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 Café & Bourbon Bar inside the Kentucky Derby Museum is the perfect place to eat lunch. You can enjoy eating inside our café, or on our covered outdoor terrace, right next to historic Churchill Downs.
Some of our favorite house made items include:
Our full menu includes fresh salads, southern classics, daily specials and soups. 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 café offers over 65 Bourbons and various flights and is an official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Treat yourself to the Derby’s traditional Mint Julep, or sip an Oaks Lily.
"A wonderful place, Kentucky Derby Museum. Has wonderful bread pudding oh my gosh it's good."
- Becky Blackwell, Google Reviews
"Good food, quaint. Excellent bourbon bar, get to keep the glass as a keepsake."
- Erin Cavanagh, Google Reviews