Bristol Bar & Grille - Downtown

4.2
388 reviews
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Home of the Green Chili Wontons, Louisville’s favorite guilty pleasure, Bristol Bar & Grille has been the city’s neighborhood restaurant since 1977. Original menu dishes include the classic Bristol Burger and aged, charbroiled New York Strip steak as well as favorites like Pork Dijonnaise and Theresa’s Sweet Chili Linguine. We source many of our ingredients from local farmers. An award-winning Sunday brunch buffet features made-to-order waffles, Weisenberger grits, fried chicken and a build your own Bloody Mary Bar. Bristol Bar & Grille Master Sommelier, Scott Harper, crafted an extensive wine menu to pair with each dish. Certified Bourbon Stewards are on hand to answer any questions about our native spirit. Bristol Bar & Grille downtown is located on the heart of Main Street. A member of the Urban Bourbon Trail, we are perfect for business lunches, family dinners, date night and private events. Walking distance from many of Louisville’s top attractions. Outdoor seating is available.
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JF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We we're taking boss out for retirement lunch told waitress all individual except his on another guy..boss flashed his credit card, she said whatever is easier for her, so he is retiring and ends up paying for 9 of us. Was not happy, burger was dry

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MJ
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

We had a wonderful meal and good service. The problem we had was we were sat at a table right next to a dividing wall between the front of the restaurant and the bar. In the front part of the restaurant there were several members from Humana who were celebrating something. They were so loud we were unable to have any type of conversation. We asked to move but were told we could not. My business associates and I would have preferred to have been seated away from that party due to their size and volume level. There were larger tables on the other side away from that party and were unoccupied. However, they stated that the server in that area had to many tables.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was terrible! The Hot brown was like soup the steak was cooked well but i had to go to the bar to get our drinks where i had to hunt someone down. Disappointing for our last night in Louisville.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Salad -- big bowl, tiny salad; bleu cheese dressing was watery, no cheese chunks
Pasta --again, big bowl, lots of penne, but only a scant non-pasta ingredients (maybe ⅓ cup?)

Arrived on time for 6:15pm reservation, seated at once. But kitchen response was so slow we were nearly late to 8pm performance at Ky Center. I left feeling rushed and unsatisfied, full of pasta but not much else for my $20.

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KH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great place to go before going to the ballet. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. I had the mahi with asparagus and they were both cooked to perfection.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The portions were very small for the price.

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JO
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bristol restaurant does a great job. The food, service and ambiance are all very, very good. They take reservations which is so helpful when you have a large group or have specific time requirements. I love the Bristol and will continue to patronize them.

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PD
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent . Great service and food, unique flavors. Wonderful experience every time

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LH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The two of us started with a flight each of the featured wines and Caesar salads. The salads were good, but would have liked some anchovies as well. Our dinners arrived in good time and were hot. My scallops were good and I liked the asparagus tempura. The spaghetti was fine, but nothing really special. Our server was very friendly and helpful. We will return especially before events at the Yum and Kentucky Center for the Arts.

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m
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I don’t like writing bad reviews and rarely do, but this was a truly bad experience. We were a group of 8, and the evening started off great with a personable, knowledgeable server. But it quickly went downhill. We waited about half an hour for the salads; then she brought them out on a big tray and left for at least 10 minutes before returning to serve them. The place was empty, but It was another hour before we received our entrees (and then only because we asked) We hadn’t seen the server in quite a while, and when she came back to help distribute the meals, she was like a different person. Quiet and embarrassed as if someone had chastised her. The food was terrible all the way around, the shrimp was over cooked; the grits were congealed and cold; the steak was cold - overall a terrible meal. We thought it was a bad sign when the restaurant was almost empty when all the other restaurants in the area were completely booked, but the manager told us the entire restaurant had just cleared out for a concert that was in town. We should have known better. Definitely do not recommend and would not go back.

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LG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat when seeing a show downtown. Bristol has a wonderful, varied menu and we really like sitting at a round table with parties of 6 or 8--it's much easier to have a conversation! The waitress ensured that we had everything we needed and was conscious of our timeline to make a show deadline. We love that it's within walking distance to KCA, The Yum Ctr, and Actors Theatre! An added treat was validation of our parking! We'll be back!

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Took awhile too get our salads,dressing for salad seem too be watered down, when food arrived was warm,pasta was dry.

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always great!!!!

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DB
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were outstanding. Lovely pre theatre meal

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Y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good as always

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BC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Been going there for years. Always enjoy going there before shows or another events.

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D
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Bristol is an excellent choice for pre-theater dining. The service is friendly and prompt, and the food is quite good and is very reasonably priced. Among the restaurants in the downtown area, the Bristol is definitely one of our favorites!

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h
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Very convenient for theatre nights.

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DJ
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice service and the food was good. Sorry that the track salmon salad was taken off the menu! 3 of 5 of us were disappointed we could not order it.

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LS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Seated by front door which is cold when people enter. Service was slow at best, very crowded. My wife refilled her own water. Food was good but not awesome. Just average not bad not great. Ok

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L
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The Bristol is very convenient if you are attending an event at the Ky Center for the Arts. We parked in the parking garage and walked. Had 5:45 reservations and were greeted with a smile and seated promptly. Our waitress was wonderful. Very sweet. I had the pork dijonaise and it came with a house salad and skillet potatoes. Very, very good. Must try the avocado ranch dressing on your salad. It was awesome. My friend had the wonton Hot Brown and she loved it. It was very crowded and loud . I guess that is the norm close to concerts and shows. The Bristol is very consistent and offers a great value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Saw a mouse on the floor

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing for a birthday celebration dinner. We had to request our candle be lit, food was not as described in the menu and service from the bar was slow though the bar only had 5 patrons. There are several better restaurants to choose for a celebration meal.

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

We had a large group celebrating birthdays and seeing a show afterwards. Our server DeeDee was excellent. Very patient with our group of 20. Food was great. I heard no complaints from anyone. We kept DeeDee hopping and she was very kind and prompt. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was all our our first time here. We were overall happy with our visit. Our server started out great, but as it got busier we were all looking around for her to get our bill because we had a concert to get to. It was long enough that a couple of the guys would have ordered another drink had we been checked on. Our food was mostly good. One guys steak was supposed to be medium and it was very well done. The server was told and she offered to take it back but we were on a time constraint and didn’t have time to wait on another.

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JS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Always good food and service the Bristol restaurants.

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t
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good night forgot my drink !!

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TL
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband and I ate dinner before going to see a show at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The food and ambiance was good, but it took 15 minutes for a server to visit our table to take our drink orders. Our food came out in a timely manner, and while tasty, the servings were a little small compared to what we're used to at other restaurants.

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and presentation was great
Wine bottle prices excellent
Service started great but got a little slow towards the end when the tables filled up
The annex section where we were seated was cooler and felt somewhat cheap compared to main dining room. Would have expected reservations to be seated in main dining room

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J
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

went there for lunch before a play. neither the food nor the service was what I was expecting for the reputation and price point. maybe they are better at dinner.

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KS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful from the moment we walked in, we were gong to a concert and our waitress was aware that we were limited on time and accommodated us perfectly. Our food was great, we definitely will be back soon!

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

For the price of the food it is very mediocre. Very high priced and had to send my food back since it was undercooked.

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s
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

We had the salmon burger and the bean burger and they were both horrible. So bad we couldn’t finish them. Also had no buns to put the burgers on so I had to have a wilted piece of lettuce

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the Bristol! Great food and great place to dine with family & friends!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. The people were great and the food was awesome!

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AR
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was exceptionally good. Service was excellent.Noise level was low. The entire experience was wonderful.
Will definitely dine here again.
Reasonably priced. Atmosphere was nice. Very enjoyable.

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B
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love the house salad dressing and I always order pork dijonnaise. Never disappoints.

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l
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We had a terrible experience beginning with the hostess who seated us at a small table in the bar even though we had reservations and the entire restaurant was near empty when we arrived at 5:00.
Setting that aside - the real issue was the food. We ordered the salmon and the crab cakes entrees. BOTH were inedible! Not just the wrong temperature - but awful inedible food!! We sent both dishes back and ordered the steak which was OK but certainly not a well-prepared steak. The restaurant is in serious need of a chef.

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M
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Underwhelming experience. The food lacked flavor and was not fresh. Our service was minimum. She seemed to be somewhere else. She dropped a glass as we walked past towards the brunch, then proceeded to drop plates everywhere. This would of been fine, but the overdramatic hollering really ruined it all for me. Maybe it was an off day, but I will not be returning. $16 for subpar food is not worth it. Louisville is full of fresh and inventive flavors, and even includes great service. I do not recommend this Sunday Brunch.

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D
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We waited a bit to have a server acknowledge us, but once she did, she was wonderful all evening. The food was decent, but not great. I was disappointed in the quality for what I paid.

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