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Restaurants and Taverns

New Restaurants have opened at Cardinal Towne, 3rd to 4th St at Cardinal Blvd
Including Qdoba, Comfy Cow, a sandwich shop and more


610 Magnolia $$$$ menu - (502) 636-0783
Amici $$-$$½ menu - (502) 637-3167
Buck's $$$$
menu - (502) 637-5284
Burger Boy $ menu - (502) 635-7410
China Inn menu - (502) 636-2020
Comfy Cow $ menu - (502) 409-5090
D Nalley's $
menu - (502) 618-2429
Dizzy Whizz $ menu - (502) 583-3663
Ermin's Bakery & Deli $ - (502) 635-6960
The Hill Street Fish Fry $ - (502) 636-3474
Jamaame $ - (502) 636-3361
Jimmy John's $ menu - (502) 634-3334
Moby Dick $ menu - (502) 637-8067
Ollie's Trolley $
menu - (502) 583-5214
Qdoba $
menu - (502) 442-0201
The Rudyard Kipling $$ menu - (502) 636-135
Taste of China $ menu - (502) 585-5582

Coffee Shops:
Old Louisville Coffeehouse - (moved)
Smokey's Bean Coffee Shop
$ menu - (502) 749-6900

Jimmy's Corner Market $ menu - (502) 584-0130
Scheler's $
menu - (502) 635-2779

PIZZA (for delivery)

Bearno's Little Sicily
menu - (502) 634-5155
Bruno's menu
- (502) 634-1003
Domino's menu - (502)  637-3030
Jockamo's Pizza Pub menu - (502) 637-5406
Papa John's menu - (502) 636-1112
Pizza Hut
menu - (502) 203-5555
menu - (502) 568-5665
Wick's Pizza menu
- (502) 458-1828

Old Louisville pizza carry-outs or eat-ins:
Amici $$-$$½ menu - (502) 637-3167
Granville Inn
$$ menu - (502) 637-9128

(Some also serve food)
Granville Inn  menu - (502) 637-9128
Mag Bar
 - (502) 673-9052
The Rudyard Kipling menu - (502) 636-1357
Sheeshah Hookah Joint
- (502) 409-5029
The Tavern  menu - (502) 637-4200
Teddy Bear's (Gay) - (502) 589-2619
Marty's Tavern (Gay) - (502) 614-5189

Amici's, and Buck's restaurants also have bars

Near Old Louisville
Theater Square area: Caf
é Kilimanjaro  Safier Mediterranean Deli  Brown Hotel English Grill  Bluegrass Brewing Co.  Cunningham's

Broadway area 1st to 12th Quizno's, Rally's, White Castle, MacDonald's, Taco Bell, Indi's
East of UofL The Brown Bag, Subway, Taco Bell/Pizza Hut, MacDonald's
Central Station (by Churchill Downs)  Quizno's, J Gumbo's

Also in the nearby area, scattered:
Arby's, Burger King, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), Papa John’s Pizza, Sonic Drive-in, Wendy’s, White Castle


(Old Louisville is enjoying a renaissance in new venues for upscale and fine dining.
Because of the popularity of many of these restaurants, you may want to
call ahead for reservations.)


610 Magnolia
610 W. Magnolia
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 636-0783

Fine Dining
Reservations only
Thu-Sat 5:30pm - ?
(very upscale)

This is one of the bes restaurants in the United States. Walled garden.  Extensive reserve wine selection. You should make reservations. Your table, when booked, is yours for the entire evening. You are promised a fine dining experience rarely exceeded anywhere.  Prix-fixe five-course dinners starting at $65. Menus change frequently based on the the freshest ingredients available. (New owner in Fall 2003 is Edward Lee who trained with 610 founding chef Ed Garber.) 
Robin Garr's Review

316 West Ormsby
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
(502) 637-3167
new restaurant, opened July 10, 2006

Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday - Saturday 11am-10pm
(entreés $10-$17)
website with menu

Amici means friends in Italian.  This casually elegant restaurant seats 80 indoors and 50 more in the courtyard and on the sidewalk.  Standard & upscale Italian family recipes with a Tuscan flair, including pizzas and many vegetarian dishes.

425 W. Ormsby Ave
(in the Mayflower)
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 637-5284

New Wave Cuisine
Lunch Monday-Friday 11a-3p
Tuesday-Thursday 5-10 pm
Friday - Saturday 5-11 pm
(very upscale)
Luncheon Menu

Dinner Menu

Trendy-chic, cigar and martini room.   By far, the most elegant restaurant in "Old Louisville" and one of best restaurants in the city, mixing old world and contemporary ambience. Many of the evening dishes are served at lunch at very reasonable prices.
Robin Garr's Review
Louisville Scene Review

Insiders Guide Review

Taste of China
1167 South Fourth Street
Corner of 4th & Oak
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 585-5582
fax (502) 585-5583

Specializing in Canton, Hunan, Szechuan
Mon - Thurs 10:30am-10:30pm  
Fri - Sat 10:30am-11:30pm  
Sun 11:30am-10:00pm
(small, eat-in or take out
Will Deliver with $15 minimum after 5pm, all day Sunday)

Small corner restaurant in the former Old Walnut Chili Parlor.  Large variety of dishes. Lunch Specials 11-3 daily (portions are huge).  The food is tasty, cooked hot and fresh before your eyes.  Best Chinese carry-out in Old Louisville.  And home delivery is fast: usually under 10-15 minutes.

The Rudyard Kipling
422 West Oak Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 636-1311
fax (502) 636-1357

Kentucky and exotic cuisine
Lunch 11:30 - 1:30 M-F only,
Supper, 5:30PM - up to 2am M-Sat
(depends on event)

Web site: therudyardkipling.com  (includes restaurant and catering menus, play schedule and music schedule)
Frequent late night entertainment often of the eclectic
or intellectual variety.  See also the notes below under
Bars and grills.
The Rudyard Kipling also offers catered lunches delivered to Old Louisville or downtown, as well as weddings and receptions of the alternative lifestyle or economically challenged variety.  There is a garden for weddings or hootenannies, and the menu includes crepes, fresh salmon, steaks, buffets, vegan dishes 
Robin Garr's Review
Louisville Scene Review

Insiders Guide Revie

For a comprehensive listing of Louisville restaurants with ratings and unbiased reviews, go to Louisville HotBytes, where you'll find information on the city's full dining scene by former Old Louisvillian and beloved CJ&T food and wine critic, Robin Garr


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Fast Food, Sandwiches, Burgers, Lunch, Diners, etc.
in Old Louisville


Dizzy Whizz
217 W. St Catherine
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 583-3828

50's style Drive In
Open late

A vintage 1950's drive-in with curb service, though you can also eat inside. Frequent specials.  Home of the Whizzburger. This is one of the area's oldest continuously operating restaurants.
Robin Garr's Review
Insiders Guide Review

Ermin's French Bakery and Cafe
1201 S. 1st St. (1st & Oak)
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 635-6960

Deli and European style bread
Open for breakfast lunch and early dinner

Ermin, a master baker from Sarajevo, came to Louisville to escape the Bosnian War in the 1990s and opened the finest bakery in the city at 1st and Oak.  The bakery featured authentic French breads, croissants and pastries.  He was soon overwhelmed with success and expanded to locations all over the city.  At the height of success, he sold the business and went West to do it all again.  Alas, the bakery is now a pale comparison of its former days.  While the breads are still pretty good, the delightful croissants and flaky strudels have given way to the heavy American imitations.  Deli and Restaurant selections are also available.

The Hill Street Fish Fry
111 E. Hill Street
(Between Brook and First)
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 636-FISH  636-3474

Very Small, mainly carry-out
Tiny seating area, fish and seafood
Monday 10:30am-2:30pm
Tues-Thu 10:30am-8:00pm
Friday 10:30am-9:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm


Fish sandwiches and dinners: whitefish, salmon, rolled and pan-fried oysters, shrimp, clam chowder, mini crab cakes, chicken tenders, barbecue and sides. Daily specials.

Jamaame Restaurant
416 W. Oak St.
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 636-3361

Very small and simple
offering wings and African dishes



Burger Boy
1450 S. Brook St.
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-7410

Diner-style menu
Burgers and breakfasts and simple plate meals
Open 24 hours 


Open 24 hours at the corner of Brook and Burnett. For years, this used to be Juanita's Burger Boy, but Juanita has retired and the restaurant is under new ownership and the food is better.  In many ways, Burger Boy is frozen in time decades past with a tan and orange diner decor. It often has a lively late night bar and after-hours crowd. 

D Nalley's
970 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 618-2429

Diner-style home cooking
Mon-Fri 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Closed Sunday


This long-time Old Louisville favorite serves great breakfasts with home made biscuits, plate lunches and dinners and burgers and fries in a deco-diner atmosphere. It is inexpensive, clean and bright, and seats about forty people. Call ahead for carryout.  menu

Moby Dick Seafood
2700 3rd St
(502) 636-2848
900 E Oak
(502) 637-8067

Fish Sandwiches & Platters, Seafood, Chicken

Popular fast-food fish places just outside of Old Louisville but with 2 locations convenient to all areas of the neighborhood.

Ollie's Trolley
978 South Third Street
Corner of 3rd & Kentucky
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 583-5214

Carry-out Burgers and Hot Dogs
10am until 4pm weekdays
and Saturday
menu   more

Home of the famous Ollieburger.  At one time these small burger stands, shaped like trolleys, were all over Louisville.  As far as we know, this may be the last one left.  We're glad it's in Old Louisville. Features uniquely flavorful burgers and spicy Ollie Fries.  We only wonder why Ollie's closes just before supper time.  more




Schelers Deli
1397 South Second Street 
Corner of 2nd and Magnolia
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-2779

Breakfast, sandwich lunches
carryout only
8am until 10pm 7 days

Scheler's is a convenience grocery and deli especially popular for  lunch time carry-outs. 

Corner Market
1100 S. First Street
(at St. Catherine Street)
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 584-0130

Hot Food & Deli
carryout only
until 9pm

Jimmy's is a convenience grocery newly renovated in early 2008, serves plate lunches, sandwiches, daily specials.




The Old Louisville Coffeehouse
is no longer in Old Louisville
Moved to Manslick & Gagel in the south end
link to website will give you more information
Meanwhile, the space is for lease
call (502) 637-7666

Need Caffeine in Old Louisville?
Try Smokey's Bean Coffee House
opened Aug 2011 at 1st and Burnette
(walk east down Hill to First, turn left for the short walk to Burnette
More coming soon

Coffee, tea, sandwiches,
pastries, gifts, artwork

pictures as a coffee house

web site for new location, etc






for delivery)
Sicilian Pizza, Spinelli's, Snappy Tomato,
Domino's, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, Wicks
These are not in Old Louisville, but all are close by and will deliver here.
For Old Louisville pizza carry-out or eat-in (no delivery), see
Granville Inn and


Bearno's Little Sicily
Across from U of L Campus
in the Cardinal Shopping Center
1923 S. Fourth
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 634-5155
Bearno's by the Bridge
2nd & Main Downtown
(502) 584-7437

Award Winning Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, Wings, Lunch Buffet
(16 locations city-wide)
Web Site

Monday-Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
(Bearno's by the Bridge
open until 1:30 AM on weekends)

Both locations are also dine-in.  The pizza is tasty and was voted Best of Louisville for several years.  Only complaint is that sometimes the pizzas are so thick that they may come out cool in the center. 

These are the nearby generic chain pizzerias

Pizza, Buffalo Wings, Steak Hoagies, Cheesy Bread
Web Site 
2407 S. Shelby
(502) 637-3030

Pizza Hut
Subs, Pizza, Wings, Salads, dine-in or delivery
2508 Preston Hwy
(502) 634-8322
801 W Broadway
(502) 583-0999
Metro Area Delivery (502) 203-5555
Web site
  menu order on line

Papa John's
Go to the Papa John's web site for menus, info and ordering
Home PageMenu, Order on-line

2336 South Floyd Street  40217 (U of L)
(502) 636-1112
- Delivery -
Monday-Thursday    11:00 am to 12:30 am
Friday-Saturday    11:00 am to  1:30 am
Sunday:    12  noon to 11:30 pm
- Holidays -
Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve  11:00 am to  6:00 pm
Christmas Closed


Jockamo's Pizza Pub
983 Goss Avenue
Louisville, KY 40217
(Located at the Corner of Goss Avenue
& Krieger Avenue)
Call 637-5406

Just really good Italian pub food
Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Delivery and Carry Out Available.
Mon.-Fri. • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
varied menu

Courier-Journal review

This Pizzeria is in nearby Germantown.  If you're old enough, you'll remember when Jockamo's was a popular spot in the Highlands on Bardstown Road near Bonnycastle at the location of the current Za's Pizza Pub.  We were happy to find out that Jockamo's is still alive and well at this location near Old Louisville since 2006.  Jockamo's will deliver to the nearby areas of Old Louisville if someone is available to drive.  Just call to check, or better yet, make the short trip.  Pizza is after all at its best when fresh from the oven.  To get to Goss Avenue, go east down Oak or Ormsby to Shelby.  Turn left from Oak or right from Ormsby and enter Goss where Shelby transitions from one-way to two way.  Jockamo's is a couple of blocks down on your left.  Good pizza.


Spinellis Pizzeria
614 Baxter Avenue
Louisville  KY, 40204
Phone: (502) 568-5665

Philly Style Pizza
Sun.-Tues. 11a.m.-midnight;
Wed.-Sat. 11a.m.-5a.m.
Delivery until 4:30a.m.


This Pizzeria delivers to Old Louisville, but there may be a longer wait because of the distance.  This one is great because they're open really late!!

Sicilian Pizza and Pasta
631 South 4th Street
Near Theater Square
Louisville  KY, 40202
Phone: (502) 589-8684

Pizza, gourmet pizza, baked pasta,
wings, salads, subs, stromboli, calzones
and desserts

 on line ordering

This Pizzeria delivers to Old Louisville & U of L.  There is a small eat-in area, and the pizza is good.

Wick's Pizza Parlor
975 Baxter Avenue
(Near Highland and Bardstown Road)
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 458-1828

Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday Noon - 2:00 AM
Sunday Noon - 10:00 PM

Located in the heart of the Highlands action on Bardstown Road and Baxter Ave, Wick’s is right smack in the middle of coffee shops, art galleries, boutiques, antique stores and bars. It’s the destination to grab a bite and a beverage! It’s also a great place to watch a big game, groove to a sweet local band or shoot a few games of pool! Plus, we’re open late, so our parlor and pub is the hot spot for beating those late night hunger pains.




Gumby's Goodies
1477 S. 2nd St.
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-0240



Varied menu

     "Gumby's Specialty Catering" is a full-service caterer.  Located in a lovely Victorian home front in Old Louisville, Gumby's caters to businesses, corporate accounts, and personal clients for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.  Catering will include anything from box lunches to breakfasts, buffets, sit-down dinners, special events, etc.  Gumby's can provide all amenities, including full event planning, transportation (limos, horse & carriage rides, etc.), florists, music, photographers, rental venues, and everything else needed to make an event special!
     Because there are as many choices in foods as in all other areas of your event planning, Gumby's will custom-design your menu to fit your palate, as well as your budget!
     Whether you desire a most simple gathering or the most ornate extravaganza, They will provide for you a day to cherish always.....!
     Call ( 5 0 2 ) - 6 3 5 - 0 2 4 0 for your initial consult.  Gumby's looks forward to serving YOU!





(Some serve food)

Dan's Bar & Grill, Granville Inn, Mag Bar,
The Rudyard Kipling, The Tavern,
Teddy Bear's, Woodys'

All are non smoking inside because of the city-wide smoking ban implemented in 2007


The Granville Inn
1601 S. Third Street
Louisville, KY  40208
(502) 637-9128

Open Lunch until 4:00AM
Food served from 11am until about 10pm
nightly hot snack special after 10
food $-$$, drinks $-$$

Established in 1939, The Granville is one of Old Louisville's main college pubs, frequented by students from the University of Louisville (in season), and often an international set at that.  It is located at 3rd and Gaulbert, offers a wide selection of domestic and imported beers, nine on tap, as well as a decent bar menu of starters, burgers, sandwiches and pizza until midnight  or 1:00 AM.  Louisville Scene declared the Granville's' burgers "terrific." (and they are)!  Friendly staff and lively clientele.  Occasional band (Wednesdays) or special event.
Granville was renovated 2004/2005 with a noticeable surge in popularity.  This is becoming a very interesting evening locale,...as if it wasn't already.)


The Magnolia Bar & Grill
(Mag Bar)

1398 S. Second Street
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 637-9052

Open 5:00PM until 4:00AM daily
no food, except bagged chips, etc.

drinks $-$$

At night, you will recognize this bar located at 2nd and Magnolia by its gay colors and festive lighting.  You'll know you're in Old Louisville's home to the alternative set when you see the portrait of J. Edgar Hoover over the bar showing those sexy legs in 3D.  It's probably the only night spot in Old Louisville practically guaranteed to be busy 7 nights a week, and since Spark's closed downtown, it's gotten even livelier.  The juke box is one of the most eclectic in the city.  As for the "grill" part, forget it.  You won't get much by way of food here.  But you can enjoy the the trendy tattoos, and the Amsterdam style hairdos, with a fun-loving, well mannered younger crowd.  Arguably one of the most popular bars in the city of Louisville.


The Tavern
1532 S 4th St.
(4th and Gaulbert)
Louisville, KY  40208
(502) 637-4200

Open until 6:00 AM until 4:00 AM daily
drinks $
food until about 3am

Late night food since about 1936.  The place has never recaptured the popularity it enjoyed when "Knocker" owned it, so it may be a bit lonely some nights.  But you'll never find the doors locked early, either.  Try the Knockerburger (up until about 3:00 AM) for that  "I don't care about fat and cholesterol" splurge of calories and good flavor. Very popular for lunch. Canaryoke ...oops...Karaoke weekends until late in the morning.

The Rudyard Kipling
422 West Oak Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 636-1311
fax (502) 636-1357

Open 11:30 - 1:30 M-F only,
5:30PM - up to 2am M-Sat
(depends on event)
food, drinks $-$$
web site

From the Rudyard: "Our mission is to provide unique and delicious food and drink in a gracious environment so that our guests will be refreshed in body and spirit.  We want to be the English Pub, the French Cafe, the corner drugstore of your youth that author Ray Oldenburg calls The Great Good Place where 'decency and good cheer prevail between groups very different from each other.'  So come see superb theater; impress guests from New York and Dallas; hear or play original music; shoot darts; meet other wits and intellectuals." 
The Rudyard offers an eclectic menu, including vegetarian, a wide variety of libations, tasteful decor, and almost nightly entertainment including but not limited to jazz and blues, theater, readings, and open stage.  And every night is something different.   Most entertainment begins between 6 and 10 PM.  (Call for the schedule)
See the Rudyard's other listing under restaurants where you will find more reviews


Teddy Bear's
1148 Garvin Place
(Near Oak and Garvin)
Louisville, KY  40203
(502) 589-2619

(Gay bar)
open daily 11am-4:00am
no food

drinks $½

A bar generally for the older gay crowd.  Friendly staff.  Can be mixed (ages and orientations), a sign of Old Louisville's diversity.  Food limited to a few light snacks from the machine. Beer Bust Sunday & Tuesday nights. Happy Hour all night Wednesday.  Karaoke until 3am Thursday. Rare special events.

Marty's Tavern
208 E Burnett
(Corner of Brook & Burnett)
Louisville, KY  40208
(502) 614-5189

(Gay bar)
open daily 1pm-4am
drinks $½
Happy Hour 4-8pm
and during U of L games
daily specials
$1 cover applies to first drink


For decades we knew it as Woody's Bar. Now under new new ownership, the crowds have returned.  The large open air roofed garden patio with privacy fence and winter space heating is well appreciated by smokers who have few places left to go in the city.   Daily specials include things like free pool and $1 drafts on Wednesdays, and $10 pitchers of Long Island Iced Tea on Sundays. Burger Boy is just across the street and open 24h for the late night munchies. 


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