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Pesto's Italian Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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566 S 5th St, Louisville, KY 40202-2321
+1 502-584-0567
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 03:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Nashville, Tennessee
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We were the first people in the door on a Saturday morning; 11:13 hours of the day. The owner still had the keys in the lock and, with a smile, turned the bolt and welcomed us in. To be candid, there is much as Syrian/Lebanese fair as Italian; and, I think that is there true specialty. The Italian cuisine is... More 

Thank MDFS333
Knoxville, Tennessee
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91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a treasurer for Italian and Persian dining. Our group of 10 enjoyed a variety of items that were all excellent. The only recommendtion is to chill the white wines. We will be back whenever we are in Louisville!!!

Thank kyem53
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We headed to downtown to the 4th street activities in Louisville and just by accident found this wonderful little restaurant. We had a party of six and were seated quickly. I had noticed an inspection grade of A on a card right when you walk in. This made me feel a lot better since I'm not from the area and... More 

Thank Lovethebeach2013
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

This is the perfect spot for a business lunch or a quiet, romantic dinner near downtown. We had our rehearsal dinner here a year ago, and it was perfect for both our party size and our budget. I have been back several times for lunch with colleagues from work, and we just enjoyed a quiet, romantic dinner for our anniversary.... More 

Thank Beth C
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6 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

It really does not worth to go for dinner. Do not pay more than 10 for such a place. The food is ok, but the service is below average. They also made a mistake on my check .......

Thank Pipete40
Louisville, KY
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

The description says "skewer of marinated grilled Chicken served with a side of Basmati Rice, grilled Tomato & Pita Bread" But what you actually get is chunks of cold, bone-dry flavorless chicken with a side of plain dry rice and an unidentified burned object. Disgusting. Never again

Thank asharp65
Green Bay
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Great food and service and a fine interior outweigh the iffy neighborhood. It appears that residents don't know about it as it's pretty quiet.

Thank Michael M
Boulder, Colorado
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

The kebabs were good per se, they were well-cooked and delicious, but the rice portion was small for one person, and almost all the foods didn't have the salt Persian dishes usually have, so the taste was not as I expected to enjoy an authentic Persian dish. The qeyme bademjoon and fesenjoon, which were ordered by my friends, lacked salt.... More 

Thank Ghamzak
Louisville, Kentucky
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

I just spent $40 for a late lunch for two. I ate at Pesto's a few years ago and it was excellent. We were talking about the meal for quite some time. We were excited to go back today, but we were disappointed. It was not a bad meal, but it was merely mediocre at best. Entrees are about $16-$17.... More 

Thank Jeff B
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150 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

I had a business meeting at WHAS TV, and what better place to continue and conclude the meeting than go to Pestos. The service was quite good, despite a big lunch crowd. Esse the owner is warm and friendly and checks on each table. We had the Chicken Florentine and Cappellini Con Pesto. Both were flavorful and tasty. Atmosphere was... More 

Thank Artie44

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Persian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 566 S 5th St, Louisville, KY 40202-2321
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 502-584-0567

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?