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BLU Italian Grille

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$$ - $$$
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
07:00 - 14:00
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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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Fort Lauderdale
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167 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting the area during the Derby weekend, BLU Italian Grille aka BLU Restaurant was a great choice inside the Marriott. We enjoyed both the attached bar, and then when our table was ready we moved over to the main dining room. Steaks, sides and salads were excellent, and service was attentive. Dessert (in our case cheesecake) was fresh, with just... More 

Thank IraBfromCSG
Susan , Executive Assistant at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We did change our menu for the Derby weekend. We hope you will be able to join us again in the future. More 

Auburn, Indiana
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130 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a large group form out of town and made a reservation for a Saturday night. Upon seating it was noticed that there was one other party in the whole place. After seating it seemed to take 15-20 minutes before we were attended to for drinks. Then another 15-20 before we were asked for appetizers. The night seemed to... More 

Thank LNW713
Susan , From the desk of Executive Chef Graham Weber at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Please accept our sincerest apologies on several shortcomings. First and foremost, not doing a sufficient job communicating the menu concept change via open table, secondly the slow service and lastly the steaks being cooked correctly & lacking flavor. Please contact me directly at (502)671-4292 and we can work to try to resolve your value for price paid concerns. Regards, Graham... More 

San Diego
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194 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother and I had a couple of breakfasts here but what really impressed us was the bourbon bar and our bartender while we were there, Carla. Great selection of great bourbons including several Pappy Van Winkles. Carla has a deep knowledge of bourbons and was happy to share with us. Add to it that she is a great person... More 

2 Thank MauiMKO
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner alone on s business trip. Fantastic selection, great service. Burrata was fabulous as was the lasagna.

Thank Eric O
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The food was delicious and the staff were very accommodating. I ate here twice during my stay in Louisville - once the Chef created a custom vegetarian dish for me and the next time I ordered a pasta dish from the menu. Highly recommend.

Thank Christopher A
Susan , Executive Assistant at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback and the great rating! We appreciate you. More 

Henderson, Kentucky
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The restaurant was empty. The wait staff were MIA. The food when it finally arrived was very good. I was hosting out-of-town friends who were staying in the hotel. It was embarrassing.

Thank vspbky
Susan , Guest Relations Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Please accept our sincere apologies. This is very upsetting that we disappointed you. We strive every day to make your experience in our restaurants 100%. We would welcome the opportunity to make this up to you. Please contact me at 502.627.5045 to discuss further. More 

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77 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

I highly recommend Blu. My son and I were looking for good Italian cuisine, not just pizza, and we were not disappointed. We were seated quickly and our waiter was very attentive. The bread they make from scratch was delicious. My son had gnocchi with a pomodoro sauce and I had a great preparation of scallops over pasta with a... More 

Thank ThatLeland
susanhV8835VX, Executive Assistant to General Manager at BLU Italian Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind remarks and wonderful score in regards to your recent visit to BLU. I have shared your comments with our culinary team and Executive Chef. You are appreciated! We hope to see you again soon. More 

Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 December 2016

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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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 December 2016

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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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Italian, American
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?