10 Best Eats in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville may seem like an unlikely "foodie" city, but it's difficult to find a mediocre meal anywhere. Located on the cusp between the north and the south, the city's dining scene is extremely varied and features hearty, comfort cooking from the south infused with dining styles of the north. Visitors will find everything from southern staples and new American to authentic Cuban and Mayan cuisine. From casual gastropubs to elegant, romantic restaurants, Louisville has the perfect dining setting no matter what the occasion.

For date night or just a memorable gathering, Corbett's offers a fine-dining experience in a historical mansion, or the Oakroom is another favorite and an award-wining establishment. Both serve American cuisine with global influences. At Proof on Main, patrons can explore the trendsetting, 21C Museum before or after their meal. 

For a Latin influence, the Mayan Cafe and Havana Rumba offer fantastic atmospheres and authentic, Mayan and Cuban dishes that make them the talk of the town.

A number of locally-grown "chains" have been sprouting up, like the Comfy Cow, a cozy ice cream shop for those with a sweet tooth. For other local favorites and southern dishes, stop by Hammerheads and Harvest for high-quality dining in a casual setting.

Our experts have sampled their way through the city and present the 10Best of Louisville dining.

Proof on Main


Located within the 21C Museum Hotel, Proof on Main serves rich and sustainable cuisine alongside a menu of more than 50 Kentucky bourbons. The menu is playful while keeping its sophistication, so you'll see items like cotton candy next to...  Read More



Located in the downtown East Market Street area, Harvest has been hailed as one of the best restaurants in Louisville, thanks to its high-quality, regionally-inspired farm-to-table cuisine. Everything's grown locally, and the seasonal menu will...  Read More

The Comfy Cow
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With five locations (and growing) throughout Louisville and 20 to 30 flavors, the Comfy Cow is a must for those with a sweet tooth. The ice cream chain uses the freshest ingredients (local whenever possible) and in addition to traditional ice...  Read More



When the occasion calls for fine dining, The Oakroom guarantees an outstanding menu, exceptional service, and romantic atmosphere. The restaurant is known for its use of Kentucky-grown products and bourbons, adding in punches of European and...  Read More



Buck's is located in the heart of Old Louisville in the historic Mayflower building and is well known as the place to be for special occasions. Dark, hunter-green walls, white tablecloths, candlelit bars, mix-matched china, and nightly live...  Read More



Established in the early 1930s, this well-regarded restaurant near Cherokee Park is known for first-class cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. A classic shrimp and grits appetizer is updated with shiitakes and tomatoes, and Medjool dates...  Read More



If you want affordable and delicious comfort food in Louisville, try to snag a table at Hammerheads. Menu items like crispy mac & cheese balls, smoked cheddar grit cakes, pork belly BLT sandwiches, truffle fries and an amazing bacon brownie...  Read More



Even in the trendy entertainment district of Nulu on East Market Street, Mayan Cafe stands out as one of Louisville's best. With a focus on sustainability, the restaurant prepares seasonal menus to reflect the best of what's available, including...  Read More



The first Havana Rumba opened in 2004 to bring the flavors of Cuba to Louisville. The Cuban-style pulled pork rivals that of any local BBQ joint, and the portions are big and at affordable prices. The service is notoriously awesome as is the...  Read More


Meet Amber Nolan

Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber