Food Scene

In Louisville, fresh ingredients are a priority, culinary talent is on the rise and the community is engaged in trying new restaurants. Check out the following list of restaurants hand-selected by committee members and RCA members local to the Louisville area.

Recommended Louisville Hot Spots

Restaurants noted with a ★ are participated in the opening reception on Wednesday, March 13.

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Restaurant Name



610 Magnolia 610 Magnolia Ave Modern, Southern Cuisine
Against the Grain 401 E Main St. Brewery, Cocktails, BBQ
Akasha Brewing 909 E Market St. Local Craft Beer, Brewery
★ bar Vetti 800 S 4th St. Pizza, Pasta, Cocktails, Natural Wine
Big Al's Beeritaville 1715 Mellwood Ave. Patio, Cheap Food, Margaritaville
Big Bar 1202 Bardstown Rd. Cocktails, LGBTQ
Blue Dog 2868 Frankfort Ave. Artisan Bread, Brunch, Charcuterie
Bourbon Barrel Foods 1201 Story Ave. Ste 175 Speciality Foods
★ Bourbon's Bistro 2255 Frankfort Ave. American
Brendon's Catch 23 5050 S. 4th St. Seafood, American
Buck's Restaurant 425 W. Ormsby Ave Continental
Butchertown Grocery 1076 E Washington St. Upscale New American
★ Butchertown Social 1601 Story Ave. Live Music, Cocktails
Climb Nulu 1000 E Market St. Indoor Climbing Gym
★ Con Huevos 2339 Frankfort Ave. Mexican, Brunch
Decca 812 E Market St. New American, Patio
Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar 127 W. Main St. BBQ, Seafood, Southern
Eiderdown 983 Goss Ave. Gastropub
Feast BBQ 909 E Market St. BBQ, Bourbon, Beer
Flying Axes 146 N Clay St. Axe-throwing Bar
Galaxie 732 E Market St. Margaritas, Tacos
★ Garage Bar 700 E Market St. Drinks, Ping-Pong, Pizza
Gralehaus 1001 Baxter Ave. Brunch, Espresso, Beer
Grind Burger Kitchen 829 E Market St. Fresh Ground Burgers
Harvest 624 E Market St. Southern, Farm-to-Table
Holy Grale 1034 Bardstown Rd. Craft Draft
Jack Fry's 1007 Bardstown Rd. American, Southern
Kentucky Taco Company 502 Warnock St. Tacos, Emapandas
La Chasse 1359 Bardstown Rd. Spanish, French
La Lupita 827 Eastern Blvd. Authentic Mexican
Le Moo 2300 Lexington Rd. Steakhouse, American
Lilly's - A Kentucky Bistro 1147 Bardstown Rd. American, Southern
Louisville Beer Store 746 E Market St. Craft Beer
Louisville Cream 632 E Market St. Modern Ice Cream Parlor
Marketplace Restaurant 651 S. 4th St. American, Bar Food
★ Mayan Café 813 E Market St. Mayan, Mexican 
Meta 425 W Chestnut St. Upscale, Craft Cocktails
Milkwood 316 W Main St. Southern Inspiration, Asian flavor
Moonlite BBQ 2840 W Parrish Ave. BBQ
Mussel & Burger Bar 113 S 7th St. American  
Muth's Candies 630 E Market St. Modjeskas, Bourbon Balls, 
Nachbar 969 Charles St. Beer Garder, Neighborhood Staple
Nouvelle Wine Bar 214 S Clay St. Wine Bar, Retail
Play 1101 E Washington St. Dance, DJ
★ Please & Thank You 800 E Market St. Cookies & Coffee, Loud Music
Proof on Main 702 W. Main St. American
Quills 802 E Main St. Coffee, Espresso, Treats
Red Hog 2622 Frankfort Ave. Butcher, Deli, Craft Beer
Royals Hot Chicken 736 E Market St. Fried Chicken, Champagne
Rye/Lox 900 E Market St. Cocktails, Boozie Brunch
Seviche 1538 Bardstown Rd. Latin American, Craft Cocktails
Silver Dollar 1761 Frankfort Ave. Bourbon
Sunergos 2122 S Preston St. Espresso, Coffee-bar 
The Back Door 1250 Bardstown Rd. Dive Bar
The Pearl 1151 Goss Ave. Old School Cocktails
The Taj 807 E Market St.  Bar, Bourbon, Maloney
Toast on Market 620 E. Market St. American, Breakfast
Vietnam Kitchen 5339 Mitscher Ave. Pho, Beer
★ Whiskey Dry 412 S 4th St. Whiskey, Burger Bar
Wiltshire 636 E Market St. Intimate Dining, Wine & Drinks
Zanzabar 2100 S Preston St. Bar Arcade