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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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was good, but not great. They took one of the best dishes off the menu - the braised rabbit"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "I never write reviews...however, I believe ownership of the restaurant needs to be aware... I have been to red pony 1000 and always a great experience with fantastic food and amazing service!! I was seated in the main dining area downstairs - in the middle was a table of 6 or 7 people who were drunk, loud, rude and obnoxious ..the waiter apologized, as he did to every other table in the area . Management said a couple times to quiet down, which just elevated the volume !!! The quiet romantic dinner I had hoped for was severely compromised.. If I owned the restaurant - I would have requested they lower the volume or leave!! The 15 tables surrounding this group would have stood up and applauded!!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "The Red Pony hit on all cylinders Saturday night. We had the best two-top table in the restaurant. Right in front of a large picture window which gave you a tremendous view of the kitchen. Very cool! Our waiter Aaron (spelling?) was excellent. Well versed with the entire menu and wine list. I had the Elk Medallions and my wife had the Filet. The meal was well prepared and visually works of art. More importantly the food tasted wonderful!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We had a delectable dining experience. Commendable staff & excellent waiter who was very attentive to our needs. Also well-versed in all menu items & how prepared. The menu shows a large degree of innovation & sophistication, from appetizers to dessert. Everything was done to order & very pleasing to the palette. The atmosphere itself was moderately noisy (given the full house at 6:30 PM on a Friday), yet we were still able to converse easily, privately. Also, the wine list is notable & drinks (i.e. alcohol) of good quality. This is our NEW favorite restaurant; we will be back."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "A bit expensive and the atmosphere was nice but nothing to write home about, but the food and service were great. Make a reservation, though. It's a busy place."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We were seated near the pump thing downstairs. I sat on the bench seat as my husband sat in the chair. As soon as I sat down I sunk into the bench. By he springs were shot and I was in a hole. I told the waitress but she seemed to not care and said she would tell them. It would have been nice to been moved but nothing was mentioned. Therefore I sat in a hole for dinner and it was not very comfortable. Even the man next to me said i looked sunken Down. Not the best dining we have had there. We come a lot and will be while before we return. Food wAs good but had to ask waitress for the specials. The menu has changed and my favorite- BLT was off the menu.:("
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We had an excellent time. The staff was one of the best, they were so nice, went above and beyond and the food was amazing. We will go back."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We were at RP for a special dinner celebration -- the 5-year anniversary of my business partner (who also happens to be my son!). Great food, great wine, great server, great ambience... great everything."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten here five times now. Every time has been amazing. The food and especially the drinks are outstanding. I totally recommend The Red Pony to anyone in the Nashville/Franklin area."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "we arrived early for a 5:45 reservation and were seated immediately. We requested outside seating and were the only ones there for most of the meal. food was terrific and the waiter was very attentive :) the outside seating view was of the back alley so that certainly affected the ambience. All in all a pleasant meal and good food. Cute town too!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We brought our out of town guests here for dinner and a wonderful time. My wife has proclaimed it her new favorite! 3 of the foru of us could. to help but order the lamb. It was outstanding! The amount of food you get for the money is well worth it. Also, I highly recommend the crispy fried green beers. Fantastic wine, beer and cocktail list too. All the right ingredients for a great dinner. We can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food and service was fantastic! Absolutely loved the bacon appetizer and filet. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We arrived 20 min. early and were seated immediately. The whole staff there was gracious and helpful. Our waiter was fabulous, and his recommendations were superb! I had the chicken and my friend had the shrimp and grits. The Peaches and Cream salad was amazing! Her stacked tomatoe and cheese salad was delicious. Can't wait to go back to try the wolffish."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Without a doubt a great place to take that special someone. It's for sure pricey, but you get great quality food with adequate portions. Highly recommend going on your next special outing."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We loved everything about this place. Locally sourced food, and bourbon. Creative cocktails, talented but not conceited servers."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent scallops and tuna Calamari was very tender. Little loud"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food was excellent (lamb chops, sushi, and salad!). The slightly dirty martini was perfectly made. Ambience was perfect for a cozy night out with my honey. Would certainly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The waiter we had was great.Besides the food being overpriced, I did not care for the layout of restaurant . It seemed like other people were sitting so close to you that you could hear everyone's conversation around you. I did not get that private feeling that I'm normally used to."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My husband and I have been here twice now and we will continue to make it a priority when visiting the area. We LOVE this restaurant! The food is delicious, the service exactly as it should be- attentive and unpretentious, and phenomenal drinks. Kung Pao Calamari and Peaches and Cream Salad were delicious starters. Plan on a healthy bill, about 70-80/person including drinks an app. and dessert to share; we've paid more for not nearly as tasty."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Group of eight there for the first time. We were immediately seated by a very nice hostess. Jason, our waiter was very efficient and provided great suggestions from the menu. We had the calamari appetizer. It was not your average calamari but cut into strips and very spicy with hot peppers. It was delicious. Next we split a tomato salad. This had heirloom tomatoes with mozarella and tasted like the tomatoes were picked today right from the garden. Next was Elk medallions for me and scallops for my wife. Original fresh ideas in their menus plus expert preparation made everything great!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We were so pleasantly suprised to have such an amazing restaraunt basically in our neighborhood . The service ambience food wine list and cleanliness were top notch . The only slight area for improvement would be the excessive noise level."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My fiancée celebrated the anniversary of our first date at the red pony this weekend. The staff was super and the chef even sent us some special treats. Could do for improved acoustics but the night was unforgettable."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The meal was delicious. The wait staff was knowledgeable, helpful, and fun! We had a party of 6 and everyone came away having had a great meal and a fun experience!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "A friend of mine has mentioned more than once that Red Pony was her favorite place to eat in Franklin. We had our first experience this weekend and it was wonderful! The food was absolutely amazing and the staff was attentive and very helpful. We look forward to going back again for special occasions!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "the food was absolutely delicious. Starting with the heirloom local tomatoes with mozzarella made right there at the red pony. the local grass fed NY Strip was as good a steak as I've ever had. Chase was an outstanding waiter and after 4 years there He really knows what He's doing and just the right suggestions. It was truly a wonderful evening sitting outside on the upper deck. We'll be back every opportunity."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I have long wanted to dine at Red Pony and finally had the great pleasure to have dinner there last evening. What a spectacular experience! The food was inventive and delicious, the service was superb and the atmosphere was lovely. Can't wait to return!!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The Red Pony is consistent, with a changing menu and reliables such as the wonderful Shrimp and Grits."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife and I went to the Red Pony for our anniversary. The food was Amazing! Our server Steven was very nice and attentive. Because this was our first time there the chef came over and brought us a dish to sample. It was so good I wanted to lick the bowl. For dinner I had the bacon wrapped elk, and my wife had the wolffish. Both were perfect and we'll portioned. The price was more than we would normally pay, but we went there expecting to pay more. And it was totally worth it!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We love downtown Franklin and this is a perfect restaurant to enjoy the experience. Excellent menu that is kept fresh every few months and great ambiance and service. We'll make this a regular stop."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My family and I had an AMAZING meal at the Red Pony in Franklin, TN. I had eaten there twice before, and had good experiences both times. The food is inventive, well prepared and well presented. Everything is farm-to-table fresh. A real find."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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