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Ellendale's Restaurant
Ellendale's Restaurant

Ellendale's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ellendales.com
  • Phone: (615) 884-0171 x3
  • Hours of Operation:

    Express Lunch Buffet: Tues_Sat: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Julie Buhler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We have an extensive catering menu. We also can make meals based on your occasion. Please follow the link to our catering menu!
  • Private Party Facilities: For parties of ten and over please contact the restaurant by phone at 884-0171 ext 3. For parties 15 and over, a private room or party for later date, please call our planner Staci at 615-414-1310.
  • Private Party Contact: Staci (615) 414-1310
  • Entertainment: Live music every night.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Farmers Market Dinner family style Friday nights at 7:30 on our patio.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: OLD Elm Hill Pk and Donelson
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot
A word from Ellendale's Restaurant
Ellendale's is a family owned and operated restaurant serving Contemporary American Cuisine. We offer a express lunch buffet tues- sat 11-3. We also have the best Sunday Brunch in Nashville 10-3! Happy hour daily 3-6! Our menu offers creative, hand crafted dishes featuring fresh produce harvested from our own garden, presented with Southern Charm in our own Historic Farmhouse. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "My sister, daughter, and I were on a girl's getaway. We saw the mixed reviews for Ellendale's and thought we would give it a chance, looked like a cute place. Upon walking in, the first thing I noticed was the disgusting carpet which looked like it hadn't been changed in 40 years. Should have walked out at that point, but thought I was just being picky. We were seated immediately, hostess was very pleasant. The place was pretty much empty at 6 on a Saturday night with the exception of what looked like a rehearsal dinner. The waiter was nice enough, but clothing was covered in crusty food!! Another sign to leave. Food was lackluster, stale pita chips with hummus, which was only highlight. Do not eat here!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "An excellent recommendation from our hotel front desk. We visit Nashville yearly and will most certainly dine here again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The location is not an area I usually go, but we were feeling adventurous. The outside is nice, you can see the garden where they grow their own herbs and some vegetables. Inside however is underwhelming and in need of some work. I was impressed by the house-made items on the menu. Our table had eggplant parm which was beautifully presented and tasted lovely. The filet mignon was cooked to our specifications and the mashed potatoes almost stole the show! The cheesecake with caramel sauce was also worth the calories and the portion was enough for 4 girls! Overall, I would return for the food, but maybe at night when the live music is there."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The service and cleanliness of the restaurant varies as I've dined at Ellendale's on several occasions and its been excellent to downright dirty and slow. There doesn't seem to be any consistency so I preface all recommendations."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food was excellent as was the service, after dinner we went back to the bar area where we enjoyed the live music and piano. I recommend the Hippy Dippy apertizer, also the pasta carbonara with shrimp was to kill for..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food is always great! We've eaten here several times and have not been disappointed. Our server was very attentive and helpful with suggestions!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We eat at Ellendales ever time we fly out of Nashville. It is very close to the airport hotels, situated in a charming old house. Great musical entertainment too. Eclectic menu including traditional as well as some unusual items like deep fried rabbit. Great vegetarian entrees too. Large selection of appetizers. We prefer the atmosphere and the music in the bar. But if you want an intimate experience, choose one if the small dining rooms."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I was in the area for a conference and this restaurant was suggested by several of the hotel staff. The food was excellent, sevice superb, and the live music was especially a treat. Sit in the bar area for live music or in one of the other dining areas for an interesting take on this interesting dining establishment!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food was very good with lots of choices. The service was outstanding. I will definitely do this again."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "-Food was good, BUT had a reservation for 7:30--no table available when we got there. In the dining room, we were seated right in front of the vocal group singing. Would have been much better for our party of six to be seated away from them so we could enjoy them while conversing. The food was very good but took forever to get to us. We were the last ones to leave and we didn't loiter after dinner."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The brunch they offer is very good, featuring things such as salad bar, omelet bar, and even waffles ( my favorite!) Delicious mimosas and you can get 3 for $10. Our server Allen was so great! Great place overall."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A close family friend recommended we try Ellendale's on our next trip to Nashville. It was worth the visit, the food and service were outstanding. We will definitely visit again the next time"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Overall great Sunday Brunch with nice selection. Omelets were great but biscuits were less than desirable and they do not offer any jelly or jams :("
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The tables were rickety and slanted, carpet old and moist feeling, the food was dry and overcooked, and the desserts were awful. Why do that to food. The restaurant needs to hire a new chef, get a menu refresh, educate its staff on service rules, and refurbish the interior and decor. Telling everyone I know to stay away."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "A year ago (2013) we ate at Ellendale's in Nashville, TN and had an enjoyable dinner. So, we booked through Open Table a reservation for June 21, 2014. Well, when we checked into our motel, the manager mentioned he had had pretty unfavorable reviews from folks he had sent there for dinner. We immediately placed a call to Ellendale's to check on our reservation. After placing three calls to the number, we received no answer, just a recording. Our reservation was for 4:30 and we continued to call to try to talk with someone. No one ever answered. I would appreciate hearing from you if the restaurant has closed, and if so, why were we still able to place our reservation through Open Table? Thank you, Bob and Darleen Carter"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Ellendale's is a great upscale neighborhood restaurant. Every time we've been there the food has been excellent, the ambience of dining in an old home is great or you can choose the main dining area with live music. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a dining spot on the east side of Nashville."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was great and service right on! Steak let rise wraps were fantastic and the Sirloin was cooked perfectly. Would visit again when back in town."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had a 7:15 reservation and arrived 5 minutes early. Waited at the hostess stand for 10 minutes and no hostess to seat me. In that 10 minute period, 2 servers acknowledged me, but I still could not get seated, so I left."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is great for special occasions dinings. The staff was friendly and the owner was greeting and seating guests to their tables. Service was excellent. Even though their chef had an "off night" (cooking my medium-rare ribeye steak as well-done and burnt), the service and friendliness of the staff saved the evening from a disastrous experience. I will certainly come back and give this neighborhood gem another chance. By the way, you have to try this restaurant's homemade desserts. The homemade ice cream and varieties of cake were excellent. Thanks."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We have been going to Ellendale's for quite some time. We love to celebrate our anniversary there, and were surprised to be treated this year by our friends. Such a great meal, and a we even slow danced with live music...nice. Great staff and so relaxing. We will continue to visit as frequently as possible."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Amazing Father's Day Brunch. Almost too much food. The atmosphere is nice and the server was attentive. We had reservations and were seated before our scheduled time. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I brought a group of eight clients here and we enjoyed the food and the music. The wait staff needed some polish, but you can tell they meant well."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The expectations were very high for this place. We had a 4 PM reservation to ensure that we were between lunch and dinner rushes. We were, in fact, the only couple seated in the room. Still, the waitress was nowhere to be seen for much of the afternoon. The Romeo and Juliet (signature steak entree) was overcooked and tough. The meat had not been marinated or seasoned so it was bland. The amaretto chicken however was tender, juicy, and flavorful (I suggest trying this). The wilted greens presumably wilted from the excessive amount of jalapeno mixed in which made then too spicy to compliment anything on the plate. Summary: Food: fair, Service: Poor, Price: reasonable, ambiance: fair."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "First, I had to get our waiter back 3 times, just to have the minimum amount of dressing, to go on mine and my wife's salads. Both dressings were not good, and we couldn't finish them. (ranch and vinaigrette) Then came the entrée. I had a 6 oz. fillet, that had no flavor, what so ever. The miniature asparagus could not be cut with my steak knife. It had no flavor as well. This is the first meal that I can think of, that I could not finish. On top of that, I was charged full price, with no regard to my bad experience. The waiter did apologize, and told me that there was no chef, and the food had been prepared by "chef's in training". I will never be back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • " Your establishment was very classy and had great food.The family touch is appreciated from the past owner of a family business. We often come for very special occasions and always leave happy. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I was anticipating a good dining experience in a lovely setting but was very disappointed. My party had to wait for 5 minutes for someone to greet and seat us even though there were only a handful of diners there and the our server at the table, although very friendly, took longer to get to us. I could understand if it were busy but there is no excuse when the only service at Saturday lunch was a buffet. The 'Buffet only' was not made clear either when we were seated. The food was hot and fairly tasty but not worth putting up with slow service and a dingy interior to eat at Ellendales. The best part of the meal was the desserts. Will not be back "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wonderful tasty selection with a great atmosphere. I am never dissappointed when I visit. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Blown away by the service. ED knew it was our anniversary so they brought flowers to the table. Music was great as well. We will return SOON!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Plenty of items to suit every ones taste. This lovely old house has several rooms. Ours, the noise level was perfect for conversation."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "You won't find the same old thing at this buffet offering. Everything was delicious. Food groupings were at separate stations so I didn't find a lot of congestion (and my reservation was at noon). They grow many of their own produce, so you'll get very, very fresh vegetables. Everyone in my party was well pleased. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Excellent food. Excellent wine. Excellent service. Excellent entertainment (05/25/14). We had the Romeo & Juliet steak and the salmon (starburst?). The chocolate favor on the salmon was a nice surprise. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My husband and I truly enjoyed Ellendale's. There were plenty of options for him (carnivore) and for me (vegetarian). The ambience was excellent from the romantic lighting and each room differently decorated to the musical talent on a Friday evening. The prices were also very fair for the excellent food. We highly recommend, and we will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great food , very good service. Nice atmosphere easy to find"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had a great time. A special group of us chose Ellendale's Restaurant as the restaurant we would like to try, as only two of us had been there previously. The rest of our group were extremely happy with this choice. Everything was perfect. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My family and I had a reservation for Mother's Day brunch on Sunday, May 11. We were seated in the Piano Room after about 5 minutes, but it took 10 minutes to get water and instructions that we could visit the buffet. The food was presented well and looked delicious, it just wasn't hot or warm. Most of the items that I ate were luke warm at best, and I tried almost everything. I will be inclined to try the restaurant again, just not for a buffet meal. I was also unaware that the price for the buffet was different on Mother's Day than what the website listed. $108 for 3 people and our drinks were only $10. I was disappointed once I realized the cost, but will still go back on a non-special day to try the regular menu. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Ellendale's has been a family favorite for special occasions for years; however, this year we were very disappointed. I, personally, only ate from the salad bar and dessert bar. The salad bar was as excellent as always; however, the dessert bar was not nearly as good as in years past. There was nothing appealing on the hot bar. Our server never came to ask if we needed refills on our drinks. We had to flag him down or get them ourselves. There were eight of us in our party and all but one felt the meal was not worth the money. Our bill plus tip was over $300, which would have been worth it if the food and service had been what it has in years past. Sorry."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Not only did they seat us 45 mins later than our reservation time but the food was awful and most of the "hot" items were mildly warm at best. Not worth the 140 dollars for FOUR people. We would have been better off going to a Cheesecake Factory. We would have gotten more and better food at around the same cost. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "...for the money. Breakfast choices were horrible. Biscuits so hard I couldn't even cut them...and I am no 200 pound weakling. No waffles...no omelet bar. Pretty sad overall for the price. Howevermm the waitress we had was awesome!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 for Mothers day brunch. The group aged from 18 months to 84. The food was good and the selection great. The cost was a bargain. My wife said she didn't have anything that wasn't good and I agree. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our first brunch at Ellendales was on Mother's Day. Hard to judge due to masses of people being fed, but we would go back on a regular Sunday just to try the omelet station. 7 on scale of 10. We'd go back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014