About The Julep Cup
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 menu...my 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..."
Hours of Operation:
Brunch and Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
East Main & Woodland
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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.
Virginia L. Brooks
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.
Private Party Contact:
Mike Esham: 859-226-0300x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Julep Cup Ratings and Reviews
In town for a wedding and needed to cele ...
In town for a wedding and needed to celebrate a family birthday at the same time. Great pick! Our server was excellent and the menu hit everyone's favorites. The Cougar Bait Beer Cheese is a must-order appetizer!
This was the best meal we have had in a ...
This was the best meal we have had in a long time. We went to Paris two years ago and I would say it was the best since we were there. The food was excellent quality. The presentation was outstanding and it tasted unbelievable. It was really nice to have a conversation without a lot of noise and chaos around us. We found our new favorite restaurant in Lexington!
We enjoyed a wonderful meal with family ...
We enjoyed a wonderful meal with family visiting from out of town. The food was outstanding. My sister in-law is gluten free and easily found many options. She loved the trout. My salmon was fantastic. The filets were well-prepared and delicious. Our older son raved about the burger and our younger son loved the kids choices and the cotton candy dessert. Service was efficient, friendly, and unobtrusive. There was live music while we were there, which was nice. Overall, a very good evening.
I love the environment of this restauran ...
I love the environment of this restaurant, but is has no energy or other diners. Just don't get it. For the most part the food is good, but my last experience was not up to par and may prevent me from trying it again.
/we were a party of three, all over 70. ...
/we were a party of three, all over 70. We had the charcuterie, the winter squash ravioli, and a Kentucky hot brown. All three entrees were well presented, delicious, and satisfying portions. Our waiter, Michael, was attentive and we enjoyed a pleasant meal, with light music in the background.
My third visit. Daughter attends UK and ...
My third visit. Daughter attends UK and Julep Cup is one of our favorite restaurants when visiting Lexington. The food always delivers - interesting choices, creative spin on southern cooking and great flavors. Live music was a nice touch and not so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. Only disappointment was our server - not very attentive and somewhat clumsy. Example, she put the appetizer in the middle of the table, then after opening the wine bottle for us, placed it directly in front of me and blocking my access to the appetizer. It was chilled white wine so would have been nice if it had been kept chilled. Also, she served our main course immediately after serving our salads so we had everything jammed on our little table. Not awful service but not up to the quality of our food or the space.
Initial draw was 1/2 wines on Wednesday ...
Initial draw was 1/2 wines on Wednesday and Thursday. They had a bottle of one of our favorite red Venetos , Senato Ripassa. We had shrimp and Grits with a grilled romaine salad. Good food and service. Plan on returning soon
Fell in love with this restaurant!!! Th ...
Fell in love with this restaurant!!! The decor is horse racing! From photos to jockey silks! The food was so awesome. Bill was our server and he was great! There is an outside patio too.
I had the liver and onions. It was prepared perfectly! It was delicious!! My daughter had the Hot Brown! It was an authentic Hot Brown! She loved it! Her friend had the burger and said it was her favorite! She loved the fries too! Her burger came with Coleslaw! I am picky about coleslaw and I loved it!!! Very creamy, with a little kick!
The menu is diverse enough to cover many appetites!
I have already made my next reservation!
We really enjoyed The Julep Cup! It's lo ...
We really enjoyed The Julep Cup! It's location (ground floor of a higher rise apartment building) surprised us, but once we walked through the door, we felt right at home. I absolutely adored the decor! We are horse-people and all the photos and memorabilia related to horses and racing were a joy to walk around and appreciate. The food was very, very good. We opted for southern cooking - which is the specialty. However, it's at The Julep Cup, it's elevated Southern. We were delighted with an amuse bouche of a vegetable fritter. We split appetizers of Fried Green Tomatoes and Country Ham Fritters (rather like an empanada). My husband had the fried chicken which he noted was crispy on the outside and wonderfully juicy inside. I had the Shrimp & Grits. Let me tell you - those were some of the best I've ever had! For dessert the carrot cake was moist and delicious with good spice, walnuts, and plump raisins. The icing was also very good. Service was friendly and helpful! The Julep Cup may not be a "foodie" place, but it's comfortable and cozy and felt like dining with friends - friends who are REALLY good cooks!
Wonderful live music. Food was good, but ...
Wonderful live music. Food was good, but not something I would remember more than a day or two after I've eaten there. Service was not good. Server was not friendly. Acted as if she were doing me a favor by waiting on me. Had to ask for bread. I would return, but not enthusiastically.
I am strictly gluten free. The chef came ...
I am strictly gluten free. The chef came out and introduced himself. He offered a few options and came up with something I didn't think could be made gluten free- fried green tomatoes. Everything was outstanding!
We dinned there this weekend and it was ...
We dinned there this weekend and it was fabulous, the couple with us had the Veal Liver & Onions and my wife and I had the fried chicken. We shared two deserts and everything was very good. This restaurant I believe is as good as any in Lexington!
Good menu, good service
Fancy without being too fancy comes to mind when describing this restaurant. The food is good and the service is as well. The live jazz 'piano' playing was a great addition. Good for a get together with friends or family and they offer balcony seating.
Filet way undercooked and tough--couldn't eat but little on outside--they comped it but I offered to pay--Date's dinner was ok--been there several times and always was good--just had a off night--drinks in bar before and after dinner--good drinks and good service--good combo in dining room--went there to talk without loud background--great.
A small group of us (6) got together for ...
A small group of us (6) got together for dinner before attending a play. We had a great meal! This is one of the quietest places for dinner in Lexington; you can actually hear what each other is saying. And, the music was very nice; music is provided on Fridays and Saturdays. I highly recommend The Julip Cup!
Dinner after Keeneland
What a find! We had such a great time and a delicious dinner. We had a large group and the table was ready for us when we walked in. They had live music, but softly playing so the ambiance was wonderful. A very attentive staff, from the waiter to the hostess and even extra bar folks who continued to bring drinks, never had to wait for another cocktail. Appetizers were delicious, we especially enjoyed the beer cheese and pretzels, homemade pretzels and order extra because they are awesome. Everyone ordered something different from steaks to fish to burger and more. No one was disappointed. The setting is lovely and we so enjoyed our large gathering there after a day at the Keeneland track. Would highly recommend this gem to others and we will definitely return for another meal there. There did appear to be outdoor dining in a patio area. That also looked very nice, it was a bit chilly so we were glad to be indoors but would check out the patio space at a warmer time. It was a beautiful building and easy parking! We also ordered the fried oyster wraps for an appetizer and they were fantastic. Could of had that for a meal they were so delicious. Bread pudding for dessert was OK. They had an extensive dessert menu and look forward to trying other things.
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