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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)

Save The Dates:


August 31, 2017 Italian Wine Dinner


 Small Plate Wednesday

Select Half Price Bottles of Wine

August 9,  2017


$10     Veal Tonnato

            Heirloom Tomatoes, Lemon, Capers


$14     Frozen Melon Ceviche

Pineapple Gastrique


$12     Grilled Shrimp

Refrigerator Pickles, Feta Cheese, Lemon-Dill Beurre Blanc


$14     Freedom Run Farm’s Braised Lamb Sugo

Pappardelle Pasta, Crimini Mushrooms, Bra Cheese Fonduta


$8       Tomato Gratin

            Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Basil, Seasoned Breadcrumbs, Olive Oil


$12     Pan Fried Ricotta Gnocchi

Brown Butter, Heirloom Tomato Confit, Pancetta, Fresh Basil