Add some flavor to your routine and ditch those boring chain restaurants! Here in Louisville, we’re blessed to have an incredible culinary scene, rich with culture and diversity– all we need to do is be spontaneous enough to explore these amazing places. So, on your next lunch break, birthday dinner, or anniversary, check out these 15 delicious restaurants found around the city.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Rivue Restaurant & Lounge
Watch the sunset cascade across the Ohio River from 25 stories up in this one-of-a-kind rotating restaurant, which serves some of the best French-American fare in town. Rivue is the only rotating restaurant in Louisville and provides the most breathtaking views of our amazing city. A reservation here would be perfect for any special occasion.
Rivue is located atop the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville at 140 N Fourth St, Louisville, KY 40202.
This NULU restaurant focuses on using local and sustainable ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally to bring Louisville the freshest flavors, and it is one of the most highly rated restaurants in the city.
Rye is located at 900 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206.
3. New Wave Burritos
Everyone has to try these burritos once in their lifetime! New Wave Burritos serves up great portions at a cheap price, and creates unique specials every week. Try out their sushi burrito, stuffed with ginger chile cooked shrimp, rice, vinegar slaw, eel sauce, nori, avocado cream cheese, sesame seeds, and green onions. Oh, AND they deliver.
New Wave Burritos is located at 3311 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40213.
4. Proof on Main
Stop by Proof on Main to eat a true work of art. Located in the 21c Museum and Hotel downtown, this restaurant is a must-see for art connoisseurs.
Proof on Main is located at 702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202.
Pictured above: s'mores dessert at Proof on Main with marshmallow, graham cracker ice cream, and ganache.
5. Morels Cafe
Whether you're a meat lover or full-out vegan, you have to try out Morels Cafe. This vegan restaurant serves alternatives to well-known sandwiches, such as the Farby Sandwich, an Arby's replacement that could fool the proudest carnivores. They also have Kentucky Kombucha on tap and homemade poptarts. With meals being under $10 here, this is a Louisville gem that everyone needs to try.
Morels Cafe is located at 619 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204.
Pictured above: the Farby meal at Morels Cafe.
6. Mussel and Burger Bar
Owned by Chef Fernando Martinez, who also started two other successful louisville restaurants, El Taco Luchador and Havana Rumba, this restaurant is one of most highly rated in the city and serves up flavorful mussel and burger dishes you can't find anywhere else.
Mussel and Burger Bar has two locations: one at 113 S 7th St, and the other at 9200 Taylorsville Rd.
7. English Grill
This restaurant is one that everyone must visit when in Louisville! Located in the Brown Hotel, this restaurant is the birthplace of the Hot Brown. Dining here or staying in the hotel itself makes you feel as though you have been transported back in time, due to the elegant renaissance architecture and decor that remains today.
The English Grill is located at 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.
8. Mayan Cafe
Chef Bruce Ucán uses traditional Mayan flavors in his farm-to-table dishes at the Mayan Cafe. The food here is incredibly fresh, flavorful, and authentic, and consistently provides customers with creative and delicious meals.
Mayan Cafe is located at 813 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206.
Started by Chef Anthony Lamas, Seviche is a Latin Restaurant that serves unforgettable dishes. Chef Lamas has been featured on Food Network and Southern Living, and was a semi-finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards.
Seviche is located at 1538 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205.
Grilled pork chop with feijoada at Seviche.
Any fan of southern food needs to visit Harvest, a farm-to-table restaurant that serves amazing comfort food. The ingredients here are sourced locally and the freshness can be tasted in every bite.
Harvest is located at 624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202.
Hammerheads is a small restaurant in Germantown that many might overlook, but this place is heaven for meat-lovers. They offer venison, elk, chorizo, and angus burgers, and have a variety of flavorful fries cooked in duck fat. Try their Grippo or Truffle Fries-- they won't disappoint!
Hammerheads is located at 921 Swan St, Louisville, KY 40204.
12. 610 Magnolia
Owned by Chef Edward Lee, a four-time James Beard Award Nominee and Top Chef Contestant, this restaurant offers a fixed-price menu that changes weekly. If you're looking for a truly unique dining experience, check out 610 Magnolia in Old Louisville and try either their four or six course meal, with the option of wine pairing.
610 Magnolia is located at 610 W Magnolia Ave, Louisville, KY 40208.
13. The Table
The Table not only offers amazing, locally sourced food, but is also based around an incredibly wholesome business model. There are no set prices at this restaurant. Instead, customers have the option to pay what they can, pay the suggested price, or "pay-it-forward" by giving more than the suggested price. You can also choose to volunteer here to pay for your meals. Their motto is that everyone is welcome at the table, no matter how much money you have. I think everyone should try out this restaurant and take part in this charitable eating experience.
The Table is located at 1800 Portland Ave, Louisville, KY 40203.
Located in a historical 1870s building, Decca is an American restaurant that serves delicious food created by Chef Annie, featuring fun live music sessions and a beautiful outdoor garden.
Decca is located at E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206.
Chef John Varanese creates and serves Mediterranean-New American fare at his restaurant located on Frankfort Avenue. Here you will find unusual and delectable dishes such as the bone marrow plate featured in the photo above.
Varanese is located at 2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206.
Did all of your favorite Louisville eateries make the list? Comment below and tell me any of the restaurants I missed, and don’t be too afraid to check out any of the places you haven’t heard of yet. Happy eating, Louisville!