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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Louisville

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems in Louisville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Senora Arepa - Highlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (10)
$30 and under
Venezuelan
West Louisville
About the restaurant
Senora Arepa is about flavor. We strive to say something important to the world through our food and drinks. We don't just feed the palate, we feed the imagination & the soul. At Senora the heart is the arepa, along with a superb menu inspired by Venezuelan culinary roots, ingredients, and flavors. We're all about family. Come be a part of ours and enjoy some delicious Venezuelan cuisine!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Best service and food I’ve experienced in awhile! Already been back.
A photo of 80/20 at Kaelin's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1174)
$30 and under
American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Welcome to 80/20 @ Kaelins. A new take on the classic restaurant where the cheeseburger was created. A neighborhood spot where anyone is welcome. Bring your family and friends and join us. A great place to watch a game or enjoy some family time. Featuring burgers and classic comfort food and drinks. Try out the 80/20 Malt Shoppe for some house made ice cream or a shake with your burger. Grab a bourbon or local brew to enjoy at the indoor/outdoor bar. Have an evening relaxing on our large patio. Maybe throw a party in one of our private dining areas where we can offer custom menus from casual to upscale.
We would love for you to join us. And we look forward to taking care of you.
Thanks,
80/20 @ Kaelins

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Decided to come here for burger week. Food was good, but nothing exceptional. My biggest issue was that the table where we sat (51 I think, upstairs) was so sticky it felt unclean. I am guessing it had been wiped between seatings, but it really needed a good scrubbing. We were entertaining out of town guests, so I decided not to make an issue of it. But it was disappointing. We hoped the food would be excellent, considering this is the proclaimed home of the Kaelin’s cheeseburger. 4 people with burgers and beer was $111 with tip.
A photo of Morning Fork restaurant
4.7
4.7 (903)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Frankfort Ave - Crescent Hill
About the restaurant
Welcome to Morning Fork!
We look forward to serving you!

Morning Fork is a local restaurant providing the Ultimate Brunch Experience with classic breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites with a twist.

Our brunch favorites are the Short Rib Benedict, Avocado Toast, Liege Waffles and Jumbo House Made Cinnamon Rolls. Do not forget we also serve lunch with classics such as the Hot Brown, Chicken Salad and Tomato Basil Soup. Make sure to enjoy your meal with a cocktail, fresh juices, and $3 mimosas.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We were there for the Star Wars themed Sunday Brunch. It was creative and fun, but more importantly, the food was excellent. We had the veggie breakfast burrito and the short rib benedict. Delicious. - and Front Porch Tea and a Bloody Mary rounded out the meal.
A photo of Uptown Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (587)
$31 to $50
American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
The Uptown Cafe is a Louisville original restaurant, established in 1985. Located on historic Bardstown Rd., guests can enjoy an elevated dining experience while looking out to the local nightlife. The Uptown specializes in delicious food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by the Uptown culinary team. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink at the bar, Uptown Cafe’s lively, upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates. Join us for Happy Hour Mon-Sat from 4-6 for $6 select wine and cocktails, on Monday night for Half Priced Wine night, where every bottle of wine purchased is half off, or Whisky Wednesday's for special prices on a whisky spotlight of the week and $5 Old Fashioned cocktails!
Top review
Pottsvip
Dined 5 days ago
I love the Uptown Cafe, John and his staff. Ashley did a great job tonight. My only concern is they are in the middle of changing their menu. I hope they finalize their menu soon. I was always pleased with their previous menu. I will continue to go to the Uptown Cafe as they transition to a new menu.
A photo of Four Pegs restaurant
4.7
4.7 (153)
$30 and under
American
Germantown
About the restaurant
Serving award winning BBQ meticulously smoked by Chef/Owner Chris Williams. A top notch craft beer selection, with 12 rotating drafts and 40 cans and bottles. Featured on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. Winner of 15 Leo Weekly Readers Choice awards in 2021. Situated in the heart of historic Germantown. Laid back environment with excellent service and food. Join us on the outdoor patio or the main dining area, for the larger parties there is a private dining area which can accommodate up to 40 guests.
Top review
ChetLemonvip
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Four Pegs continues to bring smokehouse perfection. Newer menu items, unique spices and preparation consistency makes this local haunt a Germantown staple. Still smok’n and cooking outside, even in a thunderstorm couldn’t stop the chef from being the flavorful goods.
A photo of Grind Burger Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (51)
$30 and under
American
West Louisville
About the restaurant
My husband Jesse and I began as Grind Gourmet Burger Truck in the Spring of 2012 and by June of 2014 we had grown into a permanent location. We went all in when we moved to a brick and mortar location in the popular NuLu neighborhood and turned it into a thriving restaurant that has received local and national attention. It's our mission to serve a superior, chef-driven burger using the best local and regional ingredients available prepared and served by happy employees that are paid a fair wage. We look forward to sharing our passion for good food and good people with you.

Owner - Liz Huot
Owner/Chef - Jesse Huot

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Food & service were very good. We will be back when we are in Louisville again in December.
A photo of Harvey’s restaurant
4.7
4.7 (148)
$30 and under
Australian
Frankfort Ave - Crescent Hill
About the restaurant
Australian Cafe & Restaurant. Full Bar. Cheese Shop. UP TO NO GOUDA in Louisville KY, since 2019.

What started as a retail cheese shop in Logan Street Market in 2019 has now evolved into a full service restaurant and bar with an emphasis on Australian cuisine but still maintaining the original retail cheese shop element. Come experience our ever changing menu focused on modern Australian cuisine or enjoy our one of our signature cheese plates where you can select from our expansive and ever-changing selection of cheeses, charcuterie or conservas (specialty tinned seafoods!)

We have an open kitchen and also a four seat cheese bar where you can interact directly with our expert cheese-monger. We also have some great seasonal outdoor patio seating for you to enjoy a glass of wine and people watch in the Historic Clifton Neighborhood on Frankfort Ave!

Top review
Bluegrassvip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Harvey’s is wonderful. Very sorry to hear they are closing, it’s one of our favorite restaurants. We were there for “burger night” - great food, great value, great service - and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Thank you Harvey’s!!
A photo of Emmy Squared Pizza - Louisville restaurant
4.4
4.4 (294)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
Serving Detroit-style pizzas and an award-winning burger. Full service bar, local drafts & wine selection.

**Join us for brunch Saturday and Sunday mornings!**

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Had brunch on Mother’s Day and the food was great. We had the Arline breakfast burrito and a ham and pineapple pizza. The service was outstanding. We will be going back.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Louisville restaurant
4.2
4.2 (268)
$30 and under
Chinese
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
We were celebrating a birthday and was a party of 13. Amber was our server, she was amazing. She kept our drinks filled and met all our needs.
A photo of Bristol Bar & Grille - Highlands restaurant
4.0
4 (554)
$30 and under
American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Dining Room and Patio are now open!!! WE ARE ALSO OFFERING CARRYOUT AND DELIVERY FROM 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM Thursday, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM Sunday. We are also excited to announce the return of our family and friends' favorite - the Bristol Sunday Brunch buffet. Home of the Green Chili Wontons, Louisville’s favorite guilty pleasure, Bristol Bar & Grille has been the city’s neighborhood restaurant since 1977. Original menu dishes include the classic Bristol Burger and aged, charbroiled New York Strip steak as well as new favorites like Pork Dijonnaise and Theresa’s Sweet Chili Linguine. We source ingredients from local farmers. The Bristol Bar and Grille in the Highlands is located at 1321 Bardstown Road.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Great service, great food and great wine. You can always go to the Bristol and know your food will be great.
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