Etch

4.8
4935 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff absolutely marvelous. Car parkers fun to talk to and the food ... superb.

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

Anyone visiting downtown Nashville should consider this restaurant. Food is prepared well beyond what you might expect in Nashville. Service is outstanding by a staff that knows how to treat its guests.

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

Best service I’ve had in a long time! The waitress was very familiar with the menu, and loves the chef! You could tell!

Etch
Responded 20 hours ago

Hello, thank you for your kind words! It’s a pleasure knowing that you received exemplary service during your recent visit to Etch. We’ll be sure to share your positive feedback with our team. Please visit us again soon!

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w
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creations coming out of this kitchen are inspirational! I usually spend a great meal figuring out how to recreate it at home. Never gonna happen here. These complex flavors and amazing platings make it impossible to imitate. Thank you for a fabulous meal!

Etch
Responded 20 hours ago

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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OT
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is hard to imagine how Etch would not be the best restaurant in Tennessee. The food was excellent and creatively presented. Portions were more than adequate. The service was attentive when it needed to be and discreet when it needed to be. Our waitress was very helpful in selecting the right wines and was very knowledgable about each course and its preparation. While this is not an inexpensive restaurant, you will pay much more in any major east coast city and it may not be as good.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not bad, just ok and for the price I expected better. Nice look, great service and if you get a side, get the cauliflower.

PC
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. The place has a cool vibe and the menu is unique and delicious.

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

Anniversary

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd time visiting Etch. Each time better than the next. Our server whose name I cannot remember was exceptional. All the asst staff as well. Just a great night overall. The octopus shrimp bruschetta...delicious.

Etch
Responded 20 hours ago

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience! It’s wonderful to learn that it was a positive one. The Octopus and Shrimp Bruschetta is one of our most popular appetizers—we love to hear that you enjoyed it! Thanks again for the five stars; we hope you’ll return again soon!

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k
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sampled items from every course, and it was an all-around great dining experience. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Very fun.

Etch
Responded 20 hours ago

Hi Kyman, thank you for the feedback! We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed a memorable meal with us. Please come back again soon!

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SM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always come to Etch when in Nashville! We will be back!

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Hello, thank you for the review! We hope to see you again the next time you're in Music City!

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the counter and had great service. The Brussels sprouts were amazing! The bruschetta was different than typical and very good. Cauliflower had great sauces to accompany it. Overall great date type place!

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

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 Brussels Sprouts are always a must-try! We appreciate your positive feedback and look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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J
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining. Excellent flavors, inspired menu. Yummy.

D
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great foud

L
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prior to the Queen Concert

BA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious. Started with the duck tart so yummy! I had a smoked salmon salad ( beets in the salad very good) with a side of sweet potato. My husband had the fish special and really enjoyed it. We usually split a dessert but could not just pick one so we both ordered dessert. Yummy. Our waiter Ed was very nice and helpful. We will definitely be back and will definitely recommend to friends

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Beth, 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 Duck Tart is always a must-try! We appreciate your positive feedback and look forward to seeing you and your husband back again soon!

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B
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time to eat there. Food was excellent and the service was as well. We didn't have the best table--a little bit in the traffic zone and it was a little warm where we were seated, so didn't give five stars for "ambiance." Had the roasted cauliflower to start which was excellent and a generous portion. I had the scallops and my husband the filet. Both were great. I also had the Etch salad which was the only thing I would have any complaint about--it had way too much salad dressing so I would ask for dressing on the side in the future. Dessert was the almond cake (shared) which was served with sorbet and was outstanding. Cocktails were also good and the coffee some of the best I've had. Expensive, but worth it for a special dinner out.

KT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service from Lisa thank you!

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

Kerry, thanks for sharing your experience with us! We will be sure to share your kind words regarding Lisa's exemplary service with her and the rest of our team. Please visit us again soon!

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MI
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here every time Queen/Adam Lambert performs in Nashville. Food is always perfect. Service is exceptional.
The margaritas were some of the best we had ever had.

Etch
Responded 3 days ago

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! We hope you'll return again soon!

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waitress was super smiley and helpful. Outstanding Etch salad, that she split for us. Tenderloin with potato puffs was excellent. Although the lamb pita had a delicious flavor, the pita, veggies, and sauce, there was only 4 very small pieces of lamb....very small. I almost pointed it out to the waitress, as I knew she would concur, but my friend shared his tenderloin with me, so I did get some meat! Enjoyed the scoop of $3 ice cream as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Been here 3 times and counting.

Y
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect in every way.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Nice service.

Q
Toronto
51 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Dining at Etch Restaurant was a real treat. The food was wonderful and the staff friendly and attentive. The presentation was lovely and dining here was a great addition to our Nashville visit. We will be back!

Etch
Responded 7 days ago

Hello, thank you for the review! We're thrilled to hear that your recent visit to Etch was exceptional. It sounds like a fun experience was enjoyed by all! We hope you'll return again the next time you're in Nashville!

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J
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch is all around an excellent experience. The service, food, and drinks are outstanding and incredibly creative. Shoutout to our favorite waitress Tami, who took excellent care of us all evening! I was especially impressed with her knowledge of the menu and how accommodating she/the kitchen were of my wife's nut allergy. I would highly recommend Etch to anyone, and I think it is one of the top restaurants in the city.

Etch
Responded on August 15, 2019

Hi Jacob, thank you for your kind words! It’s a pleasure knowing that Tammy provided exemplary service during your recent visit to Etch. We’ll be sure to share your feedback with her and our entire team! Please come back and see us again soon!

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PR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Nashville in my opinion. Outstanding Duck Tart!

Etch
Responded on August 15, 2019

Peter, thank you for the wonderful review! We're delighted to have made it to the top of your list. Please visit us again soon!

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience. As a vegetarian in unknown cities, I rely solely on reviews so I understand their importance. But back to Etch.....one of the most delightful dinner dates I've had with my husband in years. We just allowed the courses and relaxed through them. The cocktails were a fantastic start. I had Elderflower Fizz and hubby had a Gin & Tonic. We moved to the Roasted Cauliflower and Bread & Butter appetizers (our wonderful waitress Tammy steered clear of meat-infused butter) and we want them in our lives forever. We then shared an incredible squash/ginger soup. Our main was the Tempura Tofu and even though I typically don't like tofu, I am a convert. The tofu was a perfect consistency and the "tower" above it was a lovely blend of black beans, greens, and southwestern spices. Waitress Tammy agreed with husband's Nickel & Nickel Chardonnay to pair it with. And since we couldn't end the entire gastronomical delight at the main course, we topped one of the most memorable dining experiences of our 35 yrs of marriage with the double double ice cream scoop with cacao/toffee crumbles and Tennessee Sipping Cream. To Etch's chef......hats off to her GIFTS and SKILL that separates Etch from any other restaurant we've ever been to. To the owners of ETCH....your employees are making you proud!

Etch
Responded on August 14, 2019

Hi Kelly, thank you for the five stars! We’re thrilled to learn that you and your husband enjoyed your recent visit to Etch. Our goal is to provide outstanding food and service to each and every guest, so it’s wonderful knowing that your experience was no exception. Thanks again for the review; we look forward to seeing you back to enjoy the Roasted Cauliflower again soon!

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S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and a delicious meal! Would highly recommend!

AM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place in Nashville!

f
Nashville
76 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so enjoy Etch, never been disappointed. Service is excellent, from the moment you walk in to the attention from our server that doesn't hover. Menu is timely but not too overly fussy.

K
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Counter service and experience was great. Food is so good!

J
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was not very good. I had a fish special - fish was dry with risotto that was hard. Very disappointing. My husbands venison was ok but not outstanding.

Etch
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your recent visit to Etch for dinner. I am sorry to hear that we fell short of providing a five-star meal. We never want our guests leaving disappointed with any aspect of their experience. Please know that we are happy to replace or take care of any dish you do not absolutely love. If you'd be willing to give us another chance, please share your contact information so we can make this up to you. Thank you for your feedback - I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

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DM
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Food was fresh, delicious and presented with finesse. Wait staff very knowledgeable about menu and drinks. Wonderful time there and highly recommend Etch.

AL
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This was my 5th time at Etch in the past year. The service has improved slightly, but I have been slightly disappointed by the food in my two last visits. I wonder if it's just what I ordered, but the taste has declined from "5-star" to "3-star" (after trying fish tostadas, Argentine beef, and eggplant dishes). The cauliflower appetizer is still excellent, however.

Etch
Responded on August 9, 2019

Hello, thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you found your recent visit to be lacking. Our quality standards have not changed, and mediocrity is far from what we strive to provide our guests with. If you have specific details as to what you didn't care for, we'd love to hear from you! We value our guests' feedback and are always open to hearing ways on how we can improve. Thank you for your patronage; we hope to hear more from you soon.

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beetje te sjiek voor wat we nodig hadden. Uitstekende gerechten. Gezellige ober. Leuk met open keuken. Wel kleine kaart.

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NW
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food loved it. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves food and is tired of standard US fodder

MN
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Etch is fabulous! The food presentation and quality is 5 star and the staff is delightful!

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty restaurant, recommended by the hotel we were staying at. We were seated immediately, the server approached us early on to let us know he was going to let us settle in but could get us started with beverages/cocktails/wine if we were ready. We were in Nashville, so if course we were ready and happy he didn’t make us wait. The timing was perfect from start to finish. He was able to make dietary changes without any stress. We started with the spinach salad and roasted cauliflower which was good and then ordered two entrees to split. The scallops over a wonton placed beautifully on top of forbidden rice with mushroom. We also had the fish of the day, I can’t recall the name but it was similar to a Halibut. It came with a red quinoa and vegetables. Also, presented beautifully with an herb blend and counterbalanced the scallop texture. This was a very enjoyable meal in a romantic, dimly lit room with ambiance. I noticed they had a glass wall room for private parties, a communal high top table and plenty of tables of 4. The restaurant is fairly large and seems to cater to all size parties.

Etch
Responded on August 9, 2019

Hello, thank you for the review! We’re thrilled to learn that you and your guests enjoyed your recent visit to Etch. Our goal is to provide outstanding food and service to each and every guest, so it’s wonderful knowing that your experience was no exception. Thanks again for the review; we look forward to seeing you back to enjoy the Scallops again the next time you're in Music City!

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HM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was in Nashville for a business conference. As a self-proclaimed "foodie", I was looking for a local restaurant that would satisfy the only night I was available. Well, Etch certainly checked that box. The appetizers were great, including the Hamachi (with watermelon), grilled cauliflower and the Bruschetta. The entrees were delicious. Unfortunately four of the six of us ordered the same fish special. No one was disappointed. Don't forget to try the side brussel sprouts.

The service (Rebecca) was outstanding, along with the two best hostesses you could imagine (both named Sarah).

Etch
Responded on August 8, 2019

Hi Howard, 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 Roasted Cauliflower is one of our most popular appetizers! We appreciate your positive feedback and hope you'll return again the next time you're in town!

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