Red Pony Restaurant
Red Pony Restaurant

Red Pony Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://redponyrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6155957669
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • 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 6155956070

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."
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Red Pony Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
197 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (132)fit for foodies (127)neighborhood gem (107)romantic (86)notable wine list (62)hot spot (48)good for groups (33)vibrant bar scene (33)late-night find (13)great for outdoor dining (11)scenic view (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great for special events
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Have dined here for birthday dinners and selected it for 8 year wedding anniversary. They greeted us warmly and showed us to a table that looked down on the street outside. They offered us complimentary flutes of champagne which was a nice way to start our dinner. Everything we tried was excellent, especially the Elks in a blanket, beef tourenados, and the pumpkin tiramisu. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes and the wine list. He also suggested events in the area coming up. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I was extremely impressed by the atmosphere, service and cuisine. The atmosphere is very artistic and stylish, yet warm and inviting. The service was exceptional - Paige, our server, was extremely knowledgeable about the entire menu (food and beverage). Also, the cuisine was extremely flavorful, balanced and original. Prices were on the higher side, but not as much as a prime steak house. It's well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Wonderful, creative menu and fabulous food. Highly recommend... and I am super picky!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Pony Franklin, Tennessee
    lv2eat
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I took a group of college roommates to the Red Pony and we all loved our food. I had the grouper and it was fantastic! Some of the others had Shrimp and Grits, which is a restaurant favorite, and thought that was very good. Our waiter Jeremiah was very nice and helpful with our selections.We would definitely return again and try different dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Franklin Centerpiece
    MVNashvilleVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    If you are visiting Franklin, this is a great place to have a relaxing dinner. The food is uniquely tasty and service is southern friendly. Be sure to try the signature variety bread basket with dipping oils and butters. The elk dish is full of flavor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & great service!
    Kevin
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I brought three out of town business guest in and we had a great service and a wonderful meal! I would highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was superb! Our waiter was the best waiter we have ever had. He said he had only worked there four or so months. I felt like he was extremely knowledgeable of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to take out-of-towners
    Carol
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Super restaurant - downtown Franklin. Service a little slow. Could not get time I wanted on Open Table, so called them and they worked us (Seniors) at an earlier time. We were too early even then, but walked around the downtown area where there was a lot of activity for people watching. Got in right on the time we had changed to.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and dinner
    GregB
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and recently dined at The Red Pony Celebrating our anniversary and had a great experience. We shared a quail and biscuits appetizer with blackberry and jalapeño preserves which was excellent. I had the dry aged ny strip that was cooked perfectly. My wife enjoyed the beef medallions. The chocolate martini with the Creme brûlée for dessert was delicious. A wonderful night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service!!
    LandP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a fabulous experience! Our server was knowledgable and attentive. The food was amazing. We want to try their other restaurants next time we are in Nashville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our evening at the Red Pony
    Katydid
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The cocktails were unique and very good. The food was perfect as well as the service. I brought a friend from out of state and he loved every detail of this place. I had requested a table near the window into the kitchen and we were given the best seats in the house. Every person we met was courteous and delightful. We could not have asked for better on any level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    WINKSTER
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    GUACAMOLE FABULOUS AS WAS THE SPECIALTY MARTINIS; MY FAVORITE IS THE "FRENCH KISS" PEAR FLAVORED. IF YOU LIKE SHRIMP AND GRITS THIS IS THE PLACE. THE BEST!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    SilverFox
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Our 1st visit to the Red Pony was delightful. I mentioned that it was our anniversary in the reservation form. We were given a table overlooking Main Street. As it was our 1st visit, we were given a delicious appetizer consisting of grits-based gnocci. My husband had the beef tournados & I had the shrimp & grits. We each had a side of grilled asparagus which was ample enough for 2 to share. Our meals were prepared to perfection. We split a dessert of the coconut cream cake. My only complaint is that the cake was refrigerated, but I have had similar cakes in other restaurants & this is par for the course. I wish there were a way to know (remember ahead of time) that it's chilled & ask to have the chill taken off.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Lady
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner with delicious and imaginative food and great service. We'll be back for future occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience!
    NashVegasFoodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We started off our evening at the bar for a few happy hour drinks and the bar tender was fast, friendly, and very knowledgeable of not only the wine and mixed drinks, but the food and the restaurant in general. The two hostess' were friendly and welcoming! Our server was prompt and suggested a tasty appetizer, quail and biscuits. I enjoyed the Elk Medallions and my wife said her Beef Tournedos were delicious! It was a perfect evening to sit outside on the second floor patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    NotFussy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Only one out of six in our party raved about his meal (pork remoulade.) Two of us ordered shrimp and grits and both agreed the dish was overwhelmingly greasy or buttery. I could not believe how skimpy they were with the grits. I make this better myself at home and believe me, I am no chef. One couple shared a $35 steak which was ordered medium well and was served to them raw in the middle. It had to be sent back. We are not fussy and demanding people, but we certainly expected more from this highly rated restaurant. Also, it took around two hours from ordering to leaving.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great staff. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Outstanding food and very good service. Small focused menu that takes advantage of seasonal local farm products.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good restaurant!
    TCashion
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Not that familiar with the Franklin dining scene, but we wound up at the Red Pony via online research. Was not too keen on the name, but the menu looked good, so we took a chance. We were not disappointed. Great bar and bartender (Steph, I believe). We were seated upstairs - they have an upstairs bar, too! - and the food and service were excellent. Only minor complaint is that cool weather was coming in, and the A/C in the restaurant was blowing right on our table periodically. Left us a bit chilly, but we were able to slide around to minimize the effect. Still a very fine dining experience, and would definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Again!!!
    foodyg
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went there 2 years ago and our order was lost. Went there again recently, and again, our order was lost(i.e. forgotten to be turned into chef). We waited and waited. I just cannot believe it happened to us the only 2 times we have dined there. The management and waitress were very nice about it all-taking our appetizer off the bill and apologizing. I had heard the shrimp and grits was outstanding, so that's what I ordered. It was so salty that it ruined the meal. That's never happened to me at a restaurant. The artichoke risotto was very bland. I tasted my husband's grouper and it was just ok. Their bread very good. The atmosphere is very upbeat and trendy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    BEST
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    From our waiter, Brian, to our food, and the ambiance, I could have not asked for a better dinner experience, overall. This was the restaurant where I asked my girlfriend to marry me. To be honest, I was really worried about how the experience was going to be. Although I only saw great reviews for this restaurant, I know less things have happened to people (going to a restaurant to propose and have it be the worse experience, ever). So, I was praying about this the entire week, leading up to the big night. God truly answered my prayer to make this a positive and enjoyable experience and he used Michael, the manager, and Brian, the waiter, to make it happen. Glory to God -- ALWAYS and a HUGE thank you to Brian and Michael.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sep 27, 2014
    JimS
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent service. Restaurant is a find for a little town like Franklin. Must have on the menu: calamari. It is more like sweetbreads. Elk medallions are excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    TomP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our first time to Red Pony. We had sushi for an appetizer, shrimp with grits and filet with twice baked potatoes for entrees. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    Lee664
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Made reservations based on reviews on Trip Advisor. Do not understand the high ratings. All four of us thought the food was only average and service was not impressive. We were disappointed.
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  • Enjoyable Meal
    Jack
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went to dinner on a Saturday night with a group of friends. I was surprised by the design of the place. It has a pretty fun modern red themed interior that gave it a slightly edgy feel (I mean that in a good way). The food was excellent. I ate lamb cutlets and was very happy with my meal. I can't remember what my friends had but their comments were all quite complimentary as well. Drinks wise I had a Moscow Mule that was pretty tasty. Service was excellent - and one thing I REALLY liked was how often they filled my water glass up. All in all I had a great time at the Red Pony and would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great romantic atmosphere
    Sbragwell
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The night started with very courteous service by the hostesses. Next the bartender was very friendly even though he was very busy. Next our waitress was great very informative, just enough visits to make sure we were ok. Then the food. The elk was awesome. The grilled bacon app was delicious. I will definitely go back!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not excellent
    Melyshea
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was good. We had reservations a week in advance and they still sat us by the bathroom. The service was subpar for restaurant at this price. Overall I would go back one more time to take my wife. It will not be somewhere that I recommend as a place to splurge.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic dinner!
    JenniferHutzel23
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I very much enjoyed our dining experience at The Red Pony! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they took it upon themselves to make us feel the love! The food was excellent and the staff was terrific! The crème brulee was outstanding! We will definitely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    Lisau
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Out of town guests loved the place. Food was fantastic. Waiter had an outside table keeping him busy but did an OK job getting to us. Yumm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre - Unfortunately
    rlnashVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Disappointed on our last visit there. Guacamole was too salty. Salad dressing was watery. Main was just ok. It is too expensive for mediocrity - especially when compared to the new restaurants who are killing it in Nashville. Love the setting upstairs and the service is always very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    penderh
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our second visit to Red Pony. As before, there was nothing we put in our mouths that we didn't love. We started out with the lamb chops appitizer. The pesto was the kicker. Next, my wife and I split abowl of crab bisque and a tomato salad which were both phenominal. My wife had the shrimp and grits and I had a filet with cheddar mashed potatoes. The filet had a wood smokey taste and was cooked perfectly. We also had a bottle of reisling wine which was fantastic. The ambiance and decour our really nice. The wait staff is outstanding. I just can't say enough good things or use enough positive adjectives to describe how great our dinner was. 5 stars and highly, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service
    tnjohn
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I made the restaurant aware that we were celebrating our anniversary when I made the Open Table reservation, and this was acknowledged by the waitress when she brought the menus. Shortly after bringing our drinks, she brought us a small appetizer compliments of the chef, and after dinner we were treated to a desert of our choice compliments of the Red Pony. While the menu selections were limited, the shrimp and grits my wife had and the elk I had very very tasty. Menu items and drinks are a little pricey, but worth it for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New place
    Beamer1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant after reading the reviews. We arrived early and they were able to seat us. We sat upstairs which was nice. Since this was our first time to be there, we were treated with a same appetizer. The guacamole appetizer was good. Our entries were the elk and filet which were good and we finished off with pecan pie. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. We will go back when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites ...
    Cravecase
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Red Pony is one of our favorite places in Franklin, along with their sister restaurants. Everything on the menu is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find on OT
    LClem
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Chose restaurant based on Open Table reviews and was NOT disappointed! Great food, wine and service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DIssapointed
    3rdAnniversaryCelebration
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Embarrassed at the low quality of Bone-In Ribeye. Thinly cut and very fatty. I hosted a party of nine and my guests, who had other entrees, had a good time. Service was fine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exception service
    SteveS
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food, atmosphere and especially the service were absolutely exceptional. Pricey, but worth it for special occasions. Very experienced and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Experience
    vince
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I went to Red Pony for our anniversary. We had a great time. The food was fantastic with interesting menu choices such as elk. Our waiter was personable and efficient. The cocktails were great as was the wine with dinner. We will definitely be returning. It was also very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The service was amazing. The food was outstanding. I will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So fantastic!
    NashTransplant
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the second time we've dined at Red Pony and we were again blown away by everything. From service to atmosphere, drinks and all courses, everything was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate