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About The English Grill at Brown Hotel
A Louisville landmark since 1923, with English Renaissance architecture and Southern grace. The English Grill is the Brown Hotel's AAA Four Diamond signature dining room serving American cuisine with seasonal and regional influences.
Louisville, KY 40202
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Pianist performing in the Lobby Bar
Valet parking is complimentary when dining in The English Grill. There is a city-owned garage next to the hotel, however, we do not validate for self parking.
We have the Downtown Louisville Trolley that loops every 15 minutes. There is TARC public busing system.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The English Grill is Kentucky fine dining at its best. As much a part of Louisville's history as The Brown Hotel itself, the English Grill offers an incredible dining experience. For smaller, intimate parties, join us in our Private Dining room.
The English Grill at Brown Hotel Ratings and Reviews
The signature dish of the English Grill is suppose to be the Hot Brown. So, I ordered it. A terrible decision on my part. It was the worst Hot Brown I have ever had. It appeared to have been seating under a heat lamp for way too long. The toast was totally mush. The Mornay sauce was not even recognizable. In addition to being burned from sitting under a heat lamp, it was the consistency of poorly prepared instant oatmeal. The bacon was also over-cooked probably due to the heat lamp treatment. The service was as poor as the food despite only three other tables with customers. The whole experience was extremely disappointing!!
The restaurant was not busy. It took over 20 minutes to get our drinks after we ordered them. The waitress, Karen, was not attentive. Our food took forever! We ordered two sides of fries. She brought three. The fries were the more expensive kind. I guess there is a few dollar difference if they put seasoning on the fries! When she brought the bill, I told her about the extra order of fries, which we didn't even eat. She said that she would take it off our tab, but didn't. I was done and wanted to leave, so I paid the $10 for the fries. The food was delicious. We all had Hot Browns. The restaurant and hotel were beautiful.
We went for our 25th anniversary celebration. They brought my meal out and completely forgot my husband's meal . The manager did come over but offered no solution except to prepare another meal for him. He didn't even offer an apology. It really was inexcusable. Our meal was excellent but the service was terrible especially for a $150.
I dined with two family members and it was our first time to The English Grill. The service was exceptional and the food and drink was great. I enjoyed the Kentucky Derby cocktail which was smooth and light. My son drank an Old Fashioned which was good to the last drop. Gluten free options are available. Highlights include the shrimp and grits appetizer and the pork chop entree. Although I could not help but order the traditional Hot Brown, I would suggest ordering a different entree if you do not typically eat heavy, rich meals. There was a pianist playing during our meal that enhanced the beautiful decor of this grand hotel. We hope to return and also stay in the hotel.
I expected to really love this restaurant - but I did not. It is a beautiful space, but noisy. We had a 6:45 reservation on a Saturday, and expected to be able to hear music from the pianist in the lounge area outside the dining room, but though the player was performing enthusiastically when we arrived - soon after we were seated, we never heard him again. He was also not performing when we left at about 8:30pm. Service was poor - slow and inattentive, and at one point late in our meal, my companion and I realized that there was really no one in charge of the dining room. This was after a waiter's helper was replacing water and wine glasses on a round table next to us, and without exception, loudly clanged each glass together before placing them on the table. My guest had a Farmer's Salad and the salmon. The salmon, on a bed of risotto was the star of our meal - quite delicious and a good portion. His salad was mediocre. I had the soup of the day, an "Heirloom tomato and crab meat bisque." It too was quite good - though an extremely small portion. My main was the heralded specialty of the house The Hot Brown. It was dreadful, but in fairness, was not dissimilar to its description. In all of the customer reviews I have read of this restaurant, there was pleasure expressed at the amuse bouche and other added touches to the meal. We were given no amuse bouche, nor any special treats. It was an anniversary, which was noted in our reservation, and there was no note of that whatsoever. No offer of dessert or cocktail. That is not really an element in this review. We do not actually expect such, except that other reviewers point it out and even have photographs of the special touches they received. It was a special occasion meal that failed to deliver on any level.
This is "the place" to get the classic Hot Brown. The food itself was good but it took an hour to get to the table. It was not until after the meal we were given any kind of apology. When paying that much for a nice dinner, and it being a celebration, I had much higher expectations. I feel they should have offered soemthing for the hour long delay.
We celebrated our honeymoon at the Brown Hotel and our dinner in the English Grille was the highlight of the experience! Our server, Kelly, was personable and very well-informed on both menu and wine selections and on local history! The meal was exceptionally well-prepared! We will return for a repeat of the evening!
As usual the food was superb. You can tell that there's time effort and thought put into the preparation and flavors which show in the way the food looks as well as how wonderful at Taste! A true classic dining room in one of the best hotels to be found anywhere. The wait staff are professional in every manner and make you feel like a king✌
Taking middle school and high school age grandchildren to the English Grill for their birthdays is so much better than buying them a gift card, or clothes. The elegance of fine dining is best. The English Grill is my favorite venue to get that grandchild out, by themself, and let the restaurant staff take it from there! I do wish the piano player would play a longer rendition of Happy Birthday for my 20 bucks though. This visit's playing didn't last 15 seconds.
This was my second time at the English Grill inside of the Brown Hotel. Fabulous place, and I always look forward to the occasion. Don't be in a rush, relax and allow the staff to wait on your needs. The food was delicious and prompt. The server (Kim Ellen) was always nearby for any requests. We got a complimentary appetizer from the chef, appetizer, salad, and the Hot Brown Sandwich, followed by dessert. The food portions were large enough to share. Weeach had two cocktails from the bar, which I thought was pricy at $15 per cocktail, and my guest and I had two each. Our bar bill was $60, which was too high. I've include a picture of the salted caramel bread pudding, which was wonderful. The English Grill has a dress code policy, that apparently isn't enforced. My guest and I were dressed up, and I had on a sport coat, which wasn't required, but looked good. However, diners were allowed in wearing shorts, tee-shirts, flip-flops, and very casual wear. That clothing is not appropriate for the English Grill. My guest and I noticed, that the side of the English Grill on which we were seated, everyone on that side was all dressed up. Diners who were inappropriately dressed, were seated in the back, or all to one side, away from the main entrance. That dress code policy not being enforced, was the only troubling issue. Everything else was great and I look forward to returning. Maybe a dress code sign should be posted near the check -in hostess desk, prior to guests strolling into the English Grill wearing shorts and tee -shirts. Just a suggestion.
Very accommodating. Called ahead of time to see if they allowed toddlers. They definitely did. I requested ahead of time for a highchair for our 17 month old. They were more than happy to provide one. In fact, the highchair was already at our table when we arrived. Servers were very nice. Great experience! (And by the way, our little boy did wonderful!)
It's truly rare to find authentic fine dining these days, but everything about this restaurant is fine. The staff are polite and polished in their service, and never intrusive or inattentive. The food is delicious, and served in portions that allow diners to enjoy multiple courses. I highly recommend multiple courses! There is a classical, timeless look and feel to the dining room - it has warmth and dignity. It's also not filled with the clatter and noise common to modern restaurant dining rooms. This is a place to relax, and enjoy a couple of hours with friends or loved ones in an unhurried, elegant dining experience.
We drove from Cincinnati to Louisville to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday and the English Grill was a great place for a wonderful meal lingering with our party of 6 - all the sons drove from Bloomington and Columbus Indiana to have dinner with their dad. It was the perfect venue!
Had very high expectations and left disappointed. Hot Brown was good. Short ribs were tough and not much better than pot roast. Wine was overpriced and average. Tour group occupied the majority of the dining room making it noisy and not romantic at all. The best part was the appetizer and of course the courteous and professional staff.
We won't be back unfortunately.
The English Grill provided myself and an out of town guest with a beautiful meal, steeped in history with an amazing staff who made the evening a memorable event. The amuse-bouche was outstanding, the shrimp and grits were without a doubt the best I have ever had. The farm fresh salad was dressed lightly letting the fresh beets, feta cheese and spinach shine. The steak was cooked to perfection and served with delicious roasted vegetables and the wine (suggested by our Waiter) paired flawlessly. Dessert of homemade ice cream and creme brulee was a rich indulgence - a meal I will not soon forget.
Evening started with an amuse-Bouche which did not set a good tone. Cold meatball on a cracker with French dressing. However, moving into the meal, I had an incredible app of shrimp and grits and a HUGE porkchop cooked to perfection, juicy and seasoned well. It was accompanied by delicious Brussels sprouts. No room for dessert. My loss.....,
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