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Dudley's on Short

259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
+1 859-252-1010
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (13 reviews)
“tournedos” (9 reviews)
“steak frites” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 14:30All hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

5 of us got together to celebrate each other. We don't live in Lexington anymore, but we all feel like we grew up there in the 70's during college. Dudley's is a great place to meet, drink and eat.....talking and hearing is another story. The...More

Thank Jacque A
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Do you like expensive, fancy food? Do you like not knowing exactly what you're ordering because each item is described as if you were a King or a Queen? Do you like to pay a lot for small portions? Well, if you answered "yes" to...More

Thank Jeff R
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Great horsey decor which is pretty commonplace for Lexington... Dining with a chef friend we are pretty discerning, we expect the server to know how items are prepared and at brunch, a Bloody Mary is a staple. When ordered with "Old Bay" the server had...More

Thank BeachyBride2010
Reviewed 22 May 2017

An old fashioned restaurant with very good food. Expensive but a good spot for special celebrations.

Thank crlmisc
Reviewed 22 May 2017

A friend took me to Dudley’s on Short for a birthday lunch. Our meal began by being offered our choice of delicious-looking muffins. My friend opted for a blackberry muffin and I chose the pineapple walnut. The blackberry muffin was a little too dense and...More

Thank Alisa16
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Came here for a business dinner. Our server was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and attended to our needs. We ordered a few appetizers. The Duck Fat Marcona almonds were really good! The fried chicken skins were probably our favorite item we had. The chicken...More

Thank Rick P
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We booked Dudley's without really knowing what to expect. It was a little more upscale than we had anticipated but made quite a nice change from the 'mid-range' eateries that we normally use when travelling on business. Service was VERY attentive (perhaps a little too...More

2  Thank 19AB58
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Had a reservation at 2:30 &. Got seated right away. This is a lovely place to dine! We experienced the brunch menu. I had the gazpacho, the quiche & the cupcake. My hubby had the deviled eggs, salmon & blackberry crisp, my daughter in law...More

Thank Teresa M
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We spent a couple of days in Lexington and, on the advice of friends, at at Dudley's on the second night. Upscale, as expected, with several menu choices that attracted us backed by prompt, friendly service (like most of Lexington). Wine list is above average,...More

Thank FLGrandpa
Reviewed 12 May 2017

A friend and I popped into Dudley's early afternoon for a cold drink. We shared the artisans cheese plate. The cheese plate and boring cracker offering was a bit diminutive for the price. The Caesar Salad was fresh and sharp. For drinks, we had Impatience...More

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Questions & Answers
Bob R
8 February 2017|
Response from Joe C | Reviewed this property |
They have an excellent lunch menu which offers a variety of salads,sandwiches and other wonderful dishes . Best that you call them for the menu. You will not be disappointed here.
27 May 2016|
Response from Joe N | Reviewed this property |
They host parties that large but you need to call the restaurant for this type of arrangement. Bring your wallet!
Ellie G
7 April 2016|
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Response from Gregg B | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have several gluten-free options.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 259 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1242
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-252-1010
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Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Dudley's On Short offers award winning modern American cuisine with a wine list and service to match.
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