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Permanently Closed - Hillbilly Tea

288 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Great for Brunch (228)

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Louisville's eccentric tea cafe serving up their own brand of fresh crop organic teas & Appalachian inspired fare...
"y'all come on by for some pone & a jar of tea!"
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Comfort Food, Organic, Southern
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Hours of operation
Permanently Closed
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Phone number
(502) 812-1819
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Karter Louis
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in house ONLY
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Cross street
Main & 1st Street
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

After making a reservation on open table, receiving reservation reminder emails, we arrive the morning of our reservation only to find they are closed for the Holiday??

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

The atmosphere was superb along with the cuisine! Our waiter, Justin, was phenomenal! He was very knowledgeable about the menu and was quick serving us whenever we needed anything. The rest of the staff was very friendly as well.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
1.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

This was out first trip to Hillbilly Tea since it relocated. We'd eaten at the previous location a few times and always enjoyed it. Arriving around 7:00 PM on a Saturday, we found the room almost empty. We were seated quickly and our server told us that they were out of a couple of items. We asked a question about one of the drinks and he got the bar manager (same person who seated us). She was able to answer a question so we ordered drinks before looking over the menu. When we were ready to order, we were told another item was not available and also learned that one item contained an ingredient that we'd already asked about (a potential allergy issue for one of us). This left us with few options for food, so we decided just to have our drinks and then go elsewhere. A few more minutes went by with no drinks so we asked about them and were told that they hadn't started making them yet - a good 20 minutes after we arrived and at least 10 minutes after we ordered them. Remember, the room was almost empty so there couldn't have been much of a rush. Ultimately we decided to just leave without our drinks.

I later looked at reviews on Open Table and saw others with similar experiences. I don't know what's happened to Hillbilly Tea, but I don't think we'll be back.

DEBfromSTC (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Great food and service. Very nice drink menu. Wish we didn't live out of state, we'd be there more often.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

Literally everything we ordered was fabulous - cheese plank catfish steak broccoli and potatoes. Amazing extensive bar menu! Great ambiance - rustic quirky fun. Would definitely return. Have the corn pone too

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
1.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

We left before we ordered.
Didn't see anything on the menu that looked good.

Binkabul (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2016

Great food....great for brunch.

Avea (Louisville)
1.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

The food was obnoxiously bland. I ordered the Eggs, Biscuits, and Gravy with bacon. They charged me an extra 3$ for the bacon and it was only a half piece. The gravy was watered down with no flavor. The biscuits were thick cardboard and only tasted of baking soda. It was a very, very disappointing experience and I am so angry that we had spent an absorbent amount of money on this food. Also, they give you watered down honey for your tea.

vipWarner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

Great place for Sunday Brunch. Good food, coffee, and drink selection.

JohnfromColumbusIN (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2016

This was recommended to us by several friends; we FINALLY had an opportunity to come on Sunday, October 9 for your brunch. The food was delicious (I had the fried catfish & grits; my wife had the Hillbilly Tea Scramble). We also ordered a side of corn pone and smoked bacon. The coffee and iced tea were both excellent. Service was OUTSTANDING. We are looking forward to our next visit and will try to come when we can order off the regular menu. Thank you for an outstanding experience! John Matthews/3437 Westenedge Drive/Columbus/Indiana/47203.

BGSU85 (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

The ambiance was incredible so the fact that it took 20 minutes to get 2 drinks and a can of beer was a poor start, particularly on a slow night. The food was good however my meatloaf arrived luke warm instead of hot which made it less appealing. The corn pone was great however. IF they do not fix the service issues, they will not last.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

Tried to stop in for brunch and was told, at 10 am when it opens, that the wait would be 30 minutes because we didn't have reservations for the empty restaurant. So a couple weeks later, with reservations, I tried again. The food was mediocre with respect to other nearby options in the same price range. The "handpoured" coffee was $4 for a mug and another $4 for a second cup. I do not see myself returning.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Food was great: fresh and unusual flavors. Had chicken and corn pone with great smokey flavor, topped with a red cabbage chow chow. The salad with greens and flowers was gorgeous but needed salt and pepper--easily remedied. We got sides of sweet potatoes and succotash that were fabulous. My husband also had a chicken salad with smoked grapes that was delicious. It's a quiet place, large and sparsely decorated with Appalachian junk: old tools, wash tubs, old kerosene lanterns, etc. drinks come in Mason jars, napkins are dish rags pinned with clothes pins. I hope they can survive because it's super cute and the food is great. The staff is really devoted to the place and it shows ! Give it a try!!!

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Place is super cute staff friendly. The food menu is very different u have to have an open mind an willing to try new things

vipOpenTable Diner (Columbus)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Lovely little place. Enjoyed the decor and ambience. They seemed short staffed as they had no one at the door to greet or seat guests or enough servers to handle 3 rather large sections of the establishment. Bartender was taking care of her guests and manning the host stand. Very gracious and polite with what she was handling. Our server was friendly and greeted us in a timely manner. The issue was the length of time between ordering and receiving our food. The food was delicious but took close to 40 minutes . There was a shorter gentleman with glasses and an iPad running around doing much of nothing and not helping out his service staff. Place has a lot of potential but needs serious discipline and proper labor distribution to handle a mediocrely busy Saturday brunch.