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Jack Fry's Main Dining Room - Jack Fry's, Louisville, KY

Jack Fry's

4.8
4.8
2367 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Jack Fry's serves up southern fare in a setting that's been a part of Louisville, Kentucky since around 1933. Visitors can step inside for lunch, dinner or cocktails, all to the soothing notes of live jazz. Once a hangout for local sports enthusiasts, Jack Fry's is now known for its fine dining and family-friendly atmosphere.



The executive chef prepares southern specialties and adds a bit of French influence to create local favorites like shrimp & grits, lamb chops and Jack's burger. Jack Fry's provides a friendly atmosphere and live jazz , ensuring the entire group will find something to enjoy.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (502) 452-9244
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Duncan Williams
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
  • Cross street
    Near the intersection of Bardstown Road, Baxter Avenue, and Highland Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street and parking lot parking
  • Entertainment
    LIVE JAZZ Monday through Saturday, 7 - 11 pm
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,367 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Overall

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Food

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Service

  • Central Kentucky

    American

  • Louisville

    Best Overall

  • Louisville

    Best Food

  • Louisville

    Best Service

  • Louisville

    Best Ambiance

  • Louisville

    American

2,367 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food with nice twists on classics. Service was excellent. Unfortunately for us there was a party at a table near us that was extremely loud—to the point that other patrons would glance and smile amongst each other at how rudely loud this one particular table was. When the loud table left, it was such a pleasant atmosphere. Obviously, this is not the restaurant’s fault. My wife and I enjoyed a great meal and would definitely recommend Jack Fry’s to anyone in the area. Loved our server; he was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations.

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  2. DanielD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service was great. However, the noise level is much too loud for my liking.

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  3. JudgeJoan

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    What happened to the great Jack Fry's? Food was less than mediocre . Brie salad was sloppy and without the usually wonderful dressing. Shrimp and grits arrived luke warm at best. I miss the high quality of food this treasure is known for.

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  4. Paige

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Jack Fry's has some of the best food in Louisville yet, service seems to miss the mark 2/2 visits. We requested a booth and we were seated at a tiny table next to the street, while multiple booths sat open our entire dining experience. We visited on my actual birthday, which we noted in the reservation, and the server did not mention it once. During dessert, espresso gelato was a 10/10, a manager stopped by and I felt uncomfortable having to ask if they recognize birthdays. He said, "it's your birthday?" and brought something out with a candle.

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  5. Flappytango

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I've eaten here once a year with friends for the last five years and won't be doing so again. Nice atmosphere but way overpriced. The menu is mostly the same and unremarkable. The broccolini (some sort of hybrid baby broccoli) was just awful, almost like some sort of undercooked chewy weed. The booth seats all need cushions and seats replaced. You literally sink down a few inches. Service is always attentive and the energy is nice but I won't be dining there again.

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  6. Trey

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another really good Jack Fry experience- menu offerings were limited for grilled steaks which was unusual compared to previous trips- but, the braised short rib was excellent!

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  7. HeatherT

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great service. Shrimp and grits was delicious, along with the salmon, scallops and filet. Yum

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  8. LoulouSue

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful lunch of seafood croquettes and soup du jour. Everything spot on, delicious, smooth, comfortable. Love this place.

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  9. rodgerr

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and service. The only negative would be that the tables are a little too close together making it crowded for larger customers. Overall a great experience. Will definitely be back and highly recommend to others travelling to Louisville.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always! It’s iconic and one of my favs in Louisville!

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  11. AmyW

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been bringing our out of town guests to Jack Fry’s for their first “best of Louisville” meal since we moved here and I’m sorry to say that we will likely never do it again. We were treated very poorly by one of the managers… our waitress was wonderful and super sweet, but I cannot say the same for the manager (he was a tall, thin man)… we had a 6 top table, and were introducing 4 of our dear friends to Jack Fry’s. It was 8:15 on a SATURDAY night and we were told multiple times that we needed to keep our volume down… I don’t know how that would’ve been possible considering the restaurant itself is pretty noisy (didn’t bother us though)… I even approached another table to apologize if we disrupted their dinner and they said we had not done anything of the sort…. My husband is leaving for a 5 month deployment and we were trying to give him a fun, celebratory night out before he has to leave… and unfortunately, it was anything but that… *our guests were bummed about our treatment, but did compliment the food! I’m so disappointed because we’ve really loved every other experience there… but I will not be reprimanded more than once on a Saturday night while I’m trying to enjoy a meal with friends… such a shame…

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  12. Steve

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jack Frys is the best place to eat in Louisville .. kudos to the chef .. best gracious service .. everyone leaves happy!

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  13. PegEatsOut

    Louisville

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a wonderful experience at Jack Fry's. I love scallops, and considered requesting that the chef leave off the pork belly. Our excellent server Lee suggested that I try it with the pork belly because it really "makes" the dish. He was so right! Thanks Lee for your guidance and flawless service!

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  14. JoanW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My entree was the shrimp and grits. The grits were excellent. The gravy was fine but unremarkable. Our service was exemplary, kind and professional. The noise level is challenging; especially for someone using hearing aids.

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  15. CocoInTheVille

    Western KY

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always look forward to dining at Jack Fry’s on special occasions because it never disappoints. The food and service are exceptional. We look forward to dining there again in the future.

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  16. CarolE

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time; will go back. Sweet potato appetizer great; so was cobbler dessert! Actually really enjoyed it all.

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  17. HelenB

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went to Jack Fry's for Valentine's lunch. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. Jazz was playing in the background. It was a lovely experience. We have been many times and will return.

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  18. ZachS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a business dinner with two of my bosses. This was a great venue with fantastic ambience. Loved the history of the venue and the decor. Food and drinks were really well done and their service staff were professional and attentive. Definitely would recommend it and will return next time I'm visiting.

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  19. BryanG

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for a special occasion. Food, service and ambiance were perfect

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  20. veedubya

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jack Fry’s never disappoints. You can’t go wrong.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I generally do not have to write a bad review. But.. this is the 2nd not great experience we have had at Jack Frye’s. This time my son’s lamb was apparently not given to the kitchen. Everyone else received food and were almost done when his meal finally came. If I had not given him half my burger he would have just watched all of us eat. The funny thing this was my son’s Bday. The big disappointment was the mgr came to apologize which is great. But in all honesty his meal should have been comped. This might be last time for a while before we go again.

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  22. JenniferD

    Zacatecas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jack Fry’s is a Louisville original. Every item on the menu is done to 5 star. The wait staff and Jamie are amazing! Can’t wait to come back!

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  23. Lovesfood

    Louisville

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrating hubs bday! Started with the soup-potato & sausage-pretty hardy! I ordered the short rib cheesesteak with fries. I asked the server if fries were fresh cut-she said yes( I big pet peeve of mine) Cheesesteak was good-short rib was very flavorful & bread was very good. I don’t think the fries were fresh cut in house-they had that distinct flavor of previously frozen-very disappointing! Hubs had the meatloaf. It was very good. Green beans were very good as were the mashed potatoes. Meatloaf had a nice smoky flavor. Ordered cheesecake to go-ate some when got home-very good. I don’t see how the servers manage the front room-tables are very snug together & you can hardly hear your table mate!

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  24. MelissaM

    Nashville

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early last night at Jack Fry’s, a restaurant we save for special occasions. The Brie salad is our favorite salad anywhere. It is just luscious in its tenderness and flavor. We both had lamb and it was delicious. Tony’s in Lexington and Jack Fry’s in Louisville are our go-to places for lamb. I substituted spinach for the French green beans and was so happy with that and the gratin potatoes. Finally, we finished off the meal with a magnificent bombe and two orders of stracciatella. This is one of the best places for dessert. In summer we get the cobbler on my birthday—also fabulous! If the food weren’t so great, I would complain about the noise, but it is so I won’t.😋

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  25. DavidB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent evening and we’ll be back! When your waiter has been there for 21 years, you know you have something special.

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  26. JuliaB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful, delicious lunch. Our server, Vanessa, was superb. The roasted sweet potatoes were amazing.

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  27. Claude

    Chicago

    104 reviews

    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service from Vanessa and food were outstanding as always!

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  28. MarilynL

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our lunch at Jack Fry’s was absolutely wonderful. The decor was spot on. Service was impeccable. Food prepared perfectly to order. Was a wonderful experience at this classy restaurant in Louisville. Will absolutely return to this iconic restaurant. Marilyn Love

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  29. TodH

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait service was uneven, menu has been dumbed down with higher prices. Priced too high for casual dining.

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  30. Cuda

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Prior to this visit, I considered Jack Fry's one of my favorite restaurants...anywhere. This visit, which was to celebrate a family member's birthday, was disappointing, primarily because of the service. The food was good as usual, albeit the chicken a bit salty, and the first glass of wine old. Also, we were seated in the "back" room closer to the restrooms--other visits we have been in the front room, which is a bit brighter and livelier. Our waiter was inattentive, lacking interest, careless, and slow. We sat for an hour and half before getting any food. He clearly kept taking smoking breaks and forgetting about us--coming back and smelling of cigarette smoke. He truly acted like he couldn't care less. He ruined the evening. Unfortunately, instead of looking forward to going back, I'm questioning whether I ever will.

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  31. Denisec

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and beautiful lunch entrees. Impeccable service and nice inclusion of birthday dessert

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  32. NormanZ

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always look forward to our dinners at Jack Fry's. The food never disappoints. Our server was very helpful with menu selections. The timing of our food service was great. The table we were seated at was great. Next to the wall, we were able to have our own conversation. Thank you for a great evening.
    Jack Fry'sResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thank you Norman, so glad that you all had such a nice evening with us. We look forward to you visiting again.

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  33. Claude

    Chicago

    104 reviews

    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jack Fry's has been one of the best restaurants in town for many years. Food and service are almost always outstanding!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don’t normally post review’s of restaurants, but Jack Fry’s was an impeccable experience and the food was fantastic. We went on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. Escargot was sublime. Salmon and Short Rib both expertly prepared. Value was in line with the quality of food. We will be going back!

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  35. KimH

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service and food as always. Everything course came out in perfect time and was delicious!

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  36. SaraK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Best food I’ve had in Louisville. Best steak I’ve had in my life. The service is beyond great. The atmosphere is cozy and classic. It’s the perfect date spot.

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  37. JoshB

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated immediately. The service was excellent. The spicy oyster appetizer was excellent and was the highlight of the meal for us. They were crispy and cooked perfectly. I have to imagine they fry them with high heat as the coating was dark but the oysters inside were not over-cooked. The grits they served them atop were sublime. So good. We shared a brie salad. It wasn't bad but wouldn't order it again. My wife had the porkchop. It was very good. If I had to guess they sous vide the porkchop, then coated it in panko and fried it. It was done perfectly and very juicy. I had the scallops with pork belly. The scallops were cooked perfectly. The pork belly was smoked and I think they pan fried it after. By themselves, they were both very good however both of them together were not. The assertively smoked porkbelly completely overwhelmed the delicate scallops. For dessert we had the dark chocolate bombe. It was good but felt lacking in the dark chocolate realm. Would I go back? Yes.
    Jack Fry'sResponded on January 24, 2024
    Hi Josh, Thank you so much for your thorough and kind words regarding your experience with us. We're so glad that you and your wife had a memorable evening with us and hope there's many more to come. Your notes are fair and appreciated, we'll look forward to the next time you all can make it in.

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  38. MatthewM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All their food is excellent! Great atmosphere and excellent service!
    Jack Fry'sResponded on January 16, 2024
    We appreciate you, Mathew! We hope to see you again soon.

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  39. Rene

    Louisville

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Louisville hands down. Had a lovely dinner with my family for my 60th birthday. Such a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in the city! Amazing food!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Jack Fry's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 452-9244.

Jack Fry's is rated 4.8 stars by 2367 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 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jack Fry's

1007 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204-1317

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Near the intersection of Bardstown Road, Baxter Avenue, and Highland Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street and parking lot parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Duncan Williams
  • Entertainment
    LIVE JAZZ Monday through Saturday, 7 - 11 pm
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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