The Silver Dollar - PRIORITY SEATING

4.4
683 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern

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About

The Silver Dollar is a re-imagining of the honky tonks of Bakersfield, CA, circa 1950s, when Southerners transplanted by the Dust Bowl to Southern California created one of the great American musical styles. This music, much of it on original vinyl, spins around the clock at the Silver Dollar, and is served along side craft cocktails and Chef Tyler Powell's made from scratch, Southern-meets-Southern-California cuisine 7 nights a week and for the city's most exciting brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The restored 1890s firehouse that is home to the Silver Dollar features a 70 seat covered patio.



* This restaurant uses a Priority Seating style of reservation. Priority Seating means that your party will go to the top of any wait list when you arrive at the restaurant, and you will be seated at the first available table that will accommodate your party when your full party is present. To make a traditional reservation for a party 8 +, please call us directly.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Contemporary American, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 5:pm - 2:00am (Kitchen closes at 12:00am, Bar open until 2:00am)
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Phone number
(502) 259-9540
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Erica Goins
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Catering
Putting the "Southern" in Southern California cuisine with catering options from the Silver Dollar menu, Executive Chef, Erica Goins, can prepare a special menu to fit any event.
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Cross street
Pope Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Louisville
61 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another solid meal at Silver Dollar! Texas chili with a side of collard greens was great. My husband had the pork chops and really enjoyed them.

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1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I love Silver Dollar, but I've had bad luck with reservations before and this time was no different. We were seated late, which was a little tough with two kids. The music is also way too loud. I know it's part of the schtick, but I sort of think no one actually likes it that loud.

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OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The whiskey selection is outstanding. If you just want to try a new drink, I highly recommend this place. The food was not as good. I had bbq chicken thighs and they were spicy but not very flavorful. I was expecting them on the bone - they weren’t which was ok. But they were basically just cut up chicken pieces with a side salad. My gf had the chicken and waffles which were much better. The service was just ok - we ended up comped for the entree because it took so long. I will say that the pickle appetizer we had was really good.

Overall, I’d recommend this place as a bar with appetizers rather than a full meal.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server clearly hates his job. I am sure that played into how the evening went. The bourbon selection was great and prices were reasonable. Not everyone’s food came out at the same time and some was warmer than others. I had a couple people recommend this place to me so I am sure our experience was a one off but our experience was not good. I am giving 3 instead of 1 or 2 just because I trust the recommendations I got and trying to be nice about it.

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great, lively restaurant with friendly staff and great bourbon tasting options. We had a great time there!

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LI
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was really good. A bit loud for my taste and server disappeared towards the end for a long while. Would've been no big deal but we had been done and was needing boxes and our check to get to church. Overall, worth a try for anyone who's never been. Our second time there.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the Brisket and burgers. Both were amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Great atmosphere, delicious food.

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Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The staff was friendly but our server messed up everyone's order. She did not write anything down so it was all on her. She was rarely at our table and we waited sometimes 20 minutes for a drink. On a positive note the soups are top notched and highly recommended.

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b
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had been recommended to me, whilst in Louisville, by a friend. Although it is interesting looking, and historical, I'm sure, it remains the biggest disappointment of all of our Louisville explorations during the 5 day stay. The food was mediocre...as were the drinks that we had. I'd been advised to have the chicken and waffle. The chicken breast was tiny and flavor was nothing special...waffle was fine. One of my friends had the ribs...would not order them again, although not bad. Our old fashion was weak.
Still, a pretty cool joint to try on, and perhaps on a Saturday night, it hops.

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OT
Cincinnati
65 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting and picked directly from Open Table with no knowledge. What a sweet find. Loved the food and dining experience. It was a little noisy inside so we sat outside where it was a little hot but worth it for the quiet. Fans overhead helped and the food was delicious. We will be back.

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TP
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was very good. Food was great. Enjoyed the open air atmosphere and would recommend it to others.

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JD
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Took awhile to get service. They were busy.. But food was good and unique.

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BH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Silver Dollar took great care of our group during a fun business outing. Great food, fun atmosphere and one of the top bourbon selections in town. Aces.

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D
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for Sunday brunch. The Smoked Chicken Enfijoladas are the BEST

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Silver Dollar is way more than what you would expect from a neighborhood bar/restaurant. Always great service, excellent food, great bar.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Service score is not reflective of the service staff. However the wait time for our food to be delivered.

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Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic! Easy to see why rated best bourbon bar in Louisville! Huge selection. Casual fun patio vibe.
Best chicken & waffles of my life. Also loved the fried pickles. Brisket sandwich amazing too!! Silver Dollar is a must!!

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JD
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the veggie meatloaf with whipped cauliflower and it was one of the best meals I have ever had in my life!!

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Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Great bar, but the food side of the house needs serious work.

Ordered huevos rancheros, and the three corn tortillas were plated with the food on top, but the tortillas were cold. Refrigerator cold. It made the whole dish cold. My breakfast companion offered the smoked chicken enfrijoladas and her tortillas were also refrigerator-cold, but worse, so was her entire dish.

Service was below average on top of bad food, and the server didn’t know the menu, and couldn’t answer basic questions.

But the drinks are great. Go for the bar, and skip their food.

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Seated immediately thanks to priority seating. Great selection of bourbon. Fried pickles were good, so was the burger. Chicken and waffle was okay and expensive for what you got. Will go back again.

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HM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience here. Loved the ambiance and food. Service was awesome.

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JS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food, great ambiance, but noise level was a bit loud.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night if you don’t mind the noise.

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N
Richmond
45 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

If you are looking for bourbon, it has hundreds, the food however was a huge disappointment.

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JL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

They had a table for us kind of off to the side (great location). We didn't get that table though but they made sure and tell us that should have been ours but they had already seated someone else there. Then after being seated at another table right in the main walkway area, we were asked to move to another table. because we only had two in our party and someone arrived with four. Drinks were overpriced. Don't get the steak, its not worth $32. Not the worst place in the world but I probably won't go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were seated outside. All was good but overcome by flies everywhere

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CT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was my first visit to the Silver Dollar. The food and drinks were wonderful. I can find no fault at all. If pushed, the only negative comment was the fact that there were so many flies! We spent our entire meal swatting them, keeping napkins over the food and our drinks. We were outside on the back patio, but the amount of flies was incredible. I kept hoping that I wouldn't eat a fly by accident :) Other than that, we had a great night of food and drink.

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The staff is great but we were disappointed in the four presentation and taste. We had issue with our orders, but the manager made amends. I will have to determine if I will give my recommendation for this place if I revisit and for the dinner. The brunch menu was not appealing to my party. I will have to try other options and then revise my review, if the experience changes.

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OT
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it was a good experience. The mixed drinks weren’t quite as good as previous visits.

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ST
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

First time visitor. The atmosphere and food were great. The bartender was effective at good drinks but not very personable when asked for input from us and other customers around us. We'll definitely be back to check out more things on the menu and will recommend to friends.

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BH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible bourbon and rye selection with first class service. As good of a tasting environment as you’ll find in town. Plus, great food!!

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E
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Been multiple times and will keep coming back. Love the fun vibe of the renovated firehouse and eclectic decor, fun groups of people from the customers to the staff, and set small list of fun food. Like you like your waiters because they seem real and the vibe is very different than most restaurants.

It is southern classics with twists and lots of fun sauces and drinks (with bourbon or beer of course) to go alongside. Also know the owner has been involved in a lot of charity work for BGH and others and really love their giving back to the community and want to give back to them for that reason. Great developing area for the scene and has been a rock of that development.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Silver Dollar! Great atmosphere, food and drinks!

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Requested and made a reservation for six . Upon arriving we were put in a booth that obviously would seat 5 only. We were told that "we sit six here all the time" when I requested a table large enough for six. Both my son and I ended up getting sick after eating there. The service was lousy. My wife ordered a dinner salad which was never brought to the table even after several request for it to be brought. Then the server came to the table after we had finished and said"oh I forgot the salad" . Then they tried to charge me for it.
Very disappointed, would not recommend this place.

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AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome spot. Amazing selection of bourbon. Get the fried pickles!

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K
Louisville
61 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had 7 in our group -- orders included the wedge salad, chicken livers, fried pickles, pulled pork sandwich, meat chili, double cheeseburgers, and the catfish sandwich. Everyone loved their food - portions generous!

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R
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Primarily, the music was too loud to talk at all,the Server was inexperienced and in outer space,the food ($21 entree of ribs)seemed reheated and the cocktail was small like a glass of juice.

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SL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great. Our server was incredible. We got there earlier than our reservation and the host was able to easily accommodate us. Thank you very much to all the folks at Silver Dollar!!!!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Silver Dollar. Every time I cone to Louisville I have to eat here. The food, drink and service is always exceptional.

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