Gray's on Main
Gray's on Main

Gray's on Main

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.graysonmain.com/
  • Phone: 6154353603x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
    Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Gray's on Main
Eclectic, yet traditional, Gray's menu reflects the best of the South in food, and focuses on locally sourced ingredients. The second floor bar and music hall features hand-crafted cocktails that celebrate the brandy culture of the late 19th century, along with live performances from Music City's finest. The third story holds a casual yet elegant space for our supper club members.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Gray's on Main reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (78)fit for foodies (71)special occasion (50)hot spot (48)vibrant bar scene (43)good for groups (37)great for lunch (31)late-night find (24)great for brunch (23)romantic (21)scenic view (17)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • On trend but in a classic way.
    ClassicallyOnTrend
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Grays has an very chic esthetic from the minute you walk in. The repurposing and adaptation of an old pharmacy building was incredibly well executed. It was super easy to manage reservations on line and their use of iPad technology was spot on for streamlining the reservation-to-table process. The food and service were both fantastic and we look forward to coming back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marginal food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    All items ordered were very marginal. Avoid pecan crusted okra and bacon wrapped figs. Neither as described. Entrees were likewise very marginal. Pricing was much too high for what should be an upper class restaurant, yet food was second class. WAY over-rated.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Snapper was uncooked and basmati rice was cold when served. Reservation for 2 at 6pm, and although several tables were open, we were seated at the back of the 2nd floor with no view next to crying baby. On the upside, our server was outstanding.
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  • What?
    DebnBoro
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food good...But cocktails/wine list disappointing. High $ for no known brands. Had dirty martini served in an old-fashioned champagne glass with calamari olives-what? Service ok.
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  • Made us feel special
    Good2Go
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I went to Grays for her birthday. We were seated in a private area and experienced very personalized service. While the food is good, the drinks are tailor made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inconsistency
    foodandwine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It is great that this empty spot has been taken over and turned into a restaurant. What is a shame is never knowing what the kitchen will produce. Too many great restaurants out in the Nashville area, to return to Gray's
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious dinner!
    ketaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had never been here for dinner, only lunch. We weren't disappointed! The meal was great & so was the service. They knew it was our anniversary & put us upstairs in the much quieter room. That was great. We will definitely return for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot in Downtown Franklin
    BurgerMe
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I recently took some business associates to Grays for lunch and it was excellent. Appetizers were a hit and a couple of us had the Duke Burger which was delicious! The service was very good and the manager stopped by to check on us and gave us some history of the place. All in all, it was a terrific dining experience and I will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope its Not Slipping
    Colonelmac
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As a "local" I want to see Gray's succeed long term and it likely will if it continues to draw tourists. But tourists will attend if recommended by locals. Gray's food is very good but portions tend to be a bit small. They have a pretty active upstairs bar scene with some pretty costly drinks. That could be their "Achilles heel" as the pricing on some more mundane items such as a glass of house Malbec was $15. Gray's is nice but lets get real here. Its not a Ruth Chris, Flemings of Morton's steakhouse so pricing like then will drive some of us away. Small nit but could have a big impact.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food OK, Cocktails are better
    MrsPickyDiner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Shrimp and grits are great. California salad is tasty. The grilled chicken is okay but a bit bland. My lunch companion said his burger was great. His steamed vegetables were really salty. It's too bad we had to go for lunch. Happy hour with cocktails is much better.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happiest of birthday meals here!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our waiter overheard me talking to my husband about his birthday and brought him the goo goo s'mores pie on the house. It, just like our meal, was uniquely scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disorganized
    Underwhelmed
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I had heard so much about Gray's on the Main, and was so looking forward to dining there. The entertainment was fantastic and if all you want to do is have a meal and a glass of wine and enjoy the entertainment, then this is the place for you. I had a salad with shrimp, 7 pieces and a very small plate of greens with even smaller amount of walnuts, cheese, and pears, which were paper thin slices that were hardly detectable. It was $17!!! What really bothered me was the way they handled the cover charge. They charged at the door, then asked us mid way through the entertainment if we had paid, then added the cover charge again to the bill. They really need to get their act together and issue a ticket or something at the door.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gone to So So
    WineWithEverythingVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was so disappointed, service was sub par, food was so so. I have been in the past and it each time it hasn't been as good as time before. I won't be recommending anymore.
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  • Fantastic food
    Laura
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were at Grays for Sunday brunch. I cannot describe how incredible our food was. The sweet potatoes/pear combo was mouth-watering. The sweet tea banana pudding was so good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, food and music.
    Foodiegirl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I'm so happy my friend and I checked this place out. The food was delicious and we loved the music. What a great atmosphere...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GraysFranklin08302014
    JRAJ
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Reservation through Open Table. Friendly hostess. Greeted by owner on second floor before being seated. Very friendly and informed server. Okra appetizer was excellent. Elk and Hanger Steak for entrees. Elk excellent. Hanger steak contained too much fat. Banana pudding dessert excellent. Music started before we left . . . jazz. Entertaining.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The only issue was we ordered chicken to go for someone not with us and when we got home the chicken we noticed wasn't cooked properly. Looked fine from outside. Inside was completely raw. All the other meals were great. We'd still return
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Surprise !!
    GeorgeBirthday
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had made (reservations) for my brother's birthday and he had never been to Grey's. What a surprise to be taken up to third floor with a window view and fabulous service from Brook. Everything we ordered was fabulous from the watermelon/kale salad, fried green tomatoes, lamb ribs to the chicken and waffles (my favorite). The dark beer and tonic water was a treat. We look forward to our next visit. Thank you to the staff and owners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's a Reservation???
    InexperiencedVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Made the reservation for our Anniversary. When we arrived we were told we had no reservation. Even showing the young lady at the front seemed to cause her more of an issue than appreciating the fact it was an issue for us as well. Asked about two empty tables and was told "Those are held". The evening was salvaged by our waitress who took it upon herself to get a manager involved who 30 min later sat us up in a balcony like area. Even though it cost our original waitress her tip, it was a very nice thing to do. Don't know if Gray's will be on the list of wonderful dinning experiences in downtown Franklin anymore. Which is a shame, they really are a great place to take the risk of having youth, and obvious inexperience, jeopardize all that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our waiter was attentive for about the first 20 minutes.. then completed neglected us to chat with another table across the room. Had to ask multiple staff for water refills until we finally were able to get someone to come by. Would have spent even more on cocktails but did not have the opportunity to do so. Dessert took 45 minutes after we ordered it and waiter was extremly defensive/ unapologetic after asking about the status. Very dissapointing as it is such a neat historic renovation and we were so excited to try it. For a $130 meal (for 2) we won't be back.
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  • lacking... better when first opened
    diningdiva
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I've eaten at Gray's several times - the menu seems to have gotten smaller and is on the pricey side for what's offered. The food is good, specialty drinks better. Good spot if you have plan to spend time visiting while waiting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food.
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food but if you prefer less chaos asked to be seated up stairs. We did not enjoy the seating down stairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food has gone downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Been here several times, unfortunately the food was not fresh. You could tell the chicken on the salad was made the day before then placed on top. The ham and bacon on my eggs benedict was also premade then reheated. Not sure I am going to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great DT Franklin Restaurant
    JPalko
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Grays is a unique restaurant in downtown Franklin that has very cool decor. Live music on weekends as a great flavor. Cool bar on second level. Food selections are very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paying The Rent
    TasteBud
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I reserved a table for four and upon walking into the restaurant, I was pleasantly greeted and whisked up to the second floor. I told the very friendly hostess that this was mine and my party's first visit so she gave us a window seat. The view was very nice as it looks over Main Street and had us eye level with the nostalgic Gray's Drugs sign. That was, by far, the highlight of the evening.Upon looking at the menu, the drinks, which is their claim to fame, were extremely expensive and the dinner menu was one of the most boring and limited that I've ever read. I am not quite sure what their food is all about. It's southern cooking with a twist? Expensive prices, average food, and just not a place I would revisit.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for drinks, not for food
    Victoria
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This place has an incredible ambience, perfect for drinks. The food was not very good for the price. Between the three of us, we tried the elk, the pork chop, and the creole mac. All three tasted bland, even the sides were poorly seasoned and had little taste.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    lucylu
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great good and great drinks! They make their own tonics for their cocktails that are very good. The fried pimento cheese bites are yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rough start but got better
    Aimee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our friends were playing and we booked ahead of time. We were escorted two flights of stairs so people with disabilities would not be able to enjoy the entertainment. The waitress put us by the entry way with food/people coming in and by the loud bar area so won't hear music. Waitress was VERY rude. The owner Michael Cole happen to be standing in the "sound set" area and heard it all. He also heard our comments about the rudeness, and we'll not be back etc. He finally came over and said he was moving us and moved us to a table closer up front. He also proceeded to continue checking on us all evening. The server we then had was very pleasant, knowledgeable about the menu. Mr. Cole also comp'd our sodas for the evening.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TennesseeJT
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I returned here for a second time on Saturday, August 9th. We used Open Table to reserve the table. We were immediately seated upon arrival. Both my wife and I were both impressed with the table choice. We were given an intimate 2 top located by one of the front windows. We could see the all of the happenings on West Main that evening which added to the overall experience. The food was great as usual, and the service was impeccable. We tasted wine and spirits from their bar, and enjoyed an appetizer, salad, 2 main courses, and 2 deserts. All courses were outstanding. We'll certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Luvfranklin
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had the beer cheese soup with kale and it was too bitter. Also had a dirty martini in which they used the kalamata olives. This totally changed the taste of a dirty martini and it was not good. My husband had the snapper which he said was good but couldn't eat the rice because it was too pasty. The waitress brought him dirty rice as a replacement but he said it wasn't much better
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Visit to Gray's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I have been to Gray's several times and it has always been great. This time we took my parents and my aunt and uncle. The food was wonderful as always. Our service was not good this time though. She started off great and then we barely saw her half way through our meal. We had to flag down another waitress several times to get refills, order desserts etc. Although disappointing this was the first time we have had back service. Gray's is always a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed not recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My wife and I went to Gray's for our anniversary because we saw the menu online and it said there were vegan options-she's a vegetarian. When we got there and went to order, waiter told us there were no vegan options other than mixed vegetables. I ordered Catfish with "dirty rice" and specifically asked if there was sausage in the dirty rice. The waiter checked with kitchen and said no, just seafood. When food delivered, rice full of sausage. I asked for plain rice and after 10 minutes waiter brought lime cilantro rice that was burned and inedible. Will not be going back.
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  • Need some help with Service
    LizzieDCarroll
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have been to Gray's on Main 4 - 5 times. Each time the food was wonderful. The servers have been attentive a couple of times that we've been there, but otherwise, the service has been extremely slow. Once we came in and sat at the bar and waited (and waited...and waited...), only to finally leave to go to Cork and Cow. What was most frustrating was the employee standing at the station just past the bar checking his phone. While he may not have been a trained bartender, a "hello, someone will be right with you" would have been appreciated. We understand if it is busy, but please at least acknowledge us. We really want to love this place! But the food and drinks (as wonderful as they are) are not worth the poor service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Slowest service EVER
    overwaiting
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I absolutely love the drinks and menu at Gray's on Main but the service is SO slow. Our 5th time dining with Gray's, and it has consistently taken 20 minutes to be brought water, another 45 for our first round of cocktails, and over 90 minutes to see appetizers. This has happened EVERY visit. I'm so disappointed because I LOVE THE food, but can't handle the slow service, was never checked out, no water refilled, and don't get me started about trying to order a second cocktail.. that'd take another 5 hours I'm sure..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very noisy for music venue
    Jumpty101
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food & service were fine but for a venue that features music I found the venue entirely too noisy & the audience was loud to the point of being disrespectful to the artist performing. Since I was expecting to have dinner & listen to some music I guess 1/2 the experience was ok. I would go back for a drink or maybe an appetizer but if the want to be known for providing a quality music experience they have some work to do.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    rintn10
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had heard good things about this place and tried it on a Friday night. The crowd was a mix of diners and music fans there to hear the band. last week. Drinks were good, although it took awhile to get them. The asparagus appetizer was cold and and had little taste, the fried pimento cheese was very good. The lobster mac and cheese was a few pieces of lobster served over Kraft macaroni from a box. My wife had the snapper but it not very flavorful. The three piece band was mediocre at best and I hope they are better songwriters than singers.
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  • Just OK
    JACR
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Manhattan (drink) and desserts were the best! The food was nothing special. My husband had the herb chicken and was still hungry afterward. The cornbread skilled had something in the bottom of the pan that they cooked it (like some type of flavored oil maybe??) with and it was not good, but the top was OK. The Cobb salad was just ok. The chicken on it was good but I wish I had gotten something else - maybe the shrimp and grits. Upstairs is loud and "energetic". Sit downstairs for more quiet. Glad we went but probably won't go again.
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    special occasion
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  • July 30th
    July30
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Cool vibe, but we were freezing inside. We got 4 apps to share for 3 adults. They were good, but not a lot of food. Entrees seemed pricey. Might go back for drinks and I'll bring a jacket.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • less than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    First time...was Sunday brunch...food was really not grat..just okay...service was slow...very few cusomers but server was doing bar and just one table Very underwhelmed..no soup...no appetizers... likly will give it one more visit for regular meal..but not a good experience for visitors or us
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  • Great place to eat.
    sweettee
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our first time at Gray's on Main. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic