House of Cards

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House of Cards, named by OpenTable as one of America’s 100 Best Restaurants, is Nashville’s newest & most unique dining and entertainment experience. Located underground in a one of a kind 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 required for dining room, walk-ins welcome at bar subject to dress code.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.6
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Lovely fun environment for adults. The magician comedian Lucy Darling is as outstanding.

MW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for a date night or outing with friends or whatever your special occasion is. We went on a Monday night and it was not too crowded at all. Very intimate.

TN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a unique experience. The ambiance, drinks and food were great! The entertainment was good too (there was one trick that I noticed went awry). It came at a price, but overall it was a good time.

RW
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed our first time at house of cards. We especially liked the magicians both at the show and the smaller venues. I had the grilled halibut. It was very flavorful but slightly over cooked. The blue cheese potato and sprouts which we shared were very good.
Surprised no bread was offered. My husband had to he Osso Bucca which he said was good but overcooked. We shared a complimentary flourless chocolate cake with cherries for his birthday. I had a drink which the waiter said was very sweet. It was. Over all a unique experience and a fun place to bring guests.
If you include the shows the high price if the food for what you get was reasonable.

k
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! There were some questionable food that was a part of the halibut that none of enjoyed but the rest was delicious! Our party had the halibut, filet mignon and the leg of rabbit. All great! The Brussels sprouts are a must try!
The main magician show was very entertaining and fun as well as all the street magicians. Constant amazement at their skills and ability to entertain! Going on a Sunday evening was not as crowded as a weekend so we were able to sit up close with every magician. Definitely a fun night out!

AB
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went during Sunday brunch. Birthday was not acknowledged even though we mentioned when making the reservation online. We had to ask the waiter multiple times to refill our waters. Shrimp and raw oyster bar were good. Overall we felt the rest of the food was good but nothing special. We were all disappointed there was not a dessert table; Just a tiny “dessert waffle” table. Kids loved the magic tables during brunch and the magic show in theatre was fantastic.

TG
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Loved the ambiance. Food was plentiful and delicious. The “corner” magicians were really amazing. I felt the show itself was geared toward children. Simple but entertaining.
We were there for Sunday brunch. So many families with children.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. The magic is so fun and entertaining. This is a fun place to spend a night.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought family and friends to enjoy and evening out. It was a great time!

B
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and show

JB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time. Noise level was high. Table behind us was so loud couldn’t hear.
Food great!! Magic was excellent. What a great birthday dinner.

RH
Nashville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband there for a birthday surprise. House of cards has been on our list of places to go eventually. So happy we finally did it! The food was amazing and the magicians are mind blowing, for lack of a better phrase. It was also nice to go to a place that wants you to dress up for an evening out. That doesn’t happen very many places these days. Makes it feel even more special.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

House of Cards sounded like it would be fun, and it did not disappoint! My colleague and I went for dinner on Friday, after a long work week. Everyone there was dressed for a fun date night. We didn’t feel out of place. The Magic was amazing! Totally worth the visit. Our dinner was delicious. Great ambiance.

JF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food1service4ambience5

Loved the concept and ambiance. We had a porterhouse that was lackluster at best. Obviously pay for the experience, but was disappointed in quality of food.

BB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing atmosphere and very entertaining show. Table magic was superb. Really, really enjoyed it and will definitely be back!

c
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Magical! We went to celebrate a friends birthday and it exceeded all our expectations! First of all, the ambiance was just right. Service was excellent. And the magic was mesmerizing! But on top of all that, I went thinking this would be mostly all about the magic and the food would probably just be ok. Well, I was wrong about that. The food was awesome too!
Highly, highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love HOC! The close up magic is outstanding. Ryan, is the best! Service and food are excellent!

TS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great place to spend an evening out. Fantastic magic in a unique setting, hidden in the heart of Nashville. A must see, over and over again.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

House of Cards does not disappoint. When I found it online, I thought: "Is this place for real?" It is.

JD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. Also the magicians were by far the best I’ve ever seen

J
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was ok. I'm not sure why it's one of Open Tables 100 best restaurants in America. Not worth the cost to keep coming back but it was fun to go once for the experience. The wine the bartender recommended was just ok though their House Old Fashioned was made well.

If I were comparing other restaurants in the area, I had better food at STK in the Gulch but you're really going for the experience at HOC.

BC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Phenomenal atmosphere. The food was super delicious but a little overpriced. Your entree purchase includes a ticket to a magic show.
Highly recommended the scallops! The duck egg on my NY Strip was beyond amazing!

JP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great shows. We will definitely go back in 5he future

SP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time there. Absolutely love it. A little pricey, but absolutely worth it. Will definitely return.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! I’m always AMAZED! Everyone is always friendly and it’s an absolute escape from the mundane daily grind. SUCH a fun place to bring friends who visit town!

JT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The experience was awesome! We felt like we got our money’s worth. The atmosphere, food and service was phenomenal!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love House of Cards! We've gone multiple times and it always amazes. Food, drinks, service, shows are all exceptional.

JS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great time. Very entertaining. Fantastic bar and selection of liquors.

BB
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The pork chop did not live up to the high expectation the waiter had built up. It was chewy and some bites had to be discreetly transferred back into my napkin. The garlic mashed potatoes were room temperature. The soup was tasty. Other tables were given a tour of the restaurant, something I would have enjoyed, but was never offered; I wonder if that was because I was a solo diner. I find that when I eat alone I am often shortchanged, as the tip at my table is bound to be smaller than the tip at tables with larger checks. I was temped to grouse as the cost of the meal, given the subpar quality of the meal, but when you consider that the price of dinner includes the entertainment, it's still an excellent value. After supper I enjoyed several "table magicians" doing close up magic. Some of the tricks were maybe a little dated (the floating cigarette, for instance) but were still performed flawlessly. Other magicians, notably Amory Hermetz, were excellent, with tricks I'd never seen before. The thirty minute mainstage show featured Oscar Munoz. He was entertaining, if a tad homophobic at times. I'd happily return to the House of Cards--as long as I get something besides the pork chop.

MC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and we couldn’t have had a better time! Service, food, and manic were all excellent!

LS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Overall the House of Cards is a good experience, but there are a lot of weaknesses. Management overdoes its caution about the dress code. We got the feeling that the attitude was, "If we cannot drive you away, we'll tolerate you." The ambiance and decoration was very nice and well done. The food was OK, but not great. The service was OK, but not great. (I ordered a cocktail, for instance, and got it after we had had our appetizer.) Was it worth the money? Probably not.

DW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time interacting with the magicians and the food was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

s
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A tremendous restaurant with amazing ambience, cuisine, staff and entertainment. This is a must do experience every time we travel to Nashville!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

was told to leave & buy a change of clothes at a boutique that was a 20 min walk both ways, all bc we were wearing black pants... very rude hostess

MZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Sat litterly at the bar not at a bar table very disappointing, magic show was assigned time 2 hours and 15 minutes after reservations time wayyyyyyyy to long after dinner , lameeeee

H
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a first visit for my wife and I to House of Cards. We had heard about it, and decided to go for our anniversary for "something different." The evening was very enjoyable. Wait staff was very attentive, made good food and drink recommendations, and also made us very comfortable about the cadence of the evening...food, then show, then "up close" magic. The setting is very cool. The owners have curated some great prints and memorabilia.

TM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a magician myself, a venue that offers a magical experience is key. HOC reminded me of The Magic Castle in many ways. Keep up the good work! - Jeffrey

OT
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even after multiple visits, HoC continues to impress us. The quality of food, the high level of service, the unique ambiance, the attention to detail- everything. There's nothing else like the House of Cards experience.