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The Oakroom

500 S 4TH St, Louisville, KY 40202-2504
(502) 807-3463
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Ranked #23 of 1,509 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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98 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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English first
Louisville, Kentucky
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Excellent might be reserved for The Breakers or for an absolutely beyond compare dining experiece. The Oakroom is very good but not excellent. The food is well prepared. Decor is lovely. A great experience at a premium pricepoint.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My husband and I tried the five course tasting menu (with wine pairing) for dinner here. It was very good. The best part of the meal was the venison main course. I've eaten a lot of venison in my life and this was among the tenderest and juiciest I've ever eaten. The dessert was also great and the various wines... More

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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It's always tough when you read reviews to know the background of the people commenting. I cannot see ever calling this restaurant "excellent," but if you haven't eaten at truly "excellent" restaurants (Daniel's, French Laundry, Jean Georges, etc), I can see how you might think this restaurant deserves that rating. I was greeted by name when I arrived, and seated... More

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Charleston, West Virginia, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The brunch buffet was one of the most spectacular I've ever seen. So many options and not enough stomach! Decadent pastries, shrimp, roast, breakfast staples, and so much more. You won't be disappointed.

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Evansville, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Everything about this meal was great. Exceptional service. Attention to detail. Formal yet relaxed. Food was beautifully presented and just as delicious. Well worth the price. I have paid more for meals that were not even close to this one.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We dined at the Oakroom the night before the Kentucky Derby - so were limited to the Prix Fixe menu. Each course was beautifully presented and the meal was delicious. Service was a bit pretentious but to be expected in a restaurant in this range. Expensive to be sure - but overall the experience was worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

If you ever have an opportunity to eat at The Oakroom, you have to go. Chef Patrick creates a menu fit for royalty. He is extremely accommodating to every individual's food preferences and was able to make every dish Gluten Free for me. His flavor combinations were perfect. Not overwhelming like a lot of fine dining restaurants I've been to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

An incredible experience , Chef Patrick and staff turn eating into the definition of fine dining. Each dish takes you to a new level pleasing the palette and bathing the taste buds with stimulating sensations. A great selection of wine and spirits complement each bite, one of the finest meals I have ever had. A true cacophony of flavor .... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband took me to the Oakroom for my 49th birthday. The atmosphere was very elegant and warm with a historical feel. The service was perfect. The food was beautifully presented and the delivery of all the courses was perfect. I couldnt decide on a particular drink so I asked that the bartender make me something with spiced rum and... More

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Rineyville, Kentucky
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Just went to Father's Day Brunch. I honestly don't have much to say about it other than it was pretty average. The Hotel and the Oakroom dining area are both very nice and classy in appearance. The service was fine but nothing special. The staff were cordial but somewhat disinterested. Some of the food was good, some just ok, but... More

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