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..."
Lexington, KY 40502
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) 226-0300
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
Last year this was one of my favorite restaurants. Usually has a good crowd, special music, and great food that you could count on. Valentine's Day dinner was not this way. NO one was there, the food was just so-so, and when they overcooked our steak and the pasta was mushy it kind of put us over the edge on experience. Hopefully they will shape up.
Overall a very negative experience the service was okay and the food very underwhelming. The restaurant was empty and they sat us in a small table in between a booth and an isle that seemed makeshift. The décor was very dated. The food was not good, for instance we started with the Calamari and it was chewy and cold with cold peppers thrown on top. The salmon was overcooked and under seasoned and we've had a better steak from Outback. The only positive from this experience was the French fries and the grit cakes.
Upon arrival the interior was classical and very Kentucky. The food was bland and a basic martini with lemon twist had a weird taste. This restaurant wants to be more than it can provide. Our server was nice but not knowledgeable about the entree items and not very attentive. This should a last resort based on the other option for Lexington.
Although we've enjoyed this restaurant multiple times over the recent years, each time it seems to get better & better. The menu is continually freshened and each item that we've tried has been excellent. At this most recent dinner, everything was delicious and of very high quality, from the Shrimp & grits to the Beef Wellington (a special that day). The wine menu is extensive and grouped from least to most expensive, fitting well in the budget. My only problem is that this dining establishment keeps inspiring me to over-indulge; otherwise, I'd be here much more frequently.
Had the beer cheese appetizer. Great portion and good flavor. I ordered the Salmon BLT which was good but would have been better if the bread was toasted. Salmon seemed very fresh. My wife ordered the eggs benedict on fried green tomatoes. Order came out on english muffins instead. Server offered to have them brought out but we were most of the way through our lunch. Really felt she could have offered something off the bill instead. There was almost no one dining when we were there (around 2pm). It might be a different vibe when its more crowded. There was a baby shower going on in one of the rooms. Would probably be a good place to host something like that, but not sure I would go again for lunch.
I had the squash ravioli and was very disappointing . The ravioli was barely filled, so it felt like I was eating plain pasta. The dish was not worth the price.
I enjoyed the atmosphere but that was it.
My boyfriend had the shrimp and grits which he said was very good. Don't think we will be back to try again.
Sought out a place to have a conversation during lunch. The Julep Cup has never disappointed in serving great tasting food. The menu is not large but is varied enough to meet the needs of most. We were on the early side of lunch, so had a chance to pick our table. Since my colleague and I were both trying to eat sensibly following the holiday excesses, we both chose the Autumn salad with kale and quinoa. The salad was very good, but I wish I had added chicken for a bit more variety. Tends to be a bit on the pricey side, but the quality of the food and the relaxed dining experience balance that out in my opinion.
It was cozy and quiet. 4 tables total the entire time we were there. 1 waiter. he was very professional but the wait between courses was extremely long. The food was presented nicely. My dish was tasty. Husband dish was bland and heavy. He was very disappointed and didn't finish his meal. We passed on the dessert.
This was our second visit to the Julep Cup. Only one objection, but it really damaged this experience. Although our dining room was fairly empty, we were seated at a booth next to a noisy group. We had to listen to their conversation, and could barely hear what those in our group was saying. I should have asked to be re-seated. Why sit someone next to another group when there were other places where we could have had more privacy without having to listen to p
I have said in the past that The Julep Cup is one of my favorite restaurants in Lexington. It still is. Their grilled Kentucky trout with new potatoes and grilled asparagus is a total winner, and for that item alone I would keep going to this restaurant. The equine inspired decor is a plus.
If you haven't tried this restaurant, I recommend that you do!
The Julep is a Jewel!
Although I had been there for drinks I had never had a meal there. The couple my wife and I regularly go out with were looking for something different and since it was our friend's birthday we wanted to pick some place special. We nailed it!
I made a 6:30 PM reservation and we arrived about five minutes early and were promptly seated. Our server Michael, appeared immediately with drink suggestions and we were off. The cocktails were great (and generous) as was the beer cheese and warm pretzel appetizer.
The menu was very diverse. One guest had the filet (perfectly prepared) one had duck which was excellent and I had the coq a vin which was also wonderfully prepared. Dessert was homemade and excellent as well.
Our bill for two with cocktails and appetizer was right at $100 + tip. The service was excellent , the menu is one of the most diverse I've seen in Lexington and everything was perfectly prepared. We will be returning soon.
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 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.
/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 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.
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 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 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.
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