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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Still THE steak place in Nashville! Great service and tremendous food."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Good food and service. Somewhat unique in Nashville"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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
  • "This was a great place to wind down after full day of meetings. Food was great. Very comfortable"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had King Arthur he was great.The food was amazing and so was The outdoor patio."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Service was average for such a high end restaurant. Not sure I will go back"
    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
  • "We've been to Jimmy Kelly's on several occasions and each time gets better & better. Mike Kelly always greets us at the bar and makes us feel so welcomed. Claude, our waiter, somehow always remembers us. He makes our experience at Jimmy Kelly's all the more special. He makes us feel like we are his only customers. The steaks are phenomenal like none we've ever had anywhere else. We are from St. Louis and we get to Nashville 2-3 times a year for pleasure only and Jimmy Kelly's is always the highlight of our visit."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoy eating at Jimmy Kelly's. The food and the service are always excellent."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Not sure why it was so very loud this time, CMA, tourist, the approaching storm, or just too many drinks at the bar while waiting, but the noise level this time was off the chart. Never so loud before but we will go again and hopefully we will be able to hold a conversation. Food & service great as always but do suggest you save your money on the "bone in rib eye special $59.00", it is tender but I personally think it tasted no better than any steak they serve."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "To start our dining, our waiter brought out a filthy glass for my beer to be poured into. It even had food dripping down one side of it. The waiter poured the beer without noticing the condition of the glass. I did ask for and receive another glass and fresh beer. As far as the food, the steaks we had were charred a bit more than I am used to which made them tough on the outside. The meat also contained grissel(spelling?) that was a surprise to me after hearing how good the steaks were from other people. To sum it up, my wife and I were not impressed by the experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I visited the Jimmy Kelly's recently. I thought it was a pleasant experience. The positives were the friendliness of the waiters and the elegant envioronment of the establishment. The negatives were the blandness of the steak. The area was small, and I could hear other conversations."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My boyfriends birthday was Monday and I thought what a great idea to take him out for a nice steak. However I was sadly not impressed. First off our server wasn't attentive we had to ask another server in the area twice to get our server. I asked for med rare and it came out well done. The second time it was completely rare. Our sever would come and say one of two things so fast we never understood him and he was always in a hurry that he wouldn't let us finish talking before he had already hurried away. I don't ever like giving unpleasant reviews but for how much it cost we should have been taken care of much better as well as the food cooked right. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Nice escape back in time from all the trendy foodie places. Enjoy a superb steak, quality sides and a fine whiskey or wine the way it used to be done. One of the oldest restaurants in Nashville and they continue to prove why they are still here. You will not be disappointed. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "As usual, loved the corn cakes. The steaks are very good, mine was a little too done. In all, my group had a lovely evening."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great steak house, entertaining waitstaff, and a location with personality than this is your place. Break out of the chain steak house formula and give Jimmy Kelly's a try! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We have gone to Jimmy Kelly's as our special dining experience. The service is always impeccable. The food presentation and portions are very good. We tried the sea bass and it was outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a fantastic evening. The food was great and the service couldn't be beat. Try the fried green tomatoes, they were outstanding. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. We look forward to visiting again when in town."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "ANNIVERSARY DINNER WAS GREAT. STEAKS WERE WELL PREPARED. SIDES AND SALADS WERE FINE. DESERT WAS A PERFECT ENDING. WAIT STAFF WAS VERY ATTENTIVE."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "jimmy kelly's is our favorite steak restaurant, never disappoints"
    Dined on 5/24/2014