Germantown Cafe
Germantown Cafe

Germantown Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.germantowncafe.com/
  • Phone: 615-242-3226
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sat - Sun: 10:30am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tue - Sat: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sun - Mon: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour: Mon - Fri: 3:00pm - 7:00pm, in bar only
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Norton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Germantown Cafe offers a private dining room that accommodates up to 30 guests for a seated function. Semi-private space is also available.
  • Private Party Contact: Jill Donaldson 6156365155

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available most days, along with our parking lot across Madison Street.
A word from Germantown Cafe
Located blocks from downtown Nashville, Germantown Cafe serves comfortable, creative, and affordable American food seven days a week. With a fantastic view of the Nashville skyline, Germantown Cafe the neighborhood cafe worth leaving your neighborhood for.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Germantown Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (141)fit for foodies (94)special occasion (84)scenic view (83)romantic (72)great for brunch (44)notable wine list (25)great for lunch (24)good for groups (20)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Doesn't disappoint!
    WillBeBack
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Took my wife for her birthday. The food was great as always. We found this place several years ago and always come away happy and satisfied. My wife had the buffalo and I had the sirloin. Buffalo was so tender you could cut it with a fork. The Plum Pork and Chicken are also great. If you've never been, request a window seat the view of the Nashville skyline is great. Not for kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    David
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perfect evening---atmosphere, service, food, wine, location were great! This is our second dinner at Germantown Cafe. First dinner was similar experience. Would highly recomend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lawyer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    the food is really a great value for the price and there is a good view of the nashville skyline
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Germantown Cafe
    Jonesey
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was our first time to dine at Germantown Cafe. The good and service were wonderful. I loved the intimate atmosphere. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food uninspiring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Three of us had the steak special for the evening. All three had the same opinion.... less than acceptable. Too chewy. The Mash potatoes and greens beans were equally as blah. Frankly a let down from previous experiences at the Germantown Cafe.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unremarkable
    SCHMJ
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    When patronizing an establishment for the first time, I generally rely on comments posted on this website and a perusal of the menu. I was disappointed with this visit. My entree of Duck was prepared the way I ordered it, however was served upon spaetzle which was "swimming" in excessive oil. This had been the follow-up to an appetizer (pork belly balls) which were also very oily. Any establishment can have an off-night, and I trust that this was simply one of those nights. Our server Carol was very pleasant and the bar pours generous. Their private parking lot affords an escape from the usual street parking, common in the Germantown neighborhood. Since I frequent the neighborhood often, I will return and look forward to a better experience
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My fav place 2 dine in Nashville!
    JPJC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love this place. Amazing food, ambience and service with a view of the city and convenient parking. What more could you ask for?? The plum pork is my favorite with squash fritters as an amazing unique appetizer. And they make great cocktails too! Whenever I'm in Nashville, this is my 'go-to' spot!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Falcon
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Almost a great experience. Had the duck not been overcooked and very late, my ratings would be higher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall good experience
    JMYUABDMB
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was good, however, did not blow me away, especially being in a town where there are a number of similar competitors. Service was a little slow, but nothing to go home unhappy about. Had the duck breast, which was superbly done, and the rolls was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent dinner
    maestra4
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Met my college roommates from Chicago here. We tried three entrees and split dessert. Our waiter was attentive, the homemade rolls were delicious and there wasn't one entree that didn't meet our expectations. I am not a Key Lime Pie fan, but everyone said it was worth the calories. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great meal at Germantown Cafe
    GaelicandGarlicTravelsVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and and I dined at Germantown Cafe the other day and it was, as usual, wonderful. My wife had the Plum Pork, one of her favorites. It was up to its usual high standards. I had the porchop special and it was great as well. The service was very good as well as was the wine we chose to have with our entree. All in all, a great experience. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Barry
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Germantown Cafe is one of those restaurants where the food is always good and the service is good to great. Have been eating at this establishment for the last ten years and have not been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre at Best
    libdoo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Most of the food was edible. Three of us ordered different dishes and were underwhelmed to put it mildly. Not everything came out as advertised on the menu, and special requests were ignored without apology. Service was impersonal, and while our waiter was fine, the other help was far from friendly. First one guy literally threw our menus down on the table and walked away without a word. The food runner dropped cheese swimming in salad dressing on my arm, looked at it, didn't acknowledge it. Vegetarian options sucked. I can't think of a single reason to go here.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    Kriaul
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Interior ok, but nothing special. Very loud inside. Waiter very good, didn't rush us. Food luke warm, and just ok. Wine very over priced. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Find
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent night out and romantic dinner for two with window seat view of the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    src44
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was great (especially the bread!). Service was incredible and waiter/host was very polite. Valet was also efficient and polite, despite the torrential downpour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful place
    BethVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had dinner on a Friday evening. Will definitely come back. Very cute ambiance and food was fantastic and creative. Loved the chicken and pork entrees and the crab cake appetizer was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pauladeen
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always consistently good food and service. Menu varies some--which is good but always a nice selection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Love Germantown Cafe. Can't go wrong with any of their entrees.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Mixed feeling because there was a hair in the salmon we ordered, but the manager replaced the entire meal very promptly. The second salmon was delicious. I would visit again when I visit Nashville again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal in Germantown
    Sakesakesakebomb
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had another great experience at Germantown Cafe. Staff is warm and friendly, and the food is delicious. Was lucky enough to have the same server I had last time - I think her name was Rebecca. I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was restaurant week so the restaurant was very busy and loud. Not the normal crowd.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Service
    Tasty
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Carolyn is a wonderful waitress. I have food allergies and she helped coordinate a meal for me
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Delicious! All four of us enjoyed restaurant week dining with our favorite menu items...plum pork, the salmon, the chicken, the apple pie with cinnamon ice cream...at the 2014 price. The service was excellent. Our server went out of the way to help with the wine selection. Everything was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local treasure - always great
    NashNosh
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our latest visit was during the wildly busy Nashville "Restaurant Week" celebration. Reservations at Germantown Cafe were hard to come by but we snagged a table for four by taking a slot at 5PM on a Friday. We arrived a little early so we grabbed a small table in the bar to have some drinks and snacks. The bartender pretty much dropped what he was doing to greet us. He suggested nibbles to share while we had our wine and cocktails, and reminded us that it was happy hour. With a packed bar he managed to keep an eye on us. We were seated promptly at 5. Our server was charming and professional, bringing courses quickly and paying close attention to the little things. The food is crazy good. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Lets Me Down
    golferlady
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    German Town Cafe never leta me down. One of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ASmith
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Germantown Cafe. They do require your entire party's presence before being seated, but they were gracious enough to seat us even though we were still waiting on a member who was stuck in traffic. We went during restaurant week, so we chose from a limited menu. We had a variety of entrees at the table and everyone enjoyed what they ordered, there were no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have been here for brunch as well as dinner. Food is always very good . Service is consistently wonderful. Germantown Cafe we will return !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nondairyterry
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was excellent. Kelly was friendly and attentive. My wife's pork with plumb sauce was very tasty and a far better choice than the crab cakes - too many little pieces of shell. The menu was limited for someone lactose intolerant like me. Few good vegetable choices. The wines were exceptional; had a wonderful French Bordeaux.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mike
    2fromStLouis
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Came to Nashville from St. Louis to celebrate my wife's birthday. Excellent meal for a great low price. We walked in and were greeted with a happy birthday, and immediately taken to our seats. We read a great review in the paper and thought we would give it a try, very glad that we did. Even the valets were nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where to eat in Nashville
    americandiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A great experience from the time we were greeted until the last bite of delicious dessert. Everything came out in a timely manner prepared exactly as we ordered. Lots of interesting choices not only on the menu but also with the specials. The waiter was friendly and watched over us despite every table in the place being filled! Will make Germantown Cafe a must on our future visits to Nashville. And the view of the downtown skyline!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Geedee
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been to Germantown Cafe numerous times over the years and it has been consistently good. Not so much on this visit. The food was mediocre. One entree came out at room temperature at best. Another, the trout, was way to busy. All in all, no major complaints, it just wasn't as good as usual. They were less than half booked on a Friday evening. I'm not sure if this is a reflection on the food or increased competition. A little tweaking of the menu and more attention to plating and they will be back on track. One high point is their beignet-like rolls which are always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice late evening dinner
    Lungdoc
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very pleasant. Not crowded on the particular Thursday evening at 8:15. Food was excellent. Waiter was attentive and earnest. View of the city was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best part of dinner was the drinks
    Villagemute
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We've enjoyed the food at Germantown Cafe for years, but recently some of our favorite dishes on the menu have undergone an overhaul to our disappointment. However, we'll keep coming back as long as the cocktail menu remains constant and the service standard remains high. And the bread - keep the bread!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Looking for a smaller yet excellent restaurant to celebrate my birthday, we came across Germantown Cafe. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. We truly enjoyed the overall atmosphere and the personalized service the staff offered to my family and I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Meeting Place
    wgbjr
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed GC for years. It is by far our favorite gathering spot, wheather it's a special date night or dinner with friends, always a hit. O
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • publisher73
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    First visit. Highly recommended. Great service and tasty cuisine. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went there for a date. Incredible food, the flavors were all excellently matched and so rich. 5 out of 5, recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    suebee
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great atmosphere-only negative menu selections pretty limited
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Germantown Cafe 8-30-14
    SFAdventure
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Second time dining here. Food and service have been consistently very good. The dining room was a bit noisy this latest visit, but we could still carry on a conversation at the table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.