J Graham's Cafe

4.6
694 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. Non-smoking.

Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking by the Brown Hotel staff.
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JenniferW
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and service was excellent as always. Will be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 10 that was easily accommodated in a separate room from the main dining room while still being close to the amazing brunch buffet! Those in our party that just wanted the hot browns were also easily accommodated.

The staff was amazing and extremely attentive! Always an amazing spot for special occasions!

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Appie
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing I wish I had known before going was that the menu would not be available - only the buffet or the Hot Brown. However, everything was excellent and the Hot Brown was amazing!

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vipdhome510
Louisville
43 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience5

J. Graham's, located in the Brown Hotel, offers wonderful mid-day ambience for dining.

We went for the Sunday brunch. The food choices are more limited than pre-COVID but no one will go away hungry. The salads are fresh and tasty, as are the made-on-the-spot omelets. The hot buffet tended toward over heating; the tenderloin with mashed potatoes tasted flat. This is unusual.

Service from the long time servers is excellent. Spot-on. The newer folks haven't learned yet. Pleasant but not present.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, food, ambiance were all WONDERFUL 👍

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lalasueb
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must try the Hot Brown! It was invented here, and we opted for it instead of the brunch buffet on a Saturday. So glad we did!

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SummerW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We arrived on New Year's Day for brunch. It was a buffet, but with very fancy options. The price was higher than we expected for a buffet, but the food was good and the atmosphere was beautiful.

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Visitor
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was nice, but nothing great in terms of food taste and ambiance. The hostess was very friendly. The turkey in the hot brown was really dried out, but we are glad we tried one.

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DeborahD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and was fantastic. Great service, the hot browns better than imagined, and wonderful ambience. Will definitely come back!

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JillH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our family lunch immensely. Delicious food, amazing desserts, excellent service.

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vipdhome510
Louisville
44 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant in the Brown Hotel is steeped in nostalgic ambiance of the age of large city hotels.

We went to the Sunday buffet that has been resurrected after a pandemic forced hiatus.

Guests to the restaurant appear to largely be guests at the hotel. There are a number of locals dining, though, who consider the food, service and ambiance worth a trip downtown.

It buffet has a wonderful combination of breakfast, lunch, salads and dessert. The famous Hot Brown is available a la carte.

The cost is rather high. You get far more good food than you can eat. The value lies in the choices and quality of what to pick.

Notable is the excellent quality of the wait staff. The are experienced, knowledgeable and anticipate diners' needs. It would be hard to find an equally excellent service effort anywhere in the city.

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KellyH
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to the brown such a beautiful place at Christmas. Graham’s is the best have loved there buffet for years and the hot brown.

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BillE
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent omelet!
Coffee mugs were not heated, and decaf was barely warm.

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mackm
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very Christmacy atmosphere
Nice selection of food
Somewhat pricey this year
Good service
Appreciate management doing nice job.
Appreciate Chef, although prefer roast little more done and tender.
Not as many meat and poultry and fish and cheese selections this year as others.
Prefer iceberg lettice
Nice desert selections.
Covid responsible.
Lets see what the new year brings.
Very high chance I would choose to return next year if they will have me.

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JeremyC
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing spectacular with limited variety, even on a Christmas brunch. Definitely overpriced.

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aroo38
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was one of the best restaurants I have ever visited.

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buckeyemd
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We did Sunday brunch here. The atmosphere and service were wonderful. The food was also very good. My only quibble would be that the buffet seemed a bit overpriced given the food selections available. I have had breakfast buffets for free at Embassy Suites that were arguably as good as what we had. It certainly did not live up to the "Best Brunch in Louisville" title.

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CindyE
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My only issue was we both ordered Derby Pie.

The pie was on a plate with a pretty chocolate syrup design but the pie was served cold.

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CLNURSE
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch, welcoming staff.
Will definitely come again when in Louisville.

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RitaH
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and friendly attentive staff and really good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful way to start the holiday. Food, staff and restaurant was above average. You gotta try the Hot Brown.
Excellent

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EricT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived in Kentucky for a year and haven’t tried a hot brown yet so we decided to go to the original place. It did not disappoint!

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alwayshungry
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Hot Brown was great -- all I hoped it would be. Sauce was a bit on the thick side; a little heavier than I would have liked, but all in all, a great experience.

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EllenH
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Internet music was skipping but the service and attention was super

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WillieW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and very elegant!!! Our waitress was absolutely wonderful!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience2

The place was very expensive for a brunch buffet and the coffee was crazy expensive too. The food was good and had lots of options. No menu just buffet and hot brown available. The waitress was super nice and friendly. The ambience was okay but not the greatest in decor and felt really close to the next table. Not worth it to go unless you’re splitting a hot brown and only drinking water.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience in the beautiful hotel. Food and service are top notch. Hot brown was all it is said to be.

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browne
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server (Regina?) was excellent! Food was piping hot and perfectly prepared. Music was just a little loud but it was oldies (as are we) so it was enjoyable.

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Sojourner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had the Hot Brown Sandwich. Very good but you need a nap afterwards. The service was excellent. Very efficiently run.

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GaryG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the lunch and our server was great. It was our fist time to visit Louisville as we just moved to Kentucky from Washington State 6 weeks ago. Since we were in town we wanted to visit the Brown Hotel, and we had to try the Hot Brown we have heard so much about. We are very glad we did! Thank you for the very memorial lunch!

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vipBebe
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I brought friends and my daughter to this renowned establishment to try the Hot Brown. Three of us opted for the brunch buffet and one of us opted for the hot brown. After 45 minutes, the hot brown still had not arrived despite the tables around us receiving their food who had arrived after us. The waitress did apologize and offered to remove it from the bill since three of us were long finished with our meals before the fourth arrived. The bill came and still had the overdue sandwich. Disappointing experience at a long withstanding iconic venue. Worth the visit but bring some patience and don’t come hungry.

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Mepkin94
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. We were enthusiastically greeted by the manager. Angie was our server. She was friendly, down to earth, pleasant and paid attention to detail. When we informed her about the reason for our visit she made sure that we had Derby pie to take home as dessert! What a touch of class. Also, because my wife and I have dined in the Cafe’ numerous times, Regina promptly took notice of us. She deserves to be recognized for her friendliness. Great place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Hostess was so welcoming. Food was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to stop by and try the original Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel while in Louisville. It and our cocktails were everything and more. Ben? (born in Australia now in Louisville) helped us decide what size Hot Brown to order. Hint, the small is huge! And speaking of more, Sue (born in DC now in Louisville) made my husband and I feel like we were old friends. She came to our table several times to check on us and tell us more about the gorgeous, historical hotel. We never would had known to go up to the Crystal Ballroom and to the rooftop area if Sue had not told us about them. She and all the staff made us feel welcome and at home at the Brown. Next time we're in Louisville, we'll be eating AND staying at the Brown.

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JackieA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot Brown was delicious and so were the fries! Great cocktails too!

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vipTeflonjester
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the signature Hot Brown and it was everything I had hoped for. Delicious and a relatively large meal.

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SheyG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there primarily for the Hot Brown which is really good though, for me, is quite expensive for $26. The ice tea I would say is expensive for $4 which was not refilled. But overall, the ambience was great plus we were seated next to the window. My kids were provided with activity to work on while waiting for our orders to arrive.

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SpecialK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hot Brown @ The Brown Hotel did not disappoint. We also had the BLT & fruit plate. The BLT was my fav, made with Burbon bacon!!! Our server, and the restaurant host were so welcoming, and helpful.

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vipPhDiner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the best bacon around. We always eat at least one breakfast there during our stays at the Brown. It’s too bad their prices have gotten so high and the area has gotten so seedy. The menu has been pared as well. They had excellent French toast but it’s no longer on menu.

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Libby
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Stopped in for a late brunch. We had the hot brown. It was delicious! The portions are big! Our server, Tiffany was a absolute sweetheart. She gave us the recipe for the hot browns they make there and was just all around great. The ambiance was unique as well. Definitely a place you want to check out when in the area.

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

J Graham's Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 694 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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