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Dudley's on Short

4.7
1076 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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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
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(859) 252-1010
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Business Casual
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What 1076 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 21 hours ago

Wonderful as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Nashville)
3.0  Dined 21 hours ago

Wait staff was absolutely superior and food was very good. Unfortunately, the evening got off to a poor start when we were told by the hostess/front staff we needed to go to a table upstairs even though we said we had mobility restrictions and there were several vacant tables downstairs. We were then seated upstairs by a very noisy table of 10+ men. As this was our daughter’s birthday celebration, we asked to be moved downstairs again. Once we arrived back downstairs (having had to navigate steps which were a problem), we were again told the vacant tables for four were reserved and we then pointed out, once again, that we, too, had reservations - having made them on Open Table over a week before. The hostess and front end staff remained surly but we finally got a decent table downstairs for four. I remain puzzled why we could not have had one before. Wait staff (Bradley (?) with pulled back black hair and female assistant in training) absolutely saved our evening and we thank them for that. I would suggest some lessons in manners and diplomacy for those up front. As a note, we have been dining at Dudley’s for over 20 years and have never had a negative experience like this. Makes one hesitant to return with so many other dining options in Lexington.

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PattiW (Louisville)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

I like the ambience of Dudley's, the white tablecloths and attentive staff. However, I'm always disappointed with the lack of more gluten free options other than salads, esp at lunch. Would be nice it they offered gf pasta or bread.

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vip1tasteexpen (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed every minute, food, service and ambiance were wonderful! A Lexington tradition!

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Perfect, as always!

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Our waitress was amazing. On top of things. Food, as usual, was divine. I’ve never had a bad meal here

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vipElizabethB (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was wonderful!
We enjoyed everything and sat in the bar area.

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RebeccaJ (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The staff was friendly, service great and the food fabulous. They use local ingredients and my husband had a fish special that had locally made grits that were out of this world good! We will definitely be back.

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vipTCFoodie1 (Louisville)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Dudley’s makes a nice cocktail and the food is always consistent. My only complaint was it was quite warm at our table in the back the night we visited.

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vipEMD913 (Detroit)
1.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

When you drop over 100.00 for a meal you expect it to be good. Dudley’s has been a staple in Lexington for many years, but it fell way short of expectations and was a complete waste of money. The fried Chicken Skins were very good, but that was it. I ordered the special strip loin steak and specifically asked the waiter if it was tough. He assured me it wasn’t. When I received the steak, as soon as I cut into it I knew it was awful. Tough, gristle, fatty. All around terrible. The manager came over and told me he would bring me something else and said he would come half of it. I agreed and sat and waited and waited and waited for something And it never came. My bill came and I was charged 30.00 for cabbage and rice. Eventually they comped my meal. The attitude of not caring about my experience was the troubling part. The manager acted like my money wasn’t a priority. My bill was still over 100.00 because I used this as a valentines dinner for me and my date. We purchased wine and other drinks. My date had to awkwardly eat her food while I sat there and waited for something that never came. If you are waiting to take your date out and splurge. DO
NOT GO TO DUDLEYS. The whole staff couldn’t care less of you are satisfied or not.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

One of the best meals we have had in a while. The shrimp and grits were to die for!

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Dinerx (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Really great meal and service. Outstanding! Beet salad was insane and the tournedos were incredible.

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OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had another fantastic meal here. I'm always impressed with the food, drink menu, and the service.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was absolutely top notch. Excellent Valentine dinner with my wife. Service was impeccable .

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vipKydiner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Consistently very good!! The atmosphere makes a great get together with friends. The food is very delicious! Always happy to be there. Service is excellent!

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tjhugh2 (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had the calamari appetizer. It was good, but wished I had asked for different dipping sauce. What comes with the dish was too spicy for my taste. The Caesar was nice but I felt the croutons were burnt (my husband like them). Our entrees were amazing. I had the filet medallions. Our server and wait staff were very attentive. Loved the interior. Noise level was high, felt like I was yelling and I kept asking my husband to repeat himself. Not sure that was the restaurant's fault. There was a very loud and lively group sitting in our area. Looks like it would be a really nice spot on warm evening as the front windows open to the sidewalk. Overall, we had a really nice time and will likely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful meal to celebrate a friend's birthday! We shared many delicious appetizers and we all ordered something different as everything on the menu looked appealing. Every plate was a work of art and prepared perfectly. Owner was there and we passed along our compliments. A terrific evening for all!

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Lov2BOutside (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was awesome, waiter was very professional and courteous .. totally enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Lexington, always excellent.

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vipSybarite25 (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Although we were celebrating a birthday with brunch, we frequent Dudley’s because we simply love it. As always, our appetizers and mains were splendid. We really appreciated the warm and attentive service Seth provided too. Dudley’s never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Great wine list. Had a great table in the corner!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

As always, we enjoyed excellent food and service at Dudley’s. We were there for brunch and enjoyed both the variety of menu choices and the quality of the food. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. We have always had a wonderful dining experience at this classic Lexington restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We went for brunch, for my husband's birthday, and it was beyond great, food, service, atmosphere. The portions are a great size, we were very full! The servers were all great and very helpful. We would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a great date night here with my fiancé. We loved every moment of it and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great dinner. Great wine list!!!

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vipfonzetta (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Another wonderful meal at Dudley's. It was our anniversary and also pre-Broadway play. Great waiter with a fabulous wine recommendation. Always a lovely place to go.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Dudley’s is always my go to restaurant in Lexington! The best and very consistent!

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was excellent. Service was perfect. We will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

It was good.

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