The atmosphere and theme of a restaurant can make it or break it. If the food is good and just being there is an experience, chances are people are going to remember it or tell their friends about it. These 11 Kentucky restaurants not only have great food, but they have whimsical atmospheres that you’ll never forget.
1. Missy's Out of the Way Cafe, Raywick
Missy's sure is "out of the way," but dining on their juicy steaks surrounded by all different themes of decor is worth the drive. From Halloween costumes to sports jerseys, Christmas lights to Mardi Gras beads, you'll find all sorts of items on the walls and ceiling at Missy's. Missy's Out of the Way Cafe is located at 860 Horseshoe Bend Road, Raywick, KY 40060.
2. Patti's 1880's Settlement, Grand Rivers
This well-known restaurant famous for their 2-inch pork chops also has their walls covered in interesting decor. Patti's also has gift shops, a petting zoo, a playground, and a mini golf course. Patti's 1880's Settlement is located at 1793 J H O'Bryan Avenue, Grand Rivers, KY 42045.
3. Proof on Main, Louisville
You'll know you've arrived at Proof on Main when you see red penguin statues on the roof and a gold replica of the David statue out front. The quirkiness continues inside with interesting art and figurines throughout the restaurant. Proof is one of the culinary gems of Louisville and has an award-winning bar. Proof on Main is located at 702 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202.
4. Seasons Restaurant, Corbin
When you walk into Seasons, you'll feel like you've just stepped into an old English pub, or maybe even a castle. The decor is cozy and classy, and if you can, try to get a seat next to the fireplace. Seasons Restaurant is located at 313 S. Main Street, Corbin, KY 40701.
5. The Glitz, Versailles
Dining at the Glitz is like dining in a fairy tale. Enjoy a three-course prix fixe lunch while feeling like you've stumbled into the world of Alice in Wonderland. The Glitz is located at 4205 Fords Mill Road, Versailles, KY 40383.
6. Shakespeare and Co., Lexington
Eat an upscale meal from a menu with a lot of variety in this eclectic restaurant with Victorian-inspired decor. Shakespeare and Co. is located at 367 W. Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507.
7. Flamingo Row, Paducah
Go on a Caribbean vacation for an hour or two at Flamingo Row. There is no shortage of tropical decorations, including flamingos of course. Flamingo Row is located at 2640 Perkins Creek Drive, Paducah, KY 42001.
8. Hillbilly Tea, Louisville
This tea shop that serves farm-to-table Appalachian cuisine has a rustic but charming decor. Teas are served in Mason jars of various size, and their loft is the coolest seat in the house. Hillbilly Tea is located at 106 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202.
9. The Whistle Stop, Glendale
The Whistle Stop serves down home food, and is located in Historic Glendale. This place has a cozy atmosphere that feels like you're dining in an antique shop...or Grandma's house. The Whistle Stop is located at 216 E. Main Street, Glendale, KY 42740.
10. York Street Cafe, Newport
York Street Cafe is a restaurant that doubles as an art gallery. Check out all the dolls, paintings, and interesting knick-knacks while you're there. They have killer desserts, so be sure to save room. There's also supposedly a ghost named Samantha on the second floor. York Street Cafe is located at 738 York Street, Newport, KY 41071.
11. Mammy's Kitchen, Bardstown
Mammy's Kitchen serves country food in a restaurant with a barnyard theme. The restaurants has a fun and casual feel to it and sometimes has live music. Mammy's Kitchen is located at 116 W. Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004.
If you’re looking for a dining experience that offers more than just a meal, be sure to check out these 11 restaurants. What other whimsical restaurants do we have in Kentucky?