The Red Lion at Science Hill

4.6
526 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Red Lion at Science Hill is a multi-experience restaurant and specialty cocktail bar located in downtown Shelbyville, KY. Housed in a 200 year old building on the historic grounds of Science Hill/Wakefield Scearce Galleries, guests can chose to dine in the formal dining room, Tudor-style pub or Grand Hall (cocktail lounge). *Patio seating is also available, weather permitting.*

The Red Lion offers fresh, local ingredients with a twist of New American cuisine. Specials range from traditional fare to ethnic dishes and carefully curated cocktails, which are posted to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheRedLion40065). We also host prix fixe/coursed meals, specialty dining experiences and onsite catering.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 526 people are saying
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TaylorR
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal and cannot wait to go back. We used a great coupon and saved money.

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GreggH
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at the Red Lion since they opened in the small pub behind the current Science Hill dining room a few years ago. This is one of those exceptional places that is making a mark on the community and becoming a landmark destination. The recent updates to this historic property are brining it back to life, while preserving the beauty of the past. It’s like stepping back in time into an English establishment with artisan food and drinks. I can’t wait for the cigar bar to open!

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KellyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with the Red Lion. Great atmosphere would recommend everyone give it a try. We will be back.

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James
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great atmosphere. It is a family favorite!

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Librarian
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delishious food, polite and knowledgeable staff. Food was amazing and perfectly priced for the dish. Home town atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely environment and thensalm0n was very good.

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ChristyG
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends and I had a wonderful dinner at the Red Lion. The cocktails were creative, dinner was fabulous. We all loved the atmosphere of the restaurant….very cool place.

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Hogan1
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit but it definitely won’t be the last. The building itself is beautiful and has so much history. The bar has an incredible bourbon list and delicious cocktails. Our server was super sweet and attentive, she gave us great recommendations and the food was just amazing. We had the fillet medallions and the short ribs with risotto, it was literally melt in your mouth tender! This definitely a must for great dinner experience!!

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RAWR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was good and service was good. We’ve been several times and this was one our better experiences

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annel
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful taste and delicious food-even at lunchtime. Get the hot brown and bourbon I've cream over a piece of Derby pie! Quality coffee too. Fried pimento cheese grits were a unique but tasty offering.
Thanks to Hayden for professional yet fun table service.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at The Red Lion. Science Hill is a beautiful historic building and we enjoyed dining there. We can't wait to go back and plan to bring my in-laws next time they're in town. Food and service was great.

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Moore
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved all the people who worked there, so very friendly!

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DanaK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Was there for NYE with a party of eight. Everyone within the party felt the same way, we wish the limited menu was advertised in advance. We would not have kept reservations. Some of the party does not like seafood, limited menu had items listed that was not to everyone’s liking. Maybe something simple as a choice with each course would have been nice. Simple salad instead of the kimchi/collard green I’m course two, for example.
Total meal with two drinks and the tip included was $196.00.

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KathyK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I scheduled my family for a New Years Eve dinner (kids are adults, but one has special needs). I was unaware that there was a fixed menu and had I known the menu, I would’ve rescheduled because I knew my son (with special needs) wouldn’t like anything on the menu. I explained this to our server, Charlie, and she sent over the owner who explained that the restaurant was closing for the winter after New Years and they didn’t have much to work with in the kitchen, but said she’d go see what might be available. She said they could do a chicken sandwich and cheese grits, which was perfect! My son was so happy and we were too, knowing we could all enjoy a good meal. The owner was extremely pleasant and accommodating and turned what could’ve been a disappointing dinner into a wonderful evening. We will be back this spring, on an evening when they have their regular menu, and looking forward to another great meal!

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JenniferK
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience. Wait staff was very accommodating to my food prohibitions, bar tender squeezed some fresh juice upon request and manager checked in on us. I ended up buying a gift card for a local family.

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vipPatrickW
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time, and the food/service was excellent!

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very good and my friend and I had a delightful time.

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CynthiaD
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dear God! Please have your wait staff mask up! And be mindful of social distancing. Our waiter was lovely except he got so close to my face and was maskless, I nearly had a heart attack ! And, I’m vaccinated but I don’t know that his safety isn’t jeapordized! It’s not a private decision. It’s public health!

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Been here several times, haven’t had anything we didn’t like. Filet is awesome , hot was yummy . The chocolate martini was excellent and the flourless chocolate tort with bourbon ice cream is incredible. Service is always good,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved it! The location is really cool and we enjoyed our English style fry ups on Boxing Day.

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ChuckW
Baton Rouge
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Had the pan fried flounder.

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LAGat
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delish. Service was good. Will definitely go back!

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ShellyT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been three times and I have had something different each time and it has been amazing!! Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I chose the Red Lion to celebrate our Christmas. She had the burger. I had the shrimp and grits. Outstanding as always!! Our server was wonderful. Kept our drinks full and asked us often during dinner if we needed anything.

The Red Lion is one of my very favorite places to dine.
It never disappoints!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The wait staff was not very accommodating or helpful. My food was completely wrong, the wait staff did not offer to replace it and told me they were going to take it off the bill -they did not. The food was mediocre for the price.

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jerryd
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet Medallions were excellent. Cold Beer and excellent service as always.

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JoyceT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our lunch at The Red Lion. Food was very good; service and ambiance great!

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BetsyK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I had one of the best hot Browns that I have ever had. Like most restaurants today, they were short staffed so a bar tender was our server. He did a fine job but he needs to lose the baseball cap worn backwards, doesn’t go with the general ambience of the restaurant and the appearance of the rest of the serving staff. The GM was delightful and very hands on with the whole dining experience. Will definitely be back again.

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ShelliG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful inside and delicious! Had a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was delicious! Drinks were outstanding and the food was amazing. No leftovers to take home.

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AngeH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a joy! The service, food, atmosphere were all perfect! Highly recommend the experience!

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SallyM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service. The ambiance is very formal but also comfortable.

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Kevin
Memphis/West TN
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service. We had a reservation for 7 people at 7pm. We arrived a little early but did not get seated until 7:15.

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mthealthymom
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Appetizers were excellent. Food was good. Service good. Ambience only average.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I thought this would be nice place to go for holiday dinner. Ambiance was very nice. I wish it had more of a steak option. It went from filet medallions at $32 to a 24 oz tomahawk steak for $70. Pasta and burgers were good though. Staff was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice staff, wonderful surroundings and food!

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BrentW
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shepherds Pie delish. Short Rib and Risotta so juicy and tender!

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JessicaM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice little place to try! Food was tasty and staff was nice.

LM
LizaM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Food was delicious from hearty to healthy.

FAQs

The Red Lion at Science Hill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 738-3448.

The Red Lion at Science Hill is rated 4.6 stars by 526 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.