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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

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (49)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Romantic (35)
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Good for a Date (33)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Business Meals (25)
Great for Lunch (25)
Cozy (23)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Authentic (15)
Fun (13)
People Watching (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Seasonal (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Taylor was awesome, and the flatbread was perfect for a light dinner.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 9, 2018

food and service were excellent as usual. Waitress was always right there and we enjoyed her interaction.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very nice dinner - great cocktails. Our server was terrific!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 1, 2018

On New year's Eve you expect to pay more so we were quite satisfied with the price. We had a late sitting, the nose level was so bad that conversation was impossible but we understood that was out of Dudley's control. However they were out of some of the choices, so I chose the beef tenderloin which was excellent, but cold which did not impact the taste but DID impact the sauce, which was concealed, and the greens , made bitter and uneatable. My water did take it back to the kitchen but it returned in a very hot plate but the food was still cold.
Dudley's is one of our favorite places especially after a performance at the Opera House, but perhaps more attention needs to be given to special occasions.
Our servers were very good but obviously tired. The drinks came quickly, but he immediately wanted to place our dinner orders and never came back for second drink orders.

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic 3 course meal for New Years Eve celebration. Wine selection was outstanding. Fun evening

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great menu options and super service. Reservations suggested.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food wasn’t great. We were really annoyed that my boyfriend and I split a steak and a pasta (both main courses) and without asking they split them each onto two plates and charged us $5 per split. We didn’t need them split apart and would rather have not paid the $10. We also still ordered 2 entrees.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Dudley's on Short is our favorite place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries! The other evening, Anthony was the very best host/server and made a wonderful evening even more memorable! Thank you Heath, Mark, Debbie and Anthony!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a great experience. We had Taylor as our waiter and he was fantastic. Food was excellent. My vegetarian daughter had the pasta Dudley with no chicken and was very happy. Wonderful drink selection and great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food, nice wine selection, cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A favorite brunch and lunch spot of mine. Their quiche is always wonderful.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Loved our food and everything about our lunch at Dudley’s!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Dudley's never disappoints! We went for brunch with our son and his fiancé for an early Xmas celebration. Our food and drinks were excellent. Loved the Eggs Benedict! Service was attentive without being invasive. The dining room was decorated beautifully for the season and we sat by the fireplace which was extra cozy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very nice— only exception was that it was my husband’sbirthdayand no mention was made even though I let staff know when making the reservation

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food4
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The best dining experience I've had in in a very long time. In a world full of restaurants that all seem to be competing for space in the realm of hipster trendy, Dudley's does something that has become much more rare - quality. It's warm, traditional and comfortably elegant. Service, wine list, menu, preparation, presentation were all perfect. It's definitely not cheap, but it's a good value -- world-class at Lexington prices. Excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was great but berynoisy

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Dudley’s is lovely. Food was exceptional and service was great! One of my favorites!

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Dudley's is one of our favorite local eateries. Friday, they really outdid themselves. The service was excellent and the food was perfect. We even ordered takeout so that we could enjoy the delicious cuisine the next day.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food is always amazing!!! Never have dessert but had to try the smores after seeing it pass - Very Delicious!!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Best place in town !!! I always love the specials & the service is truly the best in town !

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Service and food were excellent. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I don’t think I’ve ever had better service! The servers were attentive without being intrusive and the food was fantastic as always.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent Sunday dinner as usual.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

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
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My husband’s 75h birthday celebration!

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 (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
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·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
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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·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

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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
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·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
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Friends visiting from LA. We enjoyed everything!!

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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".

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 (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
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent meal and service. Was a real treat

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great experience

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