Bristol Bar & Grille - Highlands

4.5
189 reviews
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The original Bristol Bar & Grille, the Highlands location is in the heart of Bardstown Road’s food and entertainment district. 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 new favorites like Pork Dijonnaise and Theresa’s Sweet Chili Linguine. We source ingredients from local farmers. An award-wining Sunday brunch buffet features made-to-order waffles, Weisenberger grits, and fried chicken. Bristol Bar & Grille Master Sommelier crafted an extensive wine menu to pair with each dish. Part of the Urban Bourbon Trail, Certified Bourbon Stewards are on hand to answer any questions about our native spirit. Private and outdoor dining are available.
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husbands birthday with all our adult kids joining us.

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DR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service; was very accommodating to our group.

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DC
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The biggest challenge at the Bristol is deciding what dish to have; the menu is extensive. Close your eyes and point. It's all good from appetizer through entree to dessert. Excellent value. The wait staff is among the best in the city.

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DR
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always and enjoyable time and good meal! The Bristol is a definite GO TO!

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

Always an enjoyable meal with amazing service. Look forward to the upcoming patio season

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. We travel from out of town once yearly and ALWAYS make Bristol one of our dining destinations! Food never disappoints, service is excellent, and the atmosphere is casual and friendly! Recommended it to friends and they loved it too!

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience will definitely be back!

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DC
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food, reasonable prices, broad-ranging menu, professional service, great value. The noise level is moderately "energetic" but, hell no one is perfect.

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B
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening out!

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

Everything about our evening was reliably good - just what one expects from Bristol. The atmosphere was quiet and conducive to table conversation. The food was up to par and the Teriyaki Salmon was especially good. The calamari was excellent as usual. Our server was excellent. We were surprised to learn after the fact that she had been on an extended hiatus and that we were her first table back. Her service was attentive and professional.

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BL
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxed atmosphere and predictable food — homestyle and always good. My “ go to” place!

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

Great food and great service. Very reasonably priced wine flights and the chili wontons are a must have. I would definitely recommend making reservations.

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KH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wonderful old reliable Bristol... always a great meal and friendly service at a fair price. A Louisville treasure.

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a reasonable price. Definitely will go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Manhattan with Old Forester Bourbon was so smooth! The bread was great. The pork shoulder was good but not amazing. Excellent service and great ambiance though!

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B
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was wonderful! The fish sandwich and salmon looked great! The tuna nicoise salad was wonderful. Our drinks were refilled often. Derrick our waiter was a pleasure.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent! She was attentive and personable. Zach the manager gave us a very warm welcome to Louisville after a long road trip. We had an appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert each and we’re thrilled with how affordable the bill was! There were so many things on the menu that sounded delicious it was hard to choose! We would absolutely go back just for the welcoming, relaxing atmosphere.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have always loved the Bristol, this was disappointing. The salad was like a bagged salad, bread came without butter. Chicken stir fry was mushy. Lava cake was a disappointment as well. Sorry to say it was a disappointment.

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RV
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Been here many times and this was the worse food I’ve ever had there. It was a special menu item not regular menu which I’ve never had anything bad from. My Ribeye was very thin and one big piece of fat on the end, my GF had a Seafood linguine item which had two shrimp and five tiny marble sized scallops. It was definitely not worth the $86.00 we paid.

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DC
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bristol always delivers on its heritage as a great local neighborhood dining experience. They offer a wide-ranging menu of delicious, well-executed dishes promptly. The wait staff is unexcelled in the city.

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t
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

If you want an ordinary experience in fine dining go here. Our waiter was wonderful but
he was the only thing above 3 stars.

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SS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bristol was delicious as always! Our group of eleven ladies had great service and loved our food.

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JS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service, as usual! Great menu choices and plenty of drink/wine options.

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B
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable evening by the window. Our server & entrees were very good.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is so nice and the noise level is perfect. We were able to have great conversations!

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DN
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food is ok. Nothing to write home about. They need a new menu! Same old stuff. Seems like nothing ever changes.

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EZ
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best brunch buffet in Louisville. Super value and superb food and service.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

(Sunday Brunch) Food was not as we expected. From the high reviews we expected high quality food for a nearly $20 buffet. I felt the food was very lack luster, and we were halfway through our meal by the time we got our drink order taken. There are chain buffet restaurants that have a much larger selection and fresher tasting food, in my opinion. Our lesson was learned, it is not the place for us.

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DC
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Local cafe' ambiance, a wide-ranging well-executed, high-scale bar and grill menu. Spinach-Chicken salad, Sweet Chili Linguine, Pork Dijonaise...throw a dart.


All the waiters are great--my personal favorites are Ponch and Donna.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a first date!! We will back for our first anniversary!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Music was relaxing. Salad was crisp and very good. Bread was warm and outstanding. Steak was good and cooked perfectly but needed some more flavor. Potatoes were satisfactory.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night

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ML
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The Bristol is my go to place for good food and service.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch buffet

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KL
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Three of us dined here for New Year's Eve. We were able to get a reservation at 6:00p.m. My husband had the filet, our friend had the ribeye with Henry Baines sauce and I ordered the Au Poivre ribeye. All of our steaks were cooked to perfection. The potatoes that came with the steaks were delicious as well. Our server Author was very attentive for the first half hour. The place started really filling up with people and he did get a little behind but service was very good. Excellent meal and enjoyed the ambience.

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LF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Long time favorite of mine! Went to it when it first opened. Good then, still good twenty years later.

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DL
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Brunch for visiting family guests, food was affordable and superb

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DC
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bristol delivers a great dining experience again. Terrific food and prompt professional service. (Ask for Donna.) The Bristol Burger, Teresa's Sweet Chili Linguine, The Bristol Hot Brown....on it goes, all good. It's hard to miss when you have a broad array of dishes so well prepared on a consistent basis.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The house salad had absolutely no taste. I ordered the citrus cod on smoked grits. The grits were wonderful but not so much the cod.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The restaurant was a little loud.

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