Bourbons Bistro

4.5
817 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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JH
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! The bartender and our waitress were outstanding. They both took time to get to know us and have a good time.

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TL
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we got was delicious! I had the pasta and it was some
of the best pasta I’ve ever had! There was also bone in pork chop and steak on the table, all very good.

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

Our food was delicious and service was great. Wish you had a kids menu.

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M
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Best pork chop I've ever had.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for Fathers Day because my dad LOVES bourbon. They have a very impressive bourbon menu and even have flights available. Their food menu is small but AMAZINGLY delicious. Everyone found something to enjoy. Will definitely be back!

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AE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a bit of a drive from downtown, but clearly in a revitalized restaurant area.

The inside is a bit dark and cozy with lots of historical photos. The customers were a mixed group. Special occasion group of Middle Agers, a bunch of young guys in t-shirts, a family group with a well behaved cute baby, several couples of mixed ages. The price point keeps this from being a casual spot.

The starters were amazing! The hit goat cheese dip with lots of delicious bread slices was good enough to make the trip alone! Enough to share with 1-3 others. The heirloom tomato salad was wonderful too. Ditto on size. I don’t recall our main courses but they were local, well prepared and delicious. We will definitely come back.

We were going to sit on the ‘patio’ but it is just an unadorned deck beside the parking lot. They need to put up a trellis and plants etc to make that a useful option.

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s
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and drinks.

Definitely recommended and will go again when in town.

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What an excellent place. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. the selection was every bit as good as advertised. The pricing was very very reasonable

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal - the food was great - the service couldn’t have been better - we will definitely come again!!

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RK
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, & incredible bourbon selection. A must try in Louisville!

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MF
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bourbons Bistro never disappoint. I never miss the opportunity to indulge here while in Louisville.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bourbon Bistro is easily one of my favorite dining experiences in Louisville

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DM
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting on a Sunday and very few restaurants were open. We stumbled on this gem on open table and so glad we did! The menu is concise but the preparation was delicious!

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KB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Our experience at this place was not a good one. I made the reservations based on the verbal recommendation of people in the Bourbon Community. I did not want to be disappointed but I was very disappointed. The staff was uninterested as to whether we had a good experience, basically unfriendly. Our waitress was apathetic and uninterested in serving us, bordering on rude. The food was not served as described by the menu. It was fair at best. My husband agreed to go to this place based on the 'raving' reviews I told him I had heard. He was not impressed. I even asked if Jason (the owner) was there and was told he was not. I have heard him on many podcast, and had no reason to believe we would have a bad experience. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. We ordered shrimp and grits and a pasta dish. We both got a cocktail and shared the goat cheese appetizer. Would highly recommend.

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AW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day can be one of the most hectic and stressful days working in a restaurant. Execution is tough due to volume and service is scrutinized due to the elevated occasion. We brought my parents to Bourbon's Bistro this past Mother's Day and had one of the best dining experiences ever! The food was phenomenal and fresh and hot!! The service was swift and kind. My stepfather is English and he said the homemade sausage was the best he's ever had in the US! Making sure your parents have a great brunch you invite them to can be tough, but the staff at Bourbon's Bistro made it wonderful! I have raved about them since we left this past Sunday! The service industry is hard, working holidays and nights and it's tough to not show it, no one at this restaurant showed it! They were awesome! My family and I were impressed, we will be back! Thank you for making our Mother's Day so fantastic! Keep up the hard work!

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Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

shrimp & grits were divine !!! cinnamon rolls were fantastic but country ham was tough.
Our server was excellent. most enjoyable!

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TL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation online, arrived 15 minutes early expecting to wait, was seated immediately. Server arrived promptly, ordered drinks, then ordered our food. Very very good!

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MW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been to Bourbons several times and always rated it very highly in all aspects. But, they were definitely having issues on Friday night. Our waiter did the best he could, while we waited over 30 minutes for our food and another table still had not eaten when we left. The salad was sugary sweet and the entree seemed as if they put leftovers on the plate. It was a pasta dish with very little pasta and a couple of pieces of cauliflower. It was a very disappointing dining experience, however, I will give the restaurant another try based on past experiences.

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TC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner here after the Derby. The food was great as was the atmosphere. There was a large party that was very loud but I could see the staff was doing their best to get them to be a bit quieter and our waiter apologized profusely. I am sure this was specific to the derby and I would not expect it on another night. Enjoyed our meal and would definately go back if we are ever in the area again.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

derby n b day

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service

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BG
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations 2 months in advance. On line menu looked good. When we arrived, the restaurant had changed their menu because of Kntucky Derby. Jacked up the prices and squeezed down the menu. My wife had counted on salmon but the "new" menu did not have it on there. We told the hostess that we would not be eating there because of this change and she replies that it would cost us $25 per person to cancel! We then went back to our table and had a glass of wine and an appetizer to avoid those ridiculous charges. The rest rooms were a filthy as well. We will never go back!!!

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TB
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Could eat the friend ousters and the goat cheese dip all day!

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FG
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything an exceptional restaurant should be; superior service (or server Megan was amazing! ) and utterly-delicious food! Chef Jereme (Semper Fi !) can we take you back to Miami!

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MH
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Despite a little mix up with the food served, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The good news is that our concern was addressed immediately and gracefully. Fried oysters are to die for. We both had filet that was expertly prepared, tender and delicious. Bourbon selections are over the top. Would have preferred higher quality wine options.

We will return to enjoy!!

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M
Phoenix
126 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great. They had a problem cooking the egg for the excellent Waygu hamburger. Unfortunately, our waiter, Michael, tried to tell us that their definition of over easy/medium/hard is different from our expectations. Huh? Later in the meal, Michael knocked a glass of water over, into one of the diners plate as well as on 2 of the guests. No acknowledgement of these errors on the check. When we suggested they should we were told "we've already run the card". A yelp reference prompted an inappropriate response. The manager finally suggested to Michael that we should be accommodated for the ruined entree. Michael then sat at the bar and pouted until we left. Won't return.

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BS
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Love the setting. The food's always great. The goat cheese appetizer is wonderful..my only complaint is that the food preparation always takes a while...good service otherwise..definately recommend if you have the time

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

5 of us. Drinks and dinner. As always excellent. We took after dinner drinks and dessert out on patio with a lovely fire going. Staff was very gracious with our request to do that and checked on us continually.

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BL
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great atmosphere and selection. Food was great and bourbon was better!

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D
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great experience at Bourbons Bistro. From the outstanding bourbon list and cocktails, to the tuna poke taco appetizer, to our entrees of pork chop and salmon, it was all very well prepared and flavorful.

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ! Great service ! Great ambiance! Recommend it highly !!

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JE
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've always been a big fan of this place. The only knock I can give them is they have phased out the luxardo cherries in their high end drinks and that's something I've come to expect in my old fashioned. Other than that excellent service, food and drinks are better than most. Try the maple bacon old fashioned, trust me it's the best drink there.

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M
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service as usual! Thanks Mike and Jason for some incredible pours!

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C
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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
8 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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