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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Central Kentucky

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Central Kentucky? 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 Bella Cafe & Grille in Chevy Chase restaurant
4.8
4.8 (64)
$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 2 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 Senora Arepa - Highlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (10)
$30 and under
Venezuelan
West Louisville
About the restaurant
Senora Arepa is about flavor. We strive to say something important to the world through our food and drinks. We don't just feed the palate, we feed the imagination & the soul. At Senora the heart is the arepa, along with a superb menu inspired by Venezuelan culinary roots, ingredients, and flavors. We're all about family. Come be a part of ours and enjoy some delicious Venezuelan cuisine!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
I love Senora Arepa the vibe is always chill and vibrant the food is amazing never had a bad experience flavor taste presentation overall amazing
A photo of 80/20 at Kaelin's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1165)
$30 and under
American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Welcome to 80/20 @ Kaelins. A new take on the classic restaurant where the cheeseburger was created. A neighborhood spot where anyone is welcome. Bring your family and friends and join us. A great place to watch a game or enjoy some family time. Featuring burgers and classic comfort food and drinks. Try out the 80/20 Malt Shoppe for some house made ice cream or a shake with your burger. Grab a bourbon or local brew to enjoy at the indoor/outdoor bar. Have an evening relaxing on our large patio. Maybe throw a party in one of our private dining areas where we can offer custom menus from casual to upscale.
We would love for you to join us. And we look forward to taking care of you.
Thanks,
80/20 @ Kaelins
Top review
chrisa
Dined on May 31, 2024
Staff was amazing. Atmosphere was great tvs bar mix of family and regulars. Food was amazing one of the best hamburgers!
A photo of Morning Fork restaurant
4.7
4.7 (892)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Frankfort Ave - Crescent Hill
About the restaurant
Welcome to Morning Fork!
We look forward to serving you!

Morning Fork is a local restaurant providing the Ultimate Brunch Experience with classic breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites with a twist.

Our brunch favorites are the Short Rib Benedict, Avocado Toast, Liege Waffles and Jumbo House Made Cinnamon Rolls. Do not forget we also serve lunch with classics such as the Hot Brown, Chicken Salad and Tomato Basil Soup. Make sure to enjoy your meal with a cocktail, fresh juices, and $3 mimosas.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Ellie was great! Chef walked around and interacted with everyone! My dad loved the food!
A photo of Four Pegs restaurant
4.7
4.7 (150)
$30 and under
American
Germantown
About the restaurant
Serving award winning BBQ meticulously smoked by Chef/Owner Chris Williams. A top notch craft beer selection, with 12 rotating drafts and 40 cans and bottles. Featured on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. Winner of 15 Leo Weekly Readers Choice awards in 2021. Situated in the heart of historic Germantown. Laid back environment with excellent service and food. Join us on the outdoor patio or the main dining area, for the larger parties there is a private dining area which can accommodate up to 40 guests.
Top review
BrandonK
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Mike is a damn good bartender. He was just like “Let me make you a plate - I got you” —- and he DID! Best wings I’ve had in forever….and those ribs… 🤤
A photo of Grind Burger Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (51)
$30 and under
American
West Louisville
About the restaurant
My husband Jesse and I began as Grind Gourmet Burger Truck in the Spring of 2012 and by June of 2014 we had grown into a permanent location. We went all in when we moved to a brick and mortar location in the popular NuLu neighborhood and turned it into a thriving restaurant that has received local and national attention. It's our mission to serve a superior, chef-driven burger using the best local and regional ingredients available prepared and served by happy employees that are paid a fair wage. We look forward to sharing our passion for good food and good people with you.

Owner - Liz Huot
Owner/Chef - Jesse Huot
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Food & service were very good. We will be back when we are in Louisville again in December.
A photo of Boone's Trace Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Located at Boone's Trace National Golf Club, Boone's Trace Grill offers a wide variety of dishes with a seasonal menu. Chef Holden Dougherty has created menu items that are perfect for after your round, drinks and appetizers, or that date night where you would like to treat your significant other to a fantastic meal. Boone's Trace Grill covers you on those nights where cooking just sounds exhausting! We offer 9 TVs for those afternoons or nights full of games and garage doors that allows you to overlook the golf course with gorgeous sunsets that will take your breath away! Our friendly staff is ready to serve you Wednesday-Sunday and make sure you come on down for live music of Friday nights!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Disappointed that the "Kentucky Hot Brown" has been dropped from the menu.
A photo of LouVino - The Highlands restaurant
4.6
4.6 (385)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
LouVino Highlands is a Louisville-based concept, establish in July of 2014, revolving around fresh shareable dishes with a Southern twist and fun & funky wine program with 40+ wines by the glass, wine & bourbon flights, and craft cocktails! All dishes are made from scratch daily and hit the table as soon as prepared. Our fan favorites are the Loaded Tots, Brussels Sprouts Salad & Fried Chicken Tacos!
Executive Chef: Alex Parker
Top review
StevenDelgado
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Everything was amazing. Food was delicious! It was our first time at this restaurant and we will be back. They offer a great happy hour which we got to take advantage of for an hour. Everything was really amazing. already looking forward to going back and trying some more offerings.
A photo of All Thai'd Up restaurant
4.6
4.6 (13)
$30 and under
Thai
Westport Rd - Lyndon
About the restaurant
Louisville's only Authentic Thai Restaurant. Located in Louisville's East End, Chef Kat (Katherine Aphaivongs) brings her hometown flavors to Windy Hills.
Top review
kipkidsvip
Dined on May 28, 2024
The best Thai food. The owner cooks and comes out to say hello every time. It is a great local place to support and get delicious food.
A photo of Bristol Bar & Grille - Highlands restaurant
4.1
4.1 (553)
$30 and under
American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Welcome to the original Bristol Bar & Grille, home of the Green Chili Wontons, Louisville's favorite guilty pleasure. Since 1977, we have been located in the heart of the Highlands. Original menu dishes include the classic Bristol Burger and aged, charbroiled New York Strip steak as well as new favorites like the Pork Dijonnaise and Theresa’s Sweet Chili Linguine. All of our ingredients come from local farmers throughout Kentucky. Our Master Sommelier has crafted an extensive wine menu to pair with each dish. Certified Bourbon Stewards are on hand to answer any questions about Kentucky's native spirit. And Chef Andy Chaney provides daily specials that are sure to leave you coming back for more.

Come in and check out our new "Happy Days" promotions!!

Tuesday: Half Priced Bottles of Wine
Wednesday: Half Priced Wontons
Thursday: $2 Draft Beers
Friday: $5 Elijah Craig Old Fashioned
Saturday: $5 Spritzes
Sunday: Half Priced Single Barrel Bourbon
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had the green chili wontons which were delicious. We also had the chicken Parmesan and the Hot Brown. The portions are perfect and the flavors wonderful! The assistant manager was very friendly and welcoming as well as our server. Great service and food…will definitely be back!!
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