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Fifty First Kitchen and Bar

4.3
198 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Fifty First Kitchen & Bar is a seasonally driven restaurant located in the heart of The Nations, one of Nashville’s newest burgeoning neighborhoods. The bar features a small and focused beverage program, which highlights house made aperitifs and boutique wines.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(615) 712-6111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Francesco Vito
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
51st
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Parking details
Lot on property as well as parking in adjacent lots north of building.
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Entertainment
vinyl
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Went for Valentine's Day. On top of the food being poor and very small portions, it was expensive.

It seems like they are aiming to be a trendy dinner spot but are just way off the mark. Glad we got to try it out, since it is close to us, but will not be back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We wanted to try a new (to us) restaurant for Valentine's Day. We found a real treasure that we'll return to many times. Comfortable, intimate atmosphere, nice wine list, incredible food - we savored each and every bite, and exceptional service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We went to Fifty First for Valentine's Day, on a recommendation from a friend. We were seated at a table for two in a cozy corner of the restaurant and treated to a fantastic three-course menu. The appetizers and desserts were amazing. Fifty First helped make a special night even more special.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

A wonderful experience! Great food, great service
(Randall), great atmosphere 👍👍

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Great time!!!!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

We loved everything about 51st Kitchen! All of the staff, starting with the hostess, were knowledgeable and very helpful. They were busy but everything came out at the appropriate time. One of our appetizers was missing something and it was promptly taken care of. Entrees (red fish and steak/sausage) were cooked well and seasoned perfectly. Desserts were also very nice-good size for the price. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Enjoyed sampling their menu during Restaurant Week. The red snapper was delicious as was the apple galette. Presentation was elegant. Service was attentive by not intrusive or fussy. We will be back.

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1.0Dined on January 19, 2017

We went during restaurant week. Food was cold, service was terrible, and they ran out of one of the desserts they were offering (they were only offering 3). If you're planning to do restaurant week, I would imagine you would know you were going to be busy.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2017

I went to dinner here with two friends on a week night during restaurant week. While the food was above average, our overall experience was disappointing. We made a reservation for 7:00, but our table wasn't ready until 7:45, so that was frustrating. The bar area is too small to gather around, and the few seats available were full, so we just stood near the entrance and waited.

After we were seated, the service was slow. Our server was friendly and knowledgable, but it took a long time for him to bring us our drinks, and then he didn't come back to take our orders until we'd been at the table for almost an hour. By 8:30 or 8:45, when he finally took our orders, the kitchen was sold out of the entree I wanted (narrowing my options to 2 entrees, because of the limited menu for restaurant week). I wasn't surprised that they'd run out, considering how late in the evening it was by the time we ordered, which could have been avoided if we'd been seated on time and didn't have such slow service. They were out of 2 of the 3 dessert offerings as well, which was annoying because we'd each selected the 3-course option and the server didn't mention that they were out of all but 1 dessert item until after the fact.

The food was good, but certainly not good enough to encourage me to go back when there are so many restaurants in Nashville where the food is just as good and the service is exponentially better.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2017

fantastic food that was fresh and inventive ! Wine list, cocktails and beer was great. So many places in Nashville have the similar menus and flavors. This place stood out as being original, fresh, and delicious . Our new fave!

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2017

We went to 51st Kitchen for restaurant week. The food was good, not great. Dessert was the highlight. The tables are small. Very short wine pour, but the kicker was that we were charged $3 for ice for my husbands cocktail on the rocks. Have never been charged for the ice in a cocktail before, seems ridiculous. We will not be back.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Very imaginative food with few missteps. Order several small plates and share, and save room for dessert!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2016

We enjoyed our evening out at Fifty First Kitchen. The service was impeccable, drinks were good and the food beautifully presented. The best thing on the menu was the roasted beets. The apple salad a close second. The trout was over cooked and overpriced and had a piece of eggplant under it that had sear marks, but was not cooked. The gnocchi was ok, but not great. While we liked the adventure, sometimes continually adding things to a dish does not make it better. A little less could be much more. While the food was lovely to see, it was a struggle to eat literally. We dislike having to fight with the food to eat it.
I am sure we will try them again. Maybe in the summer when the patio is open.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Wonderful! Food was great - service was excellent. Great experience.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Great food- so flavorful and unique, so many diverse tastes with every plate. Cozy and romantic- great service. A Real gem

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2016

Cozy and comfortable Great for a nice evening with family. Food delicious!

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Wonderful food. We all enjoyed every bite of what we had. Great deals on a happy-hour special that was going on, as well.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Didn't receive an entree we ordered, ordered steak medium and got it rare. Waiter was completely unattentive. Been there several times, and it has always been great. Doubt I'll be back though.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2016

Up and coming spot in an up an coming neighborhood. Inventive choices using locally sourced ingredients, available as small plates at reasonable prices, making a tasting menu easy to construct. Had an amazing dessert to top off this frequently changing menu.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2016

Wonderful atmosphere!..the food was amazing,the jazz quartet on the patio was delightful,we will be back!

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Food was ok. The address was confusing.

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2.0Dined on October 11, 2016

The ambience of the place began our night with all the potential to be a great experience. The decor and lighting was hip and beautiful. The music playing on vinyl was an awesome touch. BUT...When our food arrived, the portions were so unbelievably small, it became the joke of the table. I've been to many shared plate restaurants, including ones in Spain, and never have I seen $16+ portions this small. For such delicious flavor, it was a shame that it lacked in volume. Our vendor visiting from Miami dropped $200 on dinner here and then another $40 after at Desano Pizzeria just so we could leave with full stomachs. Great start with a disappointing ending.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

We were in celebrating my birthday. It was the first time for all of us.
Our server, Randell, was very attentive and explained the menu well. He paced everything perfectly. All of our dishes were divine! And we all shared the two desserts!

My husband and I will be back!

Thank you!

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Small plates and small portions. The waiter was polite but went over each item on the menu. Then my husband did not like his plate that was described containing jumbo shrimp and was not. Sent it back and they brought the same thing. The rest of us we regale done. Also good team work but not on clearing the table. Had to ask . Talked to the Mgr and he made things right. Understand new owners earlier this year. Not the same.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Delightful restaurant off the beaten path in Nashville that is relatively easy to get into. We found our server to be absolutely delightful!

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2.0Dined on September 21, 2016

I just wasn't impressed. The food was good not amazing. Our waiter was not attentive or warm nor even said thanks for coming in as we walked right by him when leaving. There are just way too many new places in Nashville to try and to recommend and none of us 3 girls left there thinking we'd return nor recommend to a friend. Hopefully it was just a bad night. But they need some improvements for sure to keep up with everything else coming into town.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Very cute and quaint! Love the atmosphere, and the music playing was perfect. The liver mousse was full of flavor and delicious! Portions were great!

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1.0Dined on September 16, 2016

This chef is stretching his abilities too far. Food was mediocre at best. Portions are tiny, like tapas tiny but $15+ each. Service was lacking, rushed, and food was cold and bland. Bar options are limited. We left and walked across the street for a burger as the food was not worth eating. So many better restaurants in Nashville, give this one a miss.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Great service. The waiter was very knowledge and such a sweet man. My friend and I basically just ordered everything he recommended. So tasty!

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

The food was very good and the service was good, but the waiter was definitely trying to push more expensive bar and menu items on us throughout the evening.

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1.0Dined on August 27, 2016

We were incredibly disappointed in our experience at 51st Kitchen. When we arrived at 7:27 for a 7:30 reservation, the hostess gave us a look, and said, "well...you're early, so..." We waited in the bar (which is no problem, reservations are an estimated time, you can't guarantee me a table at that exact time, no worries). It took 10 minutes for the server to come to our table, 20ish minutes for our drinks to arrive, and another 35 before we saw the appetizers we'd ordered right when we talked to the server for the first time. Long story short, it was 9:55 before our entrees arrived. The manager told us at 9:15 that our meals were being plated, and then we didn't see them for 40 more minutes.

On top of that, we all felt the food was good, but that the portions were tiny, especially given the price. We actually stopped on our way home at another restaurant to get something else to eat.

The comped our appetizers and apologized, but there are too many good restaurants in Nashville now for us to give this another chance. We won't be back.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2016

The size of this restaurant is small so it gets very noisy and wouldn't be good for serious conversation. The menu doesn't have a large variety of items but we were told that some items drop off every few days with new ones added. The food choices were original and very tasty. Our only complaint is that we felt the prices were a tad high for sizes of the dishes. Without drinks drinks we spent $88 including tip for five small dishes.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2016

We moved to the Sylvan Park/West Nashville area a year ago and have been to Fifty First Kitchen & Bar several times. Never disappointed!

Love the risotto, and tried the pork belly this time - incredible!

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Some of the meals were good and a good size. But, over half the menu were reduced size portions that required a normal woman to consider more than one plate. The price of these portioned plates did not reflect the size and did not lend itself to adding another plate. So, one of my friends walked away not having much of a meal. This is not what you expect for a $200 meal for 4. The food was good, but not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Great experience but definitely order more than you think you need. With apps, 3 plates to share and dessert, we still wanted more.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Fantastic menu, quality local ingredients; and moderate serving sizes make sharing multiple plates appealing. However, on a Friday night four of us were bent in towards each other in hopes of hearing without raising our voices to the levels around the room. If we do go back, we'll go as just a couple. Would love to see an attempt made at a remedy.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Our server was excellent! She recommended yummy dishes and we loved them all!!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2016

Such a great experience on Saturday night with a foodie friend that I took back my 91 year old foodie cousin early Wednesday night. She loved it too. (We appreciated paved handicap parking space in otherwise gravel lot, along with ramp entry). Much quieter with smaller crowd, service still great. We had a refreshing Mule instead of wine. Be sure to try the liver pate appetizer and pork belly entree. We liked small plate portions with reasonable pricing for innovative dishes.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2016

I have always enjoyed 51st. This time the food was over priced for the serving. With shrimp being the feature of the dish I expected more than the 2 shrimp I was served. Wait staff were pleasant but service slow. And the music was at a higher volume than usual - even after it was turned down. Previous meals have been fantastic so I was disappointed. My friend had never been there before and will probably never go back.

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1.0Dined on August 6, 2016

One of the worst overall experiences I had the misfortune of enduring in Nashville. The service was just awful. It was loud thanks to a few drunk fellas meeting before a birthday party on lower broad. The staff lacked knowledge of the wine and food. And, the final straw was when they brought us dirty glasses. I wish them the best, but they have to GREATLY improve before I even think of suggesting it to someone.

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