Are you planning a visit to Kentucky? Or maybe you are a Kentucky resident looking for a new place for dinner. We have the ultimate list for you! There are so many delicious restaurants in Kentucky and we’re not talking about Kentucky Fried Chicken! I love being able to find new restaurants, whether it’s a hole in the wall diner or a more upscale establishment, there are so many options to chose from.
Check out this list of Kentucky restaurants. If you visit them, be sure to tell them that we referred you!
If you are touring the Bourbon Trail you want to be sure to stop in at Mammy’s Kitchen for some delicious comfort food, especially the Bourbon Burger.
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
Another “must-do” along the Bourbon Trail is My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. This dinner train operates year round and customers can enjoy the beautiful views along with a delicious meal.
Stephen Foster Restaurant
If you’re in the mood for homecooking be sure to visit the Stephen Foster Restaurant. Who was Stephen Foster, you might ask? He was an American songwriter who wrote My Old Kentucky Home.
The Rickhouse Restaurant & Lounge
From Bourbon to Barrel Cut Filets, you want to be sure to visit The Rickhouse in Bardstown.
Boone Tavern Restaurant
Southern elegance and dining is what you will find at the historic Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky.
If you are in the mood for casual dining and Italian food you will want to visit Papa Leno’s.
Bowling Green Restaurants
Chaney’s Dairy Barn
If you are in the Bowling Green area, be sure to stop in at Chaney’s Dairy Barn, featuring Homemade Ice Cream as well as lunch and dinner options.
The Dixie Cafe
This popular Corbin establishment is found on Main Street in Corbin and has been a favorite of locals for years.
The Original Sanders Cafe
I know I said KFC was not included in this list of restaurants but you can’t talk about Kentucky restaurants without talking about the Original Sanders Cafe and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Located in Corbin, Kentucky you can view a replica of the original Sander’s Cafe.
A popular Corbin drive-in made famous for their rootbeer floats and chili buns. This establishment is only open seasonally (March-October). Arrive early to get a parking spot because it tends to get very busy around lunch and dinner times.
The Wrigley Taproom and Brewery
Since initially writing this post I have discovered a new restaurant in downtown Corbin. The Wrigley Taproom and Brewery is a locally owned restaurant which offers 24 craft beers on tap and a full farm-to-table menu, sourced from local farmers. You can read my review of The Wrigley Taproom and Brewery here.
The Whistle Stop
If you find yourself in Glendale be sure to take time to visit The Whistle Stop. A family owned restaurant serving up Southern Home Cooking since 1975.
Amish Deli & Grill
Offering a wide variety of fresh meats and cheeses on several types of bread, the Amish Deli and Grill is a great alternative to those chain restaurants.
North Limestone Coffee and Donuts
From locally roasted coffee and donuts made in house, you want to be sure to visit North Limestone Coffee and Donuts.
Jean Farris Winery and Bistro
Jean Farris is both a working farm and a winery, which enables them to offer fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits along with their delicious wine to create an awesome dining experience.
The Ketch Seafood Grill
Be sure to put a Beach Bucket on your list at The Ketch Seafood Grill on Regency Road.
Boasting an eclectic menu that will please vegetarians and meat eaters both, Alfalfa uses the freshest, best quality local ingredients.
If you are looking for local food, beer and wine and an art gallery then you want to visit Limestone Blue. Limestone Blue offers locally sourced ingredients without breaking the bank. Be sure to enjoy a side of BLT mac and cheese with your sandwich and wash it all down with a Kentucky favorite, Ale 8.
Charlie’s Seafood and Carryout Restaurant
The first time I visited Charlie’s with my brother I was amazed that you could get fresh seafood right in the middle of Lexington. If you are looking for fresh seafood for a special dinner or just want to grab a fish sandwich to go, Charlie’s is the place to go.
Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, the Parkette has been a Lexington favorite for over 60 years.
Brie’s Brews Coffeehouse
A locally owned coffehouse which features many options of hot drinks, frozen drinks, and more. They also often host local artists and musicians so you can enjoy the entertainment and a cup of joe.
A local downtown favorite known for their hot dogs and chili Weaver’s is now a popular place to visit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They now offer so much more than hot dogs and chili.
**Update** In February, 2015 Weaver’s was destroyed by a massive fire. The Weaver family has since opened two new locations. Weaver’s Landing is located at the London-Corbin Airport and Weaver’s on 4th is located in downtown London.
From Shrimp and Grits to Veal Tenderloin, Jack Fry’s on Bardstown Road is sure to please. Jack Fry’s is one of the oldest and most respected restaurants in Louisville. Enjoy your dinner in their dimly lit dining room with a tin ceiling and black and white photographs covering the walls.
This restaurant is often forgot because it’s downtown, on a one way street. You will find Hillbilly Tea located across the street from White Castle.
Wagner’s has been a Louisville tradition since 1922, especially with the crowd at Churchhill Down’s. Grab a barstool and enjoy your meal. You never know what horse racing personalities may drop by.
Home of the Hot Brown, The Brown Hotel, built in 1923, offers some of the finest dining in Louisville.
Located on the 25th floor of the Galt House Hotel this restaurant offers fine dining and an amazing view from this revolving restaurant. Yes, I said revolving. While you are dining you are slowing revolving around which gives you the chance to see some beautiful views of the riverfront in downtown Louisville.
Old Hickory Bar-B-Q
Boasting the best BBQ menu in Kentucky, Old Hickory Bar-B-Q specializes in Mutton, Pork, Beef, Chicken, Ribs, Ham, Turkey, Burgoo, Chili, and Meat Stew.
Pizza By the Pound
According to Trip Advisor reviews, Pizza By the Pound is a “great local dive” with “great pizza at a reasonable price”.
Located in historic, downtown Paducah, Powerhouse BBQ offers great western Kentucky Barbecue. Be sure to try The ’37 Flood, their signature sandwich which includes beef brisket, pulled pork, and smoked ham.
Dairyette Drive In
“Where the locals go”, according to one Trip Advisor review. This drive in is popular for their burgers and their BBQ that they cook onsite.
Reader’s Favorite Kentucky Restaurants
Since we initially published this list we’ve received lots of suggestions from our readers with their favorite restaurants. Here’s a list of our readers’s favorites.
Seviche in Louisville
A La Lucie in Lexington
The Smokey Pig in Bowling Green
Bubby’s BBQ in Corbin
The Depot in Corbin
Smoky Bear’s BBQ in Corbin
Harper’s in Scottsville
Patti’s in Grand Rivers
Chow 45 in Mayfield
Southern Red’s in Pilot Oak
Sylfonis Pizza in Russellville
Amon’s Sugar Shack in Somerset
Do you have a favorite restaurant in Kentucky that we should include in our list? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below with your favorite Kentucky restaurant and we may add it to our list.
Be sure to checkout our list of Farm to Table Restaurants across Kentucky.