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The Fat Lamb, Louisville, KY

The Fat Lamb

4.8
4.8
1093 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Fat Lamb is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located in Louisville, Kentucky. It was opened in 2016 by Chef Dallas McGarity, who serves as the executive chef and owner. The restaurant is known for its focus on using locally sourced ingredients and for its unique combination of Mediterranean flavors with Southern influences. The menu at The Fat Lamb features a variety of small plates, entrees, and seasonal specials, and is known for its rotating selection of meats and seafood dishes. The restaurant also has a strong emphasis on wine and cocktail, featuring a curated list of wines that complement the Mediterranean cuisine. The Fat Lamb has been well-reviewed by critics and is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Louisville. It's widely known for its cozy and welcoming atmosphere, making it a popular spot for a romantic dinner or casual night out with friends.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (502) 409-7499
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Dallas McGarity
  • Catering
    We can do almost anything you would need for your special event and party based on almost any budget you would have. Our catering program is based on your needs.
  • Private party facilities
    We do off premise private events as well as restaurant buyouts. Please contact us at www.fatlamblouisville.com or call 502.409.7499 for more information.
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
  • Cross street
    Grinstead Dr and Bardstown Rd
  • Parking details
    We do have a small private lot that we share with 3 other businesses but there is also a ton of street parking in the area. It is a very walkable area of Louisville.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,093 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Service

  • Central Kentucky

    Healthy

  • Central Kentucky

    American

  • Louisville

    Best Service

  • Louisville

    Healthy

  • Louisville

    American

1,093 Reviews
  1. TomR

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Both food and service (waitress = Ellen) were excellent. We were one table separated from open kitchen and did not hear pans clattering, raised voices. The special, sea bass with fingerling potatoes, was exceptional, as were the lamb chops. Yes, will be back.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’d never been to the Fat Lamb before and went to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It was the best decision. The food was delicious and the service was prompt and polite. We’ll be keeping the Fat Lamb in the front of our minds the next time we’re looking to celebrate a special occasion.

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  3. KylyeR

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vegetarian options as well as plenty of meat filled entrees.

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  4. Mark

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in all aspects. Service, cocktails, cuisine, vibe. The menu is varied and innovative and perfectly executed. The creativity of the cocktail menu is worth the trip alone. We started with the famous goat cheese. Wow. And the fried artichokes. For the main course our party had short ribs, gnocchi, the pork chop, and salmon. All highly recommended especially the short ribs. Our server recommended a Super Tuscan that everyone loved and was a great value. The blondie dessert was outstanding. Can’t remember the name but ask for the bourbon cocktail with a full ounce of bitters as a main ingredient. I can’t think of a single flaw with this restaurant. Just loved it.

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  5. ShelbyG

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was absolutely delicious! Came for our 3rd anniversary and was very impressed with everything. 10 out of 10 we will definitely be back.

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  6. Michael

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, great food. Glad we finally made it!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food quality and flavor was very good. The services was really good and pleasant. This is a place that I will definitely come back.

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  8. TerryS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Astonishing meal. Perhaps the best I’ve ever had. Great attentive bar service from Joe. He recommended an appetizer that was beyond great. He also recommended the dinner I chose, which was fantastic

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  9. DanielL

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food delicious and creative twist Service was good.

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  10. DeanD

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Great service. Really a great spot in Louisville. Maybe the best

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  11. TarynD

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect from start to finish. Thank you to Maddy and the entire team for making our first visit memorable. We will be back soon!

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  12. TheHiles

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was not only beautiful but DELICIOUS!! Best scallops I’ve ever had!

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  13. JanelB

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food here is always amazing. Wish they had the short rib that’s my go to. Service is always top notch

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  14. LoRo

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The arancini might be my new favorite appetizer in town! Great flavors throughout the meal, and excellent service.

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  15. Multistate

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food whether you love Mediterranean style or not. Fresh ingredients and a unique (but not so crazy you don't recognize it) approach to many of the dishes. No real complaints other than parking can be a bit difficult at a busy time. I will be be back!

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  16. DaveD

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My brothers and I make a yearly trek to Louisville for a weekend. Each year we pick out a couple of new restaurants to try. The Fat Lamb was on this years agenda and surpassed any other culinary experience we have had in Louisville. From the amazing food…whipped feta, braised short rib, lamb chops, etc. All amazing. Most impressive was the service provided by our waiter and the conversation with the owner and chef. We can’t wait to get back and enjoy what’s in next years menu!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely stellar service, great food. Will be back for sure.

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  18. Eric

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed the Fat Lamb. We've been exploring at lot of middle eastern flavors recently and this restaurant offered a great experience. The fried artichoke hearts were amazing, and the lamb chops were so good I ended up gnawing a bone.

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  19. DarrellZ

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best scallops I have ever eaten! The beet salad and roasted cauliflower was phenomenal!

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  20. JillO

    Western KY

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A memorable experience for many reasons! Not only was the food outstanding but the service was on point and very attentive! The wine selection ideal and every bite from the appetizers to the dessert was exceptional. Eggplant rollatini, pita bread, lamb, short rib and the smash burger to the mousse. Divine! And the chef is very gracious!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Casual and comfortable. Food and service outstanding. Look forward to our next visit!

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  22. KolleenK

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent evening for my quests from out of town they all had the lamb and myself Mahi mahi and we all loved. The house cocktail and manhatton were excellent. Highly recommend.

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  23. NanC

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely wonderful. It was a special evening with the noise level, our table perfectly situated for a quiet discussion. The service was some of the best I’ve had in years. The hostess helped with parking registration and our server noticed each detail of our response to the food. Her kindness and attentiveness was superb! I had the duck breast and my husband had Major Mahoney. Both were excellent but the whipped feta topped everything. Thank you, Fat Lamb.

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  24. JohnR

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As they always are, The Fat Lamb was incredible! Our meals were unforgettable and the wait staff / hostess were extremely helpful. We were hosting a birthday dinner with friends and everyone left so happy. Will definitely be back!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    In town from Atlanta with a colleague who is vegetarian. selected from the appetizer menu, which had a variety of delicious vegetarian options. portions are generous and the food was delicious. The service was friendly, professional, and warm. the hostess was extremely accommodating when our Uber canceled on us making us late for our original reservation. We will definitely be back the next time we’re in L’Ville.

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  26. Dhackler30

    Kansas City

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place. Great service and drinks. The veal bolognese was amazing. The gnocchi was an odd texture and had way too much truffle oil put on it. The fried artichoke hearts were delicious. Overall, a great experience. The staff took the gnocchi off the bill and were apologetic and helpful. Definitely would go back.

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  27. Jennifer

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The lamb came out overcooked, twice. Charred on outside, tough, and not at all juicy. The gnocchi was bland and unseasoned. The other three plates (5 of us total) we reported to be good. The apps were great. I was disappointed the entrees weren't all great, especially given the prices and the lamb being the most expensive. The front door has no second door or awning so everytime someone opened the door we would freeze for awhile. The server was just missing. I finally had to ask her to take out order. Then she went missing again. She was just a mess with her organization and timing. Or if she was around she never asked if we needed anything when we were clearly out of liquids. It was as expensive as a NYC restaurant without the quality. We won't go back.

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  28. kacolor

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place never disappoints. Some of the best apps in the city and the service and quality is always top notch!

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  29. MikeW

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service! Thanks Joe!! Killer Salmon!

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  30. JasonL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think this is now our favorite restaurant in the city. Incredible food, great service, and the cocktails are also startlingly good.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, delicious, delicious! The goat cheese appetizer and the Brussel sprouts were so, so yummy. Service was awesome and all our cocktails were perfect!

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  32. StevenD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service at the restaurant. The appetizers were very good. The portion sizes were large. Cocktails were solid also. Entrees were large, and we had plenty to take home. I wish the Wine List was larger.

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  33. MiaF

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, service was impeccable. Love the vibe and ambience!

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  34. TomH

    Louisville

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One minor complaint: 3 interesting salads were offered for ~$15 each. Wanting a salad, but not an entree size to have with my pork chop, I asked for one of the 3 for a reduced price in a side salad size. The server said that was not available. She offered to split one of the 3 in two, one for me and one for my wife; however, my wife did not care for salad. So, I declined and they lost an opportunity to accommodate a customer and earn ~$8.

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  35. VictusM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Fat Lamb was an excellent experience and I will recommend it to everyone!!!!

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  36. rbvbb

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious! Good options for groups with various diets: vegetarian, gluten free, seafood or red meat options

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  37. Glenn70

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow. What a great experience. From the moment that we arrived to when we left the staff made us feel important. Everyone was extremely friendly and attentive to us. They even gave us a card for our anniversary. Will definitely come back. Don’t miss this culinary experience in Louisville.

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  38. Bluegrass

    Louisville

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re regular customers, back again for all of our favorite dishes. Everything was wonderful as usual. Fat Lamb maintains a very high standard, and is very consistently great.

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  39. LisaM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seriously good food and impeccable service! Will return!

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  40. RachelW

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service! Always worth a trip to visit the fat lamb!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Fat Lamb offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 409-7499.

The Fat Lamb is rated 4.8 stars by 1093 OpenTable diners.

The Fat Lamb does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Fat Lamb

2011 Grinstead Dr, Louisville, KY 40204

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Grinstead Dr and Bardstown Rd
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We do have a small private lot that we share with 3 other businesses but there is also a ton of street parking in the area. It is a very walkable area of Louisville.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Dallas McGarity
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (502) 409-7499
  • Catering
    We can do almost anything you would need for your special event and party based on almost any budget you would have. Our catering program is based on your needs.
  • Private party facilities
    We do off premise private events as well as restaurant buyouts. Please contact us at www.fatlamblouisville.com or call 502.409.7499 for more information.
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