Where to Eat in Bowling Green: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

Known primarily as the only place in the U.S. that manufactures Corvettes and for the large ancient cavern that sits in the center of the city, Bowling Green has built a thriving tourist business on cars and caves. At the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant, visitors can see the step-by-step production of America's favorite sports car. The Corvette Museum includes one-of-a-kind prototypes, that were designed but never manufactured, among other Corvette memorabilia. To view awesome creations made by nature head to the Lost River Valley and Cave. Take the underground boat tour, on the shortest deep river in the world, to see a land formation that is more than 10,000 years old and has been used as shelter by Native Americans and Civil War soldiers. Though Bowling Green never officially left the Union, it's home to a number of historic war landmarks, exquisite old homes and remarkable buildings that can be visited on foot or by car during a leisurely drive through this beautiful part of the country.
Things to do in Bowling Green

1. Home Cafe & Marketplace

2440 Nashville Rd Ste 108, Bowling Green, KY 42101-4042 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 270-846-1272
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 183 reviews

Home Cafe & Marketplace

Reviewed By MED1500 - California

Great food. Traveling and did not want a regular dinner meal so saw the reviews were very good. The grilled cheese sandwich and loaded potato soup was so good, husband had a Reuben and broccoli rice casserole. It was also very delicious. You order from the counter and orders come out quickly.

2. White Squirrel Brewery

871 Broadway Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42101-2571 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 270-904-1573
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 226 reviews

White Squirrel Brewery

Reviewed By kclark172017 - Highland Heights, Ohio

Went to the Brewery with friends during our vacation. So glad we tried this place. Atmosphere is very casual and relaxing. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. All the food and beer we tried was excellent. Our waiter did an outstanding job of guiding us. The pork belly appetizer was OMG delicious!

3. Smokey Pig Bar-B-Q

2520 Louisville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-7136 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 270-781-1712
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Smokey Pig Bar-B-Q

Reviewed By vettecity2017 - Bowling Green, Kentucky

All of the food here is really good. It is not fancy, but that's part of the charm. If you can't to Tompkinsville for Monroe Co. BBQ, then this is your place. Vinegar and black pepper-based sauce. Pork Shoulder is most often excellent, though sometimes it is a little on the thin side and/or overcooked. Chicken is really good. The sides are really good. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful. They'll ask you if you want it dipped. Tell them yes! Lunch time can be standing room only! Close to the Corvette Museum. Don't miss trying Smokey Pig!

4. Mellow Mushroom

1035 Chestnut Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101-2609 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night SGD 4 - SGD 33 +1 270-393-1800
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 232 reviews

Mellow Mushroom

For over 40 years, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been serving up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Locally owned and operated we provide a unique feel focused around great customer service, high-quality food and great selection of Craft Beer.

Reviewed By Fadipadi - Bowling Green, Kentucky

No one in Bowling Green makes pizza this good. We had the meat lover’s pizza and the Holy Shitake. Don’t miss this one. Garlic, mushrooms and red onions never tasted so good. With a coupon we earned an appetizer with our order. We chose the...MoreThank you for the great review. Please visit us again soon!

5. Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar

1939 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104-3303 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 270-842-0123
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 504 reviews

Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Anthony C - Bowling Green, Kentucky

Rafferty’s is always a crowd pleaser! Food is very consistent. Portions are very generous. I always suggest the loaded fries as an appetizer. The buffalo chicken salad is always popular and the selection of burgers and sandwiches always leave us asking for to go boxes.

6. Double Dogs Chow House

1780 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104-3350 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 270-843-9357
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 364 reviews

Double Dogs Chow House

Reviewed By 1771 - Kentucky

Ate there during the National Football Championship. Great atmosphere. Had to wait a few minutes for a table. Did not feel rushed at all to give up our table. Many TVs to look at. Would definitely go again

7. Montana Grille

1740 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104-3350 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 270-746-9746
Excellent
55%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 618 reviews

Montana Grille

Reviewed By Steven S - Bowling Green, Kentucky

I’ve been here many times. Large restaurant, sometimes way too loud but this time quite tolerable. Large menu with many options. Spicy cornbread served gratis to every table just doesn’t do it for me. Service is good and food quality is also good. I had en excellent rotisserie chicken salad this time. A dependably good place to go.

8. The Bistro

1129 College St, Bowling Green, KY 42101-2618 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 270-781-9646
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

The Bistro

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky's historic downtown district, The Bistro welcomes you to one-of-a-kind dining. The two-story restored 1893 Fletcher House plays host to both first rate meals and service whether you are enjoying dinner for two in the restaurant, drinks with friends in the bar or a private function in the upstairs meeting space. The Bistro menu features Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a unique twist. From perfectly grilled ribeye to moist stuffed salmon, our menu has something that is sure to delight even the pickiest of tastes. Be sure to also enjoy craft beers, wine, and specialty cocktails from our full bar. Wedding receptions, office parties, birthdays, whatever the occasion, let The Bistro make it memorable. Private dining is available upstairs in a 1,800 square foot space that seats up to 50. For elegant outdoor functions our private courtyard is the perfect setting. We offer full-service catering and will help you plan a menu that fits in your budget.

Reviewed By Susan C - Naperville, Illinois

Wonderful service...the people were friendly and extremely helpful and attentive. Easy to talk to I almost asked the waitress to sit with us and the one recognized that my husband and I might want a quieter table away from the large group before we sat down. The dining room was beautifully decorated with art for sale...it was a wonderful!
The food was pretty great too...I had scallops with fresh veggies and my husband had the ribeye with a crabcake on top and this fantastic Asian soup. WOW! tasty!! The Ribeye had very strong onion presence but the scallops were well balanced with the food served along with it.
We would definitely go again!

9. Chuys

3260 Ken Bale Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42103-6025 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 270-796-2999
Excellent
52%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 269 reviews

Chuys

Reviewed By DrMarc9491 - Franklin, Kentucky

Stopped at this restaurant with a family group for dinner. Staff was very polite in seating us and our server was wonderful. Suggestions and orders were taken quickly and meals served in a reasonable amount of time.

However, yes the meals were piping hot but the quality of food did not seem up to their regular stands. The chicken was a bit dry and did not taste as if it was roasted by microwaved. The average rating above is not a negative rating. It just means that the meal was like every other that you could get from restaurants serving the same menu item. Will go back and give them another try. Just could have been one of those nights.

Dr. Marc PS 27:4

10. Blaze Fast Fired Pizza

2825 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104, Bowling Green, KY 42104-6340 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 270-904-6267
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Blaze Fast Fired Pizza

Reviewed By DDay1959 - Cookeville, Tennessee

I stopped here for dinner as the place looked cool when I had passed by earlier in the day. You walk through the serving line and choose one topping, two toppings, one of their signature pizzas or build your own. There are several sauces, meats and vegetables to choose from as you progress down the line. They also off a selection of Blue Sky sodas along with Coke products. The pizza was great and servers were exceptionally friendly.

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