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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)


Join Us For Small Plate Wedneday

March 21, 2018

Select Half Price Bottles of Wine



$10     Duck Pasole

Cilantro Radish Slaw, Lime & Sour Cream


$14     Kathy’s Bolognese

Parmesan, Focaccia, Herb Ricotta, House Made Linguine


$12     Muffaletta Sliders

            Toasted Brioche, Salami, Copa, Olive Spread


$10     Fried Pork Belly On A Stick

            Sweet Chili Sauce


$12     Mini Lamb Gyro

Tzatziki, Roma Tomatoes, Shredded Romaine


Save The Dates:


Benziger Wine Dinner

March 14, 2018

Doors Open at 6:00, Dinner Starts at 6:30

Special Guest Speaker: Chris Benziger

$75 Per Person



I. Bacon & Apricot Bruschetta

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes With Goat Cheese, Lemon & Herbs

Benziger Imagery, Sauvignon Blanc / Muscat Blend 2016

II.  Charred Octopus

Roasted Red Pepper Relish, Mizuna Grilled Boulle, Horseradish Parsnip Puree, Balsamic Reduction

Benziger Pinot Noir 2015


III.  Duck Confit

Mole, Grilled Polenta Cake, Tomato Jam, Pozole, Jicama-Radish Slaw

Benziger Merlot 2014

IV.  Short Rib Bolognese

House-made Fettuccini, Pecorino, Focaccia, Herb Ricotta

Benziger “Imagery” Cabernet Sauvignon / Petit Syrah Bland 2016

V.  Local Cheese, Florintine Cookie, Chocolate Dipped  Smoked Pork Belly

Benziger “ Tribute”





Chef/Owner – Kathy Cary         Chef de Cuisine -Allen Grimm        Pastry Chef – Amineh Elsherif