Bardstown Bourbon Company Kitchen & Bar

4.6
1321 Reviews
$30 and under
American
THOUGHTFULLY EXECUTED, APPROACHABLE CUISINE INFORMED BY BOTH KENTUCKY CLASSICS AND THE WORLD’S FINEST FLAVORS. WE SOURCE LOCALLY, CALLING OUT THE FARMS RIGHT ON THE MENU, AND MAKE EVERYTHING IN HOUSE. WE CALL THIS THE MODERN KENTUCKY EXPERIENCE.

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
  • Contactless payment available
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
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SusanM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a leisurely lunch before heading home from vacation. This is a great place to try a pour of a bottle you might not have in your collection. I opted for the club sandwich with a side of smoked mac & cheese. I would order both again without hesitation. I highly recommend the slushie. The service was friendly. The atmosphere was great for people watching.

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JennyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The dining experience was a let down after such a great distillery tour/tasting experience. There were 2 for our dining experience, we waited 53 minutes for our food to be served, which was a club sandwich and fried chicken.

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RalphA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly staff service was prompt and courteous. Very casual ambiance with an open airy environment. Excellent job everyone!

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vipCorvette1871
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Dinner reservation. The facility is top notch. Very clean and modern. Servers and hostess were very nice.
We had the poutine for an appetizer. Too greasy for my tastes. The fries were good and the cheese was also good. Too much heavy gravy.
Both had the fried chicken for entree. Worst fried chicken I have had in a long time. The batter the chicken was prepared with was heavy and not flavorful at all. It was battered and them put in a deep fryer. Not like your mamma's fried chicken. The green beans were good. The mashed potatoes had a pile of gravy in the center that ruined any possibility of the potatoes being good. Disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reese (our waiter) was very accommodating when we had to run out to make it to a distillery tour. The food was absolutely delicious!

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VioletLee
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

It is not mentioned on the website, nor did they mention it when we called to reserve outside specifically, but the “outdoor seating“ is in the middle of a construction site. They seem to still be constructing this building? So we ate in the middle of drilling, yelling, hammering, dust, and loud music from the construction crew. The food itself was very average and underseasoned. We actually saw some employees go and get fast food to eat from elsewhere and then come back with it, which is never a good sign. Sorry, but would not recommend.

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SteveB
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great time at BBCK&B! This was a business meeting and the food and service could not have been better. The staff, starting with Thad Mattingly at the top down to the server at our table, could not have been better. Gave us everything we needed, nothing we didn't. This place continues to be the best restaurant in central Ky.

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MikeY
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at Bardstown Bourbon Co Kitchen.
The sangria bourbon slushy was beyond delicious and the Manhattan was SO good. We loved the poutine and the burger…those fries/chips were the best ever. Our waiter/server was so kind. He was very friendly and really made us feel at home & welcome.
We’ll be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a terrific restaurant. Great food, great service, awesome drinks, and a huge bourbon selection!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I have had dinner here in the past and the food was excellent! I decided to go back for brunch. Food was just ok, I ordered shrimp and grits, and found it to be mediocre. My friend ordered the frittata and it was not the best. Another friend was pleased with the eggs Benedict, and my partner loved the club sandwich and the chips. All of our drinks were excellent, and the ambiance is lovely! Would go definitely go back, but would be more careful about what I order, because I will absolutely need to continue to explore the cocktail menu further.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Service was slow, but I don’t believe it was the fault of our server as we were told that there were several large groups that came in before us.

Menu selection was sparse compared to prior visits. I had the house salad which was awful but I will admit it looked pretty with just the various leafy ingredients and few cucumber slices. I believe this is the first salad that I never finished. The vinegretee dressing was to sweet and did not pair well with the bitter lettuce.

I had the salmon which wasn’t bad with the corn and three pieces of asparagus. My wife had the steak filet. We have always enjoyed the steak here, even at its higher price. But this was not the case. The steak made for a good roast but not a steak. It had no flavor and was very disappointing.

Before dinner we had a dish of Brussel sprouts that were cooked and looked great but the Brussel sprouts were of the large variety that have no taste and very hard to chew.

The atmosphere was pleasant but would have enjoyed the older tables that were used in the past.

We have always enjoyed coming here but for $140 for two I was embarrassed that I had invited five other friends to join us for dinner.

It will be a long time before we try this again. I use to recommend this place to friends that would come to town and visit but will not do that again until the menu improves.

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Whit
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great presentation and drinks. Hostess and bar service could improve. Communication up front also needs improved. Chicken was dry and waffles were soggy from where chicken sat. Shrimp wasn’t seasoned and the sauce on the grits wasn’t red eye gravy. Ambience was nice, but some small errors, like keeping food bins out covered in cellophane all over a prep area for customers to see, is just in poor taste. Overall some good things and some poor, but most likely won’t be back.

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DaveM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time as always, great food and an even better server

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Our waiter was an older gentleman, William or Will I believe, and he went above and beyond to make our anniversary lunch wonderful. He was very attentive, humorous, sweet and helpful! I recommend anyone who is visiting Kentucky to go to Bardstown specifically and have a special lunch/brunch or even dinner at Bardstown Bourbon company. Cannot recommend this place enough! 10/10 fantastic!

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MarkC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love this place and have been there many times. Food is not as good as when Chef Castro was in charge. Menu has changed- not for the better in my opinion. Miss the cornbread but smoked Mac and cheese great dish and addition!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was fabulous! It was the best salmon I have ever had!! It was a great way to celebrate turning 50!

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KristiJ
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first trip back here post-covid did not disappoint! Food and drinks were delicious and the service was excellent as usual.

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TheCustomer
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We made reservations to eat and arrived early to a restaurant not at capacity...yet were directed to wait. No covid nonsense We, they just wouldn't seat us. We sat at the bar; the drinks were good but we watched the empty tables for 90 minutes before being seated. Poor management or a clever ploy to sell drinks...either way, it made us late for our next reservations and the food was not great. I had a chicken sandwich made with a very tough piece of chicken, you know, like it was not completely thawed when cooked. Spouse was soused from sitting at a bar that long which did not make for a fun time for me...proprietors really need to tune that experience.

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AriadneR
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. The Julep was the best drink. The food and service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a special place!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. We had lunch after one of the tours at Bardstown Bourbon. I thought the food was a cut above. The Brussels sprouts were awesome. Sandwich high quality and the bacon was outstanding. Highly recommend eating here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I made reservations 2-3 months in advance in celebration of my husband’s 70th birthday. We loved our bourbon tour and tasting that preceded dinner. Your kitchen was off tonight. We loved the poutine, Brussels sprouts and charcuterie appetizers. We had 6 entrees. The egg was left off one burger. The other 2 burgers were ordered medium and were served well done and bland. Mac and cheese was great. The steak was great. The shrimp and grits were bland with no spice. I had to wait 15 minutes for my bland shrimp and grits after everyone else was served. I sent them back after finally receiving them they were so blah and I never do that. How that dish is your most popular is a mystery to me. We ordered 3 flights. One Bellmeade glass had a big chunk of something nasty in it stuck to the inside of the glass. We sent it back for a replacement. Overall, the meal was a disappointment.

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AliceS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good, restaurant was lovely, but service was slow.

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DanS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

It was good for the most part. Best old fashioned I’ve ever had but also the worst shrimp and grits I’ve ever had. The fried chicken my wife got was awesome. They don’t let you adjust your order at all and you can’t even order basic cocktails that most bars would make (Long Island, bahama mama, etc). Overall a cool place but I was surprised at how bland the shrimp and grits were

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AdamL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a nice time for lunch. Nice range of items on the menu. Was a little surprised everyone had to walk through the restaurant to get to the tours and gift shop. Food was good and hot and fresh.

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Sher
Chicago
1 review