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Seafood Lady - NuLu, Louisville, KY

Seafood Lady - NuLu

3.6
3.6
174 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
What started as a hankering for the Florida-Style Seafood Platters of her native state has become a National Phenomenon for acclaimed chef, Nichelle Thurston. Teamed with her husband Luke, The Thurstons have been feeding legends, celebs, and the hungry, hardworking people of Louisville since 2015.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 708-1418

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nichelle Thurston

  • Neighborhood

    East Market St - NuLu

  • Cross street

    S Hancock St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

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What 174 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.3Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Louisville

    Kid-friendly

  • Louisville

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. DG

    DarrelG

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not what we expected, thought the food would have been better.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    waited for two hours… never gotten food nor gotten any update on what’s going on. Water was our meal.
  3. KJ

    KristenJ

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 5 was there for a girls night out and had a great time! Our server was excellent and did a great job of letting us know when things were sold out and making recommendations. The food was excellent and could definitely be shared. The prices were fair for the portion size and their house wine by the glass was affordable at $5/glass and very good. We're looking forward to going back.
  4. CR

    CodyR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made a reservation ahead of time got to the restraunt early just to find the place closed and the lights off no call or anything
  5. TS

    TazS

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Overall the experience was just okay. The environment was nice and clean. The service was good however it took a considerably long time for our food to come out and it was not busy. I’m terms of the quality of the food which we were very excited about was just okay. I will say when the business first started the food quality was significantly much better not sure what has changed and the price was more reasonable. I will still recommend if you are curious to try however I will say there in terms of quality and affordability there are better options in the city of Louisville to choose from.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daughter’s 18th Birthday
  7. B

    Betty

    Atlantic City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Went with friends. Food very good! Two of us had shrimp and grits and other two had fried combos shrimp and fish! Everything great! Service good! Had a good time!
  8. BH

    BreannaH

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Waited almost a hour. The food was decent, had a good vibe inside.
  9. AS

    AmieS

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We almost canceled last night ! So glad we didn’t. We had a wonderful meal here . So much flavor. We will definitely come back .
  10. L

    Lyncher

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place was terrible from the time we arrived until the time we left. Service, food and drinks were all bad. Don’t waste your time and money at this place.
  11. RE

    RichardE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Wasted my time. They didn't have anything on the menu I ordered. Set for over 45 minutes before I was informed that they didn't have what I ordered
  12. KS

    KellyS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    I'm certainly not very fussy or what I'd consider a picky diner. But this experience here on a Thursday night was ridiculous. It took 3 hours for the four of us to get our dinner. At one point I had to get up and find our waitress and ask her to place our order. It took 20 minutes for them to bring out 3 beers and a cocktail. How is that possible? (We were told the same person cooking was making the drinks) Then I asked for a Lemon Drop cocktail and got a margarita but it took so long to get that (30-40 minutes) I wasn't about to send it back. But the worst moment of the evening came when our meals arrived. First (and this was no big deal) they didn't come all at once. Then after delivering 3 of 4 meals, the waitress told the fourth member of our party that the kitchen was out of salmon which she ordered and they'd be happy to make her something else. But at point (we'd been there since 6:30 and it was 9:00 pm) we all just shared our food with the member of our party whose meal wasn't delivered. My advice go somewhere else, unless you have no where to be, don't mind terrible service and don't really want to get what you ordered.
  13. KL

    KeithLeroy

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We booked our visit to take advantage of the live music special Friday night. The music was great but it was too loud to facilitate any discussion. Restaurant music and bar music aren't the same. The manager should have taken charge of the band and requested that they tone it down some.
  14. JB

    JaneB

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food was excellent but we were seated for at least 20 minutes before anyone came to our table, and there were only 2 other tables with customers. We then waited another 20 minutes or more before any of our food came. There were several people working, but it was difficult to get anyone's attention. They were pleasant, but very slow and not at all attentive to customers.
  15. KC

    KeianaC

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was fantastic !! I’m not a usual seafood eater but I did have some lovely lambchops!! And the biscuits 😍 man oh man ! I will return! And the blue dolphin drink ☺️☺️ was absolutely yummy !
  16. TM

    TierraM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Seafood Lady is usually great. I actually had never been to her new location in NULU. I received a flyer advertising Hookah, live music, and networking on Tuesdays' from 12pm to 10pm. We arrived and none of this was happening. We asked our waitress she said that its on Wednesdays. Again They sent me the flyer through email with this information. The restaurant was not busy at all. Which was surprising and yet and still it took an hour and a half for my wife and I to receive our food. She ordered shrimp and grits and I order a small boil. It should not have taken that long at all. Two people came in after us and received their food before us!! All that was offered is another side, which I had to ask for my original side that I ordered because it didn't come out with my food. The crab legs were shameful. Not even a full claw and they were tiny. The shrimp was good and the corn was overcooked. Was very disappointment with my experience.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to karaoke Wednesday for my birthday with a few friends we had a blast! And the wings were delicious! We will be back it was a vibe!
  18. JG

    JuliaG

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Loved our food, it was so so good! Market prices were reasonable and not overly expensive. Service was slow as noted in other reviews so we knew what to expect. But our last couple in the group came in and waited 30 mins before the server came back over to get their drink orders-and it wasn’t busy enough to justify that. So we would definitely go back based on the food but the service has a lot to improve on.
  19. A

    Alana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst dining out experience I’ve ever had. Should close if this is their norm.
  20. TS

    TashaS

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Although they were out of a few items and my Lobster Tail was undercooked. The rest of my food was delicious.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    We’ve been to The Seafood Lady many times before. Maybe this was just an off day, but we left pretty disappointed. The biscuits were burnt, we got a half order instead of full order of the seafood combo that we ordered. The shrimp and crab legs were lower quality than usual. The macaroni didn’t come out until we’ll after everyone was finished. Service was slow and there were only four other occupied tables.
  22. D

    Disappointing

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Rude server. Be sure whatever you order is in stock. They seem to have issues with having everything on the menu.
  23. KT

    KevinT

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly service in a clean restaurant. Had the Bourbon Salmon and the Cajun corn which is outstanding.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Service and food were excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Food was phenomenal; but either short staffed, new, or server forgot about us.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Most of our food was really good, but the Seafood Mac was not. The service was terrible. Even though we had a reservation, they were clearly still upset that we were coming in 30 minutes before they were scheduled to close, (site said our reservation was 90 minutes before close) Our food took a really long time to arrive and came at all different times (ie 60-70 minutes after we ordered) The staff was busy try to clean and close, putting the chairs on top of the tables and cleaning the floors. I understand why you would do this if we had been sitting there just talking and wasting your time but we just wanted to get our food and leave. We never would have made a reservation this late if it would have been this much trouble for their team so late in their shift. Reservations should be shut off much earlier to avoid this.
  27. SF

    SF2KY

    Chicago

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The service was great. The food was tasty, especially the crab, shrimp, and fish tacos. However, it took quite a while for the food to arrive after being seated, even though the place wasn't busy.
  28. J

    Jmv3162

    Western KY

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Our food was very good however it took 1.5 hours to get served!!! We ordered drinks, appetizers and a grilled cheese sandwich for our 4 year old but the grilled cheese took almost 1 hour to arrive. There was no reason for such a long delay. We made an early reservation (5:30pm) and there were guests at ONLY 3 tables. The menu did not state that the oyster PoBoy would have a spicy remoulade sauce on top and the $12 cocktails had no hint of alcohol.
  29. W

    Workitmama

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The seafood tacos were delicious! And the sauce that came with it….. yummy!
  30. T

    Trenee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We originally scheduled reservations at 330pm....The Louisville Zoo was a bigger than we anticipated and we weren't going to make it by 330pm. I called the restaurant and was accommodated with ease. We pushed the reservation back to 5pm. When we arrived we were greeted immediately and sat down in the best seat of the house to me. It was a beautiful tropical wall behind our table, this was an awesome photo opp! Our waitresses was very attentive answered all of our questions. The drinks were bomb as music played it was a whole vibe. The food didn't take long to come out and OMG it was so good. We live in Nashville TN and are already planning the next day trip to come back!
  31. S

    Sheena

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wings Wednesday was a hit!! The strawberry bourbon wings and pink flamingo drink was amazing. My waitress was superb. Will for sure be back
  32. J

    James

    Louisville

    31 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Our experience was very poor. We had a reservation for 6 ppl. We stood at the door without any host for 10 mins on a non-busy Saturday evening. After being seated, we ordered drinks (no cocktails) and it took a fair 5-10 mins. After receiving drinks, we had to wait 15 mins before we could order. We ordered our food and waited over an hour to receive 5 of our 6 meals. 1 person in our party ordered Salmon and was told, it was on the way when all the food came out. After 10 mins another waitress asked what her meal was and said let me go check on it. 10 mins later, she was told it will be ready in 5 mins. 10 mins later and after everyone else had finished their meal, she was told that the Salmon was frozen and would she like another meal. She obviously declined. So, only 5 of the 6 in the party received their meal. The waitress said for courtesy, she would remove the Salmon meal and apply a discount to our check. We get the check and an automatic 18% gratuity is added. We received poor service, one person didn't even get a meal and they decided to add automatic gratuity to a party of 5. 2 adults and 4 children by the way. 1 adult never got food. The food we received was very lackluster. A half combo came with not even a full cluster of snow crab, 4 shrimp, 1 boiled egg and 1corn on the cob for $25. Poboy had 5 shrimp for a foot long piece of bread and a handful of salad mix. We understand sometimes you have to have patience with a large party but this was unacceptable. I will never recommend this location to anyone.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Not welcoming upon interest no sense of urgency to seat with reservation. Ordered appetizers and didn’t receive till all entrees were served and came to me burnt. Was still charge for the burnt appetizer.
  34. M

    Marvin

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The place was overrated based on their showing on Food Paradise. I had a reservation, but we got seated pass that time. They had only two servers during on a Saturday. They were out of tea and calamari before 7:30pm on a Saturday. The appetizer was okay. We traveled to Louisville for a getaway weekend, I was disappointed. Marvin D. Cox
  35. SK

    SusanneK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Terrible service! Dirty bathrooms with no soap or towels. Lobster tail was stringy and undercooked with wrong sauce. Stay away!!!
  36. TK

    TimothyK

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw it one the food network. Looked great, tasted better!! What started as me going to eat turned into 18 of us going to eat. We didn't not have any problems being sat, maybe we ate early or an off time. Everyone was happy with their meals. Order the Mac and cheese.. you won't be disappointed. Actually, you won't be disappointed in any of the food here. In the pictures are the Chee sea fries, the seafood Bloody Mary, half combo of crab and shrimp with potato and Mac n cheese, with a half order lobster tail and potatoes and the aftermath of our lunch of 18. great job to all the ladies that took care of us and the chef getting our food out hot and delicious.
  37. SD

    SandraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing. Even though the restaurant was severely under staffed they never stopped checking on customers and making conversation. Just be patient the food is worth the wait.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    82 degrees and hot..- my hush puppies were delicious, broccoli undercooked— but not terrible, my fish was not very good(cod)
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Everything was slow. Few diners, appeared to have staffing. Had to wait for a seat-cocktails-server didn’t put in order. M$C wasn’t warm. Out of asparagus. But didn’t inform for replacement.
  40. KC

    KeileyC

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The server was extremely argumentative. The server overcharged a person in my group and refused to correct the mistake. We asked to speak to the manage and waited over ten minutes before giving up. We will NEVER go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Seafood Lady - NuLu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 708-1418.

Seafood Lady - NuLu is rated 3.6 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Seafood Lady - NuLu

601 E Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202-1150

Additional information

  • Cross street

    S Hancock St

  • Neighborhood

    East Market St - NuLu

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nichelle Thurston

  • Additional

    Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

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