Bristol Bar & Grille - Highlands

4.3
307 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Our Dining Room and Patio are now open!!! WE ARE ALSO OFFERING CURBSIDE PICK-UP AND DELIVERY FROM 4PM-9PM (Sun., Wed. and Thur.) and 4PM-10PM (Fri. - Sat.). 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. Bristol Bar & Grille Master Sommelier crafted an extensive wine menu to pair with each dish. Certified Bourbon Stewards are on hand to answer any questions about our native spirit. Private and outdoor dining are available.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Green chili wontons are always outstanding and the rest of the food is always good too. Time to add to the menu, though. Great local place - keep it going!

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Robert
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant wasn't crowded at all, so that was a relief for COVID safety. We never felt rushed and was able to enjoy our cocktails and appetizer. The entrée portions were large and flavorful. I ordered the crab cake dinner, and had the second crab cake for my lunch the next day, it microwaved very well.

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DavidM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Happy to visit after reopening. The remodel is very clean and modern. Big improvement over the outdated '80's vibe they had going on. A little disappointed to see the free salad gone (but since it's only $2 can't complain much). Not sure if it's a COVID menu but also disappointed to see the smaller menu. Everyone in our party of 5 was happy with quality of food, temperature and preparedness of steaks (3 in our party ordered steaks). Server was very nice and pleasant but wait times for food were unusually long when restaurant was moderately busy. Again, perhaps a COVID understaffing issue, or challenges of reopening. But value and food was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service slow and food mediocre. Don’t plan to eat there again.

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BeverlyH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad our favorite neighborhood restaurant is back from COVID! Food and Service is close to the usual high quality...just little snags due to getting back in gear after a long hiatus that created changes in staffing etc. Looking forward to continued good dining!

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HighRoller
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that they have a gluten-free bun. Their burger and fries are delicious!! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food!

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vipNanaO
Louisville
44 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Updates look nice

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RegularGuy
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to revisit this Louisville staple. The renovations are great and the food reminded me why the Bristol ignited Louisville’s food scene. Can’t wait to return!!!

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DonaldG
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the patio on a nice day. Not quite ready to eat indoors yet.

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vipDebbyC
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food is consistent but not anything special except for the wontons which are always great. I had heard they remodeled. It was cleaner looking with new carpet and paint but not much else. The wait staff did a great job, friendly but not intrusive. I'll always go back but not for a special occasion.

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PatrickD
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Despite being almost empty, it took a while for a server to come to the table. She apparently was new and needed coaching. The new décor does not absorb sound well. I ordered the pork Dijonais which was good, but the green beans came with peppers in them--which has never happened before (I had the green beans just 2 weeks earlier there and there were no peppers in them) and I had to send them back because I am deathly allergic to peppers of all kinds. Several weeks ago they put peppers in their mixed vegetables without notification and I had a very long discussion with them about this (because it was carry-out only at that time and I had to make an extra long trip back to the restaurant. If one is adding something to a vegetable it is essential that it be listed or referenced in some way to those ordering. The manager gave me a new portion of the green beans without the peppers--and was most kind.

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BeverlyH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

So glad our old standby has re-opened for inside dining. Wonderful to see Felix, meet a new waitress, and, feel like things are going to be ok despite the Covid19 pandemic! The wontons weren't quite up to standard..I think they may not have been warmed enough as the filling had a grainy texture, but guacamole sauce was great! My steak sandwich was perfect and Bill's Thai Stir Fry with Shrimp was yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant. Great food. Great service. Great value.

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vipDavidB
Louisville
40 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great!

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shannonh
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It’s a consistent place. Menu was very limited due to Covid. Shrimp and grits were average. Steak was very good. Service was fair

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food. Awesome service by LaSue. She makes it a good dining experience.

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Glaveau
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bristol on Bardstown is my favorite restaurant. I have been a regular customer since the seventies and always celebrate my birthday there.

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Rickh
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Got the green chile wontons. Excellent appetizer, unique to this restaurant. Side salad with Harry’s dressing. Salad Not as fresh as I remember . I had Theresa’s pasta chicken. Wonderful as always. Hubby had their burger, looked juicy. Said it was cooked just right. Wine and beer list good with very reasonable prices.

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KandP
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

There were 5 of us that went for dinner. Only one of us actually like the food.

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Mike
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter and staff were friendly, attentive, and appreciative for the business.

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vipDrChaz
Louisville
39 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, excellent wait service; however, the hostess was not particularly welcoming, actually, she was borderline surly.

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JenelH
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the Bristol and go often. The Green Chili Wontons are a must and their Kentucky Hot Brown is very good as well. The Bristol is a great local restaurant.

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MartinJ
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great meal and outstanding service. It was a plus that on the night we dined, there was a benefit for APRON, a charity to support food service workers in need.

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StephenM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I was truly disappointed in my recent visit to Bristol. I am a Louisville native and have been going to the Bristol for decades. Probably, I will never go back. I took a couple of guys there in town on business. Both of them were excited about an Urban Bourbon experience. After looking at the "Book" with all of the Bourbon's listed, 3 of the first 4 choices were not available. Then when the Ribeye steaks came, the fat and gristle we had to negotiate was simply horrible. There are many choices in restaurants. Rarely is a product so bad that I would say anything, but this visit was embarrassing. If this is what has become of the Bristol, it will soon be a restaurant that used to be in Louisville.

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent wait staff. The steak was outstanding. Crabcakes were a bit too spicey.

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patrick
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Felt like we were at the waffle house. Patron's dressed as such. Get back to where you use to be and the decline of the Bristol will end.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Valentines date

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DeborahW
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our Valentine’s Day dinner and celebration. We had a great time. We had reservations and upon arriving was seated immediately. We had to wait a little on our waiter but he made up for it throughout the evening. The food was very good! I had the salmon teriyaki with a salad and my partner had the white chili, salad and crab cakes.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Poorly prepared food. Good waitress.

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BradB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Pat was superior. He didn't miss a beat throughout our entire dining experience. All of the staff were friendly and top notch. The food was excellent. I highly recommend the the Salmon Teriyaki and the Green Chile Won Tons. From our arrival to departure our dining experience was flawless, all the way down to the table request I made when making the reservation on here. They will definitely be at the top of our list for dining choices. If you haven't been to the Bristol Highlands location I highly recommend you try them out....I believe, afterwards, they will become a regular for you too.

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JenniferS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highlands Bristol has been a family favorite for many years. We always love the food and the service. It is our go-to place for large and small gatherings. They have good vegetarian options as well.

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JeffreyB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat the rush for an early dinner and had a great meal. All the food was great. Bread fresh from the oven, wonderful soups, and fresh ingredients made everyone’s meal enjoyable.

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BrittanyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The inside hasn't changed from the early 2000s and that's why I think the reviews aren't great but I love the food! Service is always good and the price is pretty fair.

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OpenTable Diner
Western KY
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. A classic. Out of gluten buns but delish without! New favorite!

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vipDrChaz
Louisville
39 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Green Chili Hot Brown and Fish Tacos, complemented with icy Budweisers, were excellent.

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EmmaG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great food. I had a reservation for 10 people and everything was great.

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CarolineA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very busy evening, but we had reservations and were seated immediately. Very attentive waitress, and we enjoyed our meals. Will be returning again.

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MadgeD
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Sunday Brunch was a total disappointment. Food was mediocre. Not presented attractively. Waiters nonchalant. Standing and chatting with themselves. The bacon was crisp.

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Teresa
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great Sunday brunch with family!
Food and company were great!
LaSue was a fabulous server! Very friendly, courteous and we always had glasses full and empty plates taken away!
We'll definitely be back!
Teresa:)

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Bristol Bar & Grille - Highlands is rated 4.3 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

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