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Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY

Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel

4.7
4.7
469 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Contemporary classic meets Old World opulence at The Brown Hotel’s spectacularly beautiful and surprisingly unstuffy Lobby Bar. A popular spot for the next generation of Louisville merrymakers, this glamorous, gilded space balances its history with modern touches and sophisticated tastes. Ever attune to the dining desires of its clientele, patrons can enjoy the English Grill menu items from the comfort of the Lobby Bar. Indulge in classic comfort food and kick back with a hand-crafted cocktail. Our Signature Hot Brown and Derby Pie pair perfectly with our hand selected bourbon flight.

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

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Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 583-1234

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Area

    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

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Late Night Menu

    Multiple dates available
    After 9 pm, we offer a wonderful late-night menu of our favorite bar-driven items.

Popular dishes

Menu

Main

  • Bourbon Barrel FriesUS$10.00

    Bourbon Barrel Smoked Spices, Kentucky Rose Cheese, Smoky Ketchup

    • Cheese PlateUS$16.00

      An Assortment of Artisan Cheeses, Quince Paste, Marcona Almonds, Lavosh

      • Smokey Mac and CheeseUS$15.00

        Cavatappi Pasta, White Cheddar Mornay, Nueskie Bacon, Fresh Herbs, Smoked Blue Cheese

        • HummusUS$12.00

          Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Spicy Olive Mix, Vegetable Crudités, Grilled Pita Bread

          • Chicken WingsUS$14.00

            Chicken Wing "Lollipops", Bourbon Hot Sauce, Crispy Vegetables, Spicy Local Pickles, Kentucky Ale Blue Cheese Dressing

            • Chef's Daily PotageUS$9.00

              Soup of the Day

              Salads

              Additional Options: Grilled Chicken Breast* $9, Grilled Salmon Filet* $9

              • Farmers SaladUS$12.00

                Groganica Farms Heirloom Lettuce, Port Wine Poached Pear, Dried Cherries, Candied Pecans, Pecorino Cheese, Red Wine Vinaigrette

                • Classic Caesar SaladUS$12.00

                  Romaine Hearts, House Dressing, Anchovy, Croutons, Parmigiano

                  Featured Items

                  • Shrimp and GritsUS$30.00

                    Gulf Shrimp, Weisenberger Grits, Local Cheddar, Pepper and Scallion Crudo, Creole Sauce

                    • Sea Scallops*US$35.00

                      Pan Seared Scallops, Sweet Potato Puree, Nueskie's Bacon, Zucchini, Mushrooms, Peppadew, Balsamico

                      • Pasta PrimaveraUS$21.00

                        Cavatappi Pasta, Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Grilled Onions, Tomato-Fennel Coulis, Parmigiano

                        • Verlasso Salmon*US$28.00

                          Whipped Potatoes, Broccolini, Pesto, Tomato-Fennel Coulis

                          • The ClubUS$17.00

                            Turkey, Chow-Chow Mayonnaise, Pepper Jack Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, Buttery Brioche Toast, French Fries

                            • The Lobby Bar Burger*US$18.00

                              Angus Beef, Special Sauce, Iceberg, Cheddar, Bacon, Brioche Bun, House Cut Fries, Smoked Ketchup

                              • Center Cut Filet Mignon*US$52.00

                                Whipped Potatoes, Broccolini, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Red Wine Jus

                                • Steak Frites*US$30.00

                                  Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Bourbon Barrel Fries, Smoked Ketchup, Bourbon Gastrique

                                  The Hot Brown

                                  A Louisville Tradition since 1926

                                  • The Hot BrownUS$26.00

                                    Roasted Turkey Breast, Toast Points, Mornay Sauce, Pecorino Romano Cheese, Baked Golden Brown, Finished with Bacon and Tomatoes. The Hot Brown. A Louisville tradition with worldwide appeal has been featured in: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, NBC's Today Show, ABC News with Diane Sawyer, and Travel Channel's Man v. Food as well as being a regular entry in many of the finest cookbooks. (Please allow 20 minutes to prepare)

                                    Desserts

                                    • Ice CreamUS$7.00

                                      Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Pecan Praline

                                      • Crème BrûléeUS$10.00

                                        Whipped Cream, Madeleine Cake, Fresh Berries

                                        • Derby PieUS$10.00

                                          Louisville's Original Walnut and Chocolate Chip Pie

                                          • Chocolate StripteaseUS$11.00

                                            Milk Chocolate Mousse, Espresso Steam Cake

                                            Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                            What 469 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
                                            • 4.6Food
                                            • 4.6Service
                                            • 4.8Ambience
                                            • 4.4Value

                                            NoiseModerate

                                            Diners' Choice Awards

                                            • Central Kentucky

                                              Best Ambience

                                            • Central Kentucky

                                              Contemporary American

                                            • Louisville

                                              Best Ambience

                                            • Louisville

                                              Contemporary American

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                                            1. TB

                                              TruBlueRaider

                                              Savannah

                                              25 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              25 reviews

                                              Dined 2 days ago

                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                              Menu was limited but food was good. Tables are set up in lobby by the bar and there is separate dining room when available. Not a formal setting but convenient after a long day.

                                            2. X

                                              Xmaseve

                                              Louisville

                                              27 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              27 reviews

                                              Dined 5 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The best chicken wings ever! Love the historic lobby bar. Perfect place for a small meal before a concert at the palace.

                                            3. DH

                                              DavidH

                                              Nashville

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 6 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Graduation

                                            4. CC

                                              CarolC

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Had to have a Kentucky Hot Brown at the original location. Followed that with a piece of Derby Pie. Portions are very generous. We ordered the petite hot browns and split the pie. Delicious!

                                            5. B

                                              Bearhugs

                                              Orlando

                                              28 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              28 reviews

                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              We had a very nice meal at the Lobby Bar dining room in the hotel. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. The piano music is a nice touch. The room has a lot of history and is a unique experience. We would definitely return for another meal.

                                            6. v

                                              villagevilla

                                              San Francisco

                                              6 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                                              We had high expectations for dinner at The Brown Hotel. Unfortunately they were not met. Ordered the hot brown. Needed crisp bacon crumbled over top - was soggy and hard to cut. Also needed more tomatoes - cut into smaller pieces spread over top would have made it better. It was mediocre. Table cloth was too big for table, dragging on floor and a trip hazard. Only one place setting at table.

                                            7. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              San Antonio

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 11 May 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great service and food!

                                            8. MP

                                              MichaelP

                                              Wilmington

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on 11 May 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Grace was our server. Professional, efficient and knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu. Outstanding experience.

                                            9. WR

                                              WilliamR

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 11 May 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful service, atmosphere, and food. Beautiful building decorated nicely with an enjoyable atmosphere. Staff was courteous, helpful, and effecient. Food was delicious as well. Very enjoyable evening.

                                            10. CW

                                              CharlesW

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 10 May 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The Lobby Bar and Grill was everything that one would expect of the Brown Hotel, quality and excellence. Everyone should dine there at some time.

                                            11. B

                                              Bifi1962

                                              Ruhr region

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 3 May 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Nice stylish location. Perfect service… really good food…

                                            12. BD

                                              BusinessDinner

                                              Las Vegas

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 2 May 2022

                                              overall2food2service1ambience1

                                              The service at the Lobby Bar & Grill was painfully slow and practically non-existent, possibly due to understaffing as they had a large event hosted at the English Grill (which was adjacent). I had made reservations beforehand but my seating for a business dinner was in a very odd location in front of the maître d' right next to the piano. This was bizarre given that crowds of individuals checking in lingered while my dinner companion and I were dining. Our waitress also gave away our desserts to another table and this was only resolved after I flagged down the manager. We ended up waiting even longer for our desserts and check. They did comp the desserts which was appreciated. Overall, the food was fair/good, but it was not worth the price given the service was subpar. If you go, ask to sit away from the loud piano and front entrance.

                                            13. CA

                                              ChefAl

                                              New York Area

                                              12 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on 1 May 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Food was great! We went in for the Kentucky hot brown sandwich and loved it. We were surprised to find that the appetizers were even better though. The mac & cheese was some of the best I’ve ever had and the chicken wings were delicious. Also, the historic hotel itself was amazing. I would recommend this to anybody.

                                            14. CH

                                              CandaceH

                                              Minneapolis

                                              2 reviews

                                              2.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on 30 April 2022

                                              overall2food4service1ambience3

                                              The food was fantastic. Service could have been better. Not sure if they were short staffed or something else? Disappointed when I am paying $$ for a cocktail and it too more than 20 minutes to get.

                                            15. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 30 April 2022

                                              overall3food4service3ambience5

                                              Beautiful hotel. We had a lady come up to the hostess stand to greet us, apparently not the hostess, but was not very hospitable. She told us that she would check on our table, walked away, and never returned. Eventually, the actual hostess came back and seated us. Our waiter Chris was excellent and the food was wonderful. We definitely would go back again on a future visit but it was just too bad a grouchy person had to put a minor damper on our perfect evening.

                                            16. K

                                              Kimberly

                                              Grand Rapids

                                              1 review

                                              1.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 30 April 2022

                                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                                              We had a reservation for dinner for my husband’s birthday. The hostess made a point to tell our server it was a birthday dinner. However, the server was horrible. She checked on us maybe one time. We ordered drinks before ordering our dinner but she apparently forgot about it and the drink was served after the dinner about an hour after ordering it. They don’t do anything special for birthdays even though online it shows a birthday dessert. When we asked for the bill, the waitress made no eye contact and basically threw the bill at my husband without saying anything. I have no idea why this restaurant has good reviews. The food was not good either - I had the smoked Mac and cheese and it had way too much blue cheese in it (I love blue cheese but it overpowered the entire dish).

                                            17. BL

                                              BobL

                                              Milwaukee

                                              5 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on 29 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had an excellent dinner and wonderful waiter. Our Hot Browns were so delicious. We also had a couple of bourbon flight’s pre dinner. Our dessert was the Derby Pie w/ice cream. We can’t wait to visit The Brown Hotel on our next trip trip to Louisville.

                                            18. BC

                                              BradC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 29 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Amazing Hot Brown! Service was just as good. Totally recommend!

                                            19. TW

                                              ToniW

                                              Minneapolis

                                              10 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on 27 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Get a Hot Brown and a Bourbon flight for a great start to a Bourbon Trail trip.

                                            20. LM

                                              LoriM

                                              Atlanta

                                              17 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              17 reviews

                                              Dined on 27 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              I enjoyed the petite hot brown. An amazing experience for my one and only. Definitely not on any heart healthy diet but worth it just once. Very Rich

                                            21. MC

                                              MendyC

                                              Charlotte

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 26 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Anniversary

                                            22. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Cincinnati

                                              4 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on 24 April 2022

                                              overall3food2service2ambience5

                                              The restaurant is beautiful and has very nice ambiance, but the service was very slow. It took about an hour after placing our order that the food arrived, and when it did finally arrive it was very cold. The two cocktails that I had were just ok.

                                            23. H

                                              Hanftsan

                                              Chicago

                                              5 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on 23 April 2022

                                              overall4food3service5ambience3

                                              The Bourbon Barrel Fries with smokey ketchup and our server Grace were the highlight of our meal. We checked in for our reservation and waited to be seated while the bar manager and another employee were having a discussion that should have been done in private. The surroundings looked more tired than historic. Our server, Grace was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The food was OK but disappointing. It is my opinion the famous Hot Brown sandwich is overrated. The Lobby Burger was just another burger. With such a limited menu, I expected every dish to be outstanding. Skip the meal and tour the hotel.

                                            24. PG

                                              PeggyG

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 23 April 2022

                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                              A very beautiful historic building that offers a wonderful dining experience. All the staff members are very polite and courteous. The food was great and delivered to our table in a timely manner. We had to wait some time before we received our check, though. But that was minor.

                                            25. CH

                                              ClaraH

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 23 April 2022

                                              overall3food5service1ambience4

                                              Our food was GREAT but our service was TERRIBLE. We arrived at our reservation time at 5:00 and were seated directly. The server was good at getting our initial drink and food order. We asked twice for refills on the tea and a second round of alcoholic beverages. She never came back to the table after the second round of drinks. We had to ask 2 other servers to attempt to get our bill as we had a theater show at 7:00. We finally got up from our table and went to the bar to try to get our bill. We were planning on ordering dessert but......

                                            26. K

                                              Kristen

                                              1 review

                                              1.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 22 April 2022

                                              overall1food2service1ambience3

                                              Worst dinner service we’ve ever experienced. Waited over 2 hours for our food. Ordered my filet mignon medium well and it came out rare. They didn’t even comp our meal. Saw several people leave tired of waiting for their food. Very understaffed.

                                            27. D

                                              Dbny

                                              New York Area

                                              16 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on 21 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Had dinner before a show at the palace theater. The drinks were great and the hot brown and burger were excellent! We will definitely be back!

                                            28. DM

                                              DanielM

                                              Washington DC

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on 20 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Server was very attentive and patient. Hot Brown was as advertized.

                                            29. N

                                              Nanny

                                              New Orleans

                                              65 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              65 reviews

                                              Dined on 18 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Best meal and drink we had in Louisville. Hot brown appetizer, scallops entree, old fashioned made by James. Wonderful ambience, with relaxing player piano mudic.

                                            30. LD

                                              LawrenceD

                                              Louisville

                                              12 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on 17 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food and service

                                            31. GM

                                              GwendolynM

                                              Orlando

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 16 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Beautiful place !! Loved the atmosphere. Derby pie was excellent.

                                            32. RP

                                              RobertP

                                              Memphis/West TN

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 14 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              It was absolutely amazing. We opted for a pre-entree salad that the Server offered to let us share on 2 plates at 1 price. The Hot Brown & Derby Pie are must tries. My husband had the scallops and loved them. It is very noisy near the bar, but that is to be expected. The ambiance alone is worth the price. It felt like stepping back in time.

                                            33. A

                                              Anne

                                              Naples

                                              6 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on 14 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Exceptional service and delicious food

                                            34. L

                                              Larry

                                              Central Coast

                                              9 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on 13 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Beautiful ambiance with fantastic food and co ktails. Server was amazing

                                            35. RS

                                              RSG2

                                              Washington DC

                                              10 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on 12 April 2022

                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                              We had a good meal at Lobby Bar and Grill. The food was good, not great. Our server was polite, yet average. It took a long time to get our order and our salad came out with our entrees so I don't know if the order was lost. The most unforgettable part of our evening was talking with the dining room assistant who overheard our conversation while he was setting tables. He struck up a conversation that was so pleasant and informed us of his 29 years of service at the Brown Hotel!

                                            36. D

                                              Diners

                                              Chicago

                                              23 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              23 reviews

                                              Dined on 11 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Definitely go back

                                            37. RM

                                              RonM

                                              Central Coast

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 11 April 2022

                                              overall4food2service5ambience5

                                              Avoid the Prima Vera. Or at least ask for a detailed description. Otherwise a nice experience,

                                            38. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Charleston

                                              7 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on 9 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The hot brown was fun and delicious. Grace our server was terrific. The entire staff and experience was stellar.

                                            39. LG

                                              LisaG

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 9 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food was quite delicious. The wait staff was very friendly, courteous, and prompt. The restaurant was lovely, lots of beautiful wood paneling and decorative ceiling.

                                            40. CK

                                              CathyK

                                              Cincinnati

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on 9 April 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Best hot brown hands down ever. Now I’m spoiled and can never order it anywhere else except the Brown Hotel.

                                            Safety precautions

                                            • Cleaning & sanitising

                                              • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                            • Protective equipment

                                              • Waiting staff wear masks
                                            • Screening

                                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                            FAQs

                                            Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 583-1234.

                                            Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 469 OpenTable diners.

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

                                            Make a booking

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                                            Booked 6 times today
                                            Experiences are available.
                                            Google Map for Lobby Bar & Grill at the Brown Hotel

                                            335 W Broadway Louisville, KY 40202

                                            Additional information

                                            • Cross Street

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

                                            • Area

                                              Downtown Louisville

                                            • Hours of Operation

                                              Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Contemporary American

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Dining

                                            • Dress Code

                                              Business Casual

                                            • 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

                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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