Louisville 2015 Restaurant Information

There are many fine places to eat in Louisville. Local Arrangements Chair Seow-Chin Ong (University of Louisville), with helpful suggestions from the local arrangements committee, kindly compiled this list. This guide highlights a number of the many options. Please note that reservations must be made at better restaurants: the earlier the better.

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Price range for entrée: $= under $15, $$= under $25, $$$= under $50, $$$$= over $50

Vegetarian/Gluten-free options: V=Vegetarian, VG=Vegan, GF=Gluten Free. VG and GF notation is based on menu items being explicitly labeled as such. Please confirm with the restaurant based on your needs.

Note: Menu links for some of these restaurants change. It may be necessary to go to restaurant link to find a current menu.

 

Dining at the conference facilities

Café Magnolia
Casual, American. 568-4201
breakfast   lunch   dinner   BLD V $$
Cafe Magnolia
RIVUE Restaurant and Lounge
Revolving rooftop restaurant. Upscale, American-French, 568-4239  
menu   D V $$$
RIVUE Restaurant and Lounge
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
Steakhouse, seafood, sushi. 584-0102
menu   D $$$
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
Thelma’s Deli
Open 24 hours  
menu   BLD V $
Thelma's Deli
Al J’s Lounge
Burgers and sandwiches
menu   LD V $$
AL J's Lounge
Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar
Burgers and sandwiches  
menu   LD V $$
Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar

Downtown (1/2 to 3 blocks)

321 Deli
Deli
321 W. Main St., 566-3258.   
menu   LD V GF $
321 Deli
Addis Bar and Grill
Ethiopian
109 S 4th St., 581-1011
menu   L V $
Addis Bar and Grill
Bazo’s Fresh Mexican Grill
Mexican
428 West Market St., 805-1818  
menu   LD V GF $
Bazo’s Fresh Mexican Grill
Bistro 301
French, American, Pub
301 W Market St., 584-8337
Open Table’s Diner’s Choice 2015
dinner menu   LD V (lunch Mon-Fri only) $$
Bistro 301
Bluegrass Brewing Company
Pub food, burgers, sandwiches
300 W. Main St., 562-0007
Louisville’s original craft brewery  
menu   LD V $
Bluegrass Brewing Company
Bristol Bar and Grille
American
614 West Main St., 582-1995
menu   LD V $$
Bristol Bar and Grille
Dish on Market
American, Pub
434 West Market St., 315-0669
Serves some local specialties including the “Hot Brown” and “chicken and waffles”   
menu   BLD V $$
Dish on Market
Doc Crow’s
Barbecue
127 W Main St, 587-1626
menu   LD V $$
Doc Crow’s
Down One Bourbon Bar and Restaurant
American, speakeasy themed
321 W Main St,, 566-3259
Featured in Travel and Leisure and National Geographic Traveller  
menu   LD V $$
Down One Bourbon Bar and Restaurant
Hillbilly Tea
Eclectic, Southern-inspired
120 S. 1st St., 587-7350
menu   LD (Brunch on weekends) V, VG $
Hillbilly Tea
Los Aztecas
Mexican
530 W. Main St, 561-8535  
lunch menu   dinner menu    LD V $
Los Aztecas
Manny and Merle
Southern and Tex-Mex
122 W Main St, 290-8888
Vintage honky-tonk with live music
menu   LD V $
Manny and Merle
Milkwood
Southern with asian influences
316 West Main St., 584-6455
Reservations recommended  
menu   D V $$
Milkwood
Panera Bread
400 West Market St., 540-5250
menu   BL V, VG, GF $
Panera Bread
Proof on Main
American, Southern-inspired
702 W. Main, in the 21C Museum Hotel, 217-6360
Esquire magazine’s list of “Best New Restaurants"  
breakfast menu  lunch menu  dinner menu    BLD (lunch Mon-Fri only) V $$
Proof on Main
Saffron’s
Persian
131 W. Market St., 584-7800
lunch menu  dinner menu    LD V $$
Saffron’s
Sidebar
Pub
129 N. 2nd St., 384-1600  
menu   LD V $
Sidebar
Troll Pub Under the Bridge
American, Pub
150 West Washington St., 618-4829
Open Table’s Diner’s Choice 2015
lunch menu  dinner menu    LD V $$
Troll Pub Under the Bridge
Vincenzo’s
Italian
150 S 5th St, Louisville, 580-1350  
menu   LD $$$
Vincenzo’s
Zoup!
Soups, sandwiches, and salads
318 S. 4th St., 585-9687
menu   L V, GF $
Zoup!


Downtown (4 to 6 blocks)

Against the Grain
Pub, sandwiches, burgers, barbecue
402 E Main St, 515.0174
Very large selection of beers brewed on site  
menu   LD V, VG $
Against the Grain
BLU Italian Grille
Italian
280 West Jefferson, Louisville Marriott Downtown, 671-4285
Open Table Diner’s Choice 2015
menu   LD V $$$
BLU Italian Grille
Brazeiros Churrascaria
Brazilian steakhouse
450 South 4th St., 290-8220  
menu   LD V $$$ D $$$
Brazeiros Churrascaria
Oakroom Restaurant
Classic American
500 S. 4th Avenue, in the Seelbach Hotel, 807-3463
AAA Five Diamond Award

menu   D (Brunch on Sundays) $$$
Oakroom Restaurant
Safier Mediterranean Deli
Middle-Eastern
641 S. 4th St., 585-1125  
menu   LD (closed on Sundays) V $
Safier Mediterranean Deli
Wild Eggs
Breakfast/brunch
121 South Floyd, 690-5925
menu   BL V $
Wild Eggs


Downtown (8-10 blocks)

English Grill
Contemporary American. Reservations recommended.
Brown Hotel, 355 West Broadway at 4th St., 583-1234.
AAA Four Diamond Award
menu   D $$$
English Grill
J. Graham's Café
Brown Hotel, 355 West Broadway at 4th St., 583-1234
Home of the original “Hot Brown”
menu   BL V $$
The Hot Brown
Marketplace Restaurant
American, Italian
651 South 4th St, 625-3001
lunch menu  dinner menu    DL V $$$
Marketplace Restaurant


East Market Street (10-12 blocks)


Decca
International, focus on locally-farmed ingredients. Reservations recommended.
812 E. Market St., 749-8128.
Featured in Food and Wine, The Wall St. Journal, and New York Magazine
menu   D $$$
Decca
The Garage Bar
Pizza and beer, slightly upscale
700 East Market St., 749-7100
menu   BLD (Lunch Fri-Sun; brunch on weekends) V $$
The Garage Bar
Ghyslain
French (Chocolatier/bakery/gelateria/bistro). Very casual.
21 East Market St., 690-8645
menu   BLD V $$
Ghyslain
Harvest
“Farm-to-table” cuisine
624 East Market St., 384-9090
Semifinalist for James Beard “Best New Restaurant” Award 2012
menu   LD (Brunch on weekends) V $$
Harvest
The Mayan Café
Yucatán-style Mexican food
813 E. Market, 566-0651.
TripAdvisor’s #1 rated restaurant in Louisville
lunch menu  dinner menu    LD V, VG, GF $$
The Mayan Café
Rye
Contemporary American, focus on local ingredients. Reservations recommended.
900 East Market St., 749-6200
menu   D V $$$
Rye
Wiltshire on Market
International, emphasis on local ingredients. Reservations required.
36 East Market Stree, 589-5224
menu   D V $$
Wiltshire on Market


Frankfort Avenue (3-4 miles)


Bourbon’s Bistro
Southern and French
2255 Frankfort Ave, 894-8838
Awarded the Gold Medal from Whisky Magazine’s “Whisky Bars of the World”
menu   D V $$
Bourbon’s Bistro
Crescent Hill Craft House
Pub, southern. 2636 Frankfort Ave, 895-9400
40+ regional beers on tap, plus a good bourbon list and a menu featuring very interesting takes on southern comfort food
menu   D (Lunch on weekends) V, GF $$
Crescent Hill Craft House
El Mundo
Mexican
2345 Frankfort Ave, 899-9930
menu   LD V, VG, GF $
El Mundo
The Grape Leaf
Mediterranean
2217 Frankfort Ave, 897-1774
menu   LD (Breakfast on weekends) V, VG, GF $$
The Grape Leaf
Irish Rover
Irish Pub
2319 Frankfort Ave, 899-3544
menu   LD V, GF $$
Irish Rover
North End Café
American and vegetarian
1722 Frankfort Ave, 896-8770
Wide selection of vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, and organic
menu   BLD V, VG, GF $$
North End Café
Porcini
Italian
2730 Frankfort Ave, 894-8686
menu   D V $$$
Porcini
The Silver Dollar
Southern/Mexican honky-tonk bar/restaurant
1761 Frankfort Ave, 259-9540
Featured in The New York Times and GQ
brunch menu  dinner menu    D (Brunch on weekends) V $$
The Silver Dollar
Varanese
American
2106 Frankfort Ave, 899-9904.
Open Table Diner’s Choice 2015
menu   D V $$$
Varanese
Volare
Italian
2300 Frankfort Ave, 894-4446
Open Table Diner’s Choice 2015
menu   D V $$$
Volare


Bardstown Road (2-4 miles)

Asiatique
Asian fusion
1767 Bardstown Rd, 451-2749
Open Table’s Diner’s Choice 2015
menu   D V $$
Asiatique
El Camino
Mexican
1314 Bardstown Road, 454-5336
Open 5:00 pm-2:00 am, last seating for dinner at midnight
menu   LD V, GF $$
El Camino
Havana Rumba
Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban
2210 Bardstown Road, 749-4602
menu   LD V $$
Havana Rumba
Holy Grale
Pub
1034 Bardstown Rd, 459-9939
Great atmosphere in an old church. Beer and food only; you can make a great meal out of the snacks
menu   D V $$
Holy Grale
Jack Fry’s
American, fine dining. Reservations recommended.
1007 Bardstown Rd, 452-9244.
Louisville Magazine “Best of Louisville” awards for 25 year
lunch menu  dinner menu    LD (Lunch Mon-Fri) V $$$
Jack Fry’s
Lilly’s
French, American, Bistro, South American. Reservations suggested
1147 Bardstown Rd (Patterson), 451-0447
Owner-chef Kathy Cary has cooked at the White House and has been featured in international food magazines
menu   LD (closed Sundays and Mondays) V $$$
Lilly’s
Louvino
International
1606 Bardstown Road, 365-1921
Wine bar with a very inventive menu of small plates meant for sharing
menu   D V $$
Louvino
Roots / Heart and Soy
Vegetarian
1216 Bardstown Road, 458-6775
Tao vegetarian places sharing the same kitchen.
Very creative approach to vegetarian cooking, with mostly Asian influences, although with a few more Eurocentric dishes.
Roots menu  Heart and Soy menu    LD V, VG, GF $
Roots / Heart and Soy
Seviche
Latin American
1538 Bardstown Rd, 473-8560
Emphasis on seafood, especially ceviche
menu   D $$$
Seviche


University of Louisville Area (2-3 miles)

610 Magnolia
Contemporary Southern cuisine
610 W Magnolia Ave, 636-0783
No a la carte; 4-course prix-fixe or 6-course tasting menu only, but you have several options on most courses
Owner/chef Edward Lee was the winner of “Iron Chef America” in 2010
menu   D $$$
610 Magnolia
Amici Café
Italian
316 W Ormsby Ave, 637-3167
menu   LD (Lunch only Mon-Fri) V, VG $$
Amici Café
Bazo’s Fresh Mexican Grill
Mexican
1907 S 4th St., 899-9746
menu   LD V $
Bazo’s Fresh Mexican Grill
Buck’s Restaurant and Bar
American, steakhouse seafood
425 W Ormsby Ave, in the Mayflower Apartments building, 637-5284
TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence winner
lunch menu  dinner menu    LD (Lunch only Mon-Fri) V $$$
Buck’s Restaurant and Bar
Granville Inn Bar and Grill
Burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and pub food
1601 S. 3rd St., 637-9128
menu   LD V, VG $
Granville Inn Bar and Grill
Hill Street Fish Fry
Fried seafood and sandwiches
111 E. Hill, at the corner of Brook, 636-3474
menu   LD $
Hill Street Fish Fry
J. Gumbo’s
Cajun and Creole
1923 S. 4th St., 637-2800
menu   LD GF $
J. Gumbo’s
Qdoba
Mexican
832 S 3rd St, Louisville, 442-0201
menu   LD V $
Qdoba
Smoketown USA
American, Barbeque
1153 Logan St., 409-9180
menu   LD (only open Thu, Fri, Sat) V $$
Smoketown USA

 

 

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