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About Bourbons Bistro

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 southern inspired cuisine.

Chef - Jereme McFarland
Sous Chef - Samuel Varju

2255 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Sunday - 5:00-9:00 pm Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Jane

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 894-8838

Website:
http://www.bourbonsbistro.com/

Parking Details:
We have a small parking lot next to the building. Other than that we have street parking available. There are no parking meters.

Public Transit:
TARC

Executive Chef:
Jeff Bridges

Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant maybe rented out for large parties, or on days we are closed from lunches to special parties. Just call the restaurant to see if we can accommodate your group. We have a separate space in addition to our main dining room.

Private Party Contact:
Anne Harlow : events@bourbonsbistro.com: (502) 894-8838

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

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Bourbons Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (9)
Romantic (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Authentic (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Tapas (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I'm going to get right to it on this one. Ribeye - worth it. Everything else (we had) - not worth the price. The key issue is simply that if I'm paying the price point for food that I am at Bourbon's Bistro, everything better be really good.

Let's get into a couple more details. Two of us, about $100 for a drink each (I had a bourbon flight), appetizer, and two entrees. The appetizer was the salmon croquettes, and was mostly just a fried ball of dough. I *think* there was salmon in there because some smoky flavor did come through.

Onto entrees. My SO got the pork chop. It was prosciutto wrapped and cheese topped...and still didn't really have flavor, nor was that tender. Honestly it reminded me of usual white meat chicken breast, so pretty disappointing. Mine, however, was a medium-rare ribeye and it was spot on; very well cooked and quite tasty. The accompaniments to each entree were good, but nothing memorable.

Our server seemed fairly jittery and kept moving salt/pepper/candle/bread plates each time they came by. Definitely good service, just jittery. Atmosphere was simple, modern, and classic black and white theme.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent bourbon choices, great menu and attentive service.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Cozy, fun atmosphere! Food never disappoints especially the desserts.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great. Definitely recommend

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The most delicious pork chop! Wonderful ambience and great service! So happy we decided to dine here! Our entire party was happy with their food!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything we ordered was as delicious as the next: the cheese board, the wedge salad, pork chop, sweet potatoe gnocchi, and spare ribs. We forced ourselves to try the pumpkin caramel cake for dessert and it was THE BEST dessert I’ve had anywhere in a long time! Save room for some of that! It’s quite worth it!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good but not special. We expected more.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I ate at Bourbon’s Bistro Monday 10/30, as well as Friday 10/27. They were out of tea both times. The visit on 10/30 bread was not available for the tables. They were waiting on bread for the goat cheese appetizer. You could tell they were short staffed. Not the norm for Bourbon’s Bistro. Disappointed.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was very good and service was verging on exceptional; very attentive yet in-rushed. Manhattan cocktail was OK but heavy on vermouth. Wine list is very limited but generally good value. We will certainly return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

It's a great, special place to go.
The food is delicious. I didn't rank it as outstanding because there were a couple of blips, such as the sweet potato gnocchi (which is sweet) having dried cranberries in it(sour). The kale salad had dried fruit in it which seemed to clash with the salad flavors. The salmon and gnocchi were wonderful, as was the goat cheese appetizer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This place is truly a gem! This was our fourth visit, and proved - once again - to NOT disappoint. You can count on an absolutely fantastic meal, with very attentive service, and I think the prices are extremely reasonable for the quality and service. The place can be crowded, and loud, when busy, but the meal is worth both a wait, and the noise level. Outstanding selection of bourbon as well!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was delicious, service was great, drink prices were a shock. Recommend the price of the drinks be listed on the menu

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

excellent dinner in every way! The filet was perfect, pork chop moist and full of flavor. All the sides were unbelievable ( empty plates!). Finally, the bread pudding is a MUST!! Best restaurant food/meals we have had in years.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good food and drinks. Service great and quick. Nice ambience. Eat inside if you go.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Seasonal, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My wife and I ate at the bar and were very pleased with the drinks and meal.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Consistently good food, nice selection of bourbons and friendly service.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

A very pleasant surprise. Great food and service. Definitely a neighborhood gem. Chose this restaurant off the internet bourbon trail list as we were just visiting. Reservations are a good idea, it was very busy on a Friday night.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Went on he bourbon trail this past weekend and had to stop here. Best burger I ever had. The menu was a little limited but ever dish was great. We had a party of 8 and no one was disappointed. Dessert was seasonal and very good. If you are in town this is a must!

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great dinner and service.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was my 2nd time dining here. We had a larger group of family members in town couple years ago and it was nice to be able to make a reservation for the number of people we had, I think was like 15-18.
This time it was getting together with a few friends. Love that they are on Open Table and I also found them on Groupon which made me think of this restaurant again and that I had enjoyed before. I had the salmon which was excellent!!! My husband enjoyed the Wellers. Nice evening

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place for dinner on Frankfort. The steak was perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Nice neighborhood.Good food.Great Bourbon selection.Friendly staff

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent experience. Great food. Great environment. Great service

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were dining early so the staff was still setting up. The waiter did a good job of serving us while performing other duties. I'm sure if we would have been dining later it would have been a 5 star service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We have eaten here several times and on this visit the food was just okay. I had the pork chop and it was just bland. My husband had the steak and it was tough.
The service was excellent and with a fire burning on the patio the chilly evening was wonderful.

We will go back because this wasn't typical.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

An excellent bourbon list. Terrific and delightful staff, friendly and outgoing, eager to please. We've eaten here twice over a couple years so I can add that have consistent quality.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I am unclear why this restaurant is getting such good reviews. The food was uninspired. The Bourbon and wines were 20% more than anywhere else we eat in Louisville.

Our waitress was wonderful! The restaurant was 1/2 empty at 8pm on a Saturday. That should have been a clue.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Delicious food, great service, and reasonably priced.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had a party of 12. Surprise birthday party for my husband. Service was great even with another large party next to us. Food is amazing. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our first visit to this restaurant. We have been interested in dining here, but have often overlooked it for trendier places and lower costs for great food. We were pleasantly surprised at our bill and felt that Bourbons Bistro provided great value for the money. We each had drinks at the bar prior to dining. As bar drinks goes, $9-$12 for a signature cocktail is the average. My sazerac was good, but a bit watered down compared to similar drinks in New Orleans. I was still happy with it. My wife had a glass of red wine, a cab.
We were sat at our reservation time. The place was busy with groups and my wife and I had to sit close to hear each other due to how loud the dining area was. Our server was prompt and polite. We ordered an app, can't remember which one, and it was fine. My wife had the vege burger and I the salmon. Both dishes were very good and presented well. We ordered the pumpkin cake with bourbon whip cream and we both could have just had that for dinner, it was that good. We each had an additional drink during our meals.

Overall, the experience was pleasant and we will be visiting again. We spent under $90 for the two of us and we felt that was a good deal for this level of dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Brett was our server and did an excellent job. all the food we had was delicious, from the appetizer to the pumpkin caramel cake we all shared. Two things not as outstanding as others were the Scottish Salmon and the Old Fashioned. But overall it was a wonderful dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The service was excellent and the food is always dependable. One of our group wanted something that used to be on the menu, and Bourbon's Bistro prepared it.
overall it was a very good experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food and great service. The pork chop was perfect and our waitress was attentive and helpful.

We sat outside on their small but wonderful patio where they had a small fire burning to knock off the chill.

We love BB and will go back.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Arrived and the music was very loud. Asked and the waiter kindly turned it down. However, there was already a part of roughly 8 people and then two more parties of about 10 people each showed up so it was very loud. Fries came out cold with the burger but they were replaced. Pork chop was just okay. Would order the burger again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

The restaurant lives up to it's name. They have an extensive (huge) selection of bourbon drinks. Try the pork chop. It was great! Tender and almost melted in your mouth. All the food is sourced locally. Awesome dinner and drinks.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Nice restaurant, been there many times, good ambience. Good food. My wife and I like to go there during the week when we want a nice meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

One of our best meals in a long time, and as San Franciscans, that's saying a lot. Staff was warm, inviting and generous! Great ambiance A perfect evening of food and service. Can't say enough wonderful things about this place. Oops! I lied. Try the burger, bistro steak and/or the bread pudding. To die for! Definitely going back!

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Terrific Meal

We had the oysters, wedge salads and burgers. Everything was excellent. Prices were very reasonable for a very fine meal. Service was appropriately attentive and prompt.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We wanted to go out just for a casual dinner on Friday night. The weather was cool enough so we sat outside. Unfortunately the service outside was poor. We had significant delays in drink refills and a very long time between appetizer and the main course. Sadly the waiter was not checking on us frequently to know our status. Like I said I wanted a casual dinner so I had the bourbon Burger. I don't know what the seasoning was but to me it was not delicious. Secondly I didn't care for the seasoning on the fries. Whatever the green stuff was on the fries.

My wife had shrimp and grits and said she enjoyed it. We will go back perhaps but would not be on the tops of our list for the cost of this kind of dining. Many other restaurants near this one offer a more diverse choice of entrees and much better service.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Limited menu options, but all food was very good. Excellent bourbon selection.

Tags: Special Occasion
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