Spring is in the air and the draw of outdoor dining is strong on beautiful days. One of the best ways to enjoy a beautiful day is with rooftop dining in Kentucky. There is nothing like the breeze in your hair and the smell of the fresh air while enjoying a delicious meal or a drink. Rooftop dining is great for groups of friends or a family get together—and under the moon, it can make for a perfect romantic evening.
10. Kentucky's many parks
Any one of our beautiful state parks offers a gorgeous environment for outdoor dining. Picnics can be perfect here sitting around a picnic table or hanging out overlooking the scenic beauty from places like Red River Gorge, Jenny Wiley, Paintsville and more.
9. The beautiful Cumberland Falls
This beautiful park offers a variety of spots to dine outdoors in the fresh air. Picnics are especially popular here and with good reason. Sitting under the stars and watching a waterfall while dining is a perfect way to inspire romance.
8. 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen on 350 W Chestnut Street in Louisville
This trendy American restaurant has a refreshing rooftop bar where diners can enjoy ribeye, mac and cheese, or whatever else catches their attention on the menu. There is something special about dining under the stars or having lunch under the gorgeous Kentucky sky.
7. Spire Rooftop Café at Hyatt Regency on 320 W Jefferson Street in Louisville
This venue caters to larger crowds, such as weddings and receptions, but also has a café for visitors. The view is a panoramic of Louisville, the Ohio River and southern Indiana. The food southern fare, but of a quality one would expect.
6. 360 Revolving Restaurant at Radisson Hotel on 668 W Fifth Street in Covington
This rotating restaurant closes seasonally but reopens on March 30th to welcome in spring with style. The food and atmosphere are well worth waiting for. The Prime Rib, mashed potatoes and green beans are absolutely delicious, and their Aus Jus sauce is renowned.
5. Hilton Garden Inn at 350 W Chestnut in Louisville
This sleek hotel has a high end rooftop restaurant that serves both breakfast and dinner. Expect a sheek environment and a perfectly prepared meal under the stars if visiting here. The prices fit the establishment, but you won’t be disappointed.
4. Ice House on 226 E Washington Street in Louisville
This is a unique event and catering facility that hosts wedding celebrations and receptions, city events, parties and holiday events. Tickets are usually on sale for some of the unique attractions, such as wine or bourbon tasting. As the Derby gets closer, the Ice House will get busier, but everything created within those walls is served with perfection. During spring and summer, many events are hosted outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, but the catering goes anywhere.
3. Skybar, Penthouse Level at 269 W Main Street in Lexington
This is a swanky lounge that provides a piano player to entertain diners in the high class way one would expect from a penthouse. This is not a place to wear daisy dukes or ragged jeans, but is a far more chic type of environment with an incredible view, food and drinks.
2. Monkey Wrench at 1025 Barrett Avenue in Louisville
This funky bar and eatery has an eclectic atmosphere and friendly service. They offer a variety of music varying from dueling banjos at breakfast to open mics with local entertainment at night. The food is more pub style but is a very good example of that type of cuisine, especially the Monkey Burger, as shown. Have a drink and some food with friends under the stars here is well worth the trip.
1. Rivue Restaurant and Lounge at 140 N Fourth Street in Louisville
This rotating restaurant offers an alternating view of the city of Louisville, the Ohio River and part of Indiana. The service is usually very attentive and the food cooked as one would expect for the price. It is a great place to enjoy a unique view of the area from high above.
Eating outdoors in our state is such a refreshing experience, regardless if you do it in a restaurant, pub or in the great outdoors. What is your favorite spot for rooftop dining in Kentucky?