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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

August 15, 2018

Select Half Price Bottles of Wine



$10     Buttermilk Corn Cake       

            Topped With Poached Chicken Tossed in Hot Pepper Jelly, Grilled Corn, Peppers


$12     Lamb Kofta Kabob

            Grilled Lemon, Pita, Tzatziki Sauce


$10     L.J.’s Coconut Curry Soup

            Hacked Chicken, Cilantro, Toasted Peanuts


$12     Asian Duck “Nachos”

Ginger-Peach Salsa, Sriracha Aioli, Crispy Wontons


$12     Shrimp Ceviche

            Fried Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Tortillas


$8       Kentucky Fried Sour Cherry Pies



Save The Dates:


A Celebration of Kentucky Bourbons

With Susan Reigler

Thursday April 12, 2018

$80 Per Person (Excludes Tax & Gratuity)

Doors Open at 6:00 

Dinner Begins at 6:30



Weller 12 year

Tomato-Bourbon Mushroom Soup with Grilled Boule,

Fontina Cheese & Prosciutto




Smoked Trout Over Whole Grain Mustard Spätzle, Caramelized Onions,

Pickled Fennel



Four Roses Single Barrel

Cocoa Rubbed Beef Short Ribs with Leek Pudding, Orange-Marsala Jus,

Tempura Asparagus



Old Forrester 1920 Prohibition

Banana-Rum Pudding, Toasted Pecans, Bourbon Whipped Cream, Shaved Dark Chocolate


Susan will be available with new book and to discuss bourbon throughout the evening;



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