About Dudley's on Short

259 W. Short St.
Lexington, KY 40507
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Dudley's Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Lexington dining scene since 1981. Dudley's offers delicious modern American cuisine with an impressive wine list to match.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(859) 252-1010

Website:
http://www.dudleysrestaurant.com/

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Warm and Inviting

vip
Dined 4 days ago

Great atmosphere. Bar is bustling. Food always consistent.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Lovely Sunday Brunch

Dined on April 24, 2016

Had a wonderful Sunday brunch filled with mimosas, chicken and waffles, quiche, and lemon ricotta pancakes. All was delicious and the service was outstanding.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Kywildcat367

Dined on April 23, 2016

Best brunch in Lexington. Highly recommend eating there anytime, but their brunch is outstanding!!!

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience2
service5
value4

Fabulous food, but so loud!

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

We had a lovely dinner and the food was spectacular! The service was impeccable as well. The ambiance is great. The only problem is the noise level. It was so extremely loud, my husband and I could barely hear each other across the table! We were there on a rainy Thursday night and it was pretty busy, but not completely full. I don't think I've ever been in a restaurant of this caliber that was so noisy. Not sure if we would go back, due only to the noise level!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Spectacular rooftop dining

Dined on April 18, 2016

A friend recommended Dudley's, as I was to be in Lexington on business. I dined alone on the rooftop and felt like a princess! The service was phenomenal, the food was wonderful, the ambiance was fabulous. When in Lexington, I WILL return!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Love Dudleys.

Dined on April 17, 2016

Plan to be here again on April 28 with special out of state guests.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

Food was adequate. Good. Not reinventin ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Food was adequate. Good. Not reinventing the wheel. Well prepared. Service spot on. Atmosphere was good. We were passing through but it was the recommendation of a local and there were many locals there for brunch. That has to say something.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

When the Lights went out

Dined on April 15, 2016

Yes, the lights went out but Steve never missed a beat. Candles came out and we discussed with him what the kitchen could produce wo/ electricity. We found great things like the shrimp & oysters for starters followed by some great salads. The alcohol wasn't bothered by the outage and neither were we. They had a stash of ice. By the time we got through salads the lights arrived and the kitchen fired up with some great medallions. It was a quiet and romantic evening. The food and service were the best.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

Disappointed

Dined on April 13, 2016

My husband ordered the beef special. He could not eat the beef it was so tough. This was our favorite restaurant in Lexington. We will seriously consider if we ever return. Our waitor should have noticed all the pieces of beef pushed off to the side and questioned us on it.

food5
ambience4
service4

disappointed with chocolate bruleé desse ...

Dined on April 12, 2016

disappointed with chocolate bruleé dessert

food3
ambience5
service1

My halibut came out cold, when I mention ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

My halibut came out cold, when I mentioned this to the waiter without asking picked up my plate and took it back to the kitchen. When he brought it back it was still not warm and there was less fish on the plate. The same waiter attempted to pour wine while I was holding my glass, when I went to set it down he missed the glass and poured the wine in my lap. Manager was unapologetic and told me I still had to pay for the wine, even though the waiter had spilled a significant amount of it. It was a shame the service was so bad, the other food we had was great.

food5
ambience5
service5

The entire dining experience was FANTAST ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

The entire dining experience was FANTASTIC, from food, drinks, and service.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing food!

Dined on April 9, 2016

The food was very good and the service even better! Went for a special occasion and it definitely fit well!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Consistently excellent

Dined on April 5, 2016

Dudley's on short never fails to impress. I have visited many other restaurants with similar pricing and rarely find that they can deliver more than once or twice. Every time I have been to Dudley's, I have left thoroughly impressed.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Pleasant Evening with a Few Little Twists

Dined on April 4, 2016

Dudleys was recommended by our B&B host. Overall excellent marked only by minor nits. We enjoyed their meat & cheese appetizer, salad and the Specialty pork dinner. Wine selection was broad but rapidly moved to pricey; there are many excellent wines that could be added to the list for those not on expense accounts or friends of the Rich & famous. Our first selection was unavailable but a fine substitute was found. The dessert menu was a bit trendy; it seemed the pastry chef wants to see what odd pairings of sweets could be concocted.; a simple chreme brûlée would have been excellent with the meal. Instead the brûlée was zested up with marshmallow graham crackers -s'mores. Other offering were similar; we passed.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

As always long time lex favorite.. Still ...

Dined on April 3, 2016

As always long time lex favorite.. Still getting it done ..

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

the food was 5 star fantastic...

Dined on April 2, 2016

The food was 5 star fantastic. The lamb loin was one of the best in memory. I want to say the food was the best I've ever had at Dudleys.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Priciest eggs in town

Dined on April 2, 2016

Great food and service. Love coming here. Why are the dudleyd eggs now more expensive for the regular ones and the same price as the ones with fish? Do you know how many eggs I can buy with $5?

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Wonderful but...

Dined on March 25, 2016

The wait staff was wonderful; our thanks to Padgett. The food was delightful and well-prepared but it was too salty, especially the beef tournedos.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

What a find!

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

This was my first visit to downtown Lexington's dining scene. The menu was impressive enough to book the reservation, the exterior is charming and the decor is delightful. Our server was wonderful, she guided us through a wonderful meal. While the entrees were delicious, we've never had anything quite as unique and delightful as the popcorn ice cream on the warm brownie. I will definitely return and bring friends.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Our server was exquisite! The food was d ...

vip
Dined on March 8, 2016

Our server was exquisite! The food was delicious! Lexington staple.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great spot in Lexington

Dined on March 6, 2016

We were in town for the night and wanted a dining experience unique to Lexington. It was wonderful. The restaurant has a classic feel about it, and a long history in the town. The menu isn't overwhelmingly large, but there is enough variety. Loved the bread tray that came around. We had great service and the food was delicious. Will definitely be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Another great meal

Dined on March 5, 2016

Great dinner and wonderful service. My out-of-town guests loved it.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Place!

vip
Dined on March 4, 2016

I'm a local, so have had the occasion to eat at Dudley's many, many times over the years. It never disappoints. I've gone here with just my wife or have taken a business group here (20+ people) and they do a great job.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Always great!

Dined on February 28, 2016

We have eaten at Dudleys for years and years and have never been disappointed!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

For Foodies and Traditional Food Lovers

vip
Dined on February 28, 2016

First, the Dudleyed eggs are a must. They use mustard rather than mayo and if you're really feeling adventurous go for the smoked salmon Dudleyed eggs. They are tremendous. The menu continually changes, but you can't go wrong with the duck or the pork options. Also, foodies will love the brussles sprouts salad and they are always working on something unique. Our dining experience included pork three ways and a delicious lamb dish.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

One of my favorite places

vip
Dined on February 22, 2016

One of my favorite places

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Valentines day

Dined on February 13, 2016

reservations were easy to make. valet parking was prompt. coat was quick and timely, i didn't have to wait around for someone to get my coat before i was able to leave. checkout was quick and we didnt have to wait long for our food either.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Dudley's - A Solid Choice

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

Dudley's has been a personal favorite for over 20 years. In recent years, they changed locations but have maintained the consistency and high quality that has always attracted us! Beautiful location and fine appointment make it a comfortable place for any occasion. We had the 'striploin,' an amazing special offered during the Valentine's weekend. The salmon was presented with a spectacular presentation. The restaurant was able to accommodate any dietary need and the service was fast but not rushed, attentive but not overbearing. Always a wonderful meal!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food2
ambience4
service4

Calamari was great. Other 3 courses were ...

Dined on February 12, 2016

Calamari was great. Other 3 courses were average. Not worth the price.

food2
ambience4
service4
value2

Disappointing experience

Dined on February 7, 2016

We had reservations at 8 for 6 people. Granted, we added 2 more people, but advised the restaurant of same almost 2 days before. Still, we were not seated until after 9. The squash bisque had good flavor but was served at a lukewarm temperature. My pasta dish was dull. The pasta was sticky and also lukewarm. My wife had steak frites and the fries were overcooked and the steak was dry and flavorless. She did enjoy the octopus appetizer. The place is beautiful and the staff was very friendly, but for the price and quality of the food, we will go elsewhere for dinner in Lexington. The dining scene in Lexington is getting much better, so Dudley's needs to step it up.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Dudleys on Shor

Dined on February 6, 2016

The food was excellent, the servers attentive, and the atmosphere divine! It was a perfect date night place

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Our first time at the new location. Exce ...

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

Our first time at the new location. Excellent service! The sommelier came to help us with our wine selection. The deviled eggs are a perfect appetizer. We had the the steak frites and the tournedos, both perfectly cooked. Loved that they sliced the steak before serving. We split a salad. Met a couple seated next to us and enjoyed cocktails with them at Parlay afterwards. The perfect evening! We'll be back!

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Service Staff

Dined on January 31, 2016

The service staff at Dudley's is great. Steve is a true professional and always add to the experience.

food5
ambience5
service5

The food was amazing! Dudley's is consis ...

vip
Dined on January 5, 2016

The food was amazing! Dudley's is consistently a great place for a special dinner out on the town.

food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Not worth the money

Dined on December 31, 2015

Way over priced for the food and service. The food is not any better than what you can make for yourself. Malones is just as good if not better. I would not recommend this restaurant.

food4
ambience5
service4

Dudleys - always a good time. Great plac ...

Dined on December 29, 2015

Dudleys - always a good time. Great place to take out of towers, fantastic for both lunch and dinner.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Dependably good

Dined on December 27, 2015

We've been going to Dudley's for years. Each time, the service is good, yet discreet, which I appreciate. I am not there to be a friend with the wait staff. There is always something new to try on the menu, and there are some old standards, as well. My fish special was delicious and everyone else's dinner was beautifully presented and tasty.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

One of our favorite places

Dined on December 26, 2015

Love the patio in summer and the fireplace table in winter. Very nice. Food is always consistent.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Lexington staple

Dined on December 24, 2015

I have been going to Dudley's since I was a kid and the restaurant was on West Maxwell and I can happily say that the place has only gotten better through the years. I am always happy to come back to my hometown and enjoy a meal and service I can count on to be top notch.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list

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