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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Central Kentucky

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Central Kentucky? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Urban Stillhouse - Somerset restaurant
4.9
4.9 (29)
$31 to $50
American
Somerset
About the restaurant
Come and join us at The Urban Stillhouse Somerset, the food & beverage experience that showcases Horse Soldier Bourbon.
Top review
LindaRvip
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious food. Great service. The restaurant decor is incredible. BRAVO URBAN STILLHOUSE!!
A photo of Jack Fry's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2456)
$50 and over
American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Jack Fry's serves up southern fare in a setting that's been a part of Louisville, Kentucky since around 1933. Visitors can step inside for lunch, dinner or cocktails, all to the soothing notes of live jazz. Once a hangout for local sports enthusiasts, Jack Fry's is now known for its fine dining and family-friendly atmosphere.



The executive chef prepares southern specialties and adds a bit of French influence to create local favorites like shrimp & grits, lamb chops and Jack's burger. Jack Fry's provides a friendly atmosphere and live jazz , ensuring the entire group will find something to enjoy.
Top review
LuLuvip
Dined 2 days ago
Jack Fry’s never disappoints ! Our drinks were perfect and our food delicious. The Walleye was really good and the soft shell crab great . This is our favorite restaurant in Louisville for food and drink👍👍
A photo of Bella Cafe & Grille in Chevy Chase restaurant
4.8
4.8 (65)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Everyday Dining Elevated
We have taken your everyday favorites and elevated them a smidge!
At Bella Cafe & Grille, we’d like you to enjoy our menu prepared with attention to detail and the quality you deserve.

Bella Notte Restaurant Group’s newest concept keeps with the same tradition of using fresh local ingredients and letting the natural ingredients speak for themselves with a focus on convenient carryout and delivery.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Greeted with an offer of coffee or water as I waited a few minutes for our table. Grilled Caesar with pesto and salmon out of this world!!!
A photo of The Fat Lamb restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1163)
$31 to $50
American
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
SamA
Dined 5 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 OBC Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4073)
$31 to $50
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
OBC Kitchen is a local, chef-driven restaurant that houses an extremely rare bourbon collection, eclectic craft beer selection and extensive wine list. Centuries-old local barn wood surrounds guests as they enjoy high quality, distinctive dishes in a pub like atmosphere. Indulge in chef-driven dishes and seasonal favorites. Celebrate the weekend with $5 Happy Hour features each Friday. Enjoy brunch favorites, bloody marys and mimosas on Saturday and Sunday.

The passionate staff fosters a spirit of hospitality and Kentucky heritage. OBC Kitchen was named after the counties that eventually became Kentucky; “Old Bourbon County” was stamped on bourbon barrels that floated down the Mississippi from Kentucky and became synonymous with the best bourbon in the U.S.

Top review
JoeC
Dined 3 days ago
Food was great, service was great, bourbon prices were out of line. I've had the same drinks at fair value at equal venues. Great selection, but well over fair value. Once is enough.
A photo of Carson's on Main restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5826)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Carson's Food & Drink features new and exciting chef-driven recipes and cocktails that combine rustic refinement with classic Kentucky elegance in a casual, yet comfortable atmosphere.

One of Lexington Kentucky's finest restaurants; Multi Year Winner of OpenTable's "Diners' Choice" (2017,18,19,20,21,22) and included in RestaurantNews 'Top 100 Restaurants in America 2018'.

We can't wait to welcome you!
Top review
BCB576vip
Dined 3 days ago
Absolutely amazing, our new favorite Lexington restaurant!
A photo of Bella Cafe & Grille (Fountains at Palomar) restaurant
4.8
4.8 (111)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
At Bella Cafe & Grille, we’d like you to enjoy our menu prepared with attention to detail and the quality you deserve.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
This was my first visit, I really enjoyed it! Great food, terrific service and fabulous mocktails!
A photo of Trackside Restaurant and Bourbon Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (67)
$30 and under
American
Paris
About the restaurant
Trackside Restaurant and Bourbon Bar, LLC, is located in the fully-restored historic 1882 Paris, Kentucky Train Depot. Trackside celebrates everything that makes Paris and Bourbon County great, Horses, History and Hospitality offering seasonal Kentucky fare. Trackside NEW hours are Monday - Saturday - Open at 11 a.m. Closed Sundays (as the year progresses we will try to expand our hours to include Sundays). Reservations not required, although helpful. When making an online reservation please add your seating preferences, so we can best accommodate your request! Feel free to call us at 859-340-3010. We offer a comfortable home style Kentucky kitchen fare with reasonable prices and fresh local produce whenever possible.
Top review
DebG
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
It was our first visit and we took friends. All of us were very pleased with everything at Trackside!
A photo of Watch Hill Proper restaurant
4.7
4.7 (23)
$31 to $50
American
East Louisville
About the restaurant
Watch Hill Proper Bourbon Bar & Kitchen is a unique restaurant experience located in the heart of bourbon country. Open to the public, we offer the largest selection of American whiskey in the country along with a world class cocktail program made entirely with American whiskey. Chef Michael Crouch is a master of blending flavor to pair with our whiskey, cocktails, and wine offerings.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Delightful experience and some it the best food I’ve ever had in St. Louis.
A photo of Mesh - Louisville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3383)
$30 and under
American
St Matthews
About the restaurant
Mesh blends contemporary elegance and comfort with innovative cuisine and excellent service. The original menu and unique decor make Mesh an ideal setting for business meetings, romantic evenings, or a night out with friends.

A meal at Mesh is one you won't soon forget and value you won’t believe.
Top review
DanCvip
Dined 4 days ago
I am a regular. Mesh never disappoints! I plan to return often.
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