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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Central Kentucky

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems in Central Kentucky? 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 hiko-A-mon Modern Japanese Sushi Bar & Fish Market restaurant
4.8
4.8 (647)
$30 and under
Japanese
Westport Rd - Lyndon
About the restaurant
hiko-A-mon is a dining experience like traditional yet modern Japanese influenced by European and South East Asia. The menu features modern Japanese dishes as well as signature offerings inspired by traditional restaurants in Kyoto, Japan, where chef hiko was born and grown up. Also, hiko-A-mon has a noticeable wine list as well as a sake and shochu list. This is because Chef Hiko has a passion for wine. You can enjoy nice Japanese dishes with nice wine, sake and shochu. hiko-A-mon’s environment is well-suited to singles, couples and families. The sushi bar seats up to twelve guests, there are three special booths that seats six guests each, and there are bench-sheet tables up to sixteen guests. Private dinning room is available to accommodate up to 10 guests, and a "Ozashiki" room is available to accommodate up to 16 guests.
Top review
FabrizioSvip
Dined on May 16, 2024
Great and rapid service. Good quality of raw fish, the red snapper carpaccio is my favorite.
A photo of Bella Cafe & Grille in Chevy Chase restaurant
4.8
4.8 (49)
$30 and under
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
Everyday Dining Elevated
We have taken your everyday favorites and elevated them a smidge!
At Bella Cafe & Grille, we’d like you to enjoy our menu prepared with attention to detail and the quality you deserve.

Bella Notte Restaurant Group’s newest concept keeps with the same tradition of using fresh local ingredients and letting the natural ingredients speak for themselves with a focus on convenient carryout and delivery.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Our delicious halibut sandwiches came to the table without being blackened as ordered. A manager must have overheard, immediately, that plated the 2 sandwiches. He returned in record time with 2 perfectly blackened sandwiches. Service impeccable! Food always delicious! Highly recommend!
A photo of Hola Havana Cuban Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (45)
$30 and under
Cuban
Lexington
About the restaurant

If you're looking for a dining experience that transports you straight to the vibrant streets of Havana, then look no further than our authentic Cuban restaurant. Our cozy and inviting atmosphere is the perfect setting for you to enjoy your meal, whether you're dining with friends, family, or a special someone.Our menu includes a wide range of Cuban favorites, from the classic Cubano sandwich to our succulent Ropa Vieja and savory black beans and rice. And don't forget to save room for our delicious desserts and Cuban coffee. In addition, we are also introducing a range of new cocktails, mocktails, Latin American beers that perfectly complement our dishes. Whether you prefer a classic mojito, a margarita, or a martini, we have a drink to suit every taste and occasion.We guarantee that you'll leave with a newfound appreciation for the rich and vibrant flavors of traditional Cuban cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
I said look at this restaurant for our Mother’s Day dinner because it would give us many options for gluten-free. The service was spectacular and the food very very good. Everything tasted very fresh and portions were generous. The food was quite salty tho. Music a bit too loud. But our server was so nice it made up for it. I would highly recommend this place. Located in a strip mall, the outdoor tables sit right next to parking so we passed on that for seating.
A photo of Senora Arepa - Highlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8)
$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 May 12, 2024
Had a wonderful experience here. Andres was incredibly kind, attentive, and answered all of our questions about the menu. The food is always incredible, as well - everything on the menu is authentic, well prepared and delicious. 10/10 would recommend.
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 80/20 at Kaelin's restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1164)
$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
lisa4louvip
Dined 6 days ago
A group of friends and neighbors, we meet monthly, and this was our first time here. The pimento cheese balls, hush puppies, and fried pickles were great! 3 got the 80/20 burger, 2 got the patty melts, and 1 got a different burger. All were fantastic.
A photo of All Thai'd Up restaurant
4.5
4.5 (12)
$30 and under
Thai
Westport Rd - Lyndon
About the restaurant
Louisville's only Authentic Thai Restaurant. Located in Louisville's East End, Chef Kat (Katherine Aphaivongs) brings her hometown flavors to Windy Hills.
Top review
BMuench
Dined on Apr 18, 2024
The pork belly and spring roll starters were excellent. Also enjoyed the Penang curry, crab fried rice (if you like shredded crab), and chicken and shrimp Pad Thai dishes. Bar drinks were okay and I would pass on the wontons next time.
A photo of Four Pegs restaurant
4.4
4.4 (148)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Best local BBQ and beer cheese! The kind of place you try based on a recommendation from the bartender at the Brown Hotel, and then spend the rest of your life telling people if they are ever in Louisville they have to eat there!
A photo of Sol Aztecas Mexican Restaurant restaurant
4.1
4.1 (28)
$30 and under
Mexican
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Experience the best of Mexican, Latin, Cuban modern cuisine at our enchanting restaurant located in the heart of Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky. With live music, an impressive selection of amazing drinks, and a menu featuring fresh, authentic flavors, we've been delighting guests for over 15 years. Discover a unique dining experience that blends contemporary sophistication with traditional Mexican, Latin & Cuban charm.
Top review
MarkS
Dined on May 12, 2024
It ended up being a great Mothers Day. The food was delicious. The service was excellent. They even had a small spot setup for Mother day pics. The food was a tad over priced in my opinion. We will definitely be back.
A photo of Bristol Bar & Grille - Highlands restaurant
4.0
4 (549)
$30 and under
American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
Welcome to the original Bristol Bar & Grille, home of the Green Chili Wontons, Louisville's favorite guilty pleasure. Since 1977, we have been located in the heart of the Highlands. Original menu dishes include the classic Bristol Burger and aged, charbroiled New York Strip steak as well as new favorites like the Pork Dijonnaise and Theresa’s Sweet Chili Linguine. All of our ingredients come from local farmers throughout Kentucky. Our Master Sommelier has crafted an extensive wine menu to pair with each dish. Certified Bourbon Stewards are on hand to answer any questions about Kentucky's native spirit. And Chef Andy Chaney provides daily specials that are sure to leave you coming back for more.

Come in and check out our new "Happy Days" promotions!!

Tuesday: Half Priced Bottles of Wine
Wednesday: Half Priced Wontons
Thursday: $2 Draft Beers
Friday: $5 Elijah Craig Old Fashioned
Saturday: $5 Spritzes
Sunday: Half Priced Single Barrel Bourbon

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Server was very nice. Food was fast
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