Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse

4.5
6401 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Housed in a glorious Southern mansion in the heart of Music City, Jimmy Kelly’s continues to be the standard by which all American steakhouses are measured. Founded in 1934 while the country was in the throes of the Great Depression and just one year removed from the repeal of prohibition, Jimmy Kelly made a promise to himself and his diners. Simply put, he would serve a great steak, a generous portion of whiskey and insure the service was always attentive. Making good on that promise has been the cornerstone of the restaurant’s success and enabled it to survive and flourish. Now over 80 years later and operated by the third generation of Kellys, it has earned a reputation as one of the grand old restaurants not only in Nashville but the entire southeast. Come anytime and enjoy a great steak and a generous portion of whiskey!
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stevep
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our waiter [Marcus] is the bet ever

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DenniseV
Nashville
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing (as for Claude if you get the chance)
Food was delicious
Overall it was a wonderful date night

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jimmy Kelly’s is constantly delicious, and the staff is consistently incredible! You feel like you’re dinning with friends with how they treat you!

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BillyC
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was outstanding. The filets were cooked perfect! The mixed drinks were good. Our waiter (Bill) was excellent!!!

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TonyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual however another guest was rude enough to let thier phone ring with an obnoxious ringtone three times. Not the restaurant’s fault

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jenniferf
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We came here after receiving a gift card for Christmas with high expectations given the history. We sat in a quiet upstairs area with 4 other tables and it was so quiet and awkward you could hear the person next to you chewing. The server who said he’s been there 4 years didn’t know which bottle of wine we ordered without looking at a menu. The steak was not seasoned at all and we both ordered medium rare and received medium well. It was chewy with no flavor. The Mac n cheese was watery. Overall terrible experience & I can’t believe we wasted $150 on top of the $100 gift card when we could have made a better meal at home.

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BeverlyM
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We had a reservations for 6:30 for 6 people. We were seated immediately and drink and food orders were taken promptly. But it was after 8:00 before our entrees came out. I’m sure they are short on staff but no apologies were made. Nothing was said about it taking so long to serve our meals. We skipped dessert because it was 9:00 by the time we asked for our checks. It’s sad to see a great restaurant that we enjoy so much decline.

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DannyS
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal and service!

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vipColumbiaFoodie
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our overall dining experience was wonderful. We had dinner with friends before a ballgame. We were seated promptly and everything was perfect from the service to the steaks. The fillets were cooked perfectly and the fried oyster appetizers were also perfect. One of the iconic restaurants in Nashville.

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MaryP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous blue cheese stuffed fillets and salmon. Terrific house salad. Huge twice baked potato. Excellent service from Chris. Would have preferred to sit inside versus the covered patio but overall a delightful experience! Highly recommended. Valet service was very prompt as well.

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kjluvsfood
Western KY
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jimmy Kellys never disappoints!! Great food and great service in a wonderful atmosphere.

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JTRose
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steaks here are some of the best I have had in the country. I do believe the Filet is the best choice. Me and my wife general get one Filet stuffed with blue Cheese and one without and then share them so we get the best of both worlds. This visit we had the Chateaubriand, it was one of my favorites but not on the menu currently. I asked for it in advance and they were happy to make it for us. So tender and the flavor was top notch. I also tried their crab cakes, which I didn't have high hopes for since I have lived on both the east coast and west coast. But wow, I'm not sure how the cake was holding together since it had so much fresh crab meat in it. I will be ordering that more often for sure. If you have never been here for dinner do yourself a favor and forget about the big high end chain and come here. This is the oldest running steak house in Nashville and there is a good reason for it. I think this is the 87th year for them but not in the same location. Cool location, friendly staff and great food, what else do you need.

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MalinaT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Michael ordered special. $75 meal. Value not there.

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vipRichardM
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last nights dinner was as good as we have had there in two years. We have dined at Jimmy Kelly’s for 30 years and we have had some meals not up to their standard or at least it felt that way to us. Last nights dinner felt like they were back. Crazy weather, not as busy maybe but food was excellent. Salad was great, steak was perfection and even the baked potato was better. We will return and continue recommending to our friends.

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vipMILMAC
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sad but would not recommend!!!!! Not the same quality as years past--- We went for our anniversary- we had not been in about 3 years- we are local for 50 years- Waiter was soooo BAD- so disengaged- could care less! The food was not as good as other steakhouses in the area! Everything from salad to dessert was not worth the money- all just dated & poorly severed! The Salad was not fresh & skimpy, the dressing watery, dessert was cold and old- filet had zero flavor- We hate to write bad reviews but this one is justified! Out of all the steakhouses in Nashville do not go to this one! The enclosed patio was really nice though- Sorry to say that is the only great thing!

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MartinH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great and entertaining service and a wonderful ambiance.

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JenniferN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was a very beautiful old colonial style home which was built for one of Nashville’s first physicians. So lots of history. The food was delicious just needed a little salt but overall very good. My filet was so tender it cut like butter. Very nice high end steak house. Great place to go for a special occasion. Be ready to spend over $100 for a party of two. I would recommend it.

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Bossman1
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my first time going and it was an amazing experience. Will most definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday blackberry dessert was amazing! Jimmy was a great host.

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vipSpencerB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a great Birthday

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vipJillB
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Our family of four all ordered steaks. The were cooked to the right temperature with no taste. Sadly the only thing that had flavor were the French fries.
Service- Robotic style ! Very disappointed with the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Ambience +
Food—everything was great—except the steak! My husband and I each ordered a filet, medium rare. My was served medium. My husband’s was well done. He sent his back, and the returned steak was raw. The server took his steak off our check, but it was disappointing to not enjoy a great dinner.

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MIkeZ
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!! Will definitely be returning.

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MikeF
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert W. Was great..very knowledgeable pertaining to menu and prompt with wine refills. Our dinner was perfect as always. Clyde is our favorite . We could over hear him sing ginger Happy Birthday in another room!. We could also hear the kitchen..great energy and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my son here for a great steak and BBQ Prawns. Jimmy and Bill provided superb service, in a nice quiet area offset from the bar. The timing of everything was perfect, along with outstanding food presentation and flavor. My son is 11 years old, and NOW he knows the difference between fine dining and chain steakhouses. It was a spectacular experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.

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TonyC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server Joe was outstanding the best service ever.

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fheather
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The filets, sides and desserts were delicious. The ribeye was tough and chewy. Service was friendly, but in past when we had people that hadn't been before, some history of the restaurant was given and the menu explained. We asked questions about how large the sharable sides were and got "depends on how hungry you are". When asking about ribeye, would have helped to know about tenderness level, get recommendations, etc.

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Sandi
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great southern charm, service is excellent. Plan to go back soon

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spencey
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience! Our steaks were awesome and our waiter, Jeff, provided great service along with several laughs along the way. Couldn’t have been better!

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CraigC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak and potato were great. Salad is nothing special.

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DonnaS
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jimmy Kelly's is always a great experience. The food is amazing and the service is awesome. We love going there, whether it be to celebrate an occasion or just for a nice meal.

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vipWalt
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was the difference maker. Robert, our waiter, was great. Drinks were well made. We had calamari as an appetizer and would not order it again. Pieces were small and the breading overpowered the calamari. Salads were good. Steaks were fantastic. The chocolate cake desert was amazing. We were in one of the upstairs dining rooms and it was very quiet. They should have background music piped in. Would come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great birthday dinner. The Bootlegger Ribeye was its usual tender juicy self and my wife’s bacon wrapped and blue cheese stuffed filet was melt in your mouth good. Sides wee great. Special thanks to our server Karla . She was great and helped make our night special.

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Nashvilletwin
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappointed. Food amazing and worth the price. Ask for Carla - she is simply the best server. She knows her stuff, and is attentive and fun.

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MichelleC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks and atmosphere. Love this place for a quiet night out and good food.

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jillh
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to dine here when the Christmas trees were still up since we were celebrating a late holiday due to Co-vid. Robert our server was exceptional, always there to assist and great sense of humor kept for a fun evening. Steaks were cooked to perfection.

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FaithM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Our server was Jeff-he did an excellent job.

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vipProcky
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was not seated when I arrived because the rest of my party was late. So I stood in the cold by the door waiting. With the restaurant half empty I didn't see a reason for that. I've had better steak at much less expensive restaurants.

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TerryP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner and the service was great! New York Strip was fantastic as always. Corn cakes are a favorite of mine and have been one since started eating here 40 some odd years ago....

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