Le Relais

4.9
1091 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Please call 502-451-9020 for groups of 5 or more. Reservations preferred. All reservations are made for indoor dining. If you prefer to be seated on the deck please list that in your preferences when making your reservation and you will be seated outdoors weather permitting.

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 1091 people are saying
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vipJudithM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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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
14 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
5 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.

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vipchrlsdwest
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Anthony and his fine team always make you glad you are there. The desert soufflé’ was divine. Serving since April 1988 . A Louisville classic and must.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
Wonderful always

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vipPMS380
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, drinks and atmosphere!

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MaryC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. The filet was amazing, particularly the sauce.

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BruceK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time there. Really enjoyed the airport location, the intimate size of the restaurant, and the twist on their French martini.

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AndrewW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

As always, Le Relais has consistantly great food. Hands down some of the best food in Louisville. Usually, the service is the same. We were a little shocked at the lack of help this time and the wait time was really unacceptable between courses. Our waters ran out- wine ran out. We had to flag people down finally. I know that finding help is terrible right now but the owner should have stepped up. Instead, he sat down and ate his dinner. Really??

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MartyH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A ritzy repas for a special occasion. The meal was delicious and the flow of the courses was paced very well. Will visit again

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vipRhondaG
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing cocktails in a genuinely charming setting!

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blindhog
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites in Louisville, KY! Unique and superb under the ownership and direction of Anthony!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a fantastic bottle of wine, 2 appetizers, two mains, and two desserts. Everything was delicious, but 2 dishes could’ve used more salt. All in all a solid 9/10.

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Shopaholic
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We ordered Calamari as an appetizer and it was delicious.
We appreciated that half orders were offered for some entrees. The trout piccata was excellent, as was the shrimp scampi. Service was very slow and inattentive. We sat with spent plates that should have been cleared fo long periods. Staff would be passing by, look at them, and the just walk in by without taking them. Water glass weren’t filled, and bread service was replenished at the table next to us but noir hours, we Finley had to flag down the person. I cod NOT recommend ordering the Grand Mariner Soufflé for dessert. The texture was off, and it had only and eggy flavor.

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vipAsti
Tampa
150 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner together as a family and enjoyed the ambience!

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vipMaidaC
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Relais has been outstanding for multiple years. We loved it!!!

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JoeD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful evening for dining outdoors! We have passed Le Relais so many times and remarked "I want to eat there sometime!" We are so glad we did, everything exceeded our expectations--the courteous, attentive service; wonderful French cuisine; and amazing desserts! Watching the airplanes arrive and depart added a bit of Casablanca-nostalgia to our evening, which we hated to see end. We will definitely have to go back!

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ScottK
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a lovely, warm, early fall evening and enjoyed cocktails and conversation as pilots practiced their touch-and-go maneuvers in their small planes.

One of our favorite places for fine dining and great ambiance.

Always a High Recommendation from us.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect every-time!

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vipKevinC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The ambiance and service fantastic!!

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Fish98
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Every course was better than the one that preceded it. Never disappoints!

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WesC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and the staff were incredible. Food was perfect.

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MarilynW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, the food, the wait staff….they all combine to make Le Relais a place where I want to spend the evening. Not just a meal, an evening.

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LeeS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were both good. The trout I had was cooked perfectly as was the scallops my wife ordered. I would love to go back when the weather is nicer and sit outside to watch the planes

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vipTristan0917
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

FAQs

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

Le Relais is rated 4.9 stars by 1091 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.