Bardstown Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Bardstown

April 14, 2018 Nicolette Lion

Bardstown is a home rule-class city in Nelson County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was recorded as 11,700 by the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Nelson County. It is named for the pioneering Bard brothers. David Bard obtained a 1,000 acres (400 ha) land grant in 1785 in what was then Jefferson County, Virginia, from Governor Patrick Henry. William Bard surveyed and platted the town. It was originally chartered as Baird's Town in 1788, and has also been known as Beardstown, and Beards Town.
Things to do in Bardstown

1. Harrison-Smith House

103 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1511 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible American Dinner +1 502-233-9993
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Harrison-Smith House

The restaurant will be closed for standard dinner service through the end of 2016. Please contact the restaurant through the phone number or email in our general information section for details on hosting a private event.

Reviewed By wanderingways - california

The ambience, food, dinner selection and service were outstanding. Limited menu but that's the sign of potentially great food. Not inexpensive but worth every cent.

Our server offered informed advice concerning the dinner selection, appropriate wine and bourbon tasting. I counted at least 120 different bourbons!

Need dinner reservations.

2. Hadorn's Bakery

118 1/2 W Flaget St, Bardstown, KY 40004-1423 Takeout, Outdoor Seating American Breakfast +1 502-348-4407
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Hadorn's Bakery

Reviewed By jench5930 - Bardstown, Kentucky

My husband likes plain cake donuts. The cake donuts here have a frosting or a glaze on them. To get without, he was told to pre-order. I wanted bread but unfortunately the gentleman who makes the bread has an arm injury which prevented him from making bread. He also makes the donuts, I believe.

3. The Rickhouse Restaurant & Lounge

112 Xavier Dr, Bardstown, KY 40004-1476 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 502-348-2832
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 564 reviews

The Rickhouse Restaurant & Lounge

An elegant and unique restaurant located in the heart of historic Bardstown, Ky. We pride ourselves on our classic dishes with unique twists. We have an ever growing and expansive Bourbon collection, sold individually as well as in flights. We also have an extensive wine list, with something for everyone. For a memorable, and delectable meal and experience, please join us.

Reviewed By Bill J - Kettering, Ohio

Finished our Bourbon Trail day with dinner here. Had reservations and it was busy. Our server, Sara was helpful and friendly. It was interesting to here a bit of the story of this unusual location. The bar has a good selection of bourbons and we tried a couple, glad we could walk to our lodging. The Blueberry Salmon, 11 cheese potatoes, 6oz.filet with mushrooms and brussel sprouts were all great. I would come here often if I lived in this area.

4. Hurst Discount Drug

102 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004-1526 Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Lunch
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Hurst Discount Drug

Reviewed By Norma C

It is like a step back in time and is like a pharmacy should be. A place you feel like you've been as a kid. Love the charm and the luncheon counter.

5. Mammy's Kitchen

116 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1416 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 502-350-1097
Excellent
48%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 869 reviews

Mammy's Kitchen

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Full bar w/ over 140 Bourbons & 50+ beer! KY PROUD!! Bar open ​late with Live Music!! Thursday-Saturday. Patio dining! Family Owned.Family Operated Thanks for dining with us!

Reviewed By Beth S - Birmingham, Alabama

Good family restaurant, good bar area with friendly staff. Big, open dining area, but we opted for cozy bar area with tavern-quality atmosphere. Had bourbon chicken sandwich and pimento/fried green tomato/bacon (BLT)...both very good...also served great Bloody Mary's...not before 1:00pm, however! had to want 7-8 minutes to be legal. Staff was comical, and helpful. Note that Sundays in Bardstown are very quiet - not many shops open in March.

6. Baskin-Robbins

228 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004-1528 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 502-349-0993
Excellent
45%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Baskin-Robbins

Reviewed By sshamer - Lyles, Tennessee

We went there for ice cream and it was so good, I haven't eatten at a Baskin-Robbins in a while so they have new flavors. People there were very friendly.

7. Kurtz Restaurant

418 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-2202 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 502-348-8964
Excellent
49%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 398 reviews

Kurtz Restaurant

Reviewed By SCKKy

Let me start by saying we have always made it a point to eat at Kurtz Restaurant whenever we are in Bardstown and have enjoyed it. This evening however was extremely disappointing. Not only was my chicken inedible ( very dry with the skin tasting like the oil it was fried in) but Debbie Fischer was exceedingly rude. When I asked if a partial adjustment of my $24.00 entree was possible, she informed me that the fried chicken was their best seller and known worldwide. Then insinuated that I, the customer, was somehow the problem! Ridiculous! I will never eat at Kurtz Restaurant and will not recommend others do so based on principle alone. — Susan Kurtz

8. My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

602 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004-1743 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 79 - SGD 143 +1 502-348-7300
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train serves the Kentucky community to create a fine dining experience like no other. While aboard the beautifully restored 1940's dining cars, passengers experience a 2 1/2 hour journey throughout beautiful Kentucky countryside, passing through the Bernheim Forest over a wooden trestle bridge and by famous distilleries such as Four Roses and Jim Beam. Indulge in a gourmet, multi-course lunch or dinner prepared fresh on board by our renowned culinary team. Included in your ticket price is the excursion, meal, and all non-alcoholic beverages. We also have a full service bar on board. My Old Kentucky Dinner Train regularly schedules specialty excursions and has group pricing available for groups of all shapes and sizes. Have a group and don't see a date on the schedule that works for you? Give us a call to talk about opening up a new run.

Reviewed By 1va-gentleman - Ocala, Florida

Ten couple who went for a friends and family gathering event. The train ride was nice as Lief refurbished train cars were reminiscent of earlier times. The same way was pleasant on the run out for the first hour and 15 minutes what the run back was along the same track and the same scenery, so redundant. The food portions were large. The salad was spring greens but a little wilted and the waitress had to find blue cheese dressing has not normally served which was surprising.. they salmon was very tasty and tender. The prime rib was a little over cooked when ordering medium rare and a replacement was the same as well as another member of the party who also ordered medium rare. The Fortune was Grey Lodge, about 18 Oz, but somewhat Bland and we've had better. The desserts were good. The appetizer surprisingly included a portion of country ham which I like but some members of our party didn't care for salty ham and gave me theirs, a treat for me. Tips are expected to be based on the full price including the train ride totaling $92. I guess they want you to think that the conductor's share in the tip but nothing is mentioned if that's the case. So I had to figure the value of the dinner portion at about $40 in order to figure the tip as I wasn't tipping on the train fare portion of the total price. They need to be more clear on that point. This was her first trip and now we can scratch it off at Bucket List as one time is enough. One or two others not in that party have been before so I guess that's a matter of opinion

9. Pat's Place

125 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004-1543 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 502-348-0010
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 145 reviews

Pat's Place

Reviewed By SpyderP45 - Marcy, New York

Just pulled in to Bardstown from our Kentucky Bourbon Trail stops of Willet, Makers Mark and Heaven Hill distilleries. Pat's was recommended by the receptionist at Heaven Hill and it fit the bill for lunch. Good food, good service and friendly people. Regular lunch fair on the main drag in Bardstown. Try it!

10. Old Talbott Tavern

107 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1415 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 502-348-3494
Excellent
32%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Old Talbott Tavern

Historic Restaurant, Bar and Inn continuously in operation since 1779. Located in the heart of Bourbon Country. Proudly serving locally inspired food and drink. Try the best top shelf bourbons with our bourbon sampler. Dine in unique surroundings where the famous and infamous visited during their historic setting ventures.

Reviewed By Bill_123 - Timbuktu, Mali

This circa 1779 B&B / restaurant provided good food at OK prices in a rustic casual bar atmosphere in addition to having had many historic visitors including Lincoln, Daniel Boone, and Jesse James who apparently left bullet holes in upstairs’ walls. The wait staff was friendly and got our food out while it was piping hot. The entrée choices included marinated ribeye ($28); ribs; pot roast; fried chicken or fish; and shrimp and grits. Most entrée costs ranged from $15 to $19.
* The boneless fried chicken breasts with two sides for $17 and French fries had a great crunchy exterior; however, one of the two large breasts was over cooked.
* The shrimp and cheese grits entrée for $19 was extremely good.

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