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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Louisville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Louisville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Board and You Bistro & Wine Bar restaurant
4.9 (1439)
$30 and under
New Albany
About the restaurant
Board & You Bistro and Wine Bar features hand-crafted dishes coupled with custom cocktails and premier wine listings. Board & You Bistro puts the customer experience at the forefront. Our attention to detail when it comes to genuine hospitality will be an experience in and of itself.
Our menu has been crafted for those with finer tastes, an interest in masterfully crafted entrees, all while maintaining a very affordable price. Our small plates will include a charcuterie board created with the finest cured meats & cheese from around the world. Our entrees are equally delicious with dishes made for any type of diner. Our desserts are for you to indulge & end your meal on a delightful note.
Our cocktails & wine list was created by professionals and experts in their field. Enjoy your experience!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was amazing! And the service was great!!! We will definitely go back soon.
A photo of The Fat Lamb restaurant
4.8 (1163)
$31 to $50
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
The Fat Lamb is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located in Louisville, Kentucky. It was opened in 2016 by Chef Dallas McGarity, who serves as the executive chef and owner. The restaurant is known for its focus on using locally sourced ingredients and for its unique combination of Mediterranean flavors with Southern influences. The menu at The Fat Lamb features a variety of small plates, entrees, and seasonal specials, and is known for its rotating selection of meats and seafood dishes. The restaurant also has a strong emphasis on wine and cocktail, featuring a curated list of wines that complement the Mediterranean cuisine. The Fat Lamb has been well-reviewed by critics and is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Louisville. It's widely known for its cozy and welcoming atmosphere, making it a popular spot for a romantic dinner or casual night out with friends.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Celebrated Father’s Day here and the place was fantastic! Excellent customer service, beyond superb food! I ordered the salmon and it melted in my mouth. Tried the Persephone Rickey as a drink(non-alcoholic) and it was refreshing. Others at the table had braised short ribs. I sampled it and it was beyond fork tender and deliciously flavored. Highly recommend this place and will definitely visit again.
A photo of Guacamole Modern Mexican restaurant
4.8 (1625)
$30 and under
East Market St - NuLu
About the restaurant
Guacamole Modern Mexican is Louisville’s destination for authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. Our award-winning chefs have created a menu that typifies the best of Mexican food and cocktails while still bringing their own inimitable style and personality to the plate and glass. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of our one of a kind restaurant featuring handcrafted cocktails, fresh ingredients, and contemporary vibes.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Always amazing food! We tried some new items and enjoyed them all.
A photo of North of Bourbon restaurant
4.8 (455)
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
About the restaurant
The Bourbon experience
Blending Bourbon, Louisville, and New Orleans into a unique Southern experience.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great celebration of 40th birthday of my beautiful wife
A photo of Enso restaurant
4.8 (167)
$50 and over
Frankfort Ave - Crescent Hill
About the restaurant
A Southern restaurant using Japanese technique and style to connect the parallels in culture between Japan and the American South. All service is a la carte and come out as they are prepared to insure they are served at their peak. Share the table with family and friends. We are honored to welcome all guests.
Top review
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
New menu dropped recently. Tried 2 of the new items on this visit. The Fatty Tuna Belly tasted like excitement. The melon, cheese , caviar and tuna collaborative was very creative. Then the rice ball ( forgot the name) was also very memorable. Will be back for the okra and chili shrimp. Chef Lawrence and Staff have brought a very inventive and creative menu to Louisville.
A photo of Bardstown Bourbon Company Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.7 (2439)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Thoughtfully executed, approachable cuisine informed by both Kentucky classics and the world's finest flavors. We source locally, calling out the farms right on the menu, and make everything in house. We call this the Modern Kentucky Experience.

2024 Patio Summer Series:
5pm to 9pm, patio seating, entertainment, monthly themed food menus on
May 10th & 24th
June 7th & 21st
July 12th & 26th
August 9th & 23rd
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
This restaurant is just beautiful. The food was delicious and the menu intriguing. The service was outstanding.
A photo of Proof on Main restaurant
4.6 (3650)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
The ingredients in our menus reflect the region’s sustainable farmers and producers with a soulful and honest approach showcasing the bounty of the Ohio River Valley. Housed in five historic buildings in downtown Louisville, Proof on Main is part of 21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant group. The dining room is one of the most striking public spaces in the city, with rotating, contemporary art exhibitions by local and internationally-acclaimed artists alike.
Top review
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Our dinner was delicious. Only one thing to comment, the charred Octopus didn’t need the sauce. It was too heavy and salty, and it drowned the delicious Octopus.
A photo of Paseo restaurant
4.6 (177)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Inspired by the opulent flavors of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, our dishes are comprised of fresh ingredients sourced from over 25 different local purveyors including Field Day Farm, Freedom Run Farm, 3D Valley Farm, Frondosa Farms, and Barr Farms.
The menu includes made in house pastas, breads paired alongside land and sea paella dishes, vegetarian and omnivore centric entrees, and sharable sides.
Innovative yet simple signature dishes include:
Spicy Greens & Charred Beans Salad with crispy caper and onion vinaigrette;
Harissa Cauliflower Steak with smoked olive, toasted sunflower, coriander gremolata and torn herbs;
Freedom Run Farm Lamb Burger & Potato Wedges with Mahón, Harissa onion jam and Berbère aioli;
NY Strip Steak with patatas bravas, zhug oil and watercress.
Chef Jeremy Frederiksen and his team use our wood fire cookery alongside our favorite spices to create a balanced and authentic culinary experience.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Interesting menu selections sets it apart from many other local restaurants - we had difficulty deciding on what to order for there were so many enticing choices - the food was excellent, we will definitely be back
A photo of Ramsi's Cafe on the World - Highlands restaurant
4.6 (422)
$30 and under
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Indulge your wanderlust! Our eclectic dining room is full of art and artifacts from our travels around the globe. It mirrors the diverse international flavors on the menu. Every detail was created to take you along on the journey. Casual by design, Ramsi’s Café on the World is an easy place to take an exotic trip. No passport required.

Please give us a call for larger reservations or to check for additional availability.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Always a great dinner, excellent t service, and lots of happy patrons- Definetlyba local favorite, and I always meet folks there for the first time, and totally impressed.
A photo of CURED Restaurant & Salumeria restaurant
4.5 (153)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
About the restaurant
Welcome to CURED Restaurant & Salumeria, a hidden gem in Louisville where the vibrant tapestry of modern European cuisine intertwines with the farm-to-table ethos. Our talented chefs draw inspiration from the diverse flavors of Europe to create a menu that seamlessly blends tradition with innovation, resulting in an unforgettable dining experience. We take pride in our commitment to a holistic culinary approach, curing our meats in-house to add an extra layer of authenticity to our offerings.

Conveniently located in the heart of Bourbon Row, Butchertown, and near Nulu, CURED not only offers a prime location but also immerses you in the city's lively culinary scene. Our extensive selection of wines and handcrafted cocktails is carefully curated to complement and enhance the flavors of our dishes. Embark on a culinary adventure at CURED, where every bite tells a unique and delicious story, and freshness meets creativity.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Outstanding service and the food was amazing. Try the fat washed cured old fashioned! This is a real gem of a restaurant for Louisville.
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