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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Julep Cup Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
This is one of our favorite places in le ...
This is one of our favorite places in lex, no more. I don't know if it's under new ownership or not but this was a 4 star dining experience now a 2 star and that's being NICE.. First we had reservation and the hostess ask if we mind to set in the bar area ??? I ask why?? he acted like they were overbooked , so I said no problem .. The menu looked as if someone had used it as a napkin. After about 15 min our waiter finally took out drink order and about another 20 min he took our app order apps took about 20 to 30 min . Dinner order came out about 45 min to hour drinks are empty and no service insight.. Meal come out had to send both back and my wife a I never send anything back cold and under cooked !! Steak over cooked . Our res was for 645 it was 930 before we walked out the door.. And the place never filled up they had plenty of room and if this is how they operate they will not survive ... It was so bad I will not be back !! Was once a hidden gem....
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.
Waiter was very accommodating to put n c ...
Waiter was very accommodating to put n childs order early & put candle n bdsy girls dessert. He kept glasses filled but was not intrusive. I thought it took a little ling to get food since there were only 3 tables but food was fresh & tasty. Its so nice to eat n restsurant where u can have conversation & b heard.
Sam and Jeanne Z
Service started out very slow; seemed like they were under-staffed. First waitress apparently had too many tables, so they assigned another waiter who seemed to be just learning.
Ambiance was fabulous, with live Harp music and the food was outstanding.
Early one Saturday evening!
Our arrival was for a very early Saturday evening dinner began with a short stop at the bar. The Mint Juleps were the best ever. Our stay at the Julep Cup lasted for several hours because we took our time ordering. The restaurant staff was very accommodating in allowing us time and space to engage in conversations. The food was and service was very good and we will definitely return.
We have been to the Julep Cup many times. We have noted the past few visits that the number of customers seems to be falling off, which is surprising. They have a great location and the food is typically very good, nice specials, etc. We were one of four tables in the place. Tonight was off in that our entrees were behind; the server said there was a mix up in the kitchen and they were rushing it. Unfortunately that was apparent, as the risotto was crunchy (you just can't rush risotto). They also ran out of the scallops - and it was 7pm on a Friday, which was odd.
Sure hope they can rebuild, we have always enjoyed going there.
The food here was fantastic. And the environment was really cool - lots of neat decor. The only reason I gave it 4/5 instead of 5/5 was because of the hostess. She was very standoffish and not at all friendly. Our server was great, but the hostess really put a damper on the start of our experience here. We had forgotten about it by the end but it was definitely not how you want to be greeted when entering a restaurant where you are about to spend money. If you can get past that, the rest of the meal was wonderful!
This is easily one of the greats in Lexi ...
This is easily one of the greats in Lexington. Although packed on Friday, and a little worried about service, etc. the food was incredibly wonderful, service timely, and the live music (Cora Lea? this night) enjoyable.
Not a top tier....
Wanted a quite, romantic evening. Had Lady singing in dining area. She didn't sound good, was too loud, and the genre came nowhere close to fitting in Lexington. Actually went and sat and ate at bar to get away from that area. All the food and drinks were great, but when I said the Veal was the worst thing I've ever tasted and could only muster four bites of it I would not have expected to pay for it. Candle lit take out dinner from somewhere else in my hotel room would have been more romantic. Won't be back.
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