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Dudley's on Short

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259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
+1 859-252-1010
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Atlanta, Georgia
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553 reviews
370 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

I had an excellent dinner at Dudley's. The restaurant was extremely inviting as I walked by, with the dining room open to the street. The service was impeccable and the food was incredible. My steak and tomato pasta was one of the best things I've eaten in years. They also had an impressive and affordable wine list. Overall, this is... More 

Thank Quintin K
Versailles, Kentucky
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124 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Girls night was perfect! The salmon on red wheat berry 'risotto' with a parsnip sauce was certainly the best meal I've had in a long time - actually going back tonight to have it again! Daughter loved the roasted pheasant - which always have a fair amount of sinew but this one was so moist and flavorful you will forgive... More 

Thank Kyfarmgirl57
Lexington, Kentucky
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is awesome. The decor is adorable. However, the food wasn't great for the price. There are way better places in Lexington for the money.

Thank Kentuckygirl606
Lexington, Kentucky
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Decided to eat at Dudley's before the Kentucky-Kansas game this past Saturday. Service was great and the food was even better. The only glitch was when we walked in to the hostess desk, the young hostess was on her phone and did not even look up at her. Finally a man, I would say the manager, came over and got... More 

Thank abbygail83
New York, New York
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45 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We wanted to love it. Loved the room, the decor, the fantastic waiter, but the food was off. The calamari and fries were so very salty. The food was so-so. If they can straighten out the food issues, it would be top notch. We still enjoyed our evening very much - it's quite beautiful and the staff was excellent.

Thank Rob S
charleston, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Interesting paintings in main dining room. Entrance not well marked. Tables very close together, easy to overhear conversations at adjoining tables. Service was okay. Food was good, although waiter brought wrong lamb dish (there were two on menu). Spanish octopus appetizer was very good, as were the Tournedos and chocolate pumpkin cake. Thought it overly expensive.

Thank Mr. Strat V
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times. Always great service and great food. Steaks are cooked perfectly and flavorful. Great wine selection and can find a decent wine at a reasonable price. Appetizers are tasty as well. Setting in the back room is quieter and more romantic than the main room. Main room is nice too. You won't be disappointed.

Thank WisconsinFamily6
winchester, Kentucky
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170 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We loved our dinner at Dudleys. My wife and I were celebrating 38 years of marriage so we wanted dinner to be special and it was. Brad, our server, was wonderfully attentive so kudos for that. We had a most amazing smoked olives appetizer paired with a Hess Cabernet and both were excellent. Entrees included baked chicken which was perfectly... More 

Thank fantifan
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We made a special detour on our trip from MI to VA just to be able to eat at this restaurant. We had been there during a previous visit to Lexington and had loved this place. Sometimes you wonder if your memories of a meal are overrated but this trip proved our memories were correct. Outstanding food, excellent service and... More 

Thank tammy m
Knightstown, Indiana
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

My wife and I were in Lexington, Kentucky on an anniversary weekend get-away. The service was excellent. The food was very good. We had the Dudley eggs as a starter and found the hint of smoke very pleasing. For entrees y wife had the Tournedos Maxwell (Petite Filets / Lump Crab / Potato Purée / Béarnaise). Definitely the entree to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 30
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?