Most Popular Restaurants in Paducah

April 14, 2018 Chanda Heide

Paducah (/pəˈduːkə/) is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The largest city in the Jackson Purchase region, it is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and the Ohio rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri, to the northwest and Nashville, Tennessee, to the southeast. The population was 24,864 in 2015, down from 25,024 during the 2010 U.S. Census. Twenty blocks of the city's downtown have been designated as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Things to do in Paducah

1. Flamingo Row

2640 Perkins Creek Dr, Paducah, KY 42001-7494 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +1 270-442-0460
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 485 reviews

Flamingo Row

Reviewed By SummerJoConnor - Greensboro, North Carolina

First I would mention it is NOT vegetarian friendly, unless you want a morningstar farm burger or a unhealthy iceberg salad. Usually carribean food is very vegetarian friendly and flavorful. I had them tweak their rice dish and remove the meat. It was bland with no flavor, just white rice and the vegetables that they overcharged me for adding in place of the meat they removed. Even with the hot sauce it was simply ok. I have not lived in Paducah in many years and chose this one based on reviews. Not sure who is giving the reviews as no one in our party would ever consider returning. Overcooked chicken, dry sandwich, greasy fries that we had to soak up oil with napkin before attempting to eat. Then we were constantly ignored by wait staff who were too busy gossiping at hostess stand. Were told by locals they do have good cake, so we got it to go, finally received it after waiting 20 minutes. Would say it was just whatever maybe below average at best. Too many actual good restaurants in town to ever go back.

2. Gold Rush Cafe & Catering

400 Broadway St, Paducah, KY 42001-0734 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +1 270-443-4422
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Gold Rush Cafe & Catering

Reviewed By Susan M - Locust Grove, Georgia, United States

Visiting family in Paducah close to downtown. This little breakfast/lunch place was an interesting experience. I had the western omelet, covered in nacho cheese and my husband had the bacon omelet covered in Hollandaise sauce. Both were excellent. The hash browns were like your mama used to make back in the 50’s and they serve cat head biscuits. There was also a wide range of other egg dishes, pancakes and waffles on the menu. All in all a great way to start the day. There may be a bit of a wait, but it is well worth it. My only reservation was that the food was served a little lukewarm as opposed to hot. That may be because the kitchen staff appeared to be limited to one cook, and the restaurant was quite busy.

3. JP's Bar & Grill

119 Market House Sq, Paducah, KY 42001-0789 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 270-442-2041
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

JP's Bar & Grill

Reviewed By SummerJoConnor - Greensboro, North Carolina

Loved this little restaurant, After being away from Paducah for more than 14 years I was very happy to see how many real options have sprung up in the downtown area. This one however had live music, heated patio, great drinks, awesome menu with food for everyone. Even this self proclaimed foodie, LOVED it! We hesitated when we walked into the restaurant and found it empty on a Saturday night ( 8:30ish)...we soon found the crowd was on the cozy patio with music. Friendly service and a strong Cosmo will make this my go to place when I return home. Forgot to mention VERY reasonable pricing.

4. freight house

330 S 3rd St, Paducah, KY 42003-1511 Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks SGD 20 - SGD 66 +1 270-908-0006
Excellent
77%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

freight house

Welcome To Freight House, Paducah's First And Only Farm To Table Restaurant, Serving Up Traditional Southern Flavors, Paired With Locally Sourced Meats And Garden Fresh Fare. We Invite You To Stop By And Enjoy Food The Way It Was Intended To Be Served...in Season.

Reviewed By citygirlcountrygirl - Minneapolis, Minnesota

We sat at the bar and were greeted by both bartenders. Both super happy to be there and knowledgeable about every aspect of our experience. Their recommendations showcasing some key talents of the chefs.
Starting with a spicy pickle juice dirty martini, to the wine the. Onto the menu our experience was great.
Too cold to sit outside they have a dog friendly spacious patio which would have been a great add.
The freshly butchered lamb with pasta dish served also as a half order is a smart offering by Executive chef and owner Sara Bradley. Wildly creative, the fresh avocado salad was delicious and unexpected flavors came together for a fresh bite. The fish dip with a spin was also delish, another recommendation by our bar staff.
Finally, the nutty texture of the pea cake lovingly wrapped in a lemony buttercream icing was a perfect end to a perfect meal.
My only regret was not being able to taste the pork loin, the shrimp and grits and the Brussel sprouts, items I will be sure to return for.
The atmosphere is casual at the bar where we were able to watch some basketball. The rest of the dining area is open concept and full of happy chatter from customers.
Shout out to JP, Josh, Alicia

5. Shandies

202 Broadway St, Downtown Paducah, Paducah, KY 42001-0732 Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Bar, Fusion, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 270-442-2552
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 335 reviews

Shandies

Shandies offers a menu that is familiar yet creative in its international culinary influences. Relax...Savor...Enjoy!

Reviewed By hloge95 - Paducah, Kentucky

Fantastic service, great new French fries and the banana foster donut desert is to die for! favorite place to hang out at in Paducah! Eric, Jocelyn and Micheal are all the best bartenders too! You’ll never be lonely sitting at the bar with either of them!

6. Rafferty's

3970 Hinkleville Rd, Paducah, KY 42001-9017 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Soups, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 270-442-1014
Excellent
49%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 466 reviews

Rafferty's

Reviewed By buddy s - Kansas City, Missouri

Everything coming out of the kitchen looked very tasty. Our food was good and reasonably priced. The hosts and servers were attentive and helpful. Tonya was a great server.

7. Doe's Eat Place

136 Broadway St, Paducah, KY 42001-0731 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 270-443-9006
Excellent
49%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 302 reviews

Doe's Eat Place

Reviewed By Peter B - Hartland, Wisconsin, United States

A snowstorm closed Paducah. No reservation needed this particular evening. The snow provided a beautiful backdrop- we were greeted warmly. Our window table provided a perfect view of the snow covered park. My wife and I shared the 2 pond bone in rib eye. The steak was prepared to perfection. Service was responsive and friendly.

8. Texas Roadhouse

2900 James Sanders Blvd, Paducah, KY 42001-9471 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse Dinner, Lunch SGD 26 +1 270-442-7000
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 258 reviews

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is a steak restaurant providing legendary food with legendary service. Texas Roadhouse specializes in hand-cut steaks, fresh-baked bread, fall-off-the-bone-ribs, and made-from-scratch sides. We also serve ice cold beer and legendary margaritas. Treat your family and friends to a night at Texas Roadhouse.

Reviewed By showwatcher - Johnston City, Illinois

This was our favorite place to get a steak, no more. We went a little after noon for lunch. Noticed it was not as clean as normal, buss person standing at peanut barrel eating peanuts. Service was slow, had a long wait for our food and when it got there it was cold. The feeling was no longer inviting but more like we wish you would leave. A change like this is normally caused by a bad change in management. We won't be back.

9. Paducah Beer Werks

301 N 4th St, Paducah, KY 42001-0753 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Pub, American, Pizza, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 +1 270-933-1265
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Paducah Beer Werks

Located downtown in the historic Greyhound Bus Station, Paducah Beer Werks opened its doors in March 2015. PBW boasts four regular brews-including the 2015 GABF Bronze Medal winning Pale Ale and 2015 Alltech Commonwealth Cup Silver Medal winning Irish Red-as well as crowd-pleasing small batches like Cherry Porter, Golden Ale, Orange Blossom Special (orange honey wheat), and Blueberry Ale. Guest taps rotate weekly, offering a taste of other Kentucky breweries, as well as new and established craft breweries from around the country. The pub side also features a dynamic menu with something to please everyone's tastes. Regular performances by local and touring bands (plus a comedy night and open mic night) give additional flavor to the location.

Reviewed By Keystone_Traveler - Malvern, Pennsylvania

Previous positive reviews set my expectations high. Unfortunately, based on my experience and visits to many other brewpubs throughout the country, I found Paducah Brew Werks to be quite unremarkable. The highly touted pizza is ok, but very thin and quite average. The pale ale and robust porter is "unrobust" and common for my taste. Waitstaff service was polite and attentive. Pepperoni chips were unique and tasty, but is an app that I could only enjoy in small quantities. It is cool that PBW is located inside the old Greyhound bus station, but the atmosphere inside does not have a characteristic Brewpub feel. Personally, the atmosphere is more like a cafeteria and does not appeal to me.

10. El Torito Mexican Grill

5450 Cairo Rd, Off of Exit 3, I-24, Paducah, KY 42001-8748 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 270-408-1815
Excellent
90%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 46 reviews

El Torito Mexican Grill

Reviewed By Johnny C - Cookeville, Tennessee

Nothing fancy, but clean, clean. Friendliest staff we have seen! The food was fast and excellent!! Just all around a great place to take the family. We WILL here again.

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