Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.13mi
  2. Distance: 0.21mi
  3. Distance: 0.23mi
  4. Distance: 0.23mi
  1. Distance: 0.13mi
  2. Distance: 0.21mi
  3. Distance: 0.23mi
  4. Distance: 0.23mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.13mi
  2. Distance: 0.21mi
  3. Distance: 0.23mi
  4. Distance: 0.23mi
  1. Distance: 0.13mi
  2. Distance: 0.21mi
  3. Distance: 0.23mi
  4. Distance: 0.23mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (55)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Good for a Date (37)
See All
Romantic (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Business Meals (25)
Local Ingredients (25)
Notable Wine List (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Authentic (16)
People Watching (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Casual (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Seasonal (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
1019 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Louisville)·Dined 13 hours ago

Excellent Sunday dinner as usual.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

 
·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious and Elegant. We drove from Louisville and felt like we were on vacation. Perfect in every way.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

An outstanding meal in a lovely setting. We were thrilled to find such a great restaurant in downtown Lexington, an easy walk from our hotel!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

One of the best meals I have had and it was "just" steak and fries. They called to conform the reservation. Great atmosphere. This was our first time there and will return

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Consistently awesome! We can alway count on it from Debbie.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful, creative food. Some tables are too close for comfort.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4

 
·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent Food and service. We really liked the staff from the second we came in the door until we left for the evening. We will be back

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5

vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I am vegan, the chef prepared something special for me that was amazing! That shows the true skills of a good chef.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 30, 2017

What can I say other than this place was phenomenal. Service, food, and drinks were perfect.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Duck undercooked. Food presentation very nice. Flavors lacking on multiple dishes. Excellent service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Friends visiting from LA. We enjoyed everything!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I came to Dudley's for brunch. I like to think of Dudley's as the best brunch experience in Lexington- from their rotating quiche to a "build your own" bloody mary with house-infused pepper vodka as an option. However, it fell short yesterday. Server was slow to take our order, drinks were slow to come out. The bloody mary was completely botched. I ordered the BM with the pepper vodka and it was way too hot! Like you can't anything for the next 10 minutes hot. The server said she would "fix it" and brought me back a BM with regular vodka 15 minutes later, yet still charged me for the pepper vodka. Conversation with the server was just awkward. The whole experience was awkward. Luckily, the quiche was excellent and so was our smoked salmon "pie".

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Although the ambiance and service were as great as always, the quality of the entrees was lacking. On of the beef filet medallions was okay, and the other overdone; upon redoing the overdone steak, the 2nd attempt came back severely rare. The chicken in the pasta was dry and the taste fairly uninspiring. However, the cocktails were quite good, the wine superb and dessert was delicious.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service4
value2

 
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent meal and service. Was a real treat

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great experience

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value2

vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Consistently good - one of my favorite places.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service2
value1

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1
value4

vip
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value2

 
·Dined on October 22, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service5
value1

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Afternoon Tea
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
·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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

 
·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always consistent, but not outstanding

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value2

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.