Le Relais

4.8
1111 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Please call 502-451-9020 for groups of 5 or more. Reservations preferred. The deck is closed for winter seating.

Situated in the historic airport terminal of Bowman Field, Le Relais offers a fine dining experience like no other in Louisville. Here you’ll find exquisite French cuisine, prepared with only the finest, freshest ingredients, combined with relaxed, first-class service and an intimate, 1940s art-deco interior reminiscent of the café from the movie “Casablanca”.

For a more romantic view of the airport, watch the planes land in the sunset with our outdoor dining on the deck. With a little imagination, you can see it exactly as Charles Lindbergh did when he landed the "Spirit of St. Louis" here in 1927.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1111 people are saying
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Tony
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way

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DarbyFord
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine meal and wonderful service as always. Highly recommended.

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RobMLouKy
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a Louisville gem. It's centrally located, the parking is very convenient and more than ample, the ambience is warm and fulfilling, and the food is wonderful! The Truite Picatta (Rainbow Trout) is our favorite. Passing by the restaurant for years was a big oversight for us. We are regular customers now and we look forward to every visit. Be sure and make reservations well in advance.

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Kyfoodie
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, love the architecture, friendly, welcoming staff, terrific drinks. One of our all-time favorites

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is outstanding and delicious food!

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vipBill
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

What soured our experience was that I left my leftovers on the table and went down the street a little bit and remembered, I went immediately back to the restaurant to find they had already thrown them away! Owner was there when I returned but offered nothing.
Also, it was the birthday of one of our groups birthday which I had informed them. They did nothing special or acknowledged it.

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vipshauns
Louisville
77 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LeRelais is a special place to celebrate any occasion. They just do it right - this team treats everyone as a VIP.

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bags
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, we went there in 1999, 22 years ago for first time. Crab cakes are still to die for. Aaron was a good server and Jacob with wait staff was great too.

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Dailey
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & excellent service. Will definitely return.

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aminiard
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, Le Relais did not disappoint. We came here for a holiday dinner date, and had a wonderful meal. The live music and corner booth in which we sat, made it even better. This remains a favorite for us to celebrate or for nice occasions out.

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vipGoodfood4u
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal or experience at Le Relais. My choice for a 5 star restaurant

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Tamar
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Wonderful atmosphere. Wonderful service. Such a gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thomas, our server, was great… personable & attentive to guests. The food was memorable & we discovered our new favorite cocktail, the Paper Plane. Overall, a wonderful evening for longtime friends to reunite.

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NormanS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the finest restaurant s in Louisville. The owner and staff are wonderful. They really care about their customer.

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AugustR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful time. Food was incredible, drinks too. Would absolutely recommend and return.

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vipGaslampresident
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect. Came here for my
Dads birthday and the food was everything we hoped for snd more. The servers were extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Plus! They allowed us to bring our own cake and served it to Us. Truly a perfect evening.

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MaryT
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love le Relais and the ambiance & quality of food . But the last 2 times the service was extremely slow. We waited a good 20 minutes or more for a drink and almost an hour before they came to take our food order. The staff are very pleasant but they need more wait staff.

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Wally
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as always. Beautiful, quiet, live musicians.

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vipMark
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Exceptional food, excellent wine list, polite staff and very nice surroundings. This was certainly the best French food we have had in Louisville and possibly the second best French ever.

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Whycookwhenucaneatout
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of six for dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Le Relais was just what we expected. The service was impeccable; only to be surpassed by the food. From the mushroom tart to the escargots... the sea scallops to the shrimp scampi... the pork to the filet.... melt in your mouth delicious. Lovely selection of wines. The meal concluded with a dessert soufflé. The experience was simply magnifique!

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CraigC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Both my wife and I cleaned our plates completely. The ambience was great. Although we were near other tables, it was quiet. It was the most expensive dinner date for us but well worth it. I'd rather skip a few dates and enjoy a nice place like this every once in a while. After we ate and enjoyed dessert, we walked out back to look at Bowman Field. It was quiet and no one else was around so it made for a good end to the evening.

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vipJudithM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was outstanding. The food was delicious, the menu is very classic French. Service was excellent and the ambiance was very warm and inviting. It was clear that the vast majority of diners were repeat customers and were greeted very warmly by the staff. I would highly recommend Le Relais for any occasion, or for the opportunity to enjoy a memorable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic and fun. Good food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The restaurant was very hot and very noisy. Food service was a bit slow.

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vipJenLouisville
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. They were quite busy so it was pretty loud and that made conversation a bit challenging.

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VickieC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our dinner reservation and were treated with kindness and consideration by the gentlemen who greeted us. He took us over to the bar so that we could order cocktails while waiting for a table to open up. He introduced us to the bartender and we placed our order. We were instructed to wait in the lobby and someone would bring the cocktails over to us. A female server promptly brought them over to us. Martini glasses filled to the brim! The manager made earlier table accommodations for us and came to the lobby to escort us to the table and offered to carry my beverage to the table. The server was attentive and responsive. I had the best filet mignon hands down! Done to perfection.!!The entire dining experience was lovely! We had the soufflé for dessert which was stellar!!

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BeckyY
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Service was great. Could not have asked for a better evening.

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ASBow
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a joy to dine at Le Relais - perfect place for a celebration or when you want to treat yourself to a special meal.

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Zach
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful experience! Le Relais does not disappoint! Thank you for a very special evening Anthony!

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RussS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and prepared well. The surroundings were like a french
bistro in Paris. This is a place to go on a special occasion. It is elegant.
Russ

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SusanY
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Louisville. Love the atmosphere and the food is always delicious. The trout is outstanding as well as many other menu items.

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RuthH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were amazing. One of the best Cesar Salads in Louisville. Quiet and charming atmosphere. Definitely a winner for a special occasion.

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TimothyH
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for excellent food, quite conversations, relaxing time. You will leave with a smile.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary date

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EPwhiz
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for anniversary dinner. The food and service was great as always. This is a real restaurant and not fast food so if you want your dinner done in 15 minutes go to Burger King. The salads were fresh. The strip steak and fries were great as were the scallops.

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RickB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and experience. It was a delightful way to celebrate my wife's birthday. Will definitely return for another meal.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been quite some time since I dined at LeRelais, my mistaKe. PIn fact, I used to take a client there for lunch quite often, way back in the ‘80’s ...how embarrassing! He loved it, and since I was on an expense account, and he was a huge client, I was instructed to take him anywhere he chose.
Then, life, marriage, raising daughters, and managing to survive a deadly cancer became my priority. I was one of the lucky/blessed ones and did manage to survive when a clinical trial opened up just in time that saved my life.
I, now, get to enjoy, with a zest, the best life has in store for me. One of those is finally reuniting with this spectacular restaurant. I have been there at least 4 times in the past couple of months.
The owner, Anthony, and his staff are so friendly, professional, accommodating and determined to make the evening a unique, fun, and fabulous dining experience. The food and the presentation are beyond compare.
I am happy to be back and plan many more wonderful evenings at La Relais.

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ElaineB
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always consistently good. Anthony and Amy and staff are great.

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PatrickP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, quality of the food and ambiance are second to none. Amy is always top notch in taking care of our needs and the rest of the wait staff is always on top of things. We are treated as if we are the only customers they have and it was a busy night as usual. I've had almost everything there but the pork and trout are our favorites.

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derdleyerf
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our go too place. Friday or Sat. inside or out. Sunday with the Base and Guitar inside. Food is always perfect. Wish they would have sweet breads more often. An enjoyable evening every time.

FAQs

Le Relais offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 451-9020.

Le Relais is rated 4.8 stars by 1111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.