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Shady Lane Cafe

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4806 Brownsboro Rd, Saint Matthews, KY 40207
(502) 893-5118
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8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Talk about a good burger....

Very small diner in north east Louisville off the Watterson Expressway ( and interstate 71). Great burgers and excellent service. I get carryout a lot and my order is always ready fast and provided with a smile!

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
Vanessa T
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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170 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Very small diner in north east Louisville off the Watterson Expressway ( and interstate 71). Great burgers and excellent service. I get carryout a lot and my order is always ready fast and provided with a smile!

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Thank Vanessa T
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you, Vanessa!!!!! We really appreciate you taking the time to review us!!! More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

A good place for lunch. The owner and family run this place and you can feel the difference in service from other restaurants The food is awesome and the fries are special too

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Thank Sanjeev P
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

Lunch with mom. I had a Reuben with bacon potato salad, she had tomato basil soup and the salmon burger. Everything was fresh and made on the spot. Best fresh peach pie we had ever had. We are definitely going back. Something on the menu for everyone. And the owners were both sooooo nice. The kind of place that is... More 

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1 Thank rubelb
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! More 

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Was in Louisville to visit the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, after our visit we were looking for a place to have lunch. Found this diner right down the road from the cemetery. Terrific choice. Small diner, but great choices for lunch. I had the chicken salad, with a side of potato salad and homemade chips. It was great. Others had... More 

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Thank Joyce M
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We hope you return to our beautiful city soon!! More 

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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

It was really good. We went on a Saturday and they only serve breakfast until noon. We got there about 11:40 but wanted lunch so went next door to shop and kill 20 minutes. Came back and the line was suddenly almost out the door. We had to squeeze in! The owners (?) And staff were incredibly nice. The food... More 

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Thank Rodslove
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We're pretty good at helping you figure out ways to save, so next time you come, just let me know, and we'll do our best to make you happy. More 

Buckner, Kentucky
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157 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have lived in the Louisville area my whole life and can't believe I just ate here for the first time. If you don't know it's there you will pass right by it. I met a friend for lunch and I was so surprised by this cute little place. The staff are so friendly and made me feel so welcomed.... More 

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Thank 2DIslands
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words!!! We hope you'll come and visit us again soon! More 

Ohio
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband & I stop at the Shady Lane Cafe every time we go through Louisville on the way to Nashville. It is easily reached off I 264 at the Brownsboro Exit. It has a lot of variety to the menu, offering both meat and some vegetarian options. The desserts are wonderful and homemade and the atmosphere is unique and... More 

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2 Thank LunaOhio
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We hope you return to our beautiful city soon!! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Shady Lane Cafe in Brownsboro Shopping Center is, hands down, the best kept little secret in Louisville. I have probably tried everything in the menu at this point, since I meet friends there at least once a week. The Brownsboro Burger is the best in the city, the Benedictine and Bacon Wrap is heavenly, and the homemade potato chips are... More 

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Thank FluertyGirl
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! What an awesome review. I'm so sorry it took me this long to respond, but, as you probably guessed, we're pretty low-tech. But I am so happy to have read your review, and we invite you back anytime. Reviews like this remind us why we try to bring our A-game every day!! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This small establishment has an eclectic atmosphere and very good and diverse lunch food. We had a Rueben and the Pimento Cheese and Bacon sandwiches. Both were excellent. In addition, the owners are very exuberant which makes for an enjoyable visit. Might be a good place for Triple D to visit if they come back to the Ville.

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1 Thank JPP40059
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Sorry it took me so long to respond. We are totally low-tech, and I didn't even know where to find your review til today. But we are SO grateful for your kind words. All the bestt!! More 

Carmel, Indiana
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Read about this on TripAdvisor and so we tried it for lunch. (Not open for dinner) Not many tables and a line to place order at 1pm, but the quirkiness and menu choices offset that. Things like Pimento Cheese or Benedictine sandwiches and their meatloaf. Clam chowder was good and although I did not order the "sweeties" sweet potato french... More 

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2 Thank DeeeT
ShadyLaneLady, Owner at Shady Lane Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Sorry it took me so long to respond. We are totally low-tech, and I didn't even know where to find your review til today. But we are SO grateful for your kind words. All the bestt!! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4806 Brownsboro Rd, Saint Matthews, KY 40207
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Saint Matthews
  • Phone Number: (502) 893-5118
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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