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Red Pony Restaurant
Red Pony Restaurant
  • Address:
    408 Main Street
    Franklin, TN 37064
    Franklin / Brentwood
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Red Pony Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://redponyrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (615) 595-7669
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jason McConnell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer services for all occasions from weddings to corporate events. We can accommodate service for forty to four hundred. Specialized menus can be designed for all occasions with considerations for dietary and special needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Red Pony Restaurant offers an upscale atmosphere and professional service without the white gloves in Historic Downtown Franklin. From a rehearsal dinner to private company function, Red Pony can accommodate any type of event or party. Private events at Red Pony can range from heavy appetizers for organized social gatherings to seated formal diners. Food for your private event is not confined to our menu but limited menu selections are required. There are multiple spaces available to reserve including a second floor patio for 30 guests. The upstairs dining room can seat 60 guests but if you're looking for a smaller space we have the ability to split the dining room with a floor to ceiling privacy separator. The entire restaurant or upstairs (includes upstairs dining room, deck & cocktail lounge)are also available for private events. There is a food and beverage minimum to reserve a private space. For minimums and additional details please contact our Catering Concierge
  • Private Party Contact: Kari Mauk (615) 595-6070

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fourth Avenue
  • Public Transit: Fourth Ave. and Main Street Franklin TN
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a free parking garage adjacent to our location. Street level parking is available as well as a public lot in the back of the restaurant
A word from Red Pony Restaurant
With two floors of casual fine dining (as well as an outdoor deck), Red Pony Restaurant has clearly become the favorite destination for great food on Franklin's historic Main Street. Chefs Jason McConnell and Carl Schultheis have teamed up to create a fun, wide ranging menu utilizing the freshest locally grown produce, meats and seafood. The two chefs have worked together for six years and their diverse cooking styles appear in new items daily. Voted "Best New Restaurant 2006" by Southern Exposure Magazine, Red Pony's eclectic menu has been called "skillful in its simplicity while intriguing in its worldliness."Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Had the calamari, pork chop (which was the special) and cheese garlic grits which was out of this world. Pork chop was cooked to perfection, and the calamari was extremely tender chunks of meat. Most calamari is overly fried and rubbery but not here. Also tried the Moscow Mule which was very refreshing. Great time for our double date."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a 7:30 reservation, and were seated promptly. Asked to be seated on the main floor, but not able to accommodate us. Then when picking from the menu, the fish of the day was already sold out, as was the burger. The pasta entree was being substituted by a different pasta. Honestly, I don't think they should have been sold out that early in the evening of so many of the entrees. Otherwise, our dinner was fine, and the service was very good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "First time at Red Pony. Just heard about it recently...rave reviews from friends. Didn't disappoint."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Been dining at the Red Pony for over 3 years. Never had a bad meal. Menu is constantly evolving with new and exciting options. Staff is always friendly and accommodating. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Restaurant has an upscale yet casual feel to it. Service was food were great. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Stephano (bar) is outstanding! Excellent staff & friendly service, Ariel was great, and meal superb!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We returned to Red Pony after a 2 year hiatus and were pleasantly surprised by the quality, the flavors and the variety of offerings. I had the Ahi Tuna and it was excellent. A huge serving and nice presentation. My friend had the Corvina and it was equally delectable. Service was considerate of our conversations and efficient. Morale of this story: I should not have waited so long to return."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Every employee we came in contact with made our first visit to this restaurant special. It was our wedding anniversary and we felt we were treated extra special. Seth (bartender?) was especially nice and because we were early for supper, he had time to chat a little. A really great guy. The food (and service) were excellent. the menu was flexible (trading sides so we could get what we liked) made the meal very special. We will definitely be back. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Red Pony always delivers on all fronts. Food was great and the service was even better."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "After reading reviews of restaurants in Franklin, we made a reservation at the Red Pony. As a first time customer, they provided a complimentary appetizer....very nice! All of our meals were delicious...elk, lobster ravioli , monk fish & roasted brussel sprouts. Service was very good, however, I felt a bit our server rushed us a bit. We really liked the warm atmosphere and decor of the restaurant. As an added bonus, the Red Pony catered a wedding reception we attended the following evening and the buffet was outstanding....the shrimp and grits were outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything was perfect, per usual. The food was divine! The place was rockin' and yet no hiccup in the quality of the appetizers or entrees. The Parisian is heaven on earth!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food and service were great! Lovely cocktails to choose from. Perfect before our show at the Franklin Theater. We would recommend!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Lived in Nashville for 4.5yrs. Had a jog w/running club in Nolensville & asked for anniversary dinner recs. Put 5 names in pocket & randomly picked...Red Pony. Made res online, welcomed @ door w/happy anniversary, great touch by staff. Our waiter Steven was superb, 1st time there & had the best gnocchi app ever...wife wanted it for dinner...kitchen special for 1st timers. Guac appetizer was the best we've had in TN. She had Salmon special & I had filet. Kitchen delivered perfection! Decor in restaurant is elegant yet restrained. Wife said it was in her top five best ever. Not an easy list, she is picky. I'm not, but found myself agreeing. New favorite restaurant in Nashville. They hit a home run for us! Red Pony is now our new "go-to"!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We received very attentive service from our waiter, the asst mgr and the manager. Food was creative and well prepared."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The positive reviews for the Red Pony were dead on! The food was fantastic and the waiter we had was very helpful and pleasant! This place is definitely a place to go if you are visiting Franklin."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We felt like we were number one. Our server gave us his full attention and helped us make the tough decisions about what I could only assume was truly marvelous food. We wish we could have ordered from the entire menu, because he made it sound so wonderful. The service was impeccably attentive. Brian turned this into a treasured experience for us. Having the neighborhood haunt feel was unexpected, but delightful. A romantic dinner was possible without the black tie stuffed collar feeling. The food came up a bit short of 5 star, but was still very good. Every vegetable dish Brussels Sprouts and the Asparagus came in 5 star strong while the meat seemed bland, but was still decent. It was the best asparagus I ever tasted."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went to Red Pony before seeing Sheryl Crow at Franklin Theater. Very helpful that we could make a reservation! Food was great...several in our group ordered elk medallions and liked very much. Server was Brian, and he was wonderful...Very attentive and knowledgeable. We always have a fun time and a great meal at Red Pony!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Had a fantastic time ... the staff was great, the service was fantastic, the food was out of this world good, we had been told it can be a bit loud and it was ... but the overall experience made the noise level dissappear for the most part! I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "great place for dinner and a show at the Franklin theater... never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "After many visit to the RP for the BLT and beef tenderloin, I finally had the RP Burger and OMG! Absolutely phenomenal. By far the best burger I have ever tasted. It was an honor, Red Pony Reataurant, to have experienced the deliciousness of your RP Burger. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Red Pony for our 11 year wedding anniversary. They provided a great seat in front of a window in the corner along with complimentary champagne. The food was fabulous. Highly recommend the Kung Pao Calamari (appetizer) and the Bacon Wrapped Elk Medallions (entrée). The service was prompt and friendly. I look forward to trying something new on my next visit-- which will be in the very near future. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We come here for special occasions and they have never failed to deliver. The food, the ambiance, & the service has always left us feeling that we are special and important to Red Pony. They will always be special to us also"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We chose the Red Pony to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We were a few minutes early for our 8 p.m. reservations and were told to wait at the bar. The hostess forgot about us until we said something to them, so we were 45 minutes late getting seated. The manager was very apologetic and offered us a free appetizer. We ordered the sushi appetizer which was very good. Our meal was the BLT pasta and the Red Pony burger. Both were really tasty and the drinks we ordered were also very good. Had no room for dessert, though. Except for the wait it was a good experience. Our waiter was very good and so was the food. Parking could be a problem but we lucked out and found a spot along the street. We would go back the next time we are in Franklin."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A great find. We really enjoy the food, ambience, service and wine list. They do it all right. The noise level is comparable to other restaurants that are in older buildings that make use of brick walls and uncarpeted floors as part of the décor."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife and I have been dining at Red Pony for years. Before we found them we used to go down town Nashville for special occasions. Now we save the hassle by staying on Franklin and we both agree that their food and drink selection are second to none. We have never been dissapointed with a single item that we've ordered and the wait staff are of the highest calibre. If you want to impress someone or have a romantic evening out try the Red Pony, you will be blown away!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. The food is consistently great. The staff are wonderful. Great atmosphere. The best restauarnt in Franklin, by far."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Having just moved to Franklin, I was so glad to find a great date night location! The Red Pony is a great spot to go on a date and enjoin the company of your better half. ( ask for table on second floor ) If you are with another couple the first floor offers a wonderful setting, The Bar is awesome.. and the man behind the bar is a true professional.. I recommend eating at the bar if you enjoy going alone.. The food is awesome ! I never had bad meal, and if they bring back the Italian Butter I promise to do the dishes for a week! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Red Pony is very nice for special occasions. Service was impeccable. Food was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Just a bit loud, but other than that is was AAAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++++++"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food at the Red Pony is generally good; however, on this occasion it was mediocre."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We had sat by the window upstairs a couple of years ago and greatly enjoyed it. We requested that this time, but when we arrived they said that we wouldn't like it upstairs because it was very loud. We totally agreed that we didn't want loud. So we were seated at one of those tiny tables for two. This was ok but not great. At first it was quiet - about 6:30pm - by 7:15pm or so the other tables filled up and it got quite loud - but have had worse. Roland our waiter was great. He recommended the guacamole with jicama, shrimp and grits and BLT - these were outstanding. Upon making online reservations, I mentioned it was my wife's birthday - this was not acknowledged by anyone. I will come back and recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Our dinner at The Red Pony was better than average, but not by much. The appetizers and dessert were the best part of the meal. The entrees were average and slightly over-priced. The downstairs dining area is small and the tables were just small enough to be a bit crowded with plates and drinks. I may be overly critical, but that may be because I was paying for it. Everyone else seemed to enjoy themselves."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Went here for a date night with my lady. Her and I both enjoy independent restaurants. Red Pony was top notch all the way around. Will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had dinner with an old friend and we were seated upstairs in the corner. The wait staff was very attentive but not overly so and let us take our time choosing food after our wine glasses came. We were very please with the quality and quantity of food served. But for the loud music coming out of a speaker above us, the ambience would have been perfect."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Ate there for the first time. Every morsel of food was delicious. Creative dishes, perfect size portions, superior service, friendly."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Stepping out of the dinner "night out" box! Had a really good time:)"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Took a group of 10 for graduation dinner and everyone enjoyed their food. Our server was a tiny bit brusque and had some strong words for one of the people bringing out our entrees, other that that it was great. Sorry they no longer have the mezzo platter to share as we really enjoyed that last time we were there but the brussel sprout appetizer and the calamari were excellent. The trout was also good as was the lobster BLT and the special seared scallops. The bread pudding - which was a coffee & donut bread pudding was a bit too sweet for me, but the dark chocolate cake and the creme brûlée were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere was great and fun. The service was less than expected - -the service from the bar to the table was terrible. We made reservations for 4 almost a week in advance and our table was by the kitchen while others in much better locations were empty. A factor of using Opentable?"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "A lovely find in Franklin, Tennessee. Each of the six people in our party ordered something different and all were impressed. Red Pony has a way of creating meals that surprise and delight. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This was my first time visiting The Red Pony and I was pleased. The service was great, the food was wonderful, and the atmosphere was pleasant. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014