The Stave

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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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Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

F
London
97 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible menu!! Incredibly friendly STAFF. Down in the ♥️ of Bourbon Country. A MUST when in the area. Phenomenal Lunch location !!!

AN
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third visit to the Stave! We bring friends and family there every time we visit the Bourbon Trail! It is definitely one of our favorites! Great food!

ML
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An accidental find that turned out great! Small location with outside seating when the weather is nice - the food is quite good.

r
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are in the area def stop by. The food was outstanding, and the waitstaff was great/super friendly. When I asked for some recommendations for after dinner places my waitress mentioned some places and then brought other people over to offer some more tips. Even asked me how I liked my ginger ale as it was the first time trying a local brand. Def worth the drive to get there. Also prob some of the best bread pudding i have ever had in my life.

AF
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite short-drive through the Bluegrass restaurant!! We always have a wonderful experience at The Stave; and the food is always delicious!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating husbands birthday.

SS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hidden treasure! The pork shank over mashed sweet potatoes was amazing!

JW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Great food and drinks located very close to Woodford Reserve.

JH
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food - Good service - nice drink menu - the pimento cheese grit balls are the bomb.

OT
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. An amazing bourbon selection. A fun birthday dinner while on a bourbon trail weekend.

KY
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I always enjoy The Stave.

RH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We sat out on the patio and could here the live music on the deck which was nice. I had the fish with cheese grits and was happy with my choice. Other people in my party got the burger and was a little disappointed. Service was quite slow. Our waiter forgot a drink and there were times when we didn’t see him. But, I would definitely go again.

g
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The outdoor menu differs from the indoor menu but that is not mentioned on the website. The food was cold.

JN
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend, great vibe, food was good. Will go back and try brunch.

OT
Louisville
35 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were seated right away on a busy Friday night. Love the space. Food was good but would have been much better if it were hot. We didn’t say anything to our server as she was working very hard but didn’t seem to have much help, we may try again some time.

OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

On vacation, checking out the bourbon trail. Wonderful fresh food. Service was wonderful. I think we met every staff member, and they made us feel like family. Would recommend!

OT
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to The Stave. We love the quaintness of the restaurant and the ‘local’ menu and beverage selections.

DD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great stop in the way to Woodford Reserve Distillery. Chris was an amazing server. Great food.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

D
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Water at the table tasted very funny...high mineral content??? Soup came to table COLD. Online menu was much different than menu in resturant...bait and switch??? Service was very slow. Noise was very high. Most of our dishes lacked any taste. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Long wait for food after a long wait for the table

NF
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Heard such great things about this restaurant. My Brussel sprout salad tasted like there was sand in it. Told by who I was with that the hamburgers were just ok.
Sorry to be so truthful!

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was excited to check out The Stave on our visit to KY to see friends many people won’t like it sliced thin the way I do. The cheese grits had a good flavor (I’m picky about my grits) but were a bit dry. I hate to say this about any place in the south but the biscuits were the worst, bland & very dry. That has to be fixed to survive. We did use the ham off them & condiments with both cornbread & crackers though & enjoyed all of that. I really hope they work out the kinks that often come with being newer because I think they have the potential to be amazing. We certainly need more restaurants along the bourbon trail & that take advantage of gorgeous natural surroundings the way they do. I look forward to trying them again next year to see how much has improved & I really hope KY supports them through those improvements.

B
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not have found a better restaurant. The Stave has an incredible menu and awesome drink selection. We found it on Open Table and could not have asked for a better place to eat, drink and watch the Buckeyes game. Thank you to the Entire Staff for making this part of our trip so enjoyable and memorable.

MA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

This was a cool place to stop, waitress was very nice and helpful, but unfortunately the food was all cold and very, very dried out.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at The Stave and it’s becoming one of our favorite spots to dine! The service was excellent and the food was fabulous!

WH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was recommended by several people but we found the food to be average. The service was slow. We sat in the enclosed patio but the flies were terrible. When I reserved a table four 4 I was expecting to sit inside.

A
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food here! The pig, pimento and pepper sandwich was outstanding! The paw paw pie was also delicious!!

h
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Stave is one of those places where you want one of everything. We couldn’t decide so we went with a slew of small plates that morphed into a massive meal. Definitely the most memorable was the delectable pimento cheese balls, but truly everything was great. If you have a group, I highly recommend the “build your biscuits” plate, which lets you sample a lot of the small plate highlights. Hot brown fries are also a decadent crowd pleaser. And the cocktails! It sounds crazy, but I highly recommend the Millville Marriage, which mixes Woodford Reserve bourbon and Castle & Key gin into a surprisingly delicious fruity cocktail. Be prepared to leave stuffed, but not before you’ve had a fun night at a place that would be a regular Friday night joint for us if we only lived closer.

MY
Louisville
48 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Very disappointed in the food. Table of 4. Grits were cold, cornbread was burnt-had to ask to be replaced. The side of beans had a funky taste, decided not to eat them to be on the safe side. We had to constantly fan our plates to keep the flies off, and we were seated inside. Also had knats landing on my plate after I quit eating. We eat out a lot and this is unacceptable. Will not be back.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Quaint restaurant that had a good buzz. Band playing in the back of the premises which we could hear at a nice noise level as we were sitting outside out front. Staff were friendly but did forget a few things we asked for, it was busy. The first table we were taken to outside on the porch had a real funky smell so we opted for a table in the front garden area....we did get a few bites. Menu and drinks were good.

TE
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great mid day stop or destination trip from Louisville. The black eye pea fritters need something more for flavor, and the cornbread was a little dry for me. With that out of the way, everything else was was delicious. We had deviled eggs, cucumber salad, hot brown fries and the squash pie, all was delicious.

MD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch spot minutes from Woodford Reserve and Castle and Key. So glad we found this place. Chris was a wonderful host. Everyone was warm and welcoming, and we especially enjoyed meeting “Chops”. All the food and cocktails were delicious and thoughtfully prepared. 115 bourbons to choose from. Killer fried chicken, banging deviled eggs, the “hot brown fries” are a must! Cool KY mural and great photo opp. on side of restaurant. Highly recommend that you stop here!!

S
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The drinks were on point. The menu is limited and the food was average.

BD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stave's is a diamond in the country. We have eaten there twice in two weeks since we found it. Fun out the way place.

c
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our outing, but had a few uninvited guests that kept our arms waving during the whole meal. Hope they can get a handle on the flies!

t
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We enjoyed our visit to The Stave. We sat on the porch, which is mostly picnic tables. (I wished I had a cushion.) My husband and I shared the "Snack Board" which was yummy and very filling. Then my husband ordered the lamb brunswick stew and I ordered the burger. My husband liked the stew but wished it would have been more savory. My burger was good, but nothing special. I ordered it well done, and I should have ordered it medium-well. Our server was fantastic. Everyone was very nice.

MM
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice surprise at the end of a winding road. The small plates are huge! Blackened catfish with green and grits was outstanding!

m
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great little roadside stop with fantastic food. Portions are huge; didn't save enough room for the home-made blueberry pie. It's a tight fit, you'll know your dining neighbors. When they get full the wait staff gets stretched thin, so patience is key. The lamb stew was outstanding!