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BLU Italian Grille

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Central Business District
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280 W Jefferson St, Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY 40202-1432 (On West Jefferson between 2nd and 3rd Street)
+1 502-671-4285
06:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 07:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 07:00 - 12:00
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Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is very warm, we were seated by a large glowing fireplace. Our server was very knowledgeable about the drinks and dishes they served and he recommended a great tasting appetizer. I think the food has a taste that you can only find at BLU. And I will definitely recommend them to friends.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was great for a larger group dinner, with something for everyone on the menu. The bread was pretty amazing, but I had to stop so I could enjoy my entree (I got the filet, and it was very good). Our group of 10 was seated immediately on a Saturday night, where everywhere else on 4th street was over... More 

Thank slj28
David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you slj28 for visiting us at BLU Italian Grille. We appreciate as well you taking the time to share your experience with us and for the positive remarks on the food. I am truly for the issues in regards to food timing and for the lack of professionalism showed by our team when dealing with the issue. We hope... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Waited over ten minutes outside to be seated, but not ONE person acknowledged us. At least three severs walked back and forth and saw us standing there, but not a single person even said, "we will be with you momentarily." Makes you wonder what the service is like!!!'

Thank R C
David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. With the large cheer group in house it was a very busy evening and we were caught slightly off guard by the group wanting to try out BLU since youth groups usually prefer a more casual experience. We had pulled out hostess to help with the 120+ covers but as you pointed out we should... More 

Webster, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I was invited to eat at BLU for lunch, and the salad was superb. A bit pricey, which is expected at a conference hotel, but attentive service. In fact, the server recognized me the next day as I was walking by and made an effort to greet me.

Thank KodaBear40
David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us in BLU. We are glad your colleague invited you in. The chef's do an amazing job with all the food, the salads on the menu are some of the best in town. Hopefully we can see you back again soon. More 

Cary, North Carolina
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751 reviews
447 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We spent 2 nights in the Marriott and the Blu is the featured restaurant in the hotel. We had breakfast there one morning and it was very good. My wife had the crunchy French Toast and it was a different take but very good. I had Eggs Benedict - one of my favorite breakfast items. Again very good. Service was... More 

Thank Levon M
David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you Levon for joining us in BLU during your stay at the hotel. The new hot brown Eggs Benedict is one of my favorite dishes on the menu. Hopefully we can have you back to Louisville soon! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Grandmother & her friend was down for the weekend. (91 & 71) I needed someplace that met the City Girls standard, invited my children & two friends to make this a intimate family gathering. The food, the service an ambiance is the best in the field. Blu's service is consistent at its four star level with its product & service... More 

Thank A D
David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing the wonderful story of your Grandmother and the visit to BLU. It is so nice to read that our staff took such great care of her and all of your guests. We hope all of you can return in January and we can make another great memory for you. More 

New Albany, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

It was absolutely perfect atmosphere, and the prices were actually reasonably (something rare at fancy places) but this place was, in a word, astounding.

Thank LouiseBelcher0
David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to join us at BLU Italian Grille. Thank you as well for the kind remarks. Hopefully we can see you back again soon. More 

Rauenberg, Germany
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Blu Restaurant is located in the Marriott Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY. Nice atmosphere in the restaurant with the airconditioning on the cold (and windy side). Starters were really nice and along came a very tasty bread and olive oil with Parmesan. As a main dish I had the Salami Pizza that had an egg (sunny side up) on top... More 

Thank MartinO0604
David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us at BLU Italian Grille. It's great to read that overall your meal was enjoyable. I am of course sorry to read about the issues with getting an espresso, especially since we have 2 machines on property. We will take steps to follow up with our service team to ensure this was an isolated incident. Thank... More 

Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

My wife and I had an awesome time at our stay in Louisville. We ate at BLU two times during our time at the Marriott. Dinner was outstanding and everything was cooked to perfection and the entrees (Pasta) were extremely flavorful. Cindy was our server and she was very hospitable and did a great job. We also had the Sunday... More 

Thank Brett O
David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you very much Brett O for visiting BLU (2x) during your stay. Everything you had to say was very kind. Most of all as you mentioned our recipe to success is the service provided by our great staff- Cindy and Matthew as part of that. Thank you again, hopefully we see you again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Marriot Louisville Downtown for 2 nights, and had the pleasure of eating at Bl, in the hotel. Our meals were absolutely awesome! The seasonal salad (greens, radishes, goat cheese and toasted prosciutto) was amazing! The lemon/basil/oregano butter was so different and was paired perfectly with ciabatta bread. The main dinners were "delish" as well, and Joe,... More 

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David R, Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you so much for joining us during your Kentucky getaway. We are thrilled to hear your meals at BLU were delicious and exceeded expectations. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Italian, American
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 280 W Jefferson St, Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY 40202-1432
    (On West Jefferson between 2nd and 3rd Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 502-671-4285
  • This restaurant is at Louisville Marriott Downtown
BLU is a new concept in restaurant ambiance, combining contemporary twists on a well-selected Italian menu with an exhilarating atmosphere. Featuring Italian classics with a contemporary flare along with an exceptionally diverse wine list. BLU is more of a culinary vacation than a traditional restaurant.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?