Dudley's on Short

4.8
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1755 Reviews
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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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4.8
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CindyB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pasta dish was smaller than in past and not as good.

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JimH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my 5 favorite places in the country. Food is always great, bar selection is fabulous and service is at the top.

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vipThomasC
London
31 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining experience. Great menu, wonderful food, and excellent service. Benton is professional and cordial. Thank you.

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vipRichardW
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dudley’s did not disappoint! Our server, Corey, did a great job and was exceptionally attentive. The owner came by to speak and invited us upstairs to view the patio dining on the rooftop. The food was excellent as well as the ambience. This is a must if you are in Lexington. We even got to meet Bob Baffert as we were leaving. Exceptional night!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Our food was not up to the normal Dudleys standards and the service was very slow. We typically love Dudley but this was not a house experience.

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vipLionsbell
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always! One of the best restaurants in Lexington.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beat experience I’ve had at Dudley’s so far! Brad was an excellent server, the food was delicious, and the spacing was comfortable due to Covid.

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vipPepperridge
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam was a wonderful server. He was very attentive and should be commended. It’s always my go to place when in Lexington.

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SteveS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic and the ambiance on the rooftop patio was perfect!!! I would highly recommend Dudley’s for a fine dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, as always. One my favorite restaurants in Lexington.

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vipKeithF
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special place and our most favorite restaurant. Food was exceptional wonderful tonight and so happy to see the restaurant busy and COVID safe.

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outandabout
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very pleasant evening, food was very good and service was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner absolutely amazing as always sat upstairs on outside patio which was gorgeous. Food was outstanding. Highly recommend the tourneodos and Berkshire pork chops . Always an incredible experience .

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Lance
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing? People were seat immediately beside our table.

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vipCarrieMac
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dudley’s once again did not disappoint. Cocktails, food and service were all amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wine, food and service all were excellent. Bradley took great care of us.

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vipKywildcats
Louisville
98 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here many times over the years and it keeps getting better (I worked here back in the day, at the previous location). The rooftop patio is beautiful and is the best patio I’ve ever seen. Our food was exquisitely plated and was delicious, we each had one of the fish specials. The owner, Debbie, is always present and making sure things are great. Our service was friendly and excellent. Truly a great night, Lexington is lucky to have a place like this here!

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vipThanksgivingGuests
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with limited seating and a smaller menu, Dudley's did not disappoint. Excellent service and awesome food.

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JMHollin
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Dudley’s for my birthday and were seated on the rooftop(my favorite spot)! Our server, Hannah was incredible! She was friendly and attentive, explained the dishes well, and helped to make our experience an enjoyable one.

We loved the rooftop ambiance (it’s truly unique), and were more than satisfied with the entire evening! Great food, great wine, great service, great night!

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vipSefsam7
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been Dudley’s fans for many many years... tonight- fabulous meal, fabulous service. Best date night in a while ... especially this summer. Top notch virus safety in place- thank you. We were so comfortable and relaxed. I almost don’t want to tell anyone else about it. Thanks, and keep up the good work- cap’n pap

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michaelp
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Pasta Dudley was too salty and full of raw purple onions, the waitress was oblivious, and when I complained about it she just kept walking. I had another server take it away. Neither the owner or mgr. stopped at the table to see what was happening. They were both on duty. They used to have a variety of breads, now they just give you 1 soggy store bought type of dinner role. Won't be back way overrated and over priced. $25 for a bland small portioned pasta dish--ridiculous!!!

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ZachB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Might be my favorite place in Lexington. They are always very courteous, professional, and I love the atmosphere and food. Whether it is for a business lunch or romantic dinner, I have never had a bad experience at Dudley's and have eaten there often.

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AprilM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the rooftop patio. Beautiful ambiance, food was amazing, service was fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fabulous every time. A Lexington must!

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JeanD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very seldom in my world travels have we experienced such professional trained waiters.

Compliments to the manager and obviously the Chef

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening and great service .

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Michael
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael was the bartender taking care of us did an outstanding job. Everyone always nice and courteous, manger Dave also helped take excellent care of the table.

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timf
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent, the patio is a wonderful place to eat outdoors in Lexington.
The service is first class from beginning to end of the meal, Dudley's is one of the premier restaurants in Lexington

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KellyM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My daughter and I came to tour UK and was one of few restaurants open on Sunday evening. We sat on rooftop patio and ambience was amazing. Even supplied hand sanitizer at table. Food was delicious!

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vipMarthaC
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level was minimal. I wasn’t sure how to express that on your sliding scale

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vipSusanS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating here when I come to Lexington. Love the Kale salad and the duck was delicious. It is a bit pricey, so use it as an indulgence.

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RenoKelley
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant does everything right in the midst of the pandemic. Tables spaced, wait staff wear masks and gloves. The menu is a bit limited to reflect the times but our food was outstanding! Service was impeccable. I've dined here before the pandemic and during the pandemic and I will dine here long after the current crisis.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant in Lexington. The food was really top notch. We all had their specials of the day and it was amazing. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our waiter actually asked us if we would want them to keep our to-go items in their refrigerator as we went out exploring downtown Lexington. I have never had anyone asked me that at any restaurant. Can't wait for my next night out at Dudley's.

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vipScottD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch place and people, and their Prime Rib is Amazing!!!

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vipNolacouple
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dudley’s has always been one of your fav restaurants in the city. Top notch food, service, and atmosphere. They never disappoint

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StephanieP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a fantastic ambiance and meal at Dudley's!!

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rayj
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal was outstanding having had the special halibut recommended by the owner. Salad was wonderful being well prepared and extremely fresh tomatoes with chevre. We are foodies and eat out frequently seeking very good quality and if possible at a reasonable price. Dudley's exceeded these expectations and we will return there on our next trip through Lexington. Did not have dessert since split starter and main course were very filling.

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CarmelaH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dudley’s is our go--to for special occasions. Weve been coming for over 2 decades and Debbie always makes sure to come and chat. Definitely a destination restaurant for central KY

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vipBoom
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server didn’t introduce himself until I asked. Had to ask for new silverware. Was told there were two orders of grouper left. Asked him to save us one. Came back 15 minutes later, told me someone sold them. Confused, how he told me he would hold one for me. Disappointing. Halibut was great, chef knows what he’s doing. Sadly, covid must’ve put a damper on the service quality. At these prices, I expect a better effort.

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HolliD
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the halibut and my boyfriend had the pork chop. The halibut was pretty good but the pork chop was amazing! The rooftop patio is very nice and our server was great! The staff were so attentive and friendly.

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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 1755 OpenTable diners.

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