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Must Try Restaurants in Downtown Louisville, KY

Mussels and Burger Bar
Hammerheads
Against The Grain Brewery and Smokehouse
Proof on Main
Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen
Brendon’s Catch 23
Sidebar At Whiskey Row
Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar
Mussels and Burger Bar
Hammerheads
Against The Grain Brewery and Smokehouse
Proof on Main
Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen
Brendon’s Catch 23
Sidebar At Whiskey Row
Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar

Downtown Louisville is the place to be. From historic Whiskey Row to shopping in the South Fourth Street district, there’s endless things to explore. Check out our list of places to grab a bite to eat or something cold to drink next time you’re in Downtown Louisville. 


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Mussels and Burger Bar

113 S 7th St Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 749-6451

Imagine a restaurant where you can have a gourmet burger, some fresh, delicious mussels, and an ice-cold beer. Well when in Downtown Louisville, Mussels and Burger Bar is the place to be. It is family friendly, providing a great atmosphere for hanging out on weekends or grabbing dinner after a day at the office. The seafood burger features a shrimp, lobster, crabmeat patty, lettuce, avocado, and a spicy aioli between pretzel buns with a side of pomme frites. The mussels are served with artisan bread, and the sauce options include curry cream, moules, basquaise, and meuniere.

 


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Hammerheads

921 Swan St Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 365-1112

This is one of the spots in Downtown Louisville with vegetarian options and amazing finger-licking ribs. So what’s good here? We recommend their house-smoked St. Louis spare ribs with Grippo fries, venison burgers, pork belly tacos, and smoked mac and cheese. Their best vegetarian option is the Garcia burger with shiitake mushrooms, potato bun, portabella, sun-dried tomato mayo, falafel, and lettuce.

 


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Against The Grain Brewery and Smokehouse

401 E Main St Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 515-0174

There is probably no beer-lover in Downtown Louisville that doesn’t frequent what can only be described as a beer palace, Against The Grain. The four owners have been brewing beer since the 90’s and offer the classics such as hop, malt, smoke, and session. They have incorporated beer into some of their meals, such as mac and beer cheese. The foods to try out include the pit-smoked brisket, pecan pie, and Weisenberger grits.

 


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Proof on Main

702 West Main St Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-6360

Food and exquisite art covering the walls is what Proof on Main in Downtown Louisville is all about. They boast some rather impressive contemporary art pieces that make the dining experience akin to eating in a museum. They are open from Monday to Sunday for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. The sharable platters include the market fish crudo and charred octopus, while the entree menu includes black hawk farm salmon, ricotta cannelloni, and many more.

 


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Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen

122 W Main St Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 290-8888

This Downtown Louisville spot is not only known for its tasty food and impressive drink menu, but also its live music performances each weekend featuring local and national artists. Their menu has some of the best Southern foods, such as sweet potato casserole, big pig sandwich, and southern fried chicken. They also have regular tacos like bourbon bbq pork and plant-based tacos like the barbacoa taco and wild mushroom.

 


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Brendon’s Catch 23

505 S 4th St Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 654-8411

This establishment is among the top of the list when it comes to the best fine dining restaurants in Downtown Louisville. It is an excellent choice for high-fashion tea and elegant events with the decor and class to boot. Their supper menu has different meal options such as raw and cooked seafood and steak. There is also a special menu curated each night with different entrees, and they offer vegetarian and gluten-free options on request.

 


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Sidebar At Whiskey Row

129 N 2nd St Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 630-2012

The one dish we recommend is the double jeopardy burger made with an in-house recipe that brings together an Angus beef patty, red onion, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. This Downtown Louisville spot is known for its interesting take on different foods, sure to blow your mind in flavor and taste. It is a fantastic place for an evening cocktail and a tasty burger. They have a wide array of craft beers, cocktails, and fun non-alcoholic beverages, such as the caramel apple bacon milkshake.

 


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Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar

127 W Main St Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 587-1626

Doc Crow’s has been around for a while and is credited for having some of the freshest seafood and authentic southern comfort foods in Downtown Louisville. Their food is always super flavorful because they use seasonal ingredients and the in-house-made spices and sauces. You can sample a little bit of everything on the menu with the smokehouse sampler platter with pork and beef brisket with either chicken or ribs. You can also try their fish platter with pickled vegetables, Doc’s remoulade, hushpuppies, and blackened or fried tilapia or catfish fillet. Some other southern delights include the fried pork loin, derby pie, and shrimp with cheddar grits.