The Southern
The Southern

The Southern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thesouthernnashville.com/
  • Phone: (615) 724-1762
  • 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
686 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (387)fit for foodies (372)vibrant bar scene (287)good for groups (268)special occasion (260)great for brunch (216)neighborhood gem (170)great for lunch (169)great for outdoor dining (150)notable wine list (75)late-night find (67)romantic (58)scenic view (26)kid-friendly (24)Show More
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Loved this restaurant, the service was great and the food was awesome. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great high end contender in Nashville.
    RestuarantRetro
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great ambiance and experience every time I go. This time just not crazy about the beer battered fish for lunch. The sides and drink were above par as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    On the noisy side but the food was great, wait staff needs to be improved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My daughter and I were on our first trip to Nashville and a friendly shuttle driver recommended this restaurant. We walked through on a very busy Monday night football crowd and the place smelled delicious but had an hour wait so we made reservations for mid-week and had a wonderful meal. Service was excellent and the desserts looked heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Flavor Explosion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The Southern does everything right. The service was excellent, drinks were fantastic, and the food! Oh my goodness. Every bite was full of flavor. You can't go wrong with The Southern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Delight
    CelticThunderFan
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Ours was a first time visit to The Southern, selected because of its proximity to the Schermerhorn. Yet, that mundane reason for choosing a restaurant led us into a delightful dining experience. We were greeted warmly, seated immediately, and taken care of in a gracious way. Our orders were brought in short order, and service was attentive throughout the meal. The blue-cheese biscuits and steak appetizer was an excellent starter, and the fish tacos with jicama slaw were quite the treat. Had we know how good the food would be, even the short wait time would have seemed too long! And, of course, the availability of Jeni's ice cream for dessert didn't hurt either! We'll be back -- whether there's a concert or not!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome find
    cablelakegirl
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Girls trip to Nashville . It was so awesome we had great food wonderful atmosphere and the people watching was so much fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    No wonder The Southern has quickly garnered such a wonderful reputation. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at The Southern
    BroBeck
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I was impressed all the way around, great ambiance, super food and super service. Sitting in the main room is fun, you can see the kitchen, and bar and hear the live music and the cheerful sounds of other diners makes it more enjoyable. It was our first visit; we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service and Raw Meat :-(
    KCishere
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Service is super slow on a Saturday night after a Predators game, even with a reservation. Also, we ordered a T-Bone to be between medium and medium well, and it came back medium rare. We sent it back and it came back like jerky.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was good , menu a little pricey
    pakman1
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was good , menu a little pricey especially the oysters, service was fair
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a nice dinner for our first visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I think the restaurant has a cool vibe and we enjoyed the energy. I was a little surprised at the pricing which I felt was a bit high considering the dishes were small. I think we will go again, but have different expectations.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best server i have had in years
    rocknrollaVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The menu was great and eclectic. Our server made fantastic recommendations on both food, wine and whisky. I had the fish special which was fantastic. Deserts were awesome. Will be back. Make sure to make a reservation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent food, lively fun atmosphere, great bluegrass band playing at our visit! Beautiful bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    SoFi02
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I love this place more every time I visit. The food is always great and the service impeccable. You'll want to come back more and more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Service
    sarahfinn54
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I would definitely recommend this place for brunch. The atmosphere was great (lots of TVs playing college football), the service was excellent and the options diverse. Mimosas were only $4.00, so impossible to go wrong. As the Southern is known for oysters, I got two and they were really good. I ordered the Southern Fried Egg Sandwich, which I must admit, was only average. The quality of the bacon was great and the fries were amazing. My friend ordered the steak (which they are also known for) and biscuit Benedict, which she really liked. Also, like everywhere in Nashville there was live music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Brunch Perfection!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Fantastic atmosphere, delicious brunch cocktails, killer menu- I really appreciated the mix of breakfast and lunch offerings- overall fabulous Saturday brunch! Tennessee sipping cream with coffee, The Highway, and hot chicken salad shouldn't be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    talb
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was our favorite meal of the weekend we spent in Nashville. The steaks were fantastic. They were so tender and full of flavor. The chicken fried steak was amazing served over macaroni and greens. You want to make sure you eat here if you are in Nashville! It is very loud here so pick somewhere else if you are out for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YumYumVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Cool ambiance, the oysters were really good and we like the grilled option which was surprisingly good. The fish tacos were good but not great as lacked a bit of flavor but the hamburger received top marks. The deviled egg was a nice starter for the group. Drink menu had a number of interesting options but since we went for lunch, decided to hold off on the alcohol.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Victor
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Tried the Southern again. It's still not worth it. Food is ok. Nothing great. Took forever this time to get the food. For the price, it's just not worth it. The Blue Points were good, but that doesn't have a lot to do with the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love. Hate. Love. Hate.
    returncustomerVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Sometimes on, sometimes off. This time, off--our server disappeared for stretches of time, the food was only all right, and the host was past disengaged and diffident to rude. I get the strong sense this is not a fun place to work.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Convienent
    Bill
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Always a pleasure to eat at the Southern before events downtown...Fish and Grits are a sure bet...the Lamb T-bone was not a favorite this time as it was tough and very small portion...stick with the Beef Steaks or seafood...Atmosphere always fun and energetic...great wine list and prices not too far out of line
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The reservation time was not upheld but the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    MPWS
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I love going to the Southern for brunch. The menu is not a carbon copy of every other brunch menu, the food is very well prepared and, although it is very, very busy, the service is excellent. Well done, Southern!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    twins
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This restaurant gets a lot of hype. It is very, very loud, the service was unattentive and the food was very expensive for the quality. There were 4 of us, we each got something different - only one of us like the dish we ordered. They did have our table ready (we'd made a reservation), and the guys doing the valet parking were on top of it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Southern Treat
    mecelec79
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I took my wife here for an anniversary dinner. The food is great and not too pricey. Close to many attractions downtown. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • S. Comfort Food - Lively Setting
    JennyF
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The brucnh menu was fun and inventive but heavy on the deep-fryer, though there are a couple of salds on the menu. Both of my attempts to use the Ladies Room found a line out the door. Hard to believe such a large restaurant meets code with only two ladies room stalls and one sink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum.
    Gidnarb
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Best steak I have ever had. My husband thought the mashed potatoes were life changing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long wait
    Rocky
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food and service were great. Had to wait almost an hour before they honored our reservation
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    Molly
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    There was cartoons playing on the TVs and steak was a little overdone. Ordered crabcakes and it was literally 2 bites, smallest ones I've ever seen.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    Enjoysfood
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great Food Fast and very good service. We had great steaks done exactly to our liking with delicious sides. We were going to the taping of the Country Music Christmas Special and we got served and had a very nice dinner with time to spare. Great location in Nashville. Overall a wonderful dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So good!!
    GainesvilleGator
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    From start (deviled eggs) to finish (bananas foster bread pudding) everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great ambience
    johnc
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I had the chicken fried chicken with squash (very tasty) and great white cheddar mac and cheese. I had mac and cheese in 3 separate places in Nashville and this was the best of the three (others were Jacks and Pucketts). I would order it again in a second. My wifey had the filet which I sampled -- it was great. My only negative to share is the price of drinks -- $20 for a round of two drinks seems a bit unreasonable to me.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The sliders were the best thing on the menu. We wanted to go back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hot and spicy!
    Deltalady
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Bloody Mary's spice was excellent ! Lunch plates were all delicious and the homemade hot sauce was perfect accompaniment! Take a bottle home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not afraid to tell it all brother
    tellitallbro
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We eat all over the world (Hong Kong to NYC, and everything in between) hubby declared he would return "to Southern for a steak that good".
    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, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodinNashville
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    A little loud inside, but food is consistently good and the staff are friendly and efficient. Fairly priced as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • clh2
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    It is always a good meal at The Southern! Love the Southern Burger!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    Risktaker
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our dinner at The Southern was DELICIOUS! We were celebrating a birthday and Robbie our server was very attentive, he provided excellent service with great knowledge of the menu items offered. We started with the Devil of an Egg, then moved on to four different entrees. The fish and grits, filet mignon, rack of ribs and brisket. Each plate was presented beautifully and tasted divine! For dessert we had bananas foster and red grits (which was my Favorite). Great dining experience and I have already recommended The Southern to my friends. Guaranteed to please any palate:-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two visits, two perfect meals!
    golfn64
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    What can I say about the Southern other than the food is just incredible. The gumbo is good (not the best, but good), any meats have all been great from the brisket to the steaks. I had "The Cuban", and no it's not a sandwich, but it's to be experienced for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate