Permanently Closed - Fontleroy's

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Discover upscale Southern cuisine at Fontleroy's. This elegant Louisville eatery reinvents timeless American dishes, from fried green tomatoes and catfish with hush puppies to house-made pimento cheese, artfully plated and served fresh in a warm, cozy dining space. Fontleroy's features a full lunch and dinner menu, as well as a popular Sunday brunch, including some of Louisville's most beloved chicken and waffles, biscuits and sausage gravy, Eggs Benedict with goat cheese mournay, barrel-aged Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Fontleroy's boasts an impressive drink menu, including popular craft cocktails, domestic and imported wines and craft beers.

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4.2based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.4
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3.9
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LindsayS
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and the whole group was happy with their orders. The actual menu offers less than What is found online

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Wendy
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fontleroy's is a newish restaurant in Louisville, offering an interesting approach to Southern cuisine. The Sunday brunch features biscuits, but there are any number of things to order that are not biscuit-based. It would be nice if the Sunday brunch menu were posted, but that didn't seem to be the case when I went looking online. The servers are friendly; the food is good; the parking is not too impossible (though there aren't enough spaces in the parking lot for the number of customers who come). I like Fontleroy's a lot and plan to eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like Soutern food this is a place for you from the Shrimp and Grits to the Cornmeal Fried Catfish. Also Great Bourbon list!

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ReasonableFoodie
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Great service. The restaurant was a little on the loud side due to the open kitchen, but that's to be expected. The food itself was good, but the portions of both the food and the cocktails were quite small for the price. My girlfriend and I split a sandwich as an entrée, shared an appetizer, split one side, and each had a cocktail and the bill was about $80. If the cost had been 30% less or the portions 30% larger I would visit again. There are so many great restaurants in the area that the value just isn't there.

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vipStephanieD
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Saturday Brunch just 2 of us. Menu was a
bit more limited than we expected...biscuits aren't really our thing. It's eclectic...but it's normal on Bardstown Rd. Be ware of small parking lot.

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jordanP
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The catfish and hot brown were delicious and decently good cocktails. Small menu and service was a bit slow.

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vipJosephS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food is average. Kitchen staff very slow. Over an hour to get our order. Service tries hard but they need more help. Has potential but needs work in several areas.

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vipLeg40625
Louisville
152 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent breakfast place!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good. However, service was very slow. Almost one hour from sit down to food arrival. Perhaps it was an off-night. Definitely worth trying. They are in the middle of a menu change, that may have added to the delay.

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vipQuiQ74
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2016
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Both the food and location are great, but service is lacking. It took over 20 minutes for us to get our coffee. This was after asking two staff members for it. We got our food 35 minutes after ordering. Our server apologized for the slow service as we were paying, but she never checked up on us while we waited for coffee and food.

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Katie
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch- great food and service. Not too packed, and the food was fantastic.

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vipfoodie4life
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience2

My husband and I ate there for a long awaited date night, food was on point. Shrimp and Grits excellent and the fried green tomatoes with crab were delicious. We will be back for sure!

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vipsaraw
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great apps with the cornbread and bbq chips. Shrimp and grits was equally as awesome.

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AlysonT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I had heard great things about Fontleroy's so I had high expectations. I loved the decor: white minimal walls and tiling, mechanic rags, and simple heavy glassware. Our waitress was kind and helpful, and the drinks were great. I had a spicy margarita, which I highly recommend. The food, however, was underwhelming. I had the fried catfish, which was just okay - I think it needed more seasoning. The coleslaw was pretty good though. My husband was really excited about their chicken and waffles, but was also underwhelmed: the chicken was dry and underseasoned, and the waffle was nothing to write home about. He also noted that he was craving a savory sauce or component other than the syrup and fruit that came with. I would not be so disappointed if the prices were lower; however, with prices and atmosphere like that, there is a pretty big expectation for yummy food. Overall, the atmosphere was cool, the drinks were yummy, but the food was just meh.

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vipAndyP
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ham board was incredible. Short ribs were a favorite. Highly recommend the Old Fashioned.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Got seated right away and from there it took forever on everything....example my husband was out of tea had to ask the server for more then we waited another 20 minutes just for a tea

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vipDiner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there but was like walking into regular neighborhood hang-out. All day brunch is a wonderful concept. Unique menu items...and can't go wrong with biscuits all day! Plus, 4 words you cannot pass up: Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. Nuff said! Staff was awesome. Couldn't have done enough for us to make us feel welcome and well taken care of.

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vipGeorgie
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The dishes are fantastic! Fried green tomatoes are a must . Chicken and waffles are very good too. The servers are fun yet efficient . Always enjoy myself. The only con is very noisy . I can only hope for noise reduction panels or fabric somewhere to absorb excessive sound.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service etc.

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vipElizabeth
Louisville
141 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was our first time at this restaurant. While the food and service were very good, we were offended at "$2 for rocks!" We each had a scotch on the rocks. $9. Ok. Not too bad. When the bill came we were charged the $9 and then an additional $2 each for "the rocks."
We've traveled and dined around the world and this was a first! We called for the owner who was out and the manager came over and simply said that was the owners policy. After some discussion he did take off the $4 and also said we were not the first to complain about this policy. We told him we'd be fine if the drink was $11, but it was crazy to pay $2 for ice.

On principle, as good as food and service were, we will not return. Too many fabulous restaurants in Louisville that don't charge for ice.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The staff is very friendly and efficient. Brunch is amazing and you can usually be seated quickly. The management is also great and is even friendly when you bump into them out and about. 5 stars!

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Nightout
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very limited menu, food attempts to be eclectic but just falls short with poor flavor profiles and preparation. What could be a good neighborhood restaurant isn't .

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vipRichP
San Antonio
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Overall probably a good place. Came in during Sunday brunch. Music was so loud we couldn't talk across the table. Also, everything on the brunch menu involved a biscuit and something fried. The place would be much better if they turned the music down an un fried food item.

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NicoleA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall a great place to eat. I was a little disappointed that they condensed their menu for Derby weekend. I understand why, but they didn't have their burger on that menu and Fontleroy's has one of the best burgers in town. But that means my friends will just have to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall3food2service2ambience3

While we did come on Derby weekend we didn't appreciate them raising the prices of each item on their menu. Also, my husband asked for a side of maple syrup and it took over 8 minutes. He could have finished the rest of his entree in that amount of time. This was our first experience here and yes, we will try it again and give it another shot but coming from LA and moving to Louisville just a few weeks ago, it felt like we were paying LA Prices for mediocre food and service.

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Treybeth
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had made reservations for brunch because it was Derby though it turned out that we didn't need to. I was a little annoyed that we weren't given a choice of an outside table, especially since all the other groups were. The food was good, as was the service, and the prices were reasonable for the portions and quality. There were A LOT of small children though, and they were very loud (shrieking, screaming) which really put a damper on a special day out with out of town guests. However, we will return for brunch and want to try dinner too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was good. But they had a different menu for the Derby which they didn't make clear like other restaurants. On top of that the lights went out and nobody seemed to think it was a problems for us to eat outside in the dark. Candles at least maybe? Something? Finally my steak and mashed potatoes came out cold and they just recoooked the same sliced steak so it was then overdone. I paid 33 bucks to eat like 2 bites. I really wanted to like this place but could not have been more disappointed. Won't be back and will tell friends visiting to avoid it.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2016
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Myself and two friends tried Fontleroy's last Wednesday night. They both had the burger and thought it was very good, however at $14 a little over priced. I had the Kale salad which was excellent and Shrimp and Grits which was also very good. The shrimp and grits was basically an appetizer order, 5 shrimp in a 6" iron skillet for $24. The salad was $8. My bill which included the salad, shrimp, cornbread, which was amazing, and two beers was $55 plus a $10 tip. This place needs to decide if it's going to be a casual place or better. The decor is very casual, but the prices are high. We were the only table inside and there were three more tables with diners outside from 7-8:30.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. What an enjoyable brunch. Food was great, prices were reasonable, and I loved the decor and thoughtful name of the restaurant as well. Can't wait to make it back for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit to Fontleroys and each time is better than the last. On this visit, we had one starter - fried green tomatoes and four entrées. The short ribs with cauliflower mash are tender and delicious, the Berkshire pork chop has a phenomenal smoky flavor and each bite was juicy, and the chicken and waffles (x2) were different, but not in a bad way, from our last visit. The waffles were sweet potato and plantain this time. I like that the menu is slightly different each time I've been there. My favorite cocktail is the Old Thomas Merton, which is refreshing for spring (gin, grapefruit, and an IPA). I look forward to coming back to Fontleroys many more times.

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vipGeorgie
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is an excellent restaurant ! We enjoyed appetizers , entrees and dessert. The service was excellent ! The only downside about the place is its very loud. Most places are loud these days, don't know why. We go early to avoid the loud talkers. Highly recommend regardless of noise.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I had an early dinner there last Saturday. Everything was perfect, from the cornbread with that yummy tomato jam, to the Berkshire pork chop brined and cooked a perfect medium. The Weisenberger grits under the pork chop were NOT an afterthought, and had their own hint of cheesy lushness. My friend had the chicken and waffles and she said they tasted wonderful. I hope to return there soon, and I am so happy that that particular corner has a new tenant!!!!!!!
Rockford was our server; he was very attentive and helpful. His recommendations were spot on!!!!!

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vipcostich127
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to Fontleroys in a month. We were so pleased with the outcome of our first visit that we wanted to introduce friends to the experience. We were not disappointed. The food was great and the service attentive. Our only complaint is the sound level gets a bit deadening with a full house. We will definitely continue to patronize Fontleroys.

MB
vipMichaelB
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience4

To be totally honest with you the food is good but it was great we have been there several times after they opened and we were partial to the menu they had with the pork rinds duck fat pop corn and a couple other things that was perfection on a plate
The changes were good still great food but wow factor was gone
Short ribs great dish - catfish was great
Shrimp and grits was ok. Our friends loved it thought it was good.
The people there are fabulous the chef and his wife are a trip
And they have a gift
Just go back to original menu
Charcuterie plate before was so good the fried fritters OMG
Your fried green tomatoes are perfect

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Louwan
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Really great food in a very casual venue. Tasty takes on southern standards. The kale salad was so good I could see it as a main course. Just add some protein and voila! I will go back next time we are in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
44 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Awesome cheese dip!

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viplivinEastwood
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went Friday night for dinner. We were forewarned from previous reviews regarding the noise level. We admitted that it was really loud, but if you have been to Jack Fry's or Harvest, it's not so bad. We sat down at 8:00, and the noise died down by 8:30. In those 2 restaurants we sat next to each other, were screaming, and still couldn't hear each other.

You will enjoy the cuisine and drinks; service was great. The fried green tomatoes & cornbread were great, as were the hanger steak and duck pot pie. The only drawback that I see is that we were right in the line of servers with the kitchen, so not very romantic.

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vipMichaelF
SW Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Place was just too loud

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ProfFernandez
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed my meal at Frontleroy's. The service was excellent, but we were there early. We ordered the cornbread and BBQ pork chips appetizer. Both were very good and easy to share with two people, but probably not more than two. I ordered the chicken and waffles. Did not disappoint, the chicken had a nice a crispy skin all around with no soggy spots. The waffle which is partially mixed with plantain was a nice combination with the crispy chicken and syrup. They have a decent bourbon and cocktail list. No Pappy, but other favorites including rare finds were on the list. My only complaint is that it is loud in there.

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Henry
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The restaurant was too noisy. The food choices were great. The service was slow. The Caeser salad was delicious. The entrees were cold. My cocktail was refreshing.

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Permanently Closed - Fontleroy's is rated 4.2 stars by 81 OpenTable diners.