J Graham's Cafe

4.6
420 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.
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
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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

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Holiday Buffet- Seating at 11AM, 1PM and 3PM
$54 for adults, $22 for children 4 to 12

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What 420 People Are Saying
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j
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
16 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
46 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
15 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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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed Breakfast on Breeder's Cup Saturday. Enjoyed it immensely. Hot Brown done the right way !! Others enjoyed buffet, omelets and more. A Louisville Must.

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AL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was terribly disappointed as I had heard good reviews of the hotel and thought we would try the cafe for lunch. I had to ask for rolls then request a plate in which to eat them, my salad was delivered without dressing and felt like an imposition to the staff at any request that I made. Would not recommend the hotel and definitely not the cafe

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LB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Meh. I should have had the Hot Brown!! The eggs Benedict was just meh. Would go back for sure.

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HH
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Having stayed at the Brown the evening before it was an easy decision to have breakfast and the buffet. In hindsight when you go to the Brown you should order what they are famous for - The Hot Brown! The buffet breakfast was just average tho the biscuits and gravy were amazing. Meats were over done - even the pork loin on the carving station. Best item on the pastry bar was definitely the bread pudding. Service was very good but for $82 plus tax and tip I would do what every other diner there was doing if I return and order the Hot Brown.

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JR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been here several times, this was by far the most disappointing visit. If it were not for the hostess and the managerial staff, I would have given service a 1 star. We arrived at 10 am. The omelet and carving station were not yet staffed. It took until at least 10:15 for that station to be open. I was not impressed with my server and the few others who were helping. As I mentioned, the managers were the only saving grace for the service that morning. We have never been disappointed in our service, in fact we are normally impressed, but not that day. I say I would recommend because we normally enjoy their Sunday brunch. If we go again and have a repeat of this last visit, then we will not be back again.

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LG
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Louisville and The Brown Hotel is an absolute must! The Hot Brown lived up to expectations and the mornay sauce was superb! Our server, Angie, suggested we split it and we appreciated her suggestion. Very memorable experience!

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A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose this restaurant for the famous "hot brown" sandwich. It was delicious but at $20 for a sandwich, I think charging $6 to split the sandwich was too much.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous friendly service. Outstanding food. Crafted cocktails. Gorgeous surroundings. Convenient parking. Reasonable pricing. Did I mention the unbelievably fabulous, personalized service by every person we interacted with? Great job Brown Hotel!

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EK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
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 on October 13, 2018
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
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
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
6 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
5 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
31 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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