J Graham's Cafe

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542 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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JV
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I took a visiting couple from Florida to J Graham's Café so they could try their famous Hot Brown. The food was excellent. We all enjoyed the lunch. We arrived near the end of their lunch period but they did not rush us at all. It was a good experience!

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SA
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

So.... a member of our party was ‘not feeling well’ but tried to eat anyway. One plate of 2 strips of bacon, one biscuit. One bite and she knew she couldn’t eat!! She asked the waitress for a glass of ginger ale. The waitress asked if this was for an upset stomach and the reply was yes. The waitress suggested ginger beer and the recommendation was accepted. Now... a true 5 star restaurant would NOT have charged the guest the THIRTY TWO DOLLARS for the buffet!!! Oh... and the Hit Brown was ‘off the mark’ that day!!

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k
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was fabulous, staff is professional, courteous and very attentive, the food is absolutely delicious especially the hot brown.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Andrea was AMAZING! Food of course is perfect.

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HH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hot brown was awesome! Only negative was they were setting up brunch buffet for the next day during Saturday’s lunch.

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The hot browns were amazing! Well worth the trip and the wait. Great, friendly staff and a great old world ambiance. The hotel is historic and steeped in tradition. The staff is more than happy to share their knowledge of the history both of the building and the hot brown creation.

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MA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hot Brown was delicious, as was the Derby Pie. The staff was friendly and the service was exceptional.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and wonderful! The Hot Brown did not disappoint.

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TM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Wonderful food, atmosphere and the staff were so gracious! Would highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall enjoyable experience. We were very disappointed that we ordered the fried clams which turned out to be clam strips, I felt that they were falsely advertised. Also, the lobster mac and cheese wasn’t as good as it could have been.

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MD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Sunday Brunch was highly recommended, and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious, and there was a nice variety of items on the buffet. The smoked salmon was very fresh, both the flat-iron steak and the carving-station pork loin was cooked to perfection, and the presentation was lovely. The server at the omelette station was extremely nice and helpful. A pleasure to talk with. The woman at the hostess stand was great as well. Very friendly and welcoming. The only reason for the 4-star review is that our waitress was basically non-existent.

Once we were seated, and our water glasses filled, no one came to take our drink orders, despite the fact that my daughter turned her coffee cup upside down and I had mine right-side up. Since menu items were available as well as the buffet, our waitress should have confirmed that we did want to eat from the buffet tables; but despite our having menus in-hand, still no one stopped by to determine our preference or take drink orders. I finally told my daughter we would go ahead and serve ourselves from the buffet, and that hopefully a server would be by to take our drink orders when we returned to our seats. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

The manager was walking past and stopped
to chat, so I asked him if I could please get some coffee and my daughter an orange juice. He was very apologetic that no one had been by our table at all since the hostess seated us, and he quickly returned to fill my coffee cup and bring my daughter juice. Despite my witnessing his discussion with a waitress immediately after bringing our drinks, she still never inquired about refills or even brought our bill. I had to go to the hostess station to see if we were supposed to pay her directly. We weren’t, but she assured us she would take care of the situation. A waitress came by with our bill quickly afterwards.

An otherwise great dining experience, slightly marred by poor wait-staff service. Hopefully, this isn’t the norm.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and excellent food! We were there for Sunday brunch and it was delicious. Giita have the Hot Brown!!! Yummy!

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good. Service left some to be desired. Drinks empty multiple times. Nice environment.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server and one in training were so kind. The food was fabulous, and my son was surprised by the birthday Derby Pie!
Thank you Angela and Andrea for making us feel special and welcomed. You both were on top of our order, drinks and food delivery. Thank you!

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CL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The Hotel is lovely, and we had a good experience as we met long time friends we had not seen in years. We were shown a brunch menu, without a price and we didn’t question it as we had read on your website a price of $38.00. My husband and I chose the buffet and were somewhat taken aback at the $56 per head charge. While it was nice, it is far from the best I’ve seen. I felt it was overpriced.

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RS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at J. Graham's Cafe today. Offerings went from beef at the carving station to BBQ oysters, ribs, lobster mac and cheese, sausage, bacon, biscuits with ham and bacon jam, omelettes made to order and doughnut French toast. Of course there was selection of chilled salads, smoked salmon and cheeses. There was a variety of desserts and pastries which we still had room for a few! Our server Kat took great care of us. This was our second time celebrating Fathers' Day with a brunch here and it did not disappoint!

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OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere are great. The Hot Brown is a must! Would highly recommend.

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s
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed this, a must if visiting Louisville.

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HR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful Anniversary! Went for lunch, had the incredible Hot Brown! Food was perfect and service was outstanding!

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H
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We traveled to Louisville to see Hamilton broadway show and to have Hot Brown at Brown Hotel. Both experiences were wonderful!

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KM
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The setting couldn’t be more gorgeous in The Brown Hotel, it was gorgeous
I wanted to try the Hot Brown sandwich and this was the original! The sandwich was amazing and my husband enjoyed the food on the buffet!
Service was average but otherwise the restaurant was very much enjoyed

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WB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J Graham's Café at the Brown Hotel is a special place to eat. The ambiance of the room with jazz playing in the back ground is relaxing. From walking up to the hostess desk and being seated until your are finished with your meal and walking out, all the staff are very professional and make you feel special.
The food is some of the best you will ever eat. I have to admit that I always look over the menu and end up ordering the Hot Brown, it is so unique and so filling. There are a lot of imitations of this delisious dish out there but none compare to the original at the Brown. The Brown Bloody Mary is great too !
You can't go wrong at J Graham's Cafe !
Also this was my first time using the Open Table and it worked great.

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L
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff service were excellent. We love bringing our friends and family to the Brown Hotel when they come to visit.

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MT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch Buffet and it was AMAZING! Best meal we had during our stay in Louisville. Staff was all friendly and helpful. It was an easy and relaxing brunch.

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SW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Hot Brown did not disappoint. I would recommend backing off on the sauce and adding some additional tomatoes and a touch of garlic/garlic salt. However, even without modifications this is a delicious and iconic dish that’s well worth the $20 price tag. Enjoy!

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my husband's birthday here for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Food was wonderful, so full of flavors, and ambience was wonderful. Service was impeccable. We then walked around hotel afterward, reminicing about how hotel was when we were children. Definitely plan on returning there for lunch and spending a night as well.

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GW
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Some food over cooked. Overall was really good. Other party in area had small children so it was quite noisy and hard to converse since we were the only two parties in a small room.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The buffet was limited but the Brown Bloody Mary made up for it

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience and the food was great. Would recommend.

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SN
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite eating experiences. The ambiance is lovely. On a Saturday mid-morning, noise level was low. All staff is very friendly, accommodating and efficient. The Kentucky Hot Brown is their signature dish and well worth driving 3 hours from Ohio to experience!

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a great experience! The staff was so nice and their recommendations were wonderful... That hot brown was so good! I'll have dreams about it! Haha

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MP
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasurable experience! It’s my go to when I have out of town guests visiting.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Hot Brown and it did not disappoint! Love the old feel to the room. Everowas great!

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M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Finally made it in to get a famous Hot Brown! It was perfect in every way!

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BP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amy , our waitress was wonderful & food was awesome! Very elegant dining On vacation!

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M
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, nice dining room but outrageous price. All the food was properly prepared and tasty with a wide variety of offerings. Servers were very friendly and prompt. Room was inviting and clean but perhaps a bit stuffy for some. We enjoyed ourselves but $56 a piece for a buffet, really?

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Mother’s Day brunch

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LC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day buffet was very nice. Awesome wait staff made us feel at home and comfortable. Food was delicious great variety. My favorite was the bread pudding with caramel sauce.

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BS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service was exceptional! We were checked on often but not intrusively. The Mother’s Day Brunch was delicious and the Mimosa and Bloody Marys excellent! My Mom cannot stop talking about it!

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VE
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at the Sunday Brunch was amazing! Delicious, and a great variety. Loved the omelet and beef stroganoff stations. And the desserts were beautiful and SO good. The service was impeccable - we didn’t want for anything. We will definitely be back!

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