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: 3017397990
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
LJ's & The Kat Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (33)romantic (28)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (24)neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (13)great for brunch (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poppiz
    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
  • 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.
  • We always feel special
    hillbillyfairy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    When we go to LJ's, it's always for a special occasion since it's on the pricey side. But when we do it's ALWAYS worth it. The service is very attentive without being overbearing. When we arrived for our anniversary dinner, our menus had our names and wedding date on them! The wine menu is fun -- it arrives in a box that you can browse through, organized by type of wine. My only disappointment there was not finding any Pinotage, but my "lemonade" cheered me up. My most recent dinner included the tuna, which came just barely seared, drenched in an amazing Asian sauce and lots of finely shredded asian-style vegetables. Yum! I love the chef's menu - but I've never ever had a bad meal here. You can count on LJs for good food AND a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A special occasion
    Joyboy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had a birthday celebration surprise for my husband. Food was outstanding as was the presentation. Portions are conservative, but satisfying . The adult beverages were creative and quite memorable. A must for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food/great service
    TandC
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion. The crab cakes are PHENOMENAL! The best I have ever had! And the beef wontons were an EXCELLENT surprise--just a hint of spice with such a smooth and light avocado dip--mmmm, just thinking about it makes me want to go back soon! Great service and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 533 reviews are from the LJ's & The Kat Lounge reviews archive.
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Frances
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This is truly a gem in Hagerstown. I found the food a bit overpriced but very tasty. I had the chicken with truffled potatoes and mac and cheese. The chicken was good, the potatoes were excellent. The presentation of the food was lacking though. It seems like they need to work on garnishing. The mac and cheese was disappointing because there was nothing unique about it. Almost tasted boxed. The service was superb! And I really like the decoration. Beignets were overpriced but good and they didn't charge us for them. I like the departing gift for our special occasion but must admit that was disappointed to see that it was bread and butter and very dry brownie. A couple of chocolates or a better brownie would've been nicer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not special
    davieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife wanted to go for a ride in the country, so from the Columbia area, we drove west to Hagerstown and booked a reservation at LJ’s & the Kat Lounge, which is a highly rated restaurant in the Western Maryland area. With drinks, we shared a cheese plate which was good. I had strip steak with spinach. The spinach was lightly cooked and very good. The steak had a good taste but was somewhat tough and slightly overcooked. My wife had scallops and cheesecake for dessert and thought they both were good. I had creme brulee for dessert. Overall, the experience was good, but not special. If I lived in the Hagerstown area, I might go back, but definitely not from the Baltimore/Washington area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was my first experience with LJ's and it was lovely! Great Easter Brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    Chaz333
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The dining was exquisite, more choices than you could imagine!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice brunch!
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Seven of us went to LJ's for brunch on Easter Sunday, and although it was busy (and usually a bad day to go out for brunch) LJ's did it very well. The food was great, the service was great ... and I didn't need cook the rest of the day! :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual.
    Darrel
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Lj's is our go to restaurant for special occasions. The food is excellent and the servers are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissatisfied
    gpaul
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    LJ's has been our "go to" restaurant for special occasions and a nice evening out for years. As long as LJ's has been open. Over the years we have always been extremely satisfied with our dining experience. The food was always excellent. Well prepared and good. Because of this our last dining experience was a real disappointment. As always the service was great, the waiters know the menu and are very gracious and welcoming. We decided to try the Chef's menu. Some of the food was great, the dip for the eggplant for example, but there were a few that were not very good. The fish dishes especially were not very appealing and too salty. They did comp us some desserts, and offered to change our entrees which was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service but....
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I had a crab cake dinner with garlic spinach, my wife had the cinnamon perogies which are not a favorite of mine but these were really good. One of our dinner companions had the strip steak, it was cooked to perfection and tasted wonderful. There were two things that I didn't care for. First, the chairs in the bar, they look horrible with so many stains on the fabric,really gross, please clean them or replace them. The second was an observation of two tables with couch seating on one side and a chair on the other,the couch sinks down too far for this to be an enjoyable experience for the unfortunate person stuck there,I watched the two couples who were seated across from me throughout the evening try to adjust,they needed a booster seat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing everytime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Everytime my husband and I get a chance to escape the hustle of baseball, cheerleading, basketball, and golf; we always come to LJ's! We can have adult time without any children around! Love the food...the salad is my personal favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the best.......
    Steve3434
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This is, hands down, the best place to eat in the Hagerstown area. Food, drinks, service, atmosphere-- all first class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent, as usual...
    MattC
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Excellent food & great service. Always a consistently good experience at LJs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb. Just Superb
    Steve3434
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Everything about this experience at LJ's was superb. Cocktails, excellent. The two appetizers we shared were yummy. Entrees, out of this world. Desserts, just right. The service was outstanding. And there was a good vibe in the restaurant the whole time we were there. This is definitely the best eatery for miles and miles.........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent. Portions
    Nicko
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was excellent. Portions were a wee bit diminutive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delicious! Brunch,
    redwine4foodiesVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Always delicious! Brunch, dinner, lounge specials ~ always delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic