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A casual lunch. A hand-crafted cocktail. A dinner with friends. A special occasion or any occasion. Make your dining destination Lilly’s — A Kentucky Bistro. 

We’ve led the effort to support our local farmers by using products grown within a short distance of our restaurant. Organic vegetables. Free-range beef. Kentucky Proud Beef. Artisan cheeses. It’s our mission to provide an unparalleled dining experience — one that reflects the original flavors of the Bluegrass state. 

Make a reservation to dine with us today. Or join us for one of our many special events, such as wine and cocktail pairings and prix fixe meals. And while you’re visiting our site, take a look at these photo galleries to get a feel for the vibe that’s uniquely Kentucky and singularly Lilly’s.


from fARM-to-table, we love our local farmers:

Foxhollow Farm, Ashbourne Farm, Capriole Farmstead Cheese, Kenny's Cheese, Sapori d'italia, Stonecross Farm, Longfield Farm, Woodland Farm, Grateful Greens, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Rivercrest Farm, Chelsea's Eggs, Marksbury Farm, Old hat, Field 51, and Magnificent mushrooms.

“If you ever see a list of Louisville’s best restaurants that doesn’t include Lilly’s Bistro, please do us a favor and disregard it. Like the aforementioned Edward Lee, the name Kathy Cary should be known throughout the land. She opened her beloved Lilly’s Bistro in 1988, sourcing all of her produce from local farmers and purveyors (whatever they couldn’t provide, she grew herself). Thanks to starters like a perfectly executed, locally sourced chicken liver pâté served with house-made bread, cornichons, and Dijon mustard, and entrees like a chile-rubbed pan-seared pork chop served with corn pudding, Cary has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Southeast multiple times.”
— KEITH PANDOLFI (Saveur Magazine)

Book Signing/Dinner for "Lost Restaurants of Louisville" December 3rd.

More Info available on our Events page!


Small Plate Wednesday  


Select Half Price Bottles of Wine



$12  Steak Tartare with Crostini & Black Truffle Salt

$8   Smoked Salmon Rangoon with Sweet Chili Ponzu

$7   House Smoked Ruby Red Trout with Herb Goat Cheese, Crostini, Capers & Pickled Onions

$8   Duck Sausage & Potato Hash with Fried Farm Egg, Baby Kale & Port Wine-Cranberry Reduction



Martini - Absolut Kurrant, Elderflower, Lime Bitters

French 75 - Gin, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Prosecco

Old-Fashioned - Woodford Masters Malt, Raw Sugar, Angostura 



Flare Moscato $13 | Torres Verdejo $16 | Nobilo SB $14 | Solitude Chard $32 | Benito Santos Albarino  $20

Ferrari-Carano PN $27 | Chono Cab $14 | Guardian Peak "Frontier" $15 | Tangley Oaks Merlot $19 | Ernie El's Proprietors Blend $15