Equus and Jack's Bourbon Restaurant | Lounge and the Black Rabbit Speakeasy

4.6
798 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bistro style restaurant serving refined American cuisine since 1985. Located in the heart of St. Matthews, Equus and Jack’s Bourbon Restaurant | Lounge features a moderately-priced contemporary American menu in a comfortable & relaxed bistro atmosphere. Enjoy our extensive wine selection, specialty cocktails, and broad range of domestic and imported beers. We also proudly offer over 50 regional bourbons for you to enjoy.
Please call for information on our speakeasy, The Black Rabbit!

Experiences

  • Black Rabbit Speakeasy

    Multiple dates available

    A prohibition style lounge featuring craft cocktails, extensive wine list, and our full food menu.
  • Lounge Dining

    Multiple dates available

    Comfortable low seating featuring couches and coffee tables to enjoy wine, dinner, and casual experience
  • Dining Room

    Multiple dates available

    Formal dinner in a booth and table style seating
  • Heated Patio Seating

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy the great outdoors on our patio. It's heated in the winter!

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 798 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Spears
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a 53rd anniversary dinner. No crowd and good service on a weeknight as well.

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vipMaryS
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service as always. Needs some music or something to softly create some ambience. It was distracting to hear other diners conversations all around the room.

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GaryH
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. We will return with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Rabbit Soeakeasy was a fun experience, very nice! The service staff was too notch, friendly and always on point with drink refills and food service; they did a great job managing the table and flow. Great experience. The food was very good! Cooked exactly as ordered and expected. This was our first time going to this place and we will definitely be back! Adding this one to our top notch place to take out of town family and friends. Perfect experience!

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SteveU
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable and delicious. Looking forward to returning.

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Bentley
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food and cocktails were fantastic however our server rseemed extremely out of it and disinterested. Since they all smelt of a dispensary I would imagine that was the issue. The restaurant was not even half way full however it took almost 35 minutes to get our first drink. Once we received our drinks they were great and so was the food however I haven’t had such poor service in a very long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had. Wonderful Evening, thank you!

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GeriB
Western KY
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, comfortable, excellent drinks & good too!

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KarenG
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place!! The bartender Will was a perfect host! I cannot say anything negative! Wednesday is half off bottles of wine and Will talked me into the Seveche which I had never had before. I was not disappointed 😀. This place is the best!!!

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MikeK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere
Love the lounge seating option
Open but private
Outstanding vale - food and bourbon
Anthony is the best !!!

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vipJerryW
New England
49 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All was good.... appetizer, salad & entrees. I had the fried chicken and it was delicious. My dare had the papardelle & it too was delicious. Portions were fair a we left full. Cocktails were good but I found the wine list by the glass to be lacking

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our experience at the Black Rabbit Speakeasy. Upon arrows met our waiter who after speaking with us a bit suggested we would really enjoy the Speakeasy section especially since I was looking for craft cocktails. Nick checked to see if there was room and there was. Nick was spot on with his assessment and appreciated his willingness to give us the best experience! We sat at the bar which we love as we like to meet people. Will our bartender was fabulous as a mixologist and server. He was attentive but not intrusive. The food was also good. The tuna tartare was the best and I had the fried chicken which is what they are known for and it didn’t not disappoint! We were there for several hours and would definitely go back!! Thanks for the best night ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, amazing service, and the food and drinks were very good, would definitely recommend.

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vipGillD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Equus for Derby. It was a beautiful day and we sat outside. A lot fewer people than I expected, but that was good. The service was excellent. Very attentive and helpful with the dishes. My wife had the special three-course prix-fixe menu (bibb salad, salad and a special dessert, with paired wines). I ordered off the menu (tuna ceviche and red pepper risotto). All the courses were excellent. After looking at the bill, it might have been a bit cheaper to order everything off the menu, because the regular prices were very reasonable, especially for the quality. The tuna ceviche was served right on the crackers. Nice and spicy! Portion sizes were perfect. Took nothing home, but cleaned our plates. Also, the maple cinnamon old fashioned was outstanding. Overall a great bet (compared to the one I placed on the race)!

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scottk
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The shrimp appetizer is always excellent as well as the table/bar service and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Casual everyday dining experience. Wait staff seemed very busy probably because of derby.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately I found a curly hair in my scallops. Ruined my dinner. No apology from management. Dessert was delicious at least.

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Moramckin
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful experience. Staff was perfect.
Would definitely go again.

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ShannonZ
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try to get a spot at the bar in the speakeasy if you can! The bartender will keep you entertained throughout your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the coolest place!!! ❤️❤️❤️ the doorway! Service was super friendly and the food was amazing!! I wish we lived here so I could go more often!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Derby Week! Delicious food and amazing cocktails. Would suggest 1-2 more servers or bartenders for busy nights, but overall fabulous!!

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Heather
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the atmosphere of the speakeasy. The service was great, staff were very helpful with menu suggestions. We were impressed with the specialty cocktails we tried and we really enjoyed the small plates to share. We will definitely be back.

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LeighC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great. It was a bit too quiet at 5pm before they got busy. They could use some ambient music. Other than that, service was awesome and the good was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for our special occasion

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vipFasta
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

William was our bartender and a fabulous one he is!!!!

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vipLouisvillediner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service on the patio! Solid food.

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scottk
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The beer pretzels are a unique dish and are the best in town Period!

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KristieP
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place for the quiet dinning room. This time we had a business meeting and it was perfect

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SusanS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I wish we had eaten inside, it looked really nice. The patio was lacking in charm. Service was really slow although server was friendly . Food was good.

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BC11180722
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and it was so nice to be back after so long

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Jess
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This place was amazing, great atmosphere, knowledgeable and friendly staff that made wonderful drinks catered to our desires. We will most definitely return, highly recommend!

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CarolB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My food was fine. Others in the party of four ordered the pasta primavera and said it was a little bland. Not up to Equus standards.
Two in our group were celebrating birthdays. Their complimentary desserts were delicious. I would have given 5 stars across the board but the pasta primavera caused lower scores in two categories. It still remains one of my favorite restaurants.

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ChristineR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation via Opentable several days in advance. I selected the option to be in the speakeasy portion of the restaurant and a standard table as opposed to lounge seating. When we arrived we were told very abruptly they were full and we could sit at the bar. A small 6 seat bar with no partitions between guests during a pandemic. The manager offered to put up a partition as our only option to be accommodated and we declined. The hostess Annie at Equus did try to set us up at Lou Lou down the road but it was going to be bar seating as well. We would have been first time guests but will continue to take our business elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great girls night here. Strong drinks, delicious food, and fabulous service.

JH
JulieH
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the evening. Food was wonderful, had the Mahi-Mahi and the New York Strip. Apps and drinks good too. We will definitely be back. Unique, comfortable atmosphere. Staff helpful and knowledgeable.

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codyda777
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super cool place. Food was good, inside ambience was great and the speakeasy is very cool. Drinks were excellent. Service great. We ate outside and that area isn’t near as cool or romantic as inside. So other than that - go!

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vipKYSue
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We went to the Black Rabbit. Ambiance was
Nice but the rest of the experience was lacking. Started the evening with martinis which were watered down. When we returned them they came back the same way. We had beet salads which had no beets and a teeny bit of cheese. We had the 8 ounce hamburgers which ended up by being 4 ounces of meat and 4 ounces of bun. The cheese grits were excellent. Even the ginger ale wasn’t good as it was flat.
We were really disappointed as we had looked forward to trying out this new experience in Louisville.

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Yummyfood4u
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a 1st day, will be definitely be back. Great drinks and atmosphere

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vipMissalibabyxoxo
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Ask for Will, he was knowledgeable and made sure we we’re well taken care of. Order the shrimp and grits it was fantastic!

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TreveccaS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything: Ambiance, food, service. This is my new favorite spot in Louisville.

FAQs

Equus and Jack's Bourbon Restaurant | Lounge and the Black Rabbit Speakeasy offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 897-9721.

Equus and Jack's Bourbon Restaurant | Lounge and the Black Rabbit Speakeasy is rated 4.6 stars by 798 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.