Le Relais

4.8
740 reviews
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French
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.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined a couple of courses and were there an hour and 45 minutes as we sat back and enjoyed the jazz trio after dinner. It was a great evening and look forward to our next dining visit.

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m
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place, with an airport theme, understated. Great food and wines. Worth the trip!!

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b
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic way to celebrate our anniversary. A beautiful and unique setting, service that made us feel like celebrities, generous drinks and a dinner that rivaled the most posh restaurants I’ve ever been. I’m so glad we went!

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EB
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite Louisville restaurants.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Flew in from Cincinnati. Parked the plane in front of Le Relais. Great evening.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LeRelais is just lovely and is like going back in time. It is my favorite.

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SS
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Le Relais - it's one of our favorite spots in L'ville. Anthony always makes sure everything is on point. He recommended a fantastic bottle of wine on this visit. I wish we could go more often...

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JE
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, you changed my view completely on calamari!

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R
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with excellent service. A Louisville tradition

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JW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a super-friendly place to have dinner. The owner is a very gracious host. Ambiance is first-rate. Closest thing to France in the USA.

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R
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been to this upscale Louisville restaurant in about 12 months, simply due to the press of other events. It was wonderful. Much like coming home to a warm, welcoming environment. It is a favorite of many Louisvillians. The ambiance is one of quiet elegance. The food is simply outstanding French cuisine. Diners are given an actual choice of dinner or smaller portions. The cocktail and wine list is deep. There is a quiet buzz about the place. The wait staff is very attentive and knowledgeable without being fussy or intrusive. The owner, Anthony, sets the hospitable tone. Outstanding in every way.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food really not good used to be a lot better

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Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food wasn’t as expected for the price I felt like I was in a shoe box very noisy place, the sea bass I ordered was very bland I was not very impressed after all

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. It is more than a meal, it is an experience

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CK
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable. Service, ambiance, the food was delicious and dessert, glorious.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Standard French restaurant. Quality service, quality food. Reliable and romantic, but not exceptional. Wish we had got some wine!

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E
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First visit to Le Relais and very enjoyable evening. Exceptionally professional, great food, comfortable seating. Owner greeted us and very accommodating. I will certainly return.

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G
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful treasure! The food is always excellent and the service is second to none!!!!!

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K
Louisville
73 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

In a word, our evening at Le Relais was "disappointing". It was my husband's birthday and I made the reservation a couple month's in advance. He'd never been there, and I'd only been once several years ago. Our table was in the corner in the front left side of the restaurant -- not much of a view except of the stairwell to the bathroom -- most of the rest of the restaurant was blocked by a column. We were greeted by the manager, who took our coats when we came in, and that was about as welcoming as the evening got. Our waitress seemed to lose interest right away when we said we weren't interested in the wine or cocktails list. She left the menus and came back about 10 minutes later and asked if we had any questions. We were going to order an appetizer and wait on ordering the rest, but she said that wasn't necessary. So we ordered the Calamari, which was very good, salads (both ordered the Bibb salad -- which turned out to be more of a chopped salad, but still OK), and entrees (pork chop and small filet). The pork chop was fine, but nothing memorable. The accompanying brussel sprouts were steamed with no (or very little) seasoning and they sat atop some sort of paste, which we never figured out -- didn't bother with it as it had no taste. My husband's "small" filet was laughable -- maybe 3-4 ounces tops, with a small scoop of mashed potatoes. He said the flavor was good. The young man responsible for filling water glasses came around quite often, which was nice, but even nicer would have been if he looked up, or smiled, or answered when spoken to. After the underwhelming service and meal we didn't bother with dessert. I was really bummed -- I wanted to take my husband out for a nice dinner / special occasion and this was far from it.

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TP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. So professional and super attentive. The food is always excellent. True to French cuisine, portions are not large but plenty big enough for the average diner.

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OF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a wonder for night. Wonderful place for a great meal, quiet and relaxing.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnifique! I thought I was in Paris 1938. Now I’m trying to buy a wine I was served that evening.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it as always!

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three of us had a wonderful dinner and we chose Sunday night because they have live jazz. I thought it might be a bit noisy but it was not because it was a saxophone and an acoustic guitar so it was mellow. Food was wonderful and service elegant. If you haven't been, you should go and if you have been, go again.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We usually love coming here. This evening we had super slow service and the food was horrible. My dish came out overcooked and cool and my husband's had clearly been sitting under the heat lamp.

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M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasion. Staff was wonderful!

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, food was very good, and the waiter/manager were most helpful.

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JM
Western KY
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have not been to Le Relais for quite some time and thought we'd give it another try. Based on this past experience, we may not return again. While the salads were fine, most of the meals were lacking for one reason or another. The highlight was the scallops--they were delicious and hot. The pork chop was recommended, thus ordered, but unfortunately was just "ok"....not very flavorful. Vegetables were good. Two people had the strip steak...while the flavor of the dish was delicious IT WAS LUKEWARM AT BEST....unacceptable. We did not send it back, as doing so raises the question of what happens to the food when it goes back to the kitchen (this concern applies to ANY restaurant). Overall, we were disappointed with our collective meals.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. The best dining experience in Louisville!

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DH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening celebrating my husband’s birthday. One of our favorite restaurants!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our experience and look forward to returning. The staff was excellent and the manager was very gracious. It was so nice to be greeted before we even came in the door. The evening had an upscale feel and the entrees were absolutely delicious! I tried some of my husband's mushroom risotto and could have eaten a whole bowl of just that! They were even sweet enough to put a candle on my dessert, as my husband mentioned it was my birthday when we came in.

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting; not over done yet, upscale. An ambience reminiscent of the old airfield and a quaint French restaurant. The rabbit was delectable and dessert was divine. The owner indulged me with a genuine Pastis (thank you!) and the service was stellar. A true slice of Europe set down in Louisville. Throw in the the light, live jazz duo never playing too loud and the evening was absolutely complete.

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YB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Beet Salad and Chilean Sea Bass over Polenta. The salad was delicious with just the right amount of dressing and the curry vinegarette had a delicious flavor. For the entree, I had the Chilean Sea Bass over Polenta, it was melt in your mouth fabulous. The best piece of fish I have had in awhile. To finish, I had the homemade icecream in pastry with fudge sauce. It was also very good but I would have preferred a little lighter pastry. Overall, I give the meal an A rating.

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T
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I took my wife there for a Valentine Day dinner.
The service and food was exceptional.
My wife commented it was one of the best steaks
she has had in a restaurant. All was good.
We will go back....

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PD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall we had a great experience. Would definitely recommend and we plan to go again.

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j
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top three restaurants in Louisville. They have never let me down. I recommend it to everyone.

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GG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I would not recommend the rabbit on their special. The vegetables were burnt on the outside and raw. I could not cut the baby carrots with a knife or fork. The rabbit was tough and not ver well seasoned. The only truly tasty part of our meal was the beet salad.

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I tried Le Relais for the first time to celebrate Valentines a day early. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the unique ambiance. We will definitely be back soon.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

always go here for special occasions,,,,,, great food ,,,,,,,,,,, great service,,,,,,,,,,,, reasonable prices
can't beat the atmosphere,,,,,,,, step back to a better time

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