Bourbons Bistro

4.7
782 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Located on Frankfort Avenue's restaurant row in the historic Clifton neighborhood, we offer more than 130 bourbons, as well as a selection of antique expression whiskies that you won't find anywhere else.
Bourbons features upscale dining in an elegant but casual atmosphere and a bourbon-inspired seasonal menu graced by southern inspired cuisine.

Chef - Jereme McFarland
Sous Chef - Samuel Varju

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DW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for Easter brunch around noon with a reservation. Our table was ready on time and there were a fair amount of people there but it was not overly crowded. The food selection was underwhelming and somewhat basic. Flank steak and shrimp and grits were the only two entree type food to choose from. The rest was basic breakfast food including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes. There weren’t any breakfast pastries. Our server made a few appearances but actually left our few dirty plates on the table. I finally had to ask her to take them. My biggest gripe is being charged $10 for a small mimosa. $10. It was certainly nothing special or grand in size to warrant that price. It just seems like such a ripoff especially when other popular brunch places around town charge $1 or $2. All in all nothing special for a holiday brunch and we would never go back.

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C
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Easter brunch buffet was wonderful! We were really impressed with the food and the service we received.

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J
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Food was delicious. Chef and staff are friendly. Overall great service.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our experience at Bourbon Bistro. Only comment was the music was a little too loud. otherwise the atmosphere, service and meal were excellent.

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DH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Bourbons Bistro. Good specialty drink selection.. tried something new Paper Plane. There were a lot of good sounding menu choices to choose from. The waitress was able to make great recommendations. The ambiance of the restaurant was quaint. It was not super busy when we were there (6:30) so the section was not really full, so the sound level was great for conversation. Highly recommend giving it a try. I had the Salmon and it had some of best flavor of Salmon I have had. Cooked perfectly, nice and moist, excellent!

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JB
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had great service, the food was pretty good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 5 of us on a post business meeting dinner. Food was excellent w variety for everyone. Waitress was attentive while being unobtrusive. We had a drink in the bar prior to being seated and can’t say enough on how great bartendersMike and Emma were.
We did apps x3, mains x5(burger, pork chop,2 filets and shrimp/grits) and 2 desserts. Everything was excellent. Everyone agreed one of our favorite restaurants!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 7 people, and everyone was very pleased with their meals, service, atmosphere, and all. Highly recommended!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A phenomenal meal with an amazing drink menu. We were a party of four and each of us loved our appetizers and our entrees. The wings and poke tacos were delicious with great flavor. Two of us had the pork chops and they were delicious. The bourbon bread pudding desert is a must have as well. We will definitely be coming back,

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for a dinner date or nice meal. Good bourbon selection and excellent food choices. I did a “build your own flight.” The Wagyu burger and salmon were excellent options. We will definitely go back.

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AB
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as well as the drinks. Service was also superior. Great place to dine and relax!

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D
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at Bourbon Bistro on Sunday. The server (Michael) was great.. very attentive, the food was most delicious, and the ambience was very nice. I like to dine at quiet places.. although there were a lot of people in the restaurant, the noise level was very very low and I enjoyed that. Thanks for a great evening!!!!

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SS
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are repeat customers - food is great and in my opinion a great value. And of course they have a great selection of bourbons. We highly recommend the fried oysters, shrimp & grits, salmon, burgers, mussels appetizer, and the maple glazed chicken wings. Service was excellent. We like to eat.drink at the bar as well as in the dining room, about 50/50. Experience is very consistent, we've never been disappointed. When the weather is nice, we enjoy sitting out front at the small tables and enjoying our bourbon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Desirae (spelling?) was training Michael. Both were excellent and balanced being conversational with allowing us our privacy. Chef Sam made recommendations that exceeded our expectations! We will definitely be back, hopefully with a larger group!

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JK
London
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fine food and friendly service for a first trip to the Bourbon Trail. Pork Chop was first rate. Tuna Tacos were good. Nice historic pictures grace the walls of area bourbon history. Will return.

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B
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent 🎉

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AH
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been to Bourbons Bistro in years. Nothing had changed....still perfect.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The meal was good and the food well prepared. The table was so dark that we had to use our phones to see the menu. The air was smoky with what smelled like blackening seasoning. The server dumped a full glass of red wine on one of my friends at the table, mumbled an apology as she got her a few more napkins and that was it. No moving our party to another table, no changing the wet, wine stained tablecloth, no offer to comp a glass of wine, nothing. Just a few more cloth napkins. My friend’s pants were literally soaked in Cabernet and there was never any mention of it again. They were busy, and we didn’t think it was worth calling attention to it at the moment, given the overwhelmed look on many of the servers’ faces, and number of glass items we kept hearing being dropped and breaking. Maybe it was an off night, because as mentioned, the food was really good. That said, for what we paid for the meal- drinks, apps and entrees, we expected better service.

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J
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Usually better service. Seemed to be understaffed but food was good. Had to wait on getting our check.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 10 for a business dinner. Great spot!

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best upscale dining in town! Always excellent food (especially the steak!) and drinks. Always perfect service. Nice meal in a more laid-back setting. Great for dates or with friends.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly. The food was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who has not been there yet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful experience. Huge bourbon list and the Rye flight was a big hit. Loved the food and the server was very knowledgeable about bourbons and pairings. I would go again!

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l
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was very nice. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. It took an unusually long time for us to get our drinks, but we were just happy to be out and on a belated Valentine's Day date so we did not mind. He had the pork chop, which was delicious. Very consistent texture, not fatty at all. I ordered the filet. I told our server that I wanted the filet to be medium but that I was worried if I ordered it medium, it would come out medium well. She suggested I order it med-rare plus so I did. It came out medium well. She was happy to take it back and ask the kitchen to prepare another steak. When she brought it out, it was medium rare so I took a couple of bites but did not eat the rest. I was surprised that she did not take anything off the check. I did not expect the cost of the steak to be removed, but I would have expected that perhaps one of our drinks would have been removed. She was very nice, but overall I was disappointed.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would so recommend this place to someone. Very nice atmosphere, and a great bourbon menu!

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b
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. Food was amazing. Drinks were strong. Will absolutely be back.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was seated late
The restaurant ran out of the steak for their dinner special. I understand it was Valentine’s Day and they were very busy but it took a long time to get our food.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Minus the child next to our table consistently trying to hit me, the overall experience was good. Limited menu for Valentine's was to be expected. Food was quick and hot. Service was phenomenal.

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DG
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and food were great. We went on Valentine’s Day and some of the normal menu was not offered. I had the pork chops and they were tender and juicy. The drinks were great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service and accommodating to our
Small children.

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BA
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both OUTSTANDING! We will absolutely be returning to Bourbons Bistro.

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and drink selections were good. Noise level was extremely loud. Service was exceptional.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and atmosphere. Reasonable prices. Good selection of bourbon.

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DM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was very gracious and accommodating and the food was outstanding!! Signature cocktails were good. Tables are a bit small and chairs could be a bit more comfortable. Note: Happy Hour discounts are generally available only at the bar, but they are a great deal. We'll be back for a long Happy Hour!

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JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bourbon's Bistro is one of our favorite places to take out-of-town visitors to -- Kentucky comfort food, a bounty of bourbon and really easy ambiance.

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PS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I took an hamburger. it was excellent, very well cooked and prepared. My colleagues were also very happy with their main course (pork shops, ...). overall a very good experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The server was very friendly and made some excellent recommendations that we loved.

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LN
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Enjoyed the filet and shrimp and grits. Drinks were strong and the mocha cake was amazing.

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GE
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. Will keep going back.

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

At 8 pm on New Year’s Eve, our party of four was seated. We had a reservation. Our table was in the back corner, which was fine, as many of the interior tables had been pulled together for multiple large parties. While on NYE, and through no fault of the restaurant, my rating may very well have been 1 star higher except for the noise and the servers having to spend extra time with these larger groups. The food however is excellent! Two of us had the Shrimp & Grits, one had Salmon, and one the Pork Chop. The Ahi Tuna Poke tacos and Garlic and Goat Cheese Spread appetizers were spot on. While we did not indulge in any bourbon, the selection is superb. I will go back on a non-holiday evening, and likely revise my review upward.

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