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Dudley's on Short, Lexington, KY

Dudley's on Short

4.7
4.7
2492 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 33 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 2,492 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    American

  • Lexington

    Best Ambiance

  • Lexington

    Great for brunch

  • Lexington

    Good for business meals

  • Lexington

    Great for fine wines

  • Lexington

    American

2,492 Reviews
  1. StephenP

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the duck. Very reasonable liquor prices. The dessert was great too. Great bread as well. Great ambience. Excellent night altogether.

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  2. Gayle

    New York City

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting, excellent service, food was great presentation and tasty!

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  3. Srenatee

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My go-to restaurant when I’m in town. Great menu with wonderful nightly specials . Top notch service. Lovely space. On a bustling night, it can be quite noisy.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual our experience at Dudley’s was top notch. It is my favorite spot in Lexington

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  5. MacKenzieL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great service. We highly recommend it!

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  6. Jeff

    Louisville

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at Dudley’s since it was on Maxwell and always enjoyed it. Last night the food was poor, the server had just begun his serving career, they had no one helping him, and Debbie the owner was not friendly at all. We won’t be back, to what was once a great restaurant.

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  7. Swampcactus

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Two tough slivers of duck with massive fat layers along one side constitute a forty-eight dollar “Duck Two Ways?” Seriously? Tough and gristly sirloin steak. Sorry. This was bad.

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  8. ElliotF

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and interesting dining in a historic building. Food and service are excellent. Be certain to try some of Heath's housemade limoncello- it is outstanding. Rooftop dining is available at certain times.

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  9. Great

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m disappointed. I have dined here plenty of times and never have had a bad experience until now. Server was not attentive, didn’t come to our table until almost 30 minutes in. Manager ended up taking our order and bringing the food. He comped our meal for us, which was nice and unsolicited. Server checked on us after we were ready to leave. I left a tip, even though I didn’t desire to. May or may not be back. You can do better Dudley’s!

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  10. DominiqueM

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jason was excellent and provide great service. Food and drinks were excellent

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  11. UKHC

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Debbie was great to work with she assured we were well taken care of! Thank you. April

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going to Dudley’s, especially on “date night” for years. Love the place. They have some main menu items that are fantastic (Tournedos!), but often try the specials.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great waiter and food was delicious as usual . We all enjoyed our choices and and appreciated the waitstaff’s efficiency

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  14. 10sgal

    Houston

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had very nice Easter brunch experience

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  15. Tracy

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dudley’s is always great and the Easter Brunch was no exception. Creative and delicious food in a beautiful environment.

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  16. MatthewW

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool vibe with excellent food and service. Will come again.

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  17. JeffW

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always perfect. Service and food are excellent. The most consistent fine dining in the city. It’s been one of my favorite spots for years.

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  18. JBar

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant. Kale salad was hard to eat. Chicken mulligatauny soup was very good. Bourbon list was ok. Porkchop and steak frites were excellent.

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  19. Victoria

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Dudley’s tonight. I had the Sunday Supper - the salmon mousse was a perfect starter. It was served on slices of endive with a light sauce. The Mahi Mahi was light and paired well with the Hawaiian rice. The papaya lemon slice was the perfect ending to the meal. The Sunday Supper is a great deal at $40 for 3 courses. My husband enjoyed the steak, always his favorite. Our cocktails were prepared well. Lane was our server tonight. She was attentive and pleasant and she answered our questions about the entrees honestly. . She helped to make our dinner part of a lovely Sunday at Dudley’s.

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  20. TimH

    Louisville

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dudley’s never disappoints! Best Brunch in town.

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  21. nosoupforyou

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been dining at Dudley’s for 30 years and it only gets better. The food is special, the wait staff is pleasant and efficient and the whole environment just makes the evening out fun.

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  22. Brunorganic

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dudleys on Short st. had a very relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff from start to finish. The food was everything I wanted for the experience of American cuisine with some panache. It was excellent across the board from apps to dessert. I ordered the special of the evening which was a scallop dish. Cooked to perfection over a hearty pea medley and a dash of savory sauce. Voila! Great wine selection and specialty drinks. I had a glass of malbec (doesn't pair with scallops I know) because I love it anytime with anything. The mint chocolate cake was a dream particularly when doused with a small layer of cream on top. We will be back!!

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  23. StephenM

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and the service from Jeff was next level.

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  24. Bird

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best spots in town. Great atmosphere, service and food!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything delicious and wonderful! From Fall Punch, bread, tournedoes maxwell, hot brown, and creme Brule, everything was perfect and service won!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect dinner. Delicious food & exceptional service.

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  27. CarrieD

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    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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  28. Ammy

    Northern MI

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    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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  29. MichaelM

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    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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  30. AnnS

    Louisville

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Josh

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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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  36. JenniferB

    New York City

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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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  40. JoyofDining

    San Diego

    88 reviews

    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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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 2492 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 33 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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