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The Red Lion at Science Hill, Shelbyville, KY

The Red Lion at Science Hill

4.6
4.6
670 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


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

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

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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 670 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Louisville

    Healthy

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  1. S

    Susanne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good filet…but not much for $45 per plate. Steak was really salty!!
  2. JC

    JoyC

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very pleased with the food and drinks at this place. They had nice small plates that were enough for a meal the shrimp and grits were the best! The shrimp was done very lightly breaded and fried so that you could hardly know it...so tender the grits were perfect with a nice tomato based sauce. My husband tried the ribs with a white sauce that was delicious. I had salmon which was perfectly done with just a light seasoning and beautiful veggies (the carrots were char grilled) The cocktails were also very good I had a lavender bourbon cocktail and my husband had a type of Old fashion that was great too! Herman (hope I got that name right) the bartender was awesome and very passionate about his drinks. All in all I would recommend you try this place. Oh and we sat outside in the garden which was adorable!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Greeting at the door was lacking and atmosphere was as well ( lights were too bright). Server and food were excellent
  4. DJ

    DJwrd54

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Nice dinner, unique, quirky atmosphere. Our service was a touch slow, but we had a nice time.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch!
  6. j

    jeffw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Appetizers were spot on. We ordered the ribeye steaks and mashed potatoes which were very salty.
  7. HC

    HC111

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Server was great, was a great place to try in Shelbyville!
  8. LO

    LOWW

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Interesting place. Food was good. Would definitely go back.
  9. 1

    1creativechef

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely place to visit over lunch with friends. Thanks for making it available.
  10. AM

    AMGjr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the dinner.
  11. MM

    MartyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! It was nice and quiet easy to have a conversation with friends. Food was delicious and service was great. I highly recommend it!
  12. DL

    DavidL

    Western KY

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a very nice dinner. The food was good, the service was excellent.
  13. C

    Coach

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was fine however, we just remember the old Science Hill have a great Sunday buffet that is no longer. I’m afraid the younger generation unfortunately does not appreciate fine dining. Just the way it is.
  14. JL

    JordanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at The Red Lion! Our servers were kind, attentive, and quick, and our food was fantastic! We also loved the building itself—the historic nature of the building was highlighted wonderfully and made for a fun experience. All in all, we’d love to visit again!
  15. MH

    MonicaH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Red Lion never fails to please. Just when you think a local eatery can't get any better, they do! We were entertained in our own backyard by out of state guests that always want to go here. Chicago & New York have nothing on Shelbyville!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy dining at The Red Lion. The food is wonderful and service is friendly. Melissa and Hayden are particularly delightful staff members. They use local ingredients and change the menu seasonally.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely hidden jewel in Shelbyville. What a wonderful place to grab a quick lunch or elegant supper.
  18. DO

    DONNAT

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal and the service even moreso.
  19. CM

    CarrieM

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My dinner was wonderful. I had the filet and it was perfect. Our server and team were great & attentive. Recommend going here if looking for a nice dinner in Shelbyville.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it!❤️ every time !!!
  21. MD

    MikeD

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice old building that makes for a great atmosphere. We went for our 28th anniversary and that took great care of us. Capped it off by splitting the bourbon butter cake and it was amazing!
  22. C

    Chickie

    Louisville

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Hostess & waitress were excellent! Shrimp & grits was lacking in flavor. No bread with salad or entrees as disappointing especially due to pricing! Tables were nicely spaced!
  23. EH

    EmilyH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful experience! Delicious food, fantastic cocktails, fun staff!
  24. EB

    ErnestB

    San Antonio

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

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

    FritzM

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

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

    SHAR

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    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
  27. CB

    CindyB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

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

    Foodie

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    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!
  29. 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!
  30. DE

    DocEd

    Louisville

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 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.
  31. 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.
  32. GR

    GRRKY

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 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.
  33. A

    Anne

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent!
  34. 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.
  35. 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
  36. MB

    MatthewB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again great food and service! Will definitely go back!
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. MM

    MichaelM

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server was amazing! Great cocktails!

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 4.6 stars by 670 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 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 Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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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