Selena's at Willow Lake Tavern

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262 reviews
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Sicilian
Selena's at Willow Lake Tavern, located in Louisville, Kentucky, in Anchorage’s legendary Willow Lake Tavern building, serves a delicious fusion of authentic Creole and Sicilian cuisines The restaurant is known for its New Orleans-style atmosphere, outdoor patio and fresh, local ingredients. Selena's at Willow Lake Tavern serves seafood which is flown in daily.

Selena's at Willow Lake Tavern offers daily happy hour specials as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy our Chef's ever changing Pasta and Fresh Seafood daily specials. Or choose from menu items like po'boys, seafood platters, pastas, salads, soups and more. Try the restaurant's famous crab rolls to start out your meal and to end your meal, try one of the menu's homemade desserts.

Enjoy a glass of wine by the warm fire, watch the big game with new friends, dine on our Outdoor Courtyard on a Spring evening, or share a warm beignet with someone special; relax and get comfortable. You're family here.

Specials

Happiest Hours!

Enjoy your favorite beverages with your friends at discounted prices. $5 House wines, $4 Well drinks, $2 Select Domestic Bottles and $1 off Select Drafts.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 20, 2019

Ends: May 21, 2118

Availability: Daily 2:00PM-6:00PM

What 262 People Are Saying
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Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ok dinner. Nothing extraordinary.

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SM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The place has great ambiance as we sat outside by the fish pond. The inside was unbearable due to the A/C blasting on max. The service was excellent and we were accommodated as needed. The food has reduced in quality while the price increases. Our orders sounded excellent on the menu but were not as expected. The shrimp manale had only five or six shrimp on a $20 plate of pasta. The chicken was overcooked in the chicken parmigiana and the spinach lasagna was just one mess of cheese. The brie appetizer was good but not the crab rolls as they were too dry and overcooked. We love hanging out at Selena's but I think they are lowering their quality of food and increasing the price.

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PB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

we made reservation on line via open table....I modified it for 15 minutes later. the hostess told us she could only seat us outside (even though I counted 3 open 4 tops)... and then told me that it was b/c I had made reservation less than an hour before. I had made the reservation earlier, but modified it. AS a result, we had to sit outside in over 95 degree heat with my elderly parents. Our waitress was so inattentive.... she didn't offer refills, nor bring my father more sauce upon request. We waited 20 minutes for her to come back to us to settle up our tab... and I had to ask another waiter to find her.... to which she finally reappeared from the parking lot!!!

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C
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was great but a little noisy but we still enjoyed our brunch. Mediterranean omelet was delicious.

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JK
Louisville
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good meal after a slow start. Seated immediately but took awhile for a server to come to our table. Excellent Spinach & Artichoke Dip, but would have preferred nachos over the toast. Entrees were very good! Plenty of meat in the Jambalaya! Excellent Molten Lava Cake!
Too loud for my 88 and 91-year-old parents. Gravel parking lot not ideal for their footing either.

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OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, excellent service, a really great experience

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MP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jim’s story telling made our day. Thank you for sharing.

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V
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the patio dining! The food was wonderful and our server was very attentive. I have lived here over 30 years and just discovered you through Open table. Will definitely be back! And with such a small parking lot the parking attendants were a great idea and very helpful.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment and staff were amazing I look forward to booking my next reservation

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DD
Louisville
47 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Open Table dinners, don’t fall for the pictures or ratings (4.5?????) of this disappointing place. It’s basically an old dumpy bar with bad bar food and a pieced together outdoor dining area with a deteriorated little waterfall/pond, next to a busy street and railroad tracks. (Waterfall/pond with random field stones all over and the plastic retainer just exposed everywhere)

Everything else could be forgiven if it wasn’t for the food!

Lunch included flavorless powdered lemonade, a hot spinach and bacon salad drenched in bacon fat with uncleaned mushrooms. Then we had a chicken salad sandwich that should be labeled egg salad with a bit of chicken and some of the worst fish and chips ever. Soggy non-crunchy fish with a terrible soggy batter that was pure mush, coupled with limp non crunchy fries.

The prices were cheap but the food was cheaper. Maybe they had a bad day or a bad cook today but it was easily the least appetizing lunch we have ever had in Louisville, we have had some great ones, and I guess I should have been tipped off when I saw so few other diners were there.

So many better places to go so don’t be deceived like we were.

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SB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a disappointing meal or experience at Selena's it's always top notch.

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CK
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service. Get there early for dinner and enjoy quieter ambience. Happy hour/after work crowd arrives and the place lights up for both food and drink. We were shouting to hear each other at table of four ....time to go as dinner was over! Enjoyed our time there and plan to go back for special friends get together.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent food and beautiful decor. Moderately priced. Our server was excellent. My only recommendation is a better greeting and no one said anything as we left the restaurant.

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SR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit but can assure you we will be back!

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BA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Large portions. Server was knowledgeable and very sweet. Also a very nice patio to take the pup!

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NJ
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing weekend brunch. Outdoor dining in a beautiful atmosphere.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best dining experience I think I've ever had! My girlfriend and I had the Blackened Red Fish with rice, and a salad each. This food was incredible! The price is very reasonable for what you get! I can't wait to go again!

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KB
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waiter wasn’t that good or friendly. Food was just okay. We won’t be back.

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Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch with a friend could not have been nicer. Great service and the special of the day (Fried Green Tomato BLT) was outstanding!

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PW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Zack waited on us and was great. The food was delicious. The restaurant is a little dark but otherwise comfortable.

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I love the food, and would return with friends.
I would recommend when making reservations to be very clear where you would like to sit. The table by the back door is a high traffic area to the outdoor porch. Not relaxing on a Sunday morning.
When leaving I noticed open tables with better views and wonder why the hostess placed us where she did?

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slow start finding waitress, but she did a nice job. Food was good average. Nice area outside for drinks and dining on nicer days

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E
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I love the ambiance here. Service was great. Drinks and appetizers were wonderful. I just picked a very hot night to take my son out for dinner for his birthday. We sat outside, which was a mistake in my part

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RL
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We sat outside and it was nice. Service was good with Zach and the food was fine. Since we came early, we were the only ones outside for a while. I asked Zach if there was any music that we could listen to and he said the system had been out of service for a few years; something about the wiring and it would cost too much to repair. That would certainly add to the ambiance. And of course there’s nothing you can do about the flies. I think next time, we’ll set inside. Thank you

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MN
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Our server was fine but hostess who sat us was rude. Food was not to our satisfaction. My dish was salty and inedible. Five in our party. No one enjoyed their food. Parking is not customer friendly and dangerous. Will be our first and last visit.

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WD
Louisville
64 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was fine at first, then later around coffee and dessert time, our server (Alicia) seemed to be tending to the outside customers and ignoring us. It also took her about 15 minutes to bring us the check after we asked for it. Otherwise, this was a great experience and we plan to come back more often.

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MS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside - LOVED the atmosphere. We both ordered the same salad with different meats added - loved how each one was unique! Thanks for a great lunch visit!

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MP
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this place for Sunday brunch at an outdoor table on a beautiful day...!!!
Cheap mimosas and bloody Mary’s add some fun! Beignets are yummy, omelettes flavorful...

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SH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy, but that is to be expected at Selena’s. The waitress mentioned that they were short-staffed, but she did a pretty good job even so. Food was not quite as good as usual-hash brown casserole was dry and lukewarm, Hollandaise sauce was very skimpy on Eggs Benedict dishes, eggs were poached a little hard. But we love Selena’s and we forgive these little issues for the overall greatness we usually encounter, and it was a mostly pleasant experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a solid choice for lunch! My family loves coming here on Sundays after brunch. Fantastic patio!

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love their Beignets so good!!
Biscuits and gravy are really good too.!!!

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P
Louisville
384 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice evening to sit outside & I got the spinach salad with salmon & warm bacon dressing which was delicious. My husband had chicken soup & House salad. We enjoyed everything!

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DF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Selena’s two years ago, and when we decided to go back to the Louisville area, we knew we had to return to Selena’s at Willow Lake Tavern! ❤️

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HK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy Brunch at Selena's. It's one of my favorite places to go.

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u
Louisville
41 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful day to sit outside on the patio. A great setting to relax and enjoy good food with good friends.
I had the fish special with Parmesan Brussel sprouts & baked potato. The fish was flaky and flavorful. The brussel sprouts were some of the best I ever tasted (wish I had the recipe). My wife had the salmon with a salad ($3 uncharged) & baked potato. She said the salmon was cooked to perfection. Prices were a bit high, but the atmosphere, food & service made up for it.

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WE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambience were all excellent. We choose indoor seating but had a wonderful view of the beautiful outdoor patio. One of the few restaurants quiet enough for my liking- very quiet.

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Festive girl’s night out

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BA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved my experience here at Selenas. The food was great as usual and it was my wedding anniversary so the staff took care of us in a special way

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JB
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had great service and a nice time. Food was pretty good.

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JH
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! We took a chance and sat outside even though rain was possible, but it was lovely!

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