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J Graham's Cafe

4.6
4.6
814 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
J. Graham's is the home of the legendary Hot Brown and offers guests bistro-style, casual dining in the hotel and features the freshest local produce and highlights Kentucky products.

Serving breakfast and lunch, the Café offers guests a contemporary a la carte menu throughout the week and a delectable brunch buffet on the weekends.

Non-smoking.



Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking by the Brown Hotel staff.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 583-1234

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available to accommodate up to 22 people comfortably.

  • Private party contact

    Agustin Sosa : (502) 583-1234 ext. 7069

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Cross street

    Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet Available

  • Parking details

    Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking available by the Brown Hotel staff.

  • Public transit

    On the corner of 4th and Broadway.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 814 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for Brunch

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for Lunch

  • Louisville

    Great for Brunch

  • Louisville

    Great for Lunch

  • Louisville

    Contemporary American

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  1. TB

    TeriB

    Western KY

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No other place to get the hot brown! The hotel is beautiful. The service is excellent as is the food.
  2. JK

    JKH1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We came for the hot brown sandwiches and they exceeded expectations. Wait staff understand most people come for the sandwich and they get right to the point. Everything was excellent.
  3. JB

    JamieB

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Hot Brown! We brought friends and they were very impressed too.
  4. A

    Alexandria

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kat was an amazing server and the service was great. Thank you for helping to make my mama's birthday such a special day!
  5. R

    Redsfan41

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really good food and excellent service!
  6. C

    Cliff

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the 37th Wedding Anniversary for my wife's parttime caretaker and her husband. Marlene always goes the extra mile caring for my darling JeanMarie and we wanted to do sometime special for them. We had been her several times in the past ad knew it was special.
  7. HP

    H2P73

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best hot brown ever! A Louisville original not to be missed
  8. DN

    DanN

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must do lunch spot. We were excited to try The Hot Brown lunch and it exceeded our expectations.
  9. R

    Randy

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Had Sunday brunch there. One of our party ordered the Kentucky Brown which was outstanding. The actual brunch buffet was just average, no outstanding dishes. The brunch buffet was very over priced.
  10. BB

    BradB

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great hot brown. Service excellent
  11. D

    Dlor

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delighted with best Hot Brown ever
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server as well as the other server were both so wonderful and attentive. They both acknowledged my birthday and made it very special. The hot brown was like a cloud of deliciousness and definitely proved who the originator is! Loved this experience!!!
  13. KM

    KathyM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the famous Hot Brown in a historic setting. Beautifully restored to its original grandeur
  14. JA

    JasonA

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was attentive. Suggestions were point on
  15. T

    Topher77

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Breakfast buffet was mediocre and over priced for what was available. No omelet station, just pre-prepared foods. Waffles were doughy and not crisp. Oatmeal was too liquid, like porridge or soup.
  16. s

    shirleyn

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    In town for an event we were looking forward to having the famous hot brown but were so disappointed. First of all it was barely lukewarm. The turkey was in chunks rather than sliced, the bread was plain white, the tomato was placed by the side rather than under the cheese and at midsummer it was watery and more like a winter tomato. Only one slice of bacon. The Mornay sauce did not appear to be made with high quality cheese. Please bring back the hot brown we remember from so long ago and from so many times at the beautiful Brown Hotel.
  17. SR

    StevenR

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is what service should be in all restaurants. The Hot Brown is an eating experience!
  18. BG

    BarbaraG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. The Hot Brown is not to be missed.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great brunch and great service. Offering Hot Brown or Buffett option. Omelet station, as well as several different choices for the Buffett ranging from pork tenderloin to salads to breakfast pastries, fruit and dessert. Service is excellent. Also amazing to check out Brown Hotel architecture. Valet parking offered.
  20. EM

    ElizabethM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was an excellent "old" Louisville experience. We enjoyed Mint Juleps, Hot Browns, and Derby Pie for Sunday breakfast. All were excellent. The restaurant is classic without being stuffy. The history of the Brown Hotel is featured throughout the lobby and is interesting reading. I would make this a "don't miss" on anyone's trip to Louisville.
  21. A

    Anonymous

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Website out dates stating resteraunt has breakfast/brunch menu, but it doesn’t! Only option was paying $30 a person for a Buffett that was the size of a continental breakfast bar and food was not good at all. Service was good but you can get more value for your money elsewhere
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my GrandLadies to see the Brown. Our waitress ( Regina) was over the top. Picked up on the girls 1st time and told them the history of the hotel and keep the kids involved
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Hot Brown is a must have here. Great food and friendly, efficient staff. Definitely recommend if you find yourself in Louisville.
  24. EL

    ErinL

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch at J Graham's Cafe was a true delight!! Our family ate the buffet and ordered an original Hot Brown and a dessert sampler. The buffet had the most amazing beef tenderloin, cooked to perfection with spinach and mashed potatoes. They also had Salmon with greens, roasted brussels with sweet potatoes, escalloped potatoes, varying salads, dessserts, and some baked breakfast items (muffins, cinnamon rolls, tarts, etc). Best buffet I have ever experienced. The ordered traditional hot brown was by far the best hot brown i have ever eaten. Finally, the dessert was amazing. Chef Arkan came out and spoke with us and we complimented him and his staff on a delightful lunch along with a beautiful set up. Server Robyn did an amazing job with service and Asst. Manager Sharon Cheney kept the entire restaurant organized and structured. Everyone in the restaurant had full drinks the entire time, and plates never sat around. This is a true experience and we HIGHLY recommend this amazing place!
  25. MH

    MolinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My oh My!!! Hot Brown is something I'll crave. We had the BEST service and the food was outstanding
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. The hot brown was just perfect. We shared it. The history at the Brown hotel was also wonderful to see and read.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place to dine! Original Hit Briwn is without peer.
  28. 2

    25anniversary

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great brunch experience and would love to go again when in the city
  29. SS

    SheilaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch with friends. Great service and scrumptious food!
  30. K

    Kathyl

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely hotel, delicious breakfast with amazing staff. Hope to visit again someday!
  31. s

    scnyfamily

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Sunday brunch with a good variety of choices. Service was excellent, especially from the gentleman who has worked at the Brown for more than 25 years!
  32. ES

    ErinS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice buffet and Hot Browns. Excellent service, especially from Cat.
  33. AS

    AstaraS

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hot Brown was amazing and our server Kat was excellent!
  34. JC

    JCBP

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wonderful service, lovely ambiance
  35. GR

    GeorgeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance that made the famous Hot Brown even better!
  36. JC

    JosephC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice lunch spot with valet parking. Limited food menu, but good. Great place for a birthday lunch get together. Friendly employees.
  37. FS

    FlavorSavor

    Nashville

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful visit. The brunch set up was a little different today, but we enjoyed everything and they even made our child's experience a plus.
  38. DT

    DaveT

    St. Louis

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the Hot Brown! It was good! Very cool old hotel.
  39. G

    Gogo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch. There is no menu. We had a choice of a buffet or 2 sizes of Hot Brown. We went because this is where the Hot Brown was created. We were the only people there. The service was excellent but it felt odd to be the only ones in the Cafe.
  40. DD

    DaleD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    My wife had the Hot Brown sandwich and it was amazing. I had the Sunday buffet brunch and while the food they had was good quality, they struggled to keep up with the demand, and the selection was quite small. They never did replace the bread pudding (although they brought out more sauce and whipped cream for some reason, but no pudding) and the vegetarian brown pasta cooled as soon as you put it on the plate. Other food was very good quality and fresh. Service from our server was terribly slow compared to others around us. Ambience was excellent. We would eat there again, but get there earlier in the morning when they presumably have more food.

FAQs

J Graham's Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 583-1234.

J Graham's Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 814 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for J Graham's Cafe

335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet Available

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking available by the Brown Hotel staff.

  • Public transit

    On the corner of 4th and Broadway.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 583-1234

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available to accommodate up to 22 people comfortably.

  • Private party contact

    Agustin Sosa : (502) 583-1234 ext. 7069

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