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Lilly’s – A Kentucky Bistro

1147 Bardstown Road



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)


Celebrate Valentine's Day At Lilly's Bistro

February 14, 2018

$65 per person


 First Course 

Duck Empanadas

Orange-Chili Slaw, Cherry Demi-Glace, Baby Dau Miu


Shrimp Scampi

Bourbon Smoked Paprika Grits, Garlic, White Wine, Herbs


Florentine En Croute

Spinach, Artichokes, Mushrooms, in Puff Pastry with Boursin & Pine Nuts


Jumbo Lump Crab Ceviche

Avocado, Citrus, Crispy Gyoza Chips, Pico De Gallo


Second Course


Heart of Romaine    

Kentucky Tomme Cheese, Marcona Almonds, Shaved Egg, Pickled Onions, Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette


Bibb & Brie

Sautéed Apples, Sundried Cherries, Candied Pecans, D’Affinois Cheese, Honey-Bourbon Vinaigrette


Lobster Bisque

Minced Lobster, Fresh Herbs

Third Course


*Kobe Beef Tournedos

Potato Gratin, Grilled Broccolini, Crispy Shallots, Black Truffle Demi-Glace

Veal Scaloppini Marsala

Homemade Pappardelle, Herbs, Crimini Mushrooms, Parmesan Reggiano, Marsala Sauce

Pan-Seared Fish of the Day

Roasted Red Pepper Risotto, Saffron Steamed Mussels, Herb Aioli, Lemon-Fennel Slaw


Apple-Fig Stuffed Pork Loin

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Wheat Berries, Broadbent Bacon Demi-Glace, Port Reduction

Pan Fried Potato Gnocchi

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree, Baby Kale, Porcini-Sherry Sauce, Root Vegetables, Herb Fontina Cheese


*Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs may increase the risk of food borne related illness

Save The Dates:


Lilly's Bistro First Wine Dinner of the New Year

January 16, 2018

Tenuata Santa Maria Five Course Wine Dinner

Doors Open 6:00, Dinner Starts 6:30

$100 A PERSON (Excludes Tax & Gratuity)

Special Guest Speaker

Giovani Bertani


I.  Fried Ricotta Gnocchi

Toasted Almond Beurre Noisette, Taleggio Cheese, Thyme, Crispy Kale

Tenuta Santa Maria 2016 Lepia Soave 


II.  Oyster Baked Halibut

Herb Carnaroli, Citrus Gastrique, Charred Broccolini, Roasted Garlic

Tenuta Santa Maria 2016 Chardonnay


III.  River Crest Farm’s Rabbit Ravioli

Prayer Mountain Mushrooms, Preacher Ham, Sauce Au Poivre, Sundried Tomato Pesto

Tenuta Santa Maria 2015 “Pragal”


IV.  Freedom Run Farm’s Braised Lamb Shoulder

Black Truffle Polenta, Broadbent Bacon, Local Greens, Corvina Demi-Glace

Tenuta Santa Maria 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella


V.  Local Cheese Plate

Pistachio Florentine Cookies, Prosciutto Timbale, Mission Figs, Local Honey

Tenuta Santa Maria 2015 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso