The Fat Lamb

4.5
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349 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(502) 409-7499
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dallas McGarity
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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.
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Cross street
Grinstead Dr and Bardstown Rd
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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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good foodie place

M
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got the lamb meatballs, Amazing ....fried chicken, great .....duck breast was to die for, Nutella moose fantastic. Very wonderful experience

BL
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service very attentive food was all excellent. Only comment, some things were very salty. My husband said lamb was outstanding! The hamburger was excellent. A definite return visit. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday. Provided our dessert. Great cannoli!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my family’s first dining experience at The Fat Lamb. We agreed that the food was delicious, the ambience lovely and a bonus is that we could bring our son as it was kid-friendly. As parents who are foodies it is sometimes difficult to find a more upscale restaurant where you can bring your child. Of course, he is well behaved and we would not have brought him if he would have disturbed other diners. We all enjoyed the lamb meatballs, the bread with amazing butter, scallops and the fish special of the day. We will definitely be back! Thanks for the hospitality!

R
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was very good. The only bummer was I did feel the final price was a bit high. We will come back for sure.

LH
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not a good recommend if looking for an intimate ambiance.

KJ
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner. The meal was the best meal we had all weekend. I will visit again when I am in Louisville. The drinks were great (bourbon based of course), the stater was great (the BREAD & SEA SALT BUTTER), our dinners were delicious (see my picture of what was left of my LAMB CHOPS) and desert was a great finish to our meal. I highly recommend this restaurant!

S
Louisville
48 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was our second visit to The Fat Lamb. The first time, we ordered the burgers, and they were quite good. So we decided to come back and try something else. I ordered the lamb chops — I thought this would be their signature dish. It was an expensive entree ($41), but I went for it. It was cooked to the temperature I requested (medium-rare), but the flavor was horrid. The lovely meat was slathered in a smoky, overly spicy sauce (not quite sure what it was, perhaps something Indian-like), and I couldn't identify the other items on the plate. Wow, what a gross disappointment. As I looked around the dining room and saw that most people had ordered the burgers, I knew that this is the only thing worth getting. Meanwhile, my husband chose the gnocchi and lamb ragu entree. Instead of the usual gnocchi, he got these weird, oversized tubes — think 3/4-inch diameter rolls each about 2 inches long) — that were mushy, undercooked and truthfully not very flavorful. Another $26 down the drain. Anyway, this won't be the last $100 that we fritter away, but next time, it won't be here.

The Fat Lamb
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hi Shire. I couldn't find your reservation in our system as you gave us this rating under a different name. I wanted to reach out with what our lamb dish has on it. Potatoes, broccolini, sumac (it has a citrus flavor), yogurt with cumin in it, herb oil, and a sweet/vinegary eggplant caponata. There aren't spicy or indian sauces on that dish. We only had 10 burgers available on Saturday night as well. If you would have said something while dining we could've made you happy. -Chef Dallas McGarity

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TS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, drink and service. Everything was well above excellent and having been there before will definitely return. Had one glitch but it was remedied immediately and the cost of the entree was removed from the bill without asking. This is the trait of a really great restaurant.

The Fat Lamb
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thanks so much Tom! I am glad that we made you all happy and I look forward to serving you all again sometime! -Chef Dallas McGarity

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J
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good and they have great cocktails. The wait staff seemed uncomfortable in their role so it made us uncomfortable. If we go back we’ll sit at the bar and order

AH
New Orleans
42 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. The cocktails were great and the double cheeseburgers were terrific! As always, the best!

MJ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was delicious. The duck had a fabulous sauce and was cooked to perfection. The lamb was seasoned throughout.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will go back!! It was really good!

AM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delish meal at The Fat Lamb. Goat cheese app was creamy and warm with a generous helping of pita wedges. Curries salmon was the fav of all the entrees ordered at the table.

F
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went to the restaurant after an adventurous day at the mega caverns to celebrate a birthday.
great service - awesome food - in a relaxed casual ambiente. just a superb experience!
most remarkably was the very attentive service (Audrey was great), but not to minimize the food/drinks and restaurant layout.
we wish we would live closer so we could go more often.

WF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful and the service was perfect.

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. The short ribs were amazing! The gnocchi was delicious too. Also, I really loved the Brussel sprouts as well.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
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.

OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Louisville. The owner/chef is a superstar and knows how to make his guests happy. The interior is lovely, showcasing lots of grays and browns to create an intimate; comfortable setting. The signature pasta dish is the best in town. You need to experience this convenient spot on Bardstown Road.

GC
Savannah
22 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.

m
Louisville
33 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.

AP
Naples
5 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

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.

JU
New York Area
8 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.

G
Dallas
4 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.

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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T
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely menu and wine selection! We will be back. Service was impeccable!

h
New York Area
2 reviews
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
41 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.

M
Louisville
18 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!

c
Louisville
2 reviews
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.

NG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
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!

AH
New Orleans
42 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!

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!

N
Chicago
6 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.

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.

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!

RC
Louisville
10 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!

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.

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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