As a local real estate agent and a longtime resident of the Louisville area. One of the top questions we get from clients that are new to the area is; what are the best restaurants in Louisville KY? It is no surprise why. For decades Louisville has been known as a foodie town. There are so many great restaurants to choose from! Sometimes it might just be easier to narrow it down to what type of food you are in the mood for. Even still, it can be challenging to choose from all the great restaurants.


Most Popular Places to Eat in Louisville KY



610 Magnolia Restaurant

610 Magnolia

610 W Magnolia Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
$$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Since opening in 2003, this Old Louisville restaurant has been a destination for unique and fresh culinary creations. A contemporary yet rustic restaurant with ancient wooden beams, mullioned windows, and French doors that open to a garden patio. Celebrity chef Edward Lee combines Southern cuisine with modern flavors, using locally sourced ingredients while experiencing with new menu items weekly. Numerous publications have been written on the restaurant; from Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The New York Times Magazine, Southern Living, and many others.


8UP Elevated Louisville

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

350 W Chestnut St, Louisville, KY 40202
$$-$$$ American, Bar
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8UP is located on the rooftop of the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. With three distinct experiences all under one roof. Take in the views of Downtown Louisville while visiting the 8UP restaurant, the lounge, or on the rooftop. 8UP offers a variety of dining and drinking options that are created to delight the most sophisticated palates and also celebrate the spirit of fun that defines Louisville. Whether you're relaxing outside or enjoying the dining room, the 8UP club features a dedicated kitchen for the interior bar as well as an outside rooftop bar with fire pits and lots of seating.


Agave and Rye patio

Agave & Rye

426 Baxter Ave Louisville, KY 40204
$$-$$$ Mexican, American, Bar
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The "epic tacos" at Agave & Rye get their name because of the massive size (double-shelled and stuffed to the brim) and your not so typical ingredients and toppings. For instance, you may want to give The Rooster a try. It is an epic taco with mac and cheese and crispy fried chicken with Nashville hot sauce. Or give the Easy Ranchero a try. A epic taco with house-made tater tots, queso, salsa, white cheddar, fried egg, and cowboy candy. All the items on the menu are arguably unique.


Brendons Catch 23 Louisville

Brendon's Catch 23

505 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
$$$$ American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Bar
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Brendon's Catch 23, known as a "Seafood Paradise," has made a name for itself as a chef-driven, top-tier dining destination. The seafood is flown in daily and cut by the chefs. Nevertheless, this restaurant provides a ton more than just its exceptional seafood menu. Hand-cut prime steaks can be equally impressive. From a 10-ounce prime to a 32-ounce prime tomahawk ribeye. Don't forget to sample one of the more than 100 Kentucky's finest bourbons, which include some of the rarest and most limited offers as well as a variety of Brendon's own blended Bourbons.


Brazeiros Louisville Steakhouse

Brazeiros Authentic Brazilian Steakhouse

450 S. 4th Street Louisville KY
$$$$ Brazilian, Steakhouse
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The informal Brazilian steakhouse restaurant Brazeiros (churrascaria) offers its patrons upscale service in a fun environment. Brazeiros offers a contemporary rendition of Southern Brazil's centuries-old gaucho history while maintaining a genuine experience. Certainly another top Louisville restaurant that you must try!


Bucks Restaurant and Bar Louisville

Bucks Restaurant

425 W Ormsby Ave, Louisville, KY
$$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Buck's is situated in the center of Old Louisville, within the historic Mayflower building. It offers a sophisticated continental menu, paired with an eclectic selection of china and live piano music every night, creating a memorable fine dining experience. A perfect place for all important occasions. From birthdays to anniversaries. With more than 50 bourbon selections, Bucks is also on the Urban Bourbon Trail.


Carrabbas Italian Bar & Grill Louisville

Carrabba's Italian Grill

617 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40222
$$-$$$ Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
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Carrabba's Italian Grill offers real, authentic Italian cuisine that has been passed down from family recipes. A contemporary and welcoming atmosphere, creating the perfect setting for a delicious Italian meal. The menu at this popular Louisville restaurant includes signature dishes such as Pollo Rosa Maria, Chicken Bryan, and wood-fired grilled steak and chops, and traditional Italian pasta dishes.


Feast BBQ Louisville

Feast BBQ

909 E Market St #100, Louisville, KY 40206
$$-$$$ BBQ, American, Bar
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Feast BBQ perfectly fits the setting as a traditional barbecue joint. From the old brick walls to the order-at-the-counter layout. It even has a garage-style vibe, high ceilings, and exposed ductwork. On a typically busy Friday or Saturday night, you can expect long lines for food. Luckily it moves quickly and is well worth the wait! Feast BBQ is well known for its pork cakes, loaded tots, and tacos. Dont forget the bourbon slushies!

Grassa Gramma

2210 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 40222
$$$-$$$$ Italian
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You will feel like you left the city of Louisville and entered into an Italian plaza when walking through the doors of Grassa Gramma. A truly captivating atmosphere that is one of kind. From the same person behind The Village Anchor and Le Moo Steak House. A large menu full of great Italian cuisines. An authentic Italian dining experience with top-notch service that is definitely worth checking out!


Gustavos Mexican Grill Norton Commons

Gustavo's Mexican Grill

10715 Meeting St, Prospect, KY 40059
$$-$$$ Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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Are you looking for a restaurant that offers a great dining experience and great food? You will find a large variety of Mexican food to choose from at Gustavos. From fajitas, to frijoles, to entertainment! Located in Norton Commons, and convenient to many shops. Gustavos is the perfect place for lunch or dinner, and offers more than just the standard burrito and taco options. From Jalapeno Margaritas to Aloha Fajitas, or Three Pigs Fajitas, and plenty of other dishes are all available at this Louisville restaurant.


Hammerheads Louisville

Hammerheads

921 Swan St, Louisville, KY 40204
$$-$$$ American, Bar
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Perhaps one of Louisville's best-kept secrets. This little hole in the wall is a true gem. The food is consistently top-notch with many unique dishes on the menu. They also have a large selection of beers available on tap, so you can be sure to find something you like.


Havanna Rumba Louisville restaurant

Havana Rumba

12003 Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY 40243
$$ - $$$ Caribbean, Spanish
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This vibrant, and welcoming Cuban restaurant, is a true taste of Old Havana. Havana Rumba has opened a second location in Middletown, taking over the strip mall space that was once occupied by Pig City BBQ. Earning a spot on the list of your neighborhood favorites. You will love the large, generous portions of Cuban food offered on the menu.


Jack Frys Louisville

Jack Fry’s

1007 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
$$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Jack Fry's offers southern cuisine in a location that has been a part of Louisville, Kentucky since about 1933. Come for lunch, dinner, or cocktails while listening to live jazz music. Formerly a gathering place for neighborhood sports fans. It's no surprise that Jack Frys has been on a number of lists for the best restaurants in Louisville, KY!

Local classics include shrimp & grits, lamb chops, and Jack's burger. The welcoming environment and live jazz at Jack Fry's ensure that everyone will easily find something to love.


Jeff Ruby popular restaurant in Louisville

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

325 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
$$$$ American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly
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For over 40 years, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse has been providing a unique and unparalleled fine dining experience. Arguably one of the most popular upscale restaurants in Louisville. The ambiance is both luxurious and welcoming. Perfect for any memorable occasion. The menu features the best USDA Prime steaks, sushi, and raw bars, and a wide selection of wines. The dining experience is further enhanced with live entertainment and stunning decor. You are guaranteed a show that is unlike any other.


Le moo restaurant Louisville KY

Le Moo

2300 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY 40206
$$$$ American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly
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Recognized on Food Network and Thrillist as "One of the best 25 steakhouses in the U.S". From brick walls, chain chandeliers, colorful upholstery, and a Louis Vuitton booth, all coming together to create a modern castle-like atmosphere. The menu includes USDA Choice or Prime rib eye, New York strip, and filet mignon. Along with sides like skillet-fried mashed potatoes and drunk-cut fries.


Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel

Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel

335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
$$-$$$ American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
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A stunning blend of modern elegance and Old World charm. A popular spot among young Louisville partygoers for its unique balance of historical significance and contemporary accents. The menu at The Brown Hotel offers a mix of classic and contemporary dishes. The popular Hot Brown is a must-try, paired with a classic Old Fashioned. The bar is known for its expertly crafted cocktails and an extensive selection of highly rated bourbons.


Mayan Cafe restaurant

Mayan Cafe

813 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
$$-$$$ Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Quaint, contemporary cafe serving a farm-to-table experience. Authentic Mayan dishes prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. Located off East Market St in NuLu, infusing the traditional flavors from the chef's Yucatan heritage. From appetizers and drinks. to salmon entre, JS Rabbitry oven-roasted rabbit, or a Mayan burger from the nearby Foxhollow Farms. This Louisville restaurant is truly a must when it comes to dining out.


Mojito in Havanna Louisville

Mojito in Havana

3939 Shelbyville Rd Suite 103, Louisville, KY 40207
$$-$$$ Latin, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly
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The pork is some of the best in the city and it's no surprise this restaurant is known for the Mojitos. Enjoy tasty Cuban cuisine, cool drinks, and a pleasant afternoon on the patio with live Latin music. Family owned since 2004. Known for its extensive menu, excellent quality, and generous serving sizes. Many selections to choose from. Your choice of Pork, chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian options are all available. All served with traditional Cuban delicacies. Mojito in Havana uses traditional Cuban recipes passed down by generations.


Mussel Burger and Bar

Mussel & Burger Bar

113 S 7th St, Louisville, KY 40202
$$-$$$ American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
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Mussel & Burger Bar is located in Downtown Louisville; just a block from the Ohio River. Making for a picturesque setting. Even more, it is convenient to bourbon row! The burgers are outstanding, with many different combinations of toppings. A delicious meal or a romantic dinner is easily attainable at this Louisville restaurant.

Napa River Grill

1211 Herr Ln, Louisville, KY 40222
$$-$$$ American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
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Napa River Grill offers a taste of Northern California in Louisville's own backyard. The award-winning wine list offers only the finest wines, and the menu delivers beautifully prepared meals made with only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The lounge, located in the energetic Westport Village, leads into a light-filled dining area. The patio has a nice outdoor bar, a fire pit, and even grapevines surrounding it. Making for a perfect outdoor dining experience. The informal yet classy atmosphere is ideal for any event, whether it be a date night, a casual meal with friends, or a business conference.


Porch Kitchen & Bar

280 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202
$$-$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Porch Kitchen & Bar serves comfort food and offers a soulful experience. Gather with friends and family for tasty Southern-inspired cuisine and artisan beverages. A relaxed but elegant atmosphere is available at the bar and dining area. The Hush Puppies appetizer, Tuna Poke salad, Fried Chicken, and Grilled Salmon are all highly recommended.


Proof on Main

702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
$$-$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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The ingredients at Proof on Main reflect the area's farmers and producers. Proof on Main is a part of the renowned boutique hotel and restaurant group 21c Museum Hotels and is housed in five historic buildings in the heart of Louisville. The dining room is one of the most visually appealing places in the city, and it frequently hosts exhibitions of modern art by well-known local and international artists. Not a surprise Proof on Main joins the list as one of the best restaurants in Louisville KY.


Redlands Grill by J. Alexander's

102 Oxmoor Ct, Louisville, KY 40222
$$-$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Contemporary American eatery Redlands by J. Alexander's is famous for its wood-fired fare. Numerous American favorites, such as prime rib of beef, steaks, fresh seafood, sandwiches, and entrée salads, are available on the menu. Each restaurant's menu provides a wide variety of items that change frequently, such as Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa, and Chicken Milanese. A full-service bar with an exceptional choice of wines by the glass and bottle is also available at the restaurant.


River House Restaurant

3015 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207
$$-$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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A premier riverfront dining establishment in Louisville known as River House Restaurant and Raw Bar. When patrons enter the restaurant through the front porch garden area, they are greeted by a charming, "homelike" ambiance. A focus on fresh seafood and regional cuisine with a Southern flavor can be found on the menu, which also offers items like Maker's Mark Bourbon Barrel Smoked Salmon, BBQ Braised Beef Short Rib, and Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell. King crab, jumbo shrimp, and a variety of raw oysters are available at our 15-foot raw bar. Award-winning chef and restaurateur John Varanese.


Sidebar at Whiskey Row

129 N 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40202
$$-$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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The vibrant Whiskey Row Lofts is home to Sidebar at Whiskey Row. A historic limestone building that was first constructed in 1877. Sidebar at Whiskey Row is the obvious pick for a Bourbon, Burger, or Beer. A unique hamburger blend that is hand-crafted to give you the best-tasting treat that is often associated with the top steak houses in America. You will have a terrific time no matter the occasion thanks to its gorgeous 16-foot ceilings, and tall windows. Located just beneath the 2nd street bridge.


Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill

3900 Summit Plaza Dr, Louisville, KY 40241
$$-$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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An elegant steakhouse, Stoney River is another top restaurant in Louisville known for its hand-cut steaks, fresh fish options, signature salads, and house specialties. Take advantage of the boutique wine list, locally brewed draft beer, or a hand-crafted cocktail. Stoney Rivers goal is to serve the highest quality food in a stylish setting, and genuine hospitality. Whether you are wanting to just unwind at the bar or enjoying a meal, this is the perfect restaurant.


Varanese Restaurant

2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
$$-$$$ American, Vegetarian Friendly
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In addition to stuffed grape leaves and fried green tomato salad, Varanese's menu offers many other signature entrées to enjoy. Such as the seared boneless pork chop and caramelized orange salmon. Don't forget to save room for the fried banana and homemade oatmeal cookie dough ice cream. This New American-style restaurant is large enough to accommodate a decent crowd between its bar, dining area, and four seasons patio. The Varanese four-season terrace is an addition to the building, which also features a beautiful 20-foot slate water wall.


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