Park Cafe
Park Cafe

Park Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://parkcafenashville.com/
  • Phone: 6153834409
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Willy Thomas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private dining for up to 60 guests. From rehearsal dinners to business meetings we cater to all types of special events.
  • Private Party Contact: Andrea Sawall 6153834409

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 44th Ave North
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer complementary valet along with street parking if available.
A word from Park Cafe
At Park Cafe, our philosophy is to create innovative cuisine using high-quality seasonal ingredients from the vine. Our culinary team is dedicated to serving market fresh cuisine featuring products from local farms, gardens and artisan producers. Simple preparations allow the quality of the ingredients to shine, while the rich, hearty flavors that characterize our cuisine are the mainstays of the menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Park Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (33)romantic (32)special occasion (25)notable wine list (10)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food and service was outstanding. Great wine list and very quite as well, a real neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still a solid choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Park Cafe is one of the older Nashville restaurants, amidst the explosion of new dining options in Nashville over the last 5 years or so. Park Cafe has been around for 15 years , and is still a great option. usually fairly easy to get into. food still very good, service is good, and prices are a notch below some of the newer comparable restaurants. love it when the more established places remain vital.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and food
    Courtney
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My fiancé and I went there for dinner last night. It was superb! The service was excellent. The waitstaff was attentive and food was served quickly. Oyster appetizer was to die for. My fiancé got the shrimp and grits and said "it was one of the best" he has ever had. I ordered the special - catfish with pinto beans. We finished with the creme brûlée - very unique presentation. Not your typical look, as theirs is in layers. So tasty! Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • twice last week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    see my other review below .... still a great choice after 15 years.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    MikeMVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Although we eat out at least a couple of nights a week, somehow we had missed the Park Café. Our first experience was wonderful. Our server, Kristie, brought us great versions of our favorite cocktails and then quickly resolved the irritation of an extraordinarily noisy table next to us by moving us to another table that was quiet and exactly what we had hoped for. Even though it was not in her area, she continued as our server without missing a beat. Kristie was knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections and attended to our every need. The food - baked oysters, strawberry salad, crab cakes and wedge salad (with wonderful fried green tomatoes) - were as good as any dishes we have had in Nashville. Great experience. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Solid
    ElJefeVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    With all the new places opening up it's easy to forget about Park Cafe but you shouldn't. Stuffed wrapped dates are a must.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    jshjh023VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Been here many times, fis time the service was really slow, and the restaurant was not even nearly filled. Even the table next to us sent back their steak. I think Park has some work to do.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally A Place Where You Can Talk
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We ate here by default as the "bigger names" in the Nashville dining scene were booked the night we went out. What a pleasant surprise Park Cafe was. First off, we are close to 50 and increasingly find it difficult to have a conversation in most restaurants because they are just too boistrous. So, it was such a welcome change to dine without yelling! The bonus was the food! To start, I had the roasted oyster appetizer that rocked my world. That was followed by what was probably the best duck dish i have ever had. It was cooked sous-vide which created a tender flavorful moist duck. Yummy. Friends had the chicken and the salmon, both great. All accompanied by a good bottle of wine at a decent price point. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PSuiter1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Hot Chicken and Waffle appetizer was so HOT! You will need a glass of milk with that one. Overall the food was excellent and the service was very good as well. The dessert....crème brulee in a phyllo dough crust was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Scott
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Atmosphere was much louder than expected. Food was good but not great. Definitely not the most expensive place around, but prices are a step up from the pack. The food should have been a step above as well and wasn't. Service was friendly and helpful. No big complaints, but unfortunately, nothing that I would recommend either.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best romantic dinner in years!
    Famliymanfoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The wife and I decided to try a new (to us) restaurant for our anniversary. We were very pleasantly surprised at everything tat Park Cafe offered. Food was delicious. Service was impeccable. They even gave us a quiet romantic nook to enjoy the dinner. We can't wait to tell our friends about our new find and bring them with us on our return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • American with a southern flair
    gr8time
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Found this restaurant during our second trip to Nashville. It is a great find. Quiet atmosphere, nice menu (american with a southern flair). Our waiter Ryan was extremely knowledgeable and all suggestions were spot on.Would highly recommend if in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Afleming
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Dinner at Park Cafe was very, very good. I believe we all ate everything that was put in front of us. We will definitely go back again. Added plus that they have Happy Hour and a nice selection of apps and cocktails. It is a perfect spot for couples or a small intimate group.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 10 Years and Counting
    AdamB
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A solid pick for a great dinner for over a decade. My wife and I have had many dinners and celebrated many special occasions at the Park Cafe. Although there are many new and trendy spots in the city, it is good to come back to a Nashville standard. Small bar, but great drinks, nice and reasonably priced wine list, and always good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    bobterri
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Park Café was recommended to us by a friend, so while visiting Nashville we made a reservation. Definitely be back the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rediscovered Favorite
    mmgood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I used to dine frequently at Park Cafe, until it fell off our radar as new restaurants opened that we wanted to try. When trying to choose a restaurant for my birthday dinner last weekend, we were perusing our options on Open Table when I spotted an opening at Park Cafe and decided to visit an old favorite. We were not disappointed! The food, service and ambiance were just as good as I remembered. This rediscovered favorite will be back on our rotation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donald
    Donald
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Geaat restaurant! Celebrated 25th anniversary. Green chili Mac and cheese is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    Tellsthetruth60814
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary at Park Café, and we are so glad we did. The service was outstanding. We shared all of our dishes, and that wasn't a problem, which we appreciated. We started with the stuffed dates, which were excellent except for the sauce they came in--it didn't seem necessary for or complementary to the dates. We also had the Goat Cheese Brulee, which was amazing. We then shared the strawberry and prosciutto salad, which we are both still dreaming about--the prosciutto was crispy like bacon, and the strawberries were fresh and plentiful.The Cornish game was our entrée, which was fantastic. All in all, a marvelous experience! Thanks, Park Café!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We vistited Park Cafe for the first time in many years, and we had a fantastic dinner. The food was delicious, the wine was great, and the staff was very attentive and personable. Now that we are back in the area, we definitely plan on going there more often. It might even become our neighborhood regular spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very satisfactory dining experience
    SamtableVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Went there on a Tuesday night. food and service both outstanding. Really good, carefully but not obsessively prepared, fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go to Spot
    vatausaeVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Once again Park Cafe has reiterated why it is my go to spot - top notch service and great food in a laid back upscale atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Park Cafe for dinner
    goodeating
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We live in the neighborhood and have eaten at Park Café several times. The service was wonderful. We were first seated in a room that was too loud (had a guest we had not seen for 25 years) and we were moved to a quieter location with ease. Two out of three loved our dinner entrees. Redfish was a special, but they had run out by 7 pm. One of us ordered salmon and the filet was overcooked (ordered rare) and tiny. Still, will return and just not order the salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    great meal- had shrimp and grits. fabulous service. doesn't feel touristy or commercial. nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    TiggyVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Took my wife for a midweek dinner. Everything done right from the perfectly prepared cocktails to the absolutely incredible lemon icebox pie. Try the roasted hen and salmon entrees. Both are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Olives were great.....
    Summertraveler
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    everything else disappointing. The warmed marinated olives were enjoyed. Then things went downhill fast. A very average Zin priced at $11 a glass was a mere 3-4 oz pour. A Virgin Mary was dull and lacked character so often presented at many fun upscale restaurants. Stuffed and wrapped dates ingredients never melded. House salad was nice but blue cheese sparse. Pork chop ordered medium was overlooked, dry and tough. Greens were unseasoned, undercooked and not enjoyed. Our goat cheese pizza order was not put in and we gladly canceled to end our 'experience' with this place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't forget!
    justalittlesnobby
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    With all of the wonderful new restaurants in town, it's easy to forget those that have been consistently top notch over time. Park Cafe is one of those and proved it again Wednesday night. The food and service are consistently outstanding and deserve the appreciation and recognition. We'll be back soon...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 190 reviews are from the Park Cafe reviews archive.
  • Service and food
    Jennie1984
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The waitress was great and very attentive! The appetizers were delicious and very tasty! The entrees were, however, just ok unfortunately! I ordered the shrimp and grits which was pretty good, and my husband got the mushrooms and linguine. I tasted his and we both feel like it was just ok. It needed a little more flavor and for the price, we didn't feel like it was deserving.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good special occasion dinner
    jpl195
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We have a very good meal for a group of 5. Three of us ordered the salmon, one vegetable plate and one shrimp and grits. All were very good. The waiter, Ryan, was able to get the shrimp and grits without the andouille sausage and the tasso jus as we have a vegetarian with us The food is on the heavy, New Orleans side .. not many light options. The vegetables were delicious but high in fat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALL-AROUND GREAT DINNER
    good2Bdining
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Atmosphere quiet to energetic. Staff very friendly and waiter very good. Food did not disappoint all four of us! Wine was excellent, and dessert memorable! Highly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Truly one of the best meals we have had in Nashville. We really enjoyed our dinner and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the Park Cafe of Yesteryear
    Carlady
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    It had been years since I had been to the Park Cafe known for fine dining and a romantic ambience with excellent service. So when it came time to celebrate a friends birthday....we thought it would be the perfect choice. Nashville has so many awesome restaurants....that Park Cafe needs to up their game. The restaurant was less than 1/2 full on a Thursday. They placed all of the guests in one room which was fine. But our service was poor. We had to ask for everything water, sugar for tea, & the wait was long for our food. I ordered the pork chop and it was more fatty than I like. It also was Luke warm at best. The side dishes of Mac and cheese were good. The Cornish Game Hen was just ok Bottom line, Park Cafe you've got BIG PROBLEMS!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    Sherry
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Picked this from a list and we were not disappointed! Everyone was gracious and knowledgeable from food choices to wine selections. We had a vegan diner in our group and the chef was more than accommodating with ideas for her meal. Waiter was outstanding; he took time to get to know us and tell us about the city as well as serve our meal. This place is a must do for everyone!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I got the shrimp and grits which was a wonderful combination of flavors. My husband had the filet which was as good as any steak house. Service was attentive but not hovering. Our only complaint was a party in the next room that had a very loud, very young child. They were seated in a remote corner but the yelling was still disturbing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I liked the small rooms with tables throughout the restaurant. It could've been romantic but there was a loud person at a table nearby with 2 children. Couldn't hear any music over them. Great selection of wine and beer. The food was delicious. My husband loved his meal especially. The server we had was outstanding. Everyone there was very nice. Nice intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty and enjoyable
    PleasanteatsVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The service was great. The food was very good. The atmosphere very relaxing
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy, casual elegance, great dining
    Cleanplateclub
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Don't let the unassuming exterior fool you. This neighborhood restaurant has food and atmosphere that rivals the higher profile, "best" restaurants in Nashville. Thank you Park Café! We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drive by
    Wanderer
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Park Cafe as a stop while driving from Knoxville to Memphis. Our choice was somewhat by chance, we were looking for somewhere close to the I40 that was away from downtown. Geographically this fit the bill. It was a pleasant surprise that this was a great neighborhood restaurant, the sort of place you'd love to have around the corner from home for a friendly Friday night dinner. The service was friendly and attentive including valet parking. The food (shrimp and goat cheese grits for me, salmon and Szechuan green beans for my wife) was great. The building is a converted home so it is broken up into rooms, making for some privacy and keeping it intimate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always wonderful
    lcsdiner
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I love Park Cafe -- consistently excellent food, good service, interesting specials, a strong menu. And the atmosphere is very conducive to conversation. It gets harder and harder to find quiet restaurants (um, that are not quiet because no one is there, meaning the food or service isn't good!) The ramble-y small rooms help. I really appreciate the old-world character of Park Cafe, attention to the details, and creation of an atmosphere that is convivial, unrushed, and warm. I've had the risotto twice, the pork chop, and last time wanted the drum special but just missed it because our waiter was too good at singing its praises to everyone (darn). The green chili mac and cheese side is, well, words cannot describe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Park Cafe!
    dining2gether
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Liked the evening special choices. Great service paired with fabulous food = consistent Park Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great way to end our trip
    Lynn
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We were visiting Nashville for 5 days and needed a nice restaurant for dinner. Park Café was recommended on Trip Advisor and also by the Concierge at The Hermitage Hotel. We loved the small rooms so it gives the feel of a small restaurant even though it is actually bigger than that. We had the Salmon, the Shrimp Grits and the Cornish Hen. All meals, including the green beans, rice etc were superb and well presented. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, including detail for my mother, who is diabetic. For dessert, we shared the Crème Brulee and the Apple Cobbler. They were also wonderful. The ONLY recommendation I would make is to get better choices of teas. We couldn't get a decaffeinated black tea.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate