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Jack Fry's, Louisville, KY

Jack Fry's

4.8
4.8
1618 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 452-9244

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steve Gustafson

  • 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, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

A charge of $5 will be applied to all split entrées

Appetizers

  • Escargots$15.00

    Broiled in garlic butter, finished with croutons and Parmigiano-Reggiano

    • Shrimp & Grits$17.00

      Sautéed shrimp in red eye gravy with Broadbent country ham, cremini mushrooms, and tomatoes. Served over Weisenberger grits and finished with parmesan cheese

      • Spicy Fried Oysters$17.00

        Breaded and seasoned oysters, Weisenberger grits, country ham beurre blanc, and green onions

        • Ricotta Gnudi$16.00

          Parmesan ricotta dumplings, wilted kale, shaved heirloom carrots, roasted radish, and fines herbs in a brown butter, sherry gastrique

          • Brussels Sprouts$15.00

            Roasted Brussels sprouts with a sweet orange-chili glaze served over carrot harissa hummus, crushed cashews, and pickled jingle bell peppers

            • Pimento Cheese Arancini$17.00

              Panko-crusted crispy risotto balls stuffed with pimento cheese atop kale pesto with arugula, pistachios, almonds, olive oil, and lemon juice

              Salads

              • Blue Cheese Salad$10.00

                Leaf lettuce, shaved radish, charred spring onion, applewood smoked bacon, and parsley tossed in a Gorgonzola dulce vinaigrette

                • Caesar Salad$10.00

                  Romaine lettuce in a creamy black pepper-parmesan dressing, topped with hazelnut gremolata, croutons, and crispy capers

                  • Spring Salad$10.00

                    Baby kale and spring greens, grilled sweet corn, and confit tomato with chipotle buttermilk dressing and pepita granola

                    • Brie Salad$10.00

                      Bibb lettuce in basil-Dijon vinaigrette with melted brie and toasted almonds

                      Entrées

                      • Bone-In Ribeye*$61.00

                        16oz Ribeye pan-seared and served alongside roasted caulilini and a succotash of fava bean, poblano pepper, and sweet corn. Finished with red pepper demi-glace and tobacco onions

                        • Salmon*$38.00

                          Pistachio-encrusted Pacific salmon served over risotto and garlic-sautéed spinach, finished with tomato-chive beurre blanc

                          • Pork Chop*$40.00

                            Herbed breadcrumb-encrusted center-cut loin chop served with roasted new potatoes, asparagus, smoked bacon, and wild mushrooms in a roasted garlic-vermouth reduction

                            • Lobster & Scallop*$55.00

                              Butter poached tail and seared scallop over an herbed crema with roasted heirloom carrots, English peas, and kale. Finished with a drizzle of blood orange-rose water gastrique and an edible orchid

                              • Veal Tenderloin*$42.00

                                Grilled tenderloin accompanied by creamed sweet corn, wilted rainbow chard, bourbon gastrique, bacon lardons, and pickled Swiss chard stems

                                • Beef Filet*$64.00

                                  Grilled tenderloin, asparagus, and crisp fingerling potatoes topped with sage beurre blanc, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and crispy prosciutto

                                  • Spring Vegetable Pappardelle$30.00

                                    Fresh-made pappardelle prepared with a medley of English peas, fava beans, fennel, leeks, and oyster mushrooms, tossed with Parmesan butter. Garnished with a pine nut gremolata and Grana Padano

                                    • Chicken Saltimbocca$33.00

                                      Joyce Farms chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto and served over creamy taleggio polenta with roasted Brussels sprouts. Finished with a lemon-caper berry thyme jus and crispy sage

                                      • Lamb Chops*$52.00

                                        Frenched and grilled, served with caramelized shallot potato gratin, haricots verts, and glace de veau prepared with rosemary-Dijon compound butter

                                        • Jack's Burger*$18.00

                                          Ground chuck eight-ounce burger with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and habagardill pickle on challah bun. Served with fries. Available with cheddar or Swiss

                                          Last updated: May 4, 2022

                                          What 1,618 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                                          4.8
                                          4.8 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.8Food
                                          • 4.8Service
                                          • 4.8Ambience
                                          • 4.5Value

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                                          1. RB

                                            RalphB

                                            Louisville

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            There is not a better restaurant in Louisville. Every meal here is wonderful.

                                          2. AM

                                            AleaM

                                            Western NC

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The new lobster / scallop entrée = the best meal I've ever had in my life. We always have a fabulous experience at Jack Fry's.

                                          3. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Louisville

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            First time eating here and it lived up to the all the reviews! Great food environment!

                                          4. DP

                                            DanP

                                            Naples

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food and service. Enjoyed the live music also.

                                          5. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            What a delightful establishment! You could taste the history long before tasting the food. I could have spent hours soaking it all up. From the pictures hanging on the walls, to the lighting, to the music - sigh. Also, as a people watcher, I was in heaven from arrival to departure. Service: I'll start with a shout out to Lee. He wasn't helping us, still I stopped him & asked for his name after observing his skillful interactions with a very difficult table & compassion with an elderly couple. Every detail from getting to eye level & maintaining warm eye contact to speed & volume when speaking was on point. Next, the machine of a man - I didn't get a name but did find out that he's been there 4yrs &, while usually a barkeep, was bussing last night. I believe he touched every table in some form & did so with fluidity, grace & non-intrusive motions - amazing. He appeared to be doing a little of everything and doing it all quite well & quickly - always in motion. Overall, the unspoken teamwork was impressive. We arrived about 15min early for our reservation & were seated immediately. Our first dish: spicy fried oysters. While my hubs bit into a piece of shell (ouch) we still both really liked the dish. Next I had the shrimp & grits (app) as my main. It was perfect and a unique take that I'll likely find myself craving. I'll agree with others, probably the best shrimp & grits I've had to date! My dessert was the creme caramel with a perfectly executed sugar shell. I did take a bite of each of my husband's dishes - his salmon was excellent- cooked to a tender medium with a crispy coating & his raspberry sorbet was a perfect closer. So close to a perfect 5, so close!

                                          6. CB

                                            CocoBG

                                            Western KY

                                            18 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            18 reviews

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Jack Fry’s has become our go to place for special occasions. We have never had an experience that was less than exceptional. From the inviting atmosphere to the unbelievably delicious food, you can’t go wrong with Jack Fry’s.

                                          7. C

                                            Curmudgeon

                                            Louisville

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            Veal dish was delicious! Wife attests likewise for the salmon! Wait staff very attentive! Acoustics are terrible! Large loud parties detract from dining enjoyment! Ask for a table away from the front bar area!

                                          8. LM

                                            LouisvilleMary

                                            Louisville

                                            34 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            34 reviews

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Love the new menu! Lobster and crab sliders were so good I went back to have them again.

                                          9. TB

                                            TruBlueRaider

                                            Savannah

                                            26 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            26 reviews

                                            Dined on May 17, 2022

                                            overall4food5service4ambience3

                                            We sat in the front section which is very loud. Looks like the section in back was quieter. Food was good with a good selection of wines. They were busy and our waitress was doing the best she could. We would go back.

                                          10. D

                                            Dgh2

                                            New York Area

                                            70 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            70 reviews

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Service and ambiance was superb!! Wow. Loved the New York style bar restaurant seating , and the piano man was fabulous. And the food was at a 5 star Michelin level kudos to the chef. Highest Recommendation!! Not a chain and thank god for that!! Keep it going Jack Fry’s!!😊

                                          11. L

                                            Laser

                                            Louisville

                                            8 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The absolute example of how to run a restaurant, which probably explains their long history of success. Would love to see them expand in the future since their neighboring buildings are currently vacant! Extremely crowded, we tried for two weeks to get in. Well worth the wait!

                                          12. R

                                            Rain

                                            Louisville

                                            13 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Retirement luncheon

                                          13. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Anniversary

                                          14. KK

                                            KurtK

                                            Kansas City

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Just go. You will be glad you did.

                                          15. C

                                            Caroline

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            A Louisville Classic for casual and business lunches as well as special dinner celebrations!

                                          16. F

                                            Foodielover

                                            New England

                                            8 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Divine in every way! The ambiance, food, friendly servers, and attention to detail were over the top!

                                          17. LM

                                            LacherM

                                            Louisville

                                            2 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                            overall3food1service5ambience5

                                            I have a hard time writing this review because I love this place. I have had countless great meals over the last 17 years living in Louisville. The old time vibe in the evenings is wonderful. But as of late it has been almost impossible to get an evening reservation at a reasonable time. I just can't eat a steak dinner at 10:30 at night. So last week we decided to go for lunch. The menu was very limited and I understand it was Derby week. But the food was subpar at best. Dry over cooked Burgers and over fried fish. However it was still expensive. I hope this was just a one time experience and next time we are able to get a reasonable reservation the food is back to the standards I remember it.

                                          18. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Chicago

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Busy for derby but great service and food.

                                          19. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Seattle

                                            14 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Birthday lunch for a group of family and friends. Delightful service, wonderful food

                                          20. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Chicago

                                            3 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            A Louisville tradition. Enjoyed all of it. Stephanie is the best.

                                          21. VP

                                            ValerieP

                                            Louisville

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 4, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I’ve never had a bad meal at Jack Frys . It is always delicious and a good time . It’s a great place to celebrate and a great place to go anytime you want a delicious meal .

                                          22. DL

                                            DonavanL

                                            Phoenix

                                            22 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            22 reviews

                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Definitely has earned its amazing ratings. Great experience and awesome meal. The shrimp and grits was divine and you can't go wrong with the Malachy Manhattan

                                          23. t

                                            time2dine

                                            Las Vegas

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Wonderful dining experience! Reservations were easy, all staff was very friendly and attentive. Food and drinks excellent, nice selections and delicious! And the ambiance was great.

                                          24. JS

                                            JayfromSanDiego

                                            San Diego

                                            30 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            30 reviews

                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            I would have put down noise level as "intolerable" if allowed, but that was due to a party that had been overserved and was cackling loudly, not the norm at this fine establishment, which has outstanding food and service, and the old-timey photos on the wall represent Louisville well. One of my favorite places in town. Needed headache medicine on this visit, but not because of the restaurant. People, if you want to act like you're at a frat house or a sorority, then by all means go to a frat house or sorority!

                                          25. TB

                                            TimB

                                            Atlanta

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great experience for lunch. The food was excellent. The service was great.

                                          26. BD

                                            BigDaddyG

                                            E. Tennessee

                                            17 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            17 reviews

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            You wont be disappointed with Jack Fry's. They have a great menu with a wide variety to choose from. We had a great meal and wine. Service was fantastic as well.

                                          27. S

                                            Shell

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Moved away from Louisville 15 years ago...but EVERY TIME I am Back in town...gotta HIT JACK FRY'S

                                          28. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Grand Rapids

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Upon entering you notice the walls covered with the picture’s of the many guests whom come before you. The ambiance is from a bygone era, complete with a piano player filling the room with jazz. Food was excellent. Each of the four of us had a different entree and no one was disappointed. A great way to spend time with friends. We would not hesitate to return when we’re back in Louisville.

                                          29. GE

                                            GaryE

                                            Minneapolis

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great overall experience. Service was second to none. Perfect timing of the food from one course to the next. Loved everything about the place.

                                          30. KL

                                            KathleenL

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Jack Fry is always a fabulous meal and good experience.

                                          31. BV

                                            BarendV

                                            Louisville

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 27, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Well worth a visit. Good food and international wine list.

                                          32. KR

                                            KellyR

                                            Louisville

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on April 26, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Celebrated my Birthday last evening with some of my closest friends. The food was awesome and we had a great time. Our server was the best too.

                                          33. A

                                            Anonymous

                                            Charleston

                                            43 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            43 reviews

                                            Dined on April 25, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The bomb dessert was fantastic!

                                          34. KT

                                            KenT

                                            Louisville

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Exceptional food, Exceptional staff. A place for celebration but not conversation. The restaurant is very loud, especially if there are large parties shouting at each other in the bar area. Quieter tables in the back for smaller parties. We went early 5:45pm reservations hoping for a quieter experience but no luck. It was still exceptionally loud. 2 people in our party had to remove their hearing aids due to the noise.

                                          35. MF

                                            MarkF

                                            Louisville

                                            6 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Great table!! Service was adequate, but seems to have really gone down over the last few years. Trying not to sound like an angry old man, but shocked to see so many folks in shorts and t-shirts- come on, put some pants on!! And a collared shirt for gods sake!!

                                          36. CW

                                            CharlesW

                                            Memphis/West TN

                                            14 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Nicole was attentive, efficient and knowledgeable. My only disappointment was the use of maraschino cherries in my Ole Fashioned. They should have been muddled.

                                          37. MS

                                            MikeS

                                            Cincinnati

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Sustained excellence for decades. Always an outstanding experience.

                                          38. DA

                                            DebA

                                            Minneapolis

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 21, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Food was amazing. Had the beef filet and it was perfectly seasoned and perfectly done. So tender you could cut it with a fork. Delicious. The risotto appetizer was also delicious. For dessert the crème caramel was perfectly creamy and delicious. Highly recommend.

                                          39. B

                                            Bluegrass

                                            Louisville

                                            78 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            78 reviews

                                            Dined on April 20, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Everything was great, food, drinks, service, ambience - it's the best! JF's is pricey but worth it!

                                          40. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Naples

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 20, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Always delicious, always lively… always a top notch experience at this Louisville classic!

                                          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 1618 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                          Booked 39 times today
                                          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–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

                                          • Cuisines

                                            American

                                          • Dining style

                                            Fine Dining

                                          • Dress code

                                            Business Casual

                                          • Parking details

                                            Street and parking lot parking

                                          • Payment options

                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Executive chef

                                            Steve Gustafson

                                          • Entertainment

                                            LIVE JAZZ Monday through Saturday, 7 - 11 pm

                                          • Additional

                                            Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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