The English Grill at Brown Hotel

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1027 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 The English Gill as we approach Derby 2020 in September.
A Louisville landmark since 1923, with English Renaissance architecture and Southern grace. The English Grill is the Brown Hotel's AAA Four Diamond signature dining room serving American cuisine with seasonal and regional influences.



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AnnY
Houston
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Louisville. Not trying too hard - just is. The food is exceptional. Thought given to every dish flavor-wise. Love it! Staff is fantastic.

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Kcuppy
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This could not have been a better Birthday Dinner for my husband (& I and our guest). The food was terrific. Rob our waiter was a docent of sorts on the history of The Brown Hotel as well as an excellent server. The flaming desert they brought my husband was over-the-top. The bill for the 3 of us was quite reasonable and a great value for what we got.

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JohnS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable staff, excellent drinks and food, and special atmosphere.

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Loretta
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal in every way. The number one place in Louisville to eat in my humble opinion.

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vipmusicfaninmo
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great special occasion restaurant. Our service was wonderful, great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing and food was great

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vipJustinWest
Louisville
39 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic service. Personalized hospitality and wonderful food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Restaurant in Louisville! Ambiance and service is a cut above the rest. The Hot Brown (creates here) was Spectacular and even my Vanilla ice cream came with a generous serving of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. A delightful meal.

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vipB123
Louisville
61 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was wonderful. Ken was a very knowledgeable waiter and quite helpful. Our dinner was exceptional, starting with the amuse-bouche and continuing with the arancini, all the way through to the dessert. The duck and salmon were both cooked perfectly. It was a wonderful evening.

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John
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rob, Harold and Yasser were all fantastic! Knew when to engage and when not to. Just a fabulous experience for our 50th Anniversary.

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Mcole
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brown Hotel and English Grille was beautiful. It was like stepping back in time. The services were top notch and the food was delicious!

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BertW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service initially was poor as our table had no coverage until the maitre'd took charge and took our drink orders. Things improved after: caesar salad was outstanding, duck very good, and hot brown was outstanding as expected.

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JonT
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a group of ten to the English Grill for dinner. We had a Great experience. I would highly recommend their venue for your next special evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Very uneventful experience. Our waiter barely talked to us and I had to prompt him to take additional drink orders. The food was good but the experience was a bit depressing. It seems like they could put some renewed energy into making this landmark more appealing.

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StevanW
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My reservation specifically stated we should not be seated by the kitchen. Yet when we got there that was exactly where we were seated. Fortunately this did not detract much from our otherwise wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went there for Valentine’s Day. We were told beforehand that it was a pre-fixed menu. The lobster bisque was lobster flavored water with no lobster actually in it. The salad was pretty good. The entree was the best part, steak cooked perfectly and everything flavored well. Was not a fan of the dessert. The service was wonderful and the ambiance was very nice. I will not go there on a holiday again so that I can choose what I want to eat and not be forced to spend 100$ on food I could not choose.

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Kimorn
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very classy and great service! We had a set menu because of Valentine's Day but they were able to accommodate a vegetarian request.

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JoeS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was to be a Valentines dinner but we were a little disappointed because it was just like any other dinner presentation. Last years presentation was more festive, with the ice sculpture luge and the flaming dessert. Still a great meal and atmosphere.

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RichardB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife loves the hot brown and I’m a huge fan of the filet. Service is always great and if you have a chance say hello to Harold.

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vipBethany
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, ambiance. Worth the money

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 21 February 2020

Dear Guest, Appreciate the nice thoughts on our food and service. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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vipJodyB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, this is the place where the Hot Brown was invented so you have to have one there. It's superior to any of the other versions I've tried. Next, the dining room is gorgeous and the staff is friendly, knowledgable and delightful.

This was an all around excellent experience. We'll definitely return.

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MikeL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Beautiful architectural details in the hotel and restaurant. Food and wine list were great. Service was outstanding. Interesting to learn about the history of the hotel and restaurant itself.

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vipEstherT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is old world. The ability to hear your dining partners unsurpassed. The attention of the waiters commendable. AND the food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Actually saying wonderful service does not do it credit.

Better than wonderful service.

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vipEliza
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience at the English Grill. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. He gave us an in-depth history of the hotel in addition to great service. The food was absolutely fabulous! However, I think the highlight of our dinner experience was the special care each table got from Harold, who told me he’s been working in that dining room for 27 years! He was absolutely delightful! Thanks for a wonderful evening. We will definitely be back when we’re in Louisville.

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RONALD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This was the first time we have got a less than great meal. The steaks were cooked close to the way we ordered them but they were very dry. The vegetables were cold. The waiter was not as good as the usual waiter. They were not as intensive as usual. We have reservations for Feb. 14th our anniversary, hope to find a much better out come.
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Ron Nicks

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 28 January 2020

Dear Mr. Nicks, Thank you for joining us again for dinner. Appreciate the nice note on your past visits. We look forward to seeing you on February 14…I will assure you a great evening with us. Please let me know if ever I may be of assistance. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, food, and atmosphere as always. We stay at The Brown every 3-4 months and always dine at The English Grill. There is no need to venture out anywhere else.

We have yet to ever have any negative experiences there. The staff is so friendly and warm. It’s always evident they are passionate about what they do, believe in providing excellent service, and also have knowledge of the rich history of the hotel.

We dined two nights in a row on our last stay and everything was excellent. I had the pork chop the first night and the salmon the second night - both were perfectly cooked and came out hot. My partner had steak both nights. The second night it came out slightly overdone, but Yaser immediately offered to fix it when he came by and happened to notice, despite us not saying anything as it was fine anyway. Everything was hot, beautifully presented, and delicious as always.

Yaser’s service was warm, friendly, attentive, and a pleasure to talk with him as time permitted. We’ve had him serve us on previous visits and the first night of this stay. We specifically requested him for our second evening.

Also, would like to mention Harold, who has been there for years and oversees the dining room - you’ll see him when he brings your amuse bouche, bread, refilling waters, and resetting the dining room. We always look forward to seeing his smiling face and warm welcome whenever we return. His standard of service and excellence is apparent and he always treats guests like family regardless if it’s your first visit or your 100th.

Looking forward to our next trip to Louisville so we can dine at The English Grill.

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vipSammy
Western KY
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter. ..hostess and chef ...went put of their way to make us feel important and special..definitely will ho back....a outstanding restaurant Louisville should be proud

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VeraE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rob was fantastic as our server. The food was amazing. Just a wonderful experience overall!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 15 January 2020

Dear Guest, Appreciate the 5 stars! Great to see that you have enjoyed the English Grill in the past. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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LeanneP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service and excellent food! We had a wonderful dinner.

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 15 January 2020

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the 5 stars and the nice note on – super service! We look forward to having you back with us again. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for New Years and it was amazing. Troy was great with providing exceptional service.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic job by Trey and Ken for a great New Year’s Eve celebration.

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 8 January 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for celebrating the New Year with us! Appreciate the nice notes on Troy and Ken. Please let me know if ever I may be of assistance. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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BeverlyP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jamal was an attentive, knowledgeable server. Well paced dinner and extremely good service. Jamal also has a passion for wine and is also very knowledgeable .

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 8 January 2020

Dear Guest, Delighted to see that you enjoyed Yamal, who is such a great ambassador for us. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The braised pork shank and the filet were fantastic. The themed dessert was also very very good. What completed the experience for us was the staff - we loved our server Kelly and our other host Harold. Both of them kept us smiling and in good spirits. We really loved our experience here and can’t wait to return.

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 8 January 2020

Dear Guest, Thrilled to see that you enjoyed Kelly, Harold and our wonderful food! Please let me know if ever I may be of assistance in the future. Hope to have you back with us again. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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Poppy
Louisville
46 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dined here following our wedding 24 years ago. We’ve been back countless times and never failed to have a wonderful experience. Jamel and Harold provided exceptional service (they seem like old friends!), the food was fabulous (very large portions), perfectly paired wine and a delightful room to enjoy all this. We are looking forward to our next visit!!

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 8 January 2020

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the top rating! Pleased to see that you have enjoyed the Brown so many times. Appreciate the nice mentions on Yamal and Harold. Please contact me when you next plan to visit and I will block a nice table and ensure we provide another great evening. We look forward to having you back with us again. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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JamesR
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Caesar salad the greatest! And of course bourbon selection at bar superb.

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 8 January 2020

Dear Guest, It’s always nice to see – fantastic! Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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JoshH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. They were very attentive and took care to bring out a special dessert for my birthday.

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 8 January 2020

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the 5 stars! Thank you for spending your special day with us. Please let me know if ever I may be of assistance. Hope to have you back with us again soon. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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MicheleB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food & service! No one walked by without ensuring we were satisfied. I even Ordered food off the bar menu. Fabulous experience. Not stuffy as you might think. The Hot Brown was Delicious and the scallop special was fabulous. Could not ask for a nicer evening in a more beautiful location. Highly Recommend!

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ChristinaD
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was mediocre at best. Dry and sad. Lacking flavor and love. Service was the best thing of our experience.

The English Grill at Brown Hotel
Responded on 3 January 2020

Thank you for the nice thought on our service. Please contact me when you next plan to visit and I will block a nice table and ensure we provide a great experience. I’ll have our Chef come out to your table and ensure everything is cooked perfectly. Hope to have you back with us again. Regards, Brad Walker Vice President & General Manager

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