Fork & Barrel

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$30 and under
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American
Fork & Barrel prides itself on serving upscale American cuisine with a focus on local ingredients, craft cocktails, and serving it all with southern hospitality. The Restaurant is located on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky in one of the town’s restaurant rows. The Restaurant seats 85 guests and has reservations as well as open seating at the bar and communal table.

Specials

$5 Cocktails

Enjoy our $5 Classic Cocktails from 4 to 6pm every evening. Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Margarita, Martini and Old Fashioned.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 28, 2018

Ends: September 29, 2117

Availability: Tue-Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM

Half Priced Wine Night

Enjoy Half Priced Bottles of Wine Every Thursday with the purchase of an Entree.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 28, 2018

Ends: September 29, 2117

Availability: Thu 4:00PM-9:00PM

Taco Tuesday

Enjoy 2 weekly tacos, house made salsa and house fried tortilla chips with your choice of house wine, margarita or PBR for only $15

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 28, 2018

Ends: September 29, 2117

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-9:00PM

What 514 People Are Saying
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LA
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great. Highly recommend.

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KV
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. The only thing that I would recommend management is to keep an eye on the cleaning . Underneath of our table there was a lot of crumbs, crayons and trash probably from the previous guests. It takes away from the customer experience. Otherwise food price and service was very good.

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BB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

We went for Father’s day with a party of 4. They wedged us into a little table behind the hostess stand. We asked the hostess to be moved and were told that they could not accommodate since all the table were otherwise reserved. Contrary to the hostess’s statement, throughout out our meal, numerous four tops sat empty. Wait staff was generally rude during the entire affair. We advised we need another moment for one of our party to decide what to eat and it was ten minutes or more before she circled back to our table. We had to ask for ketchup twice and could not get anyone’s attention to bring us other items we needed. They get a 2 star rating because the food was excellent. It is a shame that the service was not.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s day brunch. Everyone left happy and full!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Father’s Day

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CV
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. 1st time won't be the last.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This review will be short because so was our time at Fork & Barrel. We arrived on time for our reservation and was promptly seated. Water was immediately brought to our table. We then waited 15 minutes without being acknowledged by anyone. We had a couple of waitresses pass our table multiple times. The restaurant was not even busy at that time. At that point, we got up, left the restaurant and had dinner down the street at another restaurant.

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k
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first time dining at Fork & Barrel. We started with the French Onion soup and garden salad. You will not find a better French Onion soup! For dinner, I ordered the scallops and my husband ordered the stroganoff. Both were excellant. We will certainly be back!

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PM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fork and Barrel was new to four ladies who were looking for a place to eat before we set out to make an 8pm Hamilton show. We were aiming for a local experience, good food and a relatively quiet environment. We hit it all with Fork and Barrel. Outstanding service was a highlight along with appealing drink specials, some unusual and tasty menu offerings. The brussels sprout salad was uniquely delicious and although small was filling enough since we had ordered an appetizer and dessert. There are so many restaurants that try so hard and get it wrong. Fork and Barrel gets it right. I would highly recommend it!

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OT
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience with this restaurant. In fact, none of our party had eaten there before but knew it had a great reputation. Fork & Barrel did not disappoint! The food was wonderful and we enjoyed the ambiance. The owner/chef took great interest in our experience and stopped by several times to check on us. I highly recommend this restaurant for a dinner out with friends.

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S
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely evening beginning with Happy Hour classic cocktails! Our server was helpful and personable. The entrees were beautifully presented and equally delicious.

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GE
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first time here. Menue was great and reasonably priced. Great quality.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant atmosphere was perfect for a nice meal with my wife. Food was outstanding, we both loved our choices. Wife had the scallops and I had the salmon. Can’t wait to go back.

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c
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The server was outstanding and his knowledge of the menu was extremely helpful. The service was outstanding and very, but not overly, attentive .
The food was very good and I have no complaints.
BUT, I was really surprised when I received the bill that we were charged $ 2.00 for 5 or 6 small pieces of BREAD!! REALLY !! Very chintzy.. Also the bar prices for bourbon are way out of line with the competition. You should "shop" your competition up & down Frankfort Ave and I think you'll find that on average your prices are $3.00- $5.00 more for similar pours. Another example, on my previous visit I was surprised that I was charged $ 19.00 for Weller 107( my fault-I did not ask ahead of time) We went to DeFabios last week for a Birthday celebration & I couldn't believe that they only charged $ 11.00 for the same pour.

I would recommend your choices above should include a "maybe" or" perhaps " in addition to the simple yes or no.

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

This was our first time going and we will definitely be back. We had ten people in our group and we hung around the bar prior to being seated (even though the table was promptly ready when we arrived for our reservation). The bartender was very knowledgeable and everyone enjoyed a tasty cocktail prior to being seated. The waitress was excellent - always ready to get us another cocktail or to take our order! And it's so nice to go to a restaurant and have so many wonderful choices from a great menu. And to top it all off - the food was absolutely amazing. Everyone in the party loved their meal and this will become a regular place for my wife and myself (and probably everyone in our party).

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KP
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fabulous service.

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PB
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Our waiter, Thaddeus, was great. Third time there and I was not disappointed. Will continue to go back.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Great service and attentive to special dietary restrictions. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!

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JH
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was nice that the chef/owner came by our table & chatted with us ! We decided menu items are a little bit high & they need to add maybe a flatbread or something else to the menu! Waiter/ bartender was rude & loud!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Our server, Danielle took very good care of us. The crab cakes have more crab instead of cake--in stark contrast to most places. The crab cakes were amazing. My girlfriend had the scallops which she enjoyed. I had the pork shank which was true to the character of the meat. The tiramisu wasn't as good as the nearby competition, but was well presented. We finished our shared dessert nonetheless! The half-price drinks from 4:00 - 6:00 are a great value. A great place to go for a date night or any night for that matter.

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MM
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all Savannah was our server. What an excellent experience. She was fun and attentive. The food...fabulous. Chef Jeffery will se us back soon.

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PB
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love their food and the atmosphere. The owner/chef is always accessible and before the end of the evening tries to speak to each table. It’s definitely my new “go to” place to take my friends.

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BD
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice variety on their menu.
Beef strouganof was very good.

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LS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

$34 for 3 scallops and some vegetables. Tasty but should have been more food on the plate. Caesar salad was very good.

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MP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’be visited Fork & Barrel four times and it is becoming our favorite restaurant in Louisville. From the enticing menu to the ice globes and marinated cherries in the mixed drinks, Chef Geoff and his staff are doing it right. Already looking forward to visit number 5!

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K
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my 2nd visit here for brunch. There is always a wait and it is always super crowded. We had reservations so we got seated quickly. I most definitely would recommend reservations here. Our server was just ok. She did apologize for forgetting to bring a couple of things. She was very busy but it was still a little disappointing. The food is always wonderful here. We all had something different and we all enjoyed each dish. The $1 mimosas for brunch are a nice touch! This place is small and you are seated right on top of other people. It is also very loud. So if you are ok with that, this is a great place! I would recommend!

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KD
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I think for the style of food and the price point, there are many other options in Louisville I would recommend for a nice dinner before fork and barrel.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Geoffrey Heyde is a star in the Louisville culinary scene. Great food - great spot!

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EC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was good but not outstanding. Had the stroganoff. The sauce was very good but meat could have been more tender. Also, should have been larger portion given the price and no side dish. Had to pay for bread. Not cool. Server was slow and very confused re coffee drinks.

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DD
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great and no issue with service - until the hostess came up to us and asked us to leave, stating they had other reservations. We had been there just about an hour, had paid the bill about 10 minutes before and there were several other tables open! Super disappointed. I was catching up with an old friend who was in town. Apparently this was not the place to do it.

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SF
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Post-Derby dinner for our group was awesome. Ally took great care of us. Food was outstanding as usual. Appreciated Chef’s personal attention to ensure everyone enjoyed their dinner and were having a great time. There was something for everyone on menu. Highly recommend.

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

Fork and Barrel is my favorite restaurant to go to when I am in Louisville, KY. The food is delicious and I love the cocktails (especially the one inspired by the chef's wife Emily's Garden). I would highly recommend others to stop over at this restaurant when they are in Louisville for a truly wonderful experience.

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EB
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Oaks Dinner was our second time to Fork & Barrel and maybe restaurants can let you down when they go Prix Fixe menu - but not that night. Our reservation was bit delayed because the table was not cleared promptly, but seeing the Executive pitch in and help warmed the blue collar side of me. It did take awhile to get our drink orders to the table, but after that service was excellent. My Woodford Manhattan was one of the best I have has in a long while. The Executive Chef came to our table and greeted us and then recommended his favorite selections. The pork belly appetizer was excellent with the only problem being that I wanted a whole plate of them. The wedge was average with the lettuce both a bit wet and the portion sizes quite variable between our guests. My short rib entree was very good, although the sauce needed a bit more flavor. My wife's Filet was excellent. I went with the Panna Cotta on the chef's recommendation and although I normally do not like this sort of dessert, I found it light, refreshing and flavorful.

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TR
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was 5 star and the cheapest red wine was 5 star also. The crabcakes were 90/10 on the crab to bread ratio and the beet salad was fantastic. We will return.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved that I was able to make a reservation for my large party and that they called me to confirm before my reservation. The roasted chicken was so delicious. The place was beautiful and the service was outstanding. Would love to go back next time I’m in town.

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only issue was a new person who wandered the dining room like a lion in a cage. Pacing. Pacing. It got annoying after a while.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and a cozy, yet casually elegant ambience. Loved it!

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JG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Licked my plate clean of every morsel of short ribs. Every one loved their dinner and were thrilled with 1/2 price night on wine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the chef/proprietor is amazing!

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k
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful brunch, veggie scramble was fabulous ....,,

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