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Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - LouisvilleJeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Louisville
2975 reviews
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Steak | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Love this place, great for special occasions. My wife and I go there every year for our anniversary and they treat us like royalty, always ending the meal with a special surprise. Steaks are great and service is first class and attentive to every detail, splitting side dishes and salads no questions or upcharge. More

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Vincenzo's Italian RestaurantVincenzo's Italian Restaurant
2006 reviews
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Italian | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Perfecto!!! One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in years. I love it!! More

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J Graham's CafeJ Graham's Cafe
511 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

It was such a great experience! The staff was so nice and their recommendations were wonderful... That hot brown was so good! I'll have dreams about it! Haha More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - LouisvilleRuth's Chris Steak House - Louisville
1256 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

All the servers were great, especially Nathan. We celebrated my son's bday and everyone called him by name. More

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The English Grill at Brown HotelThe English Grill at Brown Hotel
873 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Exceptional dining experience in all aspects. The menu choices were excellent and the service was impeccable. I couldn't have asked for a more special evening. More

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Brendon's Catch 23Brendon's Catch 23
1100 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

First time there for our 9 year wedding anniversary. They greeted us with a smile and told us Happy Anniversary straight out. The menus had our names on them and said happy anniversary. All around they treated us with love. The food was amazing! The amaretto Sour (drink) was the best ever and the clam chowder was great. They made our anniversary one to remember. More

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River House Restaurant & Raw BarRiver House Restaurant & Raw Bar
1855 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

The food was great, if you like mushrooms, you should try the Portabella Mushroom appetizer. It was amazing. More

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The Melting Pot - LouisvilleThe Melting Pot - Louisville
416 reviews
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Fondue | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Excellent experience. It was a fun and relaxing environment. Everyone was so friendly and made you feel welcome. Its expensive, but you get what you pay for... Food was so filling. More

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Bob's Steak & Chop House - Omni LouisvilleBob's Steak & Chop House - Omni Louisville
427 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Excellent anniversary celebration evening highly recommend Bob's Steak & Chop House More

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RIVUE Restaurant and LoungeRIVUE Restaurant and Lounge
2312 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Service was very friendly. The gnocchi appetizer (on the “small dishes” menu) was delicious. They kept trying to take the dish away after we ate the gnocchi, but I was still using it to dip my bread in the sauce. Yummy! My main meal was good but not great More

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Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - LouisvilleEddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Louisville
2189 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Great experience with solid well prepared food. More

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Proof on MainProof on Main
2785 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Very enjoyable. Our server was top notch and the food was great. Wonderful experience More

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Morton's The Steakhouse - LouisvilleMorton's The Steakhouse - Louisville
1355 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Tim was great will definitely ask for him when we come back More

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Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw BarDoc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar
745 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

We were seated quickly, and our server greeted us quickly as well. Our food was great, and the server was awesome. More

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The Troll Pub Under the BridgeThe Troll Pub Under the Bridge
448 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

The staff took EXCELLENT care of us before our event at the Yum Center. Originally, they had reserved a table for us in one location near the entrance, but once they realized we had a small child with us, they suggested an alternate table which was absolutely perfect for us. The staff was friendly and made sure service was quick to get us to our event on time. Not to mention the food was awesome!!! More

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Dish on MarketDish on Market
697 reviews
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Comfort Food | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

We enjoyed the food. The waitress did a great job. My only complaint was they had us upstairs. I had two people with me who had difficulty with stairs. In addition, the steps were a little steep and the floor wasn't really designed for those in heels. My niece, who is in her late 20's almost slipped and fell twice. I am not sure what can be done about this, but I would think something should be before someone does get hurt. Other than that, we had a great time. I would visit again, but only if I am not seated upstairs. More

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Neighborhood Services - Omni LouisvilleNeighborhood Services - Omni Louisville
156 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

I have been there a few times and I love the food and ambiance. I had excellent servers and hosts and done ok servers. But the overall is welcoming and nice. More

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - LouisvilleGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - Louisville
289 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Great service! More

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Porch Kitchen & BarPorch Kitchen & Bar
234 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Loved the pulled pork nachos! It was a great last minute dinner date More

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MarketplaceMarketplace
636 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Omg. We had the best experience ever here tonight! Went out to eat before a concert and the salmon omg it was so delicious!! Everything was perfect!! Coming back and definitely recommend!! More

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Sway - Hyatt Regency LouisvilleSway - Hyatt Regency Louisville
330 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Lovely Mother’s Day buffet. More

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8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
480 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Our service was great inside, but the bar service outside was unfriendly and subpar. My wife and I have both worked in the service industry in Louisville, Nashville, and Chicago, so we get that a rooftop bar at an upscale restaurant can be stressful, but that comes along with the territory of making good money. Bottom line is when you go out for drinks and nice dinner there are several components that make paying $14 for a cocktail & $35 for an entree worth it, and 8 Up checks all those boxes (ambience, waitstaff, and food quality ), but the one area that needs improvement is the service in the outside area. This is not a one off opinion, Im writing this after my fourth visit and decided to finally give my humble opinion. More

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Bristol Bar & Grille - DowntownBristol Bar & Grille - Downtown
401 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

The Bristol never disappoints. The perfect place before a show at the Kentucky Center For The Arts. The service was fantastic. More

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Hiko-A-mon Modern Japanese - DowntownHiko-A-mon Modern Japanese - Downtown
139 reviews
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Japanese | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

It was great! Good food, good service! I recommend it. More

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Hard Rock Cafe - LouisvilleHard Rock Cafe - Louisville
102 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

They were able make last minute accommodations easily! The wait staff was excellent and our time there was a blast! More

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P.F. Chang's - LouisvilleP.F. Chang's - Louisville
61 reviews
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Asian | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Was there for Mother’s Day and the food and service did not disappoint. More

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BOURBON RAWBOURBON RAW
173 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Amazing restaurant with a TRUE Kentucky feel. Food is FABULOUS!! Be sure and get the Strawberry Shortcake!!’ It WILL NOT disappoint!!! More

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Levee at the River HouseLevee at the River House
79 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Please do something about the air conditioning. It was freezing in there More

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Blue Horse Restaurant & Bar - Crowne Plaza Louisville AirportBlue Horse Restaurant & Bar - Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport
3 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Typical hotel restaurant breakfast buffet. We were able to order eggs any style in addition to the scrambled eggs on the buffet. However, no other breakfast menu items were available to order ( only lunch). And it was only noon. We were hoping for some waffles. Plenty of food for my 88 and 91 - yr-old parents despite the limited choices. Also needed to replenish some of the sweets like muffins and raisin bread and danish??? Available food was very good. More

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Guy Fieri's Smokehouse - Fourth Street Live!Guy Fieri's Smokehouse - Fourth Street Live!
56 reviews
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Barbecue | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

The six of us enjoyed everything. Great lemon drop beverage! More

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Down One Bourbon BarDown One Bourbon Bar
75 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

It was after Oaks. Very happy to get table. Everything was great! More

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Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom - JeffersontownOld Chicago Pizza & Taproom - Jeffersontown
12 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Great service. Kitchen did a great job of meeting our families dietary resteictions. More

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Red Lobster - LouisvilleRed Lobster - Louisville
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Seafood | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Red Lobster welcomes you by offering PRIORITY SEATING to reduce your wait time in the restaurant, so you can spend more time doing the things you love. Or, come enjoy a drink at our bar and a Tasting Plate while you wait. Red Lobster is the world's largest and most loved seafood restaurant company, offering high quality, freshly-prepared seafood, sourced in a way that is traceable, sustainable and responsible. We offer lunch and dinner daily, featuring classics like our Ultimate Feast®, Garlic Shrimp Scampi and Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, and feature limited time flavors and preparations during events like Lobsterfest®, Crabfest® and Endless Shrimp®. And, who can resist our famous warm and cheesy Cheddar Bay Biscuits®? To learn more visit www.redlobster.comMore

Corner Restaurant & BarCorner Restaurant & Bar
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

A new arrival to 1st and Main Street, Corner Restaurant & Bar is a standout addition to the downtown Louisville scene. This bar and eatery features over 60 bourbon selections as well as locally-inspired pairings, including the soon to be neighborhood fav – jerky + bourbon special. The open-air patio and indoor space creates an approachable vibe for a new spot to catch up with friends and pop on over with colleagues to historic Whiskey Row.More

The OakroomThe Oakroom
2 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

We have limited space for large parties. If you have a party over 4 guest and can not book on this site, please call our reservation phone and leave us detailed information. We will be back in contact as soon as possible to assist you.
The Oakroom is now a private dining venue only open to the public on special occasion that include the following: Easter Brunch/
During the Kentucky Derby: Thursday night, Friday and Saturday Brunch and Dinner, Sunday Derby Farewell Brunch.
Mother's Day Brunch/ Thanksgiving Brunch/ Christmas Day Brunch

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Louisville Diners' Choice Winners

Louisville's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - LouisvilleJeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Louisville
2975 reviews
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Steak | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Love this place, great for special occasions. My wife and I go there every year for our anniversary and they treat us like royalty, always ending the meal with a special surprise. Steaks are great and service is first class and attentive to every detail, splitting side dishes and salads no questions or upcharge. More

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J Graham's CafeJ Graham's Cafe
511 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

It was such a great experience! The staff was so nice and their recommendations were wonderful... That hot brown was so good! I'll have dreams about it! Haha More

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Vincenzo's Italian RestaurantVincenzo's Italian Restaurant
2006 reviews
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Italian | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Perfecto!!! One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in years. I love it!! More

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Brendon's Catch 23Brendon's Catch 23
1100 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

First time there for our 9 year wedding anniversary. They greeted us with a smile and told us Happy Anniversary straight out. The menus had our names on them and said happy anniversary. All around they treated us with love. The food was amazing! The amaretto Sour (drink) was the best ever and the clam chowder was great. They made our anniversary one to remember. More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - LouisvilleRuth's Chris Steak House - Louisville
1256 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

All the servers were great, especially Nathan. We celebrated my son's bday and everyone called him by name. More

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The English Grill at Brown HotelThe English Grill at Brown Hotel
873 reviews
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American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Exceptional dining experience in all aspects. The menu choices were excellent and the service was impeccable. I couldn't have asked for a more special evening. More

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River House Restaurant & Raw BarRiver House Restaurant & Raw Bar
1855 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

The food was great, if you like mushrooms, you should try the Portabella Mushroom appetizer. It was amazing. More

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The Melting Pot - LouisvilleThe Melting Pot - Louisville
416 reviews
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Fondue | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Excellent experience. It was a fun and relaxing environment. Everyone was so friendly and made you feel welcome. Its expensive, but you get what you pay for... Food was so filling. More

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RIVUE Restaurant and LoungeRIVUE Restaurant and Lounge
2312 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

Service was very friendly. The gnocchi appetizer (on the “small dishes” menu) was delicious. They kept trying to take the dish away after we ate the gnocchi, but I was still using it to dip my bread in the sauce. Yummy! My main meal was good but not great More

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Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw BarDoc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar
745 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Louisville, Louisville

We were seated quickly, and our server greeted us quickly as well. Our food was great, and the server was awesome. More

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Discover Downtown Louisville

The state of Kentucky is known around the globe for its fried chicken, and Downtown Louisville has some of the best the state has to offer. While Louisville is famous for being the home of the world's largest fried chicken chain and second-largest fast food chain in the world, it boasts many independent chicken and waffle houses, gourmet fried chicken restaurants, and hole-in-the wall diners serving up this popular comfort food. When you visit the area, don't get so focused on finding the best fried chicken joint that you miss out on the many restaurants serving classic Southern cuisine such as breaded catfish, hush puppies and the Hot Brown, an open-face sandwich with bacon and turkey made popular by the Brown Hotel located in Downtown Louisville.

Discover Downtown Louisville

The state of Kentucky is known around the globe for its fried chicken, and Downtown Louisville has some of the best the state has to offer. While Louisville is famous for being the home of the world's largest fried chicken chain and second-largest fast food chain in the world, it boasts many independent chicken and waffle houses, gourmet fried chicken restaurants, and hole-in-the wall diners serving up this popular comfort food. When you visit the area, don't get so focused on finding the best fried chicken joint that you miss out on the many restaurants serving classic Southern cuisine such as breaded catfish, hush puppies and the Hot Brown, an open-face sandwich with bacon and turkey made popular by the Brown Hotel located in Downtown Louisville.