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: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 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
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!
Food was good and wait staff was attenti ...
Food was good and wait staff was attentive but food was slow to arrive at table. Enjoyed music while waiting. It was live but not too loud.
10 oz strip steak was cooked perfectly, ...
10 oz strip steak was cooked perfectly, but the thick pat of frozen butter on top didn't melt and I had to take it off. The pecan bourbon dessert was excellent.
Great little place, will definitely be b ...
Great little place, will definitely be back!
The entertainment was nice. It was not too loud. Last time we dined at the Julep Cup, in the bar, the music was overbearing. Food was very good. Restaurant was busy but service was satisfactory.
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.
Best cooking in 3 years of dining - We a ...
Best cooking in 3 years of dining - We arent locals but will visit again when back in Lex
We were told we couldn't move our reserv ...
We were told we couldn't move our reservation to an earlier time, but when we arrived the restaurant was half empty. Our service was very slow, although the burgers and drinks were all excellent.
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.
Had a delightful brunch for upcoming arrival of new grand baby. Other than the lack of tablecloths, everything was handled as requested with great service and food.
Food was a bit slow to come out but wort ...
Food was a bit slow to come out but worth the wait. Waiter and host were excellent! Mango Margaritas are a must!
We enjoyed our food and service. Crab cakes were excellent. Music was also good! Go!
Great Easter lunch. First time there. Wa ...
Great Easter lunch. First time there. Want to go back to ck out regular menu
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.
I really don't understand why this resta ...
I really don't understand why this restaurant is always empty!!! The food is wonderful, the service & ambiance above par. It's a neighborhood gem and I'm afraid it will close if people don't start going. SO GO!!!
Came on a Friday night (3/4/16) and the music was as great as the food. Definitely coming back with more family and friends.
The food was excellent and the service was good. However, the band was a little loud and we were in the back room away from the music.
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.
Good to be back!
I had been to Julep Cup in the past... but this time was a wonderful surprise! The service was bright and fast. The food was wonderful...a horseradish encrusted salmon and a delicious filet mignon at our table. Live music on a Friday night! Really, a terrific time...definitely a move up for a great evening!
Valentines Day dinner
My wife and I had a great time, great food and great service
Very slow service for very few being in ...
Very slow service for very few being in restaurant. Luke warm staff.
Found a gem!
We enjoyed both the food and the ambiance. Lamb, sea bass, and filet mignon were all superb. Atmosphere conducive to conversation and relaxation. We were not rushed.
If I was going to spend $100+ again, I'd probably try a new restaurant. It had good food, and a good atmosphere, but nothing extremely noteworthy.
Amazing food, service and location. Dat ...
Amazing food, service and location. Date night was the best ever!
Nice area for outdoor dining.
The ambiance was perfect. I had liver and onions and it was acceptable with too much gravy that turned the dish to mush, could not taste the liver at all. My other companions enjoyed their meal very much. I will order something different next visit.
Best burgers in Lex
Always love the Julep Cup! Great wine list and 1/2 price bottles Thursday. Fabulous food but amazing burgers for a very reasonable price.
Good food but . . .
We have eaten at the Julep Cup several times (we are from out of town) and this experience was iffy. The food was excellent as always, but the service was a bit dodgy. Our order was taken in a timely manner, but our food was served after other groups who had ordered after us. The coffee and dessert also took longer than they should have. We will eat there again and hope that the service is better next time.
Always enjoy The Julep Cup!
We enjoy the Julep Cup for special events, birthdays, anniversaries, etc and our weekly date night. The wine list is great and the service is always top notch!
We have been here for dinner several times and have had a wonderful experience each time. The food has been delicious and well prepared with great presentation. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits the area.
Great find in Lexington!
Outstanding, attentive service. Traditional dinner menu items and flexible to accommodate our special requests. We'll be back.
Rare find in food
Having a meal at The Julep Cup is always a memorable occasion. From the moment you walk in you are greeted by enthusiastic staff. Attentive staff are quick to take drink orders, go over specials, and take any special requests before leaving you to enjoy the restaurants art work and special decorations. The menu is ready made for anyone wanting to taste a familiar dish with a twist. From salads, entrees, vegetables, and desserts there is something for everyone.
Awesome food, awesome service... And loc ...
Awesome food, awesome service... And local!!!!! Love 'em!!!
What a quaint restaurant! Very romantic ...
What a quaint restaurant! Very romantic and unexpected. Food was really good and the service was excellent. Sara was our server and she was on point!
We had an overall great time at the Jule ...
We had an overall great time at the Julep Cup! Party of 8 at 4:30. They showed us to a private room that was just right for us. That was good because we were celebrating a couple of birthdays and got a little loud at times. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will definitely recommend it to others visiting or staying in Lexington.
Last evening of an enjoyable visit to Lexington
Friendly and knowledgeable staff, good food, and live music at a conversational level contributed to a positive impression of The Julep Cafe. When we next visit Lexington we will be certain to return.
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