J Graham's Cafe

4.6
391 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 or full buffet option (available Thursday and Friday) including gourmet soups, salads and entrees and a decadent dessert display. Non-smoking.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open Everyday 7 am-3 pm

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am -11:00 am
Sunday Brunch: 10a-1pm
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Phone number
(502) 583-1234
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Adams
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Private party facilities
Private dining room available to accommodate up to 22 people comfortably.
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Private party contact
Agustin Sosa : (502) 583-1234 ext. 7069
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking available at the 4th Street main entrance to the hotel.
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Public transit
On the corner of 4th and Broadway are East, West, (23 & 17)North & Southbound (4) stops.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 391 People Are Saying
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EK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Let's be honest: everyone goes to J. Graham's for the hot brown. If you get the hot brown, it's great, 5 stars all the way. If you don't get the hot brown, however, it's a different story. My spouse got the hot brown, I got some pasta dish. It was not good. The pasta and veggies were swimming in a bland cream sauce that made the entire dish unappetizing. I barely ate any and did not take any leftovers home. My spouse's hot brown was GREAT. Also, big thumbs up on them using Harney and Sons tea. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere and the service was very friendly and prompt. A little expensive, especially for lunch.

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BF
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stevie was an energetic and wonderful server! She took great care of us without having to rush around.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hot Brown definitely tasted the best out of any Hot Brown that I have tasted

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M
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Dont worry about the calories. You arent going to eat here every day. Bloody Marry - best ever. Hot Brown? Awesome. Sunday Brunch Buffet is flawless.

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K
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only place to go for a "real" and original Hot Brown when visiting Louisville. Only available for brunch or lunch. Excellent, old style Southern setting, service and hospitality in a classic hotel.

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JG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding, everyone was so nice and hospitable. We went to have the "original hot brown", which was definitely big enough to share with someone.

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EV
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time. My Hot Brown was excellent! I hope to go back again someday.

Do read the menu thoroughly, my husband did a quick read and was surprised with a glaze he could not eat. The waitress did notice him not eating and offered him another meal.

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KH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and delicious food! Amazing in every way!!

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was overcrowded at Sunday brunch. The floors were littered with food and the service was very slow. We had to wait 15 mins for a table even though we had reservations. That being said, the chef at the omlette station was wonderful and I really enjoyed the eggs.

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LN
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food as always. Nothing beats their "Hot Brown". Service was excellent.

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C
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J Graham's was wonderful! We drove from Cincinnati for a birthday celebration so my friend could enjoy a real "Hot Brown". Immediately, they asked about who was having the birthday! Service was impeccable!Beside the Hot Brown, we also experienced the buffet. Everything was very fresh and delicious. For dessert the birthday girl received a complementry derby pie with a "Happy Birthday" chocolate.

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e
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our breakfast order was very delayed due to the high volume of guests in the Cafe. The hostess and waitress were right on target; they comped us two fruit bowls. Very accommodating behavior. Thanks. The ambience is pleasant in a lovely old hotel. Definitely a go to. I don't live in Louisville, but was really pleased with the whole experience.

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H
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place for Sunday brunch. Yes, I miss the Seelbach, but brunches here range from good to fairly spectacular. This week was a particular winner, with an incredible shrimp salad and nicely prepared salmon, amongst plentiful other offerings. The desserts are always a treat.

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you've enjoyed Hot Browns at other restaurants, you must feast upon the Hot Brown at The Brown Hotel. J Graham's Cafe provides the perfectly thriving ambiance to dive into this signature dish at the place where it originated!

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H
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We come here every year on our anniversary and have lunch. It's become our favorite tradition. The staff always wishes us a very happy anniversary, and even treats us to a complimentary dessert. I'm already looking forward to next year.

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CW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff members are super friendly. They gave warm greetings and took good care of the dining area and us. My friends from Colorado were impressed by the food, place, and people.

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SP
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Hot Brown and good service. Free valet parking is a nice touch.

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RS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great as always. I appreciate the friendly staff and the hot brown did not disappoint.

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KL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff! You come to this place a guest and leave as family.

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D
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food the hot brown was as advertised very delicious overall a great dining experience

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was okay. Went from being bombarded with the staff waiting on us but then descended down as the meal went to where we were waving the staff down for service at the end of the meal. The food was good, but definitely not great. This was our first time to J Grahams Cafe and we were expecting better tasting food. Wife had the eggs Benedict which was good. I had the Hot Brown for the first time ever and it was okay. Maybe it wasn't really my thing as my expectations built on years of hype led me to expect some kind of legendary cuisine. We felt bad for our children who both got the pancakes with strawberries (frozen). The pancakes were the worst ever. Though we all arrived hungry the kids only ate a little of their meal. Wife and I tried the pancakes and couldn't believe how terrible they were! They had a really weird taste and texture like mushed cauliflower. Sad to say but I couldn't recommend this place to anybody, well, anyone that I care about.

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TM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend trying hot brown! Also recommend walking around the lobby!

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PC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Your staff did a wonderful job making my mom's birthday luncheon so special! Food was great too, a lot of attention to detail.

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NI
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience! Kentucky Hot Browns are the best!

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AM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely breakfast while a dear friend was visiting!
The food was wonderful & the service was fabulous!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for a wedding and we stayed at The Brown. The brunch was amazing! After five plates of food, ranging from Caesar salad to sea bass to omelettes to bourbon bread pudding, I didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day. The mimosas were also delicious- basically orange juice tinted champagne! We definitely got our money’s worth!

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amy was great! Food was delicious. Came for the Hot Brown and it did not disappoint.

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We waited for our reservation for 30 minutes and were finally seated. I believe they forgot about us. The brunch buffet was beautiful, but food was mediocre. Service was definitely lacking at such an upscale restaurant. I would not recommend it or return.

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JV
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious. Our waitress was only interested in obtaining s bigger tip by swaying my wife and I away from more moderately priced dishes for more expensive. She was also not very friendly

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome as always.

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DJ
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was tremendous. Waitress and host were extremely friendly and helpful. Overall experience was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The people were nice and the food was good. However it seemed the staff was having problems with communication. Several parties including ours set for quite some time with staff walking right by and not greeting us. Overheard staff arguing about who's tables belonged to who. I only had one cup of coffee I was asked if I would like more but it never arrived. I won't go back if we stay at the Brown again. Again staff was nice but not efficient, should have been much better service for the money spent.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL!!! Great food, great atmosphere, great staff. Delightful. Best Sunday brunch I ever had. Would definitely go again.

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CF
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our group of 7 enjoyed the local delicacy of the Hot Brown sandwich and appreciated getting reservations as we were in town for an event. Lovely service and atmosphere. A bit pricey for the Hot Brown but we enjoyed trying it!

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BF
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy the Brown for Sunday brunch. The staff is great and the food delicious. The only negative was the music. It got in the way of conversation with people who are hard of hearing.

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j
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Waitress may have been very busy but never made it back to our table, never even refilled coffee, until the Host (who was very nice) had been to our table three times and was starting to clear our dishes himself.

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JP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch buffet. Nothing compares to the quantity and quality. I am very picky and critical of everything. There was nothing for me to comment on other than how wonderful everything was!

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BM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My mistake had us arriving an hour early .... the maitre d' acted like this happened all the time, seated us and checked on us a couple of times while we had the Sunday buffet brunch. Service was attentive and timely without being overbearing, the food was good and plentiful.

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JW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Most of the food was like warm if that.. they did correct the problem however old and stale items were available

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting and had brunch here. Cafe was awesome, the staff was friendly and accommodating. The Hot Brown was amazing. It was fulfilling and left me full all day. Definitely one of the best restaurants I’ve been to by far.

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