Equus and Jack's Lounge

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$30 and under
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American
Upscale bistro serving refined American cuisine since 1985. Located in the heart of St. Matthews, Equus and Jack’s Lounge features a moderately-priced contemporary American menu in a comfortable & relaxed bistro atmosphere. Enjoy our extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine menu, specialty cocktails, and broad range of domestic & imported beer. We also proudly offer over 50 regional bourbons for you to enjoy. Come spend an evening with us and you'll understand why we are a Louisville favorite!
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OT
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is very special to us, but we felt the food this visit wasn’t as good as normal. Service was very good. Just felt the over all quality wasn’t up to all our past visits.
We will go back as we love this place. It might of just been this visit, as it’s always a good place to eat. The value just seemed a little less.

f
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very comfortable for visiting...

LK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good cocktails and great service. Menu great mix of Equus classics and updates. Quiet dining or great lounge area. Nice outdoor area available too!

MD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was quite good but service was poor. Waitstaff wasn’t properly trained and couldn’t keep up, despite the dining room being only half full.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met client for a drink in Jack’s lounge. Great service, drinks, deep leather couches. We then headed into the restaurant and had their famous Seabass dish and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves

AH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place! Food was amazing! Will definitely return

J
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There were four of us dining. The cocktails were done perfectly, the Caesar salad was crisp and tasty and plentiful enough for us to share, and the flavor of the Korean ribs was wonderful. The red fish was good as was the burger. All in all, we were very pleased at how good everything was. We will definitely return! And, it was one of the few restaurants that although it was filled with diners, we could still hear ourselves talk.

L
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat out side and it was very buggy and all of the citronella candles were burned down to the bottom.
Made the outside experience not so great!

JK
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration for my 92 year-old aunt. She had a good time and enjoyed her meal. The birthday treat was a pleasant surprise for her and she really appreciated the attention. Thanks to Anna!

TW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Tori (sp?) was outstanding!

PC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Equus and Jack's Lounge was the perfect place to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary! We have loved this place for decades and gone there for other significant milestones. The server was a delight and food excellent. It was fun to be treated like royalty by everyone.

CL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started the evening with a special request...13 people! Gary took good care of putting us all together in the far room by the bar. It was great. They were very accommodating with special requests for our vegetarians... the drinks and wine were great. The mushroom soup is the best and the salads superb! There is something on the menu for everyone! Our waitress was very accommodating!
Thanks to all for a wonderful, relaxing evening and a great dinner!

MS
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! Always recommend to others! Great food, great service!

T
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and we had a wonderful evening! The food and service was outstanding. I cannot wait to go back and visit again!

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place! This was our first time here and will definately be back! The parmesan crusted sea bass was amazing! Our friends enjoyed their meals as well. Great service!

MS
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love coming to Jack's/ Equus. Great staff and great food. I recommend it all the time.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy place to meet friends for dinner. Seamless service, excellent food. Classic but not overly fancy. Can't go wrong here.

A
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to Equus & Jack’s Lounge and we were all very pleased with the variety offered in the menu. Appetizer was top notch and main course very good

S
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was honest and phenomenal

M
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have went to Equus for years & have some very good memories & meals. Our overall experience Sat night was good, but not what we have experienced in the past. Maybe they were having a off night, which we all have. We definitely haven’t wrote them off.😁

LC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a quiet table in the corner. Our server could not have been better. Our drinks were great and we liked the new menu!

JF
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Equus is a fine for a nice night out. Food is interesting and well-prepared, Our service was very good. Nice bar. Good value.

JB
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice spot for a business dinner. Menu has variety that fit everyone's taste well. First time there and will look to be back soon with my wife.

A
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Great menu, good food, and impeccable service. Updating the interior could take the restaurant to 5 stars.

VI
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very enjoyable evening ------------------------------

DD
Louisville
52 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We use to love this place 20 years ago. We recently moved back and decided to try it again. Unfortunately, it’s not the same though the ambiance hasn’t changed a lick.

It’s still a dark closed off dining area,,which has seen better days, so the ambiance is far from contemporary. The food isn’t as good as remembered. Crab cakes were cold in the middle. The filet and sea bass were both god. The crime brûlée dessert was tasty and while the spinach salad with blue cheese tasted good it kept me up sick most of the night. (Has to be the problem since my wife wasn’t ill and it was the only thing we didn’t both have.

A disappointment.

MR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

We asked for a table in the restaurant, not the lounge. Walking past several possible tables, they seated us next to the bar in the restaurant. So we could overhear everyone's conversation. The Cosmo I ordered was "odd" and the bartender said that's how our regulars like it - with very little cranberry juice. This was our first visit. The shrimp and grits was fried shrimp which was not very good. But my blackened scallops was outstanding. And the server, Torie, was delightful.

B
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a nice dinner out with friends. The service and food are consistently good.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The women in our family meet once a month for dinner. We are working our way thru the alphabet with only local restaurants. This month was E and we chose Equus. We were not disappointed. The service was awesome! Thx Tori you rock! The food was amazing. Highly recommend.

GD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The host gave us a "special" table for our anniversary; the waiter was exceptional, very entertaining and interactive; the food was very good, not great. Great ambiance

T
Louisville
71 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dined with a couple to celebrate a birthday. We enjoyed great salmon-crab entrée, burgers and good bottle of red wine. Service was excellent from Kristie. Great bar crowd.

MS
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our go to for meals out with friends! Great ambiance!

PH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

So the meal starts off with rolls. Basically the Hawaiian rolls you buy at the grocery store. The "tater tots" are balls of mashed potatoes fried - ball of fried goo. I think maybe that's just a renaming thing. The vegan steak alfredo was mediocre. I heard good things about this place, so maybe I just had a bad experience. The entire dining room was reserved for a private party so we sat outside and battled flies the whole time. The service was in fact great.. so that was the only highlight.

CS
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food is average. Menu could be improved for the price;
Menu choices are boring and bland.
I am a regular and the service was terrible for this evening. Server was no where to be found when needed. Had to ask other servers for assistance.

p
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wounderful date night. the waitress and staff were very attentive. loved the round table in the back - perfect for conversation. this is one of our favorite places especially because of the half off wine prices on monday night.

MW
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Atmosphere was great. Felt quite welcomed. But the food was not what I thought it should be. In the past it was wonderful.

KK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been wanting to try Equus. It was not very busy. Our server was good, had a good personality. It took a while to get our food, he forgot to order our drinks and never came back for us to pay our bill. We had to go looking for him and someone else finally came to take our payment. The food was great.

LL
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the bar at Equus, Jack's, it is a great bourbon bar. The food is always good. We try to branch out but mostly come back to our favorites, the fried chicken and kale, or the pot roast. We are never disappointed and would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes to be able to actually talk with your dinner guest while you eat.
Everything on the menu is great.

LV
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Equus for a while and were so happy with our choice. The food was delicious, the ambiance perfect and we could hear our conversation with out strain. The waiter was experienced, efficient and friendly. For those rare scotch drinkers, the list of single malts is well rounded and extensive. Unfortunately, the bar was out of my fav but there were many other choices. Thoroughly enjoyable evening and I can't wait to go back.

r
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

For a simple and very good dinner for all four of us, we were pleased. This is our third trip to Jack's this year, and it never disappoints. The entrees go from a simple hamburger to a first class and expensive entree - so all tastes and pocketbooks are accomedated. Beautiful service!
Joan

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