The 502 Bar & Bistro

4.3
204 Reviews
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
Neighborhood New American Restaurant/Whiskey Bar serving clean and chef driven food along with a wide variety of bourbon and whiskeys. Please disregard anything that says we are overbooked as we can only make reservations over the phone. Please give us a call at (502) 742-4772 to book reservation. Online reservations are temporarily stuff off.
What 204 people are saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJLCS
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made the reservation because we were driving through Louisville. Was quite surprised to find the restaurant closed and apparently not operating since December. Why does OpenTable leave it up o. The platform?

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LoriR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant isn't even open so I'm not for sure why we were allowed to book a reservation

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BrianP
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is closed down, it would have been nice to know before we drive their after making a reservation on Open Table.

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vipRickR
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant is closed.

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KeithH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu is excellent - and is receiving rave reviews in the neighborhood. Service was great and food was spectacular.

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vipchuckR
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We were slow to take our order. Appetizer first came out Luke warm so sent it back. Both meals were lacking seasoning and salt and pepper had to be asked for. I would say this place needs some attention to correct some things.

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vipBrynnD
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Nachos were great to share and the special drinks were great priced.

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BruceR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very amateurish and un-attentive. Menu not up to date on website. Applied auto gratuity on a 2-top.

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SusanG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with our kids and grandchildren-everyone loved their meal and we enjoyed the TV's to watch basketball.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good. Service was great. Only thing is they have changed their brand of Malbec and it is NOT good.

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foodlovers
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was just meh dining experience. I wish it had stated somewhere there is no way to get away from multiple tb screens and loud sound. I didn’t give them poor marks for noise because the restaurant was almost empty. My guess it is very noisy when full not including noise from tvs. The food was just ok. I had wine and the by the glass red I chose was very good. The menu doesn’t have much selection.

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vipMichelleP
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Server seemed less than interested, kept having to get up and get our own stuff...a glass...a spoon...etc
Food good as usual
Love the calamari!

RG
vipRichGimmel
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Servers need some training.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

DJ
vipDoubleJ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service and food!!

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MelodyT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food. One member of our group had a concussion and requested a quiet table. The hostess turned the music in our section down to barely noticeable which created a much better experience for everyone

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty neat place. Good food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

11/15/19
Great service. Good food.

BJ
vipBrianJ
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good. We’ll be back.

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vipchuckR
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed dinner there. Only area needing some improvement would be some acoustical panels for knocking down some of the loud noise. All in all the waitresses worked hard to make sure we enjoyed our dinner.

JC
vipJoeC
Columbus
80 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Large open seating area with bar.. Nearly empty on a Friday night (thought it was closed). Nice atmosphere, quiet. Good service. Better cocktails than food. Nothing bad, but not notable either.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Average food good atmosphere

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TomB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

502 has had it's ups and downs and it seems to be one a down again. When I compare other restaurants where I spend $100 for two on a meal, 502 just doesn't compare well at all. When we got to the restaurant we were told they were out of shrimp and mussels--these are key ingredients in several menu items. And they were out of 1 of the specials. All this an it was only 6:30 pm on a Saturday night!

The service was fine. The fish tacos just didn't excite. There just wasn't anything particularly interesting about them. They were passable. The bar has been set pretty high with tacos and they didn't reach it. One dinner companion complained that the steak slices were tough and not very good. He's had this before at 502 and it was much better. My wife got a salad where she asked for ranch dressing and she was served blue cheese. She doesn't at all like blue cheese so she had to send it back for another.

Very disappointing and not worth what they were charging.

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Cakes81
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal for my boyfriend's birthday at The 502! The services was friendly, the music was good (a bit loud, but we chose to sit out there.) The cookie dessert wa a bit overdone but aside from that everything was amazing. The sliders are to die for!

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PatM
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I loved my first visit a few weeks ago but disappointed the 2nd time. The Harvest Bowl was delicious but menu changed and it is gone. Hopefully it will come back! The calamari was so unique, love it and good value. The nachos have cheese SAUCE and it was awful, pasty, cold quickly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good sliders...crispy calamari...and one the best Cubans I have had in a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
32 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Dinner with a friend, we both had BLT’s and substituted the Brussel sprouts as a side. They were delicious as was the BLT. The service was good and wine selection was excellent.

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DeeJ
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! Service was excellent. Hidden gem in NC

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Pkdiner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service is phenomenal! A little spendy, but otherwise awesome.

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vipLouieFoodie
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we have dinner here is an awesome experience. We've been so lucky to have been seated in Kayla's section the last 3 visits and she is fantastic. The burgers and Brussels sprouts were yummy and the Pom Sangria hit the spot. Can't wait to go back soon.

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vipLauraR
Louisville
82 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

502 is a neighborhood restaurant. Went with a friend for a catch-up-and-chat dinner. Quiet, not many patrons indoors. Service was prompt but unhurried (see above reference to "chat"), food good without being pretentious.

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vipTechgirl
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The space at 502 is really nice and inviting. Our server was friendly and accommodating - however water glasses were left empty and we had to ask for them to be refilled. Our food was not very good. Four of us had the Caesar salad, tomato soup, flatbread, meatball appetizer, fried chicken and power bowl. We agreed the meatballs were terrible. The fried chicken was dry. All in all, we were pretty disappointed.

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vipNortonCommonsResident
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Dustin, Edward, and Kayla (dark hair) always do a great! Love the white sangria!

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vipWilliamG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always order the shrimp and grits! The best!

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JimS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipCandaceG
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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TerrilynG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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

JK
vipJoeKnows
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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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vipNortonCommonsResident
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

The 502 Bar & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 742-4772.

The 502 Bar & Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 204 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.