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The Oakroom

500 S 4TH St, Louisville, KY 40202-2504
(502) 807-3463
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Ranked #16 of 1,478 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Muhammad Ali Boulevard
Description: Chef Jim Gerhard and Sommelier Julie DeFriend combine their talents to create an unforgettable, world class dining experience. As the only AAA Five Diamond rated restaurant with the largest wine selection in the region, our award-winning staff infuse naturally grown or raised ingredients with Mediterranean and European influences. Chef Jim showcases his style in a tasting menu which includes two prix-fixe menus to choose from where you will gather the pervading sense of his culinary balance and adventure as well as an a la carte menu to create your own culinary journey. For the perfect complement to The Oakroom’s innovative cuisine, Sommelier Julie DeFriend can recommend a variety from our 1500 selection wine list or a bourbon from our collection of over 80 of Kentucky’s finest.
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83% Recommend
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English first
Carbondale, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We had a remarkable dinner in The Oakroom, The service was excellent but not stuffy. The plates were beautifully presented, and no detail was overlooked. Two of us had a duo of skate and halibut- both perfectly cooked, incredibly moist. The simple presentation allowed the excellent quality of the fish to shine through. My husband had the bouillabaisse, which was... More

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Frankfort, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

OMG! Be prepared to be stuffed with deliciousness! Duck confit quiche, Indian pannar, rare roast beef and spectacular desserts that my sister claimed rivals her Disney dessert buffet that she paid $50 a person! This is a lavish and beautiful dining room in which you are pampered by staff pulling out your chairs, delivering your every whim in a historic... More

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Paris, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We ate here based upon TripAdvisor ratings before the George Strait concert. We always like to try new places whenever we travel. Service was outstanding. We only had 1 1/2 hrs for dinner before the concert started and our waiter was really on it. However, the rest of the experience was a little disappointing. On a Friday night there were... More

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Julie D, Manager at The Oakroom, responded to this review

We're so glad you joined us for dinner...but very sorry we fell a tad short in the food department! We pride ourselves on providing both outstanding service and food, and appreciate your feedback. I hope your visit to Louisville was excellent overall and sincerely invite you to join us if you find yourselves back in our fair city. Best Regards,... More

Batesville, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The most beautiful spread I've ever seen for a brunch. The only problem is not having enough room to try it all! Too many choices to list...must try if you're in Louisville!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I met 2 weeks prior to the dinner with Chef Roney and the Pastry Chef (her name escapes me) in order to have the team create a dessert that was inspired by the engagement ring I purchased for my fiance (she said yes). Chef Roney suggested a chef tasting and further he asked for Dianna's favorite ingredients. He explained that... More

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Louisville, KY
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I'll preface this review with a reminder that my reviews are always value-adjusted. My food experience here was along the lines of a 3, with a ding down to 2 for the poor value proposition. My wife and I dined here as part of "502 Restaurant Week". We had our choice of the regular menu and a 3-course prix fixe... More

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Julie D, Manager at The Oakroom, responded to this review

We are so sorry that you did not have the type of experience for which we are known! We take every comment to heart and my service team, as well as our kitchen team, will certainly use your input as an opportunity to improve where we can. Please don't hesitate to contact me should you choose to dine with us... More

Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We went to the Oakroom for Sunday brunch. As always, Troy was our server. As always everything was terrific. Troy has that old school style that you simply cannot find in today's service. We always find ourselves wanting for nothing. The food on the buffet is always perfect. I'm sure Troy would take care of it immediately if we ever... More

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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Our dinner at the Oakroom was a mixed experience. The chef is very talented based on some of the extraordinary sauces and accoutrements that accompanied the entrees; however, one of our dinners, described as a filet of beef along with some braised short rib was disappointing. The filet was not a tenderloin, and was riddled with gristle, to the point... More

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Exeter, New Hampshire
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Outstanding brunch with sooooo much food! Great vintage hotel with neat stories about ghosts and Al Capone.

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New York City, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I've had Sunday brunch here on at least 70 occasions. This is one of the best places to catch a Sunday brunch in Louisville. There's a great selection of food, including a shrimp and oyster bar (occasionally with some small crab legs thrown in). There is always a good selection of 4 or 5 entrees, plus an omelette station/carving station,... More

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