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Puckett's Downtown Columbia, Columbia, TN
Puckett's Downtown Columbia, Columbia, TN
Puckett's Downtown Columbia, Columbia, TN
Puckett's Downtown Columbia, Columbia, TN
Puckett's Downtown Columbia, Columbia, TN

Puckett's Downtown Columbia

4.6
4.6
413 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Founded in the fifties, people have been congregating at Puckett's for over half a century. We've updated a bit, added some recipes from our family and friends, and thrown in some great live music. But it's still Puckett's Grocery... nothing too fancy, but everything good. It's where the locals go for real food, real people and real fun.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (931) 490-4550
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We cater breakfast, lunch, and dinner- both small and large parties. Contact Brad Akard to discuss your catering at b.akard@puckettsrestaurant.com
  • Private party facilities
    Pair the ambiance of our private dining space with our award-winning food and service, it will be a celebration your guests are sure to remember!
  • Private party contact
    Kat Fort: (931) 922-2597
  • Neighborhood
    Columbia
  • Cross street
    7th and Main
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Entertainment
    We have live local music every Friday and Saturday night and occasional Thursday shows. Please visit http://www.puckettsgro.com/columbia/events for the lineup and more details.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 413 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Nashville

    Southern

413 Reviews
  1. Rick

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for local Tennessee food and music. Families welcome.

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  2. AC21

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately, there were several drinks that were unavailable that several guests at our table ordered. We had two of the drinks that were not what the guests ordered. We ordered appetizers that were never brought and when we asked about them, we found that they were never entered into computer. We will still go back as we typically have great service.

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  3. RachieMc

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, service was great! Overall great dinner date, or family place to eat!

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  4. Luci

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dining experience! Well go back again soon!

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  5. EricP

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Karen, the bartender was our waitress and she was perfect. The food was on spot!

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  6. Nely

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super place we love to be there music food was the best thank you

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  7. DanS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm pleasant ambiance, emphasizing local "home town" feel. Friendly attentive waitstaff. Kitchen crew handles the "Southern/Western" fusion menu offerings well. AND live music most Friday's and Saturdays. At only Applebee's and Ruby Tuesday's type prices, Puckett's provides a more engaging enjoyable experience. Well worth a visit. Enjoy.

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  8. jsrooo

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The live music was way too loud for peak dinner time.

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  9. SeanS

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for my birthday, and my wife was looking forward to the salmon, and I some ribs, but they were out of both. It was 7 o’clock on a Sunday night so maybe it is understandable. I ended up with the beef, brisket and barbecue, my wife, the whiskey chicken. My brisket seemed to be a bit dry as was my wife’s chicken, and not very whisky/savory. The service was excellent and we would go back again, but just not that late on a Sunday night. 

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  10. HeatherM

    Nashville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I am really disappointed. I clealrly indicated on my reservation that "yes" this was a special occasion and then wrote very clearly that it was my daughter's 13th birthday. There was no mention of her birthday by any staff. There was no mention of dessert, in fact I asked to see the dessert menu and was told it was on the table. I ordered a dessert but there was no candle in it. Again, no mention of her birthday. When you ask if there is a special occasion and then ask for details, the customer assumes that some notice and action will be taken for the special occasion.

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  11. BruceA

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it !! The Deltaz band were great !! Love downtown Columbia! Seeing Columbia is so beautiful!! Am from California, not a lot of towns like Columbia where I live!! Puckett’s fits right into the vibe in every way!

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  12. DeanI

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good friendly service and good food. Good band

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  13. BillW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the 3rd time in a row we’ve eaten here and they’re out of what we order. This time they were out of the portobello sandwich. Service was super slow. My mom’s burger and fries were good and my sister’s meatloaf was also good. My pulled pork sandwich was cold and the Mac n cheese was swimming in way too much cheese. We enjoyed the music. The other Pucketts we’ve been to seem managed better than the one in Columbia

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  14. ScottW

    Houston

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We started with fried pickles and split a Puckett's BBQ Platter and with the smoked sausage added. It was more food than we could eat. Fried pickles were excellent, and the pulled pork and smoked sausage were really good as well. The brisket was a little dry, but still good. As for the sides, I wasn't crazy about the cole slaw, but the baked beans were some of the best I've had outside my wife's! The tea was true Southern sweet tea as well. A really good meal at a reasonable price

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  15. JulieJ

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food/service is always good. Great in town location. Only negative would be the noise level:(

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was the best fried chicken and gravy that I can remember having for several years. 

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  17. Aleguy

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for "Happy Hour". the appetizers and drinks were great. Our waitress Payton was very attentive. A definite do again.

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  18. NancyA

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group had a fantastic time at Puckett’s Columbia. Wait staff was super attentive. We heard Yonder Grove for the first time and knew we’d discovered a gem.

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  19. CourtneyW

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have always loved Puckett’s but recently the quality has significantly gone down hill. My cocktail was horrible but “because meat fell in the smoker, she can’t get to the bar to fix it.” My salmon was raw in the middle and my husband’s chicken fried steak was just ok. The portions have also gotten much smaller.

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  20. BillW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always out of something on menu. This time out of broccoli at 5:30. Otherwise food was good

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We especially appreciate Nathan who prayed with us before our trip back to Alabama ..thank you so much, everything was exceptional❤️

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  22. JasonS

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress (I believe her name was Alexa) was great. She was warm, friendly and attentive. She is what the world needs more of. BTW, the food was amazing! I like Pucketts columbia better than Franklin. More room

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  23. Mark

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Herrick band was amazing!!! We are coming back next time they play! Please fix the air unit…it’s hot

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  24. Mamakitty

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and waitress! The band was way too loud for the space and was missing a band member. Do not like new country. We left soon after they started.

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  25. TaffyG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful dinner which was a birthday celebration. The food was delicious, I had the barbecue platter. A lot of food, had to take a lot of it home. The nacho appetizer was also really good. The live music just made it perfect.

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  26. Mamakitty

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous, excellent musician, waitress was happy and helpful! Will be back!

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  27. BillW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Pucketts, one of our favorite places to go eat and listen to live music. Two of us ordered the smoked meatloaf and at 7:30 they were out of meatloaf. I then ordered a Miller Lite and they were out of that also. The shrimp & grits were great and so was the bourbon chicken and Mac n cheese, however the pulled pork sandwich was very skimpy on meat, which is unusual. Service and music were good

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  28. RichardM

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fine, but the music was annoyingly loud. Probably won’t return. Also, why are all of the following options that one can select to describe a place all positive?…that’s not realistic.

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  29. CSDK

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, Puckett’s in Columbia was disappointing. This was our first time at this location, bringing out of town guests. We waited for the hostess for 10-12 minutes (she was checking on someone’s to go order) before the bartender finally sat us. Hostess appeared maybe 5 minutes later. Our waiter had many tables so consequently, service was extremely slow!! He refilled our drinks once and that was after the food was served. Spent 2 hours there and most of it waiting. Food was just as delicious as Puckett’s in Franklin but would highly recommend heading to the Franklin location.

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  30. boss315

    Nashville

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not the Puckett’s of old! How can a restaurant be out of milk, draft beers, slider buns, brisket, cobbler and other staples on. Saturday night? Their excuse: “ the busy season hadn’t started yet. “ Food was mediocre at best: chicken fried steak was tough; meat had been steamed and then breaded and cooked. Mashed potatoes were more like a mound of potato lumps..nothing mashed about them! Burgers were good. Mac and cheese was so over cooked that it was mushy. It took almost an hour to get our meals…miserable since we had hungry kids with us. Lots of theories as to the demise of this place, but sad to see such a staple of middle Tennessee hit the toilet!

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  31. DelainaM

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our meal. Our favorite was the fried pimento cheese balls. They were phenomenal!

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  32. GeoffreyW

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nathan our server was awesome!! Great music, food and setting!

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  33. CharlieM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was excellent; friendly, personable and attentive. The singer was very good. The food was great. We had a very enjoyable time.

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  34. JulieH

    Nashville

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entertainment was outstanding. We really enjoyed the music. The food was extremely good. Everyone at our table was very pleased with their order. Our server, Nathan, was fantastic. He was friendly, polite, professional and he added something to the evening. I have been to other Pucketts before but this experience was by far the best and the food was never better.

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  35. LeslieR

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was out of salmon, brisket and one other major entree. The food was not up to the caliber it has been in the past. Came out Luke warm and our service was below average. Just sad to see….

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  36. Charlie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the live music. The chicken tenders are top notch. It was very busy but the staff kept up. Great night.

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  37. Micah

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! The live music was so fun and it was kid friendly. I don’t think the music is always kid friendly though so check who’s playing before you go. Our server seemed overwhelmed and twice food was brought to us that wasn’t ours. The waitress just didn’t seem too happy, but she might have been having an off night. It happens. Overall it’s great! Definitely worth it.

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  38. MichaelS

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Southern fare, good prices, large portions. Friendly staff. Great dinner atmosphere with a small town feel.

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  39. PURTTIL

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 9 of us so had to reserve 2 tables but it all worked out

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  40. Kevinl

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a great time at Puckets...our waitress was fantastic.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Puckett's Downtown Columbia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (931) 490-4550.

Puckett's Downtown Columbia is rated 4.6 stars by 413 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Puckett's Downtown Columbia

15 Public Square, Columbia, TN 38401

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    7th and Main
  • Neighborhood
    Columbia
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    We have live local music every Friday and Saturday night and occasional Thursday shows. Please visit http://www.puckettsgro.com/columbia/events for the lineup and more details.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (931) 490-4550
  • Catering
    We cater breakfast, lunch, and dinner- both small and large parties. Contact Brad Akard to discuss your catering at b.akard@puckettsrestaurant.com
  • Private party facilities
    Pair the ambiance of our private dining space with our award-winning food and service, it will be a celebration your guests are sure to remember!
  • Private party contact
    Kat Fort: (931) 922-2597
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