going out to dinner in louisville is such a treat! the restaurant scene here is super fun! the restaurants that have been opening in nulu and downtown are adding exciting new options! i love stylish interiors and to experience fun new trends in dining! there are also classic fine dining experiences to be had, where you will find upscale design and impeccable service. families, also have great opportunities to celebrate an evening out! here are my picks for dinner!
rye / www.ryeonmarket.com / 900 east market street / cocktails and small plates / save the date / cheese plate / burrata toast / heirloom tomato panzanella / have dinner in the dining room and head out to the patio afterwards for live music and fun
decca / www.deccarestaurant.com / 812 east market street / pinot gris / bibb lettuce salad / buttermilk ricotta ravioli / have dinner in the dining room and head down to the cellar lounge after for a cocktail
harvest / www.harvestlouisville.com / 624 east market street / pinot blanc / house salad - pickled peach-blueberry relish, sapori cheese, basil-blackberry vinaigrette, crispy noodles / cannelloni - chard smoked chevre, tomato-basil jus, tomato-onion ragout, shaved squash salad, crispy squash / farm to table in a fun setting
garage bar / www.garageonmarket.com / 700 east market / house gin and tonic / ceasar salad sans anchovies / seasonal pizzas / ping pong and cocktails afterwards / this is our go-to night out! casual but cool and excellent food and service!
st charles exchange / www.stcharlesexchange.com / 113 south 7th street / southside fizz / whole grilled artichoke / grapefruit avocado salad / cheese plate / this hip gastro pub has an awesome interior / enjoy cocktails and small plates for a fun night out!
proof on main / www.proofonmain.com / 702 west main street / cabernet / heirloom tomato and watermelon salad / ricotta gnudi / take a stroll through the hotel lobby and check out the exhibits afterwards
la coop / www.coopbistro.com / 732 east market / the lavender room - lavender infused gin, lillet rose, grapefruit juice, honey / house salad - farm greens, grape tomatoes, pickled carrots, croutons, herb vinaigrette / fried green tomaotes with remoulade / ratatouille - layered vegetables with gruyere / this is a fun and lively place to be any night of the week / call ahead, as seating, even for two, is limited
wiltshire on market / www.wiltshirepantry.com / 636 east market street / shiraz / grateful greens wildfire mix, toasted hazelnuts, buttermilk blue cheese, local pear, tarragon red wine vinaigrette / eggplant and zucchini napoleon with capriole chevre, sundried tomato and toasted quinoa / yummy cuisine in a romantic setting
silver dollar / www.whiskeybythedrink.com / 1761 frankfort avenue / moscow mule - tito’s vodka, ginger syrup and lime / vegetable empanadas / romaine salad - chihuahua cheese, pickled jicama, carrots, cucumber and lime dressing / black bean soup with fried tortilla, cilantro and sour cream / this bustling hot spot is a fun honky tonk serving barkersfield fare
doc crow’s / www.doccrows.com / 127 west main street / margarita / fried green tomatoes with remoulade / smoked portobello sandwich topped with slaw and served on a brioche bun / the interior of this hip smokehouse is cool and the food is tasty!
classic high end
le relais / www.lerelaisrestaurant.com / 2817 taylorsville road / pouilly-fuisse / the boston bibb salad with English peas, radishes, goat cheese, chives and champagne vinaigrette / angel hair past with mushrooms, goat cheese, and provencal sauce / classic French fine dining in an art deco interior
lilly’s / www.lillyslapeche.com / 1147 bardstown road / cabernet / lilly’s fries with green goddess dressing / ratatouille and fontina gateau, eggplant and garlic veloute, bell pepper coulis and olive tapenade / service is perfect and friendly / this is the perfect place for a romantic dinner out
vincenzo’s / www.vincenzositalianrestaurant.com / 150 south fifth street / pinot noir / kentucky limestone bibb lettuce with walnuts, goat cheese, and orange supreme with champagne vinaigrette / pasta filled with wild mushrooms and mascarpone cheese and spinach / this italian classic has impeccable service and an impressive interior
211 clover lane / www.211clover.com / 211 clover lane / pinot noir / house salad / garganelli pasta / this classic gem is a perfect spot for a quiet, cozy date night
jack fry’s / www.jackfrys.com / 1007 bardstown road / chardonnay / warm brie salad / vegetable risotto / i love the ambiance of this clubby interior and classic cuisine!
english grill / www.brownhotel.com / 335 west broadway / chardonnay / endive and raddichio salad with toasted macadamia nuts and minus 8 dressing / harvest plate - chef’s array of kentucky proud vegetables / the christmas dinner buffet is also magical at this hallmark louisville restuarant!
captain’s quarters / www.cqriverside.com / 5700 captains quarters road / this river view is a vaction while in louisville / a summer evening here is fantastic and frequently there is live music / they also serve a great sunday brunch buffet, complete with made to order waffles and omelets
ww cousin’s / www.ilovecousins.com / Breckinridge lane at dupont lane / this is the best burger place in town! I miss it so!! The buns are baked in house and they have an awesome topping bar with 40 toppings, so you can create your own! Don’t miss the fresh baked cookies as well! My favorite has always been the reeces pieces and chocolate chip!
the bristol / www.bristolbarandgrill.com / 1321 bardstown road / a comforting classic / for dinner / a basket of half green chili wontons with avocado dipping sauce and artichoke fritters with remoulade / side salad with blue cheese dressing / linguini pietro (take a few bites and have the rest boxed up for dinner tomorrow!) / for the brunch buffet / green salad with edible flowers / cheese grits / mac and cheese / mexican scrambled eggs
caffé classico / www.caffe-classico.com / 2144 frankfort avenue / malbec / belgain pomme frittes / the west coast sandwich / the best fries in the city with 3 dipping sauces and a cool interior!