Bourbons Bistro

4.8
1103 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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichelleP
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Visitors to the area and spontaneous night selection. Would highly recommend! Wendy our server was fantastic. Helped make solid recommendations. Don’t miss the pork chop or steak frites. So flavorful and yummy. Appreciate that Wendy went beyond and gave us some recommendations for Louisville to complement our stay.

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vipmia305
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service to accompany a flight of bourbon and some good seafood and salad options

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JoeC
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought some out of town friends here for dinner and a chance to try some different bourbons. We were all impressed with the atmosphere, the service, the food and the bourbon selection.
Whenever I have guests, this is always one of my top choices to showcase Louisville and Bourbon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Salad was way overdressed. Haricot Verts was way overcooked. Steak.Frites was only ok. Server was good

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ScottL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The grits are a must have,I will be going back !

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MaryT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about our meal! We each had steak. Drinks and good excellent.

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MarcP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, ordered recommend bourbon, an appetizer trey, gourmet burger, salmon, and a side dish of mushrooms. Everything was greatijus the salmon, which was a bit dry and salty, and tasted similar to typical frozen/boxed fish with lots of preservatives. We let our server know. The burger was wonderful and unique, and this is on of my favorite foods I order when a restaurant claims a signature burger. I added the bacon and egg. The mushrooms were well prepared, but a bit on the bland side compared to other restaurants. I like the simple ingredients on mushrooms though. The cheese/meat/bread board, though a bit pricey for an app, was unique with several items I've not yet experienced. Overall great experience

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72mortons
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out for Birthday dinner for wife with friends.

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MarlaM
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food3service2ambience5

Service was a little slower than usual. 2 of the dishes were more well done than requested. Otherwise, we enjoyed our meal and overall experience. The cocktails were great.

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vipMary
Louisville
39 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to celebrate our birthdays at Bourbon’s Bistro! Molly provided great service, the food was excellent and the strawberry goat cheese dessert we shared for our birthday treat was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

5 star bread pudding!!

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vipBluegrass
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are repeat diners, really enjoy everything about BB - try the crispy oyster appetizer! Everything is very good.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expansive bourbon list with flight options. Good place if you want to try bourbon cooked in with food as we did with taking part in the Bourbon Trail. This northerner tried the grits and loved them. My husband had a juicy pork chop with great bourbon flavor. Our server was attentive and helpful in making bourbon suggestions.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Creative dishes taste great. Service felt like they were just going through the motions. Ironically, availability of bourbon was limited.

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DebbieS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed it! Will definitely come back.

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NickC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were delicious and the pork chop was amazing!

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ShannonB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Bourbons Bistro and it was amazing. Our server was very attentive and very friendly. We will definitely go back!

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Cshs
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Server was friendly, hamburger was totally raw so it was comped. My husband got the bourbon flight of the month that was listed for $12 on the restaurants website but when we received our bill they had charged us $25 for it. Entire experience was underwhelming. Would not go back.

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Swami
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable cozy Great service nice tasty food as always never disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner, the service was fantastic and the experience was better than we could have expected. It was a great night out and would highly recommend!

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JenniferC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly wonderful food and ambiance! The shrimp and grits and steak frite was delicious. Beat whiskey sour in town!

I will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughter’s graduation from med school. We loved the restaurant and easily would want to come back. The menu is fabulous. Nice bar as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Mother’s Day outing and we had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the service was great. We will be back! The

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TimB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our overall experience with Bourbons Bistro was so-so. It was a combination son’s birthday and Mother’s Day dinner. While not busy for our Saturday 6:15 reservation, it was full and busy by the time we left the restaurant. We had the Charcuterie Board which was okay, but not worth the $20 price. This was two cheeses and two meats with 5 pickled grapes and a few pieces of bread. Other places will provide a jam, marmalade or honey along with olives, nuts and such. I was underwhelmed. (Edit - Pepperoncini and slices of an almond cookie were included.) Our entrees were fine. Two orders of Steak Frites that were tasty ($33 ea). Both came out medium rare although my wife wanted medium. She was okay with how it was and didn’t make an issue. Son had the Bourbons Chop and it was tasty per his comment ($26). For a restaurant called Bourbons Bistro, her Old Fashion was too sweet. My wife enjoyed her first (too sweet for me), but left 80% of her second due to it being much sweeter. Son and I had bourbon on the rocks which were fine. Unfortunately, the service was very slow even before the traffic picked up. The drinks were very slow to come out at the front and end of the meal. Our waitress was either not attentive to picking up from the bar or was otherwise occupied. It has been a few years since I last visited this restaurant. The prices seemed to be more like Chicago, but without the service. I tipped 20% anyway. Check was $192 and I left a $38 tip for $230 total for a party of three. Disappointing experience for a Louisville restaurant at that price point. I hope they get their staffing corrected now that we are coming out of the Covid period. Bourbons Bistro has been around for a while, and I wish them to continue doing well. (Edit - I was contacted by the restaurant. I do wish them the best and will give them another try at some point. I am sure others have a wonderful experience here. Changing my rating to 'would recommend' as I know they can do better.)

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vipPc1029
Louisville
428 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

4 of us were coming from the track & we were only able to get an outside table but it was right by a heater, so the rainy, cool weather didn’t bother us. We had fried oysters for appetizer & then I had salad with salmon added which was delicious. My husband got steak frites & enjoyed that as well. The other couple shared the salmon dinner & liked theirs too. We had 2 bottles of wine too. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our evening! I think we were lucky to get a table. Looks like things are picking back up finally!

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vipLoriC
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and it has a fun, comfortable vibe. We enjoyed interesting cocktails and the food was amazing. We enjoyed the mussels, shrimp and grits, the pork chop and bourbon bread pudding. Absolutely delicious! We’ll be back!

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vipRuthM
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant weekday outdoor dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have ever had in Louisville. Delicious! Can’t wait to return.

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RachelD
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. Our server was friendly and helpful but not overbearing. We at outside and it was quiet, romantic, and a perfect date spot. Will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and interesting cocktails. Fantastic entrees. Warm setting. Attentive service.

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AnneH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We bring our Derby guests here every year! Always a great evening with good food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal. The service was slow but it was derby weekend which I’m sure had an impact!

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ColoradoBrian
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great time, the bourbon selection was the best I have seen. the food was wonderful and the service was very good.

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Wendy
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had. I chose the shrimp and grits, which I have never had before. Amazing. The Chef even came out and shared his delicious recipe with us and some delightful bourbon, which we promptly purchased. The hubby had the porkchop - sooooo juicy and delicious. Just a wonderful experience and we were happy to get a table on a Saturday night. We will definitely be back when we are in Louisville. I'm still dreaming about my meal.

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TeriM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the absolute BEST experience and my first experience dining at Bourbons Bistro! Our server Ren was a jewlel! So sweet, so patient and friendly! The food was amazing! From appetizer to dessert! This experience was for ladies night with friends!! I can’t wait to go back with my husband!!!

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MackT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food and folks. Definitely the place to go.

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LarryK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, bourbon selection and service were fantastic as I have always received here. Sat out by fireplace before dinner having a cigar and bourbon was special. The facility itself is getting long in the tooth and needs an update but that still doesn't take away from all the positives I mentioned.

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scottk
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good, especially the appetizer menu. The service was a little slow.

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vipRubaN
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

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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 1103 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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