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Diners' Choice: Great for scenic views restaurants in Central Kentucky

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most scenic view 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 Beehive Augusta Tavern restaurant
4.8
4.8 (975)
$31 to $50
American
Augusta
About the restaurant
Savor a taste of history on the mighty Ohio... offering upscale dining, well-crafted cocktails, and the best Bourbons in the world. Great river views from our doorstep!
Top review
teach2kids
Dined 3 days ago
ABSOLUTE MUST! This was icing on the cake after our experience at the Augusta Distillery. From the cocktails to the appetizer to our actual lunch-all of it was top-notch! We had the Old Fashioned and the Vodka Berry Cocktail, spinach artichoke appetizer, hot-honey wrap, and salmon sandwich. Definitely a place to revisit! :)
A photo of River House Restaurant & Raw Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6764)
$30 and under
Seafood
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
River House Restaurant and Raw Bar is Louisville’s premiere riverfront dining destination. It is the vision of award-winning chef and restaurateur John Varanese and seats 330 in its main dining room, raw bar, and patio. Guests experience a charming “home like” atmosphere as they enter the restaurant from the front porch garden area. Enter through a 20-foot tall by 40-foot wide water wall, and enjoy intimate decor, and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the back courtyard and river, River House is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The menu features regional cuisine with a Southern flair and an emphasis on fresh seafood including Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell, BBQ Braised Beef Short Rib, and the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrel Smoked Salmon. Our 15 foot raw bar features assorted raw oysters, king crab, and jumbo shrimp. Reservations are recommended. We look forward to serving you!
Top review
DanaA
Dined 2 days ago
There were 6 people in our group and we all really enjoyed the food and the service. Several of us ordered steaks. Each was cooked to perfection (and as ordered). The raw oysters were fresh and delicious. The salmon was outstanding. Our only complaints would be the grits and the risotto were a bit bland.
A photo of Caproni's on the River restaurant
4.7
4.7 (91)
$31 to $50
American
Maysville
About the restaurant
Traditional Italian, Kentucky Classics and the best of American Cuisine.. Our approach is to utilize the freshest ingredients and support our community of local growers and producers while providing a memorable dining experience.

Starting back in 1930's as a sandwich shop for railroad workers and travelers, Caps quickly became a favorite in the region! Today diners from across the country seek Caproni's and our river town out for the best dining, art, shopping and history.

Top review
AndH
Dined on Feb 17, 2024
Had an amazing time, good food, and a great atmosphere.
A photo of Trackside Restaurant and Bourbon Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (61)
$30 and under
American
Paris
About the restaurant
Trackside Restaurant and Bourbon Bar, LLC, is located in the fully-restored historic 1882 Paris, Kentucky Train Depot. Trackside celebrates everything that makes Paris and Bourbon County great, Horses, History and Hospitality offering seasonal Kentucky fare. Trackside NEW hours are Monday - Saturday - Open at 11 a.m. Closed Sundays (as the year progresses we will try to expand our hours to include Sundays). Reservations not required, although helpful. When making an online reservation please add your seating preferences, so we can best accommodate your request! Feel free to call us at 859-340-3010. We offer a comfortable home style Kentucky kitchen fare with reasonable prices and fresh local produce whenever possible.
Top review
SaRe
Dined 6 days ago
I mentioned in my reservation on Open Table that we’d be having lunch to celebrate our daughter’s 18th birthday. From the moment we arrived they went above and beyond to make her feel special. They saved us a beautiful corner table by the indoor fire with a perfect view of the restaurant. The aesthetic and cleanliness is what jumped out first. What a cool place! Our server was so nice and attentive to everything we asked for. Our food arrived quickly and it was absolutely delicious! Other employees even went out of their way to come by and say happy birthday and make small talk with us. It’s sometimes difficult to find a place that pleases our large family but we’ve definitely found it now in Trackside. I’d give our experience a million stars if I could.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Louisville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3019)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
St Matthews
About the restaurant
Ruth Chris Steak House in Louisville, KY serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. Whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested. Private dining and offsite catering may also be arranged. We ask Guests to support our family-friendly atmosphere by not wearing:
Clothing with offensive graphics or language.
Exposed undergarments, cut-off shorts and tank tops.
We ask all Guests to remove hats when entering. (Please note - hats and team support jerseys (tank tops) are welcome in our bar and patio areas.

Top review
JeffRvip
Dined 5 days ago
I had one of the best ribeyes that I’ve had in a couple years last night. It was cooked to perfection. 
A photo of Captains Quarters Riverside Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (370)
$30 and under
American
East Louisville
About the restaurant
Captain's Quarters a historic restaurant in Louisville overlooking the Ohio River at Harrods Creek serving a wide range of seafood, steak, sandwich and salad options. With all of its meats and fish handpicked or market fresh there is plenty of dishes to choose from that will suit anyone's tastes. There is also a full bar that serves a range of cocktails, martinis and wines that will complement the meals at Captain's Quarters. While most popular in the summertime with outdoor decks, the cozy indoor views in the winter can be spectacular.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The view is gorgeous, restaurant is beautiful. The food is good, and service is great.
A photo of Swizzle restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1829)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
Sexy, Swanky, Social.

Offering sweeping views of the river and downtown Louisville paired with a supper club-style menu and cocktail program, Swizzle, a new restaurant and bar by AJS Hotels is currently taking reservations

The Swizzle Supper Club menu will feature the area’s best prime steaks, chops, sustainable seafood, and local produce, all served up from the open-concept exhibition kitchen situated in the middle of the restaurant, allowing diners to watch the culinary action. The beverage program will take a more retro tone, with classic cocktails, including seasonal features, and a curated list of wines available by the glass or the bottle. Swizzles Big Bar area will also offer happy hour specials and bar bites, encouraging diners to drop by for a quick drink, or linger for the evening.

Top review
DougB
Dined 1 day ago
A wonderful evening and the food was delicious. Christian was a great server…..very polite and attentive.
A photo of Matt Winns Steakhouse restaurant
4.2
4.2 (707)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
South Louisville
About the restaurant
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, 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.

Top review
MichaelT
Dined on Feb 22, 2024
Wonderful experience! It was our first time, there. The staff was helpful and friendly. The food was superb. I hope to return soon.
A photo of Upland Brewing Co - Jeffersonville restaurant
4.2
4.2 (83)
$30 and under
American
Jeffersonville
About the restaurant
Upland Jeffersonville is located right on the Ohio River with a tri-level patio overlooking the Louisville skyline. 20 taps feature Upland classics, seasonals, sour ales, & small-batch innovations. Pair your favorite beverage with a well crafted menu featuring spirited pub classics & creative options for vegetarians.
Soak in the beautiful view from the patio with an accompanying outdoor bar. Well-behaved dogs are welcome outside.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food was delicious! We got a patio seat overlooking the river which was beautiful!
A photo of 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen restaurant
3.9
3.9 (898)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
Set in the lively entertainment district, our rooftop restaurant in downtown Louisville offers eclectic dining and drinking experiences. 8up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen offers three distinctive atmospheres - the open-kitchen restaurant, swanky lounge, and rooftop bar and event space.

Our restaurant offers a menu of creative American food with a local twist, hand-crafted cocktails, and unparalleled city views. Whether you're throwing a party, meeting friends for dinner, or chilling with a drink after work, enjoy an elevated ambiance the celebrates the spirit of Louisville.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 23, 2024
The cocktails were great, and we loved the food choices definitely will be back again!
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