The Southern
The Southern

The Southern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thesouthernnashville.com/
  • Phone: 6157241762x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am, Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Matt Farley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: The Southern and TomKats are pleased to offer a variety of full service catering and event planning options to meet your specific needs. Whether you"re planning a private dinner for 50, or a lavish event for 500, we can customize a menu that is right for you. Please feel free to contact us at thegals@thesouthernnashville.com to get started.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd & Demonbreun
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Southern offers 3-hour validated parking in the Pinnacle building garage (garage subject to flat rates during downtown events) and complimentary valet parking for lunch, dinner and brunch.
A word from The Southern
Located on the ground floor of the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in the heart of the burgeoning SoBro district, The Southern takes its guests on a culinary journey where every entree tells a story. The traditional yet eclectic eating house features a state-of-the-art, shuck-to-order oyster bar, a real wood-fired grill, a locally grown buying strategy, deliciously tender meats and direct sourced, guaranteed fresh, sustainable seafood. The menus at the southern combine indigenous flavors with exotic ingredients and offer an authentically southern adventure with a twist. The Southern will prove soon be to be known for its genuine hospitality and unmatched eats.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Southern reviews from OpenTable diners
634 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (325)fit for foodies (290)vibrant bar scene (248)special occasion (231)good for groups (217)great for brunch (200)great for outdoor dining (173)neighborhood gem (158)great for lunch (158)notable wine list (65)romantic (63)late-night find (51)scenic view (31)kid-friendly (30)Show More
  • Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I do not like to go to a restaurant and sit side by side with another party.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We closed our Nashville trip with brunch at The Southern and it was great. We really enjoyed all our meals as we got five different things between the four of us and we shared. I highly suggest going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't waste your time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very bad service. Food was average at the best for the money. Could have gotten a better tasting steak at longhorn steak house.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wish we found it sooner!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We love local spots and this is by far the BEST Downtown. A little bit of everything for everyone and at favorable food/drink prices. We had Saturday Brunch and were so impressed we went back for a late night dinner after the Opry. Our VERY picky friend even enjoyed the food:) Will recommend this restaurant to anyone headed to Nashville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hostess should check the attitude
    Localeater
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had reservations on Friday for 6 people. 4 of our party were there - and the other 2 had to back to their car because they forgot their show tickets. The hostess seemed put out when I told her the rest of our party was on their way. She rolled her eyes and said, "Well, I'll seat you but your friends need to be here quickly, really quickly." I understand on a busy Friday night they need to turn the house as quickly as they can, but they shouldn't talk to their patrons like little kids. The food and service were great. It's just unfortunate that the evening had to start with a snarky hostess.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southern Food, gormet style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have yet to have an unsatisfactory meal here. The filet was so tender I could cut it with a fork. The Safire bleu cheese biscuit appetizer is amazing! The atmosphere is nice and comfortable, and not at all pretentious. The cocktail list has some unique offerings, such as my personal favorite-the Blackberry Mtn tea made with Blackberry moonshine. Yum!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1GDPVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was not the norm on this visit - disappointed. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Southern
    Southern
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    By far the best restaurant in downtown. It's a block off the beaten path, great food, great ambiance, reasonable price. Normally excellent service, however this time our waitress was not quite on her game. We will always frequent The Southern.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Steak
    KzooVisitors
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The Belle steak entree was amazing! Good portion size. The vegetable soup was just medicore - nothing more than Campbell's. The steak made up for it. Cool set up for the bar in the middle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    theging
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Somewhat mixed feelings about the Southern. We ordered two appetizers the duck egg rolls and steak and biscuits; they were both scrumptious. There were four of us and we all ordered something different so that we could share. Pork Chop - outstanding! Salmon with Thai Noodles - outstanding! Fresh Catch was Halibut - very good! The Belle is what I had; it was nothing special. It was tender but lacked flavor. It sat on a smidgen of potatoes and was supposed to come with grilled asparagus; it did but they were cut up in the potatoes and I counted 4 pieces, needless to say, I was a little disappointed in my selection. It was very very noisy. If I had known, I would have requested a more secluded area. Overall... very good with a minus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish I lived closer!
    vaca4nashville
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My husband and I visited Nashville, ate here and can't stop talking about it! Food was awesome and I am quite the food snob! We had the steak biscuits for an appetizer, mouthwatering! We both had steak, I had petite fillet, excellent! Would recommend this place, but be sure to make reservations. Eric our waiter was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snookie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This resturant was excellent. There were five of us and everyone loved their selection. The noise, well it was very very loud. Could not hear what anyone was saying. Loved the food fun place and I will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good enough
    jmcor
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The Southern had good food and very good service, but the noise level and the TVs every where really take away from the experience. This is a decent choice if you have tickets to something downtown, but I would not make this a destination restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We love the Southern;the food is wonderful,service is spot on and it is hust loud enough that you don't feel you have to whisper
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Expectations were definitely met with the meal, service and atmosphere. This is great place to take a family or a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunday brunch
    weekenddiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    made a Sunday brunch reservation and was taken to our table on time. the food was great. was rather noisy and quite busy but service did not suffer with all of the activity going on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Tiffanie06
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we LOVED it! I would definitely recommend The Southern to anyone and everyone. We can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't miss dining and atmosphere!
    Clayton8
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    For a unique Nashville dining experience and outstanding food, The Southern should be at the top of your list. I'm a local and it's my favorite brunch spot in town. The chocolate chip and banana pancakes just might change your life.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting Nashville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to the Southern for my girlfriend's birthday on the first night of our trip to Nashville. She had halibut with sweet potato grits and it was delicious (I did try a little, too) and I had the "Nudie Suit" which is a rotating variety of steak per ounce at current market price. Mine was a 17oz wet-aged boneless ribeye which was AMAZING. It was perfectly seared and had great flavor. I would've done the bone-in dry-aged ribeye but they were all 20oz or greater and we were going out on the town, and I needed to save room for dessert. haha They did a great job explaining the dry-aged vs wet-aged and they custom-cut the wet-aged which was one of the main reasons I got that one. She had blackberry mountain tea, very good cocktail.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Cooked to order my sirloin was a perfect medium rare
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, but food was great
    Smrob85
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary. The food and service was great, but it was not a romantic atmosphere. With a crowded restaurant, it was too loud to carry on a conversation. We could barely here are waiter. I highly recommend the crab cake appetizer.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find!
    PHurst
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wow, we were so impressed with this restaurant! It exceeded our expectations. The food was out of this world - my husband said it is the best burger he has ever had! Love the decor and energetic atmosphere. Awesome music combo was playing (guitar, fiddle, upright bass) - very fun and excellent quality music - just a little loud sometimes when trying to talk. Would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When in Nashville -the southern
    DCDiningVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    was concerned when they couldn't seat us -845 reservation, seated at 9:15. They handled it very well and sent out some appetizers courtesy of the chef. Food is excellent. Nice cocktail menu. Awesome service. Just off Broadway so you don't feel like you are in a tourist spot but also close enough to get your honky tonk on after dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    crazycanuck44
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is one of our favorite downtown restaurants. Great bar with a number of craft beers on tap. Great place to pick your rib-eye and have it cooked to your liking. Very vibrant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dmwarden
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I recommend they serve their BBQ shrimp with heads off! They are swimming in orange broth so when I went to take the head off , orange drops sprayed all over my new white Polo sweater. I was never able to able to enjoy my meal trying to get the orange spots out, which never did. My friend also got a spot on her white blouse. The butternut squash was good but room temperature. The steak biscuits were great
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    TennesseeCouple
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We came for my wife's birthday. It was a beautiful place. The server was excellent. The food was delicious and well portioned. It is a little pricey but this is our new nice night out place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    SheiladVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I eat at The Southern often and everytime it's exceptional!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food was fantastic. Had to ask for bread, otherwise wouldn't have gotten any. The prices & the ambiance don't match up. Nice sports bar feeling w/very high end prices. $45.00 for a dozen oysters, was advertised as steak & oyster restaurant-passed on the oysters
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    Diningout4fun
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This Southern never disappoints. I would recommend this to anyone looking or a great dinner for any occasion. I bring my sales associates here when they visit from out of town and it is always a hit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drew
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was awesome! I highly recommend this restaurant. Friendly staff also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Cmus
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday! Great ambiance and excellent food with big portions. Definitely a favorite restauarant in Nashville
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended Gem.
    2smithereens
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends. I tweeted it out after my experience there. Food and service were outstanding, ambiance very good, wine list was excellent. I recommend making a reservation, which I did, walk-ins will have an 45 minute to hour long wait if not. In high demand in NAshville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southern Living in Local Location
    CuzinJoey
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This restaurant is located across street from concert venues, an easy walk to down-town Nashville, and has great food priced reasonably. We enjoy the oysters and other special touches available here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed Experience
    Nashvilledining
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Brought my parents for their first time experience. Really appreciated the restaurant being able to seat us prior to our reservation time. Food was fantastic and delicious. Disappointed with the desert, which we usually don't order from restaurants but thought we would treat ourselves. Had a glass of wine, the glass was barely full, and they were out of my first choice, so that was disappointing. Really disappointed in our waiter, seemed we were an afterthought, not friendly, never really stopped by the table to check on us or our beverages, annoyed we ordered dinner ealry. I was embarrassed to have recommended this place for dinner based on that service and desert. But they made up for it with a great meal. Probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the Southern Oysters
    Slyp73
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went for brunch this past Sunday. The Southern Oysters were the best I have had. My 13yr old ate 1/2 of the dozen by himself. My 11yr old loved the pancakes. The banana caramel that comes with the pancakes should be served with ice cream it is so delicious. We also ordered the steak Benedict and egg sandwich which was all melt in your mouth wonderful. It was loud but it was football Sunday so that is to be expected. Everyone wants to go back some time and try the non-brunch items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Stars all the way around!
    momruns262
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fabulous food and service at this upscale Nashville restaurant. Sophisticated ambience and menu. Spectacular service. Food was superb. I can't rave enough about our meal here. Thoroughly enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tell them not to seat u near door!
    concordNC
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went for dinner & brunch. Sat us near door, (even w/reservations) & evrytime door opened we got a cold breeze draft on a chilly evening. Not fun. Had those awaiting seating just inches from us who were loud. Others were standing over us, inches away, Felt crowded. It was also NOT cool to have 2 kids seated in the bar area. Even if they were teens, wasn't cool. Our waiter, who had full beard (I was grossed out by the thought of him carrying my food) was not excited and was monotone. Told him we couldn't hear specials, he repeated with no effort to be louder, so we ordered no special. Supper was delicious! Breakfast not,had avocado on sandwich that was brown & smelled spoiled. Friend had Awesome banana pancakes! Better seating for breakfast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another excellent experience
    ra306
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We took out of town guests there Saturday night. They loved the look and feel. Server was engaged and knowledgeable. There is a good wine list and markups are reasonable. As always, there was a wide variety of food choices and they accommodated some special requests. Food was excellent. We have always enjoyed the Southern and did so again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    VandyParent17
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Southern disappointed me. We are not ultra snobby food critics, but the food was really just okay. The wedge salad was drowining in dressing. One filet (medium well) was cooked dead--totally well done. The other filet (medium rare) was mooing--ultra rare--cold in the center. My daughter's custom cut ribeye had great taste, but was also ordered medium well, and it was charred--past well done. So, three steaks, two overcooked, one undercooked. How can that happen in the same restaurant? The sides were not good, the asparagus and mushrooms looked reheated, and the fries were cold. There was an excellent side of green beans, and there was a very nice piece of chocolate cake at the end of the meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch was an A PLUS!
    hnochera
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went for dinner last Thursday and the food was good. I got the Catch of the Day Salad but when I saw the burgers and fried chicken I regretted it. Although my salad was good, the meat dishes were incredible. I went back for brunch on Saturday and LOVED it. There was live music which was great and the food was really good. Our service was a tad slow but he might have just been having an off day. I got the breakfast sandwich and it was delicious. A definite recommendation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate