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Claudia Sanders Dinner House

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3202 Shelbyville Rd, Shelbyville, KY 40065-9150
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Upscale KFC

Claudia Sanders is a nice place. it is great for families, lunch with friends, or date night! The food is good but nothing special. The building itself is beautiful and great for large groups!.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Waddy, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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147 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Claudia Sanders was the wife of the original Colonel Harland Sanders. He built the original restaurant for his wife in June of 1968. This building was originally used by her husband as an office and warehouse for his famous Kentucky Fried Chicken operation. on May 10, 1999 the place burned down. The restaurant was sold to Cherry and Tommy Settle... More 

1 Thank Inlovewithcanyonvill
San Antonio, Texas
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They open at 11am and have great food. You can hear the stories about Col. Sanders wife and who wound up owning this place! Great food and a great drive from Louisville! Beautiful country. The servers will fill your ear if you want them to about this place. Loved eating here!

2 Thank Roger744
Wallace, IN
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here on the advice of a co-worker. We ate mid-afternoon, as we heard it could be quite crowded. My husband and I both got fried chicken, mashed potatoes and white milk gravy, fried apples, biscuits, and cornbread. I also got the sweet tea. Everything was fantastic! There was so much food, though, we ended up taking half of... More 

2 Thank WebbyJeep
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere is nice. It's a beautiful place, but it didn't start out good from the time that we walked up to the hostess (a young girl with lets just say such casual attire that I was surprised that she was the hostess). She wasn't pleasant or unpleasant....just there. She walked over quickly put our menus on the table walked... More 

Thank cocomojo
Waddy, Kentucky
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Claudia Sanders is a nice place. it is great for families, lunch with friends, or date night! The food is good but nothing special. The building itself is beautiful and great for large groups!.

Thank Sarah62215
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Average or below average dining experience. Long waits although many tables were empty, while at salad bar the hostess sat our table with other guest!! Our wait person made sure we had what we needed, water, silver and was very nice. Their was a lot of variety on the Sunday brunch steam tables but it all looked the same so... More 

Thank Bethlynn S
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

I ate at the Colonel's lady way back when (70's) and was looking forward to a similar experience. Visually, the experience was great--nice refined-southern look--liked the look of the place and had great expectations walking in. The Hostess took my name and said it would be about 15 minutes--it went downhill from there. 30 minutes later, a different hostess finally... More 

Thank tiredtraveler708
Bedford, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Ate dinner there. Of course had Claudia's famous fried chicken recipe. Two pieces, mashed potatoes and a side. Chicken was definitely KFC; mashed potatoes were excellent (served with a home made gravy) and the side, creamed spinach was nothing to rave about as it was not really hot and didn't taste all that good. Next time I will select another... More 

Thank John S
Oshawa, Canada
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Lousy experience. Was seated at a table with no cutlery or plates. Went to the salad bar. No plates or cutlery. Walked around to find a server to help me. Owner was seated near the salad bar and saw my frustration. He tried to help but nothing changed. He explained that he was short staffed because he was catering another... More 

Thank Dwayne D
Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We have been there a few times, and the first time was great. We had server/waiter Snyder (he was awesome). The last two times have been horrible. We arrived at 6:30, were seated, finally received drinks, and ordered at 7. Couldn't get waitress to fill our drinks, even after asking repeatedly, After complaining to the new manager (her 2nd day)... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3202 Shelbyville Rd, Shelbyville, KY 40065-9150
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Shelbyville
  • Phone Number: 502-633-5600

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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