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J Graham's Cafe

4.5
4.5
769 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

J. Graham's is the home of the legendary Hot Brown and offers guests bistro-style, casual dining in the hotel and features the freshest local produce and highlights Kentucky products.

Serving breakfast and lunch, the Café offers guests a contemporary a la carte menu throughout the week and a delectable brunch buffet on the weekends.

Non-smoking.



Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking by the Brown Hotel staff.

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Booked 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 583-1234

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available to accommodate up to 22 people comfortably.

  • Private party contact

    Agustin Sosa : (502) 583-1234 ext. 7069

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Cross street

    Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet Available

  • Parking details

    Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking available by the Brown Hotel staff.

  • Public transit

    On the corner of 4th and Broadway.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 769 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for Brunch

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for Lunch

  • Louisville

    Great for Brunch

  • Louisville

    Great for Lunch

  • Louisville

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Brunch buffet and a hot brown! All of the food was excellent!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    For breakfast there was no menu like advertised on the website. I’m not sure if that was because it was a weekend or not, but it was buffet only for $30 a person.

  3. SN

    SNMung

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there for Hot Browns. They were incredibly good. As was everything else. Could have (and indeed, have had, in the past) more options on the buffet, but what was available was excellent.

  4. A

    Annie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were told by friends this is a must visit restaurant . Beautiful cafe. Service was excellent. Food is a bit expensive but quality is high. Hot brown was fun to try and is tasty.

  5. g

    gregp

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Staff was friendly and attentive, we had the Hot Brown which was fantastic. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

  6. D

    Debi

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great; service was excellent. Walked around and looked at the artifacts; went to rooftop for view. Great time.

  7. MH

    MikeH

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great “Hot Brown” sandwich and wonderful service!!

  8. CF

    ColeF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Went after our engagement and asked the servers to do something special for us and they did not. Was just hoping for much more from such a well known place.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great time celebrating graduation!

  10. TB

    TeriB

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Hot brown was excellent. Best service. Hotel is beautiful.

  11. 2

    2picky

    Louisville

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We brought some out of town guests to the breakfast buffet as a birthday celebration. However, as we helped ourselves at the buffet table, a lot of the food was already gone such as biscuits, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, etc. They were not replenished timely. We finally had to ask for the manager to address the issue. The excuse we were given was that they were getting ready for lunch which was not quite acceptable. It was quite embarrassing for our guests.

  12. c

    christopherm

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for the Hot Brown and it did not disappoint. Get the 1/2.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice. We were their for lunch. We had to try a Hot Brown and we’re not disappointed! Would be a great place for a romantic dinner!

  14. J

    Joetee

    Indiana

    18 reviews

    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Had the Hot Brown. It was terrible and way over priced. Ask for extra bacon but it came out with no extra bacon and semi hot. The moray cheeses on top us usually bubbling and fills the plate BUT THIS was served with cold cheeses on top like mashed potatoes. I have bern coming every year go get this Hot Brown but no more. I asked for extra moray cheese sauce and brought it out in a bowl and it was so thick that it looked like mashed potatoes. Save your money. I do not think this will be open long. Other couples beside us were disappointed also.

  15. SR

    StevenR

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service with excellent food and an excellent atmosphere. J Grahams Cafe is a perfect example of what a restaurant should be, and how patrons should be treated.

  16. SS

    ScottS

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Mother’s Day The atmosphere was very beautiful for Mother’s Day. Food was very good. You could tell our reservation was towards the end of the day, but still enjoyable.

  17. MK

    McKennaB

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5

    Extremely disappointed in the food that was offered during the Mother’s Day Brunch. There were not many options, no Hot Browns (the entire reason we came), the one meat option was overdone. Unimpressed with dessert options. For $65/person there should have been more. I was really disappointed and so was my mom. The staff was phenomenal and so caring. They are the only reason the experience was saved.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    Mothers Day Brunch. The staff was amazing and did a terrific job. The buffet selection was very limited and the value was definitely lacking for the price. I would in fact say it was extremely over-priced and disappointing, will not return for future events.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We visited J. Graham’s Cafe during Derby weekend and truly enjoyed the experience. The Hot Brown was amazing. Kat and Chef Arkan were both SUPER, actually the entire staff was amazing! We’ll definitely be back!

  20. S

    Stephaniet

    Savannah

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was amazing! Both of the servers who helped us were attentive and friendly and made it a great experience, thank you!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Hot Brown ever!! The staff was gracious and fun!! The Bloody Mary’s were huge and delicious!!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had brunch here the morning of the Kentucky Oaks races, and we had a wonderful experience. Kat was our waitress, and she was phenomenal. The food was really good, and we recommend it to anyone traveling to Louisville.

  23. HW

    HeleneW

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the hot brown and it was delicious! The service was good and the atmosphere was wonderful!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Great history in the lobby of the hotel and a fairly large gift shop too. Food good and service prompt.

  25. t

    totallysurprised

    St. Louis

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waitress was attentive and very friendly. Food Selection was excellent.

  26. AP

    AmyP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Went for the Hot Brown and it was worth it! So glad we tried it. Everyone was so nice. Highly recommend!

  27. AC

    AnitaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I'd hoped to come there for an original Hot Brown for a long time. It more than met my expectations.

  28. LA

    LauraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Relaxing, beautiful location. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was superb! The famous 'Hot Brown' was amazing and so delicious. The mint juleps and buffet were excellent. It was such a treat when the Chef came out to chat and took our group's picture. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. The hotel is beautiful as well...love the history.

  29. JN

    JeffN

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have the classic Hot Brown sandwich and enjoy outstanding service at the Brown Hotel.

  30. IT

    IndyTraveler

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff and food were fantastic.

  31. AS

    AdamS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good Quality and service in a lovely historical hotel cafe! A must visit while in Louisville!! Try The Hot Brown and the Mint Julip!

  32. DT

    DrToilet

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    THIS is the place to get a Hot Brown sandwich. No gimmicks, just good food and a classy traditional Louisville atmosphere.

  33. SO

    ScottO

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Limited menu when we were there. Had the brunch buffet. It was excellent.

  34. MR

    MikeR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3

    No menu, buffet for breakfast that was over priced. Terrible what has happened to this once wonderful destination.

  35. JA

    JeffA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I dont know the name of the host but we were particularly impressed with her. She ran out front while we were waiting for our car and said she didn't have a chance to say goodbye. Super impressive. KEEP HER!. Our waitress gave outstanding service too. First class.

  36. LH

    LisaH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was fantastic! The Hot Brown was so good!

  37. D

    Doccat7

    Louisville

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4

    This was our fourth and likely final visit to J Graham Cafe for Easter brunch. The children were extremely Disappointed that there was no food that they had been looking forward to, such as bacon, pancakes, or waffles. These offerings were present in past years when it was held in the cafe. The Brown really shouldn’t bill this event as kid-friendly if the charge is exorbitant and there’s nothing geared toward them beyond the Easter Bunny and dessert. For adults, the offerings were largely bland and not appetizing. The hot brown pasta was cooked beyond belief and dry. The fresh omelet station was fine, although the cook seemed annoyed with most of us. For $62, I expected a spread similar to that offered by the former Eddie Merlot’s steak house during Easter. Finally, the buffet line was like a cattle call, with it taking over 10 minutes to get through the extremely slow line, while the piano player banged out eighties pop tunes at two dynamic levels too loud for such live acoustics. The table service was friendly and efficient.

  38. BF

    BudgetFriendlyNextTime

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2

    I should have asked the cost before, but that's my fault for assuming that we would have the option to order off the menu. I think $150 for two people to eat brunch is very high especially considering we were placed behind a pillar and against a wall. Food was very good and the service was good as well, but goodness $150?

  39. LB

    LauraB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Easter Brunch was nice, but we had originally made a reservation to get the flavor of the old hotel. The Ballroom had no character really and the brunch was served on a large landing which wasn't that special either. The food was really tasty, but it was pricey for the generic atmosphere.

  40. CP

    CharlotteP

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    While our server was somewhat slow to respond to our needs, the overall service from the staff was impeccable! The piano playing set a perfect atmosphere for dining. With the exception of the mashed potatoes, the food for the Easter buffet was very good. I just wish another vegetable in addition to the potatoes had been available, for example sweet potato casserole and to accompany the prepared to order omelets some type of waffle or potato option. The omelets were excellent! I would rate overall experience very good!

FAQs

J Graham's Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 583-1234.

J Graham's Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 9 times today
Google Map for J Graham's Cafe

335 W Broadway Louisville, KY 40202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet Available

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking available by the Brown Hotel staff.

  • Public transit

    On the corner of 4th and Broadway.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 583-1234

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available to accommodate up to 22 people comfortably.

  • Private party contact

    Agustin Sosa : (502) 583-1234 ext. 7069

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