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Decca

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Decca Restaurant Review: 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... — Gayot

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). Kentuckians were... — Lonely Planet

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Proof on Main

Burgers 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Arguably Louisville's best restaurant. The cocktails ($8 to $15) are incredible, the wine and bourbon 'library' (they're known to pour from exclusive and rare barrels of Woodford Reserve... — Lonely Planet

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... — Afar Magazine

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 on Main Restaurant Review: Proof is the 21C Museum Hotel's restaurant and, as is the case with the bedrooms, bar and foyers, the dining room doubles as exhibition space for a... — Gayot

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610 Magnolia

French 81 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. If... — 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

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Lilly's

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

Lilly's Restaurant Review: 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,... — Gayot

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

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

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Garage Bar

Pizza 80 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. The pizzas are crispy and delicious (get the... — Afar Magazine

Garage Bar Restaurant Review: Performance art in the form of two cars slowing crumpling into one another head on (thanks to the snail pace of conveyor belts) graces the front corner of... — Gayot

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

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Jack Fry's

Seafood 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Jack Fry's Restaurant Review: The beige-and-black color scheme combined with windows shaded by wooden blinds and walls covered in historic black-and-white photos of racehorses and... — Gayot

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

Clubby steakhouse where original owner used to bootleg, take bets, and give free meals to needy friends, has authentic atmosphere that chains spend so much on trying to recreate, but fall... — BlackBook

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Seviche A Latin Restaurant

Seafood 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Seviche Restaurant Review: Virtually every colorful and beautifully presented dish on chef-owner Anthony Lamas’s menu brims with tongue-popping flavors. Even the guacamole is something... — Gayot

Chef Anthony Lamas and his Nuevo Latino (new Latin American to you, gringo) cuisine has earned praise from James Beard, national press, and local fine-diners for dishes like deconstructed... — BlackBook

Seafood-centric Nuevo Latino. (Location change: 2929 Goose Creek Rd.). — Travel + Leisure

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Bourbon's Bistro

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Eiderdown

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

Eiderdown Restaurant Review: The lawns in front of the tiny houses in Louisville’s Germantown neighborhood are famously tidy. Happily, the atmosphere inside Eiderdown is far more... — Gayot

Serves German and European-influenced comfort food with local-to-Louisville ingredients like duck-fat popcorn, lamb kebab, and Kentucky country ham sandwich. Tight space is as snug as the... — 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 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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The Oakroom

American 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Oakroom Restaurant Review: The elegant Seelbach is one of the city’s grand hotels. It opened in 1905 and has hosted the famous and the infamous, from The Duchess of York to Al... — Gayot

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

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Porcini

Italian 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Formerly best known for fine Northern Italian cuisine and extensive wine list heavy on the Californians, which attracted locals with money who liked to eat at UofL hoops coach Rick... — BlackBook

Porcini Restaurant Review: With its exposed brick walls, upholstered banquettes and quietly flowing fountain, Porcini will make diners feel as though they have been transported to an... — Gayot

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Bistro Le Relais

Burgers 77 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

Best traditional French dining in town (although lack of competitors shows l’Hexagone's influence in Louisville doesn't go much further than its name). Long wine list lost nothing but... — BlackBook

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Asiatique

Chinese 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

Steakhouses 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Traditional steakhouse (albeit one with a sushi and raw bar) serves expense-account types, old money, and special-occasion celebrants—but not OJ who was turned away on a post-murder,... — BlackBook

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby has apparently taken Oscar Wilde’s dictum to heart that “Nothing succeeds like excess.” Start with this... — Gayot

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Doc Crow's

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

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

Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar Restaurant Review: Dr. James Crow, the Scot who brought scientific methods of whiskey making to frontier Kentucky, is commemorated in the name of... — Gayot

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The Holy Grale

Burgers 76 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. A local favorite, Holy Grale offers a selection of 26 (ever changing) beers on... — Afar Magazine

Holy Grale Restaurant Review: 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... — Gayot

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Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot

Barbecue 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pulled pork, beef brisket, and ribs smoked daily draw as close to universal praise that provincial BBQ ever will. International selection of beers demonstrates superior knowledge of the... — BlackBook

Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot Restaurant Review: Several large, barrel-shaped meat smokers are jammed between the front of what appears to be a small package liquor store and the street.... — Gayot

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Irish Rover

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

Owner's imported traditional Irish fare, friendliness, and, yes, fondness for drink from his native County Clare. Food's what you'd expect (bangers and mash, ploughman's plate, scotch... — BlackBook

The Irish Rover Restaurant Review: Ensconced in a 150-year-old structure originally built as a saloon, The Irish Rover has clocked more than 20 years as a neighborhood pub in Louisville.... — Gayot

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Milkwood

American 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

MilkWood Restaurant Review: 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... — Gayot

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

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