Lou Lou Food + Drink - St Matthews

4.6
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285 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Besides New Orleans/Cajun influences, Mediterranean & Italian cuisine is honored on Lou Lou’s menu. Just as gumbo is a favorite New Orleans dish, which combines many flavors of many different cuisines to make one amazing one. Lou Lou mixes these together to present a varied menu prepared with loving attention.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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BH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most favorite places to eat. Food is always fresh, hot, and outstanding. Service is fast and very attentive. I took a party of five there last night and they raved about their food, and said they would definitely be back, and said they were telling and suggesting it to their friends. They were very impressed with both the food and service

s
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom was our server. He did a great job, only there when needed and made some great suggestions. Shrimp and grits were an excellent appetizer. All in all I would recommend Lou Lou’s. We will be going back for sure

SH
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I found the food to be average and overpriced, overall. I was up-charged to sub a vegetable, which was disappointing. I had salmon and it certainly wasn't worth the total price for the meal. The restaurant decor doesn't have a theme (it's not decorated well) and it's very blah. We had a reservation. We were seated quickly and they served our food expediently, which I liked and appreciated. Other meals I am told, were evidently good (shrimp n grits). My # 1 issue is with the employees' appearance and hygiene. Last night I observed a male employee with long hair and a long beard (wearing black gym pants, t shirt, and tennis shoes) going in and out of the kitchen serving food, numerous times, no hair or beard net. Some employees had on t shirts and jeans. Several employees had unclean/unkempt appearances. It was impossible to tell what the dress code actually was. For a $30 per plate meal, I don't want my food being carried or made by someone in gym clothes with no beard net.

B
Louisville
55 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pasta primavera was great. The salad was cold & crisp. The artichoke pizza was wonderful. The bread pudding was out of this world!

L
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for mid afternoon meal on NYE! Wanted to beat the rush! I had the pasta carbonara-it was delicious! Hubs had the bayou trio of gumbo/jambalaya & crawfish etouffee It was served with dirty rice, which I don’t normally like but the rice had good flavor. I was looking forward most to trying the gumbo (hard to find good New Orleans style in this area) After adding hot sauce & little salt it was good but not great. The etouffee was good but the jambalaya was great!! Flavors were perfect! We had the bread pudding for dessert-yum yum! Will go back again!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Atmosphere is nice. Ownership accommodating. Food was average and overpriced.

D
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Went for the Low Country Boil. The tub of shrimp had maybe 3 dozen shrimp, a ton of potatoes, a few mushrooms and a few 1-1.5 inch pieces of corn. The “gumbo” was a thick, sticky steam pan of mostly rice. The etoufee was at least marginal. The only thing going for it was the beer menu.

A
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not super busy at the time I dined. Service good and food good. Glad we didn’t have to talk loud to converse for a change. Will return soon.

c
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars and service, food, and drinks are always outstanding. It's the perfect balance of quality, well-made food and a casual, friendly atmosphere.

RF
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always impressed by the quality of the food. Also their specials each night are wonderful

CM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place! Local neighborhood feel and the food was great. Wine was too! The smaller portion pasta was perfect.

K
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places! Excellent food and service! Staff is the best!

AL
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience2

The service at LouLou Food &Drink has gone way down after the management was changed from Cafe LouLou. We used to go all the time. Now, we go occasionally and forget why we don't go often until we go back and the experience is bad again. This was our last time we will ever be going.

KR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My husband’s hot brown was great, 4 stars. My sons crab cakes were good. My Cobb salad was just ok. It was small and had deli turkey on it, would not get it again. That’s why I gave them 3 stars, based solely on the salad.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to for BBChicken pizza. It is my absolute favorite.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back!

B
Louisville
55 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

mushroom soup was wonderful
chicken lettuce wraps were great, not too spicy, just right

W
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a table of 8. Service was excellent and the food was very good.

V
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very steady - we eat here and the food is always good, the service attentive and the volume of noise is rarely a problem. One of of our favorite last minute go to’s!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint restaurant, amazing and attentive staff, excellent food. We will certainly return.

B
Louisville
55 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our spinach artichoke pizza was outstanding. Our salads were cold and crisp.

WA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

For my liking, a little pricey and food was seasoned heavily.

MR
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, but lunch portion was way too big. Service was good and food was tasty...just needs to be a smaller portion.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Lou Lou and my wife and myself were completely satisfied. John the bartender/server answered all questions and we took a couple of his suggestios and he was spot on.
The food was good, no complaints at all ,drinks were good. I even met an old friend as I was leaving. I will be back and I will recommend to friends.

CM
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I hadn’t been to Lou Lou in a while. I clearly need to shorten my time between visits. The food was fantastic, and the menu made it hard for me to pick my entree (I went with the Hot Brown, which was a delicious rendition of the dish, pretty classic in presentation and very well executed). Cocktails were very good as well. Service was courteous and appropriately attentive (not lurking there every two seconds, but we didn’t wait for refills or sit around waiting to order). Crowd was moderate, noise level was fine (it was easy to have a conversation). Great spot.

TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience2

The food was just OK, not nearly as good as it has been on previous visits. The noise level made it almost impossible to hear others across the table and the restaurant was only about half full at the time. The service was excellent. We will definitely be going back and hopefully the food will improve.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing!

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for lunch and the food was really good. Nice variety on the menu

C
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had. Also, the bread pudding is awesome.

B
Louisville
55 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

our sandwiches were outstanding.

K
Louisville
91 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lou Lou was great as usual! We love their wedge salads. My husband had the small (which was anything but) pasta carbonara and raved about it! I had the Lou Lou pizza and it was superb - crust was perfectly cooked and the topping flavors were outstanding. Our waiter Tom did a super job checking on us and refilling or water/soda glasses.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was relatively good, but it's the little things that count as well. The table was not entirely clean, the front entrance has two empty magazine racks, one of which has trash piled up on it (empty drink cups, etc).

K
Louisville
91 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with friendly service at Lou Lou -- today was no exception. I had the wedge salad which was fantastic - great dressing and tons of bacon pieces to complement the iceberg wedge. My niece had the gyro and Cajun crisps and raved about both. A great way to start the weekend!

MH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was not good and several other tables were sending food back. Over priced food and drink. We won’t be going back.

OT
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

My husband’s Chicken Marsala Bow tie pasta was bland and he hardly ate it. Spaghetti & Meatballs was just ok. My Chicken Carbonara was pretty good. The Jambalaya was good.
It was very hot in the place and lots of flies. Will not go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Prices and values are great. Awesome service. Perfect gem in St. Matt’s.

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our 1st visit and we will return. The food was excellent. We had the crab cake appetizer and is was delicious as well as the crab soup. For entrees we had shrimp and grits and halibut special, both delicious. For desert do not pass up the toasted marshmallow brownie dessert. It was the perfect sweet salty combination. Our service was outstanding! The atmosphere is very casual and relaxed.

AB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food, service, and value were excellent. We really appreciated how quickly our group of 10 was served (we had prior reservations and they were set up and waiting for us, which was great!). Everyone's dishes were perfect and exactly what we were looking for. This was a restaurant I'd highly recommend to anyone visiting Louisville.

B
Louisville
55 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

our salads were crisp and cold; the spinach artichoke pizza was wonderful! if only they would bring back the smoked salmon pizza!

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent food & service!

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