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Permanently Closed - The Julep Cup

455 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Herald-Leader| December 26, 2014 - Patti Nickell

"[Executive Chef Lindsay Brooks Brugh, a] graduate of Chicago's Le Cordon Bleu, she studied in Paris, receiving a Superior Cuisine Medal...and worked with Frank Stitt....Her beef bourguignon, black Angus short rib slowly braised with red wine and herbs, and steak au poivre, certified Angus beef, peppercorn crusted with cognac cream, green peppercorns and whole grain mustard, are the essence of Gallic good taste....Nowhere else in Lexington will you find dishes from the southern United States and those from the south of France side by side on a single dining companion and I split an appetizer of fried green tomatoes with zesty remoulade...there were none left by the time our entrees arrived...the shrimp and grits...'the best in Lexington'....desserts are given equal care....[and] if you have time before or after your meal, drop into the Seahorse Lounge...for the signature libation. The mint Julep..."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(859) 226-0300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Virginia L. Brooks
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Private party facilities
The Julep Room is separated from the main dining room by french doors and contains an oval table that will seat up to 12 persons. No fee for the space. Perfect for small buisness groups, birthdays, book clubs.
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Private party contact
Mike Esham: (859) 226-0300
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Cross street
East Main & Woodland
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Parking details
Parking is available on the rear parking deck directly behind the building. Other parking is available in the parking lot on the corner of Woodland and Vine Street, directly behind the parking deck. Street parking is also available on Woodland Avenue and Vine Street.
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Public transit
The Lextran Trolley runs to the corner of Midland and East Main Street, one block west of The Julep Cup. Trollies run daily between the hours of 9AM and 3PM from downtown hotels and the convention center. Lextran City Buses stop on East Main at the corner of Woodland in front of The Woodlands where The Julep Cup is located.
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Music in Bar certain Friday nights.
Call to check. Features local talent such as Ben Lacey and Bob Bryant on guitars; Phil Copeland; - Emmy award winning songwriter and vocalist; Paul Osborne, saxophone and Harold Young, keyboard.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLexFoodie (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

I want to start off by saying that the food at the Julep is excellent. The service is very good. The ambiance inside is romantic and intimate. This is why our group of 5 men chose to sit outside.

I have eaten on the patio for many years. Never before has anyone smoked, and I had assumed it was a smoke free patio because there were no ash trays. This past visit, a lady sat next to our group and smoked what seemed to be 25 cigarettes. She would just flip her ashes onto a bread plate. It was not a pleasant experience, and my whole group groaned every time she lit up a new one. Julep should really consider banning smoking on the patio as it is covered and open only on a few sides. There simply is not enough air flow for patio smoking.

We did have excellent food, once again, and our cocktails were amazing. I just hope Julep reconsiders its smoking policy in the future. (cough cough)

CarolT (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

We had a family dinner. The ambiance was wonderful. There were six of us. We had a great bottle of Anthology Cab. The fried chicken was authentic. I ordered the handout french fries and they were perfect. My granddaughters were thrilled to have Shirley Temples. All of the members of my group loved their features. Every had ample portions. Service was efficient and patient. The chocolate cake was amazing. The menu and features are far more sophisticated than other restaurants but the pricing is far less than the fancy steak houses.

vipNoni (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on September 12, 2017


OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

We arrived a bit late for lunch. Varied menu. Great service. Quiet. If you love horsey decor and/or dining on a lovely patio, this is your place. Everything was delicious! Salad with fried green tomatoes was outstanding and shareable!

zksald (Louisville)
1.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

I ate at the Julep Cup a few years ago and it has clearly significantly downgraded since then. My partner and I were the only diners in the whole entire section we were sat in (had capacity for about 50 other diners), with a pianist playing the piano, which was the only enjoyable thing about the ambience. They didn't have the first, second, or third wine my partner wanted. I was told they didn't have the wine I wanted, and then 10 minutes later told they brought it and told me they did have it. I had to ask for a cooler and some ice for my bottle of room temperature white wine. The appetizers were good, but my entree experience was a disappointment. I asked for the steak, which was on an entree menu with about 5 other options. I was then bought the ribeye, which was on the specials menu, and cost $30 more. I asked for medium rare and it came out well done. I then asked our waitress for plates and cutlery for my partner and I to share and she bought out one plate and one fork. It was as if she couldn't understand or carry out basic tasks or things that we asked. The dessert was mediocre. All in all, the service was the most disappointing aspect and mistake after mistake from the get go led to a really disappointing experience.

vipSusan (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

The trout was a little heavy. I think it had too many spices. I loved the music!

ABaston (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

Enjoyable as always. The new menu seemed more limited. They used to have a couple of specialty salads but not this time - just a Caesar option which I ordered and was very good. Both of my guests enjoyed their meals and our time together. It is a great quiet space for good conversation.

Debra (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Always perfection. Food is excellent and service is great. Atmosphere is unparalleled in the neighborhood. Live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

MK13 (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

Great service.
Went on a friday for anniversary. Jesse was good for conversation and impeccable attention. Sausage and grits were amazing!

vipBhante (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

We had the swordfish special and pork chops. Would get both again and again! Another exceptional meal and with service to match.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

The brussel chips are awesome. Great patio. Jessica was very attentive.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

We love coming here the food and service are always spot on!

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Fantastic meal! We started off with Fried green tomatoes. Both of us had the grouper special and shared the Peach Melba. Service was great.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

I love coming here. They have implemented a very locally sourced menu recently. I really like seeing restaurants support the farmers here in Kentucky. I had the pork chop special with fresh peaches. It was fantastic. I was told by the manager that they get peaches from a Georgia peach truck that visits Ky twice a year. My date had the grouper and said it was great. Jesse did a wonderful job taking care of us.

vipHard2Please (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

Had been to The Julep Cup a few years ago to sample their locally famous mint julep. Had a pleasing experience at the bar one afternoon. Recently we were visiting the area again with our daughter and son-in-law to do bourbon tasting and came back to The Julep Cup for more mint juleps and lunch. The service and food were excellent. We had a most enjoyable time on their terrace experiencing a southern hospitality lunch before going to tour the nearby Henry Clay Estate. Would certainly return if we are in the area again. We reside near Philadelphia.

Coelo (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

Had a fantastic evening dining on the patio. We very much enjoyed all of the food and drinks. Jesse was our server, and he was very hospitable. The fresh morel mushrooms were fantastic in the special fresh pasta. The menu was locally sourced, and the quality came through with every bite.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

We found The Julep Cup because we were looking for a restaurant near downtown. What a wonderful treat it was from the perfectly crafted Mint Julep served in a silver cup to the fantastic brussel sprout appetizer to our excellent entrees and dessert, we highly recommend this restaurant.
We had time issues and our server was great in this respect.
A do not miss restaurant in Lexington!

Wbgd (Louisville)
1.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

Service was terrible. We were ignored for quite a while before our order being taken. Waitress walked by us on at least five occasions and said nothing to us. Salad was pretty good, but was not really "entree" size as the waitress indicated and cost $19. NO SALAD is worth that unless it feeds 4 and contains shrimp right off the boat. Will not go back.

AgnesCrenshaw (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

The restaurant features farm to table cuisine that is deliciously prepared. Five of us had dinner, and everybody loved their selection. A chef's special was pasta with chef-found morel mushrooms and fiddlehead ferns. Our friends loved the dish. The menu also contained chicken and rabbit which were delicious Lee prepared. The wine list was extensive.

vipSteve (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Great food, atmosphere, very peaceful and civilized. Visit the Julep Cup trip from Maryland to Lexington (3 times per year)