Bourbons Bistro

4.8
1198 Reviews
$30 and under
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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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my fiancé to Bourbon Bistro for his birthday. The service was great. We had an earlier dinner (6:15) so the restaurant only had a couple other tables and therefore the noise level was very quite. The food was exceptional and the drink menu impressive. I would recommend this restaurant.

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vipDiningOutKid
Louisville
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great evening of dining at Bourbon Bistro. Food is delicious & presented beautifully. Mixed drinks are done well. My fav is the Old Fashioned. Didn’t try the deserts but they looked tempting👍

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Corey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. They went all out for my buddies bachelor party. It was enjoyed for all.

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vipBluegrass
Louisville
69 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are "regulars" - food, drinks and service were all Aces as usual. My pork chop was GREAT! Also try the fried oyster appetizer. We love BB.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and presentation was fantastic. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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saltydog
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Drinks made by Big Mike very good, as was our food, including dessert. We will be back to eat again.

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RobinS
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and drinks were excellent

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vipDeuce
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time at Bourbons and it did not disappoint. We booked on Open Table and was contacted by text about seating preference as it was a quite busy night. When we arrived we were seated quickly at a table rather than a high top in the bar. The bistro has a unique feel as you enter and walk through the bar area. Really cool. Service was great and friendly. Nice wine list and a very large bourbon selection that should meet any one’s desire. We chose the spicy fried oysters to start. Really crisp with light coating and fresh. I had the steak and frites. My wife enjoyed the pork chop. Both were excellent. We talked about how good both were all night. We said that we weren’t that hungry afterwards but would just look at the desert menu. Well, guess what? We selected the bourbon bread pudding. OMG! So warm and fresh with Carmel and berries. This was such a nice finish to our meal. Bourbons Bistro on Frankfort will see us again soon. Go there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff. Great food!!

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Lidalou
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve dinner. We had to ask who our server was after 15min with no one approaching our table but after that our server was attentive. Limited menu saw at least a party of 8 and 4 that did only drinks and left. Also s family of 5 got water looked at menu and left our bruschetta appetizer was very good shrimp and grits excellent and pork chop was excellent

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AshleyT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time going, we are from out if state. Just as great as the 1st time trying it. Will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were great! Loved the atmosphere! I would highly recommend! Service top notch! Cocktails top notch! Food presentation top notch! Thank you Bourbons Bistro! I will be back soon

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, accommodating service with a smile. Fabulous food, good value, wonderful ambience highlighted by how quiet it is inside - such an increasing rarity these days. Unobtrusive yet classy jazz background music. The nearby restaurants including Fork & Barrel and Volare were packed on a wet Tuesday evening, while Bourbons Bistro was maybe 25% full. Instead of going with the trending places and dining in a full dining room so close to other diners and noise, try Bourbons Bistro for a memorable experience.

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AnneS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give our server, Brandy, 10 stars, I would. She was knowledgeable and attentive and very nice.
Our food was scrumptious. The Brie app was delicious, the pork chop melted in my mouth, and the burger my husband had was wonderful.
A sweet little place for a romantic dinner.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The atmosphere was very nice. The food was Ok. However, the noise was horrible. We could not talk to each other at our table. When the server came we could not hear what she was saying. We could not wait to get put . I sent a review on the restaurant web page. The owner said that they have no control over the noise. Not an apology for your bad experience.

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vipcnbmom
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent! My ceasar salad was wonderful, my filet was even better. My husband had the steak frites. He liked it, but liked my filet more. Wish I had taken a pic. We will definitely be back for more!

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PartyOf8
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The mussels and mushroom bolonaise pasta were delicious. The dining room was a little loud but we still enjoyed our meal and cocktails.

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RSHB
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef McFarland is by far the BEST check I have known. He comes out to see everyone and really cares about the food and service. He even gave us free grits when he learned I had never tried them. His filet of beef and pork chop are both local BEST meats and prepared to treat your mouth to a delicious, juicy array of flavors....best we've had!!!

Molly, our server....she is awesome and on it. She even takes time to answer questions about the area...she knows some great information!

The bourbon......well.....just do it! You won't regret it.....

Do NOT...I reapeat do NOT leave without trying the bread pudding...I hate that stuff but the Chef convinced me to try it and now I will go there craving it...it was undescribably delicious!!!!

If you want a place different from the rest then try this place....we just moved here and you would NEVER get a meal of this caliber for this cheap in AZ! Can't wait to go back....

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Chuckeats
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time there with good friends.

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MrPencil
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

1. Overall, I give it an "ok" but nothing to run back to. Too many better choices available.
2. The menu was very limited.
3. The food prices were over the top. $39 for Steak Frites, especially as tough as the meat was, was insane. Hamburger, which my wife said was delicious, was $18, which, while expensive, falls in line with other similar restaurants.
4. Drinks were good sized.
5. Waitress did a good job.
6. Noise was very loud. Maybe a better choice of tables would have helped.

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vipBryanV
Louisville
41 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service as usual. Top notch food, chop is great , shrimp / grits always good. I’d like to see a few more options on their menu it seems it’s been the same for a while, then again it’s always good!

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Sheri
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Smaller menu than what we saw on previous reviews, but everything we had was very good. Cozy atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my husbands birthday. I initially made a reservation for 8 people and had to make a last minute change to add an additional 10 people. They were happy to accommodate the last minute change. Service was exceptional. The food was delicious. Wendy was our tables server, and she was very knowledgeable and friendly.This was my first time visiting and it will not be the last. Thank you all for an amazing time!

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AmeliaH
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was very sweet and the goat cheese spread was amazing. My boyfriend is now a fan of goat cheese as was wonderful date night for my boyfriend and I. Love this place ❤️

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vipJohnL
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great meal and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Wendy was amazing friendly and great smile. Very good info with the menu options. The appetizer OMG garlic and goat cheese spread and the spicy fried oysters perfect combination. Dinner was delicious filer of beef and steak frites unbelievable delicious!!

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KimL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent experience! The ambiance was wonderful, the bar staff was friendly and knowledgeable, the bourbon selection outstanding, and the evening was topped off with great table service and a delicious meal.

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ScottM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, great waitress, good food and reasonably priced. Overall great experience.

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MargaretL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner on Saturday night. I had the burger and my husband had the shrimp and grits. Both were outstanding. We had an efficient, delightful service and enjoyed the energetic atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS!

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vipBluegrass
Louisville
69 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are frequent guests, we always enjoy BB and this visit was no exception. Food, service and bourbon were all on point.

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vipLindyview
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner for four.

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TracyD
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John, our bartender, and Wendy, our waitress went above and beyond making our out of town guests feel pampered. When asked for suggestions or how a cocktail was made they were quick with excellent information and recommendations.

The music was great, subdued enough to have conversation over but a great eclectic mix that was great to have conversation about.

The star of the show is always the food though. Our table had the salmon, shrimp & grits & pork chop, all were delicious with large portions that left everyone full. We split the special pumpkin cake which was warm and fresh with notes of ginger, so delicious!

I love this place for date nights, business dinners, celebrations and it's always on the list when out of town guests are coming in.

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Sara
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall wonderful meal! Took my boyfriend here for his birthday as he loves bourbon. We started with cocktails at the bar and our bartender was very nice and knowledgeable. I loved everything she suggested, and my boyfriend was able to try plenty of new bourbons. Service at dinner was very good with friendly staff and management. I had the best pork chop I've had in a very long time, and my boyfriend loved his steak frites. My boyfriend isn't big on sweets so for his birthday they brought out a tasting of a new bourbon that hasn't hit market yet which was a very nice touch to an excellent meal.

If I am going to spend over 100 dollars on a meal with drinks, I have a certain expectation on quality and service and Bourbon's Bistro exceeded all of them. Would definitely recommend, and my boyfriend is already saying he wants this to be his birthday meal every year.

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ClintonB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Started with the goat cheese spread, had several drinks (2 glasses of wine, 3 beers), finished with the shrimp and grits and steak frites. It was all delicious and Wendy was excellent as our server. For the amount and quality of food, combined with the level of service, it was easily worth the bill.

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Richard
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Some of the very best food I've experienced in the city. The main issue i had was the staff was a little bit rude and unwelcoming. Even the bartender seemed annoyed that we were there to have a round of drinks prior to our reservation appointment. He even had the audacity to suggest that we were "not from around here" but, I live in Middletown. Maybe they were just having a difficult day but when my tab is $300 plus I would like a little more warmth and engagement from a service perspective. Food was truly perfect though, from the appetizers to the desserts. Nicely done.

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vipCall
Nashville
61 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great spot, the food was delicious. We had the charcuterie board and fried oysters for appetizers and then we both had the kale and fig salad with salmon we were both very satisfied with our choices. The only negative was they did not have any hard seltzers or really any tequila drinks (my drinks of choice) but my husband was very impressed with the bourbon choices they had. Our waitress was great very friendly and observant.

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Daphne
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Steaks were undercooked but remedied quickly. Service was amazing.

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GeorgeS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal, with a Bourbon flight.
Really enjoyed the evening. Would definitely go again, if we’re ever in Louisville again.

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Bourbons Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 894-8838.

Bourbons Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 1198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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