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Derby Cafe

€€ - €€€American, Cafe
704 Central Ave, Located in the Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
+1 502-634-0858
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (43 reviews)
“mint julep” (39 reviews)
“berry pie” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 15:00 Hours
American, Cafe
€€ - €€€
704 Central Ave, Located in the Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ate much more than normal as the items on the buffet were quite appealing. Definitely was a good choice as every thing we tried was very tasty.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rzm1949
Reviewed 24 September 2018

We wanted to try all the traditional Churchill Downs foods so we shared everything. The staff didn’t have an issue with that and the service was fast and friendly. The Burgoo, Hot Brown and Derby Pie was enough for both of us and the quality...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mitch M
Reviewed 9 September 2018

After our tour we had lunch here. our waiter was very entertaining . We hared a hot brown which was very good, although not as good as the one from Brown's Hotel. The mint juleps were strong and very delicious . The Kentucky pie was...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Ginnygem
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

My vacationing family chose to lunch at The Derby Cafe just before our tour of Churchill Downs as it is located in this facility. There is renovation going on outside so the windows are blocked, so the room is a little dark. A number of...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Louab2
Torri C, General Manager at Derby Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Thank you for your honest review of your experience. I hate that it wasn't a positive one but appreciate all feedback given no matter how bad. Sometimes as a business you forget to look at the negative and only want to see the positive. A...More

Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

All I can say is...SLOW! I realize they may not be used to a lot of traffic, but we couldn’t get seated (no hostess available), once seated we could not get our drinks refilled. Food was okay; about what was expected for a museum cafe.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Trail403
Reviewed 20 June 2018

Although the location is under enlargement, the staff was pleasant and worked around the problem areas. The food was excellent. The bourbon barbecue brisket was tender and very tasty.....the bourbon sauced bread pudding was just yummy. We were not rushed and were accommodated nicely. Kudos...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank neeliebell2015
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped in after the tour of the museum. We were seated quickly and our server was with us quickly. We had no issues getting refills on drinks. The mint julep was my first so I have no idea what one is supposed to taste...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank travelguy1234567
Reviewed 29 April 2018

I planned a trip with a dear friend and racing enthusiast to visit the Museum for "Fan Fest Day". I thought it might be nice to have brunch before touring the museum. When we arrived at the cafe I noticed that everything was an 8...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank isa2win
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

THE UGLY: This was, by far, the WORST service we have EVER experienced. We should have turned around and left after waiting almost 5 minutes before we were even acknowledged. Once we were seated, which was immediately, we waited another 10 minutes before our server...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank av8rixx
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Great atmosphere and employees! Enjoyed some snacks and our first Mint Julip! Went here after the museum tour.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank ValkRiders
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5 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from GlobalDINK | Reviewed this property |
You do not.
14 April 2017|
Response from D987 | Reviewed this property |
Races are still going on in May. Would call right after the Derby 🐎 for information.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 704 Central Ave, Located in the Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville>  > South Side
  • Neighbourhood: South Side
  • Phone Number: +1 502-634-0858
The Derby Café features local KY favorites including the traditional hot brown. Every day is Derby day in the café! Drink a Mint Julep while watching our resident throughbred
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