Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel

4.8
309 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Contemporary classic meets Old World opulence at The Brown Hotel’s spectacularly beautiful and surprisingly unstuffy Lobby Bar. A popular spot for the next generation of Louisville merrymakers, this glamorous, gilded space balances its history with modern touches and sophisticated tastes. Ever attune to the dining desires of its clientele, patrons can enjoy the English Grill menu items from the comfort of the Lobby Bar. Indulge in classic comfort food and kick back with a hand-crafted cocktail. Our Signature Hot Brown and Derby Pie pair perfectly with our hand selected bourbon flight.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 309 people are saying
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jannylou
Toledo
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great meal! Love the atmosphere at the Lobby Bar. Piano music is always a nice touch!

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Anniversary
Memphis/West TN
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Louisville for a concert and stopped here for dinner. The hotel is absolutely beautiful-so much history in this building.
The wait staff is extremely knowledgeable and loved to share their stories. They were attentive and friendly.
The food: WOW!!! If you come here and don’t get the world famous “hot brown”-you missed out. They invented it here—and it was DELICIOUS!! Ordered a side of bourbon fries and derby pie for dessert. Old fashions to accompany the meal. It was perfection and I already want to come back.
Highly recommend!!!!

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KeithJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Waitress was great, but restaurant was extremely understaffed. As a result, service suffered.

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Slimgoody
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I was throughly happy with my experience. The food was excellent and our waiter was the best. He treated us as if we were the only ones in the place. My only complaint was with the manager. He greeted everyone's table excepted ours. I take it it was because our skin was kissed by the sun. Oh well, as much as we have come a long way, we still have a long way to go. So sad the color of the skin still play a part in this society.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Very nice waitress

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LoraM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was excellent and staff was very friendly and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the Hot Brown.

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KelseyC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful date night at the Brown Hotel. Wonderful service and a delicious meal.

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RebeccaL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff very attentive. Loved the live piano music and the cocktails were one of a kind. The only down side was that we had to eat in the lobby due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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BobZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy a Kentucky Hot Brown. They are the famous original.

JD
JohnD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having a Hot Brown at the Brown for Sunday breakfast is always a memorable experience !

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GarrodS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful time and was made to feel so special on my birthday. Highly recommend!

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MarcM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed the visit. The meal was delicious and service was great.

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justink
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cool historic hotel and dining room with old school service to match.

JS
JodieS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 30th anniversary! It was a delicious meal and wonderful service. A piece of chocolate cake was given to us for celebrating with them!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our visit. The cocktails were tasty and well crafted. The hot brown was great. The sea scallops were a little too salty. Great service.

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GaryK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender was special. he had an old school way of running the place by using an old hand cranked ice crusher to keep from ruining the ambiance of the room and the piano in the back ground. The options of using the bag and the hammer or the blender or electric crusher is out of the question for him. No blended drinks will be made for the same reason.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! Scallops & the hot brown were solid! Historic setting. Great evening!

JH
JHull
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited to have an authentic Hot Brown and Derby Pie. They did not disappoint! The staff was very friendly and took the time to chat with us. Beautiful place!

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StaceyL
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Hot Brown and Derby Pie were very delicious! The service was excellent.

SD
StevenD
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service that we’ve ever had at any restaurant, treated us like I was George Clooney. Had the original Hot Brown & Derby Pie.....Awesome!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. The place is spectacular.

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vipNick
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

i made a reservation for the lobby bar but was seated in the old, dark, restaurant with no atmosphere. service was fine. hot brown was a hot mess. sent both orders back with comments for the chef.

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patg
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!! Food and service were excellent!!! A must see and do for visitors

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CraigW
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A drink at The Lobby Bar is a must! Beautiful atmosphere and fun experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Had a great table. Had our first hot brown and it was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick was our server and he was great, made our experience!

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vipCaitlinS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hot brown is a must as well as the bourbon barrel fries! The Kentucky derby is a great cocktail. Excellent service and beautiful atmosphere!

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Frosty
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The hot brown was very good. The French fries were the best we had ever had. My wife’s steak was so/so, a little fatty, should have got the filet. Atmosphere was great. The waiter, Patrick, was excellent, very prompt and attentive. Very personable and pleasant . We would recommend the restaurant and will go back if we are ever in Louisville again.

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Dkay
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hot brown is delicious. The waiter very helpful. The Brown is charming.

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EdwardZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 40 minutes because I was so excited to try a hot brown, drove here from Chicago. My table of 4 received no service, not even a hello or drink for 40 minutes…. That said, I was very disappointed and it ruined our evening. If we were unable to be served it would have been nice to know ahead of time. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The English Grill is beautiful. The service provided by our server was superb, and the food was excellent.

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ElizabethJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

All was very nice except the air conditioning was on pretty high and we were cold. Our server was excellent and the food very tasty.

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LindaG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Hot Brown and Shrimp & Grits. You can't beat the ambience and attention to detail by the staff.

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mamagina
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such wonderful ambience and the service was very attentive.

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vipKK78
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must in Louisville for their famous hot brown sandwich, you will not be disappointed! The service was outstanding and drinks, food & dessert all delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best wait staff!

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Robert
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ticking a longtime local tradition off your to-do list as a visitor is almost always a bit on the disappointing side, more a matter of obligation than anything else. In this case, it was an absolute delight. The ambience, the food, and particularly the excellent service, combined to make our dinner a joy from beginning to end. Come for the tradition, but stay for the experience of a great meal.

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CathyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 10 had an outstanding meal and service. The bar and dining areas are so beautiful and make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipMaggie
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a delicious lunch at the Brown Hotel. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. We ordered the Hot Brown and the BLT sandwiches which were very tasty. Can't wait to go back.

FAQs

Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 583-1234.

Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel is rated 4.8 stars by 309 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.