• The Uptown provides an elegant atmosphere on an eclectic stretch of Bardstown Road. Have dinner at one of the sidewalk tables and watch people from all walks of life stroll by. The menu is equally eclectic, with a selection of pasta dishes, dinner salads and entrées with Asian influences.
    458-4212
    uptownlouisville.com
  • This perennial favorite spot offers a cozy, lamp-lit atmosphere that evokes an old speakeasy. The menu consists of upscale American dishes that feature local products like country ham and Capriole cheeses. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits or the historic black-and-white photographs on the walls.
    452-9244
    jackfrys.com
  • This restaurant offers diners a journey to Spain without leaving the Bluegrass. A list of tapas dishes, paella, calamari and lamb roasted with garlic dot a menu that reflects the best of Spanish flavors and spices.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
  • Porcini, named for the flavorful mushroom featured in many of its dishes, serves upscale Northern-Italian inspired dishes. Menu standouts include the strip steak with Gorgonzola butter and rack of lamb with bourbon and rosemary jus.
    894-8686
    porcinilouisville.com
  • California atmosphere and cuisine transported to Louisville. Fans of alfresco dining will enjoy the patio, which features a fire pit at each table for chilly evenings. The menu includes creative twists on steak and seafood, and the wine list — as would be expected from a place with Napa in its name — is a standout.
    423-5822
    napariverlouisville.com
  • Because at least 80 percent of Harvest’s ingredients are sourced from local farms and producers, the only things that stay the same at this trendy new place are the seasonal changes. But with entrées like buttermilk fried chicken and smoked pork shoulder as the backbone of the menu, you can’t go wrong.
    384-9090
    harvestlouisville.com
  • A wide-ranging menu based on contemporary Southern cuisine is nudged up a bit in preparation and presentation from the typical American bistro. Be sure to try the Maker’s Mark bourbon sirloin or the cedar plank salmon.
    423-1990
    austinslou.com
  • Located at the former Club 21, The Cure Lounge is an upscale bar and lounge with several options for small plate dining.

    502-619-2178
  • You might know restaurateur Majid Ghavami from other local spots Saffron and Volare. He brings his magic touch to his newest venture, serving Mediterranean/American cuisine with distinct Persian influences.
    618-2222
    majidstmatthews.com
  • Billed as “modern Vietnamese,” this Frankfort Avenue establishment takes authentic tastes of Vietnam to a higher level, incorporating a French flair and organic ingredients. Try the different preparations of prawns or the shaking beef — cut-up filet mignon with garlic, watercress, red onions and jasmine rice.
    896-1016
    basarestaurant.net