J Graham's Cafe

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439 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
J. Graham's is the home of the legendary "Hot Brown" and offers guests a bistro-style option for casual dining in the hotel and features the freshest local produce. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Cafe offers guests a contemporary a la carte menu. Non-smoking.
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VD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Amy was amazing! Very personable, warm and kind. She really made the experience welcoming. Also a gentleman waiter named Victor checked in on us a few times and was so welcoming!

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RR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was fine except the lunch buffet ran out of bread!

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cafe is charming and has excellent food. Wait staff was outstanding and had solid recommendations. It was a great find.

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DP
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a post wedding reception here & were given a private area with amazing service and good food so everyone could converse. It was perfect & they were so accomadating to meet everyone's needs. Would definitely recommend for any special occasion

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o
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience in Louisville. Located in a great historic hotel and the food, service and ambiance were great. We came for lunch but on Sunday they had a brunch. Delicious and very enjoyable. Staff all around were polite, attentive and made our brunch very memorable. Well done staff of the restaurant. Even the omelette chef came by and asked us how everything was. Highly recommend.

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NM
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the original Hot Brown open-faced turkey sandwich, a Louisville tradition invented here in the 1920's. The traditional decor of J Graham's and the Brown Hotel lobby contribute to the historical ambiance. One full size sandwich was enough for my husband and I to split. We also shared a salad, cup of lamb vegetable soup (delicious and hearty), and an order of Derby pie. Everything was excellently prepared and came out quickly. Wait staff was upbeat and helpful.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My family met here for Christmas Day Brunch. The quality of the food and service were both good but nothing exceptional. My only true criticisms would be that they should consider staggering their reservation times so there are fewer people in the buffet area at the beginning of the reservation time. It was extremely difficult to get access to the food due to so many people being in the buffet area. The crowd thinned after 20-30 minutes or so but the serving dishes were then empty or very nearly empty. Secondly, my family all agreed the dessert selection was not very appealing. Of the six of us, no one found anything of interest.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect

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s
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! The food is wonderful, as is the service.

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GY
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this cafe/restaurant!! Went with my husband and best friend and they had never had a hot brown before...they loved it. The decor is beautiful, right out of Mary Poppins. I couldn’t be happier, it’s one of my favorites.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding place to eat... You won’t be disappointed.

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LG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Hot brown was excellent as expected. Service was great. Would have been nice for there to be rolls on the table but then maybe there would not have been room for desert! Bread pudding is fantastic. Small serving size but it was just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Only draw back was that it was a bit noisy. Would definitely return.

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B
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

M husband’s order, Hot Brown, was definitely worth the wait—crispy, thick bacon, wonderful cheese, and delectable, thick slices of turkey.
I loved the lunch buffet.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The hot brown was the best I've ever had ! All of the servers were friendly. The only drawback was how close the tables are - the back of my chair kept getting bumped as people walked back and forth. Awesome food, though !

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BM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent. Great service , excellent food. Great place to visit.

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for a casual lunch or special occasion. We went for my Mother’s 79th birthday and the staff made it even more special. They presented her with a beautiful, personalized dessert and several sang “Happy Birthday “. The food was delicious. The restaurant has an elegant ambiance that adds to the experience.

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ML
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive server and delicious breakfast. We were extremely happy with our first dining experience at J Graham’s Cafe. We will be back!

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch, will be back The food and décor are wonderful.

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h
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Food was good. Hot brown was interesting but have to run marathon after as it was very rich. Service was terrific.

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j
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The buffet seemed off today. It is usually very good but this day had no hot brown casserole, the salmon was cold and slightly over cooked and the pork chops were thin and hard. On the dessert table the caramel glaze for the bread pudding was so cold and thick the entire bowl would be lifted when you tried to lift the spoon. We will be going there again, it jus seemed an off day.

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l
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped for lunch on 12/8 and ordered the hot brown. It was delicious and our server was excellent. I think his name was Brian?

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the Christmas decor. Sandwich was good but soup was lukewarm when served.

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DE
Western KY
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Woderful, it is just a great place to meet for lunch. Everything from the salads to the main course entrees and sides were terrific. However, the desserts are the stars of the show. The pastry chef is on top of their game. Your drink is included in the very reasonable price of $20. Oh, not to forget, valet parking is also included.

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c
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Chose the Café for our monthly luncheon to celebrate the Christmas season. I had the Hot Brown. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. The dish itself warm and cool in spots. The sauce was more like a paste than a sauce. I did not finish the dish, and it was not tasty enough to bother to take home the leftovers. I have had many Hot Browns around Louisville, much better than this one. Two of my friends had the Kale salad. The liked it overall, however, the stems on the kale were difficult to eat. It would seem that on a item such as that, the stems would be removed. Love the ambiance of J. Graham's Café, our waitress was exceptional, but the food left much to be desired. We will probably come again, but definitely choose different menu items.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hot Brown is one of the best things I've ever eaten! (And probably one of the most fattening.)

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TH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food are excellent! The hot brown is a must. Can't wait to go back

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BL
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family Christmas annual luncheon with cousins. Always a special time for us. Our service and food were wonderful. Needs for a blind member were met nicely. We will be back!

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EH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we chose J Graham's Cafe for Thanksgiving dinner; the food was outstanding as was the service; definitely would return and recommend; service was spot on

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CG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Thanksgiving Brunch...Staff and Food were wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was for a small family brunch on Thanksgiving

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My good friend and I live in different cities and met in Louisville to celebrate her birthday. We love the Brown Hotel and J. Graham’s Cafe did not disappoint. From beginning to end our experience was perfect. The atmosphere is quiet, relaxed and beautifully decorated. Our service was excellent from host/hostess to wait staff. We were well looked after without being hovered over and we were not at all rushed. The seafood chowder was rich and flavorful without being overly heavy (we shared a bowl). Our Hot Browns were the original recipe, hot and huge. We were given take-out boxes. We each brought home at least half of our sandwich. An unexpected and very generous touch was a complimentary dessert for 2 (Derby Pie). The coffee was full bodied and delicious as well. I highly recommend J. Graham’s Cafe. Valet parking is complimentary for 2 hours as well. After lunch we shopped in the gift shop and had a leisurely walk around the hotel.

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NW
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J Graham's Cafe is located on the first floor of the historic Brown hotel in Louisville Kentucky. For breakfast or lunch it's a daytime Travelers Paradise as far as food goes one thing, is the hot brown imitated by many shared by thousands invented at the hotel in 1925 however if your taste buds are more toward the Lighter Side they have plenty of menu items to make you a very happy Diner. The other thing the brown Hotel does very well is they instill their staff to provide excellent guest service; to be ladies and gentlemen who serve ladies and gentlemen. From pouring wine at the table to responding "it's my pleasure" when it actually is their pleasure to be a service. If you've not been to the Brown if you've not been to J. Grahams treat yourself and go

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had reservations at 1:30 pm. Arrived at 12:30 pm and was seated without a wait. Wife had buffet; I had ala carte. Both were great. Service was courteous and attentive. Enjoyed the dining experience.

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LN
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were both outstanding. Everyone from the hostess to our server to the manager seemed truly interested in being sure that we were having a great experience. Everything was first rate.

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BL
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town family and friends had to have The Famous Hot Brown Experience! There were six in our group on a beautiful Sunday. The Hot Brown did not disappoint! Server was very was friendly. We enjoyed a wonderful window table. Definitely will be a tradition when they return

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday brunch. Nice room, great quality and variety of food, excellent service. Highly recommended.

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DV
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When in Louisville you MUST have a Hot Brown, and the only place to have a Hot Brown is J Grahams!

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PH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must historical site, hot brown was awesome. Amy was our gracious host. Very enjoyable brunch.

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BL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"Hot Brown" OMG!!!! I am from this area and it is the first time I've had a hot brown. I can't believe I've been so close to absolute perfection all these years. I've honestly NEVER had anything so good. Best food ever. Great service and atmosphere. Very friendly staff. A must go to. Thank you

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LJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our visit. Food was very good. We had the hot brown sandwich. Service was excellent. Ambiance was great.

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