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“Great food, but a few drawbacks”
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Ranked #102 of 1,852 Restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Campbell Street
Description: At RYE, we believe food should be approachable yet challenging. Something that pushes the senses and comforts the soul. Founded on the conviction that our most valued social experiences are created around food
Reviewed 21 July 2014

A friend and I ate here on a Thursday, from 7:15-8:45p. Our meal was a casual affair, but I think it's worth noting (and a positive) that Rye feels fairly versitlie on the casual-to-upscale spectrum. Rye's strongest selling point is the food--both the meat and cheese plates were slighly better than expected, but probablly should have been a few $ cheaper. If ordering apps and sides, I would recommend the 'small plate' section of the menu as portions are adequate, and largly in line with what is standard at nicer restaurants. I believe the menu here changes frequently, but the Panzanella was great (as were the fries and grean bean side dishes).

I found the drink menu somewhat dissapointing relative to the food. I had one cocktail (Kansas City Sour--$9) that was OK, but should have been larger and/or stronger. I also had one beer (12 oz local draft--$5), but they only had two beers on tap, and again, not a great valueI thought

The major drawback that could keep me from returning to Rye on certain occasions is the location/building. The main dining room has an old warehouse feel, and while this is somewhat en vogue at the moment, the room is loud. Compounding the problem, the restaurant is also not very big, and the tables are close together. Finally, despite being in the upcoming 'NuLu' district, neighborhood is not likely to be a draw here. There are few fellow establishments in immedate proximity, and compared to areas like portions of Main St or Bardstown Rd, the immedaite blocks are fairly run down (i.e. a lot with a razor wire fence next door).

Rye is a must-eat for foodies in Louisville, and at a total check of ~$60 (per person with tax/tip/drinks), I would rate a '5' if not for a couple of moderate issues.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We enjoyed our dinner at Rye. They had a sweet corn and lobster dish the night we were there- VERY delicious. Others had pork loin, scallops, salad & fries, which were also equally tasty. Unfortunately the fairly limited menu didn't have much for my husband to select from, so I would suggest reviewing it before you go, if you have picky eaters. The dessert (Fat Elvis made of bourbon soaked bananas, peanut butter powder, and lots of very rich chocolate) topped off a delicious meal. Their wine and beer selection was good.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Went to Rye this week for the first time wondering about the hype !!

It is well deserved to consider if you are hitting the NULU area.

Meat plate was excellent, Peach Gazpacho is delicious and I loved the Duck leg confit. More important is the setting, the service and you may want to try their outdoor seating.

Obviously a meal without dessert is not complete. So, take my word and try "Violet, You’re Turning Violet" for a delicious one.

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Thank JustinWest
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Delicious and good sized portions. Great atmosphere. Service was excellent. Pricy but not over priced. Very rare to go somewhere to eat and have no complaints, but that was the case here. One of the better dining experiences I've had.

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Thank chroix
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

These people are amazing. They cook incredible organic/everyday fresh food in an original manner. What a mix of flavors. Try everything! you will not be disappointed. Had have 400 dlls. dinners in Vegas or London but this place beats those hands down. start with the bourbon, they have an amazing selection. Then just let go! My only complaint was that the coffee was not up to pair with the rest of the meal. Not expensive as you would think. When ordering dessert, try the "Brew for The Crew" selection, its a way to say thanks to those hard workers in the kitchen. Original and well deserved. Left happy.

Thank adragonne
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