The 502 Bar & Bistro

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175 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Neighborhood New American Restaurant/Whiskey Bar serving clean and chef driven food along with a wide variety of bourbon and whiskeys.
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WG
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always order the shrimp and grits! The best!

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JS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The steak with asparagus and fingerling potatoes was delicious. They seem to do a good job of offering both casual dining, bar food, and a more high end menu. Nice outdoor patio.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day Great food! Little different than other restaurants so we were able to try something new. The waiter was attentive but did not rush us at all. We were able to sit as long as we wanted and enjoy each other’s company. We had a great time and look forward to going again!!

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CG
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live music on a Saturday was an added bonus to an excellent meal we had celebrating my dad. He loved the steak, I had the pork chop which was also excellent. Great spot in Norton Commons!

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were very good but it was very loud. Overall great experience and I will be back - maybe outside next time!!!

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JK
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day; didn’t have anything special. Small menu in general, mainly bar food. Wine selection is all cheap wine. Great bourbon selection though.

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NC
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lucky to have 502 in our wonderful neighborhood! The current staff is great!

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JL
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was just great and the food and the seasonal old fashions were amazing. My wife almost always get one of your great burgers and you didn't let us down this time either we shall return!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

It took us over 2 hours to have a quick dinner. No appetizers, burger, chicken wings, and rice. Took more than 35 min to get our first drink! Food was decent, but wouldn’t return due to the amount of time it took to be greeted, served, etc. the restaurant wasn’t busy so it shouldn’t have taken so long!

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T
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All was good. I’d recommend the spot to anyone in the area. Kind of a neat spot in Louisville.

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JC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Have been very pleased in the past, but the Caesar salad and Ham & Cheese Sliders were a disappointment.

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BC
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant in the Norton Commons neighborhood. I have been with girlfriends for dinner/wine and with my husband on a separate occasion. The food, service and atmosphere has been wonderful on all three occasions. Highly recommend the hanger steak and the salmon!

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TS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Drink orders incorrect, food marginal. Should have sent two appetizers back but really didn’t bother. No one asked how our meal was. Again too many other restaurants to go to, not worth effort of complaining.

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JB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were fantastic. We went during a UK game on a Saturday afternoon. It wasn't too crowded, but a good atmosphere. We really enjoyed our visit and will return.

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose this restaurant because of the multiple TVs and our ability to watch the NCAA tournament. Not only was the food delicious, our server was exceptional and the manager was very personable and was available but not disruptive to our dinner. We will definitely be back and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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WG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit.

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CT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Only 1 waiter for the entire restaurant! Service was slow and the food was over cooked. Only my second time here, doubt I’ll be back.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only disappointment was a menu change w no filet that we wanted

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CC
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new additions to the menu! Looking forward to beautiful evenings on the awesome patio!

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RB
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great... 2 menus (bar and regular), slightly different price points. It always amazes me that the place isn't more crowded than it is. If she's available, you should ask for Kayla - best server there in my opinion.
sidewinder fries are wonderful
gnocci is some of the best, if not the best I've ever had
my wife always gets the steak frittes - its awesome
I normally get the hangar - off the charts
GET THE Brussell Sprouts

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Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been there a few times before and I always keep giving it another shot. This time was it. The food wasn’t that great. The shrimp and grits were swimming in some sort of gravy and the shrimp toast app was minced up shrimp that was completely overpriced. It was my husband’s birthday and they didn’t even acknowledge this even though they did ask if it was a special occasion. In addition to this, we felt very rushed. It was a 7pm reservation and we were home by 8. Just disappointing!

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DB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal—and my favorite shrimp & grits in Louisville.

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and service was excellent.

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C
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great experience. Food was very tasty.

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N
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu has a good variety of choices. Very good service. It’s a stylish sports pub.

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GG
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! The chef did an outstanding job and the staff were friendly and top notch.

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D
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you enter the restaurant you are struck but the beautiful, light filled interior. It is open and welcoming at the same time! The service was impeccable, water glasses always filled, coffee cups always hot and sodas constantly replenished. The food was the star of course! Amazingly beautiful and delicious steak, delicious and creamy corn sauce on ravioli and perfectly cooked vegetables. We wiped every drop of sauce from the beneath the wonderful lamb meatballs. Dessert was just right with an ice cream, cookie and espresso concoction to wake us from our food coma!

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SW
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We visited as part of the Norton Commons restaurant week. This allowed us to try a 3 course meal for $25. It was very good and we will go back.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall the experience was really good and we will definitely be back, but it took a little longer than we would’ve liked to get a drink order in

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Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was awesome. Had great time with my friends. Going to take my boyfriend next, really enjoyed myself!!

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HS
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food, great atmosphere and a nice, warm and inviting place to have a meal. The bartender was attentive and helped me find a new drink that I love - the mulled wine! It's great for cold weather!

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M
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A really nice place tucked away in Norton Commons, but they could really use some serious marketing to get folks in. Have spoken to several friends who referred to it as “really nice but a bit dead,” which is a shame given the quality of food and service. This was also apparent when we went to 502 for Sunday lunch. They have a number of great TV’s throughout, and actually subscribe to the NFL Sunday Ticket with the ability to show all of the NFL games, but there were only about a dozen people in the place. My advice - market this jewel and get the place packed; add some energy and this becomes one of the best casual restaurants/bars in Louisville.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a local place

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very nice service. The calamari was delicious! We will be back!

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Amazing food, great service. Will definitely be back!

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family has been to 502 several visits. Each time the food is excellent, service impeccable. Very pleased and will return.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Aside from the television screens that dominate both the bar and dining areas, this restaurant has a pleasant environment. The menu is not large, and on the evening when we ate there there were no specials; however, both our meals—the burger and the orecchiette pasta dish—were excellent.

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a great neighborhood “go to” restaurant for family and friends.

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KJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Expensive for the caliber of good served. Asked for no ice cream on dessert, but was served with it on the peach cobbler. Cobbler was lacking on the peaches.

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s
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great location and place. Need a bigger menu and more bar food.

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