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The English Grill—Kentucky Fine Dining at Its Best

Welcome to the English Grill, finest of all downtown Louisville restaurants. As much a part of Louisville's history as The Brown Hotel itself, the English Grill offers an incredible dining experience and the restaurant sets the standard for all Kentucky fine dining establishments. From meeting attendees, couples celebrating anniversaries, newlyweds and graduation dinner celebrants to soldiers on leave with their families or those celebrating the magic of the Kentucky Derby, the English Grill has meant so much to so many.

"I believe that the graceful English Grill with its varnished wooden pillars, stained glass windows, equestrian paintings, ceiling tracery and broad tables set with lovely little lamps, has emerged as the finest restaurant in the city right now." - Wine Spectator

A Tribute

The English Grill stands as a tribute to J. Graham Brown, the original owner. With its oak paneling, stained glass windows, antique brass lighting fixtures, carved columns, equestrian oil paintings and tracery ceilings, the English Grill is a reminder of what downtown Louisville restaurants used to be, and it continues to be a place where guests can enjoy excellent service and an array of beautifully prepared menu items created to suit every taste.

The Menu

The English Grill menu offers an eclectic selection of tempting appetizers, homemade soups, salads and entrees—all crafted by our talented, creative culinary team led by English Grill Chef de Cuisine Ryan O'Driscoll. The Grill hosts special events featuring winemakers and visiting chefs throughout the year. Winemakers from France, California, Italy and Spain have shared their talents in wine with guests, always pairing them beautifully with the delicious culinary offerings. Our guests return again and again for these informative and fun-filled events.

The Dessert

Experience the Chocolate Striptease, our signature dessert at the English Grill. The dessert features dark chocolate cake with milk chocolate mousse enrobed in dark chocolate ganache, and is coated with chocolate shavings and served with mixed berries and chocolate sauce, flaming with Bacardi 151 Rum.


The Brown Hotel Dining

When you're at The Brown Hotel, come to the English Grill and allow our team of service professionals to attend to your requests. This talented  group  always ensures that every experience at the English Grill will be remembered and enjoyed—whether they're serving you a single salad, an entrée or a five-course dinner with wine pairing.

Come dine at the English Grill, filled with old memories and ready to create new ones.

The Chef's Table

The English Grill features two uniquely different Chef's Tables.

The Classic Chef's Table accommodates four to eight guests. Diners view the work on the kitchen line—guests are encouraged to walk the line to inspect the offerings from the culinary staff, making the celebration an even more enjoyable event. Business event attendees, guests celebrating birthdays, couples celebrating anniversaries and visiting dignitaries have all been guests of the Classic Chef's Table. The seven course meal is prepared with wine pairings from the English Grill's Sommelier.

The Theater Chef's Table is on the working side of the kitchen. This table accommodates up to 30 guests and incorporates the concept of small-plate dining, complete with four distinct beverage pairings—a bourbon cocktail, red and white wine, and a sparkling wine for dessert. Here, the table resembles a cooking class, and Chef Bettis is only a few feet away from guests as he prepares the cuisine. Please make reservations 48 hours in advance for the Chef's Table by calling the English Grill.

Reservation Details


Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is nonsmoking. Business Casual attire is highly encouraged. Men: Slacks or dress jeans paired with dress shirt or knit shirt with collar is required (jackets optional.) Women: Dresses, slacks, dress jeans or skirts paired with blouse or finer knit shirt required (jackets optional.) Not permitted: Athletic apparel (including hats), printed t-shirts, ripped or worn denim, shorts, sandal type footwear and athletic footwear.

Cell phone use is not permitted.

Valet parking is complimentary when dining in the English Grill.


Hours of Operation

Open Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
and Friday through Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday.

Please call 502-583-1234 and ask for the English Grill.

"The rarefied confines of the English Grill and the excellence of Kentucky-based cuisine make this one of the finest restaurants in the nation." -Forbes Traveler

The English Grill Private Dining

If you would like the style of the English Grill but in a private setting, please inquire about our private dining room that accommodates 10-40 guests. This elegant extension of the English Grill is the perfect place to have rehearsal dinners, dinner parties, and hold business dinners that might require privacy, as well as audio visual presentations.