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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” (13 reviews)
“tournedos” (9 reviews)
“steak frites” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 14:30All hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Returned to the restaurant while in Lexington to see a show at the Lexington Opera house. Location is perfect for the theatre and the restaurant is beautifully decorated. The major star is the food. We had the Pre Fixe menu before the show and everything...More

Thank Brett O
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Dudley's in the old Dudley School House, but this location, although very loud and popular left a bit to be desired. No overwhelming good memories of any of our dishes (except the artisan breads offered) Pretty common fare with high prices

Thank ArtyBeachLady
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular locals restaurant in Lexington. I've only taken clients here for lunch while I'm in town but this time it was dinner. The place was packed. Be advised it is super noisy so not a place for intimate conversations. Our server...More

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here after a meeting with business associates. Within a nice walking distance from the Hyatt conference center (8min). Great service, and comfortable atmosphere. Our group order the Halibut Special, Seared tuna, House special Chicken entre and the Duck. Everything was to perfection. The house...More

Thank Troy L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a happening & lively steakhouse. They have a Beautiful bar to sit & have a bourbon. The restaurant is delicious &. Ask for Jerry the bartender. I would highly recommend.

Thank FloridaTraveller1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and cocktails. Great kids chicken. Friendly, great service. We'll be back! Try the short ribs, the cheese and meat plate, the signature cocktails, and the kids' chicken.

Thank Erin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can not go wrong in this uptown restaurant. The atmosphere is interesting, the food is interesting and always very good. I have been going to this Dudley's and Debbie Long's previous location for many, many years and have NEVER had a bad meal or...More

Thank Leelex
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I, along with our friends, thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Dudley's on Short, located in a great walkable area - right between downtown and the historic district. Whistle Pig bourbon and Dudley's take on Maker's Mark were enjoyed, as well as several...More

Thank Katherine B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we come to Lexington we always have this restaurant on our "must do" list. One of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever been in. Lofty space with High ceilings, appointed with works of art. The dining areas are comfortably appointed, un-crowded, contemporary and...More

Thank laurawB2738RX
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fine dining place....they didn't have much for appetisers, but we enjoyed the deviled eggs. The waitress was wonderful and great to us. We enjoyed a glass of wine and my husband the bourbon Ale.....which was recommended and he fell in love with....More

Thank k s
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Nearby Attractions
Lexington Opera House
42 reviews
.20 km away
The Hunt-Morgan House and Civil War Museum
42 reviews
.23 km away
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.34 km away
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32 reviews
.41 km away
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Questions & Answers
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
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
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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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