Etch

4.8
4826 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Featuring an array of global flavors and decadent desserts by Chef Deb Paquette and Pastry Chef Megan Williams, Etch is located in the ground floor of the Encore tower in Nashville's SoBro district. The restaurant is equipped with two private dining rooms, a full bar and an open kitchen with bar-style seating, allowing guests to interact with Deb and her kitchen. Lunch and dinner are available Monday-Friday, as well as dinner on Saturday.

In her 13 years as Chef/Owner of Zola, Deb received accolades for Nashville's best chef and Nashville's best restaurant multiple times. Nashville restaurants are many, but Etch sets itself apart with bold flavors and colorful presentations.

The cuisine at Etch is complemented by our comprehensive wine list, featuring an extensive collection of wines from around the world. Guests can also enjoy our modern take on classic cocktails, along with a variety of eclectic beers and regional drafts.

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

Wonderful service and amazing food. A lovely lunch right off Broadway.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, good food!

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KY
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu could use an update.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food the location and the service was outstanding.

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LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine! Best food ever! Everyone at our table loved their meal. Our second visit here and it didn't disappoint. Small detail, our salad was a little overdressed. The cauliflower, bruschetta, sweet potatoes and salad were amazing. Such a fantastic combination of flavors!

Etch
Responded 2 days ago

HI Lori, thank you for your feedback! It's a pleasure to learn that you and your guests enjoyed a delicious dinner at Etch. We hope you'll return again in the near future!

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RG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary night was great! Anthony, our server, was awesome. Very knowledgeable and personable. The halibut was a little over done but the food was still really well prepared. We will definitely be back!

Etch
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Ray, thank you for the review! We appreciate you choosing to celebrate your anniversary at Etch. Please come back and dine with us again soon!

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MC
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine & service. Quite expensive and wine list could do with some more selections for such a restaurant at different price points. Overall a very pleasant evening.

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

Ordered appetizer, entrees, desserts, and drinks. Every bite was full of unique and delicious flavors. The icing on the cake was our server, Cole. It was my mother’s birthday and it appeared he went out of his way, but more likely how he provides service to everyone, to make her feel special.

Hands down my most favorite restaurant in Nashville.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! It's wonderful to hear that Cole helped to make your recent visit to Etch such a special one. We appreciate you celebrating your mother's birthday with us and hope to see you both back again soon!

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M
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as usual. Would suggest to the chef to bring some new periodic fish to the menu and make the dishes less salty. Overall the best restaurant in Nashville.

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TK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Cole, was knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. The spinach salad was excellent. I loved the dressing! We got the seafood special (halibut) and it was overcooked. Cole and the kitchen staff were quick to correct it and we got a perfect meal. Everything was delicious.
Thanks!

Etch
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Taylor, thank you for taking the time to share your experience! It's wonderful to know that Cole helped to make your visit to Etch a memorable one. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is inventive and our appetizer, meals and desserts were wonderful

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J
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Must try the roasted cauliflower and scallops

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BS
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Every dish was inventive and unusual in the best way. We left feeling satisfied but not sickly full. Our server Cole was terrific!

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

My wife said several times after our dinner at Etch that she thought it was the best service ever. Brooke was our service and she was incredible.

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

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Etch prior to attending a concert at the Ryman. This was an early 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and it did not disappoint. Highlights were the roasted cauliflower appetizer, a couple of caipirinhas, and then a pair of perfectly done filet mignon. The service was attentive, and the atmosphere was lively but not at all noisy. All in all, a delightful way to begin our night out.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Hi James, thank you for celebrating such a special occasion with us at Etch! We're thrilled to learn that your dinner was outstanding from beginning to end. Happy 50th Anniversary!

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SA
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was amazing--attentive but not intrusive. Food was great and a very pretty place in the middle of the Nashville scene. I loved it and will go back when I'm in Nashville.

Etch
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Sharon, thank you for the five stars! It's wonderful to hear that both food and service were enjoyed during your recent visit to Etch. We look forward to seeing you back again the next time you're in Nashville!

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Etch was great! I dined alone and the service could not be beaten to ensure I did not feel alone and yet my privacy was respected. Signature cocktails were upfront in pricing and the Pretty in Pink delivered in taste. The duck tart was a welcome sight that was even better than it looked. The specials were in the same price range as the listed entrees. Overall, it was a little loud for my taste but the dinner far exceeded expectations.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback! It's a pleasure to hear that your recent dinner visit to Etch was a memorable one. We hope you'll return for another cocktail soon!

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PC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous nouveau American - prices are low for a menu of this quality.

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HH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I tell everyone going to Nashville that they must go to Etch. I've had three meals there over the course of as many years, and I look forward to my next visit. The staff is supremely courteous and attentive, and the chef delights, both with taste and presentation. Each aspect of a dish as described is vibrant and tasty, and the combinations are delightful.

Etch
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Holly, thank you for your kind words! We're delighted to hear that your visits to Etch have been so memorable. Please return again soon!

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JA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

14th anniversary. Perfect experience. The venison was perfectly cooked and my wife’s filet was the best I’ve ever had. Definitely will go again.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Jeff, thank you for the review! It's a pleasure to learn that you and your wife's anniversary celebration was worthy of five stars. We hope you'll both join us again soon!

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Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend join me for dinner for his birthday. The service, food, and staff in the front of the house was all delightful! We were served a complimentary birthday dessert as well. So very kind!

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience! We appreciate you choosing to celebrate your special occasion at Etch. Please return again soon!

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Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great the service was great the room was beautiful and it was full so a little loud. Will be back soon

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E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delightful and the service impeccable. We had veal, lobster bruschetta, roasted cauliflower, “candied” sweet potatoes, and exceptional Brussels sprouts.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like a delicious dinner was enjoyed. We hope you'll return again soon!

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JS
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently ate at Etch for the first time. Both our meal and the service was great, our lunch selections were delicious. We plan to return to enjoy dinner in this relaxing restaurant in the future. We are glad we finally were able to dine at Etch.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Janet, thank you for the review! It's a pleasure to learn that your first visit to Etch was an exceptional one. We look forward to seeing you back again soon to try the dinner menu!

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S
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice for foodies in Nashville - Book Early!

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service:
Our server was Tammy and she knew EV.ER.Y.THIIIING about any morsel that might come out of the kitchen. Spot on service, i.e., extremely knowledgeable, very attentive, and having the right amount of sociability by way of friendliness and quick wit! *!!!*

Food:
We had the sea special (halibut) and the lamb, plus the cheese-&-charcuterie app and the brussel sprouts side dish and the potato side dish. Also wine and an assortment of desserts.
I'll make this concise: In order to dedicate the deserved time and energy to a worthy description of these items would result in my fingers falling off, given that the experience could not be properly encompassed within the word limit of this website. For the lack of a more duly earned word... "heavenly" is my best attempt.
My only complaint is with my stomach... or my brain... I don't know. I'm not a gastroenterologist or whatever. I got full, though. And that was *really* annoying.

Etch
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Judith, thank you for your feedback! It's wonderful to know that Tammy provided such exemplary service during your recent visit to Etch. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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ME
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch was exactly as all the reviews said it would be. We had a party of eight with two of the couples celebrating an anniversary and the staff signed a happy anniversary card and was placed on the table for when we arrived. Will definitely be dining at Etch again when returning to Nashville.

Etch
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Maria, thank you for celebrating with us! It sounds like a lovely evening was enjoyed at Etch. We look forward to seeing you back again the next time you're in town!

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CS
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, food, wine and atmosphere!

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DB
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My husband and I somewhat disappointed in Etch. He ordered the Shrimp and Octopus appetizer, which was good and I had the Etch salad and it was good, but neither was outstanding. For our entrees, he had the veal meatballs with shiitake mushrooms, and I had the scallops. He said the veal meatballs were very mediocre. The scallops were watery and did not have a lot of taste. We ordered the ice cream sundae for dessert. It was nothing more than ice cream with bananas in a tumbler type glass. I ordered coffee and it was lukewarm, so I asked for another cup of coffee, and it was not very hot either.

Etch
Responded on July 10, 2019

Hi Donna, thank you for joining us for dinner here at Etch! I am sorry to hear that you weren't blown away by your experience. We never want our guests leaving disappointed with any aspect of their meal, and we are always more than happy to replace or take care of anything that you do not absolutely love. I regret that your visit fell short of expectations and apologize for falling short of providing you with a five-star meal.

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to Etch every time I come to Nashville. I've had large business dinners there and small intimate gatherings. It's always a fantastic experience. The food is amazing, the cocktails and desserts are fantastic, plus I love supporting a female Executive Chef.

Etch
Responded on July 9, 2019

We appreciate you making Etch one of your stops whenever you're in Nashville! Thank you for the review and your patronage; we look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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R
Hawaii
45 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third time here but a first for our out of town guests. It was awesome as usual and they loved it!
We had the halibut, scallops, Brussels sprouts, bread with the flavored butters , bruschetta, and topped it off with the almond cake. Everything was amazing.

Etch
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Ronnie, thank you for the review! It's wonderful to hear that you and your guests enjoyed your recent visit to Etch. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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JS
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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EE
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch is the best restaurant in Nashville hands down

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RB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was not as good as advertised. Brussel sprouts were supposed to be the best thing ever, but were hard and undercooked. The scallops were flavorful, but undercooked.

Etch
Responded on July 8, 2019

Hi Robert, thank you for your recent visit to Etch. I am very sorry to hear that you weren't blown away with your meal. Please know that we are always happy to replace or take care of any dish you don't absolutely love, as our goal is to provide each and every guest with a five-star experience. We appreciate your patronage and sincerely hope you'll return for another visit in the future!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good experience from start to finish.

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S
Nashville
24 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The experience at Etch was one of the best I have ever had in Nashville. I had previously dined at Etch several other times and this one topped them all. The table was set and ready for a 6:15 reservation. The occasion was a special anniversary for us. A card signed by all of the servers greeted us on the table. I started with the Octopus and Shrimp Bruschetta which was outstanding even if the bread was a little tough. The wife had the Spinach Salad which was typical. The Lamb Loin was one of the best Lamb dishes I have ever tasted anywhere. The wife had the fresh Haddock which was also very good. We ended the night with the Ice Cream Sundae shared. The Sundae glass was presented on top of a huge plate with anniversary wishes written in a fruit purée. All of the presentations all night were outstanding. Best of all, our server Tami was excellent! Very attentive with a well-paced meal. I’ve celebrated special occasions at many restaurants my entire life, but this experience at Etch was above and beyond my expectations. The whole staff that waited and served us was at the top of their game! VERY WELL DONE!

Etch
Responded on July 8, 2019

Hi Stan, thank you for celebrating your special occasion at Etch! We're delighted to learn that Tami helped to make the evening a memorable one for you and your wife. Please come back and dine with us again soon!

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S
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Food was great (go ahead and order the cauliflower...you’re welcome).

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JL
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Etch was one of the best restaurants my wife and I visited in Nashville. We are huge fans! However, the ambiance was less than perfect. It was hard to tell if Etch was going for trendy in the face of classic gourmet dining or if it was falling in line with standard. The only thing that keeps it from being the best was the atmosphere! But the food and service and cocktail/wine selection were elite!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good and so was the service. Everything was perfect.

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b
Baltimore
105 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch is one of the most consistent restaurants. Top notch in every way. We have eaten here every time we are in Nashville and they never disappoint. I can’t say that about all restaurants.

Etch
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! It's wonderful to learn that your visits to Etch have consistently been exceptional. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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