Etch

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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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J
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent experience from start to finish. The chef combines a wide array of flavors and textures that are compelling. Our server, Tamara, gave insight into the dishes and also made spot on recommendations for what salad to pair with my main course (spinach salad and the veal shiitake meatballs). The house made ice creams were a perfect finish. Highly recommend Etch!

SN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat at the counter that overlooks the kitchen. It was fun and most interesting to watch the staff prep etc. A reality show!

HC
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a very memorable dinner here during a visit to Nashville. Interesting, creative and delicious menu. We will be back next time we are in town.

L
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch was fantastic! We were only in Nashville for one day and stopped for lunch. The food was wonderful and very well priced. We started with the roasted cauliflower with three unique sauces. I had a wonderful arugula/apple salad and my husband had the beef dish with mustard potatoes. My husband couldn’t stop raving (and we’re used to great Philly meals). Our waiter could not have been nicer. This restaurant is a great choice when visiting Nashville.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fresh food well informed wait staff

N
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch is consistently good in my experience. I have been for lunch and dinner. The food is creative and well-presented; the service has always been strong.

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Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was not good.

Etch
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your recent visit to Etch. I am very sorry to hear if service was lacking in any way and would love to learn more about your dining experience. We take our guests' feedback very seriously, so any specific feedback you can provide regarding service issues is helpful for us to address and improve. Would you mind sharing your contact information at your convenience? I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

This was an incredibly disappointing experience. food was terrible. Please do not go here. Ambiance was subpar... black tablecloths and cheesy decor. And please do not get me started on bread and butter which was an appetizer. If you make artisan butter please make sure you have hot crunchy, delicious bread... it tasted like their bread can out of a plastic bag from grocery store.

Etch
Responded 5 days ago

I am sorry to hear that you weren't blown away by your recent experience at Etch. We strive to provide a memorable meal for each and every guest and regret that we missed the mark here. Please know that we are always happy to take care of or replace any dish you do not absolutely love. Our guests' feedback is very valuable to us, and I appreciate you taking the time to share yours. I hope you will re-consider a visit in the future for lunch, dinner or drinks.

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North Scotland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Etch has a great atmosphere, more high end than the average place in town but still relaxed enough to go casual, particularly if you sit at the bar.
Service was very good and the food is imaginative and very well prepared.
The kitchen is open and it seemed to run very smoothly with great communication between staff.
Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience and the best I’ve had in a while.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to share your comments! Our goal is to provide outstanding food and service to every guest, and we're thrilled to learn that both were enjoyed. Please visit us again soon!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Great ambiance. The issue we had was waiting so long for our food (over an hour)! I would not go back for this reason.

Etch
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your recent visit to Etch! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your menu selections and the ambiance. However, I am sorry to learn that you experienced delays throughout your meal. While our goal is to provide a nice leisurely dining experience, we never want guests to suffer from long wait times. Please accept our sincerest apology for any negative impact this had on your evening.

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c
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the chef’s counter because of a late reservation. It was a great choice! This was a date night for me and my wife. The food was amazing!! The chef pairs flavors that you wouldn’t think would work together, but they do. We had a wonderful meal. We started with the bread and butter. She had the Etch salad and I had the scallops. We ate the sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts. I highly recommend you try it!

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience at Etch! It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed both the food and ambiance at the Chef's counter. We hope you’ll join us for another date night soon!

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would not hesitate to recommend etch. While the food was great (veal meatballs, venison and scallops) the server made the evening

Etch
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Joseph, thank you for the review! It’s wonderful to learn that your recent visit to Etch was an exceptional one. We hope to see you back again soon!

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VB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really nice place. I had the lamb it was excellent the combination of flavors was amazing.

Etch
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Valerie, thank you for the review! It’s wonderful to learn that your recent visit to Etch was an exceptional one. We hope to see you back again soon for the lamb!

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the ambience at this restaurant. Very relaxing evening. We had the venison and it was cooked to perfection. Fish and beef were as well. The wine choices were amazing. Our sever was excellent. This restaurant made our anniversary very special and we would return.

Etch
Responded 4 days ago

Alicia, thank you for sharing your experience at Etch with us! It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed both the food and ambiance. We hope you’ll join us for another celebration again soon!

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S
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Etch while visiting Nashville. Very creative menu options and great cocktails.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the feedback, Sophia! We are pleased to learn that your recent visit to Etch was an unforgettable one. Please stop by and see us for a cocktail during your next visit to Nashville!

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LL
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch is always an outstanding experience in ambiance, service, and their exquisite menu, and Wednesday's visit was certainly no exception. My party of three had a long, leisurely lunch with a couple of favorite dishes from the menu as well as one or two new ones that did not disappoint. I love the complex flavors in all the food and tried their raspberry gin and HOME MADE tonic. Dangerously delicious! Additionally, my friend whose birthday we were celebrating received a card signed by the staff and her dessert not only had a candle but the plate was decorated with "Happy Birthday" written with the sauce. Love this restaurant!

Etch
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Libby, thank you for the review! It’s wonderful to know that your recent visit to Etch was worthy of five stars. It sounds like it was an afternoon well spent. We appreciate your positive feedback and look forward to seeing you back for another celebration again soon!

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J
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service! Original menu, but absolutely delicious.

a
Nashville
120 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the most creative cuisine with the friendliest service in Nashville. Very efficient in getting us in and out before the Preds game.

Etch
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi there, thank you for the lovely review! We’re delighted to learn that you enjoyed your recent experience at Etch. Please come back and see us again soon!

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ES
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here is always good

RC
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! Highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions and when you want to impress a date.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious cocktails and dinner. Presentation was beautiful as well. Would definitely recommend

PH
Nashville
95 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great restaurant. As a light meal before a game, we had the sweet potato side as an appetizer, and the Etch Salad and Smoked Salmon Salad as our mains. So much flavor in the sweet potatoes and the beets in the salad! Topped off with a very nice glass of wine. And of course I would be remiss if I failed to mention the service Brooke provided. She has been with Etch for quite a while and was very familiar with the menu items and the wines, and was very attentive during the meal Just a very good dining experience.

Etch
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hello, thank you for the lovely review! We love to hear that our team helped to make your dining experience at Etch such a special one. Brooke is a valuable member of our staff, and we’ll be sure to pass along your praises to her! Thanks again for your feedback; we hope you’ll join us again soon for a glass of vino!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Our server was wonderful. However, the food took forever to come out, the steak was warm not hot, and one of the sides was missing. By the time the food came out, we weren’t even hungry anymore. Tad bit disappointing.

Etch
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit to Etch! I am so sorry to learn of the delays you experienced during your meal, and regret that we failed to get your order correct. This is far from the level of quality we are proud to serve our guests. We'd love to speak with you further to determine when you dined with us and how we can rectify your experience. Would you mind sharing your contact information with us at your convenience? Thank you in advance for your time!

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OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed one of the finest meals we have had in Nashville to date. As locals, we do our best to take in what downtown Nashville has to offer. The atmosphere, ambiance, staff and food were superb. We particularly liked the noise level. We will be back!

Etch
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hello, thank you for leaving such a kind review! We are glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your recent visit to Etch. Our staff will appreciate hearing this positive feedback as well! We hope to see you both back again soon!

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a
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food by a fantastic chef! Flawless service! Quiet atmosphere but still exciting. So easy to walk across the street to The Schermerhorn.

Etch
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience at Etch! It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed both the food and ambiance. We hope you’ll join us again soon!

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T
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was just as amazing as ever with incredible flavor profiles in every dish. I had the seafood special which was corvina, and my husband had scallops. We ate every bite! And Ed, our server, was over the top professional, attentive, and fabulous!

Etch
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi Tammy, thank you for the review! It’s wonderful to know that your recent visit to Etch was worthy of five stars. It sounds like you made excellent menu choices—the corvina is always a must-try! We appreciate your positive feedback and look forward to seeing you back soon!

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v
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome modern space, reasonably priced, a 10!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious very yummy food

BR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The tempura mushroom was more heavily fried than tempora usual is but it was tasty. We also had the chimichuri steak (excellent) and the jerk shrimp where the corn meal cake was too sweet for my taste

C
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My mom & I had a great dinner at Etch! The venison and sweet potato side were delicious! One of the best meals I’ve had!

Etch
Responded on October 4, 2019

Hi Channing, thanks for the five stars! We hope to see you and your mom back for the venison again soon!

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I'm not sure how this restaurant received all the glowing reviews. We were excited to try it but from service to food, it was very average. The restaurant was not busy but our waitress was almost non-existent. It took a long time for her to come take our food order and throughout the meal, we looked for her but she was not around. As for the food, the steak carpaccio was good but it went downhill from there. My husband ordered the veal and shiitake meatballs and they were undressed (and bland) meatballs on top of a few dollops of sauce. I had the lamb which was a nice medium but the sauces did not complement each other. The crispy potatoes were hard over fried potatoes in mayo and the fried brussels sprouts too oily. The olive oil almond cake was ruined by the overpowering lemon curd and too tart buttermilk sherbet and the mocha bar was just as mediocre. We've been to some of the top restaurants in Chicago, NYC, etc. Etch charges big city prices but fails to deliver.

Etch
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit to Etch. I regret that we failed to provide you with a memorable experience, as we strive to provide each and every guest with a five-star meal. We are always happy to replace anything that is less than perfect, though I apologize that we didn't get it right the first time. As for the service, there is no excuse for inattentiveness. We'd love to chat with you further regarding your visit; would you mind sharing your contact info with us? Thank you for your time!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for pre theater dinner. Service, food, and cocktails were excellent. the waiter timed our meal perfectly.

Etch
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hello, thank you for the review! We're thrilled to hear that your recent visit to Etch was exceptional. It sounds like a fun evening was enjoyed by all! Please visit us again soon!

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F
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

charcuterie was a bit lacking for the price. All entres were wonderful.

MS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and impeccable service. Not pretentious, laid back atmosphere.

Etch
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hi Martha, thank you for your kind words! It’s a pleasure knowing that your visits to Etch have been memorable experiences. We appreciate your patronage and hope you’ll return again in the near future!

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B
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a celebration for my daughter landing her first job after college in Nashville! Everything was divine... from the cauliflower to the filet and lamb. Great wine list and we enjoyed sitting at the counter watching the kitchen staff preparing our dishes

Etch
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit to Etch! We're delighted to hear that we could share in such a special celebration with you and your daughter. Please visit us again soon!

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d
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!!! We went for lunch and enjoyed the quality of food so
Much, we went back for dinner and we were wowed all over again. Great cocktails, attentive, personal
Service (thanks Mark!), creative, but authentic and over the top taste. I must say, the Aztec chili dark chocolate ice cream And the olive cake were probably the best desserts I’ve ever had. Simple ingredients, but the combination and quality and presentation- just wow. Thank you Etch for an amazing dining experience and a memory “etched” in our minds and tastebuds forever.

Etch
Responded on October 4, 2019

Hello, thank you for the review! It’s wonderful to know that your recent visit to Etch was worthy of five stars. It sounds like you made excellent menu choices—the Olive Oil Almond Cake is always a must-try! We appreciate your positive feedback and look forward to seeing you back soon!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the service counter and had an amazing server. He dealt with our food preference so well, and made sure we had a wonderful experience. Food was an excellent blend of flavors and plating was beautiful.

Etch
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! It’s a pleasure knowing that both food and service were enjoyed during your recent visit to Etch. Please come back and see us again soon!

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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

MJ
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good - nothing special though. They have an amazing service staff. We were here for an early business lunch and it was a great setting for that.

PA
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

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