The Fat Lamb

4.6
329 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
"We are a modern neighborhood restaurant in the heart of the highlands of Louisville, Kentucky serving craft cocktails and creative cuisine. Please enjoy our hospitality." We offer a full bar with local craft beer and interesting wines. Our food menu changes with the season and we focus on fresh flavors with creative preparation. Please be our guest.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good experience. The food was amazing. I had the duck and my wife had the short ribs and they were both delicious. The only reason for the four star review is the menu is a little small. A salad option or other sides would make it a much better menu. The location is a little strange as well, but overall it is a very good place to eat.

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GC
Savannah
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Mother’s Day meal. Food was good, service was good. If you have picky children, the do have one burger on the menu.

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m
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate our anniversary. Dinner was fantastic, our server, Marcella, took great care of us. We intend to be back soon.

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AP
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Hands on Chef/ Owner. Delicous flavors! We loved the personal attention Chef gives each dish. Loved the cauliflower app and the lamb! The bread pudding was to die for too! Nick at the bar made us great craft cocktails. Great night

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Went on Derby Day, so was expecting it to be a bit crowded. Asked if I could be 15 minutes late, and was told we couldn't because there was another reservation coming right after us and they needed the table. We showed up at 6:45, and were the first (and only) people in the restaurant. The menu was limited, and they were not willing to go off-menu, even for an allergy. They gave us a very hard time swapping part of a dish due to an allergy. All that said, the food tasted amazing. Solid job there. However, we weren't able to order what we wanted due to the limited menu. The odd thing was the restaurant never filled up. There were always a few tables open. So, not sure why we were unable to show up 15 minutes late. Overall, I would go back on another night, assuming they would be a bit more flexible with the menu.

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JU
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here after The Oaks. It was fairly easy to get to from Churchill Downs. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Food was exceptional.

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G
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

We ate the Prix fixe menu during Derby Weekend. It was incredibly rushed and not becoming of a high caliber restaurant offering. We were literally rushed out the door.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Derby price fixe menu. The food was unimaginative with monotone flavors. Sides were undercooked, and the beet salad was all greens with three slices of quarter-sized beets. Entrees were so-so, and mine was lukewarm in the middle and had to go back to the kitchen. The bread pudding was good, the mousse was meh. The Fat Lamb is overpriced and disappointing — I was so excited to try this place.

The Fat Lamb
Responded on May 4, 2019

Hi Kate, I am sorry that we couldn't accommodate your last minute request to add 2 diners to your reservation and I'm sorry that you are still upset about it. We could've accommodated if we knew a few weeks in advance. We are a small restaurant with a limited number of seats. Your complaint about the food was the only one of the night so I'm sure it had something to do with not being able to dine with your 2 other friends. I hope you have a great derby. -Chef Dallas McGarity

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This is Kentucky Derby weekend so out of the ordinary. Sinner with two drinks and 4 courses was $640 with tip. While the meals was good, it was not a $95 per person meal. The drinks expensive but not crazy.. the apps better than the main dish. We felr taken advantage of bit the waiter Mark was terrific

The Fat Lamb
Responded on May 3, 2019

Hi Harold. I do believe that we served you a bit more than you said in this review. There were 7 glasses of wine, 1 house cocktail, and 2 neat pours of Henry McKenna Bourbon along with the food and tip. That's not an unreasonable bill and I hope that you had a great time. -Chef Dallas McGarity, owner

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w
Indiana
37 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The gnocchi with lamb ragu was fantastic, and very filling. My friend got the burger which for $17 I'd expect something next level but it was pretty much like something you can get at Steak n Shake. Drinks were delicious. The service was friendly but slow. Overall a good restaurant that I would visit again, but a little too pricey for what you get.

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M
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch with friends! They were so accommodating when we wanted to combine certain menu items! Can’t wait to go back!

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c
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Will definitely be returning. The veal steak was amazing. And the house cocktail was pretty good.

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NG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the meal was special. The bruschetta is probably the best I’ve ever tasted and the hush puppies were tasty. Just perfect density. Not to light. Not to firm. We had the cheeseburger, veal, lamb, and braised short ribs. Meals were large enough we took some home for the next day. Service was good. Our server was attentive, polite, and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back again!

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AH
New Orleans
39 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal. My family was in town for Easter, and all of us are foodies, so I thought we would splurge and go to the Fat Lamb. Chef Dallas has recently won Chopped, so I thought I’d show off the Ville cuisine. We had almost everything on the menu—appetizers: the Brussels sprouts were amazing, as were the lamb meatballs. Every entree was perfect—fish special, fried chicken, lamb ragout with gnocchi, short ribs, and lamb chops. For dessert, the cannoli was amazing! I’m not a Nutella fan, but the Nutella mousse was impressive. Perfect service, great cocktails. This is a very special place. Even my brother was impressed!

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F
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a great experience celebrating her birthday! Don't mistake the lower noise rating as a negative. In fact, it is a positive! We were able to have conversation without yelling. The cocktails, food and service were great. It was my first visit but not my last!

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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food lived up to high expectations. Gnocchi with lamb ragout outstanding. Mixologist very knowledgeable.

Decor/ ambience a bit sparse. Best suited for foodies.

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DD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Everything was so tasty! The service was great! We were a tad late to our reservations so he had to wait 5 mins for a table (our fault) but the still gave us free desert for making us wait! And it was our fault! Would definitely recommend to anyone. So nice and modern inside. Really fun atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Fat Lamb for any occasion. I’ve been there for special occasions and business meals. Great food!

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RC
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! The arugula and beet salad, as well as the chive hush puppies were delicious starters. Hubby thoroughly enjoyed the short ribs and my cobia fish special was superb! It was a first visit for our friends, who, like us, are fans of Chef McGarity’s sister restaurant, The Portage House. A big thumbs up from them too!

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EB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. Our servicer Justin did a great job explaining all the food and answering all our questions. Will be returning soon.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing, great atmosphere and service was to the point. Make sure you have the cauliflower, it was ridiculous. The drinks were spot on too!

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C
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All went very well especially with our Hostess/Waitress who was extraordinarily friendly, welcoming and kind. This was my first time dining at The Fat Lamb and she made it special for me and my son as we celebrated his birthday. The menu choices were varied but not excessive and my black bean burger, arugula and beet salad and his salmon were delicious.

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seared duck breast I had was cooked to perfection and was absolutely delicious! Service was great as well.

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SB
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great chef, food, top notch service and warm smiles. Little on loud side due to openly talkative customers.

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TT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience... And so happy that we were able to meet Dallas, chef & owner!

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p
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Audrey was outstanding

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DA
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very pricey for the amount of food served

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J
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First time dining here. The staff was great, and it's a nice space. But overall, we felt the food did not measure up to the prices. It was good, but we were underwhelmed given the price. An appetizer, two entrees, two drinks, and a dessert came out to $120 before tip. That isn't terribly unreasonable, but there are other places in town that provide more bang for the buck.

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p
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my mother's birthday with my husband, teenager and my toddler. The appetizers we're amazing. We had the goat cheese with pita and meatballs. So good! Then the boys had the double cheeseburger, those were very good also. I had the scallops, they we're better than any other scallop I've had before. My mom had the gnocchi. It was amazing and flavorful. Very nice atmosphere, very clean and Service was amazing.

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RS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. We tried the arancini, ricotta gnocchi, and roasted brussel sprouts. Everything was frantastic!
It was not too dark, or too loud. The background music was awsome. it was really a fun evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our one year anniversary!

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DH
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First-time visit on a rainy Saturday afternoon with a party of four. We arrived a few minutes before opening at 11:30 and staff let us in a little early, which saved us from the cold--much appreciated. Everyone in our party liked what they ordered. Lamb meatballs were tasty, large and dense (in a good way). The polenta was creamy and peppers were delicious. Short rib sandwich as wonderful and side of fries were prepared to crisp perfection. My wife got the gnocchi and lamb Ragu, which she liked, but after a while she said the gnocchi got a bit heavy. Wait staff was excellent and attentive--very fun to talk with. Overall, a great time!

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TA
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food, drinks, and service! Becoming one of my all time favorites.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment! A great place for business entertainment.

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JS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb meatballs with tzatziki, peperonata and feta were perfection! And their variation on a Pimm's cut, the "Tim's Cup," was refreshing, tasty and wonderful at the end of a stressful day. I'll be back.

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b
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service. Highly recommend the arancini appetizer, and the gnocchi with lamb ragu. Wish I lived in the area to try other items.

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AW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was absolutely phenomenal! Nicole was a fabulous server who was very attentive but was there only when we needed her. The service was extremely high level and the atmosphere was very cozy and inviting.

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DD
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy neighborhood atmosphere. Amazing service! Loved being able to see the chefs. Chef Dallas came out and greeted us, which was a treat! Food was wonderful! Eat something with lamb! Locally sourced, farm to table goodness!

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MM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NEVER DISAPPOINTS !! LOVE THE LAMB !!!

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l
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and the food and presentation are excellent. Our favorite Louisville spot and we love a lot of them.

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