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Oct 2, 2010 12:21 PM

Steak in Nashville

Can someone recommend the best steak in Nashville (preferably close to Vandy)? We have tried Jimmy Kelley's and Fleming's. We were thrilled with both and I would like something with similar quality. This is for my husband's birthday in October.

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  1. Except for Jimmy Kelly's, all the "steak places" in Nashville are chains. That includes Fleming's, also Ruth's Chris and Morton's. Ruth's Chris is in the Loewe's Vanderbilt Plaza at the corner of West End & 21st. For a special occasion, though, I'd travel the few miles downtown and go to The Palms in the downtown Hilton. It's a chain of sorts but very small and family-owned rather than corporate.

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    1. re: TLF

      There's also the Capitol Grille in the Hermitage Hotel. It's downtown, rather than right near Vandy, but it's got a great atmosphere.

    2. The Stockyard Steakhouse is recognized as one of the top 10 steakhouses in the US. It is located in a historic railroad building downtown near the Cumberland River. It's not close to Vandy but it's not that far. I would say it's about 3 miles. Happy BD to your husband.

      Stockyard Steakhouse @ 901 2nd Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 255 - 6464.

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      1. re: Littleman

        I would avoid Stockyard like the plague. I would suggest the Palm and Flemings for the best steak in Nashville.

        1. re: dennis855

          The Stockyard passed its prime 20 years ago. It is a tourist trap skating on former glory. Go to any review site (Trip Advisor, CitySearch) and you'll see some raves but they are balanced by as many reviews that say things like, "Worst dining experience of my life."

          I'd be really interested to see who ranks it as "top 10 in the US." Seriously, you'd be better served by going to Outback or Longhorn. At least you won't be fleeced.

        2. re: Littleman

          The Stockyard is not even one of the 5 best steakhouses in Nashville, so there's no way it's in the top 10 in the US. I would not recommend it to anyone.

          If you've not been to Ruth's Chris, I would recommend you give it a try. They cook a pretty mean steak, and they are right across the street from Vandy. For atmosphere, service and overall dining experience, though, I love the Palm, which is downtown. Both of these are chains. As much as I love Jimmy Kelly's, I have to admit that the best steaks in Nashville come from the national chains.

          1. re: Littleman

            Hey Doc did you you take your 1986 DeLorean to the Stockyard? The Stockyard hasn't been relevant in 20 years <planted ad>

          2. Thank you all for your frank reviews. Modern technology and the internet is wonderful. I shudder to think how much money we could have saved and how many bad meals spared since we started to date as foodies in the mid- 1980's!!

            1. I can't believe there hasn't been any mention of Stoney River. It may be a chain...but at least it's somewhat local. There's also one on West End.

              Stoney River Restaurant
              3015 W End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

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              1. re: pete k

                I thought about SR after I made my post, but I don't think it ranks up there with the other chains mentioned. It's a little more middle-of-the-road, doesn't say "special occasion" to me. But then, I've only been for lunch, maybe it's radically different at dinner.

                1. re: pete k

                  Stoney River all the way, that is if you are going for the food. If you want more of a steak taste, stick with their legendary steaks. However, my favorite is the Coffee-Cured Filet Mignon. I put this steak off for about 4 visits, mainly because of the name. However, this is the best steak I have ever had. I have been to SR about 6-8 times in two years, Stock Yard 2 times, and Ruth Chris 2 times, however that was n Los Angeles, not Nashville.

                  Stoney River Restaurant
                  3015 W End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

                  1. re: drjohns6

                    Is Stock Yard as bad as they say above. I thought it was excellent.

                2. So sad to see all these recs for the overpriced steak chains. Please check into Sperry's, a Nashville institution. Located in Belle Meade not far from Vandy. Prince Andrew ate here when his visited Nashville! It is cozy and the food is usually very dependable. One of the last, great salad bars around.

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                  1. re: smoot60

                    I want to love Sperry's. I love that it's local and for me it is especially local - literally the closest restaurant to my home. But honestly I don't think their steaks stand up to the ones at Ruth's Chris or Fleming's. But I can forgive that. What really kills Sperry's for me is the service. When I go to a steakhouse, I expect the service to be the best of the best, and I have encountered some shockingly unprofessional behavior at Sperry's. I think the difference between Sperry's and the chain steakhouses is that the chains hire adults, while I often see what appears to be 19 year olds working at Sperry's. If I had to choose a best local steakhouse, it would be Jimmy Kelly's.

                    Jimmy Kelly's Restaurant
                    217 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

                    Ruth's Chris
                    950 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville, TN 37915