Le Relais

4.7
783 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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MS
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

41st anniversary, first server took our order

We had been there a number of times over the past 20 years, but based on this experience we will not return or recommend it our friends.

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A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Straight out of Casablanca! Anthony plays the part almost better than Rick. Superb deliciousness on the cuisine, poised and attentive staff and the art deco style vibe is iconic. Intimate quaintness and ever so charming it is.

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WD
Louisville
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Le Relais is one of Louisville's few fine-dining restaurants that actually deserve that title. Outstanding food with exquisite attention to detail are such that you won't find elsewhere.

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BT
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I am a huge fan of Le Relais and have never been disappointed on the many occasions I have dined there.
This was a business diner and my guests really enjoyed the evening in this unique location.
Highly recommended.

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MS
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent anniversary dinner. From appetizer through dessert everything was perfect and the service was great. A perfectly paced experience. We had crab cakes, salad du jour of peach and arugula, husband got the filet and I had the lamb chops. Finished with the profiteroles but I gotta say, the Grand Marnier soufflé we saw being delivered to other tables looked lovely. We’ll definitely be back.

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DF
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great! Can’t wait to go back.

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L
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had friends visiting from out of town and wanted to provide them a unique experience with drinks and dinner by the airport. Great evening! Drinks on the patio and a lovely dinner inside. I appreciate the half size dinner portions too.

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OT
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening!

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WW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. The scallops and risotto were perfect.

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A
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite. Love everything about it. Food was excellent. Decor the best. Easy location to get to and park.

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AG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, ambiance was subdued elegance and service was attentive. We very much enjoyed it.

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MP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our 58th Anniversary, we enjoyed the entire evening! From the gracious greeting upon entrance to the perfect souffle at the end, it was first-class. We have celebrated many special occasions and regular dining times over many years--never disappointed!

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lived in Louisville ~ 18 years ago and really enjoyed Le Relais. I also always enjoyed Anthony the owner. I probably hadn't been back in over 13 years. My wife and I were overjoyed to find every bit as much of perfect dining experience with a memorable meal and an elegant bistro ambiance. I would highly recommend Le Relais to anyone looking for a fine dining experience. Anthony still does a great job !

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WB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was outstanding and I highly recommend this establishment to anyone wishing to celebrate a special event, like just wanting a great meal.
Upon arrival you are greeted by the owner and directed to you seating. The your greeted by your waiter then it goes on from there.
We will be returning every chance we have.

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G
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most dependable fine dining in Louisville, decade in, decade out.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always.

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PD
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very friendly and hospitable waiters and owner. Food was served in a very timely manner where we didn’t feel rushed. Food was well prepared and the escargots were the way we liked them with a minor comment. Needed a bit more garlic.
We will be back and bring friends.
Would have liked some soft music.

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J
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. The half portions were just perfect and facilitated multiple courses, , wine, appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Service was good but a bit sluggish....the restaurant was quite busy. Waitress was very knowledgeable.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service. Anthony and his staff are wonderful.

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Oh Charlie’s food for Ruth Chris prices and Applebee’s service.

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RC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites. A Louisville restaurant treasure.

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CR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Relais is wonderful! The owner prides himself of the comfort of his guests and makes hospitality a top priority. We’ve had Noah as a server multiple times- his service is unparalleled. The attention-to-detail and culinary expertise here is not to be missed! Highly recommend!

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MG
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 3 appetizers -- calamari, mushrooms and the pate. All of these were excellent. Each of us had a different entree. The caesar salad was quite good, the salamon was excellent and the crab cakes were fantastic. Everything was top notch!

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g
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antony & Ponch took great care of us.

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BM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most consistently good service and food presentation in Louisville

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J
Louisville
35 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Le Relais, probably our favorite restaurant in a city with a dynamic restaurant scene. A very nice room, excellent service, always a real French meal nicely prepared and Anthony a charming host.

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a
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner celebration for husbands birthday. Wonderful food and great ambiance

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary there and had a wonderful time. The setting is unique and lovely. Loved the cheese platter, sparkling wine and dessert. The steaks were a bit over cooked and not very hot but everything tasted delicious. It was a tad noisy at first but we had dessert out on the deck and that was really nice and peaceful looking out onto Bowman Field.

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ND
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect

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a
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

From the gentleman who greeted us at the front door to the waiter they were arrogant and could care less. The waiter disappeared for over 35 minutes and wanted to point out to us that waiting for our food for 1 1/2 hours was to be expected. When we left no one said a word to us. How was your meai, thank you for coming or even drop dead. The food was good, but i would never return or recommend it to anyone. I rarely post negative comments but this place was one of few.

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MR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always a pleasure at Le Relais. Upbeat, classy ambiance, great wine list. Appetizers are terrific, entrees are a bit more standard but reliable. Only problem on this past visit was time b/w apps and entrees was just too long, unusually so (maybe 25 min). Other than that we'll go back many more times.

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SW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Le Relais for 24 years, and it remains one of Louisville’s culinary gems. Whether it is to celebrate a special occasion or to simply have a cocktail on the patio overlooking Bowman Field, Le Relais never disappoints.

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J
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the feel of this place. Old school cool. Elegant yet comfortable. The food is always top notch as well.

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KA
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Bistro Le Relais was thoroughly enjoyable on all fronts; food quality, prompt-friendly-attentive service, and a pleasant, inviting atmosphere.

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ND
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So perfect!

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FE
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The wine was excellent and service was good. Great ambiance. The food was just ok, especially for the price. The food presentation was lacking.

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T
Louisville
68 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my wife's birthday at Le Relais on Saturday evening. The service was excellent starting with our immediate seating at a preferred corner table by window. Our servers Punch and Amy were very professional and always there when needed, but not interfering. We enjoyed a cabernet wine and champagne by the glass which was delicious, dry and reasonably priced. Our appetizer was the house pate and the strawberry house salad, yum. Our two entrees were the lamb chops and scallops which were perfecting prepared, hot and served together without delays. As part of the birthday celebration was our final dessert selection was the special Grand Marnier soufflé. Excellent!!

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Great food! One of the best restaurants in Louisville.

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A
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the very best restaurant in Louisville. Period.

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