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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.
Louisville, KY 40202
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 entrance 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 accommodate up to 22 people comfortably.
Private Party Contact:
Judd Gibbs: (502) 583-1234 ext. 7180
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
J Graham's Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Food was pretty good, but service was not. We were there for brunch and had to wait over 20 minutes beyond our reservation time and the waitress was not friendly. It was disappointing. Otherwise, it's a very nice setting - the service just put a real downer on things.
We made the mistake of getting the all you can eat Sunday buffet. Unfortunately it was way over priced, and although all of it looked amazing, none of it tasted amazing. Definitely not worth $28. The mimosa was $10 for a tiny tiny glass. If you're going to go here get what they are famous for: the hot brown. It looked phenomenal. We definitely blame ourselves for losing that opportunity and unfortunately spending way more on way less than satisfactory.
We dined on a Monday, the restaurant was not very busy, and the service was slow. Several tables around us, who ordered after us, were served before us. Once the food runner dropped our meals, we had to ask for dessert, and the check. The food was great, especially the Hot Brown. The service was sub-par.
My husband and I ordered a hot brown and derby pie! Both were AMAZING! The complaints I have won't keep me from returning. Our waitress was late greeting us and our food came before our drinks came out. Then we left and we're taking pictures on the stairs in the lobby and the manager kept coming out asking if we needed anything else. Way to make us feel uncomfortable! We were visiting the famous Brown Hotel! We were taking pics!
Great location in the Brown hotel but that is where the "fun" ended. We went specifically to try the signature dish, the "hot Brown" only to discover that it is basically half a chicken dinner for a criminally priced $49.00. Of course it did include a soup, salad and desert bar but $49.00 but really.
When we asked to split the meal we were told that we couldn't so my wife had a $10.00 bowl of pasta for another $44.00.
We will never go there again and will tell all of our friends to avoid it at all cost and we are from LA so we are used to high dinner prices.
The restaurant was all around wonderful. I was seated the minute I walked in and no sooner did I sit down but the waiter came over to ask if I wanted a drink. The service was really impeccable. The waiter came by several times to make sure everything was ok and to see if I needed anything. The menu has a good variety of food choices but being a vegetarian, they only offered one entre of pasta. I would highly recommend
J Graham's, you will not be disappointed.
The maitre d' who greeted us was very nice. Things went downhill from there. It's the little things that matter: no pepper on the table and it took 20 minutes to get some. The table busser took my sister's coat and laid it on the window sill behind the table, which was fine, but it was soon joined by an empty dishwasher glassware holder and something else that shouldn't have been placed there. The omelet chef had no idea how to make an omelet. It took forever to get coffee, so we had to pour our own from the bus table (we were not the only ones). We were there for the brunch buffet...it was inconsistent. My sister's flank steak was so tough she couldn't cut it. They put a huge cut of smoked salmon out with no utensils to serve it with. All the selections in the chafing dishes were pretty heavy, old-style recipes that they've probably served for years. The dining room manager stepped in near the end and was very nice as we hadn't seen our server for a lengthy amount of time. She came by and apologized that she was given two big tables and had to serve them all drinks...okay, I get that as I've been a server, but management should have had extra staff as there was a special event in town that weekend...a yearly event, so it was nothing new. Just a disappointment...
The food was great and our server was fabulous. The only thing we didn't care for we were seated near the brunch buffet. We ordered off the menu. The staff started breaking down the buffet at about 1:40, just as our food arrived to our table. They were removing food, service items, and decorations at a rapid pace giving us the distinct feeling it was time for us to leave the restaurant. We felt rushed by the activity and noise. In our party were 4 (of 6) who had never been here before. We learned to never go back for a 1:15 Sunday lunch reservation again....
This was the best service I have experienced in years. Our server, Justine from Traverse City, MI, was phenomenal. So attentive, so polite, so professional. She was the epitome of a well trained server. My family went for lunch on a Wednesday. It was my daughter's 14th birthday and the staff went above and beyond to make her feel special. Justine was so thoughtful with my two children. Never rushing their comments or questions, but genuinely listening and commenting back appropriately. The food was excellent. I had the famous Hot Brown, which is a legend in Louisville. It was the first time ordering one and it did not disappoint. My husband had pulled pork sandwich, my girls had kid's cheeseburger and chicken strips. Both child selections came from kids' menu, but were large enough portions for them to have split one order of something. I can't begin to tell you what a treat it was to eat here. We felt so well taken care of. The server and hostess brought out an "on the house" dessert for my 14 year old and a second one for my other daughter, who's birthday was later that week. Totally unexpected as we did not really make a big deal about her upcoming birthday. The icing on the cake is complementary valet parking with a validated ticket. If you're in Louisville, this is a spot that is well worth your time.
Brunch at J Graham's was very good. The buffet has a wide selection of items from breakfast food to dessert. The restaurant has an open, casual feel and is well laid out for a comfortable, fairly quiet dining for such an open space. Good food, comfortable seating and good service. Worth the visit.
We went for Sunday brunch after a Saturday evening event held at the Brown. It was the best brunch in Louisville that I've found! Delish and worth the heafty price! It's the home of the famous hot brown and the hot brown casserole is the stuff cravings are made of!
An historic restaurant in an iconic hotel in Louisville, KY. The Sunday buffet had a wide selection of typical Sunday brunch food along with some unusual offerings such as smoked salmon (with onions, capers & egg), marinated asparagus and a good selection of salads. The place has a high ratio of wait staff to diners. There's a price to pay for this; it's a bit more expensive than some other area buffets. But for that special Sunday, it's hard to beat.
First of all, the staff at J Graham's are probably the nicest I've ever encountered. We eat here very often as it is a short stroll from my Mom's nursing home. They are always helpful and attentive to our requesting a disabled table. My big disappointment is the menu. While the hot brown is a standout, sometimes one would appreciate some lighter fare that is good. We have tried the salads, and they basically had no toppings and were shy on dressing. Additionally, we sampled the BLT-way too heavy and greasy! The Barbecue sandwich was dry and flavorless. I think it would be nice to add some new healthier options to the menu. The Derby Pie and Hot Brown are the true winners!
A beautiful historic restaurant that goes the extra mile to make your visit special. My experience was perfect from the valet parking to the Derby Pie split between my friend and me. We chose the renowned Hot Brown for our entree. The menu stated it would require a 20-minute wait but it passed quickly. It was worth the wait. The entire menu looked appetizing but one must try the Hot Brown, at least on your first visit.
We went for Sunday brunch and while I had the original Kentucky Hot Brown, my husband opted for the brunch buffet. The Hot Brown was amazing and a very large portion so come hungry. My husband loved the brunch items, especially the smoked salmon. We will be returning to share our experience with our families next month!
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