Ramsi's Cafe on the World

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 26 reviews )

1293 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 40204

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offer vegetarian dishes, some which can be made vegan upon request. Half of the menu is vegetarian or vegetarian optional and approx. 30% is vegan or vegan optional. Has vegan desserts and gluten free menu. Smoke-free. The Sunday brunch includes many vegan options, 10am-2:30pm. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-12:00am, Tue-Fri 12:00am-1:00am, Sat-Sun 12:00am-2:00am, Sun 10:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

Reviews (26)

First Review by etherealviolet

good food, fun atmosphere, eclectic design - Edit

Really enjoyed this place! Very tasty food, menu is pretty extensive, something for everyone. good vegan and vegetarian options.

Pros: lots of vegan and vegetarian options. good beer an

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hit or miss but when it's good its awesome! - Edit

Ramsi's has everything vegan and vegetarian clearly labeled which is awesome. They're menu is pretty extensive ranging from soup and salads to Indian style wraps or Italian pastas. The variety of vegan friendly food is so refreshing. They are also open late and have a full bar.

My favorites include their foccacia with vegan feta! You do have to specify vegan for that. Also the middle eastern mezze platter substitute the tofu feta. It comes with roasted red peppers, hummus, pita, olives, baba ganouj, arabic salad, falafel, etc. Almost everything I've seen has huge so go easy when ordering multiple items.

The downside is sometimes the quality fluctuates. I've been both extremely impressed with one item and very disappointed with another during the same meal. The seitan wasn't very good, not sure if this is a one time problem or not.

The buffet isn't on point in my eyes... They have a tiny little area thats basically biscuits and gravy..I can make that at home for $5. No way im spending a ridiculous amount for that and a veggie stir fry or two.

Pros: awesome atmosphere/decor, so much variety, big portions

Cons: can be pricey , quality can fluctuate

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Not Bad But Not Great - Edit

I like the location of this place and the old building it is in. The menu had a ton of options for vegans which is always nice. I ordered the seitan sandwich and I wasn't expecting the healthiest option but it was excessively oily to the point where there was a puddle of oil on my plate. The food wasn't exactly the most flavorful and the seitan was really really chewy and didn't taste like much. It basically seems like they gave a bar cook some vegan ingredients and he threw some stuff together. As I said in the title, not bad but not great. Has a lot of potential to be great.

Cons: Oily, Tasteless food

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Lots Of Options - Edit

This was my favorite place in Louisville for a long time, and is still in my top 5. Evening they offer is good, and it is nice to have options.

Pros: Variety

Cons: A Little Pricy

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It's ok, but not for me... - Edit

I know plenty of people love Ramsi's, it's just not for me. They do offer a few vegan options, but not healthy ones. I do not eat fried foods, and they have a ton! I got the hummus plate, the pita was cold. The hummus tasted like dish water, it was also cold. I also ordered a cup of lentil soup, it tasted like fake onion powder, and he lentils were nothing but mush. My husband order the veggie burger, that had fried green tomatoes on it. I know people loves those, but again, we don't eat FRIED food. He picked those off and did not eat his fries. I did speak with our server about our dissatisfaction, she just said that she was sorry. We both left hungry.

Pros: Vegan Options

Cons: A lot of Fried food, Bad service, Poor food

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Love this place - Edit

This is one of my families go-to vegan friendly spots in Louisville. Great food (if a bit greasy) and friendly service. The East meets South Fajitas and the Egyptian Kitchen are our favorites. The Sunday brunch is a vegan delight, biscuits and gravy, scrambled tofu, black bean cakes, French toast and more!

Pros: Great food, Good service

Cons: A little pricey - but worth it, Can be loud

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Good Food, Bad Service - Edit

The atmosphere at Ramsi's was lovely. My husband and I chose this place as he is carnivorous and I am an herbivore. They have an eclectic menu for all tastes. Unfortunately, our server was extremely spacey and had very poor knowledge of the menu. Our food took over 30 minutes to arrive; they were not busy at all, and we both ordered only sandwiches. My food came completely different than how my server described and was not edible with my diet. My replacement took almost 20 minutes.

Pros: Eclectic Menu, Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, Atmosphere

Cons: Poor Service, Slow

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A Good Option for Vegans and Non-Vegans Alike! - Edit

Ramsi's has quite an extensive, diverse, Vegetarian/Vegan Menu. I've tried a few of the dishes, and I have not been disappointed. It's a good place to have a large get together -- especially when those gatherings include "skeptical non-vegans" (individuals skeptical about eating vegan food); there's something for everyone!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday September 23, 2008

Just wanted to ensure I updated this review appropriately . . . My husband and I LOVE THIS PLACE. Ramsi's has gotten better and better over the years. Wonderful/flavorful/delicious vegan options! New menu items every time I come into town. Amazing vegan selection served on the Sunday brunch buffet. I *absolutely* make time every time I'm in town to eat at Ramsi's multiple times, and always try to schedule at least enough time on a Sunday to eat the brunch! Wish I could transplant a version of this restaurant to the DC area! Love it! If I could give this place 5 stars I would!

Pros: Multiple Vegan Options, Excellent Food, Friendly Staff

Cons: Busy

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Fantastic! - Edit

Recently ate at Ramsi's for the first time. We were a group of all ages with some vegetarians and some not, but everyone loved what they got. Every dish was fantastic! I had the fish tacos which were out of this world. Terrific service and just the best experience ever. The atmosphere is so interesting also, with art and artifacts from all over the world. Truly worth going back to, and we live 80 miles away. Best restaurant I have eaten in in quite some time.

Pros: food--terrific, service--excellent, atmosphere-inviting and interesting

Cons: none!

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Amazing food! - Edit

I ordered the Sari Wrap, and was delighted with the complex flavors of the wrap, and many vegetables inside. It was more than I could eat, and to my disappointment, I did not have room for one of the vegan desserts after my meal!

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Hit or miss both on foood and service - Edit

I ate here 3 times during my stay in Louisville. Both for lunch and dinner and when it was crowded and pretty empty. There are many vegan choices on the menu so no worries there but both the food and service were spotty on each visit. I'd still go here again if I were in Louisville.

Pros: Many vegan choices

Cons: Inconsistent food quality, Spotty service

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What a discovery! - Edit

We heard about this place from friends and stopped in there when we were in town from Lexington. They have a ton of great vegan choices and will make a lot more for you. You have to get the "Egyptian Kitchen". It is stupid good, and it comes with a spicy harissa that will blow your skirt up. We will def come back to try more and more items from the vegan selection.

Pros: Food

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Jack of All Trades, Master of None - Edit

I've gone here three times, and mostly enjoyed what I have gotten with a few exceptions. I've tried three main dishes, and a handful of appetizers. I love their Veggie panini.

The thing about it is that, if offers a little bit of everything to the point it makes you wonder... Indian options, but there are amazing Indian food places in town I'd rather go for Indian food. Ethiopian options, but there is an amazing Ethiopian place, why not go there? Greek, same story.

What this place IS great for is a group of mixed (omni and vege) people or a group of picky people. Or maybe you have no idea where you want to go, no special flavors you're seeking, this place will get you covered. As a flavor seeker eating singly or going as a couple, I'd seek the "specialty," elsewhere.

The prices were standard. They seem to often be out of their dessert options.

Pros: Plentiful options

Cons: Sell out on dessert, busy = loud

2 Responses

phoray 15 Mar 2012 - Follow up: Their Sunday Brunch Buffet is amazing. I will return for it again, that's for sure.  

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phoray 07 Jan 2013 - January 7th 2013:::::
Ramsi's is not the same as it used to be, and they openly admitted to a new menu for the 2013 year. They are not as vegan friendly; there are at least three fewer choices for vegans. An example, the fahitas used to have a seitan option, now it doesn't. Not like it matters, they are almost always out of the seitan and I have, 75% of my visits, had to settle on a 2nd or 3rd choice because they were missing key ingredients for menu options, restricting vegans even further to "upon availability, you can order this."

We had the jakarta rings, but they were different from what I'd gotten before. The breading was thicker, which led to more oil being on each bite. Even one order split among 4 people was making my tummy go "ew". I looked forward to the Veggie sandwich, as I'd had it before at a previous visit. I recall a lightly oiled grilled squash mushroom sandwich with pretty much no add ons over a year ago. But mine came with fake cheese and Vegainaise and glistening oily vegetables with a huge side of oily potatoes; the rosemary so heavily used as to make it bitter and taste burnt. I skipped eating them and decided that in spite of the tummy ruckus that I'd get the vegan Devil's Food Trifle they have since I don't go often and I remember really liking it. It hadn't changed, but super sweet pudding on top of oily vegetables led to an ultimate disagreement (I was nauseous leaving the restaurant). A table mate got the shanghai stir fry. The tofu was over fried to the point of weird chewiness and soooo salty it was crazy.

I won't be going back at all. Why would I go to a barely vegan friendly oily mess of cooking?  

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Best breakfast ever! - Edit

Went for their Sunday lunch and it was amazing! They have as many vegan as non-vegan options and everything we tried was delicious. I had biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, sausage, a ton of fresh fruit, and chocolate mousse for desert. Can't say enough good things. Its a good thing I don't live here or I would pig out there too often.

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A must if in Louisville! - Edit

This place is what most restaurants should aspire to be. The wait staff was very friendly and they appeared to be genuinely concerned with the happiness of the diners. Every visit to Louisville gets a visit to Ramsi's (sometimes multiples). The Sunday bufft is ridiculous. Lots of choices and some of the best fried green tomatoes I have ever had. They even make a vegan remoulade that is completely delicious. Breakfast tacos, vegan sausage, dumplings, scrambled tofu(not the best), homefries, etc. The owner is a very nice man and very humble. He is a man who likes to feed people and see them enjoy their food. I didn't even know he was the owner and he was getting berries for my son special without the whipped cream. Crowdedd sometimes but that's the mark of a good joint. I really can't say enough good things about Ramsi's. Awesome place and awesome experiences. Love it, love it, love it.

Pros: great food, great variety, great staff

Cons: tofu scramble needs work

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Unique & delicious - Edit

I've eaten at Ramsi's many times, both before I became vegetarian & since. It's one of the few restaurants in Louisville that has a vegetarian/vegan menu beyond veggie burgers, salads, & pasta. In fact, it has so many options that it's difficult to choose! The menu is huge & many meat items can be made veg.

Most recently, I had the Thai Noodles (ask for chili sauce to give it extra spice) & the Roasted Vegetable Masala. Both were excellent! The Old World Hummus appetizer is fantastic too.

I highly recommend this restaurant. In addition to the many veg options, it's in a cool neighborhood! Also, all of Louisville businesses are now NON-SMOKING.

Pros: Many veg options, Good value, Large portions

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Eclectic and extensive menu - Edit

We discovered this place while driving through Louisville a year or two ago, and make a point to visit every time we come back to Louisville. Ramsi's is often very crowded, and service isn't always fast - but the staff is always friendly and seems to be quite knowledgeable about their extensive and eclectic menu. Ramsi's also has a nice selection of vegan & vegetarian items - and items that can easily be made vegan - all clearly marked on the menu.

Their fresh focaccia is a signature appetizer, and comes in several varieties. The vegan version features pesto, tomatoes, and their homemade vegan "feta", which is nicely tangy and is quite filling. The sandwiches we've tried have all been excellent, including the seitan parmesan panini, the grilled vegetable panini with its incredibly flavorful vegan basil mayo, and the smoked pita, featuring a perfect mix of portobellos, onions, and artichoke hearts.

Pros: Lots of choices, Friendly staff

Cons: Slow service

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Great Place - Edit

I was in Louisville for work and did not expect much in the way of vegan food. I have to say this place was awesome. They had options to choose from and a great atmosphere. I had the Seitan "Chicken" sandwich and it was delicious and huge (enough for two). I tried to get the carrot cake for dessert but they were out.

Would definately go back!

Pros: atmosphere, location, service

Cons: not all vegan

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