Scene at The Center

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Scene @ the Center is an eatery located within the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Reservations are for a rotating seasonal menu in our dining room only. Additional seating in the bar area is available on a first come first served basis. We are open 2 1/2 hours before most shows in the Whitney and Bomhard Theaters. We are currently excepting reservations for the 2019-20 theater season.
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JY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Based on location and convenience to the actual play

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was very bland. Salad was really bad. Pasta was ok. Overall not worth it. Service was very good.

JK
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice that I can now make a reservation before a show! Burger was medium well as ordered; but the bun was too. Very dry sandwich. Needs some kind of sauce or something plus lettuce and tomato maybe. French fries were very good, but miss the truffle fries. Need more bar food appetizers.

BW
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing time! We had tickets to see the lion King at 7:30 and reservations here for 5:45. We took our time and our server was very helpful. We made it to the show without any problems. They even brought my wife a free dessert for her birthday. Highly recommend!

l
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For convenience only. Food was mediocre.
Service was good and efficient and clearly convenient!

L
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Food was disgusting... however our server was really attentive and sweet.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The server was very apologetic for how long it took to get our food. The food, it turns out, wasn’t worth waiting for.

VH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Three of us ordered the Beef sandwich. It was very dry, no jus to speak of, we had to ask for a cup. The fries were tremendous! And the relish cup was also good. Another in our party ordered the Chicken Florentine. It had no flavor and the chicken was burnt on the outside. The Iced tea was way too strong. And $3.00, for tea, really? And not even a large glass. Best part of the dinner was the Pomegranate Cheese Cake, it was phenomenal! However, for the price of $8.00, it was very skimpy. Personally, I probably would not return.

3
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Well, there was not a place for n/a

We were approximately seven minutes late due to traffic.

Was told you only hold table for 5 minutes.

Yeah, we get it, but 5 minutes only, when we were seven minutes late

T
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The price for food was a little overpriced. I had a burger with only just cheese and bacon in it for $16

I
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food impeccable service!!

JS
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The Scene had reopened after being closed for 2 weeks and this was the first evening they had reopened which may have caused the delays in getting food out and then the quality of the main dish which were hamburgers that were dry and somewhat tasteless. We waited over 45 minutes between our salad course and the burgers even though we were 1 1/2 hour before curtain time of the event in the same building. This was definitely different from our experience 2 months before which was much better and less chaotic.

T
Louisville
73 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our party of four (4) enjoyed tapas and salads as a small dinner prior to the orchestra. Service was a little slow but adequate for our brief pre-event meals and cocktails. The recent change to eliminate the "price-prix" menu was much improved and a better value for eating at this event site restaurant.

1
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waited over one hour after ordering and watched others being served who ordered after we did.

LL
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food! Had the oysters and grits. Oysters were small but tasty. Grits were perfectly cooked and the sauce was uniquely delicious. Noise was the only problem. Hard to have a conversation without raising my voice and straining to hear.

J
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was good, beer salad and chicken skewer; husband had mushroom ravioli. Took about one hour to get food and think a manager took our orders and brought drinks. When food came, didn't bring all ordered.

CS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I would recommend the Scene for its convenience, not necessarily its value

SG
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My friend and I enjoyed a delicious dinner before Dear Evan Hansen. However, I wish we had been able to order off the full menu instead of being limited to the prix fixe dinner. It was very good, but with a reservation, I think options are in order. Overall, it was a very nice experience.

WM
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We thought we'd try the prix fixe pre-theatre dinner and were pleasantly surprised. We had eaten at the bar one time previously and were happy with the food and beverages. However, the prix fixe at $35 is an outstanding value. The food was delicious and unexpectedly varied. We will definitely make this our pre-theatre go to place! Can't wait to see what is on the menu in December.

BC
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good prix fixe menu. Nice service- good choice to relax before a show!

TT
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Up until this visit I would have and have recommended this restaurant. This is the first time we have visited since you had to make a reservation prior to a show. The price and food was too costly and people without reservations were able to sit at reserved tables after ordering from the bar. This definitely took away from our experience and felt we overpaid. The food was good and our server was good, however, the person that delivered our food didn't even put my plate in front of me but placed across the table. She also could not figure out where to deliver other food every time she came out. I have cancelled our reservations we had for the next two shows and we will not be returning at all. Disappointed as we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere before and came in prior to every show.

RS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Broadway theatre night. Extremely poor experience. Forced to choose pri-fixe dinner if we wanted a table in main dining area, otherwise had to stay in the very small bar area. Had an elderly patron with us who really didn’t want so much food. While the bar menu would have worked for her, it is pitifully limited, it would not have worked for my wife and me. It really needs to be expanded and available in the dining area as an option to the pri-fixe menu.

We were a small party with a reservation, but we were first attempted to be seated at table TWICE the size of our party, despite the fact most of the restaurant was empty and there were many approximately sized tables.

Ordered, only to be told within minutes they were out of the fish dish (surprised since we were among the earliest of reservations). We were given option to order the beef filet without the eight dollar up-charge.

Food was not great. Shrimp puffs were a mess, and pretty sure the “puffs” showed up again at dessert in the advertised profiteroles, which weren’t profiteroles at all, but instead a chocolate sundae on puff pastry. The pork chop was bone dry and lacked flavor. The filet was much better, but the up-charge is too high. Scene’s take on an Old Fashioned was more of a bourbon flavored soft drink, regular old fashioned was much better.

Atmosphere was very, very loud, it was hard to hear each other. Decor is very basic. Hostess told us Scene is trying to provide a more upscale experience. The only thing that was upscale was the price, which simply wasn’t justified by the experience. We will gladly give up the convenience of dining in The Kentucky Center before the show for a meal with more options, better quality and atmosphere and an appropriate price.

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall it was fine. We were not aware that the only thing available on a theatre night, with reservations, was the proc fix menu. Too much food and cost.

VS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love dining at SCENE, and now that they have a Prix Fixe menu as an option for a new kind of dining experience, I love it even more. The staff is so accommodating, which is greatly appreciated. Tyler was a wonderful server with a friendly and helpful attitude. Well done!

M
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very expensive for what you get. The dessert was inedible, the eggplant appetizer was terrible, some tables got an amuse bouche others didn’t. Our waitress was lovely and attentive but she couldn’t help what the kitchen put out. We’ll never do it again. They should go back to the old type of food service.

V
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We were not pleased to find a pre fixe menu at $40/person was the only option available. Considering the area reserved for reservations was less than half full,there was no excuse for waiting 20 min. for water and drink orders, and then another 30 min. for our food.

T
Louisville
73 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We experienced some confusion at check-in and service was spotty at beginning of evening. Believe these hiccups to be result of first implementation of new reservation system and initial event for this year's orchestra performance.
The food was excellent, but "limited" to their (3) item selections $40 per person prix fix dinner menu items within "reserved dining room.
Separate selected Bar menu items are still available in Bar-only at $12 to $15 ala carte pricing.

MP
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Since it opened, we have enjoyed the menu, ordering system and convenience of parking , dining and viewing a performance so completely. This weekend, the changes noted made of wish for the old system--although I'm sure they were made after much deliberation. Making reservations is OK for 6:15 all though some tables weren't filled as we left. Our waitress was great--attentive and informed--a 10! Menu offerings were just OK--pigs in blanket and tater tots are for a child's menu, only one dessert choice, a float, had little appeal, appetizer not much either. Please understand that we are older patrons(80+). some with mobility and/or hearing issues, probably hard to please. But we still come to KCA and will--perhaps not for the past routine which added to the success of the evening. Glad you're there, would like to see some improvements.

A
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Scene seems to be in transition. We went for dinner before the ballet. The hostess explained that the menu is changing and the service level is changing (bar vs table?) and left us with a smile and a very short menu. My vegetarian friend had one or two choices. The waitress did not know what gardiniera is, though it was a prominent ingredient, and made something up ("it's a seasoning mix") rather than find out the answer. Anyway, the sandwich was tasty and there was plenty of it, while my friend's vegetarian selection was a little skimpy. This is often the case: the food is usually good, the quantities are unpredictable, and service is spotty.

It's convenient, which is really the only reason we continue to choose it for performance nights.