LJ's & The Kat Lounge
LJ's & The Kat Lounge

LJ's & The Kat Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ljsandthekatlounge.com/
  • Phone: (301) 739-7990
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Lounge: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am we will be closed for summer break July 4-11 and will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday July 12th and will hold a mediteranean festival menu for the rest of July.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Lonnie D. Coble
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire restaurant is available on Sundays and Mondays for parties of 20 or more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eastern Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot is adjacent to restaurant.
A word from LJ's & The Kat Lounge
LJ’s & THE KAT LOUNGE is named in honor of the two people who instilled in their son the love of “entertaining friends and strangers, alike, in a friendly warm atmosphere with fantastic food, wonderful wine, and magnificent memories."
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LJ's & The Kat Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)fit for foodies (36)neighborhood gem (27)notable wine list (26)romantic (25)good for groups (13)hot spot (11)great for brunch (9)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Menu and Service
    IcemanVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Another stellar meal and service. The Market Menu changes frequently so that every visit is a new experience. Highly recommend to anyone that wants a gourmet experience in a casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinning in Hagerstown
    Zman900
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We still love this place always great food always great service! I like the old menu better seem like they Hagerstownized it some but it's still great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seriously good!
    RBanseVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Discovering LJ's and the Kat Lounge in Hagerstown was like finding a haven of gourmet quality and service in our neighborhood. We moved to the area from Philadelphia where we often frequented quality dining establishments. LJ's can hold its own with the best of them. The menu is creative, and the portions just right. They change the menu enough to keep it interesting. The presentation is attractive and the staff is excellent. The cocktails are also unique and change frequently. The wine list is worth a detailed review, and I encourage you to do a wine pairing with the tasting menu if offered. The decor is pleasing and modern, featuring nice stonework and earth tones, unique lighting, and an attractive gas fireplace. They do have some outdoor seating for the warmer season. Due to the unique design of the main dining room, the chef and the kitchen are very much in view, and you can witness first hand the care that goes into preparing your meal. If you have any food allergies, they will move heaven and earth to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. And despite this high class fare, dress code is casual and comfortable. Dress up if you must, but you won't feel out if place in jeans. Although we have not patronized the Kat Lounge portion of the establishment yet, we have peered in and found it to be warm and inviting. And this is where the creative cocktails come from, so I am sure we would find it to our satisfaction. Go. Enjoy. Hagerstown needs to support this high quality level of dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect night
    Lovefood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We arrived a little early for our reservation and were escorted to the lounge. We ordered a drink and sat in front of the fire place. The waiter/bartender was polite and checked on us twice in a brief time. When our table was ready the owner escorted us to our table calling us by name. The service was great. The food came out hot and perfectly cooked. We wanted to make a small change and the waiter accommodated our request, no questions asked. This was the best steak I have had in a long time. Would recommend LJ's and the Kat Lounge to everyone. warm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food ever
    stephe310
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was awesome. I had the best steak I ever had in my life. Beer bread was excellent! And even the salad was excellent! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    TaDa
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had a girl's day out which ended at LJ's. The food was inventive and fabulous. The waiter had some great recommendations, as well. A must - the truffled scalloped potatoes - mouth watering!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My partner & I celebrated our 17th anniversary at LJs. The service was great. The ambience was wonderful. My partner didn't care for the chicken noodle soup. He said it wasn't good. I didn't care for the LJs salad, as it was just a plate of lettuces with some overpowering lemon dressing. Overall, the night was good. It would've been better had the group sitting behind us was not so loud and obnoxious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!!!
    Gicu
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We are regulars at LJ. Always great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Market Menu Well Done
    IcemanVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Market Menu changes frequently so it is like visiting a new restaurant each time we visit! It was amazing food and service as usual! Even though the dress code has relaxed, this is still fine dining which is hard to find in Hagerstown....Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Golfer1
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always a terrific dining experience! The remodel was done tastefully and still keeps the restaurant's wonderful classy vibe! Chef did a wonderful job, as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    farmerJ
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything was excellent. The atmosphere, food service and especially the the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    CIndy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second visit and we were blown away by the changes in the decor! Very warm and comfortable atomsphere! So romantic! We had a table by the fireplace....perfect!! Our server was top-notch! Would recommend Ljs to everyone! Our new favourite restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely place, good menu and service
    swilson1958VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our third visit and we were very impressed at their remodeling. Lovely, comfortable, and welcoming. Very attractive bar. Almost no wait. Service: Attentive and friendly but not hovering. Just as it should be. Food: We both have a food allergy (anything in the onion family). My spouse's pork chop was excellent; the chef free-styled a great sauce that was onion-free. The root veggies were prepared so that the delicious ingredients did the talking -- very well-done. They were short on vegetarian options so I ad-libbed. That's really the only suggestion I'd make is celebrate veggies more (and not with pasta or risoto substitutes). We do really like this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night
    dakota
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    the food was delicious and the service was absolutely perfect.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • change is good
    momoffoodies
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Loved the changes to both the décor and the staff uniform. The dining room feels more open and friendly, while still maintaining nice Bistro look. Thank you for getting rid of the dreadful brown polyester uniforms - non of your lovely wait staff was enhanced by them - the seem more relaxed and friendly - yet still provide knowledgeable and efficient service. Food fabulous as always - 2 dines 1 had the tuna with the sticky rice and the dashi broth and I had the rockfish. We would have happily traded as both were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Great atomsphere
    AlicatOD
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The wait staff was very attentive, the food was unique and the selection was excellent. My one and only complaint is that they are heavy with the salt. I have eaten here several times and it is a consistent issue. I love the openness of the dining area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fine Dining Option
    IcemanVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Even though the makeover has IMO made the restaurant a little too casual, the food quality and service is still amazing. We both tried the Market menu the other night and every course was on point. Highly recommend for a fine dining experience. It is refreshing that the tasting menu changes frequently, allows for the restaurant to offer something new on every visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • May have been the best meal ever!
    Lovetoeatout
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We travel and eat out a lot and were so happy to find this restaurant close to home. The bar/lounge atmosphere is intimate and modern. The drink menu was unique and unusual so the bartender made some recommendations and the drinks were fantastic! We moved into the dining room for dinner. The dining room was beautiful and the food was just amazing...from the appetizer to the salad to the entree right through dessert. I can't wait to go back and would highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Ricole
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful experience! The service and food was beyond our expectation. The staff went above and beyond. They individually tailored our experience by giving us commemorative menus and small gift of food. On our way out many staff congratulated and wish us a happy anniversary. My wife commented that the service made her feel very special. We both enjoyed the salad, steak, and sides the accompanied our entree. I would highly recommend LJ's and the Kat Lounge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New menu is too limited
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I don't like the new menu. I ordered the burger and it was pretty bad. Two days later, I still taste it. The desserts were amazing and so was the service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poppizVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A work of art.Decor, Service,Food,Drinks Wine was as good as any restaurant I frequent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top of the List
    GREATCATCH
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The services was absolutely outstanding from everyone. The food is perfectly prepare with people who have a passion for the business. I found the new menu very exciting. I loved the entire evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No longer our go-to special place
    Pcpa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our last two visits have been disappointing. Someone has a very heavy hand with the salt. Fries weren't the ethereal things they once were. Smoked ketchup missing some notes. While it wouldn't keep us from coming back, staff looked to be dressed for attending a rodeo. Lastly, someone tried to remove my plate as my mouth was still full from my last bite - she even reached for it. I still had half my entree left!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sophisticated but casual
    BagsrpackedVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Stylish decor and friendly staff clued us in early. Dinner would be a great combination of sophisticated but casual fare created by the staff in the open kitchen. We had the Boursin burger which lived up to its reputation along with a Hagerstown Restaurant Week menu that was creative and delicious. Good cocktail and wine list. Calm, casual atmosphere added to the relaxing evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    quilty
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband and I like to eat in good restaurants and I don't know why we hadn't eaten here sooner. The food was well prepared, the service attentive, and the decor stylish. I had the tuna which was lightly seared and served warm over sticky rice with a flavorful sauce. We definitely will eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was excellent. It felt like we were in New York City dining. We strongly recommend this establishment for a wonderful evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What is going on?
    Rockit
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I certainly hope that LJ's hasn't lost their way. The food and service continue to be over the top, but the new menu and "dress code" changes are very concerning. I used to feel that dining at LJ's was cause for dressing up a bit and enjoying the experience. I now feel like that I can finish mowing the grass, hop in the car without a shower, and grab a burger and a beer. I guess if the add wings, pizza, and a few more tvs, Hagerstown could boast another sports bar.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 549 reviews are from the LJ's & The Kat Lounge reviews archive.
  • First impression
    longhikes
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The restaurant had a fun ambiance. The waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Done Changes
    DowntownJonVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    LJs just went through an overhaul of their dining areas and their menu. The LJs favorites are still there, but there are many newly added items, new appetizers and new sides. I didn't think there was much room for improvement with the old LJs, but it turns out that there was! My wife had an old favorite: Buttermilk Chicken and loved it. I had the deviled eggs with smoked salmon filling, a caesar salad, and the salmon. All were excellent. They shook the box a little with the dining room; not that much has changed - though it looks like a lot of the work went into the kitchen. I can't recommend LJ's highly enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better before the remodel
    Footman
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Lj's has been one of our favorite dining experiences for my wife and I for the past few years. The recent remodel, while subtle, had taken away from the ambience a little bit. The menu also seemed much more limited. The food/service was very good, but not amazing. This is a very solid dining choice, but not quite as special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    MizzWilliams36
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    LJ's has been renovated for a more casual feel. The restaurant could be dropped in the middle of NYC, and fit right in. My husband and I really enjoyed the food, ambiance, and service. The tuna was amazing, as was the cashew fried chicken. They serve a beer bread with a crunchy buttery top, accompanied by a honey butter that was just delicious. We are definitely adding LJ's to our restaurant rotation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 7/15/14
    HGRTraveler
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    First time back in a while and the visit coincided with reopening after the recent changes. The overall condition of the restaurant was as nice as ever, but I was somewhat dissapointed in the revised menu from the last time I was there. Starting with getting a paper menu similar to a placemat or a bar menu in other restaurants, to the much scaled back number of choices for true dinner options (as opposed to sandwiches), I was expecting more based on previous LJ's experiences.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DickVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Compared to previous dinners there the restaurant is dated. We were told they are remodeling over the next 2 weeks. June 30 to mid July 2014. We will try again but we are going to wait a while.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great night
    Darrel
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We tried the tasting menu for the first time. It was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a sure thing
    safetymurph
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Been there sev we ran times for special occasions and the food is always great and the staff is always nice. Great times!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3RD TIME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is the 3rd time me and my boyfriend have come for dinner. The service was like clock work , this go round the servers were a little off their game we think they were new. They host was attentive and the food was great as always. We always enjoy this place. we come from Baltimore just to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    KCSw
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My husband & I dined at LJ’s for our 17th Anniversary. I had flowers delivered to the restaurant Which they had on our dinner table for us. Table setting was Very Romantic for our special occasion. The wait staff looked really nice & was very polite. For appetizer we had Lobster with pecorino grits that was fabulous. They serviced us bread with our salad & that was tasty. My husband had the beef NY strip steak, LOVED IT! For myself I ordered the chicken buttermilk marinate, that was GREAT! Over all for the price I believe it was worth every bite. We will be back for another special occasion, GREAT FOOD!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    rgr3132
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The staff and management took extra special care of my wife and I during our anniversary dinner. Thanks to Alex for making this a truly special experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    Steve3434
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Another great meal at LJ's. This has become our "go to place" for a special occasion or really good meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    Braxdiners
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    My husband and I always have a wonderful time. This resturaunt is the entire package; food, ambiance, wine, etc.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.