J Graham's Cafe

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661 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

We look forward to welcoming you soon to The Brown Hotel. We have recently reopened The Lobby Bar for Lunch and Dinner--where we are also featuring the World Famous Hot Brown Sandwich. Therefore, we are resuming online reservations in late August for J Graham's Cafe as we approach Derby 2020 in September.
J. Graham's is the home of the legendary "Hot Brown" and offers guests a bistro-style option for casual dining in the hotel and features the freshest local produce. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Cafe offers guests a contemporary a la carte menu. Non-smoking.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful for my birthday.

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vipJamesV
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Sunday brunch in Louisville. Nothing else is close.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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canlady441
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about The Brown Hotel was wonderful from the moment we walked in until we left. The hosts in the restaurant were very friendly and attentive. The waitress Angie, was top notch and the brunch that my friend had was excellent; out of this world she said. I had the “Hot Brown,” which I can’t even put into words. It was wonderful. I even bought the skillets that they put the Hot Brown on from the gift shop in the hotel, and they give you the recipe. The Derby Pie was excellent also. You have to visit The Brown Hotel or your trip to Louisville will not be complete.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was amazing and it was very nice being greated by multiple managers. Very clean food was fresh!

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vipNashville
Los Angeles
157 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eating in this beautiful atmosphere. Our inlets was customized and delicious. Our burger was juicy, cooked perfectly and had a beautiful presentation.

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CindyM
Western KY
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthdays and my mother's bucket list to eat a Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel. The staff and maitre d' made us feel so special! Wonderful family celebration with great food and great service! Atmosphere was wonderful, as well. You will not be disappointed!

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TriciaW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Lots of character and fabulous hot brown!

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gregoryp
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion w/ friends hosts are gracious as was servers. Enjoyed all buffet items

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Janet
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Had lunch before the opera. Had the hot brown, which was the best I have ever had. Server was attentive without being intrusive. Will definitely dine there again.

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vipBarbara
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience from the warm welcome we received from the host to the attentive wait staff. Glasses and coffee cups were always full. The shrimp salad was a knockout! All food was well prepared and at the proper temperature. It was a relaxing meal in an elegant atmosphere that reminded me of days past!

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JessieB
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

J Graham's was a fun place for brunch. A few things to know for Sunday brunch: Order a la carte not the buffet. If you have a chance to talk to the Chef, Arkan, do, he is really sweet.

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic. Great service and terrific food. We will be back.

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Suzie
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had decided to experience some of the things to do in Louisville, which is our home town. Eating an original hot brown at the Brown Hotel was on our list. It was delicious and service was excellent.

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vipDonB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and food was delicious. Ordered off the menu for brunch. Love the changes on the egg white frittata. Only complaint - $10 for a mimosa. Most places in town charge $1-$3 for a mimosa on the weekends. I was disappointed not to have one, but I won’t pay that much for a tiny mimosa.

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AlanL
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy getting dressed up and going out with special friends to J. Graham's where I know we will receive great service, great food, in an old world formal atmosphere. We've been going there for years and will continue. Alan and Shelba L.

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 21 February 2020

Dear Guests, Thrilled to read your nice note on our great service and food! Thank you for choosing us as the place to go with friends. Please let me know when your travels next bring you our way and I will reserve a nice table and ensure we meet all your expectations once again. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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JulieW
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The nicest dining experience I can remember. Every staff person who interacted with us was professional, courteous and so nice. The hot brown and hot brown pasta were delicious. Thanks for a lovely Sunday brunch!

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 21 February 2020

Dear Guest, Delighted to see that our Café was the nicest experience you recall. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Please let me know if ever I may be of assistance. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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Drkim
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 21 February 2020

Dear Guest, Appreciate the 5 stars! Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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CathyJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Grahams is the perfect place to have the Hot Brown - which is probably 90% of their orders!! The atmosphere is beautiful, although it was a little chilly on this snowy day. It felt like we were seated right under a blower. (Yes, we probably should have moved!) The waiter was as nice as he could be. The Hot Brown was a little more expensive then you would usually pay but I am sure that is because of the location. The cost is the same in all 3 of their restaurants! The menu had some very interesting dishes - just in case you had something else in mind for lunch. They close at 3:00 so this isn't a place to go for dinner. Enjoy - we sure did!!

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 21 February 2020

Dear Guest, Always great to read – perfect place! Yes we do sell a great amount of Hot Browns. But we do have many other great choices on the menu as well. Please let me know if ever I may be of assistance. I do hope you'll return for a future visit. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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Treetop
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to celebrate my mother's birthday. We had the Saturday lunch buffet. Service was fantastic and we felt free to sit and visit! Great place to make a memory

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing. You get what you pay for, in this case. Every little dessert, muffin, and cookie looked great - there was no way you could choose them all. The other items on the buffet were excellent too.

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DougK
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday brunch as always. From the home of the Hot Brown.

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Pghdiner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had Sunday brunch forgoing the hot brown, which as tourists, was the original reason we planned a visit there. The service and food were terrific.

However, the bathrooms smelled. They were clean but they were smelly ad well appointed. But had a gas/station “sewagey” smell. Having to use the restroom halfway through our meal, this ruined my appetite.

It’s an old place. They probably need to clean or change out their plumbing stacks.

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 8 January 2020

Dear Guest, Appreciate the 5 stars! Thank you for the note on the bathroom…just a one time back up and we had it fixed shortly. Please contact me when you next plan to visit and I will block a nice table and ensure we provide another great brunch. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at the Brown and went to Sunday brunch at this cafe. We loved it! The food was diverse and delicious. The setting is magical! Brunch absolutely felt like an event. The servers and hosts were professionals. I sensed that this restaurant is efficient and train their staff well. I felt like I had stepped back in time. While there, go up a flight and see the hotel lobby. Just beautiful!

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 8 January 2020

Dear Guest, Appreciate the wonderful comments on our Brunch. It’s always great to hear – magical! Many thanks for the 5 stars! We look forward to having you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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vipEdwinM
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and the food was outstanding. I would recommend to anyone and will
not hesitate to return there at some future time. Hope we can use this venue again next christmas.

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 3 January 2020

Delighted to see you had a wonderful time with us! Please contact me when you next plan to visit and I will block a nice table and ensure we provide another great Brunch. Hope to have you back with us again. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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vipLeslieMiz
Orlando
29 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Christmas meal!

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 3 January 2020

Appreciate the 5 stars! Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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JanetD
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th year coming to Christmas brunch. We enjoy it so much we have made it a new tradition in our family!

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 3 January 2020

Thrilled to see that you have a tradition with us at the Brown. Please let me know if ever I may be of assistance. We look forward to having you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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Hatter3
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Christmas brunch was positively perfect! The buffet selections were excellent, but the best part was the service—gracious and heartfelt. We realize the staff members were not with their families but they made us feel as if we were family. What a lovely Christmas morning we had. Thank you!

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 3 January 2020

Always great to see – perfect! Appreciate the nice thoughts on our heartfelt service. Please let me know when your plans next bring you our way and I will reserve a nice table. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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WilonaW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hot Brown was excellent and I’ll definitely be back!!!

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 3 January 2020

Many thanks for the 5 stars! Look forward to having you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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WinstonGrandma
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy venue, plenty of tasty options for brunch buffet, and excellent service.

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MarilynM
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual Girls Christmas Brunch was awesome; The staff, including Regina, was the best! I had requested a round table and we were given one in the preferred reserved section, because the manager asked if the party would allow us to seat there since their group was small. We believe we have found a new venue for our Christmas Brunch. Thank you very much. Marilyn Mayes

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 3 January 2020

Many thanks for the top rating and the nice thought on Regina! Great to have your group with us. Hope to have you back with us again next year. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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kellyb
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with our family. Everything from the hostess, to waitresses to the manager was above expectations.

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BellaL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our service was impeccable. This is the only place to eat a hot brown, only the best will do.

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LoriO
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While the cocktails are very pricey, but everything else was absolutely perfect :)

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 24 December 2019

Dear Guest, Always great to see – perfect! Please let me know when your travels next bring you our way and I will reserve a nice table and ensure we meet all your expectations. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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CarolineA
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations, were seated promptly. There was a good size crowd, and we have recently been in other restaurants where the delay was not acceptable, especially after having confirmed reservations.
The service was great; our waiter was both personable and professional.

The food was very good, the cold dishes were fresh and refilled promptly. The meats and entrees were kept hot.

Overall a very good experience, and we will be returning for future meals.

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 24 December 2019

Dear Guest, Delighted to see we delivered a great lunch. Please contact me when you next plan to visit and I will block a nice table. We look forward to having you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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MadgeD
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother’s 97th birthday! Service for 16 was exceptional. Staff and management went over and above. Special dessert sent and the chef even came out to congratulate her. A perfect brunch! Thank you

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 24 December 2019

Dear Guest, Nice to see – perfect! Thank you for choosing us for your most important celebration. Look forward to having you back for number 98. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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JudyK
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was prompt. Sunday brunch! A bit expensive but a lot of options

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 24 December 2019

Dear Guest, Pleased to see your nice thoughts on our food and service! Please contact me when you next plan to visit and I will block a nice table and ensure we provide another great Brunch. Look forward to having you back with us again. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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CharlotteG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s a group of us that come there every year before Christmas and have lunch we valet park and it just makes the day so special for us then we go up and see your beautiful gingerbread. It’s a tradition that I hope we keep going for many years

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 24 December 2019

Dear Guest, Thrilled to have you back with us every year for a Christmas celebration! Please let me know if ever I may be of assistance. Look forward to having you back with us again next December. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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BradB
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

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JudyK
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our first true 'The Brown', it was delicious. Expected to wait 20 minutes, came up in more like 5, due to an over order in the kitchen. Pleasantly surprised.

J Graham's Cafe
Responded on 18 December 2019

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the 5 stars! Please contact me when you next plan to visit and I will block a nice table and ensure we provide a great lunch. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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