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Dudley's on Short, Lexington, KY

Dudley's on Short

4.7
4.7
2267 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 30 times today

Dining areas

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 2,267 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Ambience

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for brunch

  • Central Kentucky

    Good for business meals

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for fine wines

  • Lexington

    Best Service

  • Lexington

    Best Ambience

  • Lexington

    Great for brunch

  • Lexington

    Good for business meals

  • Lexington

    Great for fine wines

  • Lexington

    Romantic

  • Lexington

    American

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Dudley's had a great brunch menu! It was the perfect place for a meal before the afternoon at the Opera House
  2. Marion

    Louisville

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful! My friends and I often go to brunch before a play and they make sure we are always happy and on schedule.
  3. Foodiefromky

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner and it was all excellent! We had the Meat and cheese to start. Great selection. My husband had the grilled pork chop with mustard spaetzle which was delicious. My favorite is always the pasta Dudley. Thank you for a wonderful meal!!
  4. Dgh2

    New York Area

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dudley’s is the best. Fabulous service only second to the great food. Debbie keeps the classic restaurant classy and on top. Lexington has a world class establishment in Dudleys
  5. CarylP

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous lunch. The food was over the top and it is such a cozy and relaxing space to be able to spend time in, just enjoying your meal. The staff was present just the right amount of time.
  6. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a couple of recommendations from friends to try Dudley’s How happy we did Steven took exceptional care of us and he is a keeper I would say everything was on point What we were expecting is what we got, no disappointments Keep up the great work Oh, the food was exceptional
  7. JulieT

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always!!!
  8. Stephaniet

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had brunch. The club sandwich was possibly the best I have ever had and included very thinly sliced house made chips which were cooked perfectly crispy. I asked for a side of honey mustard and they don't have that so the chef actually just whipped some up for me. The chicken salad fruit plate was also fantastic. Our server was very attentive. The restaurant was around half capacity so the noise level quiet enough to carry on a normal conversation. I will definitely go back soon.
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice environment for a date. Cozy and comfortable while pretty. Food was delicious. Service was perfect.
  10. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Ambiance was awesome, beautiful upstairs. Service was excellent, drinks were good but food was disappointing. Have ordered Pasta Dudley for years, did not look or taste the same. Steak for someone in our party was extremely undercooked.
  11. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable.
  12. SDicken179

    Louisville

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and great evening’. Service and food were great!
  13. AshleyY

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    IT'S A MUST ON THE LEXINGTON LIST. FOOD IS EXCELLENT.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The pork chop I ordered had less flavor than I was expecting for the price. Great experience otherwise! Please bring back the plain vanilla crème brûlée, the consistency of them flavored ones never fully solidify.
  15. JulieH

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! The food was delicious! We look forward to going back.
  16. John

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect! Great place for special birthday dinner. Manager, staff and waitress were fantastic!!
  17. EtmC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Lackluster meal and service, unfortunately. The room is welcoming just wish the food lived up to the surroundings.
  18. KatieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here to celebrate my birthday, it was so lovely! Easy to park in the pay lot right on the corner, friendly hostess staff, a surprise birthday sundae and beautiful atmosphere
  19. KimberleyV

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way
  20. friends

    Atlanta Metro

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Steven, was professional, attentive, and knowledgeable. He ensured our service flowed smoothly on a busy Sunday brunch. Thank you!
  21. DavidL

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Everything about the restaurant was Average. Our waiter was good but that was about it.
  22. RayG

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent experience; friendly, great service
  23. KelyC

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was amazing. Best chicken salad I have ever er eaten in my life. Fruit bowl was so fresh. We will definitely go again
  24. Dustin

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    One of our favorites spots to dine, however this meal in particular was “rough”. Ordered Red Snapper special; fish was woefully undercooked/prepared, rubbery skin and most of serving was rare. Even the accompanying fat man mushrooms and fingerling potatoes were undercooked and lacked seasoning. Ran short on time to get to concert, so just didn’t eat it; my wife’s dishes were great, as were the apps and drinks. Waiter took dishes away, but came back shortly to remark that he noticed the fish “was terribly cooked”, and that dessert would be on them. Spectacular demonstration of the young man, and really astonishing that someone would notice without the patron just complaining! Perhaps the manager noticed, or even the chef, but still was remarkable. Didn’t have the time for desserts, but appreciated the offer. Still a wonderful place to dine, and we’ll be back.
  25. bikerchick

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, over the top food and service. Great dining experience.
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Everything was good other than steaks being over cooked. Bone in rib-eye was pretty thin as well. Meat quality was not comparable to Tony’s or Coles level. Environment was great and is a really unique place.
  27. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday brunch
  28. JenniferLB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, a favorite spot to enjoy food, cocktails and fellowship.
  29. JJjj

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice after the ballgame crowd cleared out.
  30. SteveK

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were excellent and we really appreciated the server's assistance with the specials for the evening. Dudley's has always been our go to restaurant for special occasions and we were not disappointed.
  31. lindaS

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Loved the setting and the service. My filet was undercooked - sent back once and came back still undercooked. Offered a free dessert.
  32. MarkS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Lexington. We've been going here for more than 30 years (incl. old site in Dudley Square).
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner for an early Valentines Day
  34. ARod

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The food was a little cold. My wife fried chicken was under cook. They remade it and was better and the sides were hot. The server did a fantastic job. The service was really really good.
  35. RobertW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic rooms decorated beautifully, wonderful food, great service, not noisy, just what we were hoping for. For all that quality the price reasonable.
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Came for brunch with my friends. I got the eggs benedict and it was DELICIOUS!! Would come back next time I’m in the area.
  37. BobM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Dudley's ambience and atmosphere. Very classy place. Excellent waiter. Salmon was a bit pricey which might prevent me from going back as frequently. One of my favorite restaurants in Lexington.
  38. KelleyM

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. The jalapeño appetizer was wonderful.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a longtime patron I appreciate the consistency. Everything is always right and proper at Dudley’s!
  40. GLH02

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Allie was amazing and made the dinner that much better

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 2267 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 30 times today
Google Map for Dudley's on Short

259 W. Short St., Lexington, KY 40507

Dining areas

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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