Ranada's Kitchen

3.5
232 Reviews
$30 and under
American
An eclectic downtown kitchen and bar near campus with an award-winning chef-driven elevated bar and grill menu. Casual atmosphere. Perfect place to meet for lunch, a first date or to watch the game with a crowd. The perfect happy hour too!

Experiences

  • $20 BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS AND BELLINIS BRUNCH

    $20.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Come join us for brunch with $20 bottomless mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys with an exceptional brunch menu for every age and taste. Check out our menu online at www.ranadaskitchen.com Questions? Call 859-687-1000

Offers

  • Happy Hour at Ranada's Kitchen

    Multiple dates available

    Wed - Sat 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Come enjoy happy hour with us! 2 for the price of 1! Wells, drafts, domestic bottles and house wines $5 off all appetizer boards

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 232 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Appeared understaffed….waitress was nice but overwhelmed. Had to cut steak with butter knife ….and No it was not that tender.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place with delicious cocktails, great atmosphere and amazing food!

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VJBS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Unique food choices and ecclectic, artsy atmosphere. The owner, Ranada, came and spoke to us and made us feel very welcome. I wish I lived in the neighborhood; I would be a regular!

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NancyA
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, live music that didn’t override conversation, unhurried atmosphere. Definitely going back.

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vipTOMKAT
Louisville
65 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had reservations for

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on November 3, 2021

We apologize for your experience and would love to have you back for another chance to show you a real Ranada's experience. Feel free to reach out to us at 859-687-1000 and ask for Ranada. We will take good care of you! Best, Ranada

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vipcdaniell
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I received a text from Open Table to confirm my reservation (which was for a large group in town for a wedding) but the restaurant was closed when we arrived. After a few minutes, a woman came out stating she had no waiters, no bartenders and 1 cook due to no one showing up. She said if we would be patient, she’d take care of us so we took a chance. We ended up only making it through a round of drinks, most of which we didn’t get or she was out of. Unfortunate situation but Open Table really should remove this restaurant from their booking service.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on November 3, 2021

Hello and thank you for reaching out. I was there this morning and we did have a struggle being staffed. I apologize again for your experience. I offered to cook for you and would've been very happy to do so rather than receive this review. We are fully staffed and would love the opportunity to cook for you and sling some amazing drinks your way. Once again, my sincerest apologies. Feel free to contact me directly at 859-687-1000. Best, Ranada

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I can’t really complain about the food the value the ambience or the overall experience because there wasn’t any. Arrived at the restaurant early restaurant was closed there was no warning. It is regrettable that this business has descended to this because when it was operational things were good. I fear they are another victim of the pandemic. This business is done.
I give an outstanding value overall because it cost me nothing to be humiliated for my wife’s birthday dinner.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on November 3, 2021

My sincerest apologies to you and your experience. I can't imagine how that must have felt for your wifes birthday and I would personally like to reach out to you and see if I could offer a night out in lieu of your experience. You can reach out to me personally at 859-687-1000 and ask for Ranada. I would love the chance to show you what a real Ranada's experience is about. Best, Ranada

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VanB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

praying for what is needed for God to be placed first in Her lif and all else will be added amen

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations but there were no tables available so the host put us at the bar. We waited 15 minutes before anyone asked if we wanted a drink. We then waited another 15 minutes to get our drinks. Then we were told that they would not be taking food orders for the next hour.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on November 3, 2021

Hello and thank you for reaching out. It has certainly been a tough few months and there's no excuse for the wait. We would love the chance to show you a better experience as we have undergone new management and training. Feel free to reach out to 859-687-1000 and we can get you a table. Be sure to ask for Ranada. We are committed to turning things around. Thank you, Ranada

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I’m not one to write reviews, but Ranada’s Kitchen was so bad that I feel like I have to. The service was awful. We waited forever for a someone to come to our table after we were seated. At first, we thought there was a miscommunication. No big deal - it happens. However, during our meal, we saw three separate groups get seated, wait, and then leave without having a single server speak with them.
We ordered appetizers, one salad, and entrees. We received, in order: salad, 1 app, 2 entrees, 1 app… all within the same 15 minutes. And the food was bad. It was bland and, in some cases, cold from waiting to come out to us.
Worst meal we’ve had in a long, long time. Would give zero stars if we could.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on November 3, 2021

Our sincerest apologies for your experience and It goes without saying, we have struggled a lot this year, but we have kept the doors open because there is a strong following and staff that believe whole heartedly in what we do and our mission. I would very much appreciate an opportunity to cook for you again. Could you reach out to me personally at 859-687-1000 and ask for me. I will make sure you are well taken care of. Best, Ranada

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KathrynS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was looking forward to dinner at Ranada's Kitchen with my book club group. Several member's had also indicated their excitement. I had made reservation's through Open table. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed and upset when, the day of my reservations, I was informed by another member of the party, whom had arrived prior, that the restaurant was closed " for cleaning". I got no notification from the restaurant about cancelling my reservations, or that there was an issue. I had to be quick on my feet to find an alternative, literally at the last minute.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

What a waste. They advertise a brunch experience on Open Table. Drive all the way down town, only to find out that they are closed. Turn your reservations off and stop advertising to get more. We were not happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation on the day of our visit, not long before our time slot (and giving up other available restaurant reservations at the same time). We approached the locked door and a man came out to tell us they were closed and no one showed up to work. Two more groups of people came up as we were leaving and we gave them the same news. They too had a reservation.

I completely understand that these are unprecedented times and that things happen. But… they could have taken themselves out of the reservation pool so that we didn’t make a reservation after they knew they were not going to be able to accommodate their reservations. They also could have (should have) given the courtesy of calling those who made reservations to let them know they wouldn’t be able to accommodate them. Finally, they should have canceled the reservations made through Open Table so that we had the opportunity to try to lock in a table somewhere else.

Because they didn’t do any of these things, groups of people who planned ahead and looked forward to visiting with family and friends over what was promised as an “experience “ by this establishment were left with no ability to rebook an Open Table reservation (the reservation was locked, the only way to “cancel” was to call the restaurant, and you can’t book two reservations over the same time) and driving to multiple restaurants to try to get a table (we ran into one of the other groups at Carson’s and we were all turned away because we didn’t have a reservation).

Ranada was right about one thing. We did have an experience. It’s just not one I want to go through again.

More frustrating is that I’d been warned (and you can consider yourself warned). I’d read multiple reviews about this restaurant and negative experiences— including what I described above. I felt compelled to give them another chance (had a previous mediocre experience). The second chance was provided. There won’t be a third.

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vipMarkT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Wanted to love it, service was not good and food was cold….

Hard to get employees and has an identity crisis - could be a great sports bar but needs a lot of work

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WilliamF
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Unfortunately this restaurant is also suffering from a shortage of staff. It took one hour and twenty five minutes to get our food. We learned that the chef quit last night and a server was cooking. Additionally, there was no manager or owner present. Our server was pleasant but failed to communicate the situation until I complained after waiting 75 minutes. Our food was very good when we finally got it. Unless the owner shows more interest in her business it will be closing soon.

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vipCajunTiger
Baton Rouge
47 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This is a recently opened location. The ambiance, options, food and staff are very nice. The issue was the wait time. We arrived 15 min before our reservation and were promptly seated (which was nice). To be fair, there were about 15 or so tables throughout the place and only 2 others were occupied and were actively dining. Our drink orders were taken and we determined our food options (Dynamite Shrimp and a Burger). About 40 min later, the server advised that our order had been lost - one other patron had entered in that time. It seemed odd, but certainly understandable. About 30 min later, the patron who entered while we waited, left citing time delays. We were offered another beverage (on the house), but yet no food. After asking and another 15 minute wait - our meal arrived. It was good and fairly priced, but 85 min is far too long to wait for a burger and shrimp.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The dining room is updated and there was live music on the patio. The menu was unique with some fun takes on old favorites. The food was fresh, delicious and presented beautifully. The portions were large and shareable. They had a good bar as well with a big bourbon selection and a nice dessert menu.

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andrew
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

whipped feta cheese board is the move. good otherwise was okay. too much gravy on filet

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Out of several dishes off the brunch menu. It was our first visit. Serve was slow, but that gave us ladies time to talk. Had to request refills. Food was good, but what we ordered we could get most places. We came for the items they ran out of.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ate here before the UK game, then took the lextran shuttle to the field. Great choice! Delicious food!

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vipKeithD
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was very lacking on the night we visited. Our party was seated outdoors and waited a long time for a server to take our drink order - then another long time for them to come. Several drink and menu items were out of stock or had run out. One of the members of our party was brought the wrong meal and graciously agreed to eat it anyway. We were seated at a table right by the live musician and her speakers; while her performance was pleasant, the volume level made it impossible to carry on a conversation without yelling. A particularly annoying feature on the outdoor patio was a motion sensor light that kept going on and off throughout the evening as staff entered/left the building through the kitchen door. The food was tasty and of good quality, but Ranada's could really improve their guests' experience by staffing adequately and paying attention to ambience (sound and lighting) in the outdoor seating area.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hollywood was our server :). Good food and service. Enjoy our time always at Ranada’s.

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AngelB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!! Can't wait to go back!

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate this!

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FredD
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I had the dynamite shrimp appetizer - it was dynamite! We enjoyed the pasta cucina. The filet oscar was very good. I ordered it medium, but it arrived a little overcooked. The menu said asparagus, but it was served with green beans. I want to go back and try the meatloaf and probably other menu items too.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you so much for your review and we look forward to cooking for you again soon! The meatloaf rocks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Food rating based on previous experiences. We had been there a couple of times previously and had a great experience. The food was great so we decided to go back. We had a reservation for 6:15 and seated immediately but noticed the menu had changed since our last visit. We had the filet both times before and it was incredible but this time the filet had a bourbon bacon jam and my partner is deathly allergic to pork. When we brought the concern to the waiter they didn’t seem to care so we just decided to leave because it wasn’t worth risking the potential cross-contamination and were told to have a good day. Why not continue to offer a simple filet but add the one with the bourbon bacon jam as an additional item? It’s unfortunate because we probably won’t return.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your experience. We are under new management and I've adjusted my attitude and life a bit which makes everything and everyone here more enjoyable. We have also implemented a thorough training program. Would you possibly reach out to me at 859-687-4219 to discuss a time to come in and see how much has changed? I would love to introduce myself and my new staff. Best, Ranada

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived at the restaurant for our reservation it was closed and locked with a chain. No warning from restaurant about being closed.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you for your review and I do apologize so much. We are under new management and would love to show you how consistently trained everyone and everything is. Could you call me at 859-687-4219 to discuss how I could accommodate you on a future visit? Thank you, Ranada

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed. It should be taken off open table

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am very sorry for your experience. This was totally a mistake on our end and I would love to speak with you about changing your idea of us. We have undergone new training, staff and management. Please contact me at 859-687-4219 to discuss how we can change your views of us and allow us to knock it out of the park on your next experience. Best, Ranada

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a reservation on here. When I arrived for the scheduled time they were closed 😑

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your experience and we have ironed out so many kinks and have taken on new management with thorough training which will better accommodate things like this. Could you possibly call me at 859-687-4219 to discuss and come be my guest one evening? Best, Ranada

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bsldesigns
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Like most places, they’re a bit short staffed but the food was great.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your experience and we have ironed out so many kinks and have taken on new management with thorough training which will better accommodate things like this. Could you possibly call me at 859-687-4219 to discuss and come be my guest one evening? Best, Ranada

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MacSpectacular
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I made a reservation for brunch to celebrates my sons 18 birthday, but when I arrived here I was told it would be an hour or more anyway. What? The people ahead of me were in the same situation.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your experience and we have ironed out so many kinks and have taken on new management with thorough training which will better accommodate things like this. Could you possibly call me at 859-687-4219 to discuss and come be my guest one evening? Best, Ranada

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vipDionneJ
Cleveland
28 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience2

I can only

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melissas
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

They were so slow, we left before dinner

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your experience and we have ironed out so many kinks and have taken on new management with thorough training which will better accommodate things like this. Could you possibly call me at 859-687-4219 to discuss and come be my guest one evening? Best, Ranada

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AaronB
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We looked forward to going to Ranada’s. We followed Renada’s. We were excited about going to Renada’s.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your experience and we have ironed out so many kinks and have taken on new management with thorough training which will better accommodate things like this. Could you possibly call me at 859-687-4219 to discuss and come be my guest one evening? Best, Ranada

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and staff. The wait wasn't long and the specialty drinks were good. The food was a good price and tasted good. My chicken was overcooked which led to a less than desirable texture, but the sauce and other ingredients were really good. The patio is very nice but the barstool chairs are really uncomfortable. Overall we were happy and I'll be coming back.

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Adolfom
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Ordered appetizers, they didn’t have the first one we requested so order second option.
Ordered drinks, they didn’t have all the supplies to make the drinks so had to order again. Wrong meal was brought out first time

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your experience and we have ironed out so many kinks and have taken on new management with thorough training which will better accommodate things like this. Could you possibly call me at 859-687-4219 to discuss and come be my guest one evening? Best, Ranada

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was awesome.

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LarryK
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was our first visit, unfortunately while on our way to brunch the staff tried calling to let us know that they need to close due to a lack of staff. I didn’t recognize the number so I assumed it was a spam call. We arrived a few minutes later and the staff told us what needed to happen and that someone would be in touch, no follow up call. We completely understand that staffing can be challenging during these crazy times and that some things are out of our control. Hopefully we can make get back soon and give it another try.

Ranada's Kitchen
Responded on September 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your experience and we have ironed out so many kinks and have taken on new management with thorough training which will better accommodate things like this. Could you possibly call me at 859-687-4219 to discuss and come be my guest one evening? Best, Ranada

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food as always!!

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Cecil
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely staff, nice location and good renovation of an older restaurant. The food those was not good. Made worse by small things like old burnt coffee.

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vipDannyM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. Servers were very professional and friendly. Food was delivered to table in a timely manner and very tasty. Would recommend highly.

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Ranada's Kitchen is rated 3.5 stars by 232 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.