Etch
Etch

Etch

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://etchrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6155220685
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am to 2:00pm, Dinner: Monday Thursday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Deb Paquette
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room is an intimate and elegant space with a custom-made salvaged wood table, modern decor, and expansive windows. It provides seating for up to 12 guests, ideal for a private dinner, lunch, or meeting.
    For Etch private event information please email ali.gensert@etchrestaurant.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Ali Gensert 6152982986

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd AVE.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet parking for dinner guests, validation ticket provided after your meal. Additional parking is available in conveniently located pay lots.
A word from Etch
Etch is the newest culinary venture from Chef Deb Paquette. Located in the ground floor of the Encore tower in downtown Nashville, Etch offers a private dining room, full bar and an open kitchen with bar-style seating.

In her 13 years as Chef/Owner of Zola, Deb received accolades for Nashville’s best chef and Nashville’s best restaurant multiple times. Nashville restaurants are many, but Etch sets itself apart with bold flavors and colorful presentations.

The cuisine at Etch is complemented by our comprehensive wine list, featuring an extensive collection of wines from around the world. Guests can also enjoy our modern take on classic cocktails, along with a variety of eclectic beers and regional drafts.

We invite you to come try Chef Paquette’s latest endeavor, a menu referred to as “signature Deb – unique, playful, over-the-top, and as the address at Encore implies, ovation-worthy” (Carrington Fox, Nashville Scene).
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Etch reviews from OpenTable diners
472 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (372)special occasion (308)hot spot (174)romantic (172)notable wine list (123)good for groups (111)neighborhood gem (98)great for lunch (82)vibrant bar scene (39)late-night find (27)scenic view (27)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Home Run
    Glutes33VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Took my wife there for our anniversary and the food was awesome. The server was not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, however, the consistency of the dining experience (minus the server) outweighed the negatives. This was my fourth visit and Etch is in my top five along with the Yellow Porch, Mack and Kates, Cork and Cow, and Red Pony!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tastebuds get ready!
    RMesserliVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Everything at Etch is an adventure. I will say that the food should not be regarded with any kind of reservation you may already have for a dish since what Chef Debbie does to it is always exciting. Last night I had the Cobia (mild fish) with wonderful Turkish spicing. Not too sweet and not spicy hot. Even someone who doesn't like fish (husband in this case) really liked it and will order it next time. My husband had the Grilled Lamb Petit Porterhouse. It was fantastic. He doesn't usually like lamb but he loved this dish. Even I liked the black olive tapenade and I don't like olives! Go with an open mind because nothing is as it seems here at Etch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeatedly delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is outstanding and the atmosphere and service are equally good. Could not recommend Etch more highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had Grouper, a kale salad as the vegetable and a mashed potato croquette, with various sauces and garnishes. It was so good I kept putting food in my mouth constantly so I wouldn't have to stop tasting it. It was the best grouper I have ever had, and I lived in Florida for almost 10 years. The croquette was like a potato chip on the outside, it was so perfectly cooked. One of the best meals I have ever had, the favors were fabulous, and I don't give praise like this lightly. The only tiny criticism would be that the rosemary rolls were a bit tough, but had great flavor. I also enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen at work under the calm and polite direction of Chef Deb.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Always amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Etch is our go-to restaurant downtown. The food is always amazing, the service and atomosphere is alive and elegant. The flavours, attention to detail is top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but worth it
    Dcde
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was a combination of 5 star quality, an artists creativity, and portions big enough for someone with a hearty appetite. The ambiance was very sleek, minimalist, upscale. The service was top notch. Unintrusive yet didn't miss a beat. Overall highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Nashville Food Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Etch was recommended to us by a friend. We had no expectations other than everyone we talked to in Nashville raved about it. We were not disappointed from the time we entered until we left the service was attentive and friendly. The food was very good - the Roasted Cauliflower & Octopus/Shrimp Bruschetta Appetizers were amazing. My son had the fillet which was cooked to his asking, tender, and flavorful. My wife and I are vegetarians, she had the Rutabaga La Plancha - was excellent and they were very accommodating and made me a veggie plate which served me well. The wine we chose was good but wine list somewhat pricey. We shared the Chocolate Pretzel Bar for dessert, don't do that get your own. Overall great, would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I wanted to try a new restaurant to celebrate our birthday and had heard about Etch. Making the reservation was easy using the open table site. With a concert going on downtown, we chose to valet park and were quickly lead into the restaurant. Unfortanately, the catch of the day was already sold out for the night. We chose the catfish tempura appetizer, the pork chop and the filet as entrees. The preparation of everything was wonderful and timely. We had the peach and brown butter cake for dessert. I did not care for the sorbet on top, but the cake was incredible! The next day a coworker asked me if I recommended Etch and the answer is yes. Looking forward to another visit.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food at Etch
    sharkman
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Etch has a modern look. Definitely upscale, as dinner for 2 with no wine was about $100 (2 apps, 2 entrees, a salad to share,coffee, and mineral water). Our waiter, Justin was highly trained; subtle and yet, attentive. We asked about a choice between two fish entrees. Instead of saying "I would get the grouper", Justin went into a description of the flavors and high notes of each dish, allowing my wife to use her palette to maker the decision! Wonderful. Pork belly, great.The Etch salad; delectable with a tangy champagne dressing, I ordered the pork chop and my wife ordered the black grouper. Both dishes were sauced and paired beautifully with interesting sides. Great ambience, service and food. If you have a sophisticated palette, go!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very interesting menu. Decor is very good. Service was good. Food was just fair. My experience may not be typical as the restaurant was very busy so something must be drawing people there.
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  • Deb Paquette Does It Again!
    food4glad
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Just when you think that Deb Paquette is at the top of her game, she shows us how much more margin she has at one of the world's greatest chefs. Her food is not only tasty and nourishing, it's an experience. Thank you, Deb. Keep going!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best!
    justforfun
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A fabulous experience! Wonderful service, nice atmosphere, impressive food combinations. I wanted to savor every bite! I was sad to be so full that I couldn't finish my main dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would recommend but...
    RonRico15
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    they ran out of Cobia AND Tuna! This was after the waiter had done an excellent job of selling the Cobia and we couldn't wait to try it. Had the octopus and shrimp bruschetta and it was the best tasting octopus I have had. It honestly tasted like crab legs, it was so tender but also retained it's seafood taste that I was craving. my only gripe about this was that too much bacon was used. It over powered everything else on the plate, so I ended up scrapping most of it off and eating it by itself later. Had the pork chop and she had the venison. Both were very good, it's really a treat how there are so many varieties of flavors in each dish to incorporate into each bite.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • top flight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    once again we had a top notch meal at etch--beets and berries salad with a wonderful combination of flavor --the venison paired with sweet potatoes okra and watermelon was like a symphony of flavors exploding in my mouth --even better than the last venison dish i had there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinnerfor2reservationsVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Excellent and creative dishes. Great service. Both lunch and dinner are served and a equally delicious. Prices are fair and portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavors and More Flavors!
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Simply wonderful food. The cobia is one of their signature dishes and it was prepared perfectly with various spices and accompaniments that brings out everything that this fish is and can be. The 7oz filet was superb and prepared exactly to order. They etch salad and the beet and berry salads were farm fresh and the cauliflower is a one of a kind must have. Can't say enough about Etch!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Developed flavors
    firsttime
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The chef does a great job of developing flavors in everything from the salad to appetizer and entree!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was very good. Place is a bit noisy
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Bill
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were fans of Zolas and now we will look forward to returning here. I wish they had a few more wines in the more moderate price ranges.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nashville Gem!
    J3nnings
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Such a wonderful place! Creative food, great service and convenient location. Perfect spot for dinner before a show at the Schermerhorn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Flavors superb. The cauliflower was out of this world. Lamb was nicely prepared with a Mediterranean flair and the grouper fish was also delicious. The Brussel sprouts were tasty and pan a cotta rounded out an enjoyable culinary experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would recommend this restaurant
    OwooblyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I've been here several times. It's very good. The octopus and shrimp bruchetta was excellent. As was the colifflower my dining companion and I both had the fish special that evening. It was cooked to perfection but a bit too salty for my taste. The portions are extremely generous an the service was outstanding
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an outstanding meal
    njoy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    One of the finest dining experiences of my life. Waiters were helpful and courteous, presentation and mixture of flavors were unique and memorable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable and creative meal
    Amydru
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our lunch was amazing! Started off with cauliflower appetizer which is heavenly. Shared the fish tacos-fish was cooked to perfection and the wild rice salad, which was colorful and had so much flavor!! Ended with salted caramel pretzel bar which is the stuff dreams are made of. Can't say enough good things about our food And server Ashley!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Mightyquinn
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I've really given Etch too much rope. Three times. Food was sub-par every time. Tries too hard. Waiter didn't listen the last two times and made major mistakes. A little smug feeling. Three times and you're out.
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  • Fantastic Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had the most incredible meal here. Delicious and creative flavors. Our server was extremely knowledgable and passionate about everything she presented to us. I'm in awe of chef Deb Paquette. Delicious and pleasant from beginning to end. I will be returning.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic art
    Spike
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A very good find in Nashville. Very tasty and highly original food options. Would dine at Etch every time we come to town...
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!!!
    RachaelSVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have dined at pretty much all of the restaurants in Nashville. This was the last one my list to check off and it was amazing. I Can not say enough about how good and different this place was. It was not snooty and very welcoming. The food was to the "nines" and the server never made us feel rushed. I would recommend to anyone for a special occasion or just a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our Anniversary Dinner
    Alabuckeye
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had an early reservation at 5:30 due to availability. The decor is contemporary with clean lines. Ed, our waiter, was very friendly, attentive and made suitable menu recommendations. Liked him a lot. We are light eaters and Ed arranged for our salad and entree to be split for us. We enjoyed all our selections...pork belly, octopus and shrimp on bruschetta, beet and berry salad, and cobia with Turkish spices (the fruit juice was a tad too sweet). The cherry and chocolate ice creams were homemade but not exceptional. Wish I had tried the vanilla goat ice cream. Overall, we were happy we made the choice to dine at Edge. We hoped to find an upscale dining place with reasonable prices downtown near the Hilton and we found it!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carolyn
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We will be back! What a wonderful find in Nashville...thank goodness for open table reviews. If we could give it more stars we would...from the hostess who was lovely to Paul the bartender who was very attentive and professional to BROOK (and her assistant we fail to remember his name was awesome)...she was just the most knowledgeable, friendly, professional server I've ever met. The food from the cauliflower appy to the swordfish we all had was incredible. Go for the chocolate pretzel dessert which wasn't to much and enough for three people for tasting. The attention to detail and immaculateness was such a pleasure. Our palates were quite pleased when we left. Thanks for a great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Surprisingly Good
    Imprepared
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have to admit that I usually am skeptical when people say that you have sensory overload when eating the food, but in this case, it was certainly true. The flavors that you experience here are truly fantastic. I am usually the first person finished with my meal, but this evening, I was one of the last. Each bite has a different ending. Sweet then spicy, cool then warm. We sampled each others meals and each dish was worth recommending. I usually have trouble recommending these new "boutique" restaurants because the portions are usually too small and I don't know what most of the items on the menu are, however this was without a doubt one of the most enjoyable and memorable dining experiences to date.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It lived up to the reputation
    WineLover71
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had heard great things about Etch and were not disappointed. We had different dishes and passed back and forth. Excellent food and service with a great wine list. We'll come back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    Cotton
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife had the lamb and I had the duck. Both were outstanding! Food quality and presentation was everything we had expected, and more. The orangecremesicle was unique and terrific. We cannot wait to go back. The service was very good. Overall, great first experience at Etch
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss this restaurant!
    ieatlocal
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We absolutely loved etch! Not only was the food amazing but the service was as we'll! Definitely try the butter tasting it was like nothing I've ever had before! We also had the white fish dish which they have had on their menu since day one and the flavors were soo distinct and bold! The last thing we had was the tenderloin which was nothing short of what meat should taste like with added extra flavors to make it probably one of the best tenderloins I've ever had! We will definitely be back every time we go to Nashville!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    kmondesire
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was amazing! The menu was filled with creative twists on some very ordinary ingredients. The flavors, ingredients, and mélange of Mediterranean/southern influences made this a real winner! The service could not have been better and the ambience was quite civilized; the acoustics enabled all diners their privacy and we were not bothered by noisy conversations due to poor acoustics experienced in other upscale establishments we visited. The chef came out to greet us (maybe because I sent my compliments), but she couldn't have been more gracious and answered all our questions about how she developed her menu. This place can stand next to any 5 star Manhattan restaurant - any day! This one's a winner for sure!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Vegetarian Joy
    VeggieDiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The whole experience was wonderful and the best part was that the vegetarian entree was fantastic. I'm used to the same few things when it comes to vegetarian entrees (e.g. a collection of side dishes or a delicate plate of roasted vegetables), but the rutabaga dish was amazing and like nothing I had ever had before. It was tasty, hearty without being too heavy, and it was a substantial dish (despite loving it, I couldn't finish it).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service from waiter, Ed, and nice dining area.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Wonderful!
    KOBE2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I went here for the first time on Saturday with my family to celebrate my birthday and it was so great! Everything from the outstanding service and knowledge to the food itself. Everything we had was delicious!! Started off with their most popular appetizer the 'roasted cauliflower' and our entrees were the cobia, filet and fish of the day. We were all very pleased with our choices and ended with their peach and brown butter cake! The restaurant had a great atmosphere and beautifully decorated. The owner and head chef stood in the window garnishing every dish that went out with fresh ingredients. Everything about this place is perfection!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patte
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was our first time at Etch and it was a pleasant experience. We will be back when our friends from St. Croix come in to town as they always want first class dining.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Etch-Nashville-Aug '14-superb
    paulnmia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Visited on Sat night w/group of 4; good description of menu by waiter as the menu reads as complex & lots of ingredients. Tasting the food proved the kitchen was capable of boldness & restraint. Lots of ingredients and they shine through individually and in concert. Butter tasting was interesting & worth it (smoked Parmesan was outstanding). Roasted cauliflower w/truffle oil was great but the truffled pea puree & almonds was amazing (best taste of the night), cobia was excellent w/orange sauce & Turkish spices; lamb tartare was flavorful w/great sauce & tempura eggplant. Consistently great food and great combination of flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic