Best known as the home of The Kentucky Derby, Muhammad Ali, Louisville Sluggers and international fast-food staple, KFC, Louisville is also a burgeoning hot spot for home-grown food and more. Get better acquainted with this beloved American city through the amazing restaurants offering a fresh perspective on Louisville via astounding views and inspired menus. If you’re interested in having dinner with a view, check out this list of restaurants in Louisville!
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Copper & Kings Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
1121 E Washington St Copper and Kings Louisville, KY 40206
Located on the third floor of the Copper & Kings Distillery, the Rooftop Bar & Restaurant boasts “the best skyline sunset view of the city.” That combined with the tastes of home-brewed American Brandy cocktails and seasonally available bites, will open your eyes and taste buds to a new side of your old pal, Louisville. Sit, sip and be inspired by American Brandy and its impact of today’s food and beverage culture.
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River House Restaurant and Rawbar
3015 River Rd Louisville, KY 40207
Founded by Chef John Varanese, River House is the embodiment of his dream to create a riverfront dining destination. Located on the Ohio River in what was formerly a boat storage facility, River House pays homage to the aquatic beauty of Louisville. Enjoy expansive water views from the outdoor deck, while regional cuisine with a Southern flair and focus on fresh seafood delight your palate.
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1314 Bardstown Rd Louisville, KY 40204
The Eagle takes southern classic comfort to a new level. Known for its outdoor patio—featuring a full bar and ample fire pits—and award-winning fried chicken, The Eagle reinvents casual dining. Bring old friends and new faces together for a simply delicious southern home-cooked meal, complete with classic cocktails sure to spark fire-side conversation.
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921 Swan St Louisville, KY 40204
If you’re looking for a “where everybody knows your name” kind of neighborhood pub, Hammerheads is the place to be. Located in residential area of the suburbs in a converted walk-out basement, the intimate atmosphere—donning a couple of street-side picnic tables, if you can snag them—and focused menu, make you feel like you’re home. Known for its house-smoked meats and knowledgeable bartenders, Hammerheads is a must-visit for the true local experience.
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Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar
127 W Main St Louisville, KY 40202
As a proud member of Louisville’s Whiskey Row, Doc Crow’s gives more than a nod to its historic locale. From the name—honoring the father of Bourbon, Dr. James C. Crow—to the renovated distiller’s warehouse, to the menu’s extensive bourbon selection and private tasting room, a visit to Doc Crow’s is like stepping back in time. If you’re in the market for a downtown vibe, opportunity for people watching, taste of BBQ or a bourbon experience, stroll down Main to Doc Crow’s.
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Swizzle Dinner & Drinks
140 N Fourth St Fl 25 Louisville, KY 40202
Featuring two revolving floors with both river and city views, an open-concept kitchen and an expansive bar, Swizzle is a modern-day supper club not to be missed. Describing itself in three words—sexy, swanky, social—Swizzle’s retro-style dining room and elevated throw-back menu to classic American cuisine, gives diners the mix of familiarity and exclusivity we all desire. Bring your friends or meet your neighbors over “head-spinning cocktails” and take in all that Louisville has to offer.
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350 W Chestnut St rooftop of Hilton Garden Inn, Louisville, KY 40202
“A dazzling outdoor + indoor all glass drinking and eating experience” offering unparalleled views of Louisville, 8UP provides a menu of American favorites highlighting local and sustainable food paired with a plethora of classic cocktails amid a panoramic of the city. Offering a range of dining options, 8UP maintains “outdoor dining” year-round with its unique eight-person rooftop igloos October through February. Come see the city from every angle, while enjoying today’s take on steak and seafood, wood fire pizzas and simple sweets.
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9308 Cane Run Rd, Louisville, KY 40258
A long-standing Louisville establishment, Mike Linnig’s has been known for its seafood, views and local fanfare since 1925. Today’s outdoor dining options and award-winning fried seafood mainstays continue to keep Mike Linnig’s on the Louisville map three generations later. “Welcome, relax and enjoy your visit. Then come back and see us real soon.”