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
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.
Came here for lunch for a girlfriends ga ...
Came here for lunch for a girlfriends gathering. Lovely ambiance, excellent service (though we would have appreciated a coffee refill), and great food. A bit pricey, but it's in a beautiful historic hotel, something that can't be replicated.
Was passing thru town and stopped to get ...
Was passing thru town and stopped to get a Kentucky Hot Brown at the home of the hot brown. Didn't disappoint. What an excellent sandwich. Kind of wish it had come with chips but the sandwich was huge and more than enough.
Would go back in a heartbeat.
The meal at J Graham's Café was the garland of roses after our great day at Derby. Lovely setting inside the beautiful Brown Hotel (I also highly recommend a drink the Lobby Bar as well). We were a group of 10 and were promptly seated in a semi-private alcove of the restaurant. The food was spectacular due both to the wide selections of salads, appetizers, and soup and the wonderful dessert buffet at the end.
And if you go, make sure to get a Hot Brown. While the other entrée selections were good, you would be really missing out on a true culinary institution. The service was prompt and attentive without being obtrusive. If you are in Louisville, I would highly recommend a visit.
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Thank you for serving our table late this past Friday for lunch. It was much appreciated. Also, your staff was great but I have to call out the hostess who has an amazing spirit. Too bad, the rest of the world cant be like her. The food was excellent. The staff were excellent. My cohorts and I loved the meal and the time spent there.
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