Watermark Restaurant
Watermark Restaurant

Watermark Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.watermark-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6152542000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 5:30-9:30;
    Friday-Saturday: 5:30-10:00
    Bar opens at 5pm Monday-Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Paul Ent
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Please visit our website, www.watermark-restaurant.com, for all upcoming events.
    To book a private event e-mail: trish@watermark-restaurant.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Avenue
  • Public Transit: The Green Line
    http://www.nashvillemta.org/Nashville-MTA-Music-City-Circuit.asp
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from Watermark Restaurant
Watermark Restaurant features a menu that is distinctive in the Nashville market by its culinary emphasis on exceptional Southern product, classically prepared, and warm, professional service. The regularly changing menu highlights the best of each distinct season in conjunction with the finest seafood, game and beef available in the world. The restaurant design and décor integrate the building’s historic renovation and stylistic construction, emphasized by the expansive, light filled windows and view of the city skyline. Featured in Southern Living, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Food and Wine and other notable publications, Watermark Restaurant has established itself as a leader in Nashville and the Southeast region.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
Watermark Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (76)special occasion (74)fit for foodies (73)romantic (63)scenic view (50)notable wine list (41)neighborhood gem (31)good for groups (25)hot spot (18)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Wedding Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Perfect atmosphere. Accommodated party of 6 with ease.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great place, super friendly service, nice views and very good food. Too cold inside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance!
    2Blues5
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I recently had dinner here to celebrate his birthday. The ambiance was really nice! The food was good but we've had better. My husband had the rib eye and I had the filet. Both were excellent cuts of meat but could have had more flavor. Perhaps making the rib eye a bone-in would help. The BBQ shrimp appetizer, however, was excellent! Our service was fantastic and we loved the atmosphere. Definitely a great spot for couples to celebrate a special occasion. It had great views of the gulch area and downtown and had it been warmer, we would have loved to have been seated out on the outdoor seating space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We used to love this place, but have noticed the food has gone downhill over the past few years. The service this time around was notably lacking with our apps arriving before cocktails and running out of water during the meal. For the price point, I would expect more on the service side and a more diverse menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Watermark in the Gulch
    ECG3
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyed a great group dinner in a Friday night. Service was energetic and very professional. We were in the middle of the room and it was loud. Plan to go back but will be sure to ask for a table to the side. Soufflé appitizer with wild mushrooms was our stand out dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    AliMac
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was our first night eating out after recently moving to Nashville and Watermark was an excellent choice. The ambiance was great, but more impressive was the food. My steak was perfectly cooked and the sides it came with were equally as delicious. I'd recommend this place to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truffles saved it
    Mark
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Dinner was good, but we felt overpriced. We do dine out, regularly, and although it was a nice evening, we were neither overly impressed. The highlight of the evening was when waiter surprised us with these key lime truffles, for our anniversary, served with a great presentation. That, in itself, made a mediocre anniversary night out, memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good night
    Beachbubbie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Ordered the shrimp appetizer was not as advertised. The shrimp were half the size and were not Bar B Q they were simmered in sauce. Not good. Choose another appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have never been disappointed in dining at Watermark. My wife and I enjoy it for special days, and I have used it for larger group business dinners. It is a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Location, Great Meal
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first time at Watermark and I'm sure we'll be back. The meal that I had represented a nice balance between the familiar and innovative. I ordered a pork chop which was perfectly cooked--not too dry but, not rare. It was served with what looked like a large slice of polenta but, was in fact a well spiced cornbread and andouille "stuffing." The plate was garnished with a rendition of hopping john. It was delicious but, tended towards the familiar. It was a very good plate and I would order it again without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oklahoma
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A wonderful evening! Amazing food, attentive but not intrusive staff and lovely ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE WATERMARK! BRAVO!
    TOMMNASHVILLE
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Watermark is one of the BEST resturants in Nashville- Their menue has graet seasonal items- Service is perfect- waiters are very helpful and attentive -plus FUN to talk with about the food and area!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not at all what we are used to
    cottongin
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This has been our special occasions place. This was a big disappointment. As we were enjoying our bread, we began to get wet. The air duct was dripping on our food and drinks. We brought this to the servers attention and she moved us to another place. They brought the same drinks and bread to new table. We had to asked for different drinks and bread. This was restaurant week so we thought this would be a showcase meal. Boy were we disappointed. The food was bland. As were were leaving the place, we found that the servers had seated another couple at the table where it was dripping water. Sad, sad, sad way to treat customers. They knowingly sat people where nasty water was dripping. We will be finding a new "special" place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SouthernFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I lived in Nashville for 8 years and this was my first visit. The food was good, loved the space and outdoor seating but the service is why I will go back and send others. My server was Cole and he independently raised the bar on the type of service you should receive at a white tablecloth restaurant. His recommendations, explanations and etiquette were top shelf. He should be training servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    shorne89
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A friend and I went for the restaurant week menu and everything we got was delicious! I especially enjoyed the salmon with ratatouille! The ambience was very cool. The outdoor seating looked beautiful but it was just a little too hot for us to sit out there but I would totally consider eating there again! Well worth the $30 for the restaurant week menu!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect outdoor setting
    BigR
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The drinks, food, view, ambiance, and service were all extremely good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • angus1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    excellent food and service. Outdoor dining was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is Spectacular!
    Tashya
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My husband and I wanted to celebrate our fifth anniversary by going out to a nicer restaurant than we usually would. We had been to the Watermark once before and greatly enjoyed the experience so were looking forward to another. My husband called ahead and inquired if they offered a chef's tasting menu. They did, so we requested that for the following evening. The layout is beautifully and simply set, with an option to sit outside if preferred. The chef's menu consisted of five courses + a soup. Course after course arrived with the next one being more delectable and appealing than the last. We were blown away by the flavors! The service was excellent and I would highly recommend a wonderful evening there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great flavors but dry pork chop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I went to watermark for our anniversary and had a very good night. The service was great and the ambiance was very nice. I ordered the filet and it was fantastic. My wife ordered the pork chop and said the flavors were very good but it was quite dry. She went through a lot of water with dinner because the pork was so dry. She was very impressed with the flavors and would like to go back some time and try something else but with the price point it will not be any time soon. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. Great service, good flavors (even if overcooked) and a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Overall the food was good and prepare correctly. However the service lacks the scale of the restaurant and would recommend a more attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    SBDtennis
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Made a reservation based on the menu and roof top dining. It poured right before our arrival and we were not able to sit on the roof but the hostess was great about giving us options and we ended up at a lovely table against the wall. We could talk easily and did not hear other conversations but it wasn't too quiet either. Our waitress (Adrian) was fantastic!! She recommended the Walu and it was amazing! My two friends had the scallops and we shared the oh so delicious grit souffle appetizer (also recommended.) One more thing I must compliment the waitstaff on, they waited until our entire party was finished before clearing plates!! I was thankful for this courtesy, it rarely happens these days. A wondering fine dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    Caro
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We came to Nashville for my husbands birthdate weekend. I would highly recommend this place. The host, service staff and food was excellent. I loved the filet mignon was great with the bernaise sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    ADHC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First timers. Great vibe, views, wait staff, and most importantly great food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost perfect
    Livinghalf2
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A midweek occasion first time dinner really could not have been better. Ate inside. The heirloom tomato salad and the grits appetizer were especially memorable. The grilled peach salad and barbecue shrimp were properly executed and tasty. The venison was served exactly as ordered. Everything was beautifully presented. The pork chop was beautifully presented and accompanied but was bordering dry. Desserts were perfectly sized and delicious, creme brûlée and a flourless chocolate creation. In total, extremely pleased with the experience and highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Outdoor Meal
    Mtmcqueen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was excellent, the waiter very personable and professional and the outdoor dining was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a special dinner
    AshD
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I would give Watermark a 4.5 rating if it were possible. The experience was really nice, but the food could have been a tad better considering the price. Overall, I would recommend this place. Since it is a bit older than some of the more trendy restaurants in town, Watermark often gets overlooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    ITgirl615
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I would eat at Watermark more often if I could afford to. It remains one of my very favorite Nashville spots for a special-occasion dinner. Excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No room on the patio
    Bah1VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We arrived at 7 for our reservation and requested to dine on the patio. We were told that it would be 45 minutes because there were no tables available and it is first come .... There were tables available and after pointing that out they tried to say that they were reserved?? Finally they acquiesced and we were seated. We had a $300 bill, so I hope it was worth it to them to sit us outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular food until dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Inside or out, Watermark is phenomenal. The modern decor makes for an accessible upscale restaurant. We tried oysters, cheese plate, and grilled peaches salad - each of them true winners. Because of my allergies, mushrooms were substituted with my scallops. They were tasty but there was so much that I couldn't finish them. The filet was cooked like we love it so that I can have the rare inside and my husband can enjoy the outsides. They stumbled on the desserts. The flourless chocolate cake was overpowering with a bitter finish. The strawberry shortcake was swept away by the zingy lemon sauce. The creme brûlée was a tad soupy. The nuts on top were interesting. We will be back for certain, we'll just do dessert elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had wonderful service at Watermark. Our server was pleasant and attentive. I met friends for cocktails and food. Their drink menu was unique and the food was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Jesstodine
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our experience at Watermark was beyond expectations. Food, service and ambiance created a perfect setting for our special occasion. I have eaten all over the country at many wonderful restaurants and I would say that Watermark fulfills my need for high quality food and service right here at home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocky
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Amazing food. Extremely interesting take on southern fine dining. Best service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place In The Gulch
    HckyNut25
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were here last year and really loved this place and this year when I brought my brother and wife for his birthday, they didn't let me down. The food is excellent and the service is spot on as well. We all had a wonderful time and definitely recommend this looking for a more special dinner. Listen To the waiters recommendations too. They have been spot on every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paid too much for too litte
    Westrodgers
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I paid too much for a small quantity of food- a good deal when taking out a potential client, below average for home account. Will not be back when paying out of pocket.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BritButler
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The staff was very welcoming from Hostess to Server. Adriane was a great server and knowledgable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Comfort
    GoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Outstanding grit souffle, grilled peach salad, cold corn soup with lobster, carpaccio. Deck is extremely pleasant. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner
    ITguy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Loved the food, the wine list and location. Service was great but very slow due to several large parties. Will be visit again. Highly recommend the Venison loin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy date night.
    Redbug
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Watermark was everything we had hoped and more. The service was outstanding. The drinks were great. The food....it was some of the best I've ever had anywhere. Do you and your taste buds a favor and go eat there soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Way too loud
    Collegehunters
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was terrific, but the noise level was deafening. Our party of seven was seated at a table between a very large party of at least 16 women (who were celebrating a birthday with shots and running around the table constantly taking pictures) and another table of 8 more women who were having a bachelorette dinner. Both groups knew each other, and proceeded to constantly travel between tables - we were caught in the middle. The noise at times made it very difficult to talk amongst ourselves. The service was good and the waitress was friendly but pushed a bit for us to place our order instead of letting us enjoy our cocktails and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Lori
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Staff was very personable, table outside by the garden was amazing, and the food was incredible. Highly recommend Watermark!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.