Ward 426

4.4
464 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Ward 426 is a fine-dining restaurant serving progressive Southern cuisine. Chef Shawn Ward and his team of culinary experts take Southern cuisine and elevate it to where it deserves to be by focusing on seasonal ingredients that are local to Kentucky.
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Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The wait staff was attentive and friendly but not intrusive. The atmosphere is very nice. We had a quiet setting because other diners chose to go outside. The food was excellent and we were given a champagne toast to celebrate.

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AM
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, best ever! Thank you, Ward 426!

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l
Louisville
52 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was active for a Monday night. The $10 hamburger and beer deal drew in many diners. We ordered off the menu, but I can attest that the burgers looked lovely with their side of fries in the Euro silver cup and the beers were generous in size. My spouse and I both ordered the special of the day, stripped bass. Perfectly cooked. I had the soup of the day, potato, leek and mushroom soup (chicken broth based). A lovely soup! For dessert I chose one of their in house ice creams; mint chocolate chip. Our guest had the cardamom ice cream. Interesting, as my ice cream had a distinct cardamom flavor. Interesting, but not what I expected with mint chocolate chip.

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AY
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were seating in a very dark room away from the main dining room. Service was not up to par. It took 10 minutes just to get menus. We ordered a bottle of wine & instead of leaving it at the table, he took it away & would come back to refill every so often. Fish on special was not good. Nothing good enough that I would want to return.

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MK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely girls night out on the patio. The service was outstanding!

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AE
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We've been to Ward 426 3 times in 3 weeks! We love the feel of the place. Parking is easy, on the street or in the back. Inside we found plenty of space, music at right volume, wide plank floors, built in (historic?) wooden bar area with stained glass, brass, etc. Tile floors in one room, unobtrusive ceiling fans, lounge in front window, decks out back -- something for everyone. We went with another couple the first time, went as a couple on our own to the bar for the 2nd visit, and for a family birthday with 5 in the party this week. We lingered.

The bar has an amazing selection of bourbon, gin, etc and they have FEVER TREE tonic -- fabulous G&T with Farmer's gin and Fever Tree.

Corn bread (moist, flavorful) and yeast rolls come with the meal. Say yes to both. We like the charcuterie board but I think it could have one more cheese or at least bigger portions of the cheese given, and more pickles. It's beautifully presented with great little surprises/flourishes.

We've had several salads, all good. The brussle sprouts are good, not as crispy as I expected. The others loved them. The pizza looked like the best dish on our table, enough for 2, hot, flush with pepperoni and cheese, thin crust. The hot brown was just OK, but it's not one of my favorite dishes anyway. 2 people got the duck and raved over it. The gnocchi was a hit as well.

I have several dietary restrictions (sigh) and requested some substitutions which were accepted with ease. I would like it if there were one or two more entres that were simple, not so heavy - grilled seafood for example, or something more creative with steak/filet.

My favorite part -- the house made ice cream, especially the Olive Oil/Pistachio cake and cardamon ice cream. No words for how good.

If Ward 426 were on Frankfort Ave, you wouldn't be able to get in the door. We enjoyed the lack of competing for a table, relished the quiet but we want this wonderful place to succeed. So tell your friends!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I was very excited to try Ward 426. Unfortunately it was clear that they were understaffed for the event and very rushed and lacking ability to pay attention to our table.
The proteins were all cooked well but the sides left something to be desired and were not presented as the menu was read, I felt with any explanation of the dishes format the waiter my expectations would have been different.

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KB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit of an odd place. Hostess was as friendly as a morgue attendant. Place was pretty empty. Brussel sprouts were amazing. But we couldn’t wait to leave.

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g
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Charcuterie tray was a big hit at our table!

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TT
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Great outdoor space. Appreciate the free dessert. Great service.

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

service was terrible. It was really loud you couldn't hear anyone talk. food was lousy. They served stale rolls that were terrible. Wouldn't go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and our service was incredible. The staff paid great attention to us but didn’t linger at the table too long. We took our mother out for Mother’s Day and she had a wonderful experience.

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M
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner. I enjoyed the pork chop which had an incredible sauce. Perfect Old Fashions at the bar!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Very disappointing. This is our favorite restaurant in Louisville and we brought out of town guests. Food was flavorless

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Our waiter was very rude and demeaning. Didn’t catch his name but he was a hispanic man i believe. wasn’t very nice or friendly. was very snarky and impolite didn’t feel like he was a waiter at all.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent!

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AL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every plate ordered from appetizer, to salad, entree and dessert could have been featured on the cover of a magazine! Not only was the presentation of each course timely and accurate but the flavors of each had to be shared around the table! This restauant should be on everyone's top five in Louisville and southern Indiana. This restaurant will be standing room only when word gets out. If you want a meal to remember, a place to impress a date, or close an important deal this IS the place to go.

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l
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great place... Food? Medicare... Especially for the price. Pork Au Poivre had zero Poivre :-(. They were nice enough not to charge me for it. Shrimp and grits was very small portion

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JS
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, great decor. I like the ample spacing between tables. Highly recommend.

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MF
SW Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Good drink selection.

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chelsea our server was awesome! Very knowledgeable and accommodating. We are bringing a group back for derby night dinner and look forward to another great experience!

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KK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always blows me away! A very special meal for my husbands birthday. Highly recommend the vegetarian tasting. It is truly amazing.

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HK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Sunday evening and ordered the 5 course dinner. The dinner is really neat because the chef decides what you will get so it is all a surprise. With that being said, you can specify if there is something specific that you really don't like or if you have allergies, restrictions, etc. Everything tasted amazing and the presentation was wonderful. Our server was great as well. I would definitely recommend!

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MC
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable - one of our favorite restaurants in Louisville. Cannot gonwrong with the tasting menu and wine pairing.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I am a google reviewer and this is the first time I was greeted with such cold impressive staff at a restaurant. The first server was cold and very distant. The food lacked flavor but we decided to eat it anyway because we were there to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We will never go back there again. We spent over $400 for food that did not warrant that price and with horrible service to begin with. We ended with a very nice server which made the evening salvageable.

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DD
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had one of the finest meals I’ve had in some time at 426. The fried oysters with slaw wrapped in watermelon radish were divine, sumptuous! I had the pork chop, perfectly cooked MR. My wife had the Norwegian cod, melted in your mouth. Caesar salad, perfect. The service was impeccable, the entire experience was .... well I’m going back.

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LM
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the wine list, new menu and fresh fish selection.

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RL
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed every second of our cocktails + meal. The decor in the lounge area is so stylish.

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MC
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent grouper

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BB
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was friendly. Food excellent

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A
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I stumbled into this place several months ago and we we can’t stay away. The menu is original with vegetarian options; I’m talking to you Gnocchi. The chef prepares daily specials; hello “Rabbit Poutine!” The fillet is always tender and the scallops are deletions but some night you just gotta have the burger. If you sit at the bar tell Christine hello, she makes the best dirty martini. In Louisville. Cheers!

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite and never disappoints. We’ve enjoyed multiple dates here as well as small parties.

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TC
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the 7 course progressive meal. It was awesome! This is done at the Chef's discretion and it did not disappoint. As we were waiting with anticipation for our next course to see what we would get, we were trying to guess what would be next. Also seeing the other diners food go by looked amazing. Planning our next trip for burgers or fish sandwich! Make sure you leave room for dessert, it was AMAZING. Gabrielle was our server and she was excellent. My only complaint would be it was extremely loud, but when you get people having a good time the noise level does increase. Definite return visit!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our valentine/ anniversary dinner , we had a great time never felt rushed or ignored great balance, awesome server

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My wife and I made reservations at Ward 426 for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, the experience was awful at every stage. When we arrived, we were entirely ignored. We were not greeted. Nobody from the restaurant even spoke to us for 30 minutes (unfortunately, I am not exaggerating). Our reservations did not matter, as everyone was seated in order of when they arrived. Once we were finally seated (about 30 minutes after our reservation time), the service left a lot to be desired. We waited for our drinks for at least 10 minutes, all the while staring at them just sitting on the bar top. Had the food been wonderful, it would have redeemed our experience, and I would not be writing this poor review. However, everything but our appetizers was horrible. Our filets were grossly under-seasoned and just plain bland. There was never an apology or acknowledgement for our long waits and poor service. We were extremely disappointed, especially considering the over $200 price tag. We will never be back to this restaurant, and I would encourage those considering this restaurant to look elsewhere.

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S
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We showed up at 7pm for a 7:30 reservation. Understandably our table wasn’t ready and we were told that we could set at the bar until our table was ready. After 1 hour at the bar it was 30 minutes past our reservation and we noticed people being seated that had just walked in. There was only one bartender and she couldn’t keep up with the demand. I finally spoke up and asked if we could be seated. Once seated we waited a very long time for each course. Drinks that we ordered were never brought, also small things like servers telling us that they would be back with butter for our bread; never returned. When making reservations you expect that the restaurant would not overbook so they would treat the diners as you would expect when spending $250 on a meal and drinks. They clearly overbooked and every staff member was extremely rushed the whole evening.

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N
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal love this was a great venue love this place!

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JB
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Cuisine was on point. Service was the worst I've had in Louisville.

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s
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Went on Valentine's day they must have inserted more tables as we were really close on both sides of our table to others that felt like we were together.. flat iron appitzer was ice cold, very expensive for the select menu of choices. Not a good choice for us.

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SB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with wife for Valentines. All 3 courses were great. Service was great. Owners present and friendly. Will return soon. Want to try lunch.

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