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Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

4.2
4.2
1374 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Doc Crow's showcases the culinary heritage of the South with a menu of traditional favorites and fresh seafood. The world-class beverage program focuses on America's native spirit, bourbon, and features excellent wines.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (502) 587-1626
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Please contact us at info@doccrows.com with additional questions about catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining options are perfect for your next meeting, celebration, or dinner. Our available event spaces include Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Doc's Gallery, and Doc's Bourbon Room.Please contact us at info@doccrows.com with additional questions or to book your private event.
  • Private party contact
    Theresa Frey: (502) 416-4482
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Louisville
  • Cross street
    2nd Street
  • Parking details
    There are numerous garages and parking lots in the immediate area that require payment to park. There are also meters on the street which are available as well.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,374 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Good for groups

  • Central Kentucky

    Hot spot

  • Louisville

    Good for groups

  • Louisville

    Hot spot

1,374 Reviews
  1. PamelaD

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Meat was very fatty. Price paid was WAY too much for quality. Service was poor, but to be fair, there was a concert at the Yum Center the night we were there. We will not go back to Doc Crows.

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  2. DebbieS

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience and the food was awesome!! Our server, Skyler, was excellent, and checking on us regularly with a smile!! It was busy with the concert but you would have never known it with her taking care of. She was phenomenal and a great representative for your restaurant. We will return!!

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  3. RickK

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Charging $1 for ice balls with the bourbon is ridiculous. Just add it to the cost of the drink if you must charge for it. The bourbons overpriced anyway. Service is lacking as takes 10-15 minutes to get a drink from the bar.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The overall dining experience left a lot to be desired. -Restaurant was set up such that staff had to walk a substantial distance to bring orders & items from kitchen & supply area -Seater discussions indicated most of the servers were swamped on a Tuesday evening. Bartenders were also overwhelmed, when we asked if they could recommend something. -45 minutes to receive enough silverware for all diners -The drink menu (of over 50+ pages) didn’t have most of the unique items, contained little information apart from proof, and no staff (server or bartender) could offer suggestions -Chips were stale -Our food was brought to the wrong table -Our small table had our appetizer plates and drinks. The actual dinner plates couldn’t fit. -Food was not prepared well and not fresh. -You had two people, not dressed in your restaurant attire, playing around in the closed bar. One of your other workers went over to them; however, they seem to be friends. Please hire more people. You let 1 person serve the 6 tables around near our table. One table had 8 people in it. Our 1 waiter took orders, bussed tables, delivered food, and cleaned. This took a ton of time because of how the restaurant was set up. Our server was very nice, but there was no way for them to adequately take care of all of us with how much they had to do and run for each table. There was no team work in this establishment. We are visiting Louisville for about a week, and previously worked at restaurants. We dined at various restaurants for lunch and dinner. This is, by far, the worst service and food. This was a management issue, not an issue with any one individual. Take care of your wait staff.

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  5. GregM

    Nashville

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good first experience. Seated quickly. Good food and servuce.

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  6. Overpriced

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We were sitting in the Crow’s nest with tables that were no more than 1 foot apart from the couple next to us. It went fine, but was hoping for a more intimate environment as we weren’t able to talk without everyone in that room participating in our conversation. The food was “fine” and the service friendly. Drink prices were outrageous. Probably won’t be back.

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  7. Uaemilya

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    If you get the brisket, pay the extra for the "lean" option since what I received was mostly fat. They need to update their pour list, we tried to order three different Scotch pours and they couldn't find them or didn't have them. I would expect that with Bourbon given where we are but not Scotch.

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  8. chriss

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The bourbon menu is only available on line via a QR code. Internet is very poor to non existent and their guest WiFi is password protected. The large selection is useless if you can’t peruse it. The area where we sat needs some work. Walls in bad shape, looks shabby. The food and service was good

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed honestly. The flavors were not good even though the meat was cooked fine.

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  10. RepatMom

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. We enjoyed the chicken and the brisket. We had a hard time choosing what to order because there we so many things we wanted to try. We will definitely go back if we get back to Louisville.

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  11. JulieS

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and even better service from Darius!! HUGE selection of bourbon and a newly added second floor off of the bar. Sampler platter is the way to go!

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  12. JeffM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a group dinner and everybody loved it. Excellent food and great service.

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  13. KimB

    Louisville

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate dinner with some friends before a Cardinals basketball game. Emma was our server. The food and service were both excellent. Emma took great care of us. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal and plan to dine here again soon.

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  14. KimB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding! The St. Louise style ribs were extremely delicious. Best coleslaw ever. Very nice experience.

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  15. BillyJ

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great date night. We had never been there before. Wanted to check it out and was not disappointed.

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  16. ChrisW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not our best experience at Doc Crows. Food was below average. Server was not very attentive or helpful. Overall very disappointing meal.

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  17. edwardB

    Cincinnati

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Docs. Come here every time in Louisville. Great spot.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Would have preferred not to be seated in the bar. Our waitress was exceptional. She knew the menu well and her suggestions were spot on. The smoked tomatoes on the salad were unique and tasty. House dressing complimented the pulled pork. Food could have been a little hotter.

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  19. StevenS

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always enjoy eating at Doc Crows! The food is always good and service has always been great

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  20. foodwinesnobtoo

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, service, food, and cocktails! Definitely a place to bookmark for every return visit to Louisville.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the fried green tomatoes, beer cheese and chip, and a slice of key lime pie, all of which were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient.

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  22. Justaguy

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great oysters, good barbecue and fabulous drinks. Probably one of the best, friendliest and most helpful waiters I’ve been countered.

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  23. RobA

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was fantastic, food was good but not great.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful place great food! Enjoyed our time. Great service!

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  25. briand

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Smokehouse is in the name, however, stay clear of the bbq especially if you’ve had “decent” bbq in the past. The pulled pork was fatty and full of cartilage. The brisket was fatty and dry which is remarkable since there was heavy fat content. The ribs were cooked well, but the seasoning on all of the bbq lacked flavor. Most everything that our party of 9 ordered had spice (even the house chips)from mild to hot. The drinks were average as well. Now, the other items that were ordered that were not bbq were delicious. Highly recommend the Shrimp & Grits, Mac and Cheese, and Fried Green Tomatoes. The braised greens were also dynamite. All in all, we had an average meal. Kudos to appetizers and side dishes. No kudos for the bbq.

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  26. JackG

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have eaten here before. The Brisket is excellent. Good portions of food. Will be here again.

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  27. LizardKing

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We were really looking forward to trying Doc Crow’s but we left really disappointed. The food was overcooked and dry. I ordered the sampler platter which included the brisket, pulled pork and I upgraded to the ribs. Both came with potato chips. None of it was great. The ribs were downright terrible. My Dad ordered the ribs as his main. He left most of them. He never leaves anything. The front room is nice but it’s over lit. It’s too bright. They brought us and sat us at a table towards the back. It was too dark. 🤷‍♂️ Sorry to say it was the worst part of our stop in Louisville. A real disappointment considering how much we were looking forward to it.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Bad waiter forgot drinks Didn’t n couldn’t run my gift card correct Just was a huge let down

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  29. TylerT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance. Outstanding whiskey selection. Food was not good and not worth the money. Wife got a smokehouse sampler. It was nothing more than a plate of onion straws and fat. The chicken was overcooked and had no flavor. Sorry we won't be back.

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  30. MelH

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had the peel and eat shrimp, oysters and the sampler platter. Everything was great. Would re-visit for the peel and eats & oysters.

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  31. Btownchick

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great southern food! Fun place to eat. Tried several appetizers and main courses. All very good,

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  32. CallieP

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. Service was wonderful. We had a reservation on New Year’s Eve and everything was perfect. We would eat here again

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  33. MelisaA

    St. Louis

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant in the heart of downtown Louisville! Many activities within walking distance. Highly recommend.

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  34. HeatherR

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The fried okra was cold and my crab cakes were horribly undercooked! The pulled pork sandwich was super dry and cold but the chips were good. We would never recommend this restaurant!

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  35. paulab

    Louisville

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and the food was excellent!!! Doc Crows has a fun atmosphere I plan to return.

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  36. DinaP

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server D was outstanding! He was personable, very knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations that we took and were very pleased! He was spot on! D is a superstar and I hope the company knows what a key asset he is, kudos!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 9 for a graduation dinner. We had fantastic food and service! Highly recommend!!!

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  38. JoeH

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pork chops were really good. The pulled pork was very smoky. Almost chemically injected smoke. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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  39. ChristaH

    Louisville

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Derek was a great server. We had a nice dinner of shrimp and grits and a brisket sandwich. Everything was timely . The night was rather busy and a little loud. Not unbearable but had to raise my voice a couple of times. I can’t wait to go back and try their bourbon selections.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our dinner and the vibe of the restaurant.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar using the Order Online button. Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 587-1626.

Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 1374 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

127 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    2nd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Louisville
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are numerous garages and parking lots in the immediate area that require payment to park. There are also meters on the street which are available as well.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (502) 587-1626
  • Catering
    Please contact us at info@doccrows.com with additional questions about catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining options are perfect for your next meeting, celebration, or dinner. Our available event spaces include Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Doc's Gallery, and Doc's Bourbon Room.Please contact us at info@doccrows.com with additional questions or to book your private event.
  • Private party contact
    Theresa Frey: (502) 416-4482
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