Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

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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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LP
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was not anything to write home about and service was not very good. We ordered raw oysters to start which never showed up. Our entrees came (ribs and brisket) with one of 2 beers we ordered . We cancelled the oysters and reminded the server about the other beer. The second beer arrived mid meal and then another that we didn’t order-we pointed this out to the server who then took one of them back and served it to an adjoining table a few minutes later.
A fun vibe but lacking on several counts-we have found better food venues and the ribs and brisket were not very exciting

DN
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Doc Crow's is always our "go to" spot when attending any events in the Yum! Center!

OT
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

JN
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derby pie and bread pudding AMAZING!! Not to mention a fantastic bourbon selection.

GG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Our oyster po boys were outstanding, oysters were cooked to perfection and the home baked bread was delicious.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food is always good. For whatever reason it always takes at least 10 minutes to get a drink from the bar to the table.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Brisket. Ordered “with as much fat as humanly possibly per slice “. Sadly got a very dry lean stack of brisket. Service was amazing as usual and place was packed (again as normal). But it does come down to the little things...

Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar
Responded on October 31, 2019

The brisket is a bit of a game of tug of war with our customers. Some are like you (and honestly myself), then we get complaints about it being too fatty (is there such a thing??). Apologies that you got the wrong end of the spectrum! Your feedback is valuable, as we've been adjusting our brisket process in the last month or two, so we very much appreciate you leaving a review. Keep on asking for all that fatty goodness. Hopefully next time we'll have it perfected to your preferences!

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, definitely a lively crowded bar scene

Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thanks so much for the review, Deena! We're so glad you enjoyed the energy :)

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T
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my can't miss place for when people are in from out of town. It straddles the nice/casual line perfectly. It's in a cool part of town, on Whiskey Row two doors down from the Old Forester Distillery one way and a half-block from the Yum Center the other. I've been there 50 times and it hasn't missed once.

Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar
Responded on October 31, 2019

We're so proud that you include us when showing off Louisville! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review - we look forward to having you in again and again ;)

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AJ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Something for everyone but uniquely Louisville. Best shrimp and grits in town and I tell everyone. The Could Be Cursed cocktail is our new favorite tiki/rum drink. We will be back.

CW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A bit pricey. Good quality food. Portion sizes on smoked meat sampler was surprisingly small. Fresh oysters good but $3 EACH was crazy-my bad not asking Market Price. Good bar selections. Slow service. Restroom out of toilet paper-on a Thursday at 7 pm

LG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, wonderful food & drinks. Excellent service too!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The oysters and ribs I ordered weren’t anything special, very average. Service was slow even though the restaurant was almost empty.

ST
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wedding anniversary

TR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took a medium sized party there for a work dinner and everyone enjoyed it, would definitely recommend. Noise level gets a little loud and when you're in the back, sometimes takes a bit for drinks.

JS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was pleasant, attentive, congenial and perceptive. She did a great job.

J
Atlanta
98 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in downtown Louisville! Great food, service, and atmosphere. Everyone in my party loved it.

LN
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was ok but the service was lacking. We ordered our dessert when we ordered our meal and the dessert, with ice cream, was brought out too early.

MG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Loved everything we ordered. Would return

S
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice dinner at Doc Crows! Always consistent, love the lively atmosphere, fun location. We did an Old Forester tour and then dinner with a small group. Great service!

TC
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time here to celebrate, bring visitors, or local get away.

MB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A must try anytime in Louisville!! Once you try it you will be back again!

L
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very warm sitting next to the kitchen area...I would recommend asking for a table further in the back of the restaurant. The brisket wasn’t good, even after the waiter said it wasn’t her favorite...but the hush puppies, MAC & cheese, sirloin, nacho app and everything else was pretty yummy! Not a good wine selection...I know it’s a bourbon/beer place but just sayin.

B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Visiting from California. Sat all the way in the back of restuarant. I waited over 5 minutes and was getting ready to leave before waitress came. Others were attended to immediately and had water poured. After that everything went well. Had ribs and when finished I had to ask for wet wipes. The area where I sat were only 3 other small parties at tables.it wasnt busy.

G
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the lunch we had at Doc Crows. Wish she’d had dinner ther the night before as they have a good menu at reasonable prices. The food was great. Our service was excellent.

SK
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Group of 10. Enjoyed our experience and the food very much. Would recommend for large groups as there were many dining at the same time and the wait staff appeared well positioned to care for all.

LS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Server, Great Food, No Pappy Van Winkle available

p
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Great bourbon “list” but actual availability leaves a bit to be desired. I guess that’s what you get from a high volume restaurant. Shrimp and Grits were good but they should call it Grits with Shrimp—bowl of Grits with 4 shrimp on top. BBQ Sampler was exactly that— a sample! If your hungry, pick something else. Hindsight is 20/20–next time in Louisville, will pick another spot to drop $100+.

r
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The brisket was outstanding. Pulled pork was good. Service was excellent. The restaurant needs some acoustical tile. It was way too loud.

Y
Louisville
42 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was super and service was just outstanding. Very attentive staff and friendly!

JO
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Have had several meals there in the past several years and can not complain about any of them. The food is great! The service excellent! And they serve the BEST Maker’s Mark Old Fashion! Get yourself a reservation and have a great time. Or, just show up, the wait is worth it! Thank you Doc Crows!

MB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. The only problem we had was deciding what to eat and drink. We love visiting Louisville and we always put Doc Crows on our list of to do's.

ST
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed Doc Crows. Since I had made a reservation, we only waited about 5 minutes. I strongly suggest making a reservation.
Everyone in my party was very happy with the food.
The only complaint we all had was that it was very noisy. We had a hard time hearing each other.

J
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere. Would definitely go again.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, enjoyed the good.

SW
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you like raw oysters and smoked meat, this is your place! Lots of fun and you'll leave stuffed!

SB
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I’ll definitely return when I’m next in Louisville! A thunderstorm was pouring rain, so we showed up an hour early for a 6PM reservation, and they accomodated us with an open table. I ordered a Bangarang, a hot concoction that reminded me of smooth cider; perfect for a light warm up on a cold day. I had Shrimp they were that perfect. My SO managed to polish off all of his Baby Back ribs, but was defeated by the giant Baked Potato he ordered. He said leaving the two fluffy potato bites on his plate in favor if getting a share of my Key Lime Pie for dessert was a fair trade. We had tickets for Hamilton, so we ordered two coffees to keep us awake past our normal bedtime, and they were as strong as Alexander Hamilton’s ambitions, with a much smoother finish. Our only quibble was that we were seated in what is a widened, dark alcove in a hallway between the bar and the dining rooms. It was noisy and there was a constant stream of traffic by our table, both staff carrying huge food-laden trays aloft (by one hand! so skilled) and patrons headed to and frm the bathrooms. Next time, we’ll request a table in the back window-lined dining room and give the 5-star review Doc Crow’s deserves.

SW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I wasn't really "wowed" by the place. Decent food. Nothing that just blew me away. We ordered the "mild" wings as an app and they came out blazing hot. Our lips were burning. Grilled Chicken sandwhich didn't have much flavor. Chips were kind of eh. My husband had brisket sandwhich which was good. I wouldn't make special trip downtown for food there.

TC
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time, visitors in from out of town also got to partake

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Truly southern cuisine.