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“Never Fails to Impress!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bistro Le Relais

Bistro Le Relais
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Ranked #209 of 1,757 Restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: East Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Never Fails to Impress!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Bistro Le Relais is nestled inside of Bowman Field, a quaint antiquity of an airport in Louisville's east end. We frequent Le Relais a few times a year, usually for special occasions. This visit marked our twenty fifth wedding anniversary. And as usual, Le Relais comes through with shining colors.

The maitre d and owner Anthony Dike is meticulous when it comes to service and greets each guest as a long lost friend he hasn't seen in years and you can tell immediately he geniunly appreciates your visit to his restaurant. He has also built quite a wine collection over the years, that has garnered several awards, and he knows his stuff. Not sure about which wine to have?

He'll be happy to help you select a wine...and he's very discreet about being sure you know the price before you order it. He'll introduce the wine and it's notes then point to it on the menu so you can decide if it's in your budget...class touch.

The restaurant itself is tastefully done, with rich wood accents and columns...and lit perfectly for that intimate experience with retaining the ability to read the menu (with reading glasses )LOL. Ask for a corner table when you reserve your table (reservations are a good idea)...we usually ask for the far right back corner area...it's a little bit more private. There's a deck for outdoor seating when the weather is nice...watch the small planes take off an land...minimal activity so it's not annoying.

They have a small but great bar and their martinis are fantastic. My wife like the lemon drop, and asks for it a little less sweet and is always impressed with the outcome. I've had the key lime martini and traditional martini, dry all of which are tasty.

The food is always perfectly prepared and there's a wide variety of foods from pastas to seafood and beef/lamb and pork selections. Our favorites are for appetizer the grille french baguette..man that's awesome...the bread is grilled and comes with the best blue cheese and roasted elephant garlic...lather the cheese and garlic on the bread, a dash of salt, and I swear I could make a meal of it. The Saumon Fume is also very good as are the escargots...like I said... you really can't miss with anything on Anthony's menu...

The Saint Jacques (scallops) are out of this world. Perfectly seared and tender inside..full of flavor. The trout is also a big winner. Pork chop is fantastic and the steak is also very good.

We usually skip desert since by then we're completely stuffed to the gills. Between appetizer, salad and entree' good luck forcing dessert down...but I hear it's all very good...

It's not cheap...but what is, if it's any good, right? Dinner for two with a decent bottle of wine sets us back maybe $160 on average with tip...but who's complaining...the service is top notch...the atmosphere is great and the food is some of the best I've ever eaten...and I've eaten at top restaurants in the "big cities."

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Brooklyn, New York
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Delicious French food in an Art Deco setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

Two of us enjoyed Sunday dinner here. Everything was heavenly -- mouthwatering mushrooms, out of this world salmon and trout, and, bien sur, a souffle! Attentive but unobtrusive service in a relaxed atmosphere. The setting is delightful, from the first view of the building and sign to the interior. Simply a wonderful restaurant.

  • Visited November 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Paris in Louisville”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

As new residents of Louisville we are constantly pleasantly surprised by the high quality of dining here. This week we had a really wonderful dinner at Le Relais which brings the food of a french bistro to central Kentucky. All four of our group had great dinners, and the room, a converted art deco airport terminal, is a beautiful place to enjoy an outstanding meal. We will be back again.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank junobeach2
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Zionsville
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71 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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“A place worth trying!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed a very nice meal last weekend at this fun French bistro in an old airport hanger. We started out with foie gras and snails for the first course. The foie was cooked perfectly, the snails were a bit over cooked. For the entrees we shared the duck and the lamb chops, both were worthy of getting again. The service was good, and the owner was very attentive to our table even though the place was very busy. We finished things off with a soufflé that is well done! Wine list was small but had a few decent bottles.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank B8zim
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Champaign, Illinois
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“perfect fly-in dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

dinner date with another couple on a recommendation from a fellow pilot.
We were late for our reservations, but were recieved graciously. We felt they were glad we had arrived safely, not concerned about being late. The staff were very attentive, and the food preparation was delicious. I got a chuckle out of Mr. Dike's smile as he reminded our host that "the pilots cannot drink".
a great night.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Dave M
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