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Matt Winns Steakhouse, Louisville, KY

Matt Winns Steakhouse

4.6
4.6
535 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Welcome to Louisville's best kept secret, Matt Winn's Steakhouse. Perched over the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack, Matt Winn’s offers a unique fine dining experience catered to Kentucky indulgence and hospitality.
Our unparalleled service and food quality will round out your dining expectations when paired with our extensive wine and bourbon selections. At Matt Winn's you’ll find everything you need for a special occasion or just a night out with friends. Prime steaks like our Bone in Ribeye, Filet Oscar, and Wagyu Short Rib are the backbone of our menu, but we go far beyond steak. Scallops, oysters, crab, and fresh seasonal fish options will beckon the seafood lover at heart. Allow us to elevate your visit when you join us on Sundays during live racing starting May 15th. Let us to transport you back in time to a bygone era where fashion, ambiance, and food unite to create the best dining experience in the city.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 636-4888

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Stephen Dunn

  • Neighbourhood

    South Louisville

  • Cross Street

    Churchill Downs Drive/Thornberry Avenue - Parking in gated lot W19

  • Parking Details

    Enter via Churchill Downs main entrance, 700 Central Avenue. Continue until you reach Matt Winns/VIP parking lot (light post will have W19). Once there a host will check you in and show you how to get into the track and restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 535 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Notable Wine List

  • Central Kentucky

    Scenic View

  • Louisville

    Notable Wine List

  • Louisville

    Scenic View

  • Louisville

    Steakhouse

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  1. MS

    MicheleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! The food was excellent. The bourbon and wine selections are amazing. We will be back again soon!
  2. MA

    MilesA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening with a scenic view. A bit of a walk to get there but we’ll worth it considering the food and ambience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Dinner!!! Ask for Levi to be your server he was amazing!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, experience, and the wait staff was top notch…especially Levi.
  6. LP

    LeslieP

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    We arrived with a friend that is handicapped and we’re told there were not any wheelchairs or golf carts available on Sundays. We were informed after sitting down that the restaurant was entirely out of all filet cuts. Service was sub par. No dessert offerings and part of the appetizer order never arrived. A manager never stopped by the table to explain the lack of service and food
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    This is not the a place. Where your going to be blown away by how good food. Onion ring ate not good at all. They were over cooked. With how much breading they put on them. They probably have to be to be done. The calamari was good but sauce they served it with was not. Bake potatoe was so small I thought it was a joke. Ribeye was good but over cook. I order med came out med well. The atmosphere is awesome but they need to step the food game up for how much it cost. The white cranberry cosmopolitan was the highlight of the night. Might be a place you just grab some drinks.
  8. s

    stephanieh

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food was exceptional. Beautiful view of the track as well. Will certainly go back!
  9. CS

    ChristopherS

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Service was not attentive. Order was not correct or fulfilled correctly. Was seriously disappointed in this first visit to this restaurant; did not come close to meeting the hype or expectations.

    Matt Winns SteakhouseResponded on November 12, 2022It was very nice speaking with you on the phone yesterday, we would like to personally thank you for the feedback, and we look forward to hosting you on your next visit.

  10. R

    Robert

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Drinks were on point. Friendly staff. Steaks and whipped potatoes were too salty.
  11. CS

    ChrisS

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Excellent steak. Fantastic bourbon selection but overpriced. A bit loud. Sides were average.
  12. MF

    MichaelF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Seating was poor and snobbish—my wife and I were seated in the back corner by the kitchen. The manager is a snooty jerk and doesn’t value common people. The place has potential but is poorly managed.
  13. D

    Disappointed

    Indiana

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    I was so excited to return to this restaurant. I left a glowing 5 star review last time. This visit was anything but desirable. Drinks were fabulous as always. The restaurant has a fantastic wine and bourbon menu. Our server was Slade. He was less than friendly. He indicated they had a new chef and boy, I wish the last one would come back. They have changed the menu. They removed the steak tartare, which was my favorite. However, they added some new options. We tried the whipped goat cheese fondue, which I cannot recommend. It had an odd greasy layer that never mixed, and had little flavor. (If you want good goat cheese, go to Porcini's for their app). The wedge salad was pretty good, though it pales in comparison to the ones at Ruth's Chris and Jeff Ruby's. The shrimp cocktail was so so. The shrimp was very large, but the cocktail sauce and horseradish left something to be desired. It's not like St. Elmo's if that's what you're hoping for. Everything went downhill from this point. We ordered a porterhouse and a 10 oz filet, both medium. Both came to us charred and raw in the center. My baked potato was not hot enough to melt the butter. The sweet potato puree (awful by the way), was lukewarm at best. We asked for both to be reheated. By the time our steaks were returned to us, all the other sides were ordered were ice cold. (Carrots, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts). We both ate a few bites of our steaks. They just weren't good. There was a major lapse of time between apps and the 1st steaks, so by the 2nd serving of the same steaks, we were kinda over it. The manager never came by to address the matter. We didn't request one, but it seems to me that when a customer has just paid a six hundred and fifty dollar bill including two hundred dollars worth of inedible steaks, you might stop by to see if you can make things right. Based on this visit, I am cancelling my upcoming reservation for a birthday party. We won't be back.
  14. L

    Laughingman

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible, everything was entirely delicious and perfectly cooked!
  15. ST

    SherriT

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Celebrated my husband’s birthday. Dinner was delectable. Great value. The ambiance was nice. And the added backdrop of Churchill Downs track made for a great view and pictures. Highly recommended.
  16. GB

    GBLOCK

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome dinner, with a view of the Churchill Downs track. The steak was perfect, and I do mean perfect. My wife’s chicken dish was nothing short of epic. Our wait staff was right on the spot for anything we needed. I don’t think my water glass ever got more than half empty. Thank you for the wonderful evening.
  17. DR

    DebbieR

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first dining experience, but it's sure to not be my last. Everything was superb, a real Louisville destination.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing!! Service was amazing!! We went here for our anniversary and they made us feel so special. They gave us a beautiful table with a great view. A MUST SEE!!
  19. HH

    HammieHamHam

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Matt Winns for a friend’s birthday. The food and drinks were delicious. More importantly, perhaps, our server Meg was absolutely incredible!! Highly recommend Matt Winns. And please ask for Meg as your server! You will not be disappointed.
  20. AW

    AshleyW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space and view, unparalleled service! Definitely recommend
  21. DH

    DavidH

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Took out of town clients . All 4 steaks had to be returned, they were all over cooked . Servers were great, manager sent back that took 25 min so get the correct ones. 1 was still not overcooked not a good look for a steakhouse
  22. D

    Disappointed

    Indiana

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am so pleased I found this gem. I brought my best friend here to celebrate her birthday. The place is gorgeous, has comfortable seating, and nice tablecloths. They offer a golf cart shuttle from your car to the restaurant, which is a nice touch. The only downside whatsoever was that we had to wait 30 minutes for a server to come by. Plenty servers passed by without noticing us, but our waters were refreshed several times. From that point on however, everything went flawlessly. Our server was Danielle and she was friendly and made great suggestions for our meal. The manager also personally came by to apologize for the mishap, which was kind. The restaurant comped our appetizers which was a very thoughtful gesture, even though I told them it wasn't necessary. We had: focaccia bread and biscuits with strawberry butter, beef tartare, a charcuterie tray, 2 filets, whipped potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. For dessert, they brought my friend a piece of cake with a candle. We also ordered a no bake cookie and a bourbon ball. We had a bottle of sparkling wine that was super chilled. My only critique of the tartare was I really like cornichons on the side rather than sliced pickles. The filets were cooked perfectly and were incredibly tender. I will *absolutely* return and will recommend. Also note, they have space to host large parties, which is a bonus. We didn't sit in the bar area, but it was very beautiful and had pretty chandeliers. They have a noteworthy wine and bourbon list. They also offer Pappy Van Winkle!
  23. a

    annad

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Made the reservation several weeks in advance of our travel to Louisville for my husband’s birthday. We have been to the restaurant every time we come to town. Food was not quite as good as usual but the staff is fantastic and that is what keeps us coming back.
  24. EW

    EmilyW

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited Matt Winn’s for a third time and brought along a few friends who hadn’t been yet. Always impressed with the service, ambiance and quality of the food. One of my favorite special occasion spots! Our server told us the new menu is coming out soon, so I’ll be sure to visit again!
  25. MH

    MeghanH

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service was very scatteted..menu items were different from food that came out..was not told of menu change..
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night I ate at Matt winns for my birthday. It was my first time there. The restaurant is beautiful, the food is amazing, and our server Levi made the experience unforgettable. He made us feel like we were the only ones there in the restaurant. Everyone I encountered at Matt winns were very attentive and extremely friendly. I will definitely be back.
  27. E

    Erin

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Prepare to make this an all night event. Service is ridiculously slow.
  28. MM

    MelanieM

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Loved being able to see a race. Wish food was a little more spectacular. Desserts looked store bought so didn’t spend money on them. Need more spectacular homemade desserts. Something warm with ice cream like a bourbon pecan pie or Kentucky Butter cake.

    Matt Winns SteakhouseResponded on October 2, 2022MelanieM - I agree our desserts look so well made but trust me that they are all made in house by our amazing pastry chef! And they taste better than they look...I wish we could have convinced you to try a macaron or slice of the raspberry chocolate cake. We rotate our dessert cart options and last week you would have had the option of the Finish Line Pie (our version of a bourbon pecan pie) and a few weeks back Chef Christina made a spectator Kentucky Butter Cake!

  29. LP

    LisaP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt Wynns was tremendous. The staff is very friendly and attentive. They explained the menu and answered all questions. I purposely made an early reservation so we could watch the last 2 races from millionaires row.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time there and it was every bit as good as the first time. This is a hidden gem in town. It’s expensive but worth it.
  31. T

    Tiffany

    Austin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    I gave the overall experience a 3, mainly due to our inability to get into the track to secure our bets for the first race. Our reservation was at 5PM and were told we would have a concierge to pick us up at the gates at 4:45. I called at 4:45, no concierge. I was told he would arrive in 2 minutes. Called again at 4:55, was told concierge would arrive in 2 minutes. Concierge didn’t show up until after 5PM, so we obviously missed the first race. Totally unacceptable. My recommendation to folks who want to see first race and dine at Matt’s is to purchase a general admission ticket, so you can at least, get into the track, get the programs, and bet on the first race. That said, the food was great. Service was superb. Matt’s average rating totally due to their lack of early accessibility to betting and experiencing the first race on a Thursday night.
  32. R

    Rick

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite places to have a nice dinner. We had the steak , ahi tuna and a crab cake . They were all point on. We had a table with a view of Churchill Downs track and were able to see the races. They even brought a surprise dessert for my birthday!
  33. DH

    DavidH

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food and service. We were there to celebrate a birthday which we listed and told them a checkin . Evidently they do not celebrate or acknowledge a birthday
  34. BP

    Bone2Pick

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Appetizers especially pony board were great. Pace of service a little slow for Saturday evening with maybe 50 ppl in restaurant. NY strip disappointing with a third gristle and fat. Sides fries and mushroom gratin were just OK. One steak came out wrong temp. Great selection of bourbons.
  35. TJ

    ToneJ

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife’s birthday dinner.
  36. AG

    AndrewG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The food was pretty good. Mac and cheese was good but I’ve had better. Asparagus was good, the sauce was a bit overloaded though. My bone-in ribeye was amazing, perfect. Overall a good experience but we sat there for 18 minutes waiting to ask our server to get us a check so we can leave. Maybe they were a bit understaffed but I paid $70 for a piece of steak I would expect a little bit better service.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a happy surprise to end up at Churchill Downs for a last minute reservation while traveling! Levi was our server and awesome too!
  38. TM

    TeriM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Steak was amazing! The sides were not as exquisite as expected for such a restaurant. We selected Mac and cheese, kale and mashed potatoes which were are fairly basic and greens were very vinegary. Waiter was not very inviting, the server next to us explained menu in great detail to guests but our server did not. Very disappointing but the ambiance overall was so nice I will be willing to return and give them another chance!
  39. KG

    KyleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Service was great, attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. The Wagyu was cooked perfectly between medium and medium rare. We came and went out on the balcony as we pleased with our drinks to take a picture with the track and chat. It was expensive, but well worth it for our 10yr anniversary.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We were dining with friends celebrating my wife’s birthday and our friends 4 days prior. While the Ambience and food was impeccable, we had an issue as the server was delivering dinner to our table he accidentally spilled 3/4 of a bowl of hot beef soup into the lap of the Recipient. While the server was upset that he had spilled hot steaming food into the lap of our friend the manager on duty was a bit lack luster in the entire event he offered nothing in a way of restitution other then a glass of club soda water to help remove the stain. Really! Come on I realize you bill yourself out as a Top Restaurant in the Louisville area with 5 star rating.. in food I’ll give you that but in customer service and actions towards solutions I’ll give you 1/2 a star and it was not about paying for a meal we can do that without an issue. Some sort of gratitude towards your patrons who have endured such an event should be standard procedure but what do I know obviously nothing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Matt Winns Steakhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 535 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 10 times today
Google Map for Matt Winns Steakhouse

750 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Churchill Downs Drive/Thornberry Avenue - Parking in gated lot W19

  • Neighbourhood

    South Louisville

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Enter via Churchill Downs main entrance, 700 Central Avenue. Continue until you reach Matt Winns/VIP parking lot (light post will have W19). Once there a host will check you in and show you how to get into the track and restaurant.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Stephen Dunn

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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