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Dudley's on Short, Lexington, KY

Dudley's on Short

4.7
4.7
2194 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Dudley's Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Lexington dining scene since 1981. Dudley's offers delicious modern American cuisine with an impressive wine list to match.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 252-1010

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Mark Richardson

  • Private party facilities

    We have the ability seat 20- 60 guests in our private dining rooms. They are eloquently appointed and located on the second floor. A bar is available adjacent to the rooms.

  • Neighbourhood

    Lexington

  • Cross Street

    259 West Short Street #125

  • Parking Details

    Valet is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,194 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lexington

    Best Ambiance

  • Lexington

    Brunch

  • Lexington

    Hot Spot

  • Lexington

    Notable Wine List

  • Lexington

    Special Occasion

  • Lexington

    American

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  1. B

    Babs19

    Richmond

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance at Dudley’s are always first class
  2. AB

    AndreeB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the food,the ambiance and the decor.It’s one of our favorite restaurant in Lexington
  3. KW

    KristinW

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a great experience with food and service. Would definitely come back!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I RARELY give 5 stars to ANYTHING but this experience was perfect. Kazman our server was excellent. Food… perfect. Ambiance…gorgeous. Hostess gave us a table by the fireplace…lovely. Even the water boy never left us without water. If you are in Lexington, go to Duley’s on Short. Anything else will be mediocre compared this experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The ambience of the restaurant is perfectly romantic and cozy but unfortunately the food and staff do not compare. The sea bass special was very over cooked and bland and did not seem good quality, so very disappointing for $42. Server didn’t even give complete description of specials when asked. An hour later we heard another waitress give complete list of specials to another table. We were never even asked how our food was. Was hopeful this would be a new favorite restaurant but I don’t think so.
  6. EM

    ElliottM

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time in over ten years. Excellent food and even better service. A little pricey, but it was worth it
  8. S

    Susan

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is amazing and always accommodating. The food is top notch.
  9. V

    Victoria

    Louisville

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another enjoyable evening at Dudley’s We had a great table near the fireplace. Alex and her trainee, Lexie were a great team - pleasant and knowledgeable. The pork chop and the fish special were excellent. The castle and Key cocktail was perfect. Great night celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary.
  10. RF

    RedsFan

    Cincinnati

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food is good but not exceptional. The best salad was the best. The prices are high and the service is great
  11. JS

    JasonS

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an exceptional dinner at Dudley’s. In town for the Breeder’s Cup and downtown was packed. Arrived right in time for our reservation, valet parked and we were seated immediately. Service was wonderful. He explained the specials well and let us know which dishes they were running low on in case that would affect our ordering. The kitchen turned out the dishes quickly and they were well executed and perfectly season. Brownie sundae for dessert was delicious. Cannot wait to go back.
  12. A

    Abby

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    A beautiful spot. We were visiting from out of town. Would recommend!
  13. J

    Jackie

    Richmond

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dudleys consistently delivers excellent food and top service.
  14. J

    Jessica

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and our server was awesome!
  15. N

    Noni

    Las Vegas

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal perfectly prepared! Love the ambiance and the staff are super friendly and accommodating.
  16. JA

    JenniferA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have only been to Dudley's twice but both times have been wonderful experiences and I would recommend this as a place to check out when visiting downtown Lexington.
  17. JK

    JanineK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It was our first time to Dudley’s and had heard some good things about this restaurant. Sadly this wasn’t our experience. We had to wait over an hour for our salads to arrive and they only arrived about 10 minutes later after I asked waiter where they were. We also had to ask for rolls as we were so hungry. I had the scallops and though they tasted very nice one of them still had some of the shell on it which wasn’t pleasant at all. It was also our daughter’s 20th birthday but no free deserts were offered her even though we were asked if it was for a special occasion. Oh well a very expensive unsatisfactory evening 😞
  18. V

    Victoria

    Louisville

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch at Dudley’s. Nicholas, our server was helpful and knowledgeable, but not intrusive. He had good suggestions for both cocktails and food. The Pear cocktail was delicious! Eggs Benedict and Da’ Burger were great. Da’ Burger is huge!! Another enjoyable brunch at Dudley’s.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual and the special tonight was fantastic!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Recommendations by our server were great.
  21. KM

    KelleyM

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite Lexington restaurant. The have never fallen short. I highly recommend them. I had the filet and my husband had the ribeye. Both were perfectly cooked and the flavor was excellent. Cocktails were excellent and the wine selection is extensive if you like a nice bottle of wine. I also highly recommend the espresso martini.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Fabulous filet and ribeye, wonderful wine suggestion.
  23. MC

    MarieC

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    Dudley’s was one of my favorite downtown restaurants. The past three times I’ve eaten there were a disappointment. Service was great, drink was weak and noise level high…the meals not so good. Always loved the Pasta Dudley, but this had no resemblance to what it was, Steak was so so. It’s a lovely venue with a great reputation. Unfortunately, I won’t be rushing back.
  24. DC

    DaveC

    Louisville

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Sunday dinner with superior service. Nicholas was excellent. This was our first meal here but won’t be our last.
  25. CC

    CarrieC

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Always delicious & beautiful atmosphere! Acoustics are tough/loud.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Ladies and Gentlemen come on in to Dudley's to marvel at the horse racing history wall on your right beside the Hostess. This stunning white table-cloth restaurant has a chef who has absolutely mastered brunch! We had the Chicken Salad fruit tray, Quiche served souffle style, and Frittata. I have made quiche numerous times to be astounded the difference whipping cream makes to this delightful dish. The meal was tastefully affordable with the vibe relaxing; quaint yet fancy. The single rose bud vases gave an elegant touch to the lovely table presentation. Dudley's is worth the trip downtown for an affordable yet tasteful luxurious meal with your favorite person. One set back that downplayed the unique luxury of this restaurant is the lack of class in the servers attire. Too short is not classy anywhere you go. If your waitress throughout the meal is pulling her dress down to cover her bottom or her top up to cover her exposed bossom then she is not comfortable in her own clothing choice. And clearly was a poor decision with lack of self respect to wear something so tacky to a fine dining eatery. I would love to see CLASSY DRESSED SERVERS here as we will certainly be back to explore the supper menu at a later time. We'd like to send our CONGRATULATIONS to the chef for creating such masterpieces for a brunch engagement. FABULOUSLY DELICIOUS.
  27. CH

    CherylH

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Food amazing! Highly recommend!
  28. D

    Dukie

    Cincinnati

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit to what seems to be a longtime Lexington favorite. Great atmosphere, wonderful food and super friendly and efficient staff. Thank you for a great lunch!
  29. c

    chicagomike

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walking into the restaurant with its paintings and framed horsing news articles you feel you are walking into racing history. The wainscoting and maroon walls are reminiscent of an English hunt club. Order their famous gold rush cocktail with a bourbon base and you will be off to a great start. Tournedos Maxwell we’re perfectly done and the bourbon crème brûlée was unique and in and of itself reason to return.
  30. P

    Phil

    Louisville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love Dudley's on Short. We live in Louisville so try to eat here when we have an event in Lexington. We like that it is quite (at least the times we have dined which is on the earlier side) and the food is delicious. We have had Kazman as our waiter twice and he is awesome. Attentive and he knows the menu well. We got there early and the host was able to accommodate an earlier seating. Good wine selection by the glass as not ridiculous prices.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Food was cold. Server was not knowledgeable and did not return to our table throughout the meal. Didn’t even notice we had barely touched our cold Benedict’s. Will not be back.
  32. M

    Manya

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend and I shared what turned out to be a 3-course brunch for only $60 (no alcohol, and shared appetizer and dessert, but still that's very reasonable for a large and beautifully presented meal). It was delightfully quiet, even in the bar, at the end of their brunch time. I'm sure it was much louder at noon, so we were lucky my friend had traffic problems and we sat down at 2.
  33. AS

    AliciaS

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful brunch. their brunch rolls are special. Great mimosas Entree was perfect
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Very accommodating
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Our service was really bad. Server would disappear for long periods of time. Food all came out at different times. My dish sat in front of me for 6 minutes before next plate arrived.
  36. HT

    HollyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Great service! Will definitely be back.
  37. PC

    PatriciaC

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was delightful. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful evening on the gorgeous roof!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Waiter was rude from the every beginning . We had a 945 reservation . We showed up at 945. We we’re seated and I stayed at the table while the rest of my party went to wash their hands . The waiter came to the table and told me the kitchen was closing and I should order our food and drinks for the people washing their hands . I was appalled . I said I would like to wait for them to wash their hands and look at the menu and the waiter gave me a huge attitude . Then he proceeded to rush us through our meal literally telling us to hurry up and bringing the food out almost all together . As we were leaving he told us to be becareful because Lexington was a scary place after a certain time. It was before 1045 pm because he had rushed us through a meal in less then an hour. It made no sense and none of us could understood what he meant by this comment . We were in town for business and this restaurant was highly recommended by a friend . We had planned to eat at this restaurant at least 2 more times in the week were visiting . I will never eat at this restaurant again. Totally unprofessional and miserable experience .
  39. JR

    JuliaR

    Louisville

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The specials were great and Grace was so wonderful!
  40. M

    Mo1908

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and drinks !

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Dudley's on Short offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 252-1010.

Dudley's on Short is rated 4.7 stars by 2194 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Dudley's on Short

259 W. Short St., Lexington, KY 40507

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    259 West Short Street #125

  • Neighbourhood

    Lexington

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Mark Richardson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (859) 252-1010

  • Private party facilities

    We have the ability seat 20- 60 guests in our private dining rooms. They are eloquently appointed and located on the second floor. A bar is available adjacent to the rooms.

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