Jimmy Kelly's Restaurant

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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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DE
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Drinks were ample and promptly served. Food lacked taste. Blue cheese dressing for the wedge salad was bland. My wife's cesaer salad would have better if it had some other than the dressing we ordered..Might as well have had a spoonful of mayonnaise. Our steaks were nice cuts but had no flavor. I had to send my steak back due to it being served cold. Our server Chris was pleasant and prompt. Ambiance was okay.Room temparature was about 15 degrees too warm. None of the staff could get it to cool off. Turns out I was sitting over a floor vent.
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PS - I have been eating at Jimmy Kelly's for 35 years. But it has been at least 4 years since my last visit. Lots of serious competition for dining in Nashville.
David

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SH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was our second visit to Jimmy Kelly's and the latest one did not measure up to the first. The waiter gave us the impression that this was just a job for him. Whereas the waiter on our first trip was very engaged and made us feel we were having dinner is a special place. At least one of the steaks was under-cooked and the waiter seemed annoyed that we had to send it back. Wasn't sure if he was annoyed at our request or at the kitchen staff. Either way, we should not have been able to witness his negative response.
The food was good, but I'm not sure I can say it was worth the price we paid. There are many options in Nashville for good steaks and for this price, it should be top-notch.

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LT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and our waiter was the best - if you go ask for Chris Finnely.

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G
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, as was our waiter. This was our first visit to Jimmy Kelly’s and would love to go back

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FL
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Ok, the good first... the ambiance is very cool. It was our first time upstairs. It could be very romantic! Unique is an understatement. Special place.
We have dined at Jimmy Kelly's for years, but tonight was a huge disappointment. The hot cakes were cold, the blue cheese dressing was loaded with mustard (!?), both of our strip steaks were bland and flavorless. My husband's bone-in strip was so disappointing, and mine had way more gristle than normal. A gentleman at the table beside us sent his burger back and said it was flavorless. He tried to be quiet, but the look on his face was sad. I know this place prides themselves for the beef speaking for itself. Have they downgraded the quality of beef recently? Also, they brag on their 85 yr old recipe for creamed spinach, but it was swimming in horseradish sauce. It was not edible.
Not sure if there has been a chef change, but this was not the Jimmy Kelly's that we remembered.

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c
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service . Filet Mignon was one of best I ever had

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ML
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it is and has been one of my favorite restaurants for 40 years . My 1st "adventure "was an invite for an after work drink and dinner. And I have been a loyal customer since. Mike has always been exceptionally nice and congenial , often taking a moment to sit with me and chat. I have recommended to numerous friends visiting Nashville.

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JY
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, Jimmy Kelly’s did not disappoint. Manager sat us and visited us after main course arrived. Wish we were coming back tomorrow!!!

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DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an AWESOME waiter, I would highly recommend him. His name is David! Food was so DELICIOUS! Reservations right on schedule. I will definitely be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very busy, for a Friday night. Getting seated and food arriving took a long time. However, the manager was very understanding of this and all staff went out of their way to make sure we were content while waiting for our food. He even felt so bad that he paid for the person’s dinner whose birthday we were celebrating. They could have just gone on about their night, but instead they actually tried to make it right, which we very much appreciated. We will be back!

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TD
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was decent and the service was poor. Our server provided good service to start with but once another table was seated that started spending more money than we had his service to our table greatly declined.

We had to wait for our check and then wait a long while for the server to return. The server never brought my change back, instead he assumed the entire amount of my change was his tip. I was actually planning to tip more than what the change was, but needed the change to complete my tip amount. I had never said “keep the change”. I find the server’s presumption very rude and unprofessional. It is really sad that people are this way and I have no desire to return to Jimmy Kelly’s for only decent food and poor service.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date with the Wife

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JA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and it was Great. Will be back again.

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DK
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

My steak was very tough and well done when I asked for medium. I did not want to send it back and make the others wait or me eat when they were done. I was my first visit to the restaurant

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RK
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, quality and venue. Perfectly cook steak and great sides. Go to for power dinner business meetings.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my moms birthday and Claude the waiter was absolutely amazing

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JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Kelly’s and we were all-pleased. Service was great and food was wonderful!! We were there for our anniversary and it was one that we will remember. I highly recommend it to everyone!!

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BH
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening celebrating our sons last semester of college

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MJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service we received from Claude made this an outstanding visit!

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BJ
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like Jimmy Kelly's authentic historic and southern atmosphere--as if stepping into history, Gone With The Wind. My steak was cooked to perfection and the coffee and desert afterwards were the perfect compliment to a delicious meal. For old south charm with a flare, this is the place.

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AW
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The steaks could have had better seasoning. I've had better Blue cheese dressing. Would have been nice to have sweet potatoes on the menu. Loved that we were spaced out enough from others so it was quite enough to hear everyone in our party during a conversation.

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PS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great the server was friendly The building is beautiful lots of history

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MC
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Claude, is our favorite along with the upstairs room by the fireplace.

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HE
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was not what I expected from a well known steak house. Our sever was slow. Our food was cold!! Won’t be going back!!!

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C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was just ok. Ordered filet mignon and it wasn’t very flavorful. The key lime pie was great though!

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HT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit will not be our last. The steaks were excellent and the service was the best - polite, energetic, gracious, humorous, attentive. All four of us had a great time.

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SF
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I had ordered their signature ribeye steak medium rare. When it came out, it was well done. It had good flavor but when you order a medium rare steak well done is not going to work. The replacement steak that came out had almost no taste to it. However, at that point my friends at the table had pretty much finished their meals. So I sucked it up and finished the meal.

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t
Nashville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice, long standing Nashville steakhouse. good value and really nice outdoor patio area

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here for many occasions for many different occasions for many years and always come back and WILL always cone back!! One of Nashville's very best!!

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always.

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PM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak! Very good, attentive service. Atmosphere is perfect for business outings. The wine selection is very good and the staff is very knowledgeable about pairing the right wine with your order.

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SC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ambience always great. Very pricey; not a good value. Food quality has really slipped over time. Rack of lamb tasty, but tough. Steaks were marginal....in fact one was mealy. Cornbread cakes were excellent. Desserts were excellent, as well. Service was exceptional. Salads were very underwhelming. Will probably not go back. Disappointing.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time for our anniversary dinner very nice dinner and services and nice restaurant

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s
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

such a wonderful evening!! Food was delicious, service was wonderful! Can’t wait to come back

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S
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Have been 3-4 times and never had a bad experience until this most recent visit. Our waiter was very rude and condescending. He hovered over our table, forgot food, and had to ask for refills on soft drink 2-3 times. When having a bill over $100 for 2 people your service should not be this poor. Will not return due to how displeased the service was recently.

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A
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. I was surprised at the value we got. I thought everything would be alacart, but you get a baked potato and side salad with your entree. I will definitely be back!

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B
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Absolutely terrible meal, service, and overall experience. The food was bland and watered down. Our service was sarcastic and made jokes at full plates being cleared rather than asking if we enjoyed our meals. We only went due to a giftcard. We will pay someone not to give us a giftcard and go back to that place ever again. oh my lord

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J
Nashville
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

I was so hopeful about eating at Jimmy Kelly’s. I had heard they had done some remodeling and revamped their image. The food was good but nothing special. While our server did a good job, he recited the menu and read the specials like a script. I asked to purchase a 1/2 glass of wine after my first one as I could not complete a whole second glass. I dine out for business and pleasure and often do this. However, our server stated he would bring me a 1/2 glass but I had to pay for a whole one. I was surprised and let him know that was a common practice with Nashville restaurants. He responded emphatically, “not at Jimmy Kelly’s”. I have a Basic math question: Which is better for a restaurant? $6.50 and a happy customer or $0.00 and someone who won’t be back?

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous ..

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