80/20 at Kaelin's

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$30 and under
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American
Opening June 7th!
In 1934 in a neighborhood community known quaintly as the Highlands a local couple named Carl and Margaret Kaelin decided to open a family restaurant. Kaelin’s Restaurant was born and over the years thrived creating countless memories for generations of Louisvillians. The restaurant became known as the “birthplace of the cheeseburger” serving the first version of this timeless classic for over 70 years. This claim to fame is argued amongst historians and the real origins are unconfirmed for the record books. However, if you mention the name Kaelin’s Restaurant to anyone from Kentucky you will resoundingly here, “the cheeseburger place?” As this angle wasn’t enough Kaelin’s boasts another equally impressive distinction, Kentucky Fried Chicken. In its infancy KFC and specifically Harland Sanders himself cooked and sold his famous chicken within these walls. Kaelin’s will forever be the first business to serve the colonels famous recipe in the city of Louisville.

Specials

Monday Margaritas

Enjoy $5 margaritas with $10 taco plates.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 24, 2019

Ends: October 25, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-10:00PM

Wine Wednesday

Every Wednesday we will have $10.00 bottles of wine. One is a white varietal and one is a red. Live music will start at 7:00pm

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 24, 2019

Ends: October 25, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 285 People Are Saying
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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Larissa did a great job with a party of 17! Great food too. Thank you!

OT
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food. All reviews o had read prior to booking were solid. Great burgers! It is family oriented which was fine for our group as we were in town visiting. Service was good. I would go back if I am in the area again.

NH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat in the bar area. I had the meatloaf dinner. It was fabulous. I felt like it was a great value for the price too. I tasted the chili also. I thought it was great. I’d recommend both. My only complaint is that the room itself was cold. I didn’t take my coat off. I’d recommend this place to anyone!

P
Louisville
51 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 5th time to Kaelins and it has gotten better each time

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 7 in our party and the server did a great job of keeping up with waters & drinks. All the food arrived hot and was delicious!! Everyone agreed that we needed to come back again to try some of the other menu options!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an absolutely great meal and experience! Thanks, Bill, Chris and the 80/20 Kaelins team for making this special lunch so great!!

L
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

This place was reccomend by friends. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing. I had the ribs special. The ribs were tough. The potato salad and coleslaw was absolutely the worst I have ever tasted. The server was the only redeeming thing. I felt sorry for her having serve such bad food.

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chad and James are terrific and we had a great evening! Bean soup and burgers are delish!

DW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The omelette was a little bland, but the waffle was delicious!

OT
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger in town!

Z
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exactly what I wanted it to be. I was pleasantly surprised by the service, which did not visit to often but also never left a empty dish on the table or let my drink become empty without asking if I would like more. The space looked good the food hit the spot but the service was perfect.

PD
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great last minute dinner out on the patio. Brussel sprouts, onion rings and burger were fabulous.

PW
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Sunday brunch on the patio. The chicken and waffles were delicious, the chicken hot and crispy and the waffles mouth watering. The service was on point,
Friendly, efficient.

JP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great family-friendly spot! Good options and the ice cream is excellent

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was delicious and hot. Our server Devon was really attentive and sitting on the patio was relaxing.

P
Louisville
51 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is our third time to 80/20 Kaelin's and it was truly our best experience

TS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We waited over an hour for our food. We all had the cheeseburgers and the flavor was bland. The waiter offered to comp us desserts, so we ordered ice cream. The desserts were great. When we got our bill we were charged for our desserts. Instead of waiting longer for our waiter to fix the bills we paid and left. Will not be back.

EH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Kaelin's regularly and this night we took some friends. They loved it too! Can't beat the classic cheeseburger and I love the wedge salad.

BC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We tried this place for my wife’s birthday and everyone enjoyed the food

LM
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous celebration dinner complete with champagne and wonderful food. Service was great and the atmosphere was great in the restaurant.

KT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent cheeseburgers! The French fries are to die for. We will be coming back!!

BG
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for the first time and all of us had burgers, appetizers, and salads. The food was excellent and other item on the menu will bring me back. I especially appreciated the great beer list and the ice cream shop on the other side. Casual atmosphere but a step up from fast casual.

s
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience.
PERFECT service with outstanding food. We will return soon.

DH
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Visited for Saturday lunch with party of four. Weather was nice enough to eat outside and patio was very nice. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Most in our party ordered the cheeseburger with fries. The burger had a nice flame-broiled taste but otherwise, was fairly standard. Nothing special (I recall liking the original Kaelin's cheeseburgers better, but this may just be nostalgia). Their wings were good, but hot sauce was a little too sweet for my taste. Another guest tried the roast beef sandwich which he said was just "okay." The beer selection is very weak and the tap was not working this day. Overall good experience though.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic!

TD
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend and I shared the crab cake appetizer (excellent!) on the patio. Next we shared the 80/20 burger which was tender with tasty toppings. Loved the grilled pickled onions! We opted for crispy brussels sprouts rather than fries and while the flavor was great, we found the texture to be a bit oily and much soggier than expected. That's the only reason I rated 4 stars instead of 5. Bourbon choice was good as measured by whether they had our favorite (Four Roses Small Batch). Our server was prompt and friendly and kept our water refilled which we appreciated on a sunny day. We'll be back!

HM
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Love the place. Needs baffles to reduce noise levels

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

80/20 Kaelins was delicious!! Love the revamp of this Louisville area classic!! I tried the 80/20 burger and it was perfect!!

G
Louisville
32 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our food and service! First visit and we put 80/20 on our list of great places to eat burgers , wedge salad, chili, beef stroganoff and a hot fudge sundae for the finish.

MZ
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They accommodated a large group of us in town for a basketball tourney. Food was delicious and served hot. Waitress did a great job making sure all were taken care of properly.

EF
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

This was our second visit and we go there for the delicious burgers and fries. Just like last time, the food was amazing but the service is lacking. They forget silverware, leave the table for long periods of time without delivering drinks, and are generally distracted.

DW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The dining area was loud. Nothing to absorb the sound. Hard to speak across table for 2.

SF
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, especially the shrimp and grits and salmon croquettes. Love the decor but the noise was a little overwhelming. Overall it was a fun time and we will be back again!

MS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Bun was burnt black, not just grill marks 100% black. It never should have left the kitchen. Waitress only said would you like another one. No apology and seemed to act as if i was being to picky. This was my first visit. No plans to go back.

JF
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Service was friendly and efficient. Like the building updates. Only complaint was it seemed a little pricy.

B
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The burgers our in-laws got looked good and they said they were. My first experience ever with chicken and waffles was not so great. The waffles were flat and tasteless and the chicken was just some chicken strips. They were moist at least. The waiter joked that the Colonel himself was still alive in the basement making the chicken. I don't think the Colonel would have been too happy with it. My wife got some cheese grits that were really good. She didn't like the French toast but that was because she didn't read the description good enough and it just wasn't for her. I tasted them and they were good. Our waiter was OK, but he couldn't keep up. I would go back and just try something else when it is less busy.

AF
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious food. We will definitely be back here!

AC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time at Kaelin's and I have to say that it was a great experience. The burgers are amazing, as is the homemade ice cream. The salmon croquettes were wonderful, as was the 80/20 cocktail. The hush puppies were better than most's, but I don't care for hush puppies in general, particularly theirs since they had whole kernels of corn.

The service was excellent--prompt and thorough. The decor is interesting but not distracting. My main complaint would be that the place has poor sound design. Noise carries all over the restaurant and the sound system has too low a balance, so the only thing I heard was a mild cacophony of random conversation snippets and the bass line of the songs playing. That said, I plan on returning because the food quality is top-notch and the serving staff is wonderful. Highly recommend!

C
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good burger, good atmosphere, great ice cream, wonderful selection in menu, great decor

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