Bourbons Bistro

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$30 and under
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Southern
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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4.6based on recent ratings
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PC
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service were exceptional; the atmosphere was relaxed and convivial. It was an excellent evening all around.

T
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best bourbon menu in town. The meal was just as outstanding. We had mussels for an appetizer, pork chop for the meal and bread pudding for dessert. All were fantastic and the service was friendly and engaging without being obtrusive. Fun night.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Christmas gathering with a group of friends

M
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed a spectacular bourbon list & outstanding dinner. Service was impeccable & loved the ambiance

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. Drinks were tasty. Service was friendly and unassuming. Upscale dining without the stuffy atmosphere.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and the drinks were great. Filet was what I would expect from Outback not a higher class place like this but it was still good.

D
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding as usual!

MW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits dish was wonderful! Bread pudding also excellent!

BI
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Had appetizers and cocktails. Waited inordinate amount of time and three of four dishes were cold. Nothing about the place screamed return visit.

BR
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We entertained out of town guests. The staff made them feel very welcomed. The noise level is perfect for conversation. The mussels were amazing!

A
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We enjoyed the food and the service at Bourbons Bistro. We had to ask for the music to be turned down so we could hear each other (there were 4 of us). We had reservations at 5:30 pm and were seated and served promptly. By the end of the meal, the restaurant was so dark we could hardly see our food. If the music was softer, less intrusive and the restaurant wasn't so dark, I would have provided 5 stars.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

150 Bourbons available but mixed drinks where delicious after days of bourbon tasting and food was even better!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service and really enjoyed the food! They have a huge bourbon selection and offer reasonably priced flight options.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best meal we had in Kentucky by far! The goat cheese app, bone marrow app and the shrimp and grits were to die for! Totally recommend...also if you have enough room get the bread pudding...you’ll be thankful you did’

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Best pork chop ever!!! Great service and friendly atmosphere.

d
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant! Very extensive list of bourbons and excellent food. The servers were friendly and attentive. Be sure to save room for the bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce!

UM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
21 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!

D
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend! Our anniversary dinner there was delightful.

EJ
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TD
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food very good

A
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

p
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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