Louisville, Kentucky is known both as the birthplace of bourbon and a city full of great food. If you live in the area or are planning a sightseeing trip in the near future, you’re going to want to know the best places to grab food and drinks!
All of the restaurants on this list are popular places to eat right in the center of the city, in downtown Louisville. Each and every one of these locations also happen to be supported by GiftYa, a virtual gift card company.
With GiftYa, you can send a friend or family member a balance for participating locations via an app that they can set up with their debit or credit card. That way they don’t have to crowd their wallet with physical gift cards! It’s the perfect present in a much more convenient package.
So, while you’re looking for all the best places to eat in downtown Louisville, you should also look into buying a GiftYa for one of them if you know someone who you want to treat to a delicious meal!
Great food and drink on Main Street in Louisville!
While you’re at Proof on Main, you’ll have to make sure you try one of their signature cocktails for the full experience! Image courtesy of Instagram.
702 W Main St | Louisville | proofonmain.com
Located within the 21c Museum Hotel, Proof on Main provides you with delicious food, a full bar, and spectacular artwork very close by that you can view before or after you enjoy your meal. If you stay in the hotel, you also won’t have to travel far to grab a bite!
You can find starters, entrees, sides, and desserts on the dinner menu. This restaurant is also very well known for its wide selection of drinks— they offer specialty cocktails and wines, the latter of which comes in red, white, orange, pink, and sparkling.
Proof on Main is open for dinner from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. Lunch hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the weekends.
“Loved this place so much. The atmosphere is so unique and the service was great and the food was amazing! We tried several dishes and each one was great! I'd definitely eat here again when in Louisville!” - Yelp Review
A restaurant that’s received widespread recognition in Louisville.
The steak is the star of the show at Jeff Ruby’s, but there’s plenty of other great food, too! Image courtesy of Instagram.
325 W Main St | Louisville | jeffruby.com
Jeff Ruby’s is on a main street in Louisville in the waterfront plaza, a series of tall, interconnected office buildings that stand out against the Louisville skyline. Jeff Ruby’s stands out, too, having received compliments from many national publications, including FoodNetwork, OpenTable, and USA Today.
In addition to an extensive menu of starters, steaks, and other entrees, Jeff Ruby’s also offers a separate sushi menu, dessert options, and an extensive drink list.
Jeff Ruby’s is open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays.
“From the moment we showed up, we were taken care of. Our waiter, Chad, was wonderful. He walked us through the menu, gave us suggestions, and was there (almost like a ninja) everytime we needed anything. The food was amazing.” - Yelp Review
Southern-inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients.
The atmosphere of Doc Crow’s helps ensure that you’ll have an excellent dining experience, and the food doesn’t hurt either! Image courtesy of Instagram.
127 W Main St | Louisville | doccrows.com
Though the menu is currently limited, Doc Crow’s still has more than enough options for you to choose from. You won’t be disappointed by the traditional southern cuisine and fresh seafood served here.
You’ll also want to grab a drink in the Bourbon Room as long as you’re stopping by! Doc Crow’s serves— you guessed it —bourbon to guests in this upscale extension of the restaurant. There’s more than 2,000 kinds of bourbon and whiskey to choose from, but you can always opt for a house cocktail instead.
Doc Crow’s is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
“Impressed with the binder full of pages of cocktails & bourbons. Menu was very varied [and] there was a lot to choose from. The foods that came out were impressive, generous portions.” - Yelp Review
A Brazilian style steakhouse in downtown Louisville.
Try a delicious wine to go with your equally tasty steak! Image courtesy of Instagram.
450 S 4th St | Louisville | brazeiros.com
Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse has a location in Knoxville, Tennessee as well as this one in Kentucky. Both restaurants serve equally delicious dishes that are inspired by authentic Southern Brazil cuisine with a modern twist.
In addition to the main menu, you’ll find a selection of starters, sides, desserts, wines, and cocktails. The bar opens at 4:30 p.m, and happy hour is until 6 p.m. on every day but Saturday.
Brazeiros is open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, from noon until 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and from noon until 9:30 p.m. on Sundays.
“This is our second time here. And the experience is nothing short of the best. Thank you so much to our bartender, Emerson, who made my fiancé's birthday the best experience. So nice and friendly!” - Yelp Review
A comfortable atmosphere and comfort food!
Porch Kitchen & Bar is all about the community— it’s all smiles in the sit-down dining room. Image courtesy of Instagram.
280 W Jefferson St | Louisville | porchlouisville.com
Porch Kitchen & Bar is named after the “iconic American porch,” a great place to spend time with your family outdoors and at home all at once while also extending a hand to the rest of the community. This restaurant replicates that energy, with a cozy atmosphere to match the comfort food on the menu.
In addition to the dishes, you can also choose from red, white, sparkling, or rose wine, crafted cocktails, and beers— both bottle and draft.
On weekdays, Porch Kitchen & Bar is open from 6:30 a.m. until midnight. Weekend hours, on Saturdays and Sundays, are from 7 a.m. until midnight.
“We shared the bourbon butter cake à la mode, it was the perfect ending to a great time in Louisville. Service was impeccable, football was on television, my husband was happy & dinner was really awesome!” - Yelp Review
Authentic Italian cuisine in downtown Louisville.
The dessert is just as delicious as dinner at Vincenzo’s, so make sure you save room! Image courtesy of Instagram.
150 S 5th St | Louisville | vincenzositalianrestaurant.com
This well-known Italian restaurant is located in the Humana Building, a skyscraper in downtown Louisville that was built in 1985. The location adds to the romantic atmosphere in Vincenzo’s, making it the perfect place for a night of fine dining.
Vincenzo’s serves soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and other entrees, as well as desserts and a selection of fine wines for you to choose from.
Lunch hours at Vincenzo’s are from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on weekdays, while dinner hours are from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. On Saturdays, dinner is served from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
“The historic building, clean and elegant colors, white tablecloths, and black tuxedos. Vincenzos has the look to set itself apart from so many other restaurants downtown. The appearance is impressive without being intimidating.” - Yelp Review
An award-winning restaurant with many locations in Louisville, Kentucky!
Delicious breakfast dishes with a twist— you can start your day off right at Wild Eggs! Image courtesy of Instagram.
121 S Floyd St | Louisville | wildeggs.com
Wild Eggs has many locations in several different states, all supported by GiftYa, and five in Louisville alone. This restaurant is incredibly popular for its menu that contains all the breakfast favorites you could want, as well as innovative twists on many dishes you know.
They also have espresso and cocktail bars so you can pair your breakfast with the perfect beverage. It’s no wonder this restaurant has been voted best in Louisville.
Weekday hours at Wild Eggs are from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
“We've been here several times and we are never disappointed. Huge menu. Great food. My fav dish is the chicken and waffles (regular waffle not that infused one) and lots of the accompanying syrup. Yummy.” - Yelp Review
Burgers, bourbon, and beer in a historic building in downtown Louisville!
The burgers are what Sidebar at Whiskey Row is most well-known for, and for good reason! Image courtesy of Instagram.
129 N 2nd St | Louisville | 502-630-2012
This restaurant is located within the beautiful Whiskey Row Lofts, which were originally built in 1877 as a headquarters for the L&N Railroad. It’s the perfect place to go while you’re in Louisville for some classic American food.
Grab a burger, a bourbon, and a beer to fully enjoy the historic atmosphere!
Sidebar at Whiskey Row is closed Sundays through Tuesdays, but it’s open from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Fridays, and noon until 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
“I've been wanting to try Sidebar for years. I'm SO glad we ended up here tonight. Despite being open for less than 2 weeks and only having 1 server available for our entire section of tables, the Service, food & cocktails were amazing.” - Yelp Review
If you’re in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and looking for the perfect place to grab a bite or a beverage, consider one of the restaurants on this list! And, while you’re at it, consider GiftYa too!