About Equus and Jack's Lounge

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!

122 Sears Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00 - 11:00, Friday - Saturday 4:00 - Midnight

Cross Street:
Oeschli Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 897-9721

Website:
http://www.equusrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Equus specializes in any catering event from small intimate dinner parties to sit-down multi-course dinners for 500 guests.

Parking Details:
Private lot for Mariposa Center.

Executive Chef:
Dean Corbett

Private Party Facilities:
Equus and Jack's Lounge offers 2 private rooms. The Chef Room accommodates up to 60 guests while the E.P. Room accommodates up to 30 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Ryan Arnett: (502) 897-9721

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Equus and Jack's Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.2

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4.1

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3.9

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Authentic (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

I ordered the rigatoni and it wasn't good. My husband had the zuchinni and brie soup and shrimp and grits and they were very good. Our server was polite but needed a little more training. Dean Corbett was out in the dining area on three different occasions, but only conversed with ones he knew. It would have been nice if he had acknowledged others in the dining area.

Tags: Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Perfect for dinner out and a special occasion. The service was friendly and the company of the other diners was comfortable. The food was excellent. The menus, while eclectic, was limited. The only real complaint was our seating. We were two women dining between shopping and theater and not regulars. We were seated near wait station and the restroom. There was other available the entire time we were there. We have this experience often. (We chose not to say anything this time, but it is disappointing.)

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Live Music, Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Very nice great food and atmosphere

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I wish we were closer, then again, if we were we would be here a lot more. We enjoy the great food and comfortable atmosphere. Gary is wonderful as our server and always ask for one of his tables.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Equus Restaurant + Jack's Lounge is always a great place to meet up with friends. Love the calamari. Great wine list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Took us over an hour to get our food. Server was great, but the amount of time it took to get drinks and food was ridiculous. You’d think this was a new restaurant opening, and not a seasoned restaurantuer running the place.

My steak was tough as nails. I won’t be going back any time soon.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food quality has deteiorated recently. The old Equus was a wonderful place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I’ve stopped at Jack’s numerous times for a cocktail but first time trying out the full dinner menu with 4 clients: food unfortunately was not impressive. Myself and two others ordered steak and it was extremely tough... total ticket was $400 as well. Ouch

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Honestly I wasn’t impressed with the meal/my friends steak was tough and my boyfriend had to send his back/ordered it medium rare and was actually still cool and bloody rare. Scott, our server, was awesome so we would prob go back for that reason only.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything was decent except for the service. We were the first one in the restaurant that evening but were the last ones who were in the restaurant at the time to get served. The explanation given was that our order somehow got shuffled to the end of the line. We had reservations to the theatre. This caused us to quickly try to eat and not really enjoy the food. And we got to the theatre late....:(

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Overall good but food was Luke warm at best and potatoes were pretty dry. Not up to past standards.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service and atmosphere was okay in restaurant. The lounge area more cozy. Food was good, not great. Two of the four steaks were overcooked. Let the server know and she made no attempt to take ownership of situation or notify manager.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great! As always!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

beautiful evening with great service and exceptional food. wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

the food is wonderful, the service attentive, the fried chicken and the crispy brussel sprouts are definite winners

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Omaha)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fine. If you have time.

Took more than one hour at table before even being given opportunity to order dinner. Then another hour to get food. As an added bonus appetizers were delivered by a gentleman who couldn't have been crankier.

Really disappointing service. Waiter tried and was a good guy but very understaffed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As always, our evening at Jacks was delightful. Love the nachos in bar along with the best martinis. Had the chefs' special which was Devine!! Has become our favorite!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was absent at the beginning. But recovered

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Love! Old school dining with modern flair. Can’t wait to go back and hang in the lounge. Can’t believe as a Louisville native this was my first time. Our server, Nick, was awesome. Thank you!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had the crab cakes, mushroom fume', New York strip and spinach salad. Everything was very good. The service was very solid.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent fare...Chef Deano does a great job of creating flavors that melt in your mouth. We had his signature sea bass dish, and his famous mushroom fume soup...highly recommended!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was exceptional and the service from Gary was also exceptional. This place is one of the top unrecognized establishments in the city.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were 6 friends trying this place for the first time - we were impressed! The service was awesome , the food was a treat!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Waitress was either new or not waitress material. Slow. Didn't refill waters. Didn't ask us if we wanted another drink. Dull.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Good food , good service , we had the fried chicken and shrimp Jenkins. Both were good. The drinks were good too. Red sangria and gin and tonic.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Every item we ordered was delicious. Of special note were the heirloom tomato salad and and the Mushroom Fume soup.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Not Up to Dean Corbett Stds

Overpriced menu--$22 fried chicken

Two star food--mushy, watery shrimp; wedge salads w shriveled bacon, a single cherry tomato and cheap bleu cheese dressing

It should be noted, though, that mushroom fume' continues to the best in N America

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Love this restaurant! I had the pork chop which is served on the bone and is a thick chop. It was so moist and flavorful. The brussel sprouts were excellent. I think even if you do not like brussel sprouts , you will like these. They are roasted and nutty in flavor. We had shrimp cocktail for an appetizer. The shrimp were sweet and meaty. My husband had the special which was walleye served over a red pepper coulis . He downed that dish like there is no tomorrow. My husband is usually a slow eater. We also had red sangrias for drinks, which came with lots of beautiful fresh fruit. The service is outstanding! Ryan and Scott who manage the restaurant always stop by our table to say hello. Well done Guys!!!!! Well done!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 2, 2017

This was my wife and I' s 2nd time dining here and we are going to visit much more often now. This was a fantastic experience, the dining room is dimly lit with candlelight on the tables, it is upscale and elegant but you will feel right at home with casual dress. The servers and wait staff are very professional and acomidate your every dining need.

On to the dinner, we had 4 courses with perfectly timed arrivals of each one. We started with the Nachos and they are single layered chips just like the first Nachos I had back in the 70s as a child, these were extremely flavorful. Our salads came next and my wedge with artichoke hearts and perfectly ripened grape tomatoes drizzled with the best blue cheese dressing I ever had. My wife had the warm brussel sprout salad and said it was the best salad she has ever eaten. I ordered the 36 hour brisket and it did not disappoint, it came with carolina bbq sauce and German potatoes that both offered a tangy compliment to the beef. Shiitake mushrooms were generously topping the dish and the meat was so tender it literally melted in my mouth, and the portion size was surprisingly large, so much that I didn't know if I could finish it even with my big appetite. My wife decided to get the fish sandwich and fries as recommended by our daughter and it did not disappoint. Finally we finished with the chess cake and a tiramisu cake and they also were delicious.

We feel this is how a special dinner experience should be with pauses in between each course so your food can settle a bit in between and discussion about each others food can be enjoyed. 5 stars all the way.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We must have caught Equus on a bad night . Didn't seem to be busy even thought it was a Saturday night but our entrees were very, very slow coming out from the kitchen. Food was good, not great as it usually is here. We were seated near the bar, so very quick cocktail service. Given the prices and competition in town, Equus needs to be consistent .

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I had the brisket which was melt in your mouth good. It was paired with German potatoe salad which the vinegar in the German potatoe really balanced the smokiness of the brisket. Fantastic pairing. My husband had the seafood bouillabaisse which he said was perfect . He said the broth was divine and the clams were perfect. Great service was delivered and we loved it. Jacks Lounge is my favorite go to place.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Perfect evening with good friends. Food and service was excellent! I would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

I love Jack's but am sorry to say that it was a disappointment Monday evening. Service was VERY slow. My Mushroom Fume (that I always love) was only lukewarm. I ordered a salad with chicken, and was told that our dinner was held up because of fixing the chicken but that would be hard to believe....it was dry and tasteless. My hudbsnd's boullabaise was good and our friend's dishes were okay except for the wait, but in all......disappointing and not like the usual!!! I should have sent it back, but certainly didn't want to wait any longer after such a long time anyway!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We have eaten at Jack's before and always had a nice experience. Monday was a disaster. The service was not good. The waitress seemed unable to keep straight what was ordered, when to bring drinks, etc. We waited over 1 1/2 hours to get our food. Our food looked and tasted as if it had been left under a heat lamp for a long, long time. It was a most disappointing evening.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 11, 2017

My first time here and I was pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent and the bourbon list extensive. I will definitely add this to my list of "places to eat" in Louisville

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 7, 2017

A Louisville icon, this restaurant never seems to lose its touch. I'd like to see the menu offer fish without coating or heavy sauce, but that's a quoible - the duck I ordered was excellent.

We like to visit other restaurants in the Ville, but when you're tired of experiment and noise, you can count on a quality experience from Equus.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Always good. We run into friend and neighbors there all the time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, People Watching, Healthy, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on June 29, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants and go there often.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on June 20, 2017

We eat there often because it is always a a very satisfactory experience: good service, good beverages and good menu!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on June 16, 2017

First time and can't wait to return.

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