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The Red Lion at Science Hill, Shelbyville, KY

The Red Lion at Science Hill

4.4
4.4
647 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Red Lion at Science Hill is a multi-experience restaurant and specialty cocktail bar located in downtown Shelbyville, KY. Housed in a 200 year old building on the historic grounds of Science Hill/Wakefield Scearce Galleries, guests can chose to dine in the formal dining room, Tudor-style pub or Grand Hall (cocktail lounge). *Patio seating is also available, weather permitting.*

The Red Lion offers fresh, local ingredients with a twist of New American cuisine. Specials range from traditional fare to ethnic dishes and carefully curated cocktails, which are posted to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheRedLion40065). We also host prix fixe/coursed meals, specialty dining experiences and onsite catering.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 738-3448

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jeremiah Brown

  • Catering

    Catering is available. Please contact the restaurant for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Private events are available. Please contact the restaurant for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Shelbyville

  • Cross street

    6th Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available as well as over 50 parking spots throughout the complex. To access parking for The Red Lion, turn right onto the parking lot just before the Wakefield Scearce Galleries.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 647 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Louisville

    Healthy

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  1. EB

    ErnestB

    San Antonio

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Not quite the typical OpenTable food quality level. Very friendly people though.
  2. FM

    FritzM

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Service was excellent. Musty smell in the main dining room. Ordered fish and chips. Fish was poor. fries were good
  3. SH

    SHAR

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great except you were out of coke or Pepsi and you were out of a food we had order I think it was the mushrooms but overall the atmosphere was great had a great Waitress named Skylar and the food was amazing, so delicious thank to the cooks I ate food I though I'd never eat great restaurant thanks for serving me in my hometown
  4. CB

    CindyB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Limited but delicious menu. Excellent bar and beverage selections
  5. F

    Foodie

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food! Even bette staff! I had the chicken dinner my husband the filet special. The owner was so nice and welcoming! We will definitely be back when in town!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The bartenders were great! Very knowledgeable and outgoing! We had great conversations. We love this place and the service. Highly recommend!
  7. DE

    DocEd

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Ambiance is nonexistent, but has great potential .Food and service were both good. Price point and quantity are lacking . My entree of walking tacos had 3 small soft taco shell items with no sides for $19. I wish them well.
  8. FJ

    FredJ

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great. My wife has Celiac and must eat Gluten free. This is the only restaurant where she can get either Fish and Chips or Shrimp and Grits Gluten free. Highly recommend.
  9. GR

    GRRKY

    Louisville

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service was great. Food was quite tasty. I had salmon done perfectly as ordered. The side of roasted b sprouts was lacking. My wife enjoyed the special filet for the night. We split a very good Caesar salad. And the ice creams for dessert were okay. Melissa our server was a pro. Service was attentive not overbearing. The down side was the ambience. The main dining room is in transition (I hope). The furniture and lighting has been there forever. And while walls have been freshened there is a lack of overall character for such a great building. With a little spice (and a better side for the salmon) I’d easily come back and bring others.
  10. A

    Anne

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent!
  11. BL

    BillL

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will be going back…..loved the food, atmosphere, and their service was impeccable. Loved that they source local businesses for their menu.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Family reunion dinner for 10 (6 adults and 4 kids). Nice comfortable dining room in a cool old building. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was a little slow but they were fairly busy. Everything was very tasty
  13. MB

    MatthewB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again great food and service! Will definitely go back!
  14. K

    Kyfan

    Naples

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, our waitress was wonderful, my only complaint was the maitre d’ was rude. Never smiled, no greeting, and we had a reservation.
  15. CH

    CH64

    Louisville

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We read the reviews and looked forward to our dinner. This place is about 30 minutes from our home so it was a chance to explore something new. The warm pretzel appetizer was very good and fresh. However the fish and chips were not very good at all. The fish was very greasy and sitting on top of the fries so the fries were soggy. The piece of fish had a large piece of cartilage in it which was kind of gross. My husband had the shrimp and grits which was not like any he has had before and was also not great. The service was great. The hostess and wait staff were very personable. Unfortunately we probably will not make that drive again based on the food.
  16. H

    Hungry8596

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Went for a late lunch. Very cool old building. Service was excellent.
  17. MM

    MichaelM

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server was amazing! Great cocktails!
  18. H

    Herbie

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a wonderful experience will for sure go back
  19. FJ

    FredJ

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always good. Love the character of the building. The staff is excellent.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great birthday dinner.
  21. JS

    JoshS

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible. Drinks were also really good.
  22. BW

    BrentW

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bourbon flight was a nice start. Filet cooked just right. Great to be out on the patio again
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great meal with great ppl!! Staff treated us like family, will definitely be back
  24. S

    Snoop

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    During a quick overnight stay we visited this delightful place. The history alone would have been enough to give this 5 stars but then add an interesting menu made up of fame-to-table ingredients plus some really excellent craft cocktails…and excellent service. Highly recommended!
  25. KM

    KrisM

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  26. FJ

    FredJ

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Red Lion ay Science Hill never disappoints.
  28. KA

    KarenA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Hot brown was good but needs more sauce. Not quite as good and smaller portion than Bell House’s. Fish was tasteless. Chef said he could have given us salt and pepper if we had asked. Since when do you have to ask for salt and pepper? And those aren’t the only seasonings. How about garlic, onion, lemon and basil? Derby Pie was delicious.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy our date nights here. Food and service is always great.
  30. GH

    GreggH

    Louisville

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I chose The Red Lion to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We sat in the garden patio which looks like an English garden and had a wonderful time. The service and food were outstanding as usual. As regular patrons, I highly recommend making this one of your dining experiences.
  31. j

    jerryd

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prime Rib Most Excellent!
  32. D

    Drgregk

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Fried chicken lacked flavor and the blueberry cobbler was like eating soup. Our server was awesome
  33. MC

    MaryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoined our lunch!! Perfect place to catch up with friend over great food!!
  34. CE

    CatherineE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wait staff were excellent. Lovely atmosphere.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Extremely disappointed. Very dated interior with vases of dusty roses. The menu was very limited and virtually every drink we tried to order was not available due to some ingredient that they were out of. One of us ordered salmon and it was VASTLY overcooked. Overall, their southern hospitality was totally lacking.
  36. SS

    SarahS

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I ordered a large salad and was given a small. It was confused with another guest in the party and was brought to the servers attention. But they did not correct the mistake or the bill.
  37. LB

    LarryB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Fried chicken was raw in the center and the shrimp and grits were bland. No flavor at all.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular as always in all ways!!
  39. AW

    AngelaW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I was expecting more variety in the sandwich menu. Odor in main area unpleasant
  40. SR

    SusanR

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff very attentive! Chef even came out to make sure everything good!

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Red Lion at Science Hill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 738-3448.

The Red Lion at Science Hill is rated 4.4 stars by 647 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


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Red Lion at Science Hill

525 Washington St, Shelbyville, KY 40065-1135

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Shelbyville

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available as well as over 50 parking spots throughout the complex. To access parking for The Red Lion, turn right onto the parking lot just before the Wakefield Scearce Galleries.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeremiah Brown

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 738-3448

  • Catering

    Catering is available. Please contact the restaurant for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Private events are available. Please contact the restaurant for more information.

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