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J Graham's Cafe

4.7
4.7
863 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
J. Graham's is the home of the legendary Hot Brown and offers guests bistro-style, casual dining in the hotel and features the freshest local produce and highlights Kentucky products.

Serving breakfast and lunch, the Café offers guests a contemporary a la carte menu throughout the week and a delectable brunch buffet on the weekends.

Non-smoking.



Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking by the Brown Hotel staff.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 583-1234

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available to accommodate up to 22 people comfortably.

  • Private party contact

    Agustin Sosa : (502) 583-1234 ext. 7069

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Cross Street

    Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet Available

  • Parking Details

    Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking available by the Brown Hotel staff.

  • Public Transit

    On the corner of 4th and Broadway.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Holiday Brunch Buffet

    US$70.00 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 25, 2022
    Join us for a memorable Christmas Day brunch buffet in our beautiful Brown Hotel. The brunch buffet will be situated on the second floor in either our picturesque lobby or historic dining room. A highly craveable chef-created brunch buffet which will include classic holiday entrees, a carving station, and a delicious assortment of salads, soups, and desserts specially crafted by our chefs. Seating is limited, so please email Elizabeth O'Bryan, EOBryan@brownhotel.com for reservations. No call-in reservations will be taken, nor can we guarantee seating in one area over another.

What 863 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Brunch

  • Central Kentucky

    Contemporary American

  • Louisville

    Brunch

  • Louisville

    Contemporary American

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  1. VB

    VictoriaB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dining here was a beautiful start to Thanksgiving. We very much enjoyed our time and meal. We were treated with so much goodness.
  2. AK

    AshleeK

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious breakfast at the cafe. Half of our table got the Hot Brown while the other half did the buffet and everyone loved their food! I do feel that $30 for a breakfast buffet and 4.50 for a cup of brewed coffee is a bit steep, but the $18 for the huge Hot Brown was a great value! Our server was amazing as well! She was so attentative and so kind!
  3. ME

    MariaE

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Hot Brown was fantastic. Get the Bread Pudding!!
  4. 3

    3sisterslunch

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 2 sisters and I came for lunch. We each ordered the “petite hot brown” and all truly enjoyed the freshness at just the right temperature. Service was impeccable as well. A great place for a nice lunch. Bonus for ease of parking and 2nd floor heated entrance.
  5. BS

    BarbaraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the perfect place for a nice meal with family and friends. What a beautiful elegant hotel.
  6. L

    Larry

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Went for the traditional Hot Brown and Derby Pie. Food was just ok…I expected it to be better for being a “legendary” Louisville dish. Service was friendly but very slow. Fun setting in an old hotel.
  7. AT

    AsiaT

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The experience was overall good. The food was good, and the mimosa was good. Our reservation was at 10:30 am, but that was when the buffet ended, but we didn't know that in advance. Luckily, we were able to get breakfast food still.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I had a pre-concert brunch with my daughter and mother-in-law. The location is in the beautiful and historic Brown Hotel. The service was prompt and friendly. The made to order omelets were wonderful. The brunch presentation was beautiful but some food not hot enough. The interior of the cafe could use a little updating, but overall was a very pleasant experience.
  9. RD

    RickD

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for Hot Brown Week.. did not disappoint!!!
  10. RH

    ReneH

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Brunch offers a wide variety of food and desserts.
  11. o

    okadam

    Naples

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t find a better Hot Brown anywhere! The buffet wasn’t shabby either. Maybe next time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lunch of the traditional Hot Brown in the historic hotel where it was first created was delightful and our server Winnie was so efficient and attentive. This experience encourages us to come downtown more often!
  13. MC

    MelanieC

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  14. CF

    ClaraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, tasty Hot Brown. The maple syrup drizzled over the Derby Pie was the topper on a great experience.
  15. k

    kevinm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    the food was very good, the hotel is beautiful! It is pretty expensive but we knew that going in. Overall great experience.
  16. EO

    EOKY

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch at the Brown is always a reliable choice. From complementary parking to everything in between, it was excellent. The food choices and display were beautifully done. Our server, Angie, was very attentive and anticipated every need for a topper on our beverages. There were two things that could improve. The dessert choices were a bit sparse, especially lacking in chocolate. Also the handicapped choice in the women’s rest room was out of order. This may seem insignificant for some but is very difficult for someone who needs ADA facility. It is a safety issue and increases risk of a fall.
  17. S

    Salemkathy

    Portland

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Met distance cousin for the firs time. Had the weekend brunch. Turkey salad and bread pudding dessert were exceptionally good. Atmosphere was noisy.
  18. MW

    MelissaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A must to enjoy where the Hot Brown was invented! So very good!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food.
  20. TD

    TheDon

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Hot Browns were delicious! Would definitely go back next time to have some drinks in the lobby bar.
  21. JH

    JohnH

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had the historic Hot Brown! It was nice to have the real thing instead of a hybrid like so many are.
  22. P

    Petunia

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy hot brown! Heard about it and had to try it.
  23. FL

    FinleyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cozy place for lunch where you can hear the conversation. The food is fine but nothing really outstanding about it.
  24. MA

    MelindaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Hot Brown was delicious. The staff wonderful and the setting was gorgeous.
  25. R

    Rebecca

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered as the buffet was not overly appealing as we were looking forward to the Hot Brown. It was wonderful as always. The service was great...staff was prompt and "Johnny on the spot"without intrusive, and friendly. We had a visitor from California. It was an introduction to the Brown and the Hot Brown and send off to home brunch. It was a lovely goodbye!
  26. S

    Shelley

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome hot brown and excellent service!
  27. EB

    ElizabethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding services and a wide variety of food items on the buffet! Wonderful!
  28. F

    Foodie

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love the ambiance, the buffet had plenty of selections. but I would order the Hot Brown next time.
  29. H

    Hana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Service was great, people were so kind but I did feel like the buffet was a bit overpriced for what it is. Just my opinion.
  30. A

    Abigail

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere at J Graham's Cafe. we highly recommend trying the Hot Brown and Derby Pie. The service was outstanding.
  31. Y

    Yardvillefan

    Jackson Hole

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hotel is old school beautiful. The Hot Brown is a must! Paired with a Mint Julep, it was a perfect lunch. Great service, too! When in Louisville...do it!!
  32. JC

    JudyC

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints! Great food, superb staff equals a marvelous experience.
  33. BM

    BradleyM

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, valet parking was very good.
  34. ZZ

    ZZZZ

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. What a great experience!
  35. KC

    KatieC

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Going to the the Brown hotel is a must if you are visiting Louisville. I was excited to try the Hot Brown at J Grahams since this is where the culinary classic originated. The only disappointing part of the experience is that on Sunday you either can get a brunch buffet or the Hot Brown. The brunch buffet did not have that many offerings for the price. If you are not interested in having a brunch buffet, I would suggest going on another day for your meal.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The quality of the food was excellent and the staff was extremely hospitable. My 4-stars simply comes from some confusion I have regarding the menu. I read online that brunch was served until 2 PM during the weekend, including a brunch buffet, so I made my reservation accordingly at 10:30 on a Sunday. By the time of our arrival and once we made our way to the buffet, 95 percent of the food was lunch. You could even see that they’d just removed all of the breakfast food and were replacing it with lunch items. There was an omelet station so I’ll give them that, but otherwise it was cold salads, mashed potatoes, soup, etc. Again, the quality and taste of the food was very good, but I was there for brunch. There was no bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, breakfast potatoes- nothing. I’d be more clear if I were staff about the fact that it is breakfast and then lunch and in fact not “brunch.”
  37. R

    Rick

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No better Hot Brown than the one at the place where it was invented. It's not cheap, but SO worth it! Professional, attentive service, classy atmosphere, busy but not loud. Wonderful place for an elegant weekend brunch. If you are visiting Louisville from out of town, a Hot Brown at J Graham's Cafe (at The Brown Hotel) is a must!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We came here for the Hot Brown and it did not disappoint! When in Louisville, you gotta come here and try the hot brown and a mint julep!
  39. A

    Amber

    Chicago

    318 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    318 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    All the food was really disappointing....especially their supposedly famous Hot Brown. It was totally inedible.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty brunch and cocktails

FAQs

J Graham's Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 583-1234.

J Graham's Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 863 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for J Graham's Cafe

335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Parking: Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet Available

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Self Parking in the connected, city garage. Valet parking available by the Brown Hotel staff.

  • Public Transit

    On the corner of 4th and Broadway.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 583-1234

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available to accommodate up to 22 people comfortably.

  • Private party contact

    Agustin Sosa : (502) 583-1234 ext. 7069

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