Home to the Kentucky Derby, an incredible collection of historic Victorian homes, and a signature dish known as the Hot Brown, Louisville is lively city with a storied past and southern charm. It’s well-known for its thriving food scene, the city features a wealth of delicious restaurants from causal bistros to fine dining establishments and wedding venues. Here are the 25 most romantic restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
© 610 Magnolia
Located in Louisville’s historic district, 610 Magnolia is rustic yet contemporary restaurant boasting original wooden beams, crosswise windows, and elegant French doors that open onto a charming outdoor garden patio. Featured in several publications including Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Saveur, 610 Magnolia is known for its southern hospitality, seasonal menus, and comprehensive list of Kentucky bourbons. A boutique-style restaurant, 610 offers 4-course and 6-course tasting menus that change weekly. All dishes are made using responsibly farmed animals and local seasonal produce, much of which comes from their onsite greenhouse. This is an ideal locale for a romantic evening out.
610 West Magnolia Avenue, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-636-0783
2.Bistro Le Relais
© Bistro Le Relais
Located in Bowman Field’s historic airport terminal in Louisville, Bistro Le Relais boasts a romantic, 1940s-style art deco interior evocative of the iconic movie, Casablanca. Ideal for a date-night in Louisville, the restaurant offers an exquisite view of the airport from their outdoor deck where couples can watch planes landing as the sun sets below the horizon. Serving delicious French cuisine, dishes are created using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Visitors can expect appetizers like Foie Gras – pan seared served on brioche toast topped with blackberry port sauce over greens and a balsamic glaze. Main courses – Plats Principaux include options like Cotelettes d’agneau – herb rubbed lamb chops, spring ratatouille, gratin dauphinois, mustard, and sherry jus.
2817 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-451-9020
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© Brasserie Provence
Like its name suggests, Brasserie Provence is a brasserie-style restaurant offering delectable comfort food inspired by the South of France. This romantic restaurant features an elegantly, rustic designed interior boasting gorgeous dark wood floors, handcrafted tables, lavish booths, exposed brick columns, antique chandeliers, and French doors. Its regal atmosphere is only highlighted by its exquisite menu expertly paired with a special collection of Pacific Northwest and French wines, European cocktails, and Belgian, French, and Kentucky craft brews. Menu selections include items like their Coq Au Vin – roasted red wine chicken breast, fingerling potatoes, pearl onion, heirloom carrot, bacon, cremini mushroom, and red wine sauce.
150 North Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-883-3153
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4.Brendon's Catch 23
© Brendon's Catch 23
Offering a new twist on fine dining, Brendon’s Catch 23 provides an atmosphere that is regal and elegant as well as relaxed and comfortable. The space features towering white columns boasting intricate detailing, a lavish marble-topped bar, stunning tiered chandeliers, specialty crafted wood tables, and leather chairs. Known as a premier seafood restaurant with fresh fish like wild caught Hawaiian tuna and king crab flown in daily it also offers a mouthwatering selection of meats like New Zealand racks of lamb and 10-once prime filets. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes are also featured on their diverse menu. The perfect place for a romantic date, their dishes are perfectly pairable with an exemplary list of over100 Kentucky bourbons.
505 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-909-3323
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5.Buck's Restaurant & Bar
© Buck's Restaurant & Bar
Located in the center of Old Louisville, housed in the historic Mayflower Building, Buck’s Restaurant and Bar features a romantic ambiance inspired by moon gardens. Walls painted in dark hunter green are highlighted by white floral arrangements and illuminated by twinkling white candles. Artfully mismatched furniture, French doors, white-linen topped tables, and ornate dark wood chairs create a naturally elegant environment that is elevated by a fine continental menu and exquisite beer and wine menu. Patrons will enjoy mouthwatering menu selections like Crispy Fish – fried cod with sautéed onions and peppers tossed in hot sweet Thai sauce laid over jasmine rice and garnished with green onions.
425 West Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-637-5284
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6.Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Butchertown Grocery
© Butchertown Grocery
Housed in a 19th century brick building, Butchertown Grocery is a restaurant that offers an old-world charm with mosaic tiled floors, a weathered wood ceiling, exposed brick walls, marble tables, cozy banquettes, and vintage wall sconces. On the second floor it features a romantic hush-hush lounge affectionately named Lola draped in crimson and lit up by candles, refined yet raw. These expertly designed areas are only highlighted by their honest, simple menus inspired by craftsmanship and the heritage of hard work using local vendors for their ingredients from produce to meats. Patrons will enjoy delectable dishes like their Ravioli – raviolis stuffed with goat cheese and morel mushrooms with asparagus and citrus.
1076 East Washington Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-742-8315
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Nestled in the center of the NuLu district of downtown Louisville, Decca is housed in a historic 1870s building that has been expertly renovated boasting two romantic dining rooms, a beautiful limestone and brick libations cellar, and a charming outdoor courtyard. With design elements like exposed brick walls, olive green booth seating, vintage tile flooring, and antique wall décor it’s the epitome of 19th century America. The restaurant is proud to feature both local musicians and artists alongside its upscale southern-style menu created with small production and locally farmed ingredients. Customers can expect inspired dishes like their Crispy Pork Milanese – radish, watercress, parmesan, and black garlic.
812 East Market Street, Louisville, Ky, Phone: 502-749-8128
© English Grill
The signature dining room of the Brown Hotel, English Grill offers a refined and regal dining experience with tracery ceilings, dark oak paneling, lead glass windows, and equestrian-inspired artworks. A private club style restaurant and recipient of the coveted AAA 4-diamond Award, diners can enjoy an expertly curated menu offering a range of eclectic dishes from appetizers to entrees. Guests will choose from an array of meats including slow-roasted rack of lamb, pan-seared breast of duck, and slow-roasted wild salmon to be paired with accoutrements like stilton blue cheese bread pudding, dauphinoise potato, and sous vide white asparagus. Romantic couples are encouraged to end their meal with their famous Chocolate Striptease – espresso stream cake, and salted caramel.
335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-583-1234
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© Jack Fry's
Nestled along Bardstown Road, Jack Fry’s is a historic haunt mostly known for bootleggers and bookies in the 1930s. Today, it’s considered the best fine dining restaurant in Louisville exuding a swanky elegance with its storied past depicted in the photos adorning its walls. Plush leather booths, white-linen topped tables, ornate wood chairs, antique wall sconces, and a soaring ceiling showcase the vintage grace of this glitzy restaurant. Its romantic ambiance is only rivaled by its exquisitely crafted menus that offer selections like Beef Filet; grilled tenderloin, crisp fingerling potatoes, asparagus, and sage beurre blanc topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano and prosciutto.
1007 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-452-9244
© La Chasse
Located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, La Chasse is an industrially-chic restaurant with a historic and rustic flair. Boasting concrete floors, exposed brick painted a light gray, dark wood tables and chairs, with black and white artworks adorning the walls, it’s both romantic and cool. The renowned chef has intricately woven Spanish and Southern French influences to create a decadent menu prepared with traditional French techniques. The exuberant and innovative seasonal menus feature options like Duck Confit Cassoulet – lamb & filet, country ham, smoked bacon with gigante beans, bacon fat crumble, truffle parsnip puree, and red wine demi glaze.
1359 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-822-3963
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11.Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Le Moo
© Le Moo
Housed in a gorgeous brick building, Le Moo is a beautiful upscale restaurant with a palatial deign that would rival any castle in Europe. Its regal elegance can be seen in its billowy curtains, exposed brick, renaissance-inspired artwork, elegant patterned wallpaper, and intricate furniture including its famous Louis Vuitton booth – made with 17 vintage pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage. A romantic eatery, its an ideal spot for a date night with a decadent menu featuring premium cuts of meat, succulent seafood, and piquant pastas, among other savory dishes. Guests will enjoy selections like 12-ounce Certified Maine Lobster Tail served with drawn French butter.
2300 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-458-8888
12.Places to eat in Louisville, KY: LouVino
Located in the Douglass Hills neighborhood of Louisville, LouVino is a casual eatery with an upscale flair. The interior design features a romantic red half-booth that lines one entire wall, an intricate statement bar with a Romanesque edge, light wood tables, elegantly crafted chairs, and unique red ceiling light fixtures. The Executive Chef creates southern-inspired menus that are updated every two months to ensure only the freshest in-season ingredients are utilized to create the Georgia-style fare. One thing that always remains on the menus are their famous loaded baked potato tots, an award-winning dish. Guests can expect mains like Blackened Red Fish Tacos with poblano tomato aioli, cilantro lime slaw, and pickled shallots.
1606 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-365-1921
13.Best Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Marketplace Restaurant
© Marketplace Restaurant
Marketplace Restaurant on 4th street in downtown Louisville, is a modern, comfortable, and spacious restaurant housed in an old Kentucky theater. It’s the epitome of regal excellence with an interior featuring soaring ceiling, exposed brick columns, dim overhead lighting, gorgeous art sculptures, and thick dramatic curtains. The restaurant also features an upscale outdoor garden highlighted by a romantic, trickling water wall, an ideal setting for a date night. A mixture of Mediterranean, French and Southern style food creates diverse selection of cuisine for guests to enjoy. Entrees like their Double Steak Burger – topped with house-made pimento cheese, habagardil pickles, caramelized onions, and baconnaise on a brioche bun are what people can expect from Marketplace.
651 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-625-3001
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© Mayan Café
Known as a pioneer in the food scene of Louisville’s NuLu neighborhood, the Mayan Café is an authentic Mayan restaurant headed by Chef, Bruce Ucan for more than a decade. This modern café steeped in rich history offers a romantic and intimate atmosphere with mock-brick walls adorned with photo art of Mayan-life scenes and simple craft wood tables and chairs are illuminated by dim lighting. Focused on sustainability, nearly all of their products and ingredients come from local farms and producers including many of their sodas. Serving authentic Mayan food with a farm-to-table twist, the menu features dishes like Cochinita Pibil – slow-roasted pork, pickled onions, achiote sauce, tok-sel lima beans, and pim tortilla filled with cheese and beans.
813 East Market Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-566-0651
The perfect blend of casual dining and modern elegance, Mesh is the ideal setting for a romantic meal for two. Housed in a large and lavish brick building, the interior features wood walls, soaring ceilings, polished dark wood tables, stylish patterned carpet, large glass windows, and stunning artwork adorning the walls. Serving innovative, southern-comfort-style fare, the restaurant uses locally sources vegetables and meats to create each of their hand-crafted dishes. They offer an array of sharable’s like their Kung Pao Calamari, Fried, Green Tomato, and Tuna Poke. Entrées include options like Cider-Braised Short Rib – mushrooms conserva, sorghum-butternut squash, baby kale, and cranberry gastrique.
3608 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-632-4421
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16.Best Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Porcini
Porcini has been a staple of fine Italian cuisine in Louisville’s, historic neighborhood of Crescent Hill for over two decades. Reminiscent of a restaurant found in Italy, the interior features stone walls, exposed brick, polished wood, white-linen topped tables, and elegant scenic paintings creating a romantic and intimate dining experience. Executive Chef, John Plymate has created exquisitely crafted menus by using produce and meats procured from local farms. He offers an extensive list of incredible starters like Bruschetta con Funghi and Calamari Fritti as well as incredible main dishes like his famous Linguini Gamberi Palermo. The latter is made with grilled shrimp, roasted peppers, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, toasted pine nuts, capers, basil, and Parmigiano Reggiano.
2730 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-894-8686
17.Proof on Main
© Proof on Main
Located in the 21c Museum Hotel, Proof on Main is one of Louisville’s trendiest new restaurants. Boasting a whopping 9,000 square feet of space, the restaurant boasts a truly unique design, with exposed brick, cherry blossom wallpaper, champagne colored booths, white-linen topped tables, and unique Native American artwork. Its stylish elegance highlighted by opulent chandeliers and romantic red LED lighting make it an ideal place for a date night. Executive Chef, Mike Wajda has created unique, modern, and accessible cuisine that is both approachable and comforting utilizing only the freshest and finest ingredients Kentucky has to offer. Menu items include options like the Proof Bison Burger – arugula, smoked bacon, and Tillamook cheddar.
702 West Main Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-217-6360
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18.Seviche A Latin Restaurant
© Seviche A Latin Restaurant
A local staple of Louisville, Seviche A Latin Restaurant is a beautifully designed contemporary restaurant ideal for a romantic out on the town. The interior features a soaring ceiling, thin columns, huge doorways accentuated by billowy curtains, intimate lighting, and white-linen topped tables with dark wood cushioned topped chairs. It’s an elegant, warm, and inviting space that perfectly complements the innovative and well curated menu created by Chef Anthony Lamas. Utilizing local artisan ingredients and only the freshest seafood, the creative menus at Seviche are the perfect blend of Latin and southern heritages with dishes like; Otisones a la Lamas – chesapeke oysters, house bacon, spinach, manchego, and green chile crema.
1538 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-473-8560
Located in the historic Clifton neighborhood, Varanese is a fine dining restaurant owned by Executive Chef, John Varanse. It boasts a modern design with an old-world charm featuring a gorgeous 20-foot, slate water wall, renaissance-style booths, white-linen topped tables, lavish floor-to-ceiling windows, dramatically painted walls adorned with abstract art paintings, and romantic overhead lighting. The restaurant also features a stunning outdoor garden patio surrounded by lush greenery and gorgeous black-stone tiles. Varanese serves an eclectic menu of farm-to-table, New American style fare with options like Fried Green Tomato Salad and Gulf Shrimp and Grits – sautéed gulf shrimp with chive and sharp cheddar grits topped with spicy tasso gravy and served alongside braised collard greens.
2106 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-899-9904
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20.Best Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant
© Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant
Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant is located in the heart of Louisville. An upscale, fine dining restaurant, Vincenzo’s features a contemporary and sleek design with unique artistic sculptures, creatively designed booths, white-linen tables, dramatic columns, and romantic lighting fixtures. Gorgeous painted artworks and grand lavish mirrors adorn the walls creating a space that feels large and aristocratic. Formal servers wear tuxedos as they serve delicious gourmet Italian cuisine curated by owner and Chef, Agostino Gabriele who began his cooking career in Palermo, Italy. The menu features authentic Italian fare made with traditional techniques and locally sourced ingredients. Entrees include items like Crepes Agostino – delicate crepes filled with a blend of chicken, beef, and veal with a bechamel glazed marinara sauce.
150 South 5th Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-580-1350
21.Places to eat in Louisville, KY: Volare Ristorante
© Volare Ristorante
Meaning to fly in Italian, Volare Ristorante is the perfect blend of Southern hospitality and Italian cuisine. A dining experience that soars above the ordinary, Volare is a refined and welcoming space boasting exposed brick, burnished wood, classic white-linen topped tables, and soft candlelight making it the perfect place for a romantic night out. Executive Chef Josh Moore using locally sourced ingredients to create fresh and inspired Italian fare using time-honored Italian cooking traditions. Guests will enjoy the aroma of freshly baked bread while dining on shareable flatbread pizza as well as many other traditional Italian dishes. This includes selections like Beef Carpaccio – thinly sliced angus beef tenderloin served with caramelized shallots, arugula, burrata, and sea salt.
2300 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-894-4446
22.Wiltshire on Market
© Wiltshire on Market
Nestled in the heart of the Last Market District, Wiltshire on Market puts an emphasis on local fresh ingredients to create their everchanging weekly menus designed by Chef Rory O’Connell’s. Open for dinner on Thursdays through Sundays, the restaurant features a modern yet rustic design with uniquely crafted wooden furnishings including booths, tables, and chairs, a woodsy color palette, an exposed wood beam ceiling, and a statement bar. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a romantic night with its wide variety of beers, bourbons and specialty drinks and creative, everchanging menus. Customers will enjoy entrees like Grilled & Shaved Asparagus Salad – truffle gribiche, capers, and celery leaves.
636 East Market Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-589-5224
25 Best Restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky
- 610 Magnolia, Photo: 610 Magnolia
- Bistro Le Relais, Photo: Bistro Le Relais
- Brasserie Provence, Photo: Brasserie Provence
- Brendon's Catch 23, Photo: Brendon's Catch 23
- Buck's Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Buck's Restaurant & Bar
- Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Butchertown Grocery, Photo: Butchertown Grocery
- Decca, Photo: Decca
- English Grill, Photo: English Grill
- Jack Fry's, Photo: Jack Fry's
- La Chasse, Photo: La Chasse
- Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Le Moo, Photo: Le Moo
- Places to eat in Louisville, KY: LouVino, Photo: LouVino
- Best Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Marketplace Restaurant, Photo: Marketplace Restaurant
- Mayan Cafe, Photo: Mayan Café
- Mesh, Photo: Mesh
- Best Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Porcini, Photo: Porcini
- Proof on Main, Photo: Proof on Main
- Seviche A Latin Restaurant, Photo: Seviche A Latin Restaurant
- Varanese, Photo: Varanese
- Best Restaurants in Louisville, KY: Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant, Photo: Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant
- Places to eat in Louisville, KY: Volare Ristorante, Photo: Volare Ristorante
- Wiltshire on Market, Photo: Wiltshire on Market
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