Bristol Bar & Grille - Downtown

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$30 and under
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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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KarenP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Reliable expectations for dining.

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vipCheers
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

The lights over table one could have written in the dust. At the bar the bottles on display hadn’t been cleaned in a while either.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good. This was no different. Thanks.

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Christie
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

buffet was not hot and lacked a good selection. we were not offered a menu to be able to order anything else. I am on a very strict diet and could eat very little. I was not made aware that on sunday afternoons it was a buffet. I have been to this bristol before and was very please but would not go back on a Sunday afternoon if I have to get the buffet.

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vipCharlesB
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great way to celebrate my birthday ! Thanks !!!

JB
JBRLou
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bristol Bar and Grille is a Louisville Institution. You can never go wrong dining at the Bristol.

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MasonW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great — the mashed potatoes were somewhat cold around the edges, but otherwise it was delicious.

Our reservation was for a Saturday before a Louisville Orchestra concert. Service was somewhat slow (drinks brought later than other tables, and other tables who ordered after we did received food before us) but not to the point where it ruined the meal.

Overall, we were very happy and will return.

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vipVisitingLouisville
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This was our only bad restaurant experience during our long weekend in Louisville. The downtown location is lacking in atmosphere, our waitress was abrupt (to put in mildly), and our food was not good.

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vipMary
Louisville
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to brunch before a show at the KY Performing Arts Center. The brunch buffet had so many options! Eggs & many other breakfast items (yummy grits, waffles hot off the grill with berries & other sweet sides, pastries) as well as loads of hot lunch-type items including veggies, fried chicken & loads of other tasty looking options. $2 mimosas too it all off!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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RuthB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch always good at the Bristol! Great place to eat before Broadway Series shows.

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HollyV
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We love the Bristol downtown. It is always a great place to go before or after a show at KPAC. The food is always good with specialty choices you can't get anywhere else. The green chili wontons are a must!

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jks2
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Bristol comes through. Food was great and service to match.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! We will be back

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vipBrittanyA
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The Thai sweet chili linguine was absolutely delicious, and the wontons are a must-try. Seemed a little overpriced, but overall great experience!

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PhilipH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & service! Will definitely call and make reservations again when I am in town.

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TMorgan
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quality food and STELLAR SERVICE1 Christina was amazing. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our monthly dinners at Bristol before our broadway plays.

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vipButterfishforme
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We were a group of 4 celebrating a significant accomplishment for one of our group. The food was exceptional. I recommend you try the chili won tons as an appetizer. Service was good, yet slow as first, until we flagged someone down for help. The only thing that really took away from our dining experience was the extremely drunk and loud people sitting in the corner table. There was also a large group with 6-7 small children who ran around the entire restaurant screaming and playing. It is a shame people cannot set expectations for their children's behavior in a restaurant. It is not a playground. Other are trying to have a conversation and eat.

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SteveJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bristol is always a great place to entertain with friends and loved ones. Excellent food and service at a great price point. Absolutely love the place.

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vipcellis805
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Adequate at best. The filets were way over cooked. The waitress was ok. Sides were ok. No idea how they won the best of anything.

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OperaGoer
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We attended as a group of ushers who wanted to have "a quick bite" before heading down to Actors theatre to work a performance. We gave the restaurant and wait staff a heads=up that we had a time constraint and they were more than accommodating.
We would certainly go again for a pre-theater meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was good, not great. It is reasonably priced and was convenient to the KY Center.

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KarolJ
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was not very hot when served and the noise level was a little high, but the overall value and experience were excellent.

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PriceS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The teriyaki salmon and asparagus was excellent as was the raspberry almond chocolate torte. Our server was very kind and attentive and the atmosphere was such that we were able to carry on a lengthy business discussion. Thank you for a pleasant experience.

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Bloody Mary bar was nice. Reserved a table and got right in, no wait.

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Teacher
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The shrimp and grits were okay. The gravy and grits were too thick. The lemon and raspberry cake wasn’t fresh, didn’t have enough lemon flavor, and the icing tasted of shortening and not sugar.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great place to get in and out when going to a show

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jks2
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for dinner before seeing Jesus Christ Superstar. We got there early and our table was already ready so they seated us. Good bourbon list divided by distiller. Reasonable prices (as reasonable as any bourbon list is today) and good but not extensive wine list. Started with the green chili wontons (you have to, it's state law). My wife had the fried chicken which is always a solid choice. I had the pork chop. The flavor was great but it was a little bit over cooked. This was the first time I've ever had an entree that wasn't spot on. I'll chalk it up to a very busy kitchen.
Our server (can't remember his name but he was from Stamping Ground) was definitely 5 🎆. Water glasses consistently refilled, drinks brought promptly, no complaints there.
I'm not going to ding them too much for an entree that was slightly overdone. The Bristol is an institution in Louisville and deserves its great reputation.

DC
vipDebbyC
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

My friends and I go here often before going to the Center for the Arts Broadway Series. The Bristol downtown is usually prepared for the theater crowd and get us in and out efficiently. This visit was the opposite. The food took a long time to come (but was good once it arrived), the wait staff was slow and it took forever to get our check. Not sure why things went south but it was not the usual great experience. We will give it another try.

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vipRoyaldiner
Louisville
37 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

There were four of us dining before a show at Ky Center. They are very busy on a night like this. We arrived at 5:30 and didn’t get food until 6:45p. We were about ready to leave. The food is okay but nothing special. Not to be unkind but shouldn’t they be prepared for this crowd. You have to have a reservation so they know how many are coming. They need more variety on menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food just ok.

MP
vipMichelleP
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a busy night before the nutcracker
They handled it well, food was timely
Chili pasta was good but dry, had to ask for extra sauce
Fried chicken was very good
Not a fan of the shrimp and grits flavor
Would definitely return before an event

RP
RalphP
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We were very disappointed on being seated in an auxiliary room that was extremely noise and the lighting was so bright I wish I had brought my sunglasses. We walked past at least one table for 5 to get there. Food was very good and Kevin our waiter did an excellent job.

OG
OperaGoer
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very happy with our waitress, Cristina. We were eating a pretheater meal so we had a deadline to leave. She was understanding and adjusted her service accordingly.

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AnneH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Bristol! It is a Louisville Original that stands the test of time.
Always start with Green Chili Wontons!
Bristol Burger is hands down best in the city - worth the wait!
Steak Sandwich is also very good.
Wine specials are worth the trip!

GB
GailB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

All in all it has maintained it's quality over the years. However, the Martinis and the wine pour portions have become half the pour and twice the price.

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TonyS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Server was slow. Never refilled our water. Only checked on us once. The food was excellent! The experience kind of dampens the vibe of a favorable referral.

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SherryE
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Normally the downtown Bristol is my favorite. This time not so much. They had been very busy so the restaurant was dirty. We ordered chili wontons and they were actually cold when they came out. My entree was also cold and i ordered with chicken. It had 3 small chunks.

Our glasses were never refilled and our napkins were wet.

Had a guest in from India and i was embarrassed to have taken them to
The Bristol after speaking so highly of the restaurant.

KM
KellyM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service, food was a little bland and a bit overpriced. Perfect location for dinner before Kentucky Center ballet.

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Bristol Bar & Grille - Downtown is rated 4.3 stars by 544 OpenTable diners.

Bristol Bar & Grille - Downtown does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.powercard.com/giftcard/GiftCard.php?cardid=60.

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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