Bourbons Bistro

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Located on Frankfort Avenue 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
Soul Chef Justin Shewell

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UM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is difficulty to find a last minute table for seven and a place where everyone will be happy. Bourbons Bistro was fantastic, we will be back soon!

RD
Wilmington
19 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely dinner here with friends. Sampled a bourbon flight and enjoyed pork chop, hamburger plate, and a pasta dish. All delicious. Cute decor and seated toward the back made conversation possible.

KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!

D
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Burger good, fries and ranch dressing awful. Service awful. Bad Attitude & body language. Didn't let us know about extra split plate charge and upcharge of additional side. $18 burger turned into a $29 burger. My guest didn't like her cocktail (way too strong) and no offer was made to fix it or swap it.

TK
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had nine friends enjoying dinner after a day on the bourbon trail. We were very happy with the food and the service.

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

The service was great and the filet mignon & pork-chop was amazing. Much better than a meal at Jeff Ruby’s.

CN
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely recommend! Our anniversary dinner there was delightful.

EJ
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cocktails, appetizer, wine, entrees, dessert all very, very good.
Lite crowd, so quiet, service way above average.
Wife's vegetarian mushroom pasta and my salmon were prepared spot on.
Definitely, a wise choice.

LR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am from out of town and I’ve been to Bourbons Bistro each time I’ve been in town. Every time the service and food have been consistent and outstanding! The staff is here extremely nice and fun. I would recommend Bourbons Bistro to everyone!!

r
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for the Hometown Rising Festival. Decided to get local, always heard good thing and was not disappointed...between the parmesan grits, caramelized cauliflower and the Shrimp and Salmon all were winners!!! Great staff, very friendly and attentive.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group had a fantastic meal at Bourbons Bistro. Great environment, super service, highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

TD
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After my boyfriend having taken me for a chain steakhouse where we had a mediocre salmon dinner at around $20 each I bet I could do better. I chose Bourbons and had an amazingly delicious and filling salmon dinner and the bill was only $10 higher. I won the bet hands down. Beautiful ambiance, delicious food and great service at a very reasonable price. We'll definitely be back!

My only suggestion is to improve the beers list. With so many amazing craft breweries in the area offering more local and / or craft beers available would be nice.

SS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food very good

A
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were somewhat disappointed with the food on the last two visits. We have been patrons for a long time but the quality of the food has been in decline. I had hoped the first of these mediocre experiences was a fluke but I don't believe that is the case. We will give it one more try before we make a final decision to spend that kind of money elsewhere.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration dinner! The atmosphere was perfect and food delicious. Highly recommend!

p
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My know-it-all bourbon boyfriend was impressed. Everything about this place is well put together making it a perfect evening out!

JJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. Enjoyed drinks and appetizers in bar during happy hour . Then moved into dining room for wonderful dinner with group of 8. Steaks, pork chop, and burger were all hits. Don't miss the bread pudding!

SS
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to BB many times, I guess you'd call us semi-regulars. We keep going back because it is a consistently good experience - food, drinks, service. The regular bartender (Mike) is great, as are the hostesses and servers - and the owner, when he's there, always greets us as well. I recommend the fried oysters, the mussels, the salads, the salmon - and the specials are always good - actually everything is quite good. And of course, they have a great bourbon selection. We enjoy both the bar and the regular dining area. Overall BB is a solid choice for going out, it's very consistent/good.

SF
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to bring two out of town friends who were doing the bourbon trail. We love Bourbons Bistro and will definitely return.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the atmosphere and the food is absolutely fantastic. Personally, I love the very large selection of bourbons and the opportunity to try various ones via the flights.

KJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing.. The food is well worth the price. Service was remarkable.

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

We had dinner with my brother and his wife to catch-up and couldn’t have found a better spot. There are a variety of menu choices to accommodate our different taste interest and all were very good. Because we hadn’t seen each other in a while we spent time talking and our server was not only patient with us but encourage us, even joining in on some friend banter. We all highly recommend an evening at the Bourbon Bistro.

AM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was scrumptious! The appetizers complimented the main course. The Bourbon selection was superb!

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good...some of the menu description was not what was served. Great hospitality and chef came to table to chat with us. Nice touch. Service was very attentive without being intrusive. We had a part of 6 and sat in middle of the room which was a bit difficult to hear conversation. We will be back!

RM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We decided on the restaurant for our anniversary. The food was excellent and we were very happy with our meal. Our only concern was that we intentionally made our reservation for 6:15 during "Happy Hour" which was promoted when we went to the website (4:30 - 7:00). There was also a sign out in front of the restaurant about Happy Hour specials, yet when it came time to pay, we were told this was only for "bar service". This was not mentioned anywhere on Open Table, Bourbon's Bistro Website or the sign out front. We were disappointed that our bill was $10 more than we were expecting.

D
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bourbon’s recently added a fabulous diver scallop dish to their menu. I have to eat gluten and dairy free, which typically means a burger with no bun (or some similar adaption to a meal that translates into less flavor!) NO CHANGES were needed to make this dish something I can eat, and it has a nice kick to it. I was a little jealous of the filet that a couple others in our group ordered, so maybe next time I’ll ask for adjustments on that! We always love coming to Bourbon’s for whatever occasion, they have fantastic cocktails and great service.

EL
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and our waitress was terrific. Really enjoyed the meal

DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Too noisy and fries, that were terrible, with a filet, not good.

KP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and wine with friends. We all tried something different and everything was great. The pork chop was tender and juicy. The burger was cooked perfectly. My friend loved her scallops but I didn’t try them. We also loved the garlic and goat cheese spread and the strawberry salad. We have been several times and always have such great service here.

T
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I would not return. It was a very long meal. However, the food was very good and we all enjoyed it when it finally arrived. Our waitress kept apologizing for the delay in both our drinks and our food. We were sitting at our table for 1 1/2 hours before we received our entrees. None of us were used to such a slow kitchen or bartender for that matter.

OT
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent tonight!!

JB
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Saturday evening 8:00 p.m. 2 people. They were busy. The food was good. It was very loud.

The service was slow. The waiter came by twice and apologized that it was taking so long. The manager came over once and said a line cook had a medical emergency but that "now" was back to cooking. We appreciated the explanation. However at the end of our evening the waiter again apologized for the wait saying they were unexpectedly busy. That there had been a lot more walk in business than anticipated. Not sure which story was the truth.

We were provided a complimentary dessert for the wait.

The food was good; however not good enough to make a return visit anytime soon. In addition the noise level was such that we really would not come back due to this alone.

They do have a huge selection of bourbon.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was exceptionally good! Service was a little slow. Don’t like having to shout at dinner companions to be heard. Really bad acoustics

BB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The strawberry salad was dusappointing at best. Two tiny little pieces of strawberry and half tsp of goat cheese. Salad dressing was all oil and no basalmic vinegar. I should have sent it back. Sure miss the Caesar salad which is usually good.

The double portion of fried oysters which I like for a main course was just ok. The oysters were little and the grits were tepid. Tasted like the grits had been sitting around for a while. They usually are creamy and hot. Not this time.

I will go back but will expect to be pleased and won't stand for anything other than the standard good quality.

The server was new and scattered. He was nice but we had to ask for bread twice when our meal took way too long to receive.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing as always. Bourbons Bistro has become our go-to spot for birthdays and anniversary. The service and food are always amazing. We went a little earlier than usual this time so it was a little bit quieter than usual, which was nice, but it is never too loud. The new menu was great, and we were glad the mussels were still an option for a starter. Again, a great experience.

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

We came for my birthday last night. Everything was great! Our server Tess gave excellent recommendations!

KY
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent as always as was service. Place had a very musty/moldy smell, which was distracting. Been there several time and never experienced this, so maybe a one off.

BP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the recommendation of a friend, we went there to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with some members of our family. It was wonderful. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful, the food was varied and delicious, and everyone did whatever they could to make our experience special. I've written a lot of reviews and very few of them have been 5-star across the board, but this place is special.

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