About J Graham's Cafe
J. Graham's is the home of the legendary "Hot Brown" and offers guests a bistro-style option for casual dining in the hotel and features the freshest local produce. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Cafe offers guests a contemporary a la carte menu or full buffet option (available Tuesday-Friday) including gourmet soups, salads and entrees and a decadent dessert display. Non-smoking.
Hours of Operation:
Open Everyday 7 am-3 pm
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am -11:00 am
Sunday Brunch: 9-1
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking available at the 4th Street main enterance to the hotel.
On the corner of 4th and Broadway are East, West, (23 & 17)North & Southbound (4) stops.
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining room available to accomodate up to 22 people comfortably.
Private Party Contact:
Sue Walker: 5025831234x7180
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
J Graham's Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Awful wait service. Mass confusion on ...
Awful wait service. Mass confusion on the part of servers and who was responsible for which table. One waiter spent all his time drooling over 2 woman enjoying their mimosas. Waited an excessive amount of time to have our order taken. However, the Kentucky Brown was delicious. we split the order, and there was just so much food!
The famoous "Hot Brown" certainly lived ...
The famoous "Hot Brown" certainly lived up to its reputation. Ever so good. We were celebrating a dear friend's 91st birthday and the wait staff made her feel very speical. Just cannot say enough good things about the Cafe. One thing is for sure - we will be back the next time we are in Louisville. It's not a place to be missed.
Heard about the Hot Brown from Travel Ch ...
Heard about the Hot Brown from Travel Channel. When my wife and I had to come to Louisville, we thought we would try it. It was excellent, very well made and lots of flavor. Comfort food. Service was very friendly and decor was nice. We had a window seat but unfortunately there was construction right outside across the street which was the only slight mar on an otherwise excellent lunch.
I rated this low because of the name "Ca ...
I rated this low because of the name "Cafe" - it is not at all a cafe. It is a very elegant, formal, expensive place for breakfast. The word cafe connotes a cozy, small moderate to low priced venue. Very disappointed when we got there. I'm sure it's perfect for atmosphere on a romantic date or special anniversary.
It was awkward when time to pay bill. ...
It was awkward when time to pay bill. I had spoken with the waiter privately and said it would be one check and I would pay. We had a gift certificate with $207 on it. The waiter came back to our table and asked if there was enough to pay the bill on the certificate ($111.00) after he took the bill back to the cashier. As the waiter was coming back to the table - everyone took a deep breath thinking he was going to say it didn't go through. Then there was the question was the tip going to be placed on the certificate or would it be cash. We were embarrassed. Other than the waiter having to make two trips back to our table to ask questions about the bill - we didn't want to put our guest in this awkward situation. Because now, it is apparent I was paying the bill. I wanted to just pay the bill quietly and not make a production out of it. It was a great meal...but I have to add the "big but" to it - it was awkward.
We were seated 15 minutes late for our r ...
We were seated 15 minutes late for our reservations then waited 20 minutes for our server to take our drink order. We ran out of time to order from the menu, so we had to get the buffet. By that time food was gone, no bacon or fruit was left. The buffet was uninspired, mostly bread choices. We will NOT be returning.
We had another wonderful dining experien ...
We had another wonderful dining experience at J Graham's Cafe. The Hot Brown is absolute perfection in a dish. The original Hot Brown is by far the best ever. The service is outstanding. We were celebrating a birthday and was treated to a delicious piece of derby pie. We will definitely return to J Graham's Cafe when visiting Louisville.
Had an hour for lunch before heading bac ...
Had an hour for lunch before heading back to the airport, and we ate, perused the Brown Hotel lobby and were back to our car in the adjacent garage in 55 minutes. Lovingly cared for old hotel ambiance, nice dining room. We both had Hot Browns and mint juleps… so Kentucky it hurts. Having only read about the Hot Brown, I figured we may as well get one from the source. Thick cuts of very tender turkey breast on Texas toast, bacon, grilled tomato to the side and a heavenly creamy, cheese sauce that I want to fill a pool with and swim in. Filling without being too much. Perfection in a broiler dish. 10/10 would unhesitatingly recommend.
One of the best Sunday brunch buffets I ...
One of the best Sunday brunch buffets I have ever had. My sorority sisters and I made a last minute, large-party reservation and we were completely accommodated. Our waiter was very funny and kind, having perfect timing for refills, collecting plates, etc. The food was phenomenal and had a wide range of choices between hot breakfast dishes and desserts. Would highly recommend to everyone.
Historic location and a really enjoyable ...
Historic location and a really enjoyable environment. Very impressive staff. Not a great value, likely because they have the benefit of the hotel crowd, which will pay a premium. A good place to have breakfast or lunch with a friend, especially an out of town friend who can experience the ambiance of The Brown.
My husband and I came here for lunch aft ...
My husband and I came here for lunch after our city hall wedding in 2015 and it was wonderful. This year we decided to make it a tradition to have lunch here on our anniversary. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff is outstanding. They made our day even more special. Can't wait to go back next year!
My girls and I were visiting Louisville ...
My girls and I were visiting Louisville and we wanted to try the famous Hot Brown. The Brown Hotel is the very place the Hot Brown was originally created. We thought it was really delicious and unique. The Cafe was beautiful, while the staff were friendly and professional. This was one of the highlights of our trip. I definitely recommend J Graham's Cafe to others.
Service was cordial and efficient. Thoug ...
Service was cordial and efficient. Though there were many patrons, no delays were experienced. Food selection was appropriate for lunch. We enjoyed the buffet. Cauliflower soup was superb, as was the bread pudding - - best in the state! Wine list is very poor, would recommend cocktails instead. A fun day, good lunch and the gift shop is an added plus which I highly recommend.
Service was outstanding! Food was good ...
Service was outstanding! Food was good (except chicken was a little tough), but the desserts and the dining experience made up for it. Scott and Derek provided above-average service and should definitely be commended! And the complimentary valet parking is a very classy touch.
Ambiance and setting was great. We had ...
Ambiance and setting was great. We had a family connection to this restaurant as my grandparents met while both worked here in the late 20's/early 30's. Unfortunately the food was only okay and definitely not worth the cost of a Sunday buffet ($28 per person). I selected a chicken sandwich from the menu. The chicken was dry and the sandwich was very bland. I could not recommend the restaurant with other better choices out there.
We included this on our family vacation ...
We included this on our family vacation to take the kids to a nice historic spot..also to have the Hot Brown. Everyone was thrilled and even tho we were all road weary it was refreshing. From the valet to the server, gift shop and the meal...everything was super. We will be back!
Lunch at J Graham's Cafe was fantastic a ...
Lunch at J Graham's Cafe was fantastic as usual! We each ordered the Hot Brown which is absolutely delicious! We enjoyed the Strawberry Shortcake for dessert. 🍓 The service was great & food outstanding! When we are in Louisville this is our favorite restaurant. J Graham's Cafe is located in the historic Brown Hotel.
The Hot Brown was great but that is it
I walked in and there is free valet, which was nice for 2 hours. The hostess was lovely and there was a kids menu. The drink was okay and the wait was long. WE never had refills or our plates cleared. Our waiter was not good at all. Our food was yummy but not worth the price. I would recommend the hot brown and the derby pie but otherwise I would not go back. There were much better places that were much cheaper.
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