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Old 01-07-2016, 07:26 AM
 
Location: I is where I is
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Even though I have lived in So.Indiana/Louisville basically my whole life, I've never set out to the "upscale" restaurants in the area. My wife and I eat out often, but just our usual "chain" places like Carrabas, Longhorns Steakhouse, Macaroni Grill, etc... Valentines day is coming up, so I figured since this is our 1st Valentines Day officially married, I'd take us somewhere a little more worthwhile.


I've been told to go to Buck's, any other suggestions? I've googled a bunch of places, but hearing suggestions on here is always reassuring! The one place I would rather not go to is The Rivue(Galt House), I've been once, and honestly didn't care for it.

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Old 01-07-2016, 09:17 AM
 
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I personally love Lilly's on Bardstown Road. It's the perfect place for a Valentine's Day dinner. They were doing "farm to table" before it was a popular concept. They have the most delicious desserts too, including their homemade ice cream and the caramel cake.


I've heard good things about 8UP but I personally have not been there. Several of my friends have and loved it.
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:48 PM
 
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I personally love Lilly's on Bardstown Road. It's the perfect place for a Valentine's Day dinner. They were doing "farm to table" before it was a popular concept. They have the most delicious desserts too, including their homemade ice cream and the caramel cake.


I've heard good things about 8UP but I personally have not been there. Several of my friends have and loved it.
I've heard of Lilly's but no 8up. I'll look into them and see what their menu has!
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:02 PM
 
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Even though I have lived in So.Indiana/Louisville basically my whole life, I've never set out to the "upscale" restaurants in the area. My wife and I eat out often, but just our usual "chain" places like Carrabas, Longhorns Steakhouse, Macaroni Grill, etc... Valentines day is coming up, so I figured since this is our 1st Valentines Day officially married, I'd take us somewhere a little more worthwhile.


I've been told to go to Buck's, any other suggestions? I've googled a bunch of places, but hearing suggestions on here is always reassuring! The one place I would rather not go to is The Rivue(Galt House), I've been once, and honestly didn't care for it.
please try some new restaurants...you are missing out on one of the top restaurant cities in America!

there are too many to mention

Buck's
610 Magnolia
Rivue
8up
Proof
Vincenzo's
Jeff Ruby's
Lilly's
Seviche
Jack Fry's
Corbett's
Mesh
Harvest
Bistro 1812
Mayan Cafe
Uptown Cafe
Jack's
Equus
211 Clover Lane
Butchertown Grocery


the list goes on and on and on. This is a top 20 restaurant city, and probably its top virtue. Do avoid the chains if you can, as there is so much better food to be had.

Want to know my top pick for somewhere intimate? I would actually try Wiltshire on Market in Nulu. Then walk down to the basement of Decca for some great cocktails, or maybe the bar at Rye. Act now on Wiltshire and go ahead and get a reservation...it is small and intimate, and will fill fast if not already booked.
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:51 AM
 
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please try some new restaurants...you are missing out on one of the top restaurant cities in America!

there are too many to mention

Buck's
610 Magnolia
Rivue
8up
Proof
Vincenzo's
Jeff Ruby's
Lilly's
Seviche
Jack Fry's
Corbett's
Mesh
Harvest
Bistro 1812
Mayan Cafe
Uptown Cafe
Jack's
Equus
211 Clover Lane
Butchertown Grocery


the list goes on and on and on. This is a top 20 restaurant city, and probably its top virtue. Do avoid the chains if you can, as there is so much better food to be had.

Want to know my top pick for somewhere intimate? I would actually try Wiltshire on Market in Nulu. Then walk down to the basement of Decca for some great cocktails, or maybe the bar at Rye. Act now on Wiltshire and go ahead and get a reservation...it is small and intimate, and will fill fast if not already booked.
Thanks for the list! I'll look into these
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Old 01-08-2016, 12:52 PM
 
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I personally feel like the Brown Hotel restaurant is an old school classic romantic place to eat. It fits the Louisville charm as well.

Ruby's and Jack Fry's are also solid choices.
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Old 01-09-2016, 01:10 AM
 
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I have never been, but on NYE, my brother & his wife went to Jeff Ruby's before meeting up with myself and friends, and the whole night they could not stop talking about how that was the best meal they've ever had. Apparently the steak will "bring happy tears to your eyes"

Worth looking into based on it being mentioned a few times above

Heads up though-I bet reservations for some of those places are already full. Apparently the NYE dinner for my brother & his wife was reserved 2 months in advance and the were only able to get in at 8:30, the last opening. I would assume Valentines Day would be similar, if not already full.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:34 PM
 
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please try some new restaurants...you are missing out on one of the top restaurant cities in America!

there are too many to mention

Buck's
610 Magnolia
Rivue
8up
Proof
Vincenzo's
Jeff Ruby's
Lilly's
Seviche
Jack Fry's
Corbett's
Mesh
Harvest
Bistro 1812
Mayan Cafe
Uptown Cafe
Jack's
Equus
211 Clover Lane
Butchertown Grocery
I was going to mention one that was presented incorrectly in this list. Bistro 1860 (not 1812), which was formerly the L&N wine bar and bistro, is fantastic. You can order most menu items in three sizes, so it is possible to order small plates and try several different things in one visit. The wife and I were just there recently and had a great dinner. Wait staff is very knowledgeable. It can get expensive if you order a lot of drinks, but this would be my recommendation if you are okay spending $150-250. You could bring that down some too if you limit how many things you order.

Jack Fry's is another favorite of mine, but I feel it's more like a man's den (in a good way) than a romantic restaurant.
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:46 PM
 
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I was going to mention one that was presented incorrectly in this list. Bistro 1860 (not 1812), which was formerly the L&N wine bar and bistro, is fantastic. You can order most menu items in three sizes, so it is possible to order small plates and try several different things in one visit. The wife and I were just there recently and had a great dinner. Wait staff is very knowledgeable. It can get expensive if you order a lot of drinks, but this would be my recommendation if you are okay spending $150-250. You could bring that down some too if you limit how many things you order.

Jack Fry's is another favorite of mine, but I feel it's more like a man's den (in a good way) than a romantic restaurant.
Thank you! It is indeed Bistro 1860. In an old antebellum house where Clifton meets Butchertown. There are soo many more but this is just a start. Some of the best restaurants are not high end.

One amazing place, and probably the most romantic of all that gets overlooked, is Le Relais. Admittedly, it is better in the spring, before derby, when the sun is setting, the weather is warm, and you share a drink with someone you love, overlooking bowman field. I did that once, and realized, I LOVE Louisville and have never looked back!
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