House of Cards

4.8
3065 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
House of Cards, named by OpenTable as one of America’s 100 Best Restaurants, is Nashville’s newest and most unique dining and entertainment experience. Located underground in a 10,000 sq. ft space, the venue offers an evening for guests unlike any other in the history of the South.
​House of Cards celebrates the art of magic, classic American cuisine and fine hand-crafted cocktails under one roof. Guests are encouraged to explore the dining room to enjoy the rare collections and be entertained by some of America’s top magicians who are stationed throughout the venue to provide mind boggling illusions and tricks all evening long. Complimentary tickets to magic performances in the showroom are included with purchase of a dinner entrée. Please, no outside bottles.

Dress code strictly enforced. For dress code details, visit HOCNashville.com/reservations. No photography inside the restaurant. Reservations encouraged. Walk-ins welcome subject to availability and dress code.

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What 3065 people are saying
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4.8
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4.9
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnnieM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It’s a fun unique experience just be ready to drop some coin!

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JoshuaM
Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaime was an excellent server and David Abbott was a great performer. Had a blast.

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vipJustineC
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, atmosphere, service and entertainment

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Madfam
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a blast 💥 and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The House of Cards magicians were hilarious and the food (I ordered Elk) and drinks were — when you factored in the magicians—was actually quite reasonable. Unique experience and we will return!

JF
JosephF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Excellent service, amazing food and a great magic show. Highly recommend for a good night out!

JC
JackChap
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch...something new for House of Cards. Food was very good and arrived very quickly. Service was excellent in both the usual dining service manner and the unexpected...as one would expect at HOC. We were seated near the piano played by Thurston the ghost. He has a fellow ghost who also plays the piano at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. I'd forgotten her name, but our waiter queried other members of the HOC staff until he got her name, and then we played 20 questions until "Erma" was revealed.

The magicians were great as always, and even oriented parts of their acts to entertain the kids who had come with families...something unusual for HOC. That said, all the kids were good and many made great straight men for the magicians. The close up magic at restaurant tables was confounding...as usual, and the theatre show with Dr. Gary Flegal was great.

Oh, it really is magic to step in out of the tourist hubbub of Nashville Broadway, walk down the secret staircase and into the quiet elegance of HOC. Will be going back

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AlyssaG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

EXCELLENT! Will definitely be back.

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Brib
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Food, waiter, and Magic show was good; however, we were lied to about being able to see the side acts.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Loved the aesthetic of this restaurant,
But personally felt that pricing did not reflect quality of the food. Service was alright but we definitely felt rushed to attend the magic show so much so that we ended up not ordering dessert and talked about how we wanted it so badly on the way home.
Lastly, our server was visibly upset when I decided to not order a bottle of wine and I would partake in a couple of glasses instead.The pressure to upsell guests must reflect this behavior in servers.

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ScottR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time.

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vipRance
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place to have dinner in Nashville. It is an experience like no other.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was a great evening and the venue is incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing beyond measure!!

JH
JimH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, the food was outstanding and the magicians were incredible.

CZ
ChuckZ
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unbelievable experience. The food is excellent and the staff is amazing. They go above and beyond not just with the service but also in keeping with the theme of the venue. Highly recommend and will definitely go again next time we’re in Nashville.

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Lisa
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambience was excellent. Food and drinks for the price just did not meet the previous reviews provided on the website. Magic show was short and just ok.

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AllenP
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1 of kind experience. Must stop for anyone visiting the area!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience!

EG
EvanG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful place, amazing magic, and great food. The GM was very hospitable and gave us a tour himself. 10/10 would recommend

JL
JadeL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Would absolutely go again. Service was excellent and environment was unlike anything I've ever experienced.

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Kruger2014
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at House of Cards was the most fun I have had in a long time. I really didn't know what to expect. My husband is a real foodie who can be hard to please at a restaurant. He started with the octopus appetizer and said it was the best octopus he'd ever had. I couldn't believe it! Then my dad got the lamb chops and HE said they were the best he'd ever had! The food was great, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere elegant. Yes, it's expensive. But when you understand that the evening is your food AND your entertainment, it becomes a better value. I don't know that I have ever been to a place with such a sophisticated vibe, and an enforced dress code. I thought it might be stuffy. It was not. It was just really, really nice. And the magic was a HOOT! The participatory magic at the stations was a blast. It was close up fun. And the magic show in the theater was really good too. It was all half comedy/half magic. Lots of laughter and lots of people thoroughly enjoying themselves. I absolutely LOVED it!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Felt like disney world in the best way possible

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DiscriminatingFoodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an experience that was enjoyed by the entire family, which included a 5 yr old, his parents & grandparents. I highly recommend this restaurant! It’s so much more than a restaurant with professional magicians doing their tricks in a couple different areas. The decor is opulent. Service was outstanding! Noise level low. Definitely a must-experIence venue!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all the way around! ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to HOC with friends coming into town and it was amazing!! The wagyu was 10/10 and the Mac n cheese was like no other. Attire is fancy so make sure to check before going and the magic will blow your mind!!! On our way home, we all could not stop talking about everything that happened. The magicians were highly rated globally and we were so impressed.
All staff were friendly, helpful, and personable. It’s a pricier dinner but well worth the entertainment and service. It’s “underneath” the Johnny Cash museum, there is usually an attendant standing outside the museum door to check IDs and walk you down. Go to this restaurant!! It is so fun, even for a 9:00 pm reservation!
We’ll definitely be going again with family members!

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vipBillA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a most entertaining experience. Unique for Nashville

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. The most unique dining experience I’ve ever had.

JB
JeffreyB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice. I really enjoyed it. Food was good and the show was good. I would recommend.

LH
LuvHC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so well prepared, even dishes you think you would never eat are delicious! My brother was really freaked out looking at "Octopus" as an appetizer, but confessed it did taste good. Presentation and taste do not disappoint.

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KaylaG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful dining area with excellent service. The magic was phenomenal! A romantic and entertaining night out.

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best night out. Great food, entertainment and service.

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Lchunt333
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our waiter was the best. We sat next to thurston the piano player and loved it! Great time!

MB
MichaelB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The food was not worth the amount we paid. My filet migon if you can call it that looked like Salisbury. There was way too much pepper. The potatoes tasted instant. Not a great way to have an anniversary dinner.

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LindaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun, loved this experience. Great ambiance, food and service.

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vipStacy
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a great staff, incredible setting and top-rate food, it’s easy to give this place 5 stars without the magic. Add in the professional magicians and you have a perfect spot for that special occasion.

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JASMINEJ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the food was absolutely amazing and the magic was super entertaining.

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vipSonny
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic.
Sooner our server was exceptional.
Happy birthday Sooner.

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MattT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our anniversary and will be coming back again!

FD
FineDining
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

After seeing House of Cards on the Open Table app I was very intrigued. The dark and mysterious decode paired with the swanky dress code immediately drew me in. I knew exactly what dress I wanted to wear and getting ready for my evening out was only the beginning of the production to come. Parking was not hard to find although one can expect to meet heavy traffic along Broadway. Upon entering the museum I was greeted by name, asked for my ID, and led to the staircase. Here pictures are permitted, but no photos are allowed inside. I reserved a bar seat for the evening, and my bartender was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful guiding myself and others throughout their experience. I was also given a tour by a gentleman who greeted me at the door which included showing me one of the oldest playing cards in history and a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs. My meal was satisfying, I started with the scallops which were a little undercooked for my taste, but my entree of the lamb rack was tender and satisfying. I enjoyed the Treana Cabernet throughout the evening which heightened my entertainment of whimsical magic. I think going into too much detail about what to expect during the course of the evening would take away from House of Cards’ mysterious appeal. I suggest diners wear their swankiest attire, be open minded, and enjoy an evening of mystery and magic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a new and great first time experience! Everyone was very friendly and super nice the food was very good and the magic was unbelievable.

FAQs

House of Cards is rated 4.8 stars by 3065 OpenTable diners.

House of Cards does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://houseofcards.securetree.com/.

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.