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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (20 reviews)
“tournedos” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
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Reviewed 2 days 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 3 days 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superb food, superior service, but you can't hear yourself think -- The ambience is pleasant and you will feel special here. The waiter truly knew the menu, which was quite tasty. My only complaint is obvious - it was noisy because there were too many...More

Reviewed 7 May 2018

It is in a hip part of town and features a bistro up front with a lovely dining room in the back. The appetizers and main courses were very good but the dessert special was exceptional. Our server did a fantastic job. Smart, efficient with...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and I always eat here when visiting Lexington. This time I enjoyed the salmon and hubby devoured the lamb shank. We have never had an entree we did not like, although the asparagus sauce poured table side on my dish desperately needed seasoning...More

Thank Debra M
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Don't trust DUDLEY'S ON SHORT in Lexington, KY. We had a large party and after going over our check numerous times, we now see that our servers added drinks that we never had which is known as PADDING A CHECK and is illegal. Never again.

Thank Jim B
Alex H, Public Relations Manager at Dudley's on Short, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2018

Hi Jim, thank you for drawing this to our attention. Could you please contact us via email info[at]dudleysrestaurant.com so that we rectify the situation? Thank you.

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Questions & Answers
Bob R
9 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.
28 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
8 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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
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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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