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Proof on Main

Burgers 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Be sure to take time, either before or after dinner, for an expertly crafted cocktail in the adjoining bar, a member of Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail. — Gayot

What may possibly be the coolest bar/restaurant in the city is located smack-dab in the middle of an innovative art museum-hotel hybrid. Chef Mike Wajda continues to offer signature... — Tasting Table

Arguably Louisville's best restaurant. — Lonely Planet

Chef Michael Paley serves a modern take on Southern cuisine to locals who don't object to paying for style and substance. and guests at adjacent 21c Museum Hotel smart enough to avoid... — BlackBook

Proof embodies the farm to table concept growing ever popular in the United States, and even has its own farm a few miles outside of Louisville where the owners grow vegetables and raise bison. — Afar Magazine

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Decca

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A beautiful space with a cork-and-wood floor, fountain-strewn patio and gorgeous Laguiole cutlery opened by a chef from San Francisco (albeit a Southerner by birth). — Lonely Planet

Boomers, as well as their retro offspring, delight in the tunes from eponymous Decca recordings on the restaurant'™s sound system. Music wafts through any of the dining rooms spanning... — Gayot

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The Silver Dollar

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The spicy selection of chili includes Texas style (no beans) and vegetarian. The cornmeal-battered oysters would hold their own in a fine seafood restaurant. — Gayot

Gastronomically noncommittal – we'll call the cuisine California-inspired New Southern – but unrepentantly bourbon obsessed, the Silver Dollar does your head in. Feast on chicken and... — Lonely Planet

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Butchertown Grocery

85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A funky, historic meatpacking neighborhood is home to this contemporary bistro. — Gayot

Louisville's hottest new restaurant rides a delicate line between raw and refined, dishing out European-inspired, American-anchored comfort cuisine in an unassuming 19th-century red-brick... — Lonely Planet

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610 Magnolia

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Iron Chef winner Edward Lee's reservations-only, farm-to-table new American restaurant seats 55 for prix-fixe meals Thursdays through Saturdays in a former carriage house with patio. — BlackBook

Contemporary cuisine served in a stylish restaurant tucked away on a side street in Louisville’s Victorian neighborhood. — Gayot

Only open three evenings a week, this sleek Scandinavia-meets-Kentucky bistro is Louisville's hottest-ticket restaurant. — Lonely Planet

With many awards, a successful cookbook and a variety of television appearances (Top Chef, Mind of a Chef), Edward Lee may be Louisville's "celebrity" chef. But he's happy to return to... — Tasting Table

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Garage Bar

Pizza 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Garage Bar, in the NuLu neighborhood, serves brick oven pizzas and southern food in the casual setting of an old garage turned restaurant. — Afar Magazine

Inside, a wood-burning oven turns out thin-crust Euro-style pizza with seasonal toppings such as butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and arugula as well as traditional tastes. — Gayot

The best thing to do on a warm afternoon in Louisville is to make your way to this uber-hip converted NuLu service station (accented by two kissing Camaros) and order a round of basil... — Lonely Planet

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Lilly's

Seafood 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Kathy Cary creates 'Kentucky tapas' (think catfish spring rolls, chorizo spoonbread) at this eclectic upscale eatery. — Lonely Planet

Works by local artists, including two wall-length murals, uplift the three intimate dining rooms at Lilly'™s. One mural, in pastels of greens and blues, depicts a farm scene, which is one... — Gayot

Chef–proprietor Kathy Cary is Kentucky's most honored chef. — Fodor's

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Jack Fry's

Seafood 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bistro and live jazz in a former saloon. — Travel + Leisure

Look for heirloom chicken prepared with sweet tea brine and shrimp and grits flavored with country ham and red-eye gravy. — Gayot

Live jazz Thursday through Saturday adds to ambiance for older crowd and special-occasion diners. Deep selection of well-priced wines by the glass lets you enjoy the setting on the cheap. — BlackBook

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Bourbon's Bistro

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Southern-inspired dining and 100-plus bourbons. — Travel + Leisure

If you want to learn more about Kentucky's amber elixir, this is the place to come. — Fodor's

More than 130 bourbons and American whiskies pair with the Southern-accented menu enjoyed in the dining room. — Gayot

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Eiderdown

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Patrons nestled around wooden trestle tables munch on duck fat-popped popcorn or warm pretzel sticks with mustard as they sip their pints. — Gayot

Serves German and European-influenced comfort food with local-to-Louisville ingredients like duck-fat popcorn, lamb kebab, and Kentucky country ham sandwich. — BlackBook

When this Kentucky born, 30-something, French-trained chef fled the corporate confines of a local Outback kitchen, he envisioned this exposed-brick, dark-wood destination pub suffused... — Lonely Planet

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Mayan Cafe

Mexican 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It can be argued that chef Bruce Ucán's restaurant started the whole "NuLu" phenomenon on East Market Street. Raised in the Yucatan before arriving in Louisville as a young man, Ucán's... — Tasting Table

Check your visions of piñatas and mariachis at the door – Chef Bruce Ucán's subtle farm-to-table Mexican mainstay is a journey about flavor, not patriotic pomp and circumstance. — Lonely Planet

Fact that a restaurant dedicated to reproducing ancient Mayan recipes—with local ingredients—thrives here, proves Louisville's cred as a foodie city. — BlackBook

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The Oakroom

American 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Turn-of-the-century restaurant. — Travel + Leisure

His version of a shrimp and grits starter features tiger prawns and citrus grits flavored with black garlic, beech mushrooms and leeks. Or begin your meal with the Bandera quail. — Gayot

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Bistro Le Relais

Burgers 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Classic French cuisine and Art Deco surroundings in a historic air terminal combine to create romantic dining. — Gayot

Dining on deck allows romantics to watch rich folks' private jets, banner-towing planes, and aviation students land (or attempt to anyway). — BlackBook

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Asiatique

Chinese 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Five-course tasting menu at one of Louisville's few (only?) innovative Asian restaurants allows area foodies to be more adventurous than General Tso's chicken. Happy hour specials, like... — BlackBook

Imaginative Pacific Rim menu and a great cocktail list are hallmarks of this popular Highlands bistro. — Gayot

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Doc Crow's

79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Highlights include oysters on the half shell with bourbon mignonette; spicy peel-and-eat shrimp; seafood gumbo; spinach salad with candied pecans; smoked ribs, chicken or brisket; and fried pork chops. — Gayot

In an 1880s-era distillery trendily rehabbed with exposed brick and reclaimed wood, Louisville hipsters sip bourbon, slurp oysters and munch on house-smoked BBQ ribs. — Lonely Planet

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The Holy Grale

Burgers 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This old Unitarian Church turned bar is a great place to enjoy a good beer and good company in Louisville. — Afar Magazine

For decades after this handsome little church no longer held Unitarian services, it was a bookbinder'™s shop. Now it'™s a locavore gastropub. The rotating draft selection (more than two... — Gayot

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Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot

Barbecue 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot (known affectionately as the F.A.B.D.) is indeed a liquor store. But it is also a friendly draft beer bar and a first-rate savory barbecue spot. — Gayot

Pulled pork, beef brisket, and ribs smoked daily draw as close to universal praise that provincial BBQ ever will. — BlackBook

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Harvest - Louisville

79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Coby Lee Ming relies on local farmers to obtain the ingredients that shape her seasonal creations. Their poster-size photos grace the walls of Harvest, a restaurant that celebrates... — Gayot

Local farmer and tireless promoter of Louisville-area producers Ivor Chodkowski sets a high bar for chef Coby Lee Ming, seeing as 80 percent of Harvest's ingredients are sourced from... — Tasting Table

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Rye

American 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With bourbon soaring in popularity, adventurous imbibers appear ready to rediscover America'™s original whiskey: rye. At least that'™s part of the premise at Rye, which uses numerous... — Gayot

Though it's also a very good restaurant, beverage manager Doug Petry and bar manager Bradley Hammond make RYE's drinks menu just as much of a reason to show up. Fresh juices are squeezed... — Tasting Table

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Milkwood

American 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Louisville’s wildly successful new MilkWood pairs Southern inspiration with Asian flavors—and with stellar cocktails that celebrate the region’s bourbon heritage. — Condé Nast Traveler

At MilkWood, chef Kevin Ashworth and chef Edward Lee offer their take on Southern cuisine mixed with Asian flavors and spices from around the world. Another staple of this Louisville... — Gayot

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