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Equus and Jack's Lounge

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$30 and under
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American
Bistro style restaurant serving refined American cuisine since 1985. Located in the heart of St. Matthews, Equus and Jack’s Bourbon Restaurant | Lounge features a moderately-priced contemporary American menu in a comfortable & relaxed bistro atmosphere. Enjoy our extensive Wine Spectator, specialty cocktails, and broad range of domestic and imported beers. We also proudly offer over 50 regional bourbons for you to enjoy. Come spend an evening with us! Looking for reservations for the Black Rabbit? Let us know and we will contact you for the hidden entrance. Please specify in your reservations if you would like Jack's Lounge, Dining Room, or Black Rabbit Speak Easy Room. We look forward to serving you!

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 643 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Black Rabbit is an awesome concept for a “speakeasy”. We had a double date and spent 3 hours there- small bites were all delicious and the cocktails - OMG fantastic. Ryan took the time to talk to us about his experience and amazing cocktail list that he created. His passion showed thru conversation and the drink itself. He was very personable, funny and talented. That’s what good service looks like folks. Highly recommend. Plus the experience of “secret doorway” is too cool! Go!

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AlissaL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We were extremely disappointed with the food, as well as service. We will not return.

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vipTinaS
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was exceptional! Food was delish! We arrived a few minutes early for our reservations and they seated us immediately. We will include Equus in our dining out rotation.

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vipBillB
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Black Rabbit and before we knew it we had been there 3 hours. The place is amazing and the vibe is awesome.

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CarolineS
Western KY
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service and not crowded. Food was delicious. Can’t wait until they get other items back on their menu.

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vipSusanH
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jacks! The food is excellent, and the atmosphere is quiet and intimate. Service is always great.

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vipEvanZ
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The salmon was over spiced. The fish sandwich was average. Overpriced in my opinion.

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vipCarol
Naples
82 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Tori, was very attentive. We always love the fried chicken entree, & we were not disappointed tonight.

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Hogan1
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner this past Saturday night. The service was excellent, Tory, was awesome and a pleasure to talk to!
The food was delicious! Seriously I could eat there every night it was so good.

We will definitely be back!

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CarolineT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Hidden gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to be back to Equs!! Great as always even with all the changes. They did great job.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner. All six of us loved what we had down to the very important cocktails and wine selection. We were able to have a great conversation without having to speak loud. The service was fantastic!

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rovingdiner1
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were grateful that our server found a better table where there was little noise. It made all the difference! We always enjoy our times at this restaurant. The food is good and service too. Choices are always good.

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WilliamG
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and Great Food!! Couldn't ask for anything better.

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TomA
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I held a business dinner here after not visiting E&J in some time. The table was nice, quiet corner, just as I'd requested. Service was good. Unfortunately the food was mediocre at best. An example was my pork chop. Fatty, odd texture and flavor. Sauce was off-putting. The French onion soup had a slab of cheese on top that wasn't melted down and just slightly browned like you'd normally have with French onion soup. My "wedge" salad was a tossed salad, and not a wedge at all. Dropped $230 and just feel it wasn't worth it.

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charltong
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant food prepared to perfection. The only negative was hostess tried to seat us in a booth near the kitchen when there were on three families in the facility on our arrival. Ask to be moved and she was reluctant to move us so I told my wife let's go then another preferably table was located.

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PamB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and Food were both great! We will definitely return.

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vipMarilyneN
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We were not happy at all with the food! It started with calamari then to the duck! My duck was just pure fat and under cooked! Then ordered the sea bass which had a burnt taste to it! We spent about $100 on an awful meal we didn’t enjoy! Only thing we lived was, running in to an old customer who needed house remodeled again! So, lost $100 on an awful meal, gained $80k on a new home remodel.

But, we will not be back again. We eat out nightly at places with beautiful atmospheres as it’s our entertainment and bonding time after a long day away from each other.

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vipBrianB
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service very slow. Food is mediocre at best. Nice place just simply not worth a try.

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vipJacktheKid
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Requested table near the door for my 91 and 89-yr-old parents. Seated immediately at the first table past the host. Thank you! Food was great! Two of us had the very nice shrimp special. Love Jack’s Nachos!

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CharlotteB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience2

I was disappointed, I think the food was OK but for the price for a fillet, $40 is way to much for this filet

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RobertG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Guests in town

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paulaj
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so nice and quiet, felt like we were at a private party. easy parking and in out out access excellent. great service. will be back - especially liked the 50% of wine night.

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vipJamie
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Very nice staff and service. Food was terrible. This food used to be good, but I felt like I was eating at a place that heats frozen food up, not chef prepared. For $100, I’ll pass.

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vipbusybeard
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I had the special: shrimp and grits. The grits were cold, but my shrimp was good. Our server, Dobus, was very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We do almost every special occasion here. This time didn’t disappoint. The food was a little less then normal, but wait staff was fantastic and we so enjoyed the overall evening I had special and the asparagus was a little over done and crab wasn’t the best on salmon. My husband had fire cracker salmon which was very good.
Will be back soon for our anniversary.

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CarolB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our anniversary and were very pleased with everything. The food was outstanding and the service was perfect.

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BradB
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was my first visit in to Equus since the new owners took over and I love the redecoration and painting ....it lightened up the place..... our visits have mainly been quick stop ins and we have been eating in the lounge area...which I love as casual and quiet areas to chat with friends over drinks and food. The restaurant has always been one of the best in Louisville, but of late has risen on our personal list of favorites

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RobMLouKy
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ate dinner there on New Year's Eve. We had not been in previously. We found the atmosphere very conducive to an enjoyable evening with just the right amount of lighting. We sat at the bar while our table was being readied. The drinks were great and the Atlantic Sea Bass was excellent. The lettuce wedge with the fried onions on top was excellent! We will be returning.

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JamesB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time but won’t be our last!

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vipExcellent
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal New Year’s Eve experience! Our first time and absolutely loved it! Love the atmosphere, the food, the service and the whole experience. Our new favorite place to eat for special occasions!!!

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vipValerieK
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food and drinks were average. Salad good however the hamburger beef had no flavor. The flavors were in the toppings and bun.

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vipPamK
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Tables too close to allow servers and patrons to pass without with seated guests being constantly bumped. The special, baked trout was overcooked and dry. Service was very good. I will definitely not return to Equus, although I will return however to Jacks.

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vipJanK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, good food, wonderful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious .Tory was n excellent served. I got the pot roast which was tender and delicious. My daughter enjoyed the meatloaf.

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ReneeB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friday night for our daughters 21st birthday and our nieces 27th birthday. Had a great time and the service was excellent!

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ColonelTJ
Louisville
16 reviews