About Dudley's on Short
Dudley's Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Lexington dining scene since 1981. Dudley's offers delicious modern American cuisine with an impressive wine list to match.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
Dudley's on Short Ratings and Reviews
This was my first experience at Dudley's ...
This was my first experience at Dudley's and I was quite impressed. The food and atmosphere were great. The only negative response is that our server seemed to care more about the table of 6 than my table of 2 as he rarely came by because he was always at the table of 6. But overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend.
I had to send back the Steak Frits twice ...
I had to send back the Steak Frits twice for it being cold and the over cooked; however, all of the appetizers and desserts were awesome that my group had. Our waitress also did her best to make up for the kitchen's mistake. I would definitely go back, but unfortunately this meal didn't do the food justice.
We absolutely enjoyed our birthday meal ...
We absolutely enjoyed our birthday meal at Dudley's. We ate on the rooftop patio and it was terrific. I mentioned to my wife that I felt like I was in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. The service was impeccable and the food was great.
I highly recommend the rooftop patio. A great find in Lexington dining.
An excellent fine-dining experience. Th ...
An excellent fine-dining experience. The restaurant is amazing and always has been - I've been going to, and enjoying, Dudley's since the late 1990s and this particular visit was no exception to their amazing hospitality. The price is fairly high, as fine dining tends to be, but not exceptionally costly (simply what one would expect for this type of thing).
They have/serve Pappy Van Winkle for those who are fond of good bourbon (as I am) and their wine selections are adequately narrow, but well selected, that even a neophyte to wine, such as myself, can just "pick a wine and go" without disappointment. Further, their classic dishes, such as the Tournedos Maxwell are, and always have been, amazing.
We had not been to Dudley's for years, b ...
We had not been to Dudley's for years, but decided to visit again to celebrate an anniversary. The new (to us, I think they've been on Short St. for several years already) location is really good for a nice dinner - set in an older house with high ceilings and only a few tables per room. There is something on the menu for everyone, and the food was very good; as was the service. The wine list is also very nice, and I especially like that they have several selections available in half-bottles. This was very helpful when I had halibut and my son had beef! Overall, it was a great dinner, and I will not wait years to return!
Dudley's never disappoints. We try to ea ...
Dudley's never disappoints. We try to eat here when we get back to Lexington. Food is great, changes regularly, staff are knowledgeable and attentive. The prices are very reasonable for the quality and I really like the fact that the owner is often visible.
We took out-of-town guests to Dudley's b ...
We took out-of-town guests to Dudley's because this is one of our favorite restaurants. Very consistent, delicious food. Great service. Beautiful restaurant and food presentation. Servers are well-trained and attentive to the clients.
Dudleys is a fair restaurant and there a ...
Dudleys is a fair restaurant and there are better values in Lexington to chose for your dining experience.
There wasn't a steak on the menu. Prime Rib was listed but I was expecting a Filet to be a choice.
I ordered the salmon which was cooked perfectly but the portion was very small.
The beer bread that is offered as a choice of several breads is fantastic but they didn't have enough on this particular evening. Butter wasn't offered. I asked for it but never received it.
The restaurant is crowded and the tables are seemingly close together. I could clearly hear the conversations around me. There was a group of 8 young ladies seated behind us and they were quite loud. They appeared to have a nice time.
Our waiter was fantastic and very attentive.
I'll never understand why the hostess station acts as if they are doing you a favor by seating me. No one smiled or seemed to enjoy their jobs. Their greeting as we approached their station to be seated wasn't welcoming.
My favorite part about Dudleys is the art on the walls.
I took my best friend to celebrate her b ...
I took my best friend to celebrate her birthday with brunch at Dudley's. It was great..be aware that the Saturday Farmer's Market sets up right in front of Dudley's so no parking in front on Sat. during brunch. It was fun to see all the vendors and folks coming down and Dudley's is so great.
We went during restaurant week. The res ...
We went during restaurant week. The restaurant was pretty busy, but you wouldn't know that based on the service we received. Our server was very attentive. The food was amazing. We had the salmon and steak dishes and both were delicious. A bread tray was brought to our table with many different bread options to choose from. We sampled a few breads and all were great, but the beer bread was our favorite. Our seat was in the street-level dining room, but I had heard that the rooftop seating area was very nice so we walked up to check it out. When we return to the restaurant, I will definitely ask for the rooftop seating.
Even with the restrictions of a prix fix ...
Even with the restrictions of a prix fixe menu for Lexington Restaurant Week, Dudley's delivered with a good choice of excellent food. The service was attentive and polite and our server (shout out to Christian) was aware of what we needed without hovering. The competing9muted) noise from Thursday Night Live made us wish that Dudley's would just turn off their piped music and give in to the live stuff just outside, but we got used to the discord. We were on the second floor and it was definitely quiet enough for serious conversation. A most enjoyable dinner out with the girls.
Overall, a wonderful meal. Went here fo ...
Overall, a wonderful meal. Went here for restaurant week and got their prix fixe menu, which was very good. Had a wonderful waiter. Very much enjoyed the bread tray, although wish they had come back around and offered a second piece.
Dudley's is my favorite Lexington restau ...
Dudley's is my favorite Lexington restaurant, especially for celebrations. My husband and I go here for our birthdays every year and it is always special. The food is spectacular! The staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome and taken care of without being too overbearing. It's special, really just very special!
Dudleys is such a gem!!! We love the res ...
Dudleys is such a gem!!! We love the restaurant for the drinks, food, atmosphere, and the friendliness of all the employees. Grab a cocktail at the bar and move into the dining room or up to the rooftop for a memorable dinner!!!
The servers were very experienced in the ...
The servers were very experienced in the menu selection . The manager made several personal stops to insure of the quality of the food and service. It was an exceptional personal experience. We will make sure it's at the top of our restaurant list.
We went on a friend's recommendation and ...
We went on a friend's recommendation and were not disappointed!! Our waiter was fabulous and suggested many of the foods that we selected. He was right on! As Foodies from CA, we have often found Lexington wanting. NOT ANYMORE!! We will gladly return to Dudley's. In fact, I can hardly wait.
One of the best meals we've had lately! ...
One of the best meals we've had lately! Food was innovative as well as delicious and presentation was nice. We sat on the rooftop patio which is why the noise level was low-inside dining is noisy. This is really my only complaint about the restaurant. Debbie Long, the owner, was present in the restaurant as is often the case. I think this helps insure the quality of the food. We both had choices from the Restaurant Week selection, and they are by far the best we have had in the city this week. The grape gazpacho was heavenly, the fried green tomatoes excellent, the salmon and the pork entrees both tasty with wonderful accompaniments, and the peach panna cotta and pot de creme desserts divine. Bravo Dudley's!
We visited Dudley' s during out local re ...
We visited Dudley' s during out local restaurant week. Of all the restaurants participating Dudley' s had the most interesting menu choices. Our dinner was well thoughout, well prepared and the service was excellent. Kudos to Debbie and her staff.
Great restaurant week dinner!!! There w ...
Great restaurant week dinner!!! There were 3 of us so we tried everything except the cheesecake. We really liked everything but the absolute favorite was the gazpacho. It was my 1st time here since the new chef arrived last year. I can't wait to return! Most creative menu & great service too! We sat outside & this must also be the best outdoor space downtown. I recommend you come too!
Disappointing Visit. We have been patro ...
Disappointing Visit. We have been patrons of Dudley's for a very long time. Dudley's has been one of our favorite restaurants, but unfortunately we did not enjoy our last visit. We went for my husband's birthday and though the service was outstanding, the food was just okay. My friend and I split the prime ribeye special. I only order steak out when it is prime, but this one was tough and over seasoned. My husband's wild salmon was a very small (too small) portion and hardly seasoned at all. The bread basket was only passed around once and the bread portions were also very small, so we couldn't even fill up on bread. For the cost of this restaurant, there are other better and more generous restaurant choices. I will say that their wine pours were very generous that evening. In the past, a glass of wine there was hardly worth the price as it was quite skimpy.
I recently had lunch here with a friend. ...
I recently had lunch here with a friend. We both ordered the chicken salad plate. It arrived so beautifully arranged with fresh fruit! Our server was so helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
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