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

Jack Fry's

4.8
4.8
2418 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

9:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 2,418 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Food

  • Central Kentucky

    American

  • Louisville

    Best Overall

  • Louisville

    Best Food

  • Louisville

    Best Service

  • Louisville

    Best Value

  • Louisville

    American

2,418 Reviews
  1. RichardM

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Favorite spot in Louisville. Jamie excellent, knowledgeable server. Food top notch. Look forward to next visit. Always 1st choice.

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  2. Rich01Cards

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been loyal customers for 30+ years. Jack Fry's is our favorite restaurant in town. The service and ambiance is always the best. The food quality in our opinion isn't as good as it once was due to changes to how the dishes are prepared. The Ceasar salad is sad. Seriously, there are local pizza joints with superior Ceasar salads. As everything in the world today, the value of the dinner isn't as good as in the past.

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  3. AnnT

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food Lee was a great, friendly waiter Fun evening

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to the entire staff for an incredible dinner. Our server Steve made sure that our experience was perfect, no detail was skipped. The food, drinks, and atmosphere were bar none. John, the manager, also made our experience unforgettable. Thank you!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jack Fry’s never disappoints. Food, drinks, and service was fabulous as always. It is always a little too loud, but the quality of the food makes you forget about the loud room. Love this restaurant!

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  6. LeeH

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WOW!! Incredible food! Loved the wall paraphernalia, would love to just spend an hour observing all the history!! Best Shrimp &Grits EVER!! Scallops were so delicious!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Just go here and eat. You wont be upset

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food. Lovely, friendly people. Quality of the food is always superb and always consistent.

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  9. Margoritahville

    Nashville

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the restaurant was perfect. Best Manhattan I’ve had in a long while, short ribs were perfect dessert divine. Proves again the Jack Fry’s is the best dining experience in the city.

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  10. TheresaW

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s the best dinner in town. And Brian on the piano was a great addition.

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  11. makersgirl

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and impeccable service and cocktails— very noisy but part of the old timey ambiance. Can’t wait to visit again.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and atmosphere! If you’re in Louisville, Jack Fry’s is a must go!

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  13. RobertP

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been visiting Jack Fry’s for over 20 years. Never disappoints. Superb service. Never hurried. Exquisite food.

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  14. JamesP

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and service was very good. We had a party of 4 on a Monday evening at 5:45. The place was packed and extremely noisy.

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  15. KevinC

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Will be going back for sure!

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  16. Jeanine

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and myself had a wonderful lunch at Jack Fry’s. We will be back.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing. The food was great, the staff made us feel very welcomed and loved. Thank you for a great birthday dinner!

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  18. ChrisM

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a positive experience. Food service and atmosphere.

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  19. LiliaE

    Western KY

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Since moving to this area, we have enjoyed dining here. Unfortunately, the last couple of times the kitchen has sent out VERY salt heavy food, even after specifically requesting to keep salt to a minimum. This was not the case in all previous occasion. Very disappointing. We hope it will be corrected soon!

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  20. telefred61

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I have been going to Jack Fry's for 38 years. We're still waiting for our first bad experience;) The food and drink are par excellence, but the real star is the space itself. It always feels so warm and welcoming, familiar, and comfortable. Like a best friend you haven't seen in years, it's so easy to take back up where you left off the last time. It will probably be another year before we're back in town and have an opportunity to go again...and I can hardly wait!

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  21. Scott

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was amazing! Our first diner in Louisville, KY and we will be back.

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  22. MaryJ

    Louisville

    151 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BEST of Louisville!! Hands down. Delicious! Service was over the TOP! WE LOVED the meatloaf!! EVEN!!

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  23. DavidD

    Mobile

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and enjoyed all the old photos and food and service was great, loved the short ribs!

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  24. Luv2eat

    Louisville

    206 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    206 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed an exceptional dinner on Wednesday night! The special was the duck! Oh, so good! Also, loved the lamb galettes appetizer! Will was very charming and nice. Made my dining experience memorable! Thank you! And, it’s always a pleasure to see John! 😊

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Horrible service. Our waiter never returned after our food was served and no one else checked on us. Don’t waste your time or money since this is not the Jack Fry’s we all loved.

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  26. JeffM

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall was good, but the food could have been a touch better. A bit salty for my taste. Setting was vibrant and the resto was accommodating.

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  27. Winerfoody

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Seated in a booth. The seats were lumpy and quite uncomfortable. The food is good. Our waiter was exceptionally good, albeit the service was slow. But the uncomfortable seating will make me not come back.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience with our large family group. Outstanding service, every single dish was perfect, and we never once felt rushed even though the reservation was a late one. My favorite place.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s very noisy so hard to hear others conversation

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  30. Karenw

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jamie, our server was excellent - dinner - as always was fabulous!

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  31. Atl4

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for cocktails and lunch. Service was great.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was superb and food outstanding! This restaurant never disappoints!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The small booth we had in the back was uncomfortable for me, and the 2 men were really cramped for space.

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  34. BrittanyB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with great service!! Worth the price! Will definitely be back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding!! We had the special and it was delicious.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jack Fry’s never disappoints. Best restaurant in Louisville hands down.

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  37. MarkE

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always, year after year great food, service.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started our evening with cocktails at the bar. The bartender was very nice and the cocktails were delicious. Once at our table, we decided to share the shrimp and grits. The grits were creamy and delicious. Shrimp was plump and tasty and the sauce so good. For our main course, I had the pork chop and my husband had the beef filet. We were both very pleased with our entrees. I would say it was the best pork chop I have ever eaten. My husband enjoyed his filet and loved the potatoes. We were to full to get desert. Our server was very attentive. Overall this was a fantastic dining experience.

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  39. AllenP

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jack Fry’s is the quintessential dining experience in Louisville. The food, service, ambiance, live piano, and bar all combine to explain why it has been go-to restaurant for decades.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This was not our first visit to Jack Fry’s, but we decided after this visit, it would be our last. We went for lunch on a Wednesday, and of course it was busy, not overly packed as it can be, but VERY loud. It’s always amazing how such a small place can be so loud. From the get go, our waitress was stand-offish, and acted as if it was a bother to wait on us. We are nice people, and not sure why she was so cold. So we ordered, ate our food, which was very good. A man brought out the food, and another man took our plates. We waited. I went to the restroom. I had decided on dessert after seeing someone else receive some, so when I was gone to the restroom, that’s when the waitress had finally decided to cone to our table. He asked for the dessert. Another man, who was very nice-the nicest person in the building, brought the dessert. We finished the dessert and waited on our check. And waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. And waited while the waitress continued to flirt with two different men at the bar, occasionally looking our way, as we were looking at her twiddling our thumbs. We waited some more. Several other tables were given their checks and had left, but this waitress continued to ignore us. She finally looked over at us, and then printed the bill and sort of slapped it on the table, again bothered with us. We had never felt so angered in a restaurant by a server before. We had absolutely no idea where her behavior was coming from, why, or if this was her normal behavior. We paid the bill and promptly left, and will not be back.

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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 2418 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 30 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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