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Jimmy Kelly's Restaurant
Jimmy Kelly's Restaurant

Jimmy Kelly's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jimmykellys.com/
  • Phone: (615) 329-4349
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Southern, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Jimmy Kelly’s offers private and semi-private dining areas, giving you a variety of choices to meet your needs with accommodations available for as few as ten or as many as 300 guests. In addition, our entire restaurant is also available for large corporate or charitable functions. At Jimmy Kelly’s every detail is given our most careful attention. That’s why we offer unique special touches that can turn any event into an unforgettable experience. Here are just a few amenities we offer: Ice carving, cheese carving, Audio visual equipment, wireless Internet, elegant china settings and custom liners. We also can coordinate your floral needs, guest’s lodging and help you choose entertainment that’s just right for your event. Kelly’s is committed to serving as a partner in helping make your private gathering a success. MAKE IT SPECIAL, MAKE IT KELLY’S.
  • Private Party Contact: Angie Smith (615) 329-4349

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking
A word from Jimmy Kelly's Restaurant
Housed in a glorious Southern mansion in the heart of Music City, Jimmy Kelly’s continues to be the standard by which all American steakhouses are measured. Founded in 1934 while the country was in the throes of the Great Depression and just one year removed from the repeal of prohibition, Jimmy Kelly made a promise to himself and his diners. Simply put, he would serve a great steak, a generous portion of whiskey and insure the service was always attentive. Making good on that promise has been the cornerstone of the restaurant’s success and enabled it to survive and flourish. Now over 80 years later and operated by the third generation of Kellys, it has earned a reputation as one of the grand old restaurants not only in Nashville but the entire southeast. Come anytime and enjoy a great steak and a generous portion of whiskey!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great Filet and Lobster, superb entertaining server, prices were "Spot On"! Ambience was pretty special too! It really would be hard to find a better value. If I had to use one word to describe Kelly's it would be " Perfect".......no.. ..."Superb".....OK, maybe two words are needed! Would definitely go back!!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our waiter was Robert. He was excellent! Explained food options well and made us feel at home. Will request him next time. Salad was so fresh tasting. Bootlegger ribeye was my husbands favorite. Nice experience for our 1st visit."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We ate at Jimmy Kelly's for my sister's 66th birthday. Our parents used to go there all the time to eat! Our parents are deceased now, so going there made it magical! The food was great, service impeccable and great atmosphere! We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Which was a great choice since it was a lovely evening. The noise level outside was lower so it was easier to talk. Our waiter was fantastic and the food is always top notch. This restaurant is in a beautiful old house, and the bathroom is upstairs so that may present some problems for those with mobility issues, but we always have a great meal and a good time at Jimmy Kelly's!! (we did not investigate the wine list so can't comment on that)"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Poor service!!! Had to ask for our drink order to be taken. Could not hear the waiter, I asked him to speak louder twice, no attempt on his part. The steaks were good, not special. My salad looked like it had sit on the counter all day. Very loud. Not a date place! fyi,, I travel daily for business, dine at the best restaurants in the country. This is not one of them....the waiter ruined it as well as the incredible noise."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Fantastic food, service and atmosphere! I had an outstanding steak and my wife and daughter loved the sea bass. My other daughter had what she calls the "biggest and best cheeseburger in the world" Highly recommend eating at Jimmy Kellys"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We were celebrating our son's 21st birthday. The meal was delicious, and the service was fantastic. Great place for celebrating such a milestone."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Typical Steak house with a southern flair. Steaks were top quality cooked to perfection. Sides were very good. Old Southern house had a great old feel. Frank the waiter was the best 40 years working there. He knew what service was all about."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have been an irregular customer of Jimmy Kelly's for 10 years, I go on special occasions and as many times as possible I ask for Arthur to be our server. I would rather save my monies up and go to JK's a couple times a year, than go to a regular chain on a monthly basis. The food is impeccable, the host is very cordial, the service is at it's best. If you haven't gone, go, if you haven't gone in a long time, go, if you've been lately, go......"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "It is a Nashville landmark but the smell of the place is musty, like going to Grandma's. Husk manages to make an old house seem new inside so I think that is something they can fix. I had to send my steak back as ir was over-cooked but the second try was a charm and I really enjoyed it. The Bernaise sauce was excellent. None of my party who ordeted steak got the steak cooked as ordered but they ate and enjoyed it. I hed the key lime pie; it was good. The others had brownies and said they were goid. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. If you are looking for a traditional meal this is the place for you."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Jimmy Kelly's was a perfect choice for a business dinner. Made reservations for 10 online. They called the day before to confirm and had a private room and table for 10 waiting for us. Server was excellent and very knowledgeable about food and wine. Food was great!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "we had a private room for 12 and had a wonderful time! thanks!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What a wonderful evening!! The food, service, and atmosphere were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Consistently very good. The food is great and service as expected. Freddie Lee has been a great waiter for many years. Nashville is lucky to have such a wonder gem and historic restaurant. 1934 to 2004 says a lot."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I was impressed with everything there except how they pack you in. We felt like we were way too close to other tables. I could have rested my arm on the table behind us without reaching! The waiter for that same table, the back if his starched coat kept resting on the back of my chair and I kept fearing he would accidentally elbow me in the head. We knew everyone's business around us because we could hear the conversation word for word. This was our anniversary, and the closeness of other tables, made what could be a romantic atmosphere into what felt like family dinner. We were there at 6:15 on a Monday, and there were only 5 tables of people there with other open tables, so it should have been spread out!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I can always count on great service and food at Jimmy Kelly's! This is our favorite local place in Nashville for "date night" and special occasions. Claude was our server and he was entertaining and engaging!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Unique experience im Nashville! Everything was top notch and the staff did everything to make sure that we were pleased."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I ordered a 8 oz filet and it came out the size of a half dollar not a 8 oz filet that I paid for and I ordered it medium and it was burnt on top. My husband ordered lobster and it was way over cooked and tasted chewy and fishy. We were very unsatisfied!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Good food and service. Somewhat unique in Nashville"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Marcus was great server, very attentive and helpful. Had 6 and 1 1/2 year old grandkids with us and they did have chicken tenders for them. While they do accommodate children graciously, not best atmosphere for them."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Honestly, I have had equally as good steak at a much lesser price. Also, I thought the portions of the sides and dessert should have been larger."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Big disappointment. Dingy, dark and dirty, the windows were last cleaned in 1994. For the price, dining rooms need a makeover. Bootleggers steak and sauce were terrible."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Some of the best service you can get. Claude is awesome ask for him"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had guest from out of town, and we all had a great time, we lucked out and had a private room, and a FANTASTIC waiter, John. Everyone had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "1st time there, but will definitely be back. Food and service were fantastic."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Marcus our server was outstanding. Exceptionally attentive and personable. The menu and wine list was very comprehensive, many interesting choices. The food was excellent!!! The atmosphere is very intriguing! My wife and I travel extensively and as such dine out often in many different locations. This was our most pleasing and memorable dining experiences in quite a while."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I always try to but Jimmy Kelly's when I get to Nashville. Excellent steaks in a wonderful, old-school ambience. He fillet in particular is consisntently very good. The service has always been excellent. I'll keep going back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was delicious! We had a party of 10 and the service was awesome. Our host was very entertaining and friendly. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Not quite what we anticipated. Heard nothing but good things about jimmy Kelly's prior to our visit. We arrived early to enjoy time at the bar, which is excellent. After being seated for dinner, we ordered our food. Service was fast and knowledgeable. We both ordered steak this is what jimmy Kelly's is known for. I the bone in cowboy and my wife the fillet/ mix grill. Both were ordered med, both come out med well/ well. This is where things change after receiving our food it took the waiter about 10/15 min to return. Once he returned he handled it well, he offered to remove the charge or bring another. We opted for another, seconds steak was not perfect. But better than the first. All in all great staff but food not all it's hyped up to be."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A first time for a couple who were with us. We had reservations. We were seated in a corner facing a wall. A dark wall! The restaurant is way too dark. No view of anything where we were seated. We sat down for dinner and it took forever to get cocktails. Our second order was even longer. The food was good but service was bad. We all got our steaks but had return one. This steak was not cooked according to order. We three ate and after eating the 4th person's steak arrived this time over cooked. We did finish with dessert which should have been given to us due to service & not getting to eat at the same time. I was embarrassed for taking our friends to this restaurant. Expensive outing was a bust with this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I would have to say that this dinning experience at Jimmy Kelley's was much better than my first. My wife, son and myself were allowed treated to a dinner that was outstanding. The overall service was well worth the tab for the night. The portions were perfect to a late dinner and the atmosphere was very romantic even if my son was with my wife and I. "His girlfriend had to back out at the last minute". The first time that my wife and I went to Jimmy Kelley's we felt rush and unwelcome. This was not the case at all this time. We both thought that the weather may have played a role in the first negative experience. This type of dinning experience is rare for my family because we all have very active careers."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had not been to Jimmy Kelly's in several years. Went for our anniversary Friday 6/21. Everything was most excellent. The service with JR was exceptional and the steaks () were cooked absolutely to perfection! And I do mean perfection. Nice traditional steakhouse atmosphere. Quiet and could easily carry on a private conversation. Highly Recommend!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Steaks were tender and cooked to perfection. However, they were lacking just a bit of salt in the flavor. Everything else about the food and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Service was average for such a high end restaurant. Not sure I will go back"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We've been in the Nashville area now for almost 7 years and it wasn't until this past winter that we even heard of Jimmy Kelly's on the radio. My wife and I had a date night and decided to splurge and make a reservation. Everything was excellent. It is definitely a place we will return to for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had King Arthur he was great.The food was amazing and so was The outdoor patio."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "wonderful evening beginning with valet parking,then well mixed drinks at the bar, were seated at the exact time of our reservation,the regular size filet was great.ordered it medium rare and it was cooked perfect.the twice baked potatoes were good as was the salad.good wine list and service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Jimmy Kelly's is usually our go-to steak house... However, they weren't firing on all cylinders during our last visit. The service was terrible... The waiter was SLOW. We waited 20 minutes before he first visited the table... And this is how we were treated the entire night - even though he only had one other table. And the food was okay... Certainly not what we are accustomed to at Jimmy Kelly's. Hopefully, this was an off night!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoy eating at Jimmy Kelly's. The food and the service are always excellent."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "After our first experience at Jimmy Kellys it's easy to understand why they have been in business for 80 years and stilll going strong. The only thing that was more impressive than the food and atmosphere was our server, J.R. (who was amazing and attentive and seemed to know what we would want or need even before we did). Jimmy Kellys lived up to every great compliment that we have heard about them and we will be back before my next birthday."
    Dined on 6/9/2014