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Fork & Barrel

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 10/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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$20 - $40
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American
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Clifton
3.3 miles from Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fork & Barrel was one of our "fancier" dinners on our trip. Most people err on the smart casual side, but there were folks very casually dressed too that didn't seem out of place. The place seemed like it was make for fall with the...warm lighting and dark pumpkin colored banquettes. The only thing I didn't like was the TV over the bar, it was totally unnecessary & the coming show on it kept distracting our date. We started out with the lobster fritters and drinks. The lobster fritters were shaped more like hush puppies and very tasty. I think we each got about 5-6. Neither of us was particularly with the cocktail menu. Husband went with a bourbon drink that came up & was frothy from egg white. I ordered a mocktail, but got the alcoholic equivalent. I thought I recognized my distaste for bourbon (I know) in the first sip, but my husband swore he didn't taste bourbon, just ask the ginger. I took him at his word and unenthusiastically sipped my drink. I didn't realize I was right until I saw the check and think my server assumed I got the right drink. Anyway, that was a lot of words for something that in the grand scheme of things wasn't a huge deal since it was preference, not necessity to skip the booze. For our mains, I got the Covrvina and husband the pork chop. I'd never had corvina before, but it was quite tasty and came with spaghetti squash. My husband enjoyed the pork chop & said the kale was the best he ever had. Probably something to do with the bacon braising. For dessert we ordered the brownie, which was decadent. We were offered ice cream alongside it and declined, but received it anyway. I'm not sure if our server had too many tables, but there were definitely details missed and an awkwardness to the cadence of our interactions. Overall 3.5 stars rounded up for the quality of the foodMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fork & Barrel was nothing short of amazing! From our wonderful, attentive, & patient server to the chef making multiple trips to the table to chat & check on us, everything was beyond perfect. And the food & drinks...over the top delicious! If you're a...visitor to the area (as we were) this is definitely a "don't miss" and if you're a local, I'd recommend adding Fork & Barrel to the regular rotation!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a table of 6 and all of us loved our meals and cocktails. The owner suggested a wine that we were not familiar with and gave us a sample- 3 of us ended up ordering a bottle. Service was also excellent

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I want to like this restaurant, I can never give it more than 2 stars. The chef is a really nice man. For start, the red wines are served at a very warm temperature. So don't order anything that you would like to eat with...a red wine. No restaurant with these prices should serve red wines at this temperature. I had the artichoke fritters which were light, fluffy and full of flavor. I was hopeful they might have gotten it together. Unfortunately the beet salad was almost inedible. It was served with a limp lettuce that literally could not stand up to the weight of the beets. The lettuce might have set out in a warm kitchen,. This would have been better with endive or romaine. I had the pork chop for entree. Good flavor, but could have used a good searing. Served with what I would describe as a tex Mex ragout with beans, avocado, tomato, which had a decent flavor but was a bit bright and could have used some smokiness. I think the chef has some decent ideas, but is unable to execute with an acceptable level of sophistication or detail.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent four nights in Louisville, and this was hands down the best meal we had during our visit! We started with the Buffalo Deviled Eggs appetizer. We were skeptical, but the waitress raved about how awesome they were. And she was absolutely right! Who...knew deviled eggs could be this good?! For dinner, I opted for the half chicken with "Mississippi Comeback Sauce" (a white sauce that was incredible!). It come with a side of this excellent flavorful slaw - I think there was giardiniera in it. There was also a side of baked beans which were stellar! My wife had short ribs with a wine sauce over a cheese risotto. They knocked this out of the park! The desserts looked and sounded fantastic, we just did not have room. If we ever visit Louisville again, we will 100% be eating here again!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 9, 2021 via mobile

Wonderful food, great cocktails, and really amazing service (go Sam and Shelby). We even got some great hiking tips! Try the pork chop and the old fashioned. Both were just perfect.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed January 15, 2021 via mobile

First time and they overdelivered! We were greeted with a smile (behind the mask due to COVID). Our server, Sam, was terrific. Gave great recommendations that were spot on. The bartender made 2 great drinks...try the Old Fashioned or the Rye w/ Berries! The calamari...app special was quite good...loved the choices for dipping. The salads made it hard to choose as they all sounded great. We selected the Wedge and the Brussels Sprouts and both were wonderful. I didn’t expect the fried egg to be so good on the Brussels sprouts salad....but it was! When it came to the entrees, we tried the Wild Boar special and the Shrimp and Grits. Both were excellent! Overall, what a great dinner! Recommend asking to be seated with Sam as your server....He was excellent! We will be back!!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 3, 2021 via mobile

Covid has changed a lot of habits this year including indoor dining. Since Fork & Barrel offered a New Year’s Eve carry out deal we decided to treat ourselves: Salad, appetizer, 2 flank steaks, risotto, sautéed green beens, and desert for $89. Why not? The...meal was filling and still hot when I got home with it. Our one minor complaint was that the steaks were not as tender as we hoped. Still it had a good taste. Overall, it was a positive experience so we will hopefully try them another time and perhaps even indoors.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed August 13, 2020

They've cut so many corners at Fork & Barrel I am taking them out of my dining rotation, and we have been really deliberate about supporting local restaurants, including this one, with first carry out, and then as soon as it was possible, in-person dining....We were there last night and because of Burger week, they had no happy hour, our server was very attentive but served us and charged us for fries we did not order and then, they wouldn't honor their own gift card - really low-class moves.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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EmilyHeyde, Owner at Fork & Barrel, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2020

We do appreciate your feedback. During burger week we are not offering our usual specials such as happy hour but they will resume next week. We apologize that you were charged for fries by accident. We do not allow the use of gift cards or...More

Reviewed August 2, 2020 via mobile

Met a group of 9 girlfriends for a much needed dinner out. One in our group is pregnant so we were strictly limited to outdoor dining (covered tent, open sides) for Covid safety. The forecast called for big storms, and Tyler called from the restaurant...to confirm and assure us we would be in the center of the tent and would not get wet. He certainly made good on his promise and we ate/drank half-priced bottles of wine, and NEVER got wet. The rain was torrential, and Tyler ensured we were comfy and dry. Food & wine were both stellar. We highly recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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EmilyHeyde, Owner at Fork & Barrel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2020

Thank you so much for dining with us. We are so glad that your group enjoyed your meal and hope that you join us again soon for half priced wine night, dinner or Sunday brunch.

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Yes, Fork & Barrel offers takeout services.

Yes, Fork & Barrel is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Fork & Barrel is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5