J Graham's Cafe

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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.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

We will have a Special Brunch Menu to celebrate Father's Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please contact the Cafe with any questions you may have. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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RS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
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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HR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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WB
1 review
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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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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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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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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EW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I went for the Mother's Day brunch which had a wide variety of options to choose from and was delicious. The service was excellent. May need to make it a Mother's Day tradition even though we live near Chicago, IL.

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

The food and service for Mother's Day brunch was excellent! Don't have anything to complain about. Highly recommend.

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

We usually do the Mother's Day buffet at J. Graham's. Some changes this year: no hot Browns, long-standing wait staff are gone (and missed). Food was acceptable, salads and cold seafood very good, desserts tempting.

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KO
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic place. I would highly recommend it. Everyone was so nice and wanted to make our day so special. They went over and above our expectations. I would definitely plan another special event here.

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JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J Graham's staff is passionate about their high-quality food and does an excellent job in guiding you through the menu and recommending great drinks. I felt a bit pampered at J Graham's. Being in the historic Brown Hotel made it even better. The Cafe Manager was especially great in helping provide us with information about the historical significance of the hotel and the Hot Brown special entree (which is incredibly delicious by the way). I will come back here every time I visit Louisville.

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

We came from Los Angeles to have THE Hot Brown sandwich. It was a culinary delight. However, the resturant, service, everything was a very good experience. Amazing food.
Thank you for a lovely experience.
We had 2 reservations of 10 people, and they were able to put our tables right next to each other, a big feat when its the day after the Derby. Thank you for that.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to J Graham's several times and have always been impressed. I had guests in for the Kentucky Derby, therefore seating was different and in the hotel lobby. It was cold and noisier, but still terrific!

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RL
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Hot Brown. Service was very attentive. We enjoyed our evening.

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CM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The night time derby menu consisted of about 5 main items and included a buffet service for soup, salad, bread, and dessert. I ordered the chicken Oscar, and it was just OK, nothing special. The hot brown and short ribs looked like they may have been the better option. Overall is was good, but nothing exciting.

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f
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing weekend brunch. Service is outstanding and friendly. Highly recommend it.

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ML
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again J Graham's did not disappoint. Perfect service and delicious hot browns.

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L
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The atmosphere was nice and the people were very nice. Service was a little bit slow. The food was average, but not bad. I would go back, but only after looking at other restaurants.

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

Expected better food and impeccable service based on the historic nature of the Brown Hotel. Was left unimpressed and disappointed with our visit. Service was slow, not the friendliest, was charged incorrectly (and staff resisted when asked). Staff was not very accommodating about vegan and gluten free options until a few of our party was going to leave. For the amount we paid, I expected more.

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LL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for our reservation during Derby Week, not sure if they would be able to seat us. They chatted a moment, checked the dining room and within minutes we were seated. The wait staff was very attentive, right there to ask what we wanted to drink, recommendations from the menu were given and we ordered. Our drinks were never empty d the staff would stop to chat about the Derby and Louisville things to see. Our food arrived and once again we were not disappointed. The Hot Brown was absolutely delicious, but could be shared. We would return to this restaurant if the opportunity arises.

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RT
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was plain and uninspired. The service was confusing as we had five different waiters over the span of our meal, plus several servers. The decor was neither quaint nor modern, just dated. Overall, it was nothing to write home about.

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J
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent on a busy Sunday afternoon.

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Y
Key West
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manger, Sue, was delightful! She made us feel awful special. Our food was scrumptious and we had a very nice waitress as well. The bread pudding from the Brunch buffet was terrific. The sauce was delicious!

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KJ
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, lunch at J Graham’s was a delight. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Food selection was varied. The Brown is a Louisville institution. J Graham’s fits in nicely.

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