Puckett's Boat House

4.2
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Housed in Franklin’s old Boat Locker, Puckett’s Boat House will remind you of your favorite Southern beach side restaurant. We serve only the freshest in Gulf seafood. Delivered daily right to our kitchen, our menu features raw and grilled oysters, daily fresh catch specials and Gulf coast shrimp, along with our wild caught catfish and salmon. For the land lubbers, we’ve added Southern style hand-padded burgers, chicken fried chicken and homemade desserts. On Sundays, we feature our signature brunch, with Southern staples along with Boat House seafood favorites. And, as with all of our Puckett’s restaurants, we showcase live, local music throughout the week! Check out our website for the calendar, and be sure to sign up for the weekly newsletter while you’re there!
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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OT
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thank you Heather for the last night @
Puckett’s Boathouse- can’t wait for the next adventure!!
Food was delicious

JB
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the boat house. We will miss you!!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad they’re closing!

LR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not at the present time the full branch buffet was not available and some items on the menu were not available we still had to pay full price

RS
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was very fresh and homemade.

DN
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After church brunch. Had the buffet. A decent amount of selection and everything was really good.

LG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our overall experience was just ok. The server was very nice and attentive. There were just things that shouldn't have happened. A very nice gentleman brought our entrees, but we hadn't been brought our salads yet. He called out 'Landlubber' and set it down with shrimp on the plate. Also, they were out of the mashed potatoes that came with the Landlubber. The server offered to substitute a side salad which was accepted. The meal came out, not just with shrimp, but with sweet potato fries that were not ordered. That's when we noticed we hadn't been brought our salads. The salads were brought immediately (so they must have been ready) and we had to eat them with our entrees (once the corrected Landlubber was delivered). When we got the bill, there was a $3.00 upcharge for the side salad substitution that was not explained when it was offered. So, it wasn't really a 'substitution.' Also, one server kept bumping my friend's chair when she walked behind us. This happened so many times that my friend finally switched seats. The tables were very close together, but there's no reason to repeatedly bump your guest's chair. Overall, we were very disappointed. The restaurant was not full or even crowded so it was hard to understand so many issues. This was supposed to be a nice, New Year's Eve dinner, but we were less than impressed. It's unfortunate because we have enjoyed the Puckett's Grocery restaurant a few times and that's what I based my choice of restaurants on. I feel like, at the very least, the upcharge of the salad could have been comped after the mistakes and having to wait longer to get the Landlubber prepared as ordered. The customer service could have been better.

ST
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What do you do when you learn that a busy downtown Franklin restaurant that doesn't offer reservations has a 2 hour wait at 1:00PM? Don't panic! OpenTable can get you in a couple of blocks off the square at Puckett's Boat House! Our out of town company loved it! Downtown Franklin was a mad house that day and it was so nice to get away from the crowd. Our food & server at Puckett's Boat House was excellent!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 9 and enjoyed friendly and fast service with good food.

SS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our first visit to PBH. Started our experience with the gumbo that ranks at the top of all I have ever eaten. It increased our expectations of the entrée's of red beans and rice and the beer batter cod. Neither dish let us down, both were great. Highly recommend PBH and we will return soon.

DB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Puckett’s- the food was very good and service great.

SS
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A good place to eat, although I got sick from the buffet. Not Puckett's fault; I saw people taking biscuits by hand instead of tongs and then putting stuff back. Same with a couple of other items. Unfortunately, I had already completed eating 2/3 of my food. Had I seen this before I ordered, I would have ordered off the menu. My wife ordered off the menu, and enjoyed a nice lunch. Lesson learned.

NW
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and live music was great. Sorry to hear its closing :(

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Banana pudding is a must. Split the bucket- Ton of seafood

SH
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Pucketts Boathouse! Our server Quinn was friendly, personable and provided excellent service! Food was prepared perfectly! Very sad to hear our beloved Boathouse will be changing names, menu & atmosphere at the beginning of 2020. You will be missed.

MN
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The live music was the best part of the experience.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Too high for what you get. The food was barely hot, it was just very mediocre.

L
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was excellent! We had the special of the day which was a fried green tomato BLT.
It was very good, but sloppy to eat. We had a reservation, but didn't need one as there were only a few other customers even though it was Saturday evening before a concert at the Franklin Theater.

OT
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was good and the guy singing was great. Can’t wait to go back!

a
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

This used to be my favorite restaurant. It was always crowded on a Saturday night. Not anymore. Something has changed. It was only about half full. Menu has been reduced. Food wasn't hot, and white wine was room temperature. The dollar bill charity is gone. I sure do hope they can turn it around.

N
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! Nice atmosphere and friendly good service. Had some musical entertainment as well!

AS
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Sunday Brunch selection seems to be slimming down, and the $7 price for a mimosa or bloody mary is a bit high.

PA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Experience overall was good. My only complaint is the shrimp, oysters, & fish was so SALTY I had to take the breading off. Would have been great with regular breading.

f
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our group has been to Puckett's Boathouse several times. The food is always good, and the service is
always friendly and efficient. It was the same this time.

DW
Western KY
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

None of our food was worth the money. Two of us ordered coconut shrimp. It was way overdone and hard. We sent back one plate because they were very visibly overdone as in dark brown. The muddy something was a small bowl of plain fried catfish on plain macaroni andc cheese and very small portion. I will not go back and will not recommend anyone else do so. It was too expensive for food we could probably get at Dairy Queen. And the french fries were totally limp. Was no good.

M
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was a quiet Tuesday night and the musician was great on acoustic guitar. It was a pleasant dining atmosphere, but the food was just ok and a little pricey. We would go again, especially on a Tuesday, but I can't call it one of my favorites.

p
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was pretty good- I’m not dying to go back and gave anything again. The service could have been better and it was not busy at all on Saturday night when we went. I did not need the reservation I had gotten. The tables were tiny and we had 3 put together for our group of 5 and none of them were the exact same height so that was fun to maneuver. The menus were also sticky and needed to be cleaned in a bad way. This was not in the top 5 of my favorite places to dine in downtown Franklin.

m
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We ate very early at 5 pm. atmosphere was ok staff was friendly but seamed tired things improved when food was served. drinks were spot on

M
Indiana
46 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special was trout but we opted for cobia with chimichurri and a chipotle cheddar grits cake which was delicious. Of course, we topped off our meal with a wonderful baked key lime pie. Delicious!

KC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good as always (3rd visit) not many people there so all was well except our server was not friendly and not to attentive.

GK
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the service and live music. Shrimp hush puppies were a very tasty appetizer.

JO
Nashville
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not enough artificial lighting outside. They were nice enough to provide candle though.

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood was extremely fresh and the dishes we ordered were so flavorful. Had been wanting to get there for a while now and finally managed to. Highly recommend.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We used to love this restaurant. I will say the ambiance is still great and the service is top notch, but the food has suffered over the years. My wife ordered the mud cat Mac and cheese. The catfish was great but underneath was a watery substance with barely any cheese flavor. I ordered the butterfly shrimp with fries, it was good but not great. End of the evening our bill was $100 for 2 entrees, an app and a couple drinks. Not worth it. Again, do want to give a big thumbs up to the staff and atmosphere, both are great! But for the food quality you’d expect $20 per person, not $50

W
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have visited all the Puckett’s restaurants and never had a bad meal.

The live music was a nice addition

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! We had to eat earlier than usual and was pleasantly surprised at how much quieter it was....we could actually talk without screaming!

MT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and the server was excellent. When the music started the guitar was too loud and you could not here the singer very well and we were 25 feet from him.

G
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently had a great experience dining at Puckett's Boat House restaurant with a friend. They have a great variety of food, especially seafood. I went on a Thursday evening and there were only a few other customers. The recorded music was nice and at a volume where my companion and I could talk without raising our voices. The service was excellent. Given that there were few customers that evening and no live music, going when there are more customers and live music might effect both the service and noise levels. However, the food was excellent and the wine was good. They serve a Coppola Cabernet that is the same quality as that found at some higher-end establishments. The overall value was great and I plan on returning there in the near future.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here & the food was EXCELLENT! Definitely looking forward to our return visit!!

BI
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I had the cod basket, two pieces were good, then when I cut into the 3rd piece it was raw. My daughter had the crab salad & she said it tasted awful, my sister tried it and didn’t like it either. Everyone else liked theirs. The radio was playing right over our table & it was hard to hear anyone talking.

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