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The Stave, Frankfort, KY

The Stave

4.5
4.5
226 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
We are NO LONGER accepting online reservations through Opentable. Please visit our Facebook page to book an online reservation! You may also always feel free to call us directly.

A Kentucky Bourbon Trail Restaurant and bourbon bar on the bank of Glenn's Creek, featuring elevated Kentucky-inspired cuisine, a full bar with specialty cocktails, and a beautiful covered patio. Ideally located (within a 4 mile span) between Woodford Reserve Distillery, Glenn's Creek Distillery and the newly opened Castle & Key Distillery on McCracken Pike! Enjoy a beautiful Kentucky day at the Stave!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, American, Contemporary Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon, Tue 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (859) 879-0101
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jon Sanning
  • Catering
    The Stave Caters! Please call the restaurant at 859-879-0101 to ask about our Bourbon Pairing or Gin Pairing menus!
  • Private party facilities
    The Stave is available for private events! Bourbon Pairing and Gin Pairing dinners are our specialty! Please call the restaurant at 859-879-0101 for reservation rates.
  • Neighborhood
    Versailles
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 226 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

226 Reviews
  1. ToddB

    Detroit

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my third time visiting The Stave. The food is simply outstanding and the service was great. While out doing the bourbon trail make this your dinner stop!

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  2. JuliaP

    Louisville

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, server and host were super sweet, and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at The Stave! Can’t wait to go back again.

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  3. StevenS

    Louisville

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good place to have brunch.

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  4. allenh

    Orlando

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    good food, good service, bit pricey but overall nice.

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  5. DonnaG

    Louisville

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit and it’s was excellent on all accounts!!

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  6. KatieS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! The food was great and very filling. Wanted something on the lunch menu and they accommodated with no questions asked.

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  7. AnitaB

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Stave is real culinary gem in Woodford County. Ably managed with wonderful food, we were last there on February 15. The place was packed and yet, we noticed that an unsuspecting couple who had driven from Winchester without a reservation were accommodated. We did not feel rushed in the least. The cocktails are well-crafted and the food is adventurous but local which we love. If I have a negative, it would be that I wish the wine selection was more robust but it is all good. Big thumbs up all around.

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  8. Unhappycustomer

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My husband and I went for Valentine’s Day. We were sat in a covered porch when it was 40 degrees outside. We had reservations we had put in a day in advance. When we sat down, we had requested to the waiter if we could sit down that we were getting cold. He told us “I don’t know, I would have to ask the general manager.” He then said he would turn on the heaters for us. My husband ordered a veil t-bone for $23 and it had about 2 oz of meat on it. We have never been there before but the whole experience was terrible. We won’t be back.

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  9. 1basque

    Louisville

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had no table for our reservation. Sat at bar for awhile watching the bartender reading drink recipes trying to make a Manhattan. Finally seated but waited over thirty minutes for someone to take our order. Finally put some cash on the table for the drinks and walked out. So can’t report on the food!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wonderful people! Super cute atmosphere

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  11. Darcy

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely an amazing experience. The food was brilliant, we had brunch and it was delightful. Vina was a gem and really made us feel welcome and taken care of. We will be going back again.

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  12. CoraP

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and and atmosphere. Will come come back in the summer so we can enjoy the outside sitting area.

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  13. SaraC

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent experience here. We love the build your own biscuits. All the brunch items we saw looked wonderful!

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  14. heyyylookitsval

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Stave is our new favorite weekend place! We live in Lexington but it is absolutely worth the drive. The food is incredible, perfect every time. And the service is outstanding. Vina is incredible. She is so friendly. Sitting at her table feels like going to an old friends house for brunch!

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  15. KimberlyM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first visit upon making reservations for a birthday dinner, and the meal was superb!

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  16. CharlesK

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Stave. Not sure what to expect. Ambiance noisy but upbeat and fun. Several birthday/family gatherings. Always a good sign. Food sensational and service outstanding. Everything there is bourbon so be ready for an adventure. (e.g., I had sorghum/bourbon salad dressing. Very good!) Recommend pork shank dinner and will definitely go back.

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  17. BigT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our visit. Food was excellent and the staff went out of their way to prepare GF oysters for my wife. They were great! Many bourbons to pick from- moderate to high price. Veggies prepared in a gourmet/southern style were different and very good! Second meal here. We will go back- make reservations on busy nights.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The pork shank was excellent!

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  19. SusiD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sophisticated fare in a casual atmosphere. A hidden gem and worth the trip !

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  20. JulieP

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was wonderful. Actually made the experience so enjoyable. The food was good, but not spectacular.

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  21. DanielleD

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter T-Bone was EXCELLENT! He offered menu and drink suggestions that were spot on!

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  22. PeggyAnnette

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a little surprised at how small the restaurant was. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Our server was very attentive. The food was hot and delicious, and the portions were generous. We will return.

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  23. AndreaE

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a lovely little restaurant and all the servers were great! Food was delicious!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was outstanding, and so were the craft drinks!

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  25. Amy113

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sooooo good!!

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  26. Dsho

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time. Really enjoyed it!

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  27. RichardS

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We all ordered biscuits and gravy. That came out cold so the waitress took it back in and warmed it up. Then we noticed that the biscuits were only partially cooked and were mostly raw dough. Don’t think we’ll be back.

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  28. Becca

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    This place may be great in the summer? We went there on a girls day before touring Castle and Key. The food was ok, the atmosphere was not good for what we were looking for, it was way too rustic for a ladies brunch. The servers were excellent and did all they could with the really small and cramped restaurant.

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  29. LynnG

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful lunch!! We will be back!!

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  30. EllisS

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every item our party of four enjoyed was perfectly prepared, from the Snack Board (country ham, cornbread, beer cheese & a lot more) to the Pork Shank, Catfish & Soup Beans. The service was superb as well and the prices were very reasonable for the quality & quantity of food. We topped it off with Peppermint Bark Cheesecake & can't wait to come back.

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  31. BillR

    Coastal Georgia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a fantastic find. In a very quiet area, with a great stream side setting, great menu, fantastic Bourbon Selection and awesome staff. A must try.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the food at this tiny woodsy place in the middle of nowhere. Classy and charming.

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  33. njdiner

    New Jersey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Need to add gluten free dessert Great cocktails

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  34. CassandraM

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Family dined after our daughter graduated from KSU. Lovely meal enjoyed by all and close to campus and our home.

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  35. BradF

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, drinks, and experience as always!

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  36. KramerDK

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful restaurant and location!

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  37. DavidB

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a joy. The food is fabulous in the country store typesetting is fun. The wait staff is cordial and friendly. I have been there at least a half a dozen times and never disappointed.

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  38. TrishaR

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Stave was recommended to us and I was looking forward to dining there. I was disappointed upon our arrival to discover that even though we had a confirmed reservation for 6 people, our options were to dine at picnic tables on the deck with portable heaters (it was 40 degrees) or inside at a very small hightop table near the bar. It was November and they did have plastic up to enclose the deck area but it was too cold to eat outside. We choose the inside seating which was very crowded. It was difficult for the staff to maneuver around. Our table was small, crowded and the high top stools were small and uncomfortable. However, the food was delicious and the staff very friendly. I would recommend The Stave if you have a small party.

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  39. Steakhouseseeker

    Columbus

    268 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    268 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible menu!! Incredibly friendly STAFF. Down in the ♥️ of Bourbon Country. A MUST when in the area. Phenomenal Lunch location !!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time in a unique setting!

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FAQs

The Stave offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 879-0101.

The Stave is rated 4.5 stars by 226 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Google Map for The Stave

5711 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, KY 40383

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Versailles
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon, Tue 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, American, Contemporary Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jon Sanning
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (859) 879-0101
  • Catering
    The Stave Caters! Please call the restaurant at 859-879-0101 to ask about our Bourbon Pairing or Gin Pairing menus!
  • Private party facilities
    The Stave is available for private events! Bourbon Pairing and Gin Pairing dinners are our specialty! Please call the restaurant at 859-879-0101 for reservation rates.
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