144th Kentucky Derby - May 5th, 2018


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Dining Out in Louisville, KY

Make your weekend at the Kentucky Derby complete by visiting some of the fabulous restaurants in the Louisville area for a great dining experience. whether you prefer a juicy steak, ocean fresh seafood, Chinese, French or other special dishes, you will find a multitude of choice eating establishments in this area. to list a few of the top selections, we offer:

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

Arguably, one of Louisville’s best upscale steakhouse, Ruby’s offers an array of award winning USDA prime steaks, an incredible selection of fresh seafood and a tasty sushi bar. Enjoy the comfort of rooms decorated in Churchill Downs theme, live piano music, and valet parking.

  • $$$$
  • 502-584-0102
  • 325 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY


Come and enjoy upscale Italian dining, formally attired staff, award winning service, and superb specially prepared dishes in the heart of downtown Louisville. The owner, Vincenzo Gabriele and his brother, Agostino, internationally honored chef, were natives of Palerno before opening their establishment in Louisville. Celebrities are frequent guests and some of the past patrons included such names as Steven Spielberg, Muhammad Ali, and Sylvester Stallone.

  • $$$$
  • 502-580-1350
  • 150 S. Fifth St. Louisville, KY


The Oakroom, located in the Seelbach hotel is a one of Louisville’s only AAA five diamond restaurants. Let the head chef, Patrick Roney, prepare you a sophisticated or contemporary blend of fresh seafood, choice beef or one of his special recipes. Put your wine selection in the hands of master sommelier Julie Defriend.

  • $$$$
  • 502-585-3200
  • 500 S. Fourth St. Louisville, KY


This splendid restaurant is located in the Galt House overlooking the Ohio river. You will enjoy tasty contemporary cuisine, chic décor, and a panoramic view of the waterfront and city skyline. Chef Dustin Willets is responsible for making your dining experience a night to remember.

  • $$$
  • 502-568-4239
  • 140 N. Fourth St. Louisville, KY

English Grill

The English Grill, located in the brown hotel, has also been awarded the distinction of being a triple a five diamond restaurant. It offers a formal dining room and specializes in American cuisine. It is famous for its delicious “Hot Brown”, which was created there, and you must try the signature “Chocolate Striptease” dessert. Chris Pettis is the head chef.

  • $$$
  • 502-583-1234
  • 335 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY


Elegant and underrated, Bucks is a fine dining room in the Mayflower apartments. Chef Andrew Welenken has a host of great dishes which include crispy fish, fried oysters rockefeller, maple-bourbon glazed pork chops, and country fried quail. Rick Bartlett continues his long tenure at the piano for your entertainment.

  • $$$
  • 502-637-5284
  • 425 W. Ormsby Ave. Louisville, KY


This is a hidden gem among Louisville restaurants. Located in Sullivan University, dishes are prepared by culinary students and overseen by John Castro, Louisville’s preeminent name in fine dining, who is in charge.

  • $$$
  • 502-456-0980
  • 3101 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY

Jack Binions Steakhouse

Located in the Horseshoe Indiana casino complex, this fine restaurant offers top quality steaks, as well as fresh seafood and other special dishes. Start your meal with an order of tasty coconut shrimp and polish it off with a selection from their enticing dessert tray. Then try your luck at the largest riverboat casino in the united states.

  • $$$$
  • 888-766-2648
  • HWY 111 Elizabeth, IN

Volare Restorante

This restaurant offers inspired Italian cuisine, beautiful surroundings, and impeccable service. Josh Moore, the head chef, has received rave reviews for his USDA prime barrel cut beef program.

  • $$$
  • 502-894-4446
  • 2300 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY

August Moon

This James Beard featured chef, Peng Looi, offers traditional Chinese dishes as well as innovative modern classics, all set in a terrific atmosphere that makes this visit a must.

  • $$$
  • 502-456-6569
  • 2269 Lexington Rd. Louisville, KY

Le Relais

Situated in the historic airport terminal of Bowman Field, this restaurant offers exquisite French cuisine, with 1940’s art décor reminiscent of “Rick’s Café” in the movie “Casablanca”.

  • $$$
  • 502-451-9020
  • 2817 Taylorsville Rd. Louisville, KY

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

“Exceptional service, sizzling taste” is the slogan of this superb steakhouse located on the top floor of the Kaden tower. It offers excellent steaks, elegant atmosphere and a panoramic view that stretches for miles. The Robb Report Magazine declared Rolex as the worlds best watch, Armani as the worlds best suits, Cohiba as the best cigar, and Ruth’s Chris as the best steakhouse.

  • $$$$
  • 502-479-0026
  • 6100 Dutchmans Lane Louisville, KY

Captains Quarters

This seafood restaurant, located on the Ohio river, offers Maine Lobsters and other fresh seafood, as well as steaks and other dishes, including the Louisville favorite “Hot Brown”. It has indoor and outdoor seating with awesome views of the waterfront.

  • $$
  • 502-228-1651
  • 5700 Captains Quarters Rd. Louisville, KY

Z’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse

Two locations, downtown and out east, are here to serve you great fresh seafood and splendid steaks, with a warm atmosphere and fine service. Be sure to try the fried oysters!

  • $$$$
  • 502-429-8000
  • 101 Whittington Pkwy. Louisville, KY
  • 502-855-8000
  • 115 S. 4th St. Louisville, KY

Del Friscos

This 28 year old establishment, with brick walls and beamed ceilings offers some of the greatest filet mignons and porterhouse steaks that you will ever taste. but only the regular patrons know the glories of something called “Green Phungue”.

  • $$$$
  • 4107 Oeschsli Ave. Louisville, KY

Eddie Merlots

This restaurant offers the largest dining room in town, complete with glittering mosaic artwork, a handsome bar, and luxurious seating with secluded nooks and corners. Entrees include high end steaks and seafood and seasonal specials.

  • $$$$
  • 502-584-3266
  • 455 S. Fourth St. Louisville, KY


Chef Anthony Lamas’ menu offers an eclectic range of Latin American dishes in addition to the namesake the Latino seafood dish “cooked” in tart citrus juices.

  • $$$$
  • 502-473-8560
  • 1528 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY


A below ground temple to the red meat gods, this steakhouse is elegant and masculine, full of wood paneling, brass rails, and leather booths.

  • $$$$
  • 502-584-0421
  • 626 W. Main St. Louisville, KY

Pat’s Steakhouse

A local favorite for 50 years, this restaurant specializes in quality beef and hospitality, which has ranked it among the best in Louisville steakhouses. Pat Francis, like his father before him, cuts the meat himself.

  • $$$$
  • 502-896-9234
  • 3437 Brownsboro Rd. Louisville, KY

Bonefish Grille

You may find it hard to get a seat right away at this special seafood restaurant. Be sure you try the bang bang shrimp!

  • $$$
  • 502-412-4666
  • 657 S. Hurstbourne Parkway Louisville, KY


Open since 1985, this restaurant offers refined American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy an award winning wine list and specialty cocktails at reasonable prices.

  • $$
  • 502-897-9721
  • 122 Sears Ave. Louisville, KY

PF Chang’s

This restaurant features a blend of high quality Asian inspired cuisine and American hospitality in a sophisticated contemporary bistro setting. Start your meal with Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps.

  • $$
  • 502-327-7707
  • 9120 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY


This award winning restaurant opened in 1992 and offers fine Northern Italian cuisine in a comfortable and impressive setting.

  • $$
  • 502-894-8686
  • 2730 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY


Fresh ingredients prepared with a creative flair and a culturally diverse menu is the formula for owner and head chef, Varanese’s success. Dishes range from stuffed grape leaves, fried green tomato salad, and seared boneless pork chops to caramelized orange salmon.

  • $$
  • 502-899-9904
  • 2106 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY

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