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4806 Brownsboro Rd, Saint Matthews, KY 40207
(502) 893-5118
Today
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

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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
Hidden Gem in St. Matthews

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.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Buckner, Kentucky
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Buckner, Kentucky
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134 reviews 134 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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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Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Louisville, Kentucky
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Carmel, Indiana
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11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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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Louisville, Kentucky
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48 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Great place for breakfast and/or lunch. The Brownsboro Burger is great but the meatloaf sandwich with Henry Bain's sauce and fried onions was even better. You have to try the homemade chips. You can always find an interesting breakfast omelette here. Be sure you check out the daily specials for delicious finds.

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Everything is home made and delicious! It's only open for breakfast and lunch and closed on Mondays. Susie greets everyone as if you are a long lost friend. The hamburger is a must. Absolutely delicious!! Salmon burger with dill sauce is yummy. Make sure you leave room, or share with a friend, one of her exquisite and out of this... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This hidden gem is a great spot for lunch while shopping or running errands. Owner is very charming and helpful. Great burger!

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Lived in Louisville all my life and never heard of this place until about a month ago. Went immediately and we absolutely loved it! We were greeted as soon as we walked in and the place was almost full. There is a blackboard with the menu and daily specials behind the counter. They are known for their great cheeseburgers but... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

Staff was very attentive and food good. Place needed cleaning but we arrived at 2:45 pm just after lunch rush so maybe we just hit it at the wrong time but I like a clean restaurant.

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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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