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City House

4.4
1416 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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At City House in Nashville, TN, Chef Tandy Wilson makes an amazing array of dishes to pair up with the enormous array of artisan cocktails, wine and bourbon or whiskey choices available. A popular Sunday brunch gives a unique dining experience, but many come for the regular dinner menu.

The dinner choices at City House include starters like scrapple, turnip greens and olives. There are handmade pizzas with traditional toppings and more Southern inspired choices like belly ham or kale. The entr�es are just as creative and include everything from the whole trout dinner to the sour corn cake, yellow eyed beans, broccoli, lemon and garlic dish. A visit to City House allows you to enjoy a wonderful experience in a historic setting.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
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We've upgraded our software and now you can make reservations through our website at www.cityhousenashville.com/reservations or, as always, over the phone at 615.736.5838.

See you soon!

Mon, Wed-Sat 5-10; Sun 5-9

We are always closed Tuesday.

We will also be closed Mon, Sep. 1.
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(615) 736-5838
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tandy Wilson
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Cross street
Monroe
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.1
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3.0
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vipZeusGuy (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

Went with my girlfriend and they wanted to seat us in the lower floor room (where bar is). This area is so noisy as to be unacceptable for any kind of normal (and especially intimate) conversation. They refused to seat us upstairs -- only for parties of 4 or more -- but fortunately it was still warm enough to eat outside on the patio. This is family style seating but fortunately it wasn't too busy so there was a seat between us and the couple at our table. It is pretty on the patio and the service was very good ... as was the food. The cheese and potato appetizer is delicious and sinful. I really enjoyed the lamb rigatoni. Entrees are good but menu is limited.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Memphis)
2.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

Ate here one week ago for the third (and last) time in 3 years. The first two visits were outstanding, prompting our return. This visit, with a friend in town from San Francisco, was horrible. We were seated in the upstairs room with a LOUD party of seven. Our waiter was indifferent to the situation but finally had the Manager move our table. The Manager was unprofessional about the whole matter and when we asked her to waive the $20 corkage, she refused stating, "Why should we be penalized for being a popular restaurant?" Good business acumen, losing future business over $20.

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vipMwri (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2014

Great farm to table find. My husband felt too "frufru". I loved it.

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Aida (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2014

Wonderful experience while in Nashville. Was referred by another visitor and was delicious. Sunday night is a menu comprised by the chefs to make it interesting and fun for small plates to be shared. Perfect!!

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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2014

Great restaurant just minuets away from downtown Nashville. If you want to get away from the bar scene on Broadway and have a good meal this is the place to go.

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Stack (Atlantic City)
3.0  Dined on September 5, 2014

We enjoyed our Sunday supper here very much;melon appetizer,pizza and delicious ice cream sandwiches for dessert with a couple of glasses of excellent Prosecco. The food seemed overpriced to me and the neighborhood is a little sketchy. Overall though,a fun choice in Nashville;the bar could be better

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FrequentDiner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on September 4, 2014

Upon arrival we were excited. It is literally a charming old house with a clean open feel. Our server however was not so charming, he seemed disinterested and blase. We didn't understand all the hype about the food, as it was boring and uneventful. Although they tried to make it seem like homestyle country food with a gourmet edge (to appeal to foodies), one plate was basically just dried cornbread cut to look like gnocchi with butter beans thrown in...not inspiring with first, or second bite. The other plates not much better. Sorry, I wanted to like it, but just didn't, at all. Even the drinks were a disappointment. Maybe we hit an off night there, as many people about town recommend this place. But we just didn't get it.

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vipNate (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2014

Tandy Wilson's City House is simply one of - if not the very - best restaurants in Nashville. The food will make you weak in the knees it's so good, and the staff/service is just terrific. They make you feel like you're family coming in to share some conversation, great food, and an overall great time. I can't recommend it enough. I know some find the place to be a bit uncomfortable since it doesn't have tablecloths, plush dining chairs, and so forth, but it doesn't need it. This feels like a home kitchen where you relax, enjoy the company, music, great attitude, and food that's to die for. If you haven't been, what are you waiting for!!

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bmathews (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

Wonderful night and food. However, when we walked in we asked if we could be seated on the porch because there were 3 open tables. Instead we were told they were for walk-ins only. The accommodation of the host would have been nice.

Otherwise, great experience.

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vipBergie (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

Fresh. Vibrant. Flavorful.
Delicious contrasts.
Soup was incredible.
Pizza as good as my Italian father-in-laws.
And you have to be real confident to have cookies on your dessert menu.
Everything was over the top and reasonable priced.

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Riley (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2014

Had the lemon ricotta pound cake and my daughter had the chocolate cake. Absolutely amazing. Pizzas and pastas were wonderful too. Good value for the money also.

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JRodgers (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2014

My wife and I dined there a night that the power was going on and off and the AC was down (all because of a storm). We initially were seated inside where it was hot and stuffy due to no AC, but our kind waitress offered to move us to the covered patio that had fans. The patio was super comfortable and had great ambiance! The belly ham pizza was delicious, and the cornbread gnocchi was tasty too. All in all a great night, and our server who moved us to the patio saved it!

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vipUncleMike (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2014

It was unfortunate that just as we gave our orders there was a clap of thunder and the power went out. It came back in a minute but unfortunately the ac did not. So it got very warm and smokey as they have an open wood fire. My wife ordered their special which was lamb and goat and the meat was very tough. With the concrete walls sound reverberates so it was difficult to have a conversation. We may try them at lunch just to see if things can be better.

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FoodNut72 (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2014

Met some friends for impromptu dinner. Great brick oven pizzas!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2014

We ordered appetizer, octopus and soup, both were delicious. The soup bowl was a generous helping. For dinner, the pizza, trout and catfish all wonderful size portions to share. We did have gelato and sherbet for dessert, a must try.

We had an early reservation, I felt the wait staff may have wanted to rush us for the next seating. That would be m only negative comment about the restaurant. We will definitely return.

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MCAW (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

Excellent service, delicious food. Portion sizes are just right! Fish is amazing, as is linguini. Side dishes (particularly the grits) are terrific. Italian with a southern twist. We will be back!

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Eatandrun (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

My reservation was one of the first of the night, so when we arrived the dining room was practically empty. We were sat in a noisy area and asked to be moved to the quieter dining room upstairs; we were told that it was going to be busy later and those tables were being reserved for parties of 3 or more. We insisted on being moved and they finally complied by moving us but letting us know they needed our table by 7 (which gave us plenty of time to eat as a 2-top but was extremely rude to say to us). Our server was very friendly and knowledgable. The food was pretty good, but it wasn't anything exciting. I really wanted to love this place but after coming here once, I don't see myself returning.

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escuela (Nashville)
1.0  Dined on August 14, 2014

A glorified pizza joint which is hard to find. After several tries, found it and then we were put in a tiny corner (hard against the brick wall) with no room to move your arms. I asked to move and then was shown a more appropriate table. When I requested a table outside, I was told that those tables were for walk-ins. My trout was good. vegetables very ordinary. My companion chuck steak which was tough, tasteless and cold. The accompanying grits tasted like cream of wheat with a little cheese on top. In addition, the restaurant was so loud and noisy it was difficult to hear my companion immediately across the table from me. I would definitely not recommend this restaurant to many people; only those interested in a pizza restaurant.

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dddd (Nashville)
1.0  Dined on August 11, 2014

The first time I went to City House, I loved it. I came back this time and had a horrible experience. One person on your staff in particular was rude and condescending, in retrospect we should have left before ordering dinner. It's not good policy to assume you know more than your customers about wine or food and then proceed to insult them. I don't think I'll be going back, there are other places with great food in Nashville with better manners.

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NashvilleLocal (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on August 8, 2014

Came here for the pizza and they were sold out of it before 9pm. Ordered gnocchi and catfish. Catfish was nothing special (good portion size) and the grits were cold.

I want to give City House another try because everyone raves about it!

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MindilLew (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2014

We were in from out of town (Northern California - land of wine and foodies) and a waiter from another restaurant suggested City House. It was beyond our expectations. The homemade sausage was perhaps the best I've ever had. The pizza special was delicious and the panda cotta dessert was awesome. We wish we had time to go again before we leave town. We ate at the bar which was great, it was quieter and the bartender gave us great recommendations and service.

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seattlevisitor (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 7, 2014

My husband and I visited here from Brooklyn and we are really into food. Coming in out of the pouring rain, I was awed by the warmth of the place. The large room is beautiful but noisy, so luckily we were seated upstairs in a much smaller room that was quiet. We enjoyed everything we ate and our waitress was extremely friendly (from Brooklyn!) and helpful. We loved eating here and would come back for sure.

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vipEwhtn (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on August 3, 2014

What a delightful way to end the weekend. The small plates we tried were all delicious but the watermelon was a standout! The pizzas are fabulous and very creative. The entrees looked great but we were too full!

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vipSoulFoodLove (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2014

A visit City House is always a tasty joy. The trout with raisins is ever a revelation, bright and earthy. Another guest at our table had catfish and was delighted. Tandy sources the best chicken in town and the current presentation with chili is an homage to Nashville's hot chickens --and far healthier. A perfect way to begin meals at City House is to split a cold vegetable salad with another guest. Or throw caution to the wind and eat the magnificently decadent frico--hot cheese and potato--and these days tucked beneath some perfect vegetable. I sometimes splurge and order an extra side. Tandy coaxes exceptional flavor out of his veg--but my go to close to a City House meal is the perfect plate of cookies that can easily be shared.

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tripeater (Nashville)
1.0  Dined on July 28, 2014

Once we found City House (a little hidden with the trees) we realized we were in for the treat we expected. The server was so knowledgable and gave great advice about food and wine parings. Thought the vegetables were outstanding, but the trout I had was terrific as well. Highly recommended.

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Yummyfoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

Went recently for dinner for my birthday and had a fantastic time! The stuffed zucchini was amazing and light. The pizzas are eclectic and delicious. Defintely check it out if you're in the Nashville area!

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vipToughCritic (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

Excellent food in a atmosphere with a hip vibe. City House is hard to find. We drove by it three times until we finally asked someone on the street to give us directions. Yes, I was with my husband.

The menu is small with hard to understand names for nearly every item. Even after the server explained what each item is (it's a small menu) we had no clue what we would get and ordered on faith. We were not disappointed.

We shared small plates style. Started off with a cheesy tomatoe-y pancake thing. Yummmm. Next had a ground pork loaf slice that was fried. Beyond Yummmm!!! There was something unidentifiable in the flavor and I found out it was the crispy pork skin. Don't miss this dish. Also had the trout done to perfection. Go, enjoy!

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Lucky2findontv (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

We heard about the city house restaurant while watching the travel channel. When we were in Nashville in July, we knew we wanted to dine at the city house. We ordered some of the dishes that were featured on the travel channel, Gnocchi, Octopus salad, homemade sausage, pizza and almond pound cake. Everything was delicious and fresh and exceeded our expectations. The service was excellent and would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Unique place in an up and coming neighborhood. People obviously come
for the food and not the décor. Loved the food and simple preparations
that allowed the freshness to come thru. Wait staff are all friendly and
into the food that they serve. Only issue we had is we sat on the screened
porch and the fans are like sitting in a wind storm! They are too close
to the table and do not have multiple settings. We were the last table and asked
for the fans to be turned off but management said NO! Kind of spoiled a nice
evening.

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Heff (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Informal surroundings and friendly service. Super fresh ingredients and elegant straightforward preparations. Cocktails were delicious and refreshing.

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