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About Dudley's on Short

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.

259 W. Short St.
Lexington, KY 40507
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(859) 252-1010

Website:
http://www.dudleysrestaurant.com/

Dudley's on Short Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Good for a Date (43)
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Creative Cuisine (40)
Romantic (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Business Meals (34)
Local Ingredients (29)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Great for Lunch (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Authentic (17)
People Watching (17)
Great for Brunch (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Fun (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (9)
Seasonal (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined a day ago

Excellent meal and service. Was a real treat

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

Great experience

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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

Dudley's never disappoints. I made reservations near the fireplace and the table was waiting for us when we arrived. Our waiter, Brad, was attentive without being intrusive. He gave us good recommendations and his service was impeccable. From the wine to our entrees ( short ribs, duck) to the complementary dessert to celebrate our anniversary, it was a terrific and delicious evening. Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Great night out with business colleagues. Good food. Great service. Very helpful with a large crowd. Very nice facility overall.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was excellent as the service as well. We’ll go again.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was good. Service was excellent. Portion sizes on the food was small. Plan on a trip to McDonalds after going there to fill yourself up.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was outstanding and Brad was a great server. He made very good recommendations.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Consistently good - one of my favorite places.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Had another great lunch at Dudley's on Short. I had a special request that was honored without question. The hostess was extremely helpful and the wait staff was attentive. I had the Kale Salad and my guest ordered the omelette special of the day. Both of us enjoyed our meals. I'd like to come back for dinner the next time I'm in Lexington.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Enjoyed dinner with a couple from out of town. Food was great. The server was somewhat aloof, which is uncharacteristic of Dudley's. Overall, a very good experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was new to the Lexington area. I did my research and made reservation for dinner with my granddaughter, a freshman at UK. We had delicious food and enjoyed ourselves in conversation and enjoyment of one another's company with good service and ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We enjoyed dinner at Dudley’s on Wednesday evening , November 1. The ambience, food and service were excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dined at Dudley's after Keeneland's closing day. Our server, Brad, was fantastic. Just the right amount of attention and information. We chose to stay on the menu and not partake in the specials and were very pleased with our selections. The smoked trout eggs are not to be missed. The duck and spare ribs were outstanding. I enjoyed the soup, but would have preferred it been warmer (I was informed that the liquid is hot but the rest is served at room temp so I was not surprised). All in all, another delightful evening at Dudley's. Looking forward to being back in the spring.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Brunch menu is amazing. Enjoyed a great afternoon with no rush. Food was excellent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Overall, this is probably one of the more negative dining experiences I've had in awhile. The food was just OK (soup came out cold, scallops weren't all the way cooked, Cheese board was ehhhh). The best thing we had was dessert. The servers are running around frantic trying to deal with the crowds and our server couldn't keep up. The ambience was a cool vibe, and I really wanted to like this place. Just didn't measure up. Would not go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of our all time favorite dining experiences! Brad, our server, was amazing! He was attentive, winsome, very knowledgeable, and so accommodating. My husband and I wanted to try several dishes so we shared, and Brad couldn't not have been more gracious. The food was over the top. Don't miss this Lexington gem! I can certainly see why it was voted the top restaurant in the state!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Four friends in Lexington for the Keeneland Racecourse October races had an excellent dinner here. Had the short ribs and daily special. Excellent. Very good service. Only compliant is that the bourbons on the rocks we ordered were very small pours, especially for the price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Waiter seemed to be on steroids. Take order and move to next table. Very impatient. Didn’t like questions. Waiters in fine dinning don’t act this way.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was quite good, particularly the tuna and the hot brown appetizer. Our server I believe may have been newer to the staff as less well versed various dishes' details. He also seem to not read our vibe of being in no rush. A Sunday night reservation to me would not indicate a need to hurry (with no crowd awaiting the table or show to attend etc.) Again, he may not be as experienced as some others on the staff just yet.

The one quirk I find odd in a restaurant of this price point was that the beers we ordered were in aluminum cans not glass bottles. Maybe I am missing something with this concept, but beer from glass container always tastes better than from a can. At this price level, i just expected glass bottles. Otherwise, the meal was delicious and the time spent well enjoyed.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food, and a great spot for a dressy date night.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love the Patio! We sat outside on a beautiful (and surprisingly warm!) evening in October, and enjoyed a wonderful meal on the patio - Grilled Octopus, a great Brussels salad, and seafood. Book ahead, and request a table on the patio!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The seating was awful for a dinner date. We were placed directly between two other couples leaving exactly zero privacy for conversation. The service was excellent and our server was more than accommodating. I only wish the rest of Dudley’s had the same standard. My dish was fine. Nothing special as far as a steak goes. My wife’s lamb was served over the most disgusting mixture of what looked to be gray baby food. I don’t want to give baby food such a bad name. I’m sure Gerber could mix together something more appetizing. Totally overpriced. Save your money.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food and great ambiance at Dudley's on Short!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We’re local to Lexington and have always enjoyed Dudley’s. We went here for a date night and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere! I would highly recommend. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Nice atmosphere - the rooftop dining area was quiet and relaxing. Food was decent but not quite worth the $200 price tag (after tip) on dinner and drinks for two.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always consistent, but not outstanding

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent service; interesting well presented food; clearly overpriced.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love this restaurant!! Always amazing food (Lamb chops were outstanding) and excellent service... Bradley is our favorite😊

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Perfect Lexington brunch spot... Full of southern hospitality and all the little things that make it a true Kentucky experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Celebrating engagement of dear friends. Server Kevin was fantastic. Food was awesome and occasion will be remembered for many years to come. Thank you for the special night.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service: our waitress was very good! No need went unmet, and she checked in on us enough to be sure we had everything we needed, without being overbearing. No complaints!
Food: amazing. Taste was spectacular. Portion size for the short rib was small, so be sure to enjoy every bite while it lasts.
Ambience: it was louder than expected and slightly hard to hear my date; however, I prefer this over complete silence. Very nice decor and the entire restaurant was well-kept.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food is overpriced and not consistent. Do not order John Dory or tuna! Rooftop seating only real asset.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Thanks for asking where we would prefer to sit!!! That was nice!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our party of four had a wonderful dinner before the Symphony up on top of the roof, a great place to be. Wine was great, the company was great, and the octopus appetizer out of this world! And the lamb dinner was truly exceptional. We will be going to Dudley's more often now!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Dudney's is always a favorite when we go to Lexington. The interior of the restaurant is very beautiful and the owner is always visible which says a lot to me in the industry. My tuna was PERFECT! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Class destination always.
Debbie's good taste is in everything. Just the best.
Ron Lawson

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Amazing meal! I've been going to this restaurant for over 30 years, and our most recent dinner was the finest yet. Their chef has settled in and making amazing dishes!

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 (Springfield)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Wonderful! Food and Svc!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

VERY good food, upscale. Very good for a special occasion or celebratory meal (this was for my boyfriend's birthday). The lighting was dim, however, and the ceiling lights were very high so there was no spot light to read by. The ambiance is very romantic, though and decor was tasteful but not stark. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. The only other problem I had was that we were seated near the kitchen I guess, because busboys kept walking back and forth beside us with dishes in tubs, it kind of cut down the "romance". But Over all I really liked it and will go back, but will try to get a different seating location.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We came here for Sunday brunch because it was one of the few places in town that would take a brunch reservation and we had a party of 8 so that was important to us. The ambiance and decor were beautiful and the service was impeccable. It is a limited yet diverse menu. The crab benedict and the hot brown were favorites. The bacon beignets were just ok, more like eggy dough balls with bacon. The salmon crepe was fantastic and the fritta was very good. We did not try their special bloody mary, although it was very appealing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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