Dudley's on Short

4.8
1919 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1919 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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connieg
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner, great service and the food was excellent as always. One of my favorite places in Lexington.

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vipDinnerwinner
Louisville
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Dudley’s, but visited this time for Restaurant Week, and what an experience! We both had salmon which was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Service was outstanding-as always!

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TerryL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always important to have true culinary dining in town. Dudley's on Short is just that; creative, original recipes with excellent service and ambience.

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LorayneB
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The appetizers & entrees were delicious, although the dessert to the Restaurant Week meal was rather pedestrian and tasted "grocery-store bought". Still, we enjoyed our meal. Re the value, charging $32 (rather than $37) for the meal would have been more reasonable.

CT
CindiT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are very accommodating! We HIGHLY recommend rooftop seating....amazing ambiance!

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vipSusan
Louisville
87 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended Restaurant week. The salmon was excellent. One of our party had the pork chop and thought it was good but not exceptional. The tomato watermelon salad was also a hit. The cucumber buttermilk soup was wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The petite filet was a horrible cut and had a lot of gristle in it. I ordered medium rare and it was more on the rare side. Extremely hard to chew. The snapper was also over cooked and both dishes had no flavor. The lump crab on the filet was extremely fishy. I’m so sad bc Dudleys has always been a reliably good spot for a great meal.

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Lexington for a long weekend and had a great experience at Dudley's. Wonderful service, excellent cocktails (the gin one with Tuaca was especially tasty), and delicious food - the tournedos off the normal menu and snapper off the seasonal. Perfect date night.

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ClintC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 year wedding anniversary. Outstanding service and food. The Manager recognized our special evening and provided a complimentary desert to cap off the evening. Ambiance was perfect for the occasion.

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vipSteveB
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been away from Lexington for a few years, and we’re so excited to return to Dudley’s for dinner. Everything was excellent — the food, staff, venue! We love this place ❤️

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DudleyM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good. Tomato salad has about a tablespoonfuls of tomatoes. Steals all cooked to order and reasonable quality.
Service was very cordial and timely except manager types kept eyeballing our group.
Food value was probably just a bit overpriced for the higher end cuts.
Worst was the noise level. Extremely high.

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judyB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

My husband and I came there for a romantic quiet dinner with excellent food. When we walked in the noise level was so loud that we couldn’t even talk to each other. Several other customers also mentioned the same thing to us as they were leaving. We asked if we could have a different table and they did accommodate us and were very gracious but it felt more like a crazy bar then a nice romantic restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere!

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AlexC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers are food and drink experts, and very helpful as well. The bar looks just like one should and the dining rooms are beautiful. Creative menu — and it's fulfilled.

SB
vipScotB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am a huge fan of both the food and the staff! Our server worked with us to make sure the evening went off without a hitch. Can’t wait to come
back!

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vipPeggySueT
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waiter! Very nice guy. Food was delicious. Thanks!

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RobertV
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very disappointing. Usually Dudleys has exellent food. The steaks were terrible, and the wine we ordered never made it to the table. Usually we go for lunch and it is one of my wife's favorite places...won't be going back anytime soon.

MB
vipMarthaB
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience dining at Dudley's!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Only “gripe” would be for one or two more specials for some variety. But when you get great food, it’s hard to complain. Great service.

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FrankW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Definitely a recommendation for Lexington. With the lack of truly innovative or trendy restaurants in Lexington Dudley's offers a solid dining experience, with very good food, service, and atmosphere. Perhaps a bit traditional and expected menu offerings, nevertheless of high quality.

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vipWilliamS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoy! Classy and evening well structured by Dudley’s

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding. I enjoyed my experience.

JS
vipJosephS
Western NC
35 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to town & exploring the local restaurant scene. Maddie had our table and was simply the best - from spot-on menu recommendations to careful attention to timing courses and keeping wine refreshed, she made our evening out truly a treat. Dudley’s is a keeper and so is Maddie. Will request to be seated with her when we return.

PS - enjoyed clever cocktails like the peach basil sparkling Bellini sangria as well as delicious halibut special and blue cheese salad. Companion impressed by his Tournedos Maxwell entree and same salad.

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vipSusanF
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner was outstanding. Thank you!

JR
JohnR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Attentive but not overbearing. Nice spacing on filling the surrounding tables. Food was perfectly prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready on arrival. First time here. Loved the atmosphere. Our waitress was very attentive. Starter, main entree and dessert all excellent in taste and presentation.
Would definitely recommend and return here.
Overall cost was very reasonable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Was seated at a table next to a large party. The group was loud and inconsiderate. We could not hear the waiter through much of the evening. They kept changing seats, walking around the table, standing - treating it much like a bar. One man backed into my chair, not even realizing I was there. I had to ask him to step away from my chair. Management should have done a better job dealing with it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Just awful! We used to love
coming Dudleys, and the food was so beyond horrible, we will not be back it is such a shame, because the restaurant is just so beautiful.

Three of us ordered food, and three of us received just AWFUL meals

Dudleys, you need to get it together, get your kitchen back up to speed

We feel like you are on the verge of going under

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KyleW
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Boutique restaurant that has a European feel. Service was outstanding, and food was great…we will be back when traveling to Lexington again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It is immaculate every time.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner at Dudley’s was great in every aspect.

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vipStaciHamp
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service.

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vipKywildcats
Louisville
114 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food in a beautiful setting! Great service from Nicholas. I can’t say enough positive things about this gem of a restaurant. Lexington is very lucky to be the home of Dudley’s for so many years. It is always special to eat here.

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vipJackie
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dudley’s is better than ever. We appreciate having such a fine establishment in our town.

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vipScottL
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter is outstanding as he has served us now on multiple occasions. I believe his name is Chase, Chas, or Cass.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dudley’s was a big loud and festive, but overall wonderful.

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vipJoevvvvv
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. we are regulars here because of the great experience here time after time.

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Mario
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. My favorite restaurant in town.

LT
vipLandscaping2Table
St. Louis
42 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great server and the food was good. Calamari needed more sauce as did the tourenados. Love the ambiance.

AM
AllenM
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was friendly and appropriately attentive and the food was delicious, as usual!

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 4.8 stars by 1919 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.