Catbird Seat
Catbird Seat

Catbird Seat

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecatbirdseatrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6158108200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: First seating at 5:45pm, last seating at 9:15pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Catbird Seat
Thirty two seats surround a U-shaped kitchen where chef Trevor Moran and his team will prepare your meal as you watch.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Catbird Seat reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating5
  • Food5
    Service5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (10)special occasion (9)romantic (4)hot spot (4)neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Surprising, Adventurous - Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had heard about The Catbird Seat - eclectic, unusual, a place that changes and makes you think about your food. However, reservations are tricky. The place is intimate, and while we dressed up, there's no need to bother. Trevor, the head chef, is funny and personable. He comes across as a kid with a science kit - all giggly about his latest invention...and he should be. All in all, we had about 13 courses (!), each one different; each one with its own personality. We took our time eating so we could savor the smells and textures. The pricing is steep. For us, it was worth it. The only thing I would change is the temperature. Towards the end, it got a bit stuffy. But, as they say, if you can't take the heat, get out of their kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    best dining experience I have ever had. phenomenal food and service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    FoodGloriousFood
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    How phenomenal! Every morsel was an experience. No detail was spared as far as the food, wine, service - my only suggestion would be the noise level and the music - since there is so much wonderful interaction with the chefs it would be nice if the acoustic was less boomy - the soundtrack did not quite match the food - it may have been hip and current, but it didn't cooperate with the food like it might have - take care of those details and it becomes beyond explanation! Regardless, it was something to remember.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    JRSDRSVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We tried forever to get in and finally lucked out. No decision making and adventurous. Service was fun and they practically had to kick us out bc we didn't want to leave. Food was AMAZING and a extremely fun experience for even the most timid foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my Best Meals Ever
    Gonzo70VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Totally blown away by Catbird Seat; easily one of my best meals ever and superior to some three Michelin star venues I have frequented. Not just a meal, but an amazing dining experience. Course after course was not just interesting and beautifully plated, but tasted phenomenal. Was so much fun sitting inches away from the chefs as they worked there magic and their friendliness and warmth completely elevated an already fantastic meal. I am cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 23 reviews are from the Catbird Seat reviews archive.
  • One of the best meals ever!
    moneymoy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The multi-course tasting I had at Catbird Seat ranks among the best of my life (along with my first time at Charlie Trotter's and my first time at the original Bouley, but those were very different settings). When it comes to concepts, flavors, and execution the food here is as good as in any restaurant in the world. But the energized setting, having the chefs interact with you between courses, and the overall electric vibe just puts this place on another level. The food is fine dining, but the ambiance feels like a mix between an understated upscale bar and an underground test kitchen. Incredibly cool with zero pretension. Value is spectacular too- expect around 14 courses for only $100 and just $40 more for the beverage pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique dining experience
    Denver55VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Ride up an elevator enter through a pink hallway and enjoy a truly unique and delicious evening. Staff were courteous and professional. Watching chefs prepare dishes such as hay infused yogurt with beef tartare and pecan butter/jam hand salads was both fun and delicious. The cat bird seat is definitely a not miss if you are visiting Nashvile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Being in the Catbird Seat is Fine
    JaneAusten
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We were on spring break in Nashville and all of our dining experiences were great but Catbird was amazing-- you sit at the bar and watch fantastic chefs conjure up amazing plates full of flavor. They are happy to chat as long as they can but must move on to the next plate-- it is a little frenetic but fun to see. It's $100 per person (I think) and you can add a cocktail wine tasting for $40.00 (I think)-- there were 3 of us and we only added one drink pairing-- but ordered a separate cocktail each. You also get a handwritten menu of all of the nights delights. It's hard to get reservations-- so if you are going to Nashville check a month ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than before
    EmanVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Trevor Moran has catapulted this place to another level...he's only been there several weeks, but this Irish import (who looks like a 70s hair band rock star) is officially better than Guiness. I, personally, was never a fan of the drink pairings, so am hoping the new team expands the wine list a bit. If only reservations were easier to come by, we would gladly make the 2 hour drive on a regular basis. Last Saturdays experience easily surpassed 2 prior trips in 2013. Exciting, stimulating and creative cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dining Experience
    foodielicious
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The Catbird Seat has a lot of hype in the foodie scene of Nashville and after trying for months, I finally and am pleased to report I was not disappointed. Everyone one of the 9 courses was brilliantly executed, flavors blended together very well with creativity in all the dishes. Added bonus: Every course comes with a unique beverage designed to comliment the flavors of the food (so definitely take a cab!) and I'm not talking about a glass of wine with every course. Many had specially prepared cocktails that went with the course beautifully and were out of this world! Hats off to the drink master/sommelier....that person really knows their stuff! Definitely not inexpensive, but if you love food, worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it
    lington
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    It was difficult to get a reservation, and the meal was very expensive-- for a younger couple like us, almost prohibitively so. We wanted to go for the sig. o's birthday, but we ended up having to be more flexible about the dates since we had to reserve a month in advance. But despite all that, it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever, ever had (and we like our food). The much-tattooed chefs were totally friendly and explained everything to us. The alcohol pairings were fun and diverse and absolutely all of the food was phenomenal. It wasn't even as formal and stuffy as it might've been-- they were playing classic rock the whole time we were there, incongruously enough. We had a wonderful time. If you have the money, go for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Our second time to CBS restaurant. Brought several friends. Was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a sensory experience
    ceelo321
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I requested a vegetarian menu (which they happily accommodated) but I was still skeptical... until our first dish arrived. A vegetarian version of Steak Tartare (made with roasted beets and some other delicious things). I was sold! The dishes had a precise mixture of sweet, sour, spice, crunch, soft... I watched a chef prepare a salad, laying each piece one by one on the plate. When everything was laid out beautifully he decorated the dish with garlic flowers which he patiently placed, one by one, with tweezers, on the plate. It was a visual and sensory delectable experience! At the end of the night the price tag did not seem that inflated for the service and experience and we went again after a few weeks. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do NOT request Vegan & Gluten-Free
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Even though I requested Vegan & Gluten-Free in advance, the waiter asked me "are fish & butter ok" when we got seated. I kept feeling "something was missing" from each dish (obviously, they didn't prepare well enough in advance). Our wine pairing's timing was really off. The 1st two of my non-alcoholic drink pairings tasted heavily of celery, and really destroyed the taste of the food - their alternative was to bring a glass of club soda! Our experience was very disappointing....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pescatarian disappointment
    Tunelawyer
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    I recently visited The Catbird Seat for the second time. As usual the service and beverages were first rate, and the plates we were served were delicious. We do not eat red meat or poultry, so I advised the staff with thirty days notice, so I was expecting a meal on par with my first experience there, which was truly the best meal I have ever had in my life. Unfortunately it was a letdown. Unlike my first visit, we were not given seafood courses that matched others' meat courses. Rather, with the exception of a tiny but exquisite cauliflower floret plate, we were given the same meat courses sans the meat. A tiny potato and beet wedge, etc. No protein to replace the missing filet, pigeon leg. We left hungry and slightly disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Cuisine
    ADiner
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    This restaurant serves meals that are a multi-course serving menu, which changes every so often. The items of food are small portions but there are multiple dishes (~9) + desserts. The restauranters are well-trained from famous restaurants elsewhere --- it is a treat to have this type of food available in Nashville at a reasonable price, when normally you could only find it in large cities (Chicago, NYC). There is an optional drink pairing service that goes along with eat meal (either alcoholic or nonalcoholic). The food is prepared live in front of you while you sit around a U shaped long table with other guests, who are seated at 15 min intervals with only a maximum of 32 guests per evening. Meals take about 3.5 hours to complete.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    DeeBee
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Second time here and it's better than the first. Repeats on some courses. The pigeon is more tender and flavorful. How do they make the amazing baked celeriac? I guess I don't appreciate strong and intense cheeses because both times, the cheese course was not my favorite. My husband and son enjoyed the torta de cabra, though. More bourbon beads, please. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary
    ElleMac512VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    One of the top 3 extraordinary dinners of my life. I am overwhelmed by the experience and can't wait to get back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, excellent, excellent
    Travel4ever62
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    We went for my husbands birthday - 6 of us. It was an event - we were there about 3.5 hours and enjoyed every course and every minute. All 10 courses were delicious, unique, and served with a great presentation. Some of us had the wine pairing, one had the premium wine pairing and a couple had the non-alcoholic pairing. All the drink pairings were excellent (but not sure it was worth the extra for the premium one). Highly recommend! Have to get the reservation 30 days in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun times
    DD87
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Catbird seat is well worth the money. Since your servers are the chefs and bartender they are very knowledgeable about all aspects of the dishes. Food was beautiful. Tons of techniques on display as well. Easily the most adventurous place to eat in Nashville. Get the wine pairings
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just as great as the first
    Jules
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    just as great as the first time there. monkfish liver was incredible!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit for special occasions
    Thumper2MKVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We very much enjoyed all the flavors and perfect wine pairings. The meals are timed so we had about 6 courses which was nice. It's cost prohibitive though and unfit to enjoy with any regularity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We live in Nashville, and
    Freckles
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    We live in Nashville, and have wanted to try the Catbird Seat since it opened. I thought all the staff were intense, although not very enthusiastic. They prepared the food with an intensity I've not witnessed, but the food wasn't very pleasing; exotic, not particularly satisfying. I've seen this happen before when a chef is so absorbed in his craft of preparation and presentation, but not particularily aware of how to prepare food that tastes good in a clever way. Come-on team. Think about taste. Why do you think food trucks are so popular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly Original Spot
    Shashi
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    I loved eating at the Catbird Seat. Chefs Erik and Josh use their culinary powers for incredible good and created some really delicious and inspired delicacies for us. The entire experience was unforgettable, Thanks again to all of you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly unique dining experience
    mojo
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Catbird Seat is a one-of-a-kind dining experience best reserved for adventurous eaters. Chef's prepare courses in the center of dining room, and beverages are paired specifically with each creative course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sublime. must be experienced
    Jules
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    sublime. must be experienced to understand what all the hype is about
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Fabulous and so much fun! Wildly inventive and delicious food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I don't know what I can say
    jazzminder
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said about The Catbird Seat. Quite simply, it was the best dining experience I've ever had, and that includes Charlie Trotters. Dining with Josh, Eric and their staff is a holistic experience - the food, the service, the music and especially watching artists at work, doing what they love and are passionate about. Incomparable dining - each course complements the next and is a surprise in every bite. Brilliant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet