Derby Cafe Express

704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208
Monday - Saturday: 11 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
(Closed Sunday)

Extended Hours on Select Days in September!
The Derby Café Express will stay open until 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through October 1, as well as on Saturday, September 18th, to coincide with Night Racing/Louisville Live at Churchill Downs. From 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., guests can enjoy the full bar and snacks will be available for purchase.

Where better to drink a Mint Julep than the place that celebrates the Kentucky Derby 360 days a year!? The Museum’s Derby Café Express is having month-long specials on cocktails, bourbon flights, and “Bourbon of the Week” promotions.

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Our team is up early chopping herbs, preparing food, and dreaming up the delicious sauces, dressings and ingredients for the meals we serve our guests. We’re proud to use this “scratch kitchen” model, meaning we create all our food from raw ingredients that are sourced locally. The Derby Cafe Express inside the Kentucky Derby Museum is the perfect place to eat lunch. You can enjoy eating inside our cafe, or on our covered outdoor terrace, right next to historic Churchill Downs.

Some of our favorite house made items include:

  • From-scratch burgers with house made buns
  • Chocolate chunk cookies
  • Bourbon bread pudding
  • Seasonal ice cream
  • Kid-friendly options including quesadillas, hot dogs, flatbreads

Our full menu includes fresh salads, made-to-order paninis, soups and fresh fruit. Try our Kentucky-inspired staples like the one and only Derby Pie, our own version of the famous Hot Brown, and burgoo. All with family-friendly prices.

The bar inside the cafe offers 65 Bourbons and flights to sample and is an official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Treat yourself to the Derby’s traditional Mint Julep, or sip an Oaks Lily.

Bourbon Bread Pudding

Hear what our guests are saying!

"A wonderful place, Kentucky Derby Museum. Has wonderful bread pudding oh my gosh it's good."

- Becky Blackwell, Google Reviews