Derby Café

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

Seasonal Hours:

*The Derby Café will close Sundays & Mondays starting the week of December 5th. We will reopen on Mondays on March 7th.

Holidays Closings:
Christmas – Dec 24-27
New Years – Jan 1-4 will reopen Wednesday, January 5th.

Celebrate the Holiday "Spirits" with our month-long December specials at the Derby Café. Try our winter cocktail, "Genuine Risk," (named after 1980 Kentucky Derby Winner), and special bourbon flight featuring Benchmark Bourbon.

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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 Café 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:

  • 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 café 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