Geist

4.7
329 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Set in a ca. 1900 blacksmith shop in Nashville’s historic Germantown neighborhood, Geist is a charming bar and restaurant opened in early 2018. Sophisticated yet unfussy, an evening at Geist is akin to dinner at a fond friend’s home; a welcoming and familiar experience with a timeless approach to internationally-influenced cuisine and classic cocktails highlighting the best ingredients found regionally.

The Property Is A Stunning Renovation Of One Of The City’s Oldest Buildings And Features A Chic Bar And Dining Room Furnished With Handcrafted Pieces Commissioned From Local Artisans, As Well As The Champagne Garden, A Full Garden And Courtyard With An Outdoor Cooking Stove.
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vipDelicious
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunches I’ve ever had. Everything was delicious. Cocktails are beautiful and so fresh. Delightful!

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ShaneC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a fun atmosphere in a visual pleasing location.

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closetfoodie
Orlando
33 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Definitely worth a visit. Food was creative and the service was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was extremely loud and I could barely hear my boyfriend across the table. This is the second time I’ve been to Geist and both times we waited probably 15 minutes for a round of drinks. I ordered a glass of Prosecco. The first time, they comped a few drinks off the bill for the wait and this time nothing was amended. It was a bit of a disappointing experience for the price!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The noise was way to loud and the service was subpar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I was less than impressed with my food. Ordered shrimp and grits. Why you would ruin the delicate flavor of pecorino infused grits with a greasy over salted sauce that included pearl onions that were basically raw and not listed in the description of the dish is beyond me. It ruined my meal altogether. Add in that our table was not level so that everytime you touched it or picked up a glass it shifted was inexcusable. We asked to be moved before the wine was brought didnt happen. Went home hungry. Total meal cost for 2 was over 150.00 not a good experience at all. Beyond disappointed.

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vipWinelover72
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing-highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally worth a meal here. The food, cocktails, and dessert did not disappoint . From start to finish this meal was exquisite.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner

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ToddC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, food and service was on point! dessert was just ok, not worth $

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waited by the host table for 10 minutes (in an almost empty restaurant) while bar staff walked past and didn’t acknowledge us. Finally when I mentioned that we had a reservation we were immediately seated. Really ruined the experience for us.

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vipCTfoodie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We all absolutely loved the cuisine and would not hesitate to return. Service was a bit slow as we were served our appetizers a bit before our drink orders. Noise level was a bit tough for a party of 8 but just because of their success! Food quality surely made up for the noise and service!

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vipalex
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere. Very cool place

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BeckyL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible each and every time! Highly recommended.

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Gmilliner
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Despite a reservation made long ago and the cold winter weather, we were seated in a back porch with heaters... not what we expected!
Charcuterie tray was extremely good but won’t be enough for us to come back.

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vipTNFoodie
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I always enjoy Geist. The food is simply fabulous. However, this last visit was slightly less enjoyable because I was on the patio and it was COLD!!!! Not a fan of shivering while trying to enjoy a great meal.

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KG1234
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Fancy priced. Tried to seat us in an outdoor area with heaters. Not with a month in advance reservation...once we were seated inside it was great.

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BradC
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a set menu because of Valentine's Day, but the food and service were fantastic!

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NancyA
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice Valentines dinner! Really enjoyed our dinner—prix-fixe menu with 3 entre choice. Food was great as was the service. Intimate atmosphere, relaxed and comfortable. Really cool old building. Visiting from out of town. Definitely would recommend.

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vipMelissaL
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a Pre-Valentines dinner. All was great! Reasonably priced. I had the Salmon (Amazing!), my husband had the scallops, also amazing! Cocktails were delicious. We got the peppers for an app. They were the only thing we didn’t enjoy as much.

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vipAbbyR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked Geist from an Open Table review & we were not disappointed!! Love this restaurant. Our waitress was very sweet & the food was yummy. There was no problem sharing a main dish. We would definitely come again when visiting Nashville. Highly recommend.

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adam
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Disappointed in the food! Very salty! Should have said something. Couldn’t even finish the meal . Website is misleading on the happy hour. Was told no happy hour on food and only HH on 2 wines by the glass and 1/2 of wine on 3 or 4 bottles. Best part of dining was the sourdough bread ! Burger was below average. 1/2 chicken dish was below average. The building is beautiful.
I had to question the waiter bout HH and he was uninformed. Hmmm! I asked the hostess upon arrival about HH and she did not know anything ! For the price on food and drinks someone should know!!!

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vipKent
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Food good not exceptional.

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TeamBearCat
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finding ourselves in Nashville we wanted to find a restaurant we hadn’t known about before – OpenTable to the rescue! A place that once had been a blacksmith’s shop (they say it’s one of the oldest surviving buildings in Nashville...) seemed irresistible. And, once we began to sample the menu, it was.

Our meal began with a beef carpaccio with a garnish that tasted lightly of truffle oil. The special was a pork chop that we wisely decided to split. At least 1-1/2” thick but juicy and perfectly done, with tapenade on a base of yogurt sauce and balsamic reduction. We also had a not-so side dish of spaghetti squash in prosciutto which delightfully complemented the main course. Well-mixed drinks.

We love to find an unusual, historic place with a good bar and a superlative chef ... and we just did.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I planned my birthday brunch here and SO glad I did. Our server (I unfortunately, forgot her name...she had the BEAUTIFUL multicolored eye shadows/eyes and the most wonderful personality...thank you!) was PHENOMENAL!!! Food and drinks were top notch! Love this place. We will be back <3

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. A little spendy.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding! They tested myself and my group of friends so incredibly well! David our server was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This was our second time at Geist; the menu had changed from our first visit. For the better. The food was amazing, especially the oyster and octopus appetizers. My scallops were savory and cooked perfectly. My husband said his shrimp and grits dish was one of the best he ever had. We were a table of 8 and not one of us left disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic experience!

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Andrea
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

21st birthday brunch...delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner with friends at Geist. Great atmosphere and good service. Food was fun and well presented. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Came here for brunch and the food was delightful, especially the bacon! The atmosphere is beautiful and really old vintage vibe! Service was slower then I wished which is why I rated it for instead of five stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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TaylorSwift13
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such wonderful place to dine and my sister and I truly enjoyed!!!

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. I was celebrating my daughter’s birthday and your staff members made our moments very memorable. Thank you so much to everyone. Anthony

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vipRewind53
Mississippi
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good brunch but the omelette was not outstanding. Bacon side was wonderful.
My wife had the eggs Benedict and thought they were the best eggs she had ever had.
My only disappointment with the omelette was it was eggs cooked and folded over with asparagus and tomatoes tucked inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED our brunch experience here. The servers were incredibly attentive, the atmosphere was chic, and food was delicious. Alcoholic drinks are overpriced but everything else was well worth the cost. 10/10 recommend splitting a cinnamon roll and coffee (French press)

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KarenH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience! The pork chops and New York Strip which were both specials were outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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vippamsuelar
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The mimosas could be a little larger or less expensive, but I do love Geist!

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Geist is rated 4.7 stars by 329 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.