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About The Oakroom

As the only AAA Five Diamond rated restaurant with the largest wine selection in the region, our award-winning staff infuse naturally grown or raised ingredients to bring you exquisite food and impeccable service.

500 4th Avenue
Louisville, KY 40202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday 5:00pm -9:00pm

Cross Street:
Muhammad Ali Boulevard

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 807-3463

Website:
http://www.theoakroomlouisville.com/

Entertainment:
The restaurant seats 125 guests and offers a private dining room that can accommodate up to 10 people. The Oakroom also offers specialized catering options for parties and events creating enduring memories of your personalized event.

Catering:
The Oakroom's rich history, elegance and tradition, along with state-of-the-art modern conveniences, make it one of the country's most desirable and unique venues for meetings, weddings and other events. Guests and local visitors love exploring The Oakroom itself. A history of celebrities and ghosts, early 1900s décor and original murals depicting Kentucky's pioneer days draw visitors from around the country. The Oakroom where Al Capone once played blackjack, now Kentucky's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking at the front of the hotel, located on the corner of 4th Street & Muhammad Ali Blvd. There is also a parking garage behind the hotel. (We are NOT able to validate garage parking.)

Private Party Facilities:
The Oakroom has what your party needs, whether it is a private room for two, buying out the entire dining room for 125 people or anything in between, the Oakroom will work with & for you to make your event unforgettable, no matter what your budget!

Private Party Contact:
Charlie Watson: (502) 585-3200 ext. 498

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Contact Charlie Watson at 502-585-9262 or charlie.watson@interstatehotels.com to plan your next Private Dinner, Birthday Party, Wedding Reception and Rehearsal Dinner. She can assist you with any event from an intimate dinner for two to a celebration for 125.

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The Oakroom Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
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Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Romantic (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed eating at the Oakroom before Actor's Theatre. We were the only patrons on Thursday evening until about 6:30 so the service was very good and it was very quiet. The staff was very welcoming and professional. We did not feel looked down on because we were using a coupon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Service and food delivery was painfully painfully slow. Our dinner took three hours total. Our waiter told us he was plating our dinner and it ended up coming 25 minutes after that. One person in our party had a shellfish allergy and something she ate was cross contaminated even though they did try to be careful. She got ill and was not able to eat her dinner. We were still charged for everything she had even though restaurant was fully aware that she got very ill. Very very disappointing for a five star restaurant. Will absolutely not be back here ever again.

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·Dined 6 days ago

the treats sent by the chef, carrot ginger soup and green apple sorbet was awesome

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Firstly the Seelbach Hotel is phenomenal. We arrived early just to walk around and take in the history. The Oak Room wait staff was very attentive. We started with the asparagus soup which was just ok & the Seafood risotto which was amazing. We enjoyed all the little in between courses and our Manhattans. For dinner we had the lamb chops which were stellar and the filet was delicious and well paired with the squash. No room for dessert. Great meal overall but it is pricey. Especially the wine list.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

While there was nothing necessarily "wrong" with our experience, nothing was so amazing that I would go out of our way to return. Food was good, staff was friendly (maybe a little "slower" than what we're accustomed to when fine dining), but over all we weren't blow away by Kentucky's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Incredible, amazing, delicious restaurant. Super fancy and super friendly! Well worth the money!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary and truly enjoyed the wonderful creativity of the menu from appetizer all the way to dessert. Great service from the entire staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 12, 2017

An outstanding experience that seems never to disappoint. The food and ambience are complemented by the quiet tasteful decor and elegance.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Impeccable service. Food was fabulous - we both enjoyed the Halibut entree. Martini's were perfectly done as well. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Impeccable service and delicious food. Historic establishment of a bygone fine dining era. Menu options were creative. Everyone enjoy all the items served.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Food was exquisite and service beyond comparable. Very accommodating to individual needs. A bit pricey but the ambience is so terrific you really don't mind.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We were married at the Seelbach in 2016 and made reservations for the Oakroom to celebrate our one year anniversary. As the Oakroom is the only 5 diamond-rated restaurant in Kentucky, we expected to be blown away. Our server was very kind, polite, and thoughtful, but service was rather disjointed. Another server brought us bread, but never butter. A wine list was provided, but no cocktail or liquor menu. When my husband ordered a bourbon the bartender didn't have, the bartender offered instead to pour a $30 dollar-per-pour bourbon without letting us know (and without seeing a list, of course). The Oakroom was rather empty, so one would expect impeccable, organized service. Our small plates to start with were fantastic and a great value, our entrees were beautifully presented, but my husband's fish was very bland and nothing unique. I don't think we will be dining here again with entrees at $40+.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Fantastic!!! Food is great. Service is great. Beautiful decor.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The Oakroom is my go-to for any special occasion. The menu is always creative and expertly prepared and presented. The staff is always friendly but extremely professional.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Arrived 15 minutes early for the Mother's Day brunch buffet. They say us in a seating area with some cheese and crackers. Table was ready 20 mins late. Staff struggled to accommodate a 2yr old child giving her a coffee cup with a lid and no straw. I had to find someone to ask for a straw and got one that was extraordinarily long. Eventually found a straw. Staff asked if my wife wanted coffee to which she responded yes however coffee never came. Ended up getting the bill with the gratuity conveniently added in already. Service was not up to par with what was expected or paid for.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Grand buffet: service was slow and disappointing for one of under 55 restaurants in the USA with a AAA 5 diamond rating. When I have to ask repeatedly for water service, silverware refreshment, and coffee warming that is far below expectations. When a 20% auto gratuity was added to our table of 4, I was surprised to say the least given the sub-par service. Food was of a very high quality, decadent desserts, fabulous cheeses and charcuterie, choice of proteins was excellent although the prime rib and lamb were both well done, grouper was cooked very well. Omelette and waffle station were excellent. Seafood raw bar exceeded expectations with raw oysters, jumbo shrimp, and cracked snow crab claws. Smoked seafood was also excellent -not a detail missed on the "Grand Buffet". Support staff kept the buffet fully stocked and cleared tables quickly. Unfortunately our server was poor.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Not a 5 star experience, more like Golden Corral. We waited for over 30 minutes for a table, when finally seated we never had a server come to get drink orders or tell us about the buffet. We finally flagged down a hostess to get some water. The food was good with a couple exceptions; the prime rib was over cooked (all well done) and instead of Belgian waffles which they ran out of they served whole grain waffles which were hard and chewy.
Our used plates stacked up at the table until a bus person asked if they could be taken away. I called Monday and left a message with the restaurant manager but I'm still waiting for a response. Not The Oak Room's finest outing, and disappointing for a Mothers Day treat.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Fabulously elegant and decadent! Superb one-on-one service. Love the local flavors. Love the standards done with a twist (chocolate covered bacon!!).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Louisville)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The good and service were both excellent. We went for the royal brunch for mother's day and my wife was very very happy with everything! Our experience was amazing and will return!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Amazing brunch! It's expensive, but you will be hard pressed to find a better experience. Food selection was great, and the desserts were fabulous.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The Oakroom is a venerable Louisville venue, heck, Al Capone dined here back in the day. First off, hands down the food was outstanding, no question. We had a beetroot salad and a spinach salad, halibut as an entree and a desert. Problem was it was a fixed menu owing to the Kentucky Derby was the next day. This was not mentioned when we booked out reservation. There were only three entree choices, you were out of luck if you were a vegetarian. Then, the wine list had less than 20 choices. We ordered a 375ml bottle of 2010 Chateauneuf de Pape mistakenly. When it came to the table we realized our mistake and asked to see the winelist. The very helpful sommelier stated, "I have a full bottle in that price range though a 2012. OK, cool, then why wasn't it on the wine list?

The fixed menu was a salad, entree and desert for $95 each. Crazy price, even for Derby weekend and a terrible value despite the excellent halibut. But, the coup de grace was a mandatory 20% gratuity for a table of two. $360 later we had nice meal that was worth at most $175.

Been there, done that, next year when we come back for the Derby we'll try someplace else.

When you book ask about the fixed menu and the mandatory gratuity.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Small portions Halibot was absolutely tasteless with no accompanying sauce the micro vegetable which was less than a tablespoon had no flavor

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 27, 2017

We had an amazing dinner. Food, service and atmosphere all excellent. Easily best in Louisville. Also loved visiting the secret room where Al Capone used to play cards - look for the two secret doors! So much history. All made for a very special evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Have dined with the folks at Oakroom/Seelbach in Louisville about once every six months the last 10 years. It is definitely not a place to eat every week as it's pricey. However, the service, the food, the presentation, the atmosphere is awesome. Louisville should be proud to have such a dining destination.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on April 18, 2017

We've been to the Oakroom many times and they've never failed to fulfill every need perfectly. The flowers for my daughter were there, they all wished her a happy birthday, we even had the same waiter my late wife and I had during our last visit there. Afterwards, we were treated to a private tour of the historic hotel, an unexpected pleasure. For a memorable evening, you can't do better than the Oakroom.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The food was incredible with excellent variety. If you go make sure to try the duck crepes, seafood salad, and any of the selection of desserts that come in just the right sized portions.

The only cons in this review include having to wait one full hour after my reservation time before we were seated, the temperature in the main dining room was too low (but the auxiliary space used was too warm), and lastly cost person. It's expensive, yes, but as long as you bring an appetite you're fine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We went to the Oakroom for Easter brunch which may have led to us submitting an average review at best; which I am sure would have been much different if we had gone there for a normal dining experience. When we checked-in for our reservation, there was a very long line of reservations before us that were still not seated. The check-in process seemed a little long and in some disarray. Then once we were called to be seated, we were seated in a lobby area outside of the main dining room which was disappointing. Since our visit was for Easter brunch, I am sure that the majority of the qualified wait staff were off that day as our server appeared to be untrained, confused at times, and not proactive in addressing our needs (we were never asked if we wanted to order another cocktail that we originally brought from the bar or if we wanted more coffee during the meal, and had to ask for more coffee 3-times). Still, the food was very good and the raw bar was excellent. I will give The Oakroom another chance during a normal restaurant seating and hope our experience is more fulfilling.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The Oakroom is always Fabulous. The Royal Easter Brunch lived up its name - it was suitable for royalty! We celebrate all our special occasions with an Oakroom Brunch - it's the best in town!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Food was good, our server Jamaal was great. It was an odd set-up, very tight seating,strange waiting area in the middle of dining room. Felt bad for those seated outside of the dining room. We paid extra premium price because it was Easter but it did not feel like a "royal brunch" as advertised. They did not have live music like usual for Easter etc. No fresh flowers, food was good but nothing special. This is the first Sunday brunch where customers had to pay for Mamosa's and juice/soft drinks. The brunch has gone down from previous years and it seemed like the customer was not the priority, "nickle and dining" for a little more profit at the expense of customer satisfaction has left me not wanting to return unless things change for the better!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Ambiance quiet and lovely. Service impeccable. Appetizers good. Main course inedible.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The restaurant was very quiet, but that was nice for conversation. The food was delicious and boasted various flavors that fused well together, and presently beautifully.

Our our service was outstanding!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Awesome experience with the Oakroom. Our server was Jamal and he treated us as his best guests. We were coming from the Bourbon trail trip and came 20 minutes earlier of the restaurant opening time. He greeted us and let us sit, served with cocktails while the kitchen was closed. He walked us through the menu and had a talking point about every item. The food was delicious! At the end of the dinner he brought us two candies with bourbon as a compliment for our Bourbon trail trip. He made our evening at the restaurant! Bravo Jamal!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on March 3, 2017

What a lovely night at the Oakroom. The architecture is just amazing with oak paneled walls; such history. Such beautiful presentations; you have to try their desserts. The drinks, service, music, and food made for the perfect date night; everyone was so nice. We will be back on Oaks night with friends.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great Expectations: When my fiancée and I arrived at the Seelbach on Saturday, we had great expectations. We were celebrating our recent engagement; however, we were in for a let down. Once we were seated in the Oakroom, we sat for a few minutes before the waiter brought out menus. A few minutes later we gave our drink order which included a bottle of wine. Although the server poured our first glasses of wine, I had to pour the rest because he did not return. Also, I had to ask for napkins. Mind you the restaurant was no where near full, so the servers were not especially busy. Finally, our food arrived. We were surprised at the skimpy entrees. While I expected to pay premium prices, we did not receive excellent meals or excellent service. We vowed never to go back to the restaurant since we know at least two other restaurants in the vicinity where we can get excellent service and much, much better food. Overall, we were very disappointed. This restaurant is greatly over-rated.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Good experience . Good and interesting food choices and pairings.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 28, 2017

What a great place to celebrate an anniversary! Phenomenal service and wonderful food!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We went for my wife's birthday. What a wonderful evening. We sat very close to the young man playing the piano (he played continually for our entire 2 1/2 hours there), so I rated the noise level moderate because of this, but we thoroughly enjoyed the music and it wasn't oppressively loud, so it just added to the spectacular ambience and food. I highly recommend the Oakroom for anyone looking for a wonderful, special evening.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Always a wonderful time. You have to be open minded on trying new food ideas. The chef puts an interesting touch on each dish taking you away from the everyday food pairings.
However, his ideas are what makes the Oakroom a 5-Star restaurant.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Pretentious, over priced, waitresses clueless as to what was being served. Asked for cocktail menu, never received. Will not return

Tags: Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We come every year for Christmas, I called to make a reservation and never got a call back, so I had to do it on line
We arrived for our 2:30 reservation and no one was there to greet you, they did not inform us they had a new area for check ins, than we had to wait in a so called seating area where tables used to be for 20 minutes and were offered picked over Cheese & crackers.
They had a bar seat up where tables used to be so now they shove people outside the Oakroom to eat where it was cold & drafty.
When the hostess came to call our name I could barely hear her and than she walked away so fast I had to chase her down to see if it was our name she called and when I told her I could barely hear her she gave me a dirty look.
After seated at our table we waited 15 minutes before we knew who our server was.

We used to love The Oakroom, it was elegant.
But who ever is manger now is doing a really bad job of the holiday seatings, no one seems to know what to do including the manger, it feels rushed now, no more sitting to enjoy the whole Oakroom ambiance.
I heard many people complaining about service and since our seating was later in the day many things were not replenished so we lost out on certain foods & desserts.
We were there at Easter and it was beautiful all around.

Please go back to how it was,classic & elegant!

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