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Geist, Nashville, TN
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Geist

4.6
4.6
1598 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.

Managing Partner- Freddy Schwenk
General Manager- Jillian Waggoner
Executive Chef- Alex Nekhamkin
Executive Sous Chef- Harrison Smith
Sous Chef- Ron Busby

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 55 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (615) 920-5440

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Nekhamin

  • Private party facilities

    for private dining or events, please email Jillian@geistnashville.com

  • Neighborhood

    Germantown

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot behind the restaurant along with several public paid lots and street parking throughout our neighborhood. Ride sharing is strongly encouraged.

  • Public transit

    Jefferson St & 6th Ave WB Jefferson St & 8th Ave N EBBus Station Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • HALF OFF WINE BY THE BOTTLE

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Please join us every Monday night for half off wines by the bottle.
  • Happy Hour until 6pm every day

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Thu - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    HAPPY HOUR SUNDAY-THURSDAY 5-6PM! $50 BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE $10 SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

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Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and table servers
  2. KL

    KendallL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As locals we are always looking for new dinner options so after reading about Geist we decided to give it a try. This was one of the best meals we have had in Nashville! We shared a few small plates but the bread and the beet salad were favorites . We had the gnocchi with lamb ragu and the nightly special which was the most tender flavorful ribeye . Service was attentive and the food was outstanding. Perfect setting as it was quiet enough to talk at the table but not overhear other tables. Beautiful restaurant that deserves the 5 stars
  3. AS

    AmyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were delighted at the menu - and service was incredible - we were a large party and it was the best service ever! Prompt on all and meals came out in great time! Well Done Geist!
  4. HD

    HarperD

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was good but my husband got a hash with basically two pieces of meat in it and all potatoes. It was very pricey (but what isn’t these days). The most disappointing thing was we brought our 18 month old and they didn’t have any high chairs… buy some high chairs Geist it’s 2022 and parents want to go to brunch too.
  5. BF

    BuffaloFoodie

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Geist is an all-around winner and my next trip to Nashville I’ll be reserving for dinner here. The staff took my food allergy seriously, menu is superb, as is the service. The building/rooms are historical and cozy.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Whipped feta was exceptional! Crispy pork belly a disappointment. Service and ambiance great!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Good portions, fair prices. Great service and ambience.
  8. b

    brittany

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing menu, staff is very friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect for every day dining, a Buisness meal, or special occasion.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful sunny cold day and this was the perfect spot to enjoy a great brunch.
  10. IG

    IreneG

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambiance, very nice, unique building The food was very good but the bread is not that good to merit to have to pay for it.
  11. FS

    FoodiefromSeattle

    Nashville

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great evening at Geist. Cocktails were delicious. We had the fried green tomatoes and whipped feta appetizers. Our group of 4 had 3 different entrees - the black cod, the monkfish in mole’ sauce, and the duck. All were excellent. We had 2 of the desserts and they were excellent too. Nice ambiance. Service was excellent.
  12. VT

    VicT

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Unfortunately, when I made the reservation, I was unaware of the inside dining room (which was full) and the "outside" dining area which looked more consistent with a tavern / bar food setup. There were two open flame (non-vented rather) propane burners with that not so appetizing smell of said propane. The area was stuffy and not acceptable for the food's price-point. Now the food. Good but the portions were tiny. I mean really small. I've seen this trend (albeit, not been out much in recent years due to COVID) in smaller and smaller fish portions (maybe 4 oz?) At 38 bucks for Monkfish, the dish looked laughable. My wife ordered a beef dish which was far hardier in the amount of beef and sides. My son had risotto and, as cheap as those ingredients are, his dish was - small (not quite tiny). Lastly, his girlfriend had the black cod which was, dare I say, tiny again. I would happily pay at hefty price for a meal which would leave me satisfied but not stuffed. Happily. But Geist just did not deliver that experience the evening we dined. Don't think we will return (hopefully this was a one off evening and you will fare far better).
  13. T

    Tsp1

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    yay for places that take Brunch reservations so you don’t have to wait for hours to get brekkie on weekends! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal: we started with the cinnamon bun, whipped feta, continued on to avocado toast (outstanding) and a beautiful beet salad which was truly the most refreshing salad I didn’t realize my body needed until I tasted it. Breakfast sandwiches featured bacon and eggs cooked to perfection. Shashuka and the pork belly dish, as well as cocktails were also great. Our waitstaff were so kind obliging seating requests, and making the experience relaxing and honestly just treated us really well!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner I’ve had in a long time. Kudos to the chef. Service was spot on too.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved EVERYTHING!! Manon was excellent and huge props to Chef Harrison and crew. We had an amazing experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was to die for. We had whip feta, beets, cavatelli, black cod, and pork chop and they were all 10/10. Can’t wait to come back and try more things!
  19. DS

    DavidS

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Definitely not my best experience. Black cod was not able fish like expected. Portions were small. Drinks always excellent

    GeistResponded on January 12, 2023Hello DavidS, Thanks for dining with us and leaving a review. We do serve black cod which is the same fish as sablefish, just a different name. The fish is a 6 oz portion which is a standard serving in most restaurants. Have a good day! Best, Alex

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I booked this brunch reservation for my girlfriends birthday, and sadly, the food was really low quality The buns on our breakfast sandwich looked like some had a leftover loaf from McDonald’s laying around. The contents were small and meager. We left hungry, no joke. We both agreed paying $30 to First-watch instead of the 66$ we spent at Geist would have been substantially better. Sorry to be direct but figure the feedback is needed to improve.
  22. D

    Donna

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Thought it was pretty average - nothing stood out. Nothing bad, nothing great.
  23. H

    Harry

    Tampa

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Geist. Great food and outstanding service in a beautiful atmosphere. Menu was unique and fresh and portions were large. Highly recommend Geist and bravo to your bartender and server.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This was a really great find! The drinks are amazing! The two of us loved our meals and we will definitely be going back together and apart!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends, had good conversations, lots of mimosas, and good food. The hot sauce butter on the chicken and waffles was a nice touch
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch. Bad weather first week of January but was great to see them be busy. Will definitely be back soon.
  27. T

    Tango

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a high-end cocktail or dinner.
  28. B

    Bigal

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time! Great food and options! First time back since tornado and COVID. Like the vibe! Will be back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still one of my favorite restaurants in town. Thanks for the great experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal
  31. C

    Claire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Geist was absolutely beautiful. Food was amazing and so was the atmosphere. We dined on a thursday for my 22nd birthday and there was barely anyone there. It was quite quiet and intimate. Our waiter was super nice as well. Will return.
  32. EP

    ElissaP

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Spot was beautiful, we got there right when they opened so vibe was not happening and they seemed "put off" that we were there then, despite a reservation. Chef was not very accomodationg to a dairy allergy, service was okay.

    GeistResponded on January 6, 2023Hello ElissaP, Thanks for dining with us and leaving a review. Generally we are a little slower than usual at the beginning of most nights and pick up later on. Looking back at your table's order and after speaking with some staff that took care of you it looks like we were very accommodating of the dairy allergy that was at your table. For the dish that was ordered we removed the two dairy component and even substituted it out with no dairy ingredients from a different dish. Best, Alex

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NYE was great!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Geist has been one of my favorite places in Nashville until recently. I came here with friends in NYE for their $85 prix fixe menu. The service was terrible. We had to order everything all at once for each course which was fine but then we waited over an hour for appetizers. We ended up being here for 3 hours total which is insane for just dinner. There were two upcharged choices for entrees (3 others with no upcharge). The steak was an entree that was a $45 upcharge and it was good, but not worth the additional cost. The risotto was also a $30 upcharge and came cold and a super small portion. I was able to finish my entire entree which is normally not the case with this restaurant when getting appetizers. The part that really kind of annoyed us was when we received our bill at the end of the night. Because dinner took so long and it's NYE, we ordered a lot of drinks, and there was an automatic 21% gratuity added on, plus 2.5% for "kitchen love". We were only a party of 4, and there was no warning about the automatic 23.5% gratuity when booking the reservation, so we all found this sort of tacky. Normally, this is around 15-18% if it’s automatically added. Overall, the service was not what I've experienced in the past, the food was just okay, and the automatic 23.5% gratuity charges really put it over the top. I don't know if I'll ever come back here which is really sad because this was one of my favorite spots before this experience.

    GeistResponded on January 4, 2023As I mentioned already, I am so sorry for your experience, that is not up to our standard at all. That said, I do believe that the question I asked you was completely reasonable. I was not rude, mean, or vulgar. You said that Geist was your favorite restaurant "until recently." So I looked, and you have never left us a review. I think its pretty reasonable to simply ask why, if you loved Geist so much, have you never reviewed us until now? Regardless, I Hope you have a great day.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We spent NYE at Geist. The preset menu was fantastic! My only mild complaint is that parking was crazy so an option for valet would have made the experience better.

    GeistResponded on January 1, 2023thank you for coming! so glas that you enjoyed the food and your night out. As far as parking, i know...it can get crazy on our side of town, and our 50 free spaces fill up so quickly. We would love to offer valet but unfortunately we share the lot with the bar nextdoor, and all of the surrounding lots are privately owned. Thank you for spending your NYE with us!

  36. JP

    JoyP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, ambience, and fantastic food and service. The only negative was the 21% automatic gratuity charge. We most likely would have given more to our lovely waitress but the auto charge decided for us. That was a disappointment to an otherwise wonderful experience.

    GeistResponded on January 1, 2023thank you so much for the good review! im glad that you enjoyed everything and im thankful that you spent your NYE with us. as far as the autograt, we always do that for holidays. However, you may have not noticed but there should have been an "additional tip" line for you. all that being said, we really appreciate you even thinking about tipping extra. folks like you make what we do worth it!

  37. b

    breakingbread

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience. Food was delicious. Sauces were out of this world. Building was one of a kind. Pricey but worth it!!!!!!
  38. r

    r3ritter

    Nashville

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Chef's menu for New Year's Eve. It was our anniversary and it was the perfect dinner to celebrate. From the oysters to the chocolate tahini cake, everything was delicious. They spaced out the guests so that you didn't feel people were sitting on top of each other and you could carry on a conversation without having to yell at each other which is hard to find on a busy night. We have been here several times and have never been disappointed in the food or the service. Will definitely be back again.
  39. GD

    GrannieD

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal on New Years Eve!!! Heather our server was great and I can’t say enough about the food!! Every course was fantastic and I’m hard to impress! Will be coming back for sure and our thanks to everyone who made our last minute decision a great night!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience

FAQs

Geist is rated 4.6 stars by 1598 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 55 times today
Google Map for Geist

311 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208-2743

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Germantown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot behind the restaurant along with several public paid lots and street parking throughout our neighborhood. Ride sharing is strongly encouraged.

  • Public transit

    Jefferson St & 6th Ave WB Jefferson St & 8th Ave N EBBus Station Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Nekhamin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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