Etch

4.8
4849 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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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Etch never fails to deliver a great meal and exemplary service. An easy decision if you need a great meal and somewhere that is quiet enough to still carry on a professional conversation.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely the best filet I have had outside a dedicated steakhouse. Excellent.

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J
Houston
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful service, cocktails were unique and had high quality ingredients. Started with the meat and cheese board- one of the best we have had and the filet and lamp chops. Fresh unique components of a well composed food experience.

Etch
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the review! We hope you'll return for another cocktail soon!

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

Celebrated my engagement there. Staff was so sweet and made it extra special. Loved the food I had.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I have been to Etch several times, but this past experience was definitely below par. There were three significant issues: Our waitress was controlling of the entire meal, my sons filet was under-cooked and my fish was tasteless.

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TC
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner, the staff all welcomed us and gave wishes. Food was amazing, so fresh and flavorful!

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LC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Over pretentious restaurant that takes itself to seriously. Of the 5 restaurants we ear at would rank it NR 5. Meals had to many components and were muddled. Every waiter was pushing the cauliflower but it did not match up to other appetizers we have had in other restaurants. Restaurant was also kept its temperature to high for type of dinning. Will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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BJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions were larger than we expected and we ate every bit of food on our plates. Try the potato salad. Pavlova for dessert? Yes, please. Everything was absolutely delicious!

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MF
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service are great. Some more fish choice should be added on the menu.

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Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Overrated-not as good as we had hoped.
Felt like a chain restaurant.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent 2 nights in Nashville and ate here twice! Amazing food - fit for foodies

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FN
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner prior to Michael Bublé concert. Reservations were at 7 PM and our waitress was able to get us in and out before 8 PM. We had the venison and it was outstanding as the waitress had said it would be. So glad we went with her recommendation.

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

Great food throughout the menu! Excellent wait staff. Varied food options and cocktails. BUT, don’t show up early and try to enjoy a drink in the bar. The wait area is the bar area, which has a couple of tables crammed into the space. The bartender, who was overworked, also seemed to be the waiter for the 2 tables. It was impossible to catch his eye to order a drink - in fact he wouldn’t look up at all as he had too much to do with what was on his plate. So, we just sat and waited for our table. Only about 10 chairs for the wait area, so be prepared to stand, if you arrive early. I expect Etch would be better served to remove the bar tables and convert the entrance and bar area to a standing lounge area with smaller, taller cocktail tables - would probably sell more alcohol while making the wait enjoyable. Each item we ordered was quite well done - great taste and texture. Bread and cauliflower appetizers and halibut over a fried green tomato with a purée base with a side of Turkish sweet potatoes. I think it was the best halibut I have had - wonderfully seered on one side giving a chewy sensation, almost but not quite crunchy, with semi-firm, evenly cooked meat for the rest. The batter for the fried tomato was awesome and reminded me of something my grandmother would have made. A full cornmeal taste but without the graininess I expect from that meal. The habanero margarita sounded interesting but didn’t deliver. The smoked Manhattan did.

Will make it a point to go again! Wished I had an appetite to allow me to try both the venison and the lamb dishes, which seemed intriguing.

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KW
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Halibut was best ever! Counter seating was a different experience and I would do again!
Wait staff service was awesome.
Alcohol is a bit overpriced.

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BJ
Nashville
61 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch continues to be a “sure thing” —_and the Venison is amazing! Wait staff very accommodating to my Keto diet

Etch
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the review! We hope you'll return to enjoy the Venison again soon!

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RS
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good there!!
Sarah excellent

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AN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals (steaks) I've had in a long time! Wow! Delicious.

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DD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My “must go” spot in Nashville! Excellent menu... do not leave without trying the roasted cauliflower and especially the fried potato salad... oh my goodness!! I crave those two things!! The dessert menu... that almond cake with buttermilk ice cream is just the perfect way to end a meal! Delicious!

Etch
Responded a day ago

Hi Donna, thank you for the high praises! We're thrilled to learn that your visits to Etch have been so memorable. It sounds like you've tried many of our most popular dishes-- the fried potato salad is a personal favorite! Thanks again for the review; we hope you'll return again soon!

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AC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner and service! You must get the cauliflower appetizer!! I hate cauliflower but would eat that every day of my life! I had the venison and my wife had the veal meatballs. All delicious and would definitely recommend!

Etch
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the five stars! It's a pleasure to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your recent visit to Etch. The roasted cauliflower is always a must! We appreciate the review and look forward to seeing you both back again soon!

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m
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch is a must stop for us every time we are in Nashville. Have consistently come here since they opened and it never disappoints

Etch
Responded a day ago

Hi Mike. thank you for your continued patronage! We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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AM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in Nashville! Our server Josh was professional and fun. The food could not have been better prepared and the presentation was beautiful! Best of all we spent time speaking with one of the managers Rob who spent time helping us pick out delicious wine. You can’t go wrong with this restaurant. Can’t wait to come back!

Etch
Responded a day ago

Hi Amy, thank you for the five stars! It's a pleasure to hear that our team helped to make your recent visit to Etch such a memorable one. We hope to see you back again in the near future!

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

We certainly enjoyed the food it was first class. Our waitress was phenomenal.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
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 on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, good food!

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KY
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu could use an update.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food the location and the service was outstanding.

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LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
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 on July 16, 2019

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 on July 13, 2019
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 on July 16, 2019

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 on July 13, 2019
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 on July 13, 2019
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 on July 15, 2019

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 on July 12, 2019
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 on July 12, 2019
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 on July 16, 2019

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 on July 12, 2019
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 on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Must try the roasted cauliflower and scallops

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BS
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
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 on July 12, 2019
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 on July 12, 2019
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 on July 15, 2019

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 on July 12, 2019
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 on July 16, 2019

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 on July 15, 2019

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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