Geist

4.6
534 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 534 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.7
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MiaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was great with our many food allergies! Food was delicious!

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RachB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service3ambience5

We heard such great things and read the reviews about this little spot, so it is with regret that we report we left our reservation at Geist rather unimpressed, if not disappointed. The overall vibe and ambience of this spot are excellent as long as you are not seated in the back room of the restaurant near the open hot window of the kitchen, which felt very closed-off from the rest of the restaurant scene and was distracting, with kitchen staff shouting orders and tickets to one another. This was the equivalent of having a seat to a Broadway musical with a view of side stage and witnessing behind the curtain as actors run about in mad dashes to change costumes - it loses some of the romance for sure. We made our reservations more than a month in advance, so didn't think this was the most thoughtful of table selections, but the hostess was darling and helped us find another table after we mentioned the vibe-kill. Otherwise, the waitstaff was extremely friendly, upbeat and considerate. The biggest issue we had was the length of time it took to receive our food. This is a small kitchen, so we were prepared for a wait (rez was at 6:45pm). We ordered several small plates to start and those came out quickly and were delicious. We additionally ordered 3 entrees to split between us family style - and it took (no joke) an hour and 21 minutes to receive our order! That's ridiculous. No one - ever mentioned the delay, apologized or offered an explanation. When our plates did arrive, the overall experience was average. The filet was excellent, the pork was slightly above average, and the scallops were nearly inedible. 2 of the 3 large scallops in the portion were absolutely filled with sand - meaning, they were not well cleaned. A mouth full of grit is gross. There was no way we were going to wait for another entree, but our server brought out a side to compensate - which cured the hunger pangs and got the job done. Overall, it's very unlikely we'll be back

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vipKTAL
New Orleans
60 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food but prices high for entrees.
3 scallops for about $30 is high. Should lower price or give more scallops in entree.

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dalliken
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I made a reservation for 4 at 12pm. Multiple people were sat before me and I waited 30 minutes for a table. What’s the point in a reservation? We went there for my friends birthday and our waitress had a nasty attitude towards us but the table behind us also was celebrating someone’s birthday and our waitress sang happy birthday to them and took a shot of whatever they had. Which the drinking I don’t care it’s just expected the same for my friend. The food wasn’t bad but for what we paid for I was expecting a little more. Definitely won’t be going back.

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CM82
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with friends

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Josh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

This is a beautiful restaurant with good food, no doubt. However, the service is severely lacking and the cost is inflated.

I recently had dinner there and didn’t receive our entrees for well over 90 minutes after ordering. Last time I checked a medium rare steak takes 4-5 minutes a side. All in all, it was a three and a half hour dinner. The waitress was friendly, but not attentive.

For the cost, there are dozens of better alternatives in town with better food and service. I won’t be coming back.

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vipNYC60traveller
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor space is very nice. The server was excellent-friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Tasty food and generous portions. Highly recommend a trip to Geist.

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TaddE
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always great. Drinks are on point. We love Geist!

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BurneyD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around! The atmosphere, food, and service was perfect.

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vipBBar
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful atmosphere in a historic setting. Good food and service. Our only complaint is we were one of two tables in the side dining room and with 8 or so other tables open and they seated the next incoming party right on top of us. Kind of killed the date mood. And they were plenty of tables still open when we left so it wasn’t as if all the other tables were reserved. Nice patio area as well but it was full.

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KatieH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was wonder, service was great, and the patio was so inviting!

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vipSSM13
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Ambience is fantastic. I had the halibut and it was amazing. I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, atmosphere, and service. Drinks and food were all as delicious as they were beautifully presented. Geist has been on our must-visit list for a few years and I’m so glad we finally got to experience it. We are looking forward to another visit in the future.

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SheilaH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my 83 year old mother to Geist for Mothers Day and it was a wonderful experience! Our server was wonderful! We were seated in the porch area and se asked him about his mother who was in FL. He was not with her so he helped our time together be above and beyond. He really was wonderful with service. The food was perfect! We highly recommend Geist.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food was yummy!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was great but service was absolutely terrible. Our server never checked on us. We were missing an appetizer but never could ask for it because she never came back to our table. Then she brought 1 check for a group of 8. Never asked if we wanted it split and when we asked, she said she couldn’t itemize it out so we had to do the math and figure it out ourselves (should be her job). We will not be returning even though food was great. Overall a terrible experience.

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AllieH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for brunch. The drinks and service were great. Would highly recommend.

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HayleyS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was alright but overpriced.
Same with the drinks. Too much for one small cocktail. The wait for our food took over 45 minutes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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KellieD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, friendly server. Did feel a bit rushed and was not asked if we needed/wanted anything else before check arrived. 🤔

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

the restaurant was good
we got charged for a drink we did not order or have
i have emailed them for a refund

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Samson
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

If you find it acceptable to wait forty minutes to have your reservation honored, an additional forty minutes to be presented with a minuscule, low-effort charcuterie board, and have a member of your party sit and wait without their entre for an hour while others are served, this is absolutely the spot for you.

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Tena
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant was completely overbooked, we had an 8:15 reservation and didn’t get seated until 9. We didn’t get to order drinks or food until 9:15/9:30. They were out of some apps as well. We let the server know our experience didn’t start out great and they sent out a complimentary app which was nice. Our salmon and steak were over cooked but most of the food was pretty good. Our server was doing his best despite clearly being in the weeds. Had to ask a few times for certain things. I’ve had previous good experiences here and will try it again, but I will avoid on a weekend. It seemed like they just crammed as many people in as they could and weren’t concerned with how that would affect their customers and staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

sorry very very bad

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Took a little longer than usual to get meal. If we could have gotten cocktails sooner would have been perfect. We love the Geist and will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food is amazing

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ErinST
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambience, and cocktails were excellent! We had a little mix up and were late for our reservation, but everyone was super accommodating. It was very much appreciated. We all really needed a nice night out!

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RickM
Toledo
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Geist continues to raise the bar. Outdoor Champagne Garden is beautiful and makes the overall venue seamless. Wonderful staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Able to accommodate a good size group on short notice. Food was very good

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Joel
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The OpenTable app had the wrong menu, which is unfortunate because it wasn't up to date.

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LaraL
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Fist time at Geist house. We were very excited and drove in from College Grove for the brunch we had heard so much about. Our server was completely absent, when he was there he appeared annoyed. The food was served COLD I mean refrigerator cold. My husband had the chicken sandwich I had the banana bread. My husband drank soda and ran out first 10 minutes we asked multiple times for refills and with the CHECK he finally brought one. So disappointing and we love food and restaurant experiences. Also, I ordered cinnamon bun and he promptly said “oh we’re out, we always run out about 11am ? Our reservation was 11:15 ?? Shouldn’t you be able to fix that ?! Nothing about our experience was good. Actually I drank the Pleasure and both were lovely!

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Erin
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dining experience! Everything on the brunch menu looked and tasted great! Those cocktails were delicious as well!

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DeborahC
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came with out of town friends for an evening dinner. Everything was perfect! The ambiance is lovely, the parking was fine, the waiters and bar staff were helpful. Our food choices were delish! We will definitely come again.

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Ashley
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super pleased with our experience - great food and great service. Will be back!

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Caleb
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great tasting food. Definitely would go back again.

JC
JCPIV
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overall food was good although not as good a prepandemic. Service was good but rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday brunch and we loved every second we spent there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Corn dogs were great! They tried to seat us near the sun. We requested to be outside, but not THAT outside. Waiter had annoying accent, love him anyway. Couldn’t find freddy at the end. 5 stars because...because. Xoxoxo KK

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RobynM
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch!!! Food was so fun and delicious! Also a lot of good drink options. We sat outside and it is the cutest place. Great ambiance!

KD
KellyD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most incredible dinners we have ever had! Try the private dining experience! So cool!

FAQs

Geist is rated 4.6 stars by 534 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.