Jimmy Kelly's Restaurant

4.4
2959 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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Housed in a glorious Southern mansion in the heart of Music City, Jimmy Kelly’s continues to be the standard by which all American steakhouses are measured. Founded in 1934 while the country was in the throes of the Great Depression and just one year removed from the repeal of prohibition, Jimmy Kelly made a promise to himself and his diners. Simply put, he would serve a great steak, a generous portion of whiskey and insure the service was always attentive. Making good on that promise has been the cornerstone of the restaurant’s success and enabled it to survive and flourish. Now over 80 years later and operated by the third generation of Kellys, it has earned a reputation as one of the grand old restaurants not only in Nashville but the entire southeast. Come anytime and enjoy a great steak and a generous portion of whiskey!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Southern, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: closed
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Phone number
(615) 329-4349
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Street
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Valet Parking
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Jimmy Kelly’s offers private and semi-private dining areas, giving you a variety of choices to meet your needs with accommodations available for as few as ten or as many as 300 guests. In addition, our entire restaurant is also available for large corporate or charitable functions. At Jimmy Kelly’s

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Been eating at Jimmy Kelly's for years and years. Still one of our favorites !

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Good food, comfortable place. All the waiters are personable, informed, and professional. They are a bonus.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great good, great service, great people and the manager is awesome!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delicious steak and sides. Fantastic location; across the street from the Parthenon if you're looking to enjoy a nice night with that special someone

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Service is very attentive. Great hospitality all the way around. We love the corn cakes. They are addictive!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We've been going to Jimmy Kelly's for years. It's one of the few remaining truly southern restaurants. I appreciate the attention we get from the servers and especially love the tablecloths! This time, we had a nice private table---perfect for our anniversary celebration. We go with a group every year at Christmas and are able to enjoy one of the private dining rooms.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food and service. Romantic, charming decor. Very knowledgeable wait staff. Very classy.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food! Excellent service!
Proud it is a tradition in my hometown!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Two out of seven steaks cooked to wrong temperature.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2018

Back in the day-style dining can still be experienced today at Jimmy Kelly's. From exceptional ambiance in a southern mansion, outstanding white-coated service in one of the many dining rooms, to vintage steakhouse offerings, and a steak knive you need to use with both hands for the weight alone, please enjoy this dining experience.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Food was great
Waiter was apathetic. His name was Luke

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Jimmy Kelly's is the BEST steakhouse in Nashville, TN. The management and staff together ensuring your dining experience is awesome. The food is delicious without a ton of spices. My favorite server is Arthur. If you have a special occassion, ask for Arthur. You will surely get a great serenade from him.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Great and delicious Food. Love to eat at Jimmy Kelly’s

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Very disappointing. Have been coming to Jimmy Kelly's all my life but this last time my husband had to send steak back twice and finally just gave up and requested that it be removed from the bill. JK is great for ambiance and the history and memories but lately the food quality has suffered. Makes me very sad!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Could not imagine a better steak. The blue cheese stuffed fillet is a must. If your a newbie, give this a try, you will not be disappointed. The soft atmosphere of Jimmie Kelly's makes this a great place for a comforting and relaxing meal with friends and family.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at this notable Nashville restaurant. Food , service and ambiance were top notch and exceeded expectations. If you like steak , this is your place.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Restaurant was recommended by business associate. Service was less than spectacular, food average, not as special as some higher end chain steak houses. Manager tried to smooth out service issues. Love to go to local places when out of town, but will skip this one when back in Nashville.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Arthur was our server and he was awesome. Blackberry cobbler was unbelievable.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Great place, we enjoyed everything about this experience and will likely revisit on our next visit to Nashville

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Steaks are delicious- cooked perfectly. Side dishes and salad was very good. Great desserts.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

We had a great time and would recommend to anyone for any occasion. Great staff and the manager made us feel at home.

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The food is overpriced and honestly I think outback or Logans has a better steak. The service was exceptional I must say!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Awesome experience!!! Food was excellent and service was superior!!!!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Our family always celebrates our special occasions with Jimmy Kelly's! Always a perfect dining experience!
Lynn

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This restaurant is in a beautiful older home and is elegantly decorated. Server was very good in explaining menu items and making recommendations. The appetizers were delicious but neither filet mignon was prepared correctly. Both were supposed to be medium...mine was medium rare; my husband’s was rare. We do not send food back. Crepe brûlée was watery and lumpy; top was black!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This was my first time here. It was recommended by some friends. The atmosphere is great. The service was excellent. I ordered there special 20oz bone in ribeye. It was tender enough, but had very little flavor. I wished it would have been served warmer. The salad was good but not great. I also ordered the blackberry cobbler. Excellent. I would dine here again.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Never a bad meal . Appetizers are the best. Service is outstanding !

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Great service, very attentive and courteous. Steaks were praised by all six people in my party, well prepared and quality good. Have been a customer at least once a year since 1966. Can only remember a couple of instances of either poor service or poor quality. Numerous family celebrations over the years, all with great success.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Jimmy Kelly's service staff makes whatever you order a amazing experience. Service is the essence of dining and enjoying your evening. The steaks were the perfect cuts and cooked perfectly. Treat yourself and your friends with a feeling of enjoyment and confiviality.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was excellent; staff was exceptional; GREAT EXPERIENCE

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We went to Jimmy Kelly's to celebrate our birthday's and were looking forward to a great meal. Sadly, we were both disappointed in the quality and taste of our food. The salads were delicious and honestly those and the corn cakes were the best part of the meal. One of the sides, the onion rings, were tasty, albeit burned on the bottom side of a few. The filets had a 'liver' taste and not at all the quality we expected from this historic restaurant. IF we go back we will definitely choose something other than steak.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

While my wife and I enjoy the latest trends coming to Nashville’s culinary scene as much as anyone, there’s something remarkably comforting about the timeless elegance, impeccable service and fabulously prepared red meat at Jimmy Kelly’s. The small dining rooms allow the restaurant to be busy, without it being loud. Service was efficient and attentive without being overbearing. Tables were efficiently turned, but we were encouraged to “stay as long as you want.” Sorry vegans, not a good choice for you, but if Red meat’s your choice, this is the place for old school excellence. Our only complaint... really, 3 plates of corn cakes? Don’t you think that’s a bit much for someone with a 20 ounce ribeye on the way???

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Everything was excellent, especially the waiter Marcus, he did a fantastic job.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great food and service. The servers are top notch. The steaks are great.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We had the same seat w the San waiter Robert! He is so great! Foo and atmosphere amazing!

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Crab cakes were delicious but my ribeye was only fair at best. My husband got the sampler. His filet and shrimp were good but the salmon was only fair at best.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Always enjoy the filet
And corn cakes!! Arthur is the best waiter!! We will be back soon!!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Always enjoy Jimmy Kelly's

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Steak was perfect and so were the drinks! John was an excellent waiter and was very attentive. We’ll be back!

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1.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Disappointing. The presentation of the food was reminiscent of a road-side steak house, not a fine dining establishment.
The salads were bland the sides were scooped and more than likely microwaved. The potato was still in the foil, there had been no salt or seasoning used to bake it. Outback has better baked spuds., for goodness sake.
The sirloin seemed cooked properly but with zero marination- no ground black pepper was offered - there was only table salt and ground pepper at the table that you had to shake out very very hard to get any result. Made me wonder how often they were refilled. I felt like I wanted to apologize to the cow for the chef having zero respect for the cut.
We had been given a $100 gift card and took a 3rd person with us for a birthday. We did the right thing and gave a full tip to the waiter who just had to deal with whatever the kitchen gave him but holy cow, if I had to pay $180 full price for this meal I’d have been livid.
Want a great streak? There are So Many other local places to go. I hope this historic building wakes up and finds a new chef that can quickly give attention to presentation and flavor part of the experience. Otherwise, we make see this long time establishment disappear in the Nashville restaurant boom.

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