Lou Lou on Market is a Cajun restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky's NuLu district. Stop in for big flavors, fun cocktails and a speakeasy bar!
Headed to Louisville and looking for a fun spot to eat? Lou Lou on Market is a New Orleans-themed restaurant with a great atmosphere.
We visited recently when we were driving through Louisville and decided to take a little extra time, spend the night and visit a distillery (or two!). (Yes, the Bourbon Trail has quite a few stops nearby.)
After a long day in the car, I was looking for somewhere relaxing to eat. Lou Lou on Market was within walking distance of our hotel, and I'm so glad we picked this spot for dinner!
Parking + Reservations
Lou Lou on Market is located in downtown Louisville's NuLu (New Louisville) district. There's plenty of street parking available.
You can make reservations ahead of time on their website, but we were able to easily walk in and get a table on a Sunday evening.
Seating at Lou Lou on Market
There are lots of seating options available here! There's indoor seating both downstairs and upstairs.
However, I absolutely loved all the outdoor seating options here!
You could sit outside on the patio — which was great because of all the outdoor water features!
I was especially intrigued by the little alligator statue in this fountain.
We opted for a rooftop balcony table with a street view.
I liked this option because it was quiet and allowed me to people-watch over the street below.
Lou Lou on Market's website also lists an Underground Speakeasy! We didn't know about that when we visited, so I definitely need to come back and check it out.
Selecting Food + Drinks at Lou Lou on Market
We ordered drinks to sip on while we waited on our food.
Since this Lou Lou on Market is New Orleans themed, I went with a Sazerac cocktail. It seemed like the thing to do.
We also tried their version of an Old Fashioned. We were intrigued by the habanero bitters, which turned out to be tasty and not overwhelmingly spicy.
Both drinks were fabulous.
As an entrée, we tried the Creole Mussels.
The mussels were tender and delicious, and the creamy, slightly spicy sauce was one of the best mussel sauces I’ve had.
Next, we had the shrimp and grits, and loved that it was topped with fried okra!
I adore both shrimp and grits and fried okra, so the combination was fantastic.
To finish, we enjoyed the bananas foster cheesecake.
My favorite part was the brûléed sugary top! And the orchid flower garnish was over the top. I loved it.
If you’re visiting downtown Louisville, this spot is definitely a must try. We also loved grabbing a hot drink at the nearby Quills Coffee for a quick break in the day!