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Friday Later Dinner in Nashville?

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princsoreo Aug 29, 2011 08:38 AM

We are arriving in Nashville around 7 ish I think. By the time we get from the airport to our hotel, freshen up, etc., I'm guessing we'll be heading to dinner around 8:45-9 ish. I'd love to go somewhere where my boyfriend can be comfortable in jeans/a nice button down shirt or jeans and a sport coat so we can head out for some music/drinks afterward without having to stop by the hotel. We're staying at the Renaissance and would also love somewhere we can walk to. We may taxi somewhere another night, but since we'll be arriving later this time, would love to stay in the area. Any suggestions? I was thinking about Capital Grille but suspect it might be a non-jeans place. Is this right? Thanks! I'd love to make a reservation so we aren't waiting for an hour to eat.

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  1. pete k RE: princsoreo Aug 29, 2011 02:27 PM

    The Capital Grille is inside of The Hermitage Hotel, you really shouldn’t feel too out of place since it’s inside of the hotel, but I’ve never considered it a casual type of place. I would recommend City House first…they close at 10 on Friday nights, and it’s a short cab ride from your hotel. You’ve got plenty of other options should you choose to venture out to the midtown area. Boundr’y comes to mind for a late night menu as does Sunset Grill. I also highly recommend Holland House on the east side…I would say they’re probably a 10-15ish minute cab ride from downtown…great cocktails and food.

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    City House
    1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

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      Will Owen RE: pete k Aug 29, 2011 02:44 PM

      Of course the Sunset Grill late-night menu will have changed since we were hanging out there regularly - eleven years ago! - but it's been reliably good since looooong before that. And it kicks in about the time City House (which is a much better restaurant, IMO) is closing. I've not been to Bound'ry since shortly after the opening chef left, and it kinda flew downhill. Could have improved.

      If you want dinner and a swell nightcap, I'd suggest cabbing to City House for dinner and then going back to Patterson House in the Music Row area for a very fine cocktail or two. Reservations aren't a bad idea at either place.

      Downtown, where your hotel is, is ridiculously short on nighttime amenities unless you're a country-music-loving tourist. If you really would rather walk your Capitol Grill (note spelling, if you want to look it up) notion is about the best bet. Good jeans and a sport coat is as dressy as your boyfriend will need to be - it's not quite as casual as LA, but I never felt out of place there in coat and open collar. Don't know who's cooking there now, but it's always been more than decent.

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      City House
      1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

      The Patterson House
      1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN

      Bound'ry Restaurant
      911 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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        TLF RE: Will Owen Aug 29, 2011 08:00 PM

        CG is truly awesome. I agree that City House is as well. Sort of different styles, and if I had to choose, gun to my head, I'd say CH is best. BUT the folks at CG do it up right, they have a really sharp crew, plus get a lot of their ingredients from their own farm. What you might want to do is take a look at the online menus for both, see which style you might prefer. Of course they are just "sample" menus as things change frequently, but that will help you decide.

        All of Will's other recs are good as well. I've been a Bound'ry fan for a long time, although it's been a couple of years since I was a regular. Sunset I mostly do for lunch, but it's true they are famous for being late-night. And you can sit outside if the weather is good at either place.

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      Cameraman RE: princsoreo Aug 29, 2011 04:17 PM

      What about Merchants. It's a couple of blocks away and you've got a choice of two dining styles.

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        princsoreo RE: Cameraman Aug 30, 2011 06:59 AM

        Can you elaborate on Merchants?

        I was thinking we'd save City House for Sunday night (we will be in town Fri-Mon). I thought the menu at Capitol Grille sounded pretty tasty since we both like Southern-style food, as well as farm-to-table concept. I must admit, I tend to be skeptical of restaurants in hotels, but this one sounds nice (please let me know if I'm wrong!). And, not that we want to do the tacky tourist stuff every night, but we've never been to Nashville so I figure we'll check out some of that one night at least.

        City House pretty casual, right? It's sounding like maybe I can tell the bf he doesn't need a suit at all on this trip if you really think he'd feel fine at Capitol Grille in jeans/coat. Is there other stuff to do around Paterson House? Like I said, I was originally thinking of doing CH Sunday, but could move it to Saturday and plan to hit Music Row on the way back to our hotel...

        Can someone give me a quick rundown on nightlife areas? I'm a little confused about what's downtown and what's not. Would love to know what areas are worth cabbing it to for good drinks and fun nightlife. Any suggestions to an area to hit on Sunday that won't be dead?

        Thanks!

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        City House
        1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

        Music Row Cafe
        99 Spring St, Nashville, TN 37207

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          TLF RE: princsoreo Aug 30, 2011 08:55 AM

          Most upscale restaurants in Nashville draw a mixed crowd, in terms of ages and dress. So you'll see a wide variety of dress at CH. It's a very modern decor, concrete floors and the like (it's in a former industrial building). You WILL see people dressed a little but also people in tshirts and jeans. I can't tell exactly when you are coming, and I don't know how much you've looked into CH, but (a) Sunday dinners are different from the rest of the week and (b) THIS Sunday, Labor Day weekend, is a special dinner by Sean Brock (who, coincidentally, is a former chef of CG). http://www.nashvillescene.com/bites/a.... You ain't gettin' in this Sunday.

          You are right about "hotel restaurants" in general, but CG is an exception. It is Nashville's only 4-star restaurant. The Hermitage Hotel, and the restaurant, are gorgeous historic spaces. The ambiance and service will be more formal than at CH. But, as already mentioned, you can dress in jeans/jacket and be fine.

          Be aware that "Music Row" is the term for the business district for the music industry. It's office buildings and old houses converted into offices. There's nothing for tourists to do there except maybe drive through. The downtown tourist zone that most people are interested in visiting runs up Broadway from the river to 5th Ave., with a few points of interest in the blocks north and south of that strip. It's variously called "Lower Broad" or "The District" or "The Downtown Tourist Zone."

          As for other things to do ... the Bluebird Cafe is in the busy Green Hills area, across from the (upscale, atypical) mall. You need reservations most of the time for the Bluebird, check the web site. There are other music venues all over town that may or may not have country/Americana music going. The key areas for most excellent restaurants and bars and nightlife, in addition to downtown, is the Vanderbilt / West End / Midtown / Belmont area, just west of downtown. A stroll through Hillsboro Village of an afternoon or evening can be fun. There's also the 12South district. Lots of quirky boutiques and coffeeshops and the like in both.

          For some good event listings, go to the weekly alternative paper, http://www.nashvillescene.com/. Just be aware that the restaurant listings aren't as up-to-date as they should be -- some closed restaurants are still listed, some new ones aren't there yet.

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            nm1 RE: TLF Aug 30, 2011 01:10 PM

            Another excellent restaurant in a hotel in Nashville is the 1808 Grille http://www.1808grille.com/ in the Hutton Hotel at 1808 West End Avenue. It's lighter in atmosphere than Capitol Grille, but would be a cab drive from the Renaissance.

            Merchants http://www.merchantsrestaurant.com/me... is a more casual place than either 1808 or CG. It's in a nice old former pharmacy building on Lower Broad (i.e. it's an easy walk for you). It has a bar and less expensive menu downstairs, and white tablecloths and higher prices (but lower than CG) upstairs. The food is properly done there, but if you're looking for culinary artistry instead of a decent meal I'd go elsewhere.

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              princsoreo RE: nm1 Aug 31, 2011 06:31 AM

              Thanks so much! This is really helpful.

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              princsoreo RE: TLF Aug 31, 2011 06:33 AM

              You are right, we are coming this Sunday. Went ahead and made reservations at CG for Sunday night. Sounds like that'll be just right in terms of atmosphere and food. So maybe it'll be CH on Saturday! Any other suggestions for places to hit on a Sunday evening?

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                pete k RE: princsoreo Aug 31, 2011 06:46 AM

                Try Virago in The Gulch area of downtown off 12th and Broadway this Sunday night. I believe from 5-10 they’ll have DJs playing mostly house music on the rooftop patio….if you happen to be into that sort of thing.

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          princsoreo RE: princsoreo Aug 31, 2011 06:56 AM

          Any thoughts on Prime 108? It seems to have high reviews on yelp...

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            princsoreo RE: princsoreo Aug 31, 2011 07:00 AM

            also what about Watermans?

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              TLF RE: princsoreo Aug 31, 2011 07:20 AM

              I don't know anyone who has been to Prime 108. It may be good, but it gets NO buzz locally that I've ever seen. WaterMARK is very good.

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                dennis855 RE: princsoreo Aug 31, 2011 07:38 AM

                Watermark has been thru a series of Chef changes in the last 6-8 weeks. I am not sure who is doing the cooking there now. Louis Osteen is the corporate Executive Chef so maybe he has taken over in the interim.

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                  Will Owen RE: dennis855 Aug 31, 2011 12:35 PM

                  Watermark is an upscale chain, to my taste substituting a very slick formula for any real striving after excellence. The friends we stay with when we're in town we always treat to a meal at the restaurant of their choice; this was the choice three years ago. The food was good and properly prepared, and the wine service was fine, but none of it was really worth the price of admission. It felt very much that we were being loved only for our money.

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                    TLF RE: Will Owen Aug 31, 2011 12:43 PM

                    Watermark is not a chain. It is part of a local independent multi-restaurant group which also includes Fish & Co.

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                princsoreo RE: princsoreo Aug 31, 2011 06:55 PM

                thanks again for the responses! to be honest, the menu at City House really isn't doing it for me, plus reservation times for Saturday are already scarce. I know I'm probably missing out on something great, but think we'll skip it this trip. I'm going to try and make a res somewhere tomorrow, and right now am leaning toward Watermark as I like the look of the menu.
                1. How dressy is it? Is a suit required for guys?
                2. Any other places I'm missing? I've been tooling around online and it seems like there are a ton of mixed opinions on most dining establishments, not a lot of alignment with the exception of casual, lunchier spots... We eat any type of food.

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                City House
                1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

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                  Cameraman RE: princsoreo Aug 31, 2011 09:48 PM

                  My visiting family (Boston / San Diego and regular high end diners) and my wife and I always enjoy F. Scotts. The food and wine service are very good. They have great live jazz in the bar. It's pricey but food is half price after 9. People on the board complain that the room is cold, but I've always been very comfortable there and left feeling well fed, well served, and well entertained.

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                    TLF RE: princsoreo Sep 1, 2011 08:00 AM

                    There are always naysayers for any restaurant.

                    Watermark, like all the other high-end restaurants we've mentioned, will have people dressed in a wide range of attire. There ARE no restaurants in Nashville where coat & tie -- or even coat -- are required for men as far as I know.

                    For other options look at Margot, Cha Chah, Eastland Cafe, Kayne Prime, Sunset Grill, Cabana, Bound'ry, Germantown Cafe, 1808 Grill, Flyte, Midtown Cafe, Yellow Porch.

                    I'm lukewarm on F. Scott's. I think it's fine, but it just doesn't excite me.

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                    Sunset Grill
                    2001 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

                    Yellow Porch
                    734 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204

                    Bound'ry Restaurant
                    911 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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                      nm1 RE: TLF Sep 1, 2011 08:45 AM

                      I think Capitol Grill requires a jacket.

                      My own picks from TLF's list would be 1808 Grill or Margot, but at this point you just have to look at the menus and see what grabs you. I'm afraid there are no wonderful undiscovered gems in Nashville. Unless they're utterly, utterly undiscovered by anyone.

                      If none of the listed places grab you, try going in a completely different direction and try Monell's http://www.monellstn.com/ndininginfo.... for very good, family style southern food. It's not upscale, but it is delicious, and lets you try a wide range of local recipes in one meal.

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                        dailybread8383 RE: nm1 Sep 1, 2011 01:15 PM

                        Jacket is not at all required at CG, in fact, a few weeks ago I went and saw no one in the entire restaurant in a jacket

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                        jamiecarroll RE: TLF Sep 1, 2011 02:27 PM

                        So true. I dined at Morton's earlier this week. That's about as fancy as it gets in Nashville. And yet I saw multiple guys there in jeans and t-shirts. And in the dining room, not the bar. No formality anymore!

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