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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Central Kentucky

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Central Kentucky? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Anoosh Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1451)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
St Matthews
About the restaurant
Anoosh Bistro is currently offering Curbside, Carryout, and Delivery.

Anoosh Bistro is a casual upscale full service restaurant. We have booths for a more private dining experience, as well as a full bar. We can do private parties and catering .. We look forward to serving you soon.

At Anoosh Bistro we take the health of our guests and our team members very seriously. We are working hard to ensure we go above and beyond CDC recommendations in sanitizing, creating additional space between guests, and minimizing points of contact. Your well being and peace of mind when it comes to enjoying an excellent meal are our top priority.

Top review
BrianK
Dined 4 days ago
Great dinner with friends last night. 4 different meals- Halibut Feature, Pork Feature, short rib and Salmon were all next level. Service was fantastic. Would highly recommend.
A photo of The Still at Blue Rook Distillery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (437)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Danville
About the restaurant
We welcome you to The Still at Blue Rook Distillery, the most unique spirits experience in the state of Kentucky. Situated inside Blue Rook's U.S. distillery - the home of award winning Brazilian sugar cane based spirits, cachaça, gin and vodka. The Still restaurant provides its guests with a multifaceted experience full of farm fresh food, with all menu items made from scratch and cocktails made from our unique spirits. We hope to see you soon for a delightful dinner!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great new menu and the outdoor space is perfect for a sunset beverage.
A photo of Heirloom - Midway restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2122)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Midway
About the restaurant
"Voted Best New Restaurant in the State of KY 2007"- The Lane Report.

"Voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Lexington Area"- KY Monthly Magazine.

Located in the heart of horse country and just 20 minutes from downtown Lexington and 20 minutes from Keeneland. Offering an extensive boutique wine list and specializing in eclectic contemporary cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Our server, who we believe was Abigail, was so hospitable and took great care of our six-person group. Thank you!
A photo of The Chalet restaurant
4.8
4.8 (266)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Somerset
About the restaurant
The Chalet is unique dining experience in a beautiful setting with outdoor (open seating) and indoor (reservations) seating. The Chefs provide 50+ years of culinary experience building flavors using contemporary cooking techniques and the highest quality of ingredients. Our mission is to provide the best service possible combined with delicious foods that will leave a lasting memory of your epicurean journey.
Top review
SarahH
Dined on May 12, 2024
Not our first time, or our last! Like always, food was outstanding as well as the service. We will continue to be customers!!
A photo of 211 Clover Lane Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1038)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
St Matthews
About the restaurant
211 Clover Lane is an intimate, hidden gem in the heart of St. Matthews. Using the finest ingredients from local purveyors and fish from both coasts. The menu changes weekly and the wine selections are all boutique. French country decor and beautifully presented dishes are found at 211 Clover Lane.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Darling place- lots of subrooms. Great service, well timed dinner. Diver Scallops prepared well- highly recommend.
A photo of Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (943)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
Come enjoy the historic lobby of The Brown Hotel in our Lobby Bar and Grill. Contemporary cuisine meets historic opulence at The Brown Hotel’s spectacularly beautiful, and classic lobby setting. A popular spot for the next generation of Louisville merrymakers, this glamorous, gilded space balances its history with modern touches and sophisticated tastes. Our menu includes a mix of classic and contemporary dishes, but our signature Hot Brown is rated as Kentucky's most popular dish. Enjoy our Hot Brown, and other signature items with a classic Old Fashion. Our bar features well-crafted cocktails and an highly rated bourbon menu. Finish your experience with Louisville's original dessert, the Derby pie.


Reservations are for the Lobby Bar and Grill.

Top review
Janee
Dined 6 days ago
Venue is wonderful. Very friendly people. Ample quantities but a bit pricey. But, for a visit every so often, definitely worth it.
A photo of AZUR Restaurant & Patio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1976)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lexington
About the restaurant
AZUR restaurant & patio was designed after European establishments providing the feel of being in a different place without leaving Lexington. The food is described as new American and Heirloom Contemporary. The chefs react to what comes at them from the local markets making our cuisine locally influenced, but worldly inspired. The walls are bold blues and greens with curves throughout. The interior space flows outside through three sets of French doors onto the elegant stone bordered brick patio. Weather permitting, the patio is opened and the patio sides could be lowered for inclement weather.
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Ginny
Dined 5 days ago
Great food and service! Really noisy - very hard to hear dinner conversation.
A photo of Honeysuckle Dining and Bourbon House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (174)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Berea
About the restaurant
Honeysuckle Dining and Bourbon House is the fusion of all things Southern with hints of modern and world influences. Come visit us and share in the experience.

Our specialty is delicious cuisine created with ingenuity and passion. We take great pride in improving upon your favorite dishes and using the best ingredients available. Select our Bourbon House for a unique and memorable Kentucky experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food was excellent. The service was excellent. The parking was a little tricky. The prices were excellent for the food quality! I would highly recommend it for everyone to try it if you’re in the area.
A photo of Varanese restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4476)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Frankfort Ave - Crescent Hill
About the restaurant
Varanese settled in Louisville because of its successful independent dining scene, and he believes that the people of Louisville will appreciate fresh ingredients, prepared with a creative flair and a culturally diverse menu. Varanese’s eclectic menu boasts an array of options from stuffed grape leaves, and fried green tomato salad, to new signature entrées: the seared boneless pork chop, and caramelized orange salmon. Finish with a fried banana accompanied by a house-made oatmeal cookie dough ice cream dessert. This New American style restaurant will comfortably seat 150 guests between its bar, dining room and four seasons patio. The four seasons patio of Varanese is an addition to the building, which has a dramatic 20-foot slate water wall. The space is enclosed by a serpentine of glass doors, which retract to offer an outdoor dining experience. Varanese is located at 2106 Frankfort Ave. in the Historic Clifton neighborhood
Top review
Spencer
Dined 3 days ago
Perfect birthday celebration. Just my wife and I but it was ideal. Highly recommend it. Food, service, ambience all top notch. So glad we went.
A photo of LouVino - The Highlands restaurant
4.6
4.6 (382)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
LouVino Highlands is a Louisville-based concept, establish in July of 2014, revolving around fresh shareable dishes with a Southern twist and fun & funky wine program with 40+ wines by the glass, wine & bourbon flights, and craft cocktails! All dishes are made from scratch daily and hit the table as soon as prepared. Our fan favorites are the Loaded Tots, Brussels Sprouts Salad & Fried Chicken Tacos!
Executive Chef: Alex Parker

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely! Great service and good food. Had an old fashioned that was delish
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