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Dudley's on Short

259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
+1 859-252-1010
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (20 reviews)
“tournedos” (11 reviews)
Opens in 23 min
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great sourdough bread, delicious fish, chanterelle soup. Just DO NOT order the fried Calamari! Worst I have ever had! Do make a reservation.

Thank Charlene F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in for a quick lunch. The food was very good and the service was excellent. I loved the decor which was all photographs of famous horse people. You would have to be a horse person to understand the significance but it was nicely...More

Thank Speedyhorse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in Lexington on our way to Marietta, GA. We hit the jackpot!! Wonderful location. Early dinner reservation. The service and food was out of this world!! Although everyone raves about the brussel sprout salad, there wasn’t a bad item on the menu! (Yes, we...More

Thank gailj0705
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Handy down town location right across the square from UK basketball. Very lively after work crowd Good food Nice wine list

Thank robertstackmd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can start with the beignet;s that are truly unique to Lexington. The entree's are all delicious and range from hot brown to seafood and steaks and chops. The portions are large enough to make the price a good deal. Drinks are a good pour....More

Thank tomsweeney342
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A spontaneous weeknight dinner sounded good for Dudley’s upstairs, outdoor terrace, which is very nice. Our waiter, Anthony was terrific and very attentive however, the food was below average and priced at 5 star dining. 3 of our 4 ordered pasta dishes that all tasted...More

Thank Joe N
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

If you visit, Lexington, KY, you must dine at Dudley’s. The menu offers a variety of excellent choices. The seafood entrees are excellent and the charcuterie plate is creative and delicious. Talented chefs. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. We dined outside and it is...More

Thank svc782018
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Great place where the locals gather. If there is a pasta special, get it. No question and if you don’t order it quickly they might run out of it, but there are other great options as well. The burger, on the lunch menu, is impressive.

Thank jstand1
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Our party of 6 had a great meal at Dudley’s. We chose to sit in the bar area as there were sports on the TV that we wanted to watch. I had the tournedos maxwell which was fantastic. Others in our party had the halibut...More

Thank sbarney11
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

Had a business dinner with my wife and colleagues from UK. Restaurant in a unique old building downtown with multiple rooms for dining. We were seated at a pretty little rooftop area with about 10 tables. Service was exquisite as was the food. Wine list...More

Thank chrisdente
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Bob R
8 February 2017|
Response from Joe C | Reviewed this property |
They have an excellent lunch menu which offers a variety of salads,sandwiches and other wonderful dishes . Best that you call them for the menu. You will not be disappointed here.
27 May 2016|
Response from Joe N | Reviewed this property |
They host parties that large but you need to call the restaurant for this type of arrangement. Bring your wallet!
Ellie G
7 April 2016|
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Response from Gregg B | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have several gluten-free options.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-252-1010
  • E-mail
Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Dudley's On Short offers award winning modern American cuisine with a wine list and service to match.
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