every aspect of the experience! The food, atmosphere, and service were all outstanding! We sat upstairs on the outside patio (beautiful space) and Eric was our server (great job). We had the pork chop special with potatoes and broccolini and we enjoyed every bite! Once again, great job!
  33. G

    Gypsyjms

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We drove to Lexington for a weekend get-a-way and found Dudley’s on Open Table because it was close to our hotel. What a treat! I asked to be seated by the front window and the hostess was immediately accommodating. This allowed us to watch the street action including live music at the pavilion across the street. Our server. Grace, was delightful. She even came over with soda water and lemon so my partner could treat the wine stain on his white shirt. We didn’t even ask!. The melted goat cheese with honey and pistachios on black pepper crackers was delicious. Ditto for the lovely salad with watermelon. The dressing was so light and tasty. My salmon was perfectly prepared and my partner’s steak frites were also enjoyed. Dudley’s also has a very adequate wine list with reasonable prices. We had a lovely time.
  34. d

    diannej

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in the USA. Each time we visit Lexington, we go there. Food is innovative and delicious. Decor is lovely and always great service.
  35. CC

    CarolC

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our server was just wonderful . She was attentive and made sure we were happy. The complaint was based primarily on the oysters. They were the smallest oysters we have ever had anywhere and certainly didn’t warrant the price. The crackers that were served were stale. The rest of our dinner choices were fine. I know there has been a change in Chefs. Overall it just wasn’t as good as the last time we were there. Our server was absolutely the best!
  36. F

    Foodlife

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service was very slow and the server didn’t seem to care to be there. Frittata was just an omelet and didn’t appear to be basked as it should be. It was very salty and greasy, although having arugula in dressing on top didn’t help. Chicken in Caesar salad was rubbery and not good. We won’t be back-very disappointing.
  37. KM

    KelleyM

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit and the second was as great as the first. The goat cheese appetizer was amazing, as well as the filet and salmon. I highly recommend them.
  38. JT

    JasonT

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dudley’s is legendary for a reason: exquisite food, exceptional service, outstanding drinks. On this evening Beef Wellington was a special…and it was outstanding: beautifully seasoned, perfectly cooked. The smoked trout deviled eggs were also memorably delicious.
  39. LV

    LaureenV

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, awesome service and amazing cocktails!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing evening out! The food was excellent and our server was wonderful!

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 2156 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


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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