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Best Louisville Restaurants for The Kentucky Derby

Posted by: Princeton Group | Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Kentucky Derby is known not only as one of the most exciting events to watch, but also one of the most elaborate to attend. The over the top atmosphere stretches from the famous Infield to Millionaire’s Row to the five-star restaurants that Louisville offers. As the annual host city of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville, KY knows how to entertain the likes of celebrities, business executives, and all visitors. After spending the day at Churchill Downs sipping on Mint Juleps, many of our guests turn to the incredible dining options in Louisville to entertain clients or relax with friends.  With some of the country’s top chefs, Louisville has made a name for itself in the culinary world. Here is a list of just a few of our favorite places to dine and drink during Derby week:

Vincenzo’s (502) 580-1350

Chef and Owner Agostino Gabriele has been serving up traditional Italian cuisine to Louisville visitors since 1986. Staying true to his Northern Italian heritage, Agostino fills his menu with authentic dishes such as lobster spaghetti, veal saltimbocca, and duck served with a Grand Marnier sauce. If the incredible food is not enough reason to try Vincenzo’s during your visit to attend The Kentucky Derby, then the personalized service and friendly staff will complete your dining experience.


Must Try Dish: Veal Sinatra



The Oakroom at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel (502) 807-DINE

Boasting Kentucky’s only AAA Five Diamond Award status, The Oakroom sets the bar high for top notch Louisville dining. Make reservations to enjoy dinner and bourbon, or try their famous Sunday brunch, with a lavish spread of Kentucky cuisine. Oh and don’t forget dessert!


Must Try Dish: S’mores



Seviche  (502) 473-8560

Often regarded as one of Louisville’s most exciting and best restaurants, Chef Anthony Lamas brings a Latin flair to Louisville at Seviche. The front tables of the restaurant have floor to ceiling windows with views of busy Bardstown Rd. Known for their widely popular appetizer menu including bison empanadas, table-service guacamole, and seviche sampler, this is a great place to go for a craft cocktail and apps or a formal dinner after a long day at Churchill Downs.


Must Try Dish: Seviche Sampler (Duh!)



Proof on Main (502) 217-6360

If you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience in Louisville, Proof on Main, located in the 21c Museum Hotel, is for you. Grab a hand crafted Mint Julep from the bar and browse the contemporary art museum while your table is prepared. Kentucky Derby guests are sure to be impressed by Chef Michael Palley’s use of local Kentucky grown ingredients and ever changing seasonal menu.


Must Try Dish: Proof Bison Burger and Pan Roasted Octopus



The English Grill at The Brown Hotel 502-583-1234

Located in the famous Brown Hotel, The English Grill is one of Louisville’s most famous dining spots. They are best known for their original “Hot Brown” sandwich, but also for their impeccable steaks, and other traditional dishes with a touch of Kentucky flair.  The oak paneling, stained glasses windows, tracery ceiling, and large comfortable dining chairs are sure to add to your southern dining experience.


Must Try Dish: The Hot Brown



This is just a small sampling of our favorite Louisville restaurants.  As the Derby’s host for 138 years, Louisville, KY has perfected the art of true southern hospitality. Our team has traveled to The Kentucky Derby for many years and would love to share our local secrets and tips. Contact a team member at for more insider info on the Kentucky Derby.