Le Relais

4.8
754 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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Indiana
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect

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a
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
25 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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OT
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
65 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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AR
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from both our waiter as well as the owner/manager. Cocktails were tasty, and food was delicious. Manager assisted us with wine pairings that went very well with the meal. We all had a wonderful dinner; made us wonder why it'd been so long since we'd been back.

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m
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite all time dining experiences in Louisville. Always creative and delicious menu options. Welcoming and responsive in a unique locale and well designed dining experience.

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BE
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
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
41 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
6 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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OT
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
24 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
Louisville
2 reviews
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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OT
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
77 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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