Holy Grale

4.6
42 reviews
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Farm-to-table
Good beer, food and company is the only thing we pray for in this house of worship. Built in 1905, our small Unitarian Church in the heart of the Louisville’s Original Highlands neighborhood is home to the Holy Grale. Come taste a variety of ever-changing beers from all over the world poured from one of our 27 taps, or opt for our bottle list. To accompany, we proudly serve a constantly rotating seasonally inspired menu that is designed to pair well with craft beer, cider, and wine. Reservations are for our choir loft only (upstairs). The Choir Loft is very small so reservations are limited. If you cannot book through open table, please call us at 502.459.9939 after 5pm for requests, especially for same day requests. Bar service is offered on our first floor and additional seating is available on a first come first serve basis (same for our seasonal outdoor beer garden).
WE ARE 21+ ONLY!!
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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will treasure my experience here for a long time to come. If you appreciate a true Belgian fry, be sure to visit this church-turned-tavern tastebud playground.

Additionally, Holy Grale hosts an outstanding beer list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late Fathers Day

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S
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place for my our of town friends who love craft beer. They also like food, and were pleased with the Kentucky Proud products. It was a beautiful evening to sit on the patio.

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c
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal, service and atmosphere. Will certainly go back.

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B
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We took friends who had not been here before. Sat upstairs. Patio full and bar area noisy. Forgot upstairs small. Beers good. Selection almost too much. Food selection almost too small. Wanted BLT Sliders. Still on website but MIA in restaurant. Fries still great and Simple Salad tasty. We will go back but not on a regular basis.

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M
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff well versed on beer menu and made great recommendations

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bachelor party dinner. Reserved the upstairs loft. Perfect for the occasion.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Well... we were disappointed that there wasn’t a full bar (we didn’t read the menu correctly) We were okay with just a bourbon until we learned they have nothing on ice- meaning warm wine, water & bourbon, and no Chardonnay. Food was just okay.

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YL
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Confused on entry to the set up. Super friendly staff and a frequent customer directed. Open table reservation was placed. Table was set up and waiting on us in loft area with a separate bar. Super cute location and feel. Very much a highland vibe. Took a minute to figure out the menu. If you are a big beer buff this would be your jam. Overall experience was great for our girls night out. If you are in loft area bring a sweater there is a vent that hits the table we were at and the longer you are sitting the colder it feels. Would recommend this place and recommend placing a reservation if larger than four In your party. It seems to be very popular and was filling up on a Thursday night.

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O
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great bar for drinks. Thought we would grab dinner here, but food menu takes back seat to beer - ended up at another place for food, but the ambience and drinks were outstanding

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MO
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. Truly enjoyed the ambiance. Would recommend highly!

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AE
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so happy that Choir Loft now takes reservations. We go for family birthdays. The service is spectacular. I wish I could remember our server's name. He suggested just the right beer and was relaxed and cheerful with a large group.

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SB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots - best beer service in Louisville. Knowledgeable staff, and great food! Best burger.

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holy Grail was a great experience. They accommodated my last minute reservations on a Friday night. The atmosphere was very comfortable and the servers were very knowledgeable about the food and drink selection. I'll definitely go again and bring others with me.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for a large group for my birthday, and we had a perfect evening! Our server up in the choir loft was excellent, as were the other staff members who promptly brought up food and drinks. They were also very nice about helping us fit in a few extra guests at the last minute. Thanks to everyone at Holy Grale!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beers and the food is just as great!

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t
Birmingham
61 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Holy Grale is essentially a beer bar with a selection of really good "bar" food, the beer selection is really excellent. Food choices are limited but all very good. It has limited seating, so reserve.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Holy Grale exceeded expectations! Our server was knowledgeable and hilarious. The food was AMAZING. Every bite was just so good. The beer was ridiculously good. We left dinner so happy. Can't wait to go back.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We loved the beer menu and the two restaurant options. We ate downstairs with bar service on the Saturday night and then ate upstairs with excellent table service on the Sunday night since we liked it so much. Bartender was engaging and recommended excellent beers based on the ones I already drank and enjoyed. Excellent food both nights. Downstairs was more lively with louder music and conversations whereas the Choir Loft offered a great chance for conversation over multiple beers. Loved this place and will definitely go back if I'm ever in the city again.

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DQ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Team...
Great food and beers. Love the portion size, light, but big with flavors. Keep up the outstanding work.

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

Reservations are seated in the choir loft. Fabulous atmosphere but very loud when a bachelor party arrived.

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PA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my spouse for birthday and they made it very special. Highly recommend!

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AR
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wide variety of beers, ales, and ciders.
Not a big menu but everything we ordered was good. We were pleased with our food and will definitely return.
Servicer was informative & helpful & efficient. Atmosphere was comfortable.

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PK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Super fine beers, and great, unique food selections. Best french fry salad I've ever had, but it had some fancier name.

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T
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was horrible. Really cool setup and the food was fine, but waiting so long for everything (especially waters and beers) ruined the experience for our big group.

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Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Made reservations in Choir Loft. Great food. Way too loud. Couldn’t hold a conversation without practically yelling. Or just talking to person next to you.

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TL
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Holy Grale. Eat there every chance we get.

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b
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful food, and extremely cool atmosphere!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were in Louisville for holiday and had high expectations from Holy Grale based on reviews and research. Unfortunately it was a bust. They first brought me out my grilled green tomato salad without the tomatoes among other components. When we brought it to their attention they finally brought it as intended and I’m not sure if I was more disappointed before or after. It was just awful.

Then we also ordered a schnitzel sandwich and fries. Of course they forgot the fries.. while they did apologize for it, it was brought at the very end of our meal and it was just unpleasant entirely.

Service was sloppy. Nobody seemed to be on the same page. Wouldn’t recommend nor come back. Sadly it was the worst restaurant we visited in Louisville.

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BK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great beer selection from around the world. We had a very knowledgeable server, Nick, who assisted us in making selections and had very tasty recommendations. Food selection is somewhat limited but well prepared. Burgers are a good bet.

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Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an absolute blast with friends in the Choir Loft celebrating my husband’s birthday. Fantastic food and drinks, gorgeous atmosphere. Can’t wait to return!

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The food here was great. Service was fantastic. If you are not a beer lover and would prefer wine or cocktails, not the place for you. They do have some wine, but by the glass it comes from a tap and I happened to get the last glass from the tap and was SICK as a dog the entire next day. I'm assuming it wasn't the food because nobody else got sick and I know it wasn't a bug because this was not your normal run of the mill stomach bug. I literally felt like I had the worst hangover I've ever had, from TWO glasses of white wine. Weird. Lesson learned. Bottom of the tap is a BAD idea.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great beer and food!! Just visiting Louisville and was awesome place to chill

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and the outdoor beer garden . They were efficient in serving but it was a bit hectic and stressful ordering at the counter.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed this, but it was not exactly as advertised. There was not a Daily menu, so it was a very limited menu and it was very hot in the loft.

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L
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time there. Did not know there was a different area to sit in with our reservations. Ended up downstairs in the bar area where there was no table service. Next time I will know better. Food was good.

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M
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Staff was super friendly and the food was so good. One of our favorite local places we’ve tried so far!!

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l
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space in the loft! Loved the food and service ❤️

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Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food portion and quality lagged behind beer selection

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