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Lobby Bar & Grille at the Brown Hotel

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73 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Our waiter was very attentive and made my birthday dinner very memorable with great service!

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Jake
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried to get reservations at the English Grill for an anniversary dinner. Unfortunately it was still closed. Luckily we were able to dine in the same dining room, just from the Lobby Bar menu. Everything was top notch.

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SeanE
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Don was excellent
Food was outstanding

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Dutch
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, attentive servers, let us up to the roof for the view! And the Hot Brown was to die for.

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. I don't have a bad thing to say, only good. The drinks, food, staff and hotel were superb! Definitely recommend!

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heatherb
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience, it was like being back in time. The service was excellent, the staff was so attentive. The food was wonderful. We received some background from the waiter about the hotel and were able to walk around and explore. Absolutely outstanding!

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vipZonin
Tampa
62 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The class of class and best of best.. Hot Brown is to die for...my favorite place in Louisville

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williamk
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were excellent. Will certainly go back for another visit.

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JenniferA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I highly recommend the Derby pie (with ice cream, of course) and crème brûlée! Our server couldn’t have been more courteous and attentive (without being obnoxious). It is a pricey meal, but for a special occasion, well worth it!

Lobby Bar & Grille at the Brown Hotel
Responded on September 15, 2020

Dear Jennifer, Many thanks for the nice notes on our food and service. Thanks for choosing us for your special occasion. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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FrancesH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I have had the hot brown many times but the last visit was sub standard. The sauce was different, it was very starchy with little taste. Was very disappointed as this was a celebration and I wanted to take my fiancé to the Brown Hotel to celebrate over a nice dinner. We ended up throwing our food out to rescue cats. I know the decreased quality Is not the norm because all the others times it was superb.

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Sirena
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ordering a classic Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel is more of an overall Louisville experience than a dining destination. The Hot Brown is basically an open face turkey sandwich served on white toast and smothered in creamy sauce and bacon. Classic comfort food, not fine dining. But the space is magnificent and the service is friendly, so definitely worth doing. The Derby Pie for dessert is the best in the city!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff members are amazing! Hospitality the way it was intended to be 100 years ago when The Brown opened. The food is an experience in itself. Be sure to try their custom cocktails- you'll have trouble picking just one!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible cocktails and a great meal. Service was great

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VickyP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good...service was very good...very nice way to enjoy a relaxing Sunday lunch!

Lobby Bar & Grille at the Brown Hotel
Responded on September 15, 2020

Dear Vicky, Many thanks for the 5 stars and for spending your relaxing Sunday with us! Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the drive!

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Glen
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ended up in the English Grill rather than the Lobby Bar, but it was still a pleasant immersion in history. The server was exemplary and the Hot Brown and Derby Pie were excellent, legendary for good reason!

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KatherineL
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our biggest reason to return to Louisville is not only the Hot Brown but the fries! Who knew.....fabulous all the way around.

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DennisS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent lunch. Atmosphere, food and service were outstanding!

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vipLouisvilleFoodie
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The quintessential stop in Louisville for a Hot Brown was a real disappointment on a recent visit. Service was spotty and inefficient. The cocktails were mediocre and overpriced. The Hot Brown was tasty, well made, and hot and the Caesar Salad was spectacular. I was very disappointed with the beverage preparation and poorly executed service and will not return.

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TawanaE
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a Birthday night out. Everything was perfect. Covid distancing and compliance was demonstrated, service was very good. The cocktails were well made and the food was delicious.

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Flink
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was top notch. We loved it and will return.

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vipNikiSan
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the ambiance at the Brown Hotel and we enjoyed our time in the lobby bar having a "Hot Brown" and some bourbon cocktails. Solid food and excellent drinks - our server, Yaser, was wonderful and recommended drinks to us. It is of course a bit quieter than normal due to the pandemic, but we felt safe thanks to their grand space, distant seating, and strict mask requirements.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent & atmosphere exquisite.

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jake
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to rest and enjoy the turn of the century ambience. We were treated to a tour of the hotel by the hotel manager. It is a spectacular place to stay and very reasonable rates. The rooms are all updated with all amenities. Thanks again for the comfortable stay and great food,service ,drinks and hospitality.

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HonorK
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had reservations in the Lobby Bar, but were seated (alone) in the beautiful English Grill. Excellent Service. After dinner the manager took us up on the rooftop for a sunset view of Louisville. Very special.

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KamU
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dinner! Used the complimentary valet service. Seating right in the lobby of the hotel. Had the cheese plate to share and then I had steak with fries and my husband had the hot brown. Oh my goodness the hot brown was amazing. Definitely a must have. Fries were great too, excellent spices. Staff was super friendly! Worth every penny! Fun piano music being played as well.

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DonnaC
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. It was perfect!

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Brandon
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. The Hot Brown is absolutely delicious and I would 1000% go again if I ever found myself in Louisville again. The perfect fine dining experience.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family met in Louisville from a few different parts of the country to celebrate my wife's birthday. We decided to have dinner at The Brown's Lobby Bar. Keep in mind, there were COVID precautions in place, as there were around the country. So, to accommodate guests, the restaurants were serving meals in the Lobby Bar, a more open area of the hotel. We were not disappointed by the ambience, the service or the food. It's a classic, high end hotel. Our server's name was Yaser and he was great. Very attentive, made great recommendations, and made us feel like we were his only table. He knew the occasion for us meeting and mentioned that while helping us--that made us feel special. Three of our guests had the Hot Brown, the restaurant's signature dish for decades. Yaser described it perfectly and we all very much enjoyed it. All I can say is you have to try it for yourself--my word's alone won't do it justice. When I'm back in Louisville, I'll return to The Brown.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Amy and the manager Troy provided service and an experience that was above and beyond.

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DanaM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful lobby area! Had the Hot Brown and their famous fries with our cocktails! The Hot Brown was more than enough for the two of us. Delicious!! Very friendly staff! Thank you Amy!!

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sglbgg
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Staff was taking cleanliness procedures seriously. Best Hot Brown ever and chocolate dessert was to die for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a classic

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BanissaD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is nothing short of amazing. From the spectacular intricacies of the ceiling, woodwork, and chandeliers, the Brown Hotel is a site that everyone needs to see. Amy Nicole, our waitress, was so informative about the hotel and made us feel right at home. She is a gem. Our food was wonderful. I highly recommend trying the Hot Brown.

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ellisr
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Experience! The nostalgic atmosphere was terrific. Ordered the "Hot Brown" and it was tasty. I wish it would have come with some type salad or vegetable.
Got to explore the Brown Hotel after dinner as an added surprise. Nice place, would return.

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davidw
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place would love to go back someday beautiful place

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RICHARDK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The bar area was very nice. The food and service was very good. The original hot brown was perfectly prepared, as well as Ceasar salad with grilled check. I will recommend to others who would enjoy the food and the history behind the Brown Hotel

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DebbieP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone visiting Louisville should go to The Brown Hotel and get the Hot Brown. A piece of advice: have them split it in to two portions, because the size is very big! Try the french fries too! Lovely spot and we very much enjoyed our visit to this beautiful spot.

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vipMichael1
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, the last of the real fine dining restaurants from days gone by. Troy and their staff are phenomenal !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here before but wanted to share with two foodies from Washington DC...many places were shut down due to COVID-19 but the Lobby Bar was pleasantly full (no coughs or sneezes). Some of us got the signature Hot Brown (shared and served in separate dishes) and of course a serving of Derby Pie and the very special "Striptease" dessert. Service is always gracious, food delicious. You don't have to dress up and there were families as well as business types. Complimentary valet parking is also a plus! Piano music in the background was also very nice.

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Lobby Bar & Grille at the Brown Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 73 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.