Jimmy Kelly's Restaurant

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Steakhouse
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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BW
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good at Jimmy Kelly's and this experience didn't disappoint. Our server was Claude and he was excellent! We were in a smaller room upstairs so it was much quieter than being downstairs.

RP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dined at JK's several years back and it was excellent then as it was the 7th. Everything was served professionally appetizer, salad, entree, plenty of time in between for conversation. The experience was about two hours and we enjoyed every minute of it definitely returning soon. We were treated well, it is an experience.

DG
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal and experience at Jimmy Kellys Arthur was our waiter/entertainment and we love him. Our dinner was delucious and everyone enjouey the evening

B
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening with friends at this historic steak house in Nashville. Isaac waited on us and made sure we knew all the history of the establishment and helped us make great food selections. We'll definitely be back!

KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chateau Briand is fabulous! We especially enjoy visiting during the holidays due to the great ambience they provide.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 37th wedding anniversary. The dinner was wonderful! Service outstanding! And we even got a happy anniversary serenade! It could not have been any better! Thank you.

s
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rather large crowd there Saturday night but it did not effect the outstanding level of service That we always receive!

VW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time!! Food was excellent!! We were celebrating my birthday and it was decorated beautifully with flocked Christmas trees. There were fun signs and Christmas hats for cute pictures!! Service was excellent. It was very cold in the room at first, but after telling our server, he must have asked that they turn up the heat, as it got pretty comfortable. I was happy that it was such a pleasant time for my special occasion. We've been coming here for many years, and glad it's always great!!

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were by a large party that was very loud. Since it was a date night a quieter area where we could talk would be have been nice. Maybe the hostess can separate large parties and small parties in the future. The food and service was great!

LY
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kelly Family has been doing it right for 85 years and should keep it in the family for the next 85!

BW
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places to go for special occasions the staff, service and everyone is always at your beck and call. Food is always excellent and they will bring you as many of the Little corn cakes as you want . I would recommend it to anyone that wants to impress someone for a special occasion. It is a beautiful old home that has been re-done.

DH
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined for one of our birthdays. Great venue. Great service. Great food.

MU
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is worth the trip.
Food was amazing. Waiter hilarious. Manager extremely personable.
Prices as expected.

A
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As long as you understand that this is an iconic landmark from an earlier era, you’ll be fine. Think clubby and sedate. Food was fine. Service was a bit informal however. Our waiter liked the phrase “you guys dig in!” Not exactly the tone I expect when spending $100 a head for dinner. You should go, once at least, to see what restaurants used to be like.

B
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marcos and everyone there does a great job. Food is amazing

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our server was the worst we had ever had , Elliott I think was his name. He did not communicate very well and left us without service for a long period of time. My steak had to be re cooked and was still incorrect. We brought business associates with us and were embarrassed of the service.
We have eaten many times and were always impressed.
This time it was just a bad night maybe

JD
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entrees were outstanding and their selection of sides is quite extensive.

CS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Steak was well under seasoned. Way too much bleu cheese. I ordered a bleu cheese stuffed filet but seemed to be more bleu cheese than filet. Slightly undercooked which is fine with me but didn’t taste like anything but burnt bacon

JD
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheeseburger is outstanding. You need to be hungry to order it.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Beautiful historic home. Will definitely return.

s
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was GREAT, food was good but we have come to expext great and that it was not, lobster was over cooked steak was just good

N
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I would recommend Jimmy Kelly's for the historical aspect. Our service has always been excellent the 2x we've been and the food is always tasty but for the price, I don't think it's anything overly special compared with other restaurants nearby. Romantic atmosphere but could definitely use some light music...maybe even from that time period. Feels a bit stuffy and hard to relax when you feel the need to whisper so you don't disrupt your neighbors meal. I will say, the servers we've had both had worked there for several years and I appreciate that they must be well taken care of, shows great management/owner

PG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was our waiter and did supurb! The manager photobombed a pic and that was hilarious! I loved it. Great place. Great people! Great food!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

MH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a great pleasure. We had a table of 8 and we were given a table in a back room, we were disappointed because we were blocked off from everything. The decorations were beautiful

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jimmy Kelly’s is consistently excellent in all categories!

DG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food.............................................................................................was my guest birthday but he did not want any dessert......

AR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to spend with family. The food was fabulous and we will definitely be back!

EC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good but not sure that it met the price value. Nice atmosphere but didn’t realize that a lot of stairs were required. Our table was upstairs And my husband can’t do stairs well. We could have asked for another table maybe. Anyway, they need an elevator. Waiter brought someone else’s food to us after we had finished (??).

PA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was very good

RM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We love Jimmy Kelley’s. This time we were seated in the bar area, even with reservations, which was a little crowded for our party of 5. We enjoyed the food, but we were very cramped in the corner, which took away from the normally ambient atmosphere and took away from the overall experience. My filet was good, but also not the quality I expect. Maybe it was just an off night?

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. Steak and Sea Bass prepared perfectly. What made the dinner even better was our server Isaac who provided some of the best service we have ever had. Will be going again. Thank you Isaac you made our experience well worth it.

R
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Ate here the Friday after Thanksgiving with two other couples we were treating. Our reservations were at 6:30 and we got there at 6:04 and decided to wait at the bar for the other two couples. We were not told that the other two couples were already there and seated and had arrived just minutes before we had. It was 6:35 that we texted the other couples and discovered they were already seated. We should have been told when we checked in that the other two couples were already there.
My filet was supposed to be medium and it was slightly overcooked and half of it was well-done. My wife's salmon was nothing special and was a little bland. Not sure about the other two couples' entrees as they did not say anything. The corn cakes were very good and the crème bruelet and cheesecake were both very good. The service was very attentive but not overbearing. We were just disappointed that the food was not as good as we had experienced previously and we should have been told the other two couples were already there and seated when we arrived.

JB
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We always enjoy our trips to Jimmy Kellys.

MM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were serenaded by Marcus our waiter, it was awesome...he was GREAT

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town

OT
Nashville
42 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and consistently great service. Highly recommend!

A
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I have been to this restaurant many times over the years. The food continues to decline in quality each time I go. The service was nice the ambience was nice but I will not return based on the quality of the food

KV
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a stormy, chilly night, so being seated on the side patio felt damp and cool. The fountain and Christmas decorations were lovely. If the room temperature had been warmer it would have been quite comfortable.
We were in no rush, planning on enjoying a delightful meal to celebrate our anniversary. The service was a bit rushed - we were halfway through eating our salads when the entrees arrived, so they went back to the heat lamps so we could finish the salad course first. I was a bit chagrined - would the steaks and baked potato be at the proper temperature when they returned to the table? Fortunately, everything came out alright. The blue cheese in the filet was oozing out and the bacon was smokey, adding to the flavorful steak. Would we return? Yes - the price of the steak includes a house salad and baked potato, along with the offered mini-corncakes.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best fried oysters in town! The setting was lovely and the food is excellent!

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