Bristol Bar & Grille - Highlands

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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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MH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch although I have never had a bad meal there. Keep up the good work.

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SW
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately our server had several large parties to take care of. She brought our wine but neve4 brought wine glasses. On3 of our party waited twenty minutes for her ice tea. Basically this is the way the evening went.

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DC
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Never disappoints. This time I had the Thai Chicken Stir Fry, a yummy blend of red and yellow peppers, mushrooms, rice and tasty seasoning. It's curious that an American Bistro can execute an Asian dish so well.

As always, excellent service from Donna. Last week it was Ponch at the table. Both are top-notch.

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EO
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our graduation celebration was topped off by an excellent experience at the Bristol Highlands location. Donna, our server, was a consummate professional. The scallop special with grits was rich and delicious. Two people had the Bourbon chicken thighs and both cleaned their plates. Another enjoyed a perfectly cooked filet. The wine list offered something for everyone’s palate and price point. A thoroughly enjoyable evening on all fronts!

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JS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

High School Graduation

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CH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Bristol cannot be beat for efficiency and friendliness. The food is always good, just as you would expect. Our family dines there often and would recommend it to others.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to this location in 20 years and this visit was an improvement over the first visit. Our waitress was wonderful. She was friendly and got everything right. The food was excellent and the portions were large enough so that there was food left over for take home. We were a party of 8 and there was no time that we felt hurried or pushed to finish up. We had a great time and will be back.

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PM
Louisville
44 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our experience was fine. The food was good and well presented. The service was very good--attentive, not hovering.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and food was wonderful! We had a fantastic birthday celebration!

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c
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Theater night

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T
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great

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CS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our sever did great job and it was a really nice evening.

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C
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drink for both of us. Had a great time

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was very disappointed with poorly organized brunch buffet. The food was okay, not many choices for someone who would have food allergies or prefers vegetarian food. The desserts table looked pitiful. The only thing that was good about the brunch was our server. I doubt that we'll ever go back to Bristol.

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n
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food and overall a wonderful experience.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Green chili hot brown! great new dish! Service was great on derby night!

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MN
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We set out doors and the temperature was ideal and the entire evening was marvelous. Server Derek complimented my date which made her evening even nicer and mine as well. Could not have improved anyting about the evening. Perfect!

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Bristol has good food, relaxing ambience, and is always a pleasant dining experience. Located on Bardstown Rd in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood, this restaurant is always a treat.
Try the Green Chile Wontons as an appetizer, and on a beautiful day, ask to be seated in the outdoor courtyard.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating someone's BD. Our reserved table was ready. Server attentive but not overpowering, Pleasant, knowledgeable of menu. A very enjoyable evening!

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BH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a little noisy, but it’s a joyful noise because the food and service are wonderful! Brunch on Sunday is da bomb! The Bristol is one of those places you go because you know what you are going to get and sometimes there’s a nice surprise of something different on the menu. If it’s the Highlands, it’s gotta be the Bristol!!

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TI
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lots of fun and great food great place for family and friends for Sunday brunch

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m
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch we have ever had !!
We would definitely return

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DC
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Try the chicken, spinach, goat cheese salad. Excellent, as is most everything on the menu.

Ask for Donna or Ponch, the best of a fine stable of professional servers.

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BB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch here yesterday. Had not been to the Bristol in a while because I live in NYC., but whenever I come to the Ville, I have to enjoy myself here with my friends. Since the last time, they have expanded the brunch menu to include some mexican stuff which is a great complement to all the Southern goodies that we all love. Great service and there was live music! Very enjoyable.

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EZ
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch ever!

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great go to American style bistro which is usually reliable as to food and service. There are some interesting twists on several offerings which keeps the menue interesting.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food and service as always. Bristol Burger was prepared exactly as my wife likes as well as my Salmon Teriyaki. We have been coming here for many years and will continue to do so. Never a disappointment.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I would recommend the Bristol Bar & Grille- Highlands to anyone that appreciates excellent food and first class wait staff and employees. I am definitely going to schedule more business luncheons at this facility.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Fine food and service. Always a treat to go. Every time I try something different and was pleased once again.

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EZ
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST BRUNCH IN KENTUCKY!!!

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday for 6 was great! Drink special on Thursdays a nice surprise

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w
Monterrey
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great waiter. Full of stories !!! Best Blanton s in Louisville!!!!

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TG
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Hadn’t been there in 20 years. Sadly, neither has a cleaning crew. Brunch was not worth the trip. One indistinguishable carb after another.

Goodbye Bristol. Your best days are behind you.

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DC
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The salmon teriyaki and crab cakes were excellent. Good selection of beers at reasonable prices.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent as usual. Our group enjoyed the birthday celebration for my wife. Have been a fan of Bristol for 40 years.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husbands birthday with all our adult kids joining us.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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DC
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
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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