Ludlow's Gumbo Bar & Steak

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$30 and under
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American
Ludlow's Gumbo Bar & Steak joins the 12 South neighborhood as a locally owned and operated Restaurant & Bar serving scratch made hearty plates of American cuisine, Enormous Bloody Marys, Big Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays, Fresh Seafood, Gumbo, Oysters, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Prime Steaks, our famous Truffle Macaroni & Cheese and many other favorites.

Whether you're celebrating with a large group, enjoying a weekday lunch or dinner or joining us for Big Brunch on the weekends- Settle in the space, relax with friends and enjoy some scratch made food at affordable prices here in the heart of 12th Avenue South in Nashville, TN.
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B
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were frustrated that there was only a brunch menu so nothing for a few pickier eaters after we had checked the menu online to make sure they were happy. Our waitress was very sweet but service was excruciatingly slow. Food was ok. Chicken a bit overdone but gumbo excellent.

WL
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food in this new addition to the Ludlow’s Brand is wonderful. Great food with a gulf coast flair it has become part of our favorite restaurant list in MUSIC CITY. They also have an amazing brunch. The staff is warm and friendly and they even have a gumbo bar right out of New Orleans. When the weather warms up and the windows open I’m sure they will be standing room only. Love love this new place on 12th.

j
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Went to brunch at this location as we have been a big fan of the other Ludlow & Prime location. The food was a big disappointment. We started with the yogurt & granola, served in a large martini glass. It was a big serving of tasty yogurt but only had about 5 small pieces of granola on the top. The broadway BLT came out with only 2 small pieces of bacon and the bacon was absolutely burned to a crumble. The spicy chicken sandwich was also disappointing, it was all texas toast with a little piece of chicken that had been severely overcooked. Sent the BLT back altogether and then discovered the OWNER had personally delivered the embarrassment of a sandwich. For the record, the owner didn’t find it necessary to come back to the table once we sent the BLT back but our server handled it beautifully. We stuck with the spicy chicken sandwich which had very good flavor despite it’s lack luster presentation.

SL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We had to wait to order drinks and then wait even longer to order so we ordered appetizers and dinner at the same time. The server then informed us that they were out of gumbo and oysters which was astounding since their menu says they are a seafood restaurant and had a menu designed around gumbo. We tried to order other menu items and she returned and told us that they were out of carrots and brussel sprouts. I asked if management would comp our appetizers since they were out of so many items and the manager said no so we cancelled our order, paid for our drinks, and left. We should have been told when we arrived that they were out of so many items. We saw many people around us ordering hamburgers because the seafood was limited. Very disappointing!!

4
Nashville
88 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fun place with great food. They know how to fry oysters and make gumbo. Having grown up on the coast and lived in New Orleans, its the real thing.

TH
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Random restaurant pick to try something new and we were pleasantly surprised. Everyone in the group enjoyed the food, the drinks, the staff and we were in agreement that we would come here again. We enjoyed brussel sprouts, hush pups, deviled eggs, lobster truffle Mac n cheese, gumbo, chips n queso and all the bites were flavorful. We agreed we could comeback and easily graze off the appetizers menu but there’s so much else on the menu!! Consensus of the group: we likey 👍🏼👍🏼

MB
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cute and cozy spot for a girls night out, very accommodating to a larger group and the prices were perfect. Was a little disappointed in some of serving portions being smaller than expected but the food was great. Would definitely go back.

JK
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was a decent place, martinis were excellent. Server rushed us out of there by dropping the bill even though we were still planning on drinking a few more rounds. Took awhile to get drink orders in and back to the table. I would go back but not anytime soon.

B
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun, casual atmosphere in 12 South. I had a bowl of seafood gumbo and oysters on the half shell, very fresh and flavorful. My wife had the cheeseburger which she raved about. Good draft beer selection with local options. Service was friendly and prompt. Will be back!

A
Nashville
90 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch spot! Food was super fresh & delicious, came quickly to the table. We loved the 2-4-1 mimosas! We’ll be back soon, it was a great place to take family that was visiting from out of town.

OT
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding great meal! The wedge salad was incredible & everything

A
Nashville
90 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great value too... space was cute, the buttermilk fried chicken and truffle mac were awesome. Came here for a birthday party, they have big long tables that are good for groups.

OT
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These guys work hard that is for sure. I have been coming here weekly for about a month now. Food is consistent every time

A
Nashville
90 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal here, the food was fresh, delicious and very fairly priced. Had some gumbo, which was perfect, added a lobster tail that was steamed and served with some drawn butter. Wife had the Buttermilk Fried chicken and queso, brussels sprouts - all worth going back for. Fun atmosphere, great food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Our reservation was at 6pm on a Saturday night and they were out of Gumbo. That’s the whole reason we chose to eat here was for the gumbo. After all it is a gumbo bar. The waitress was the most forgetful waitress I have ever had. Drinks and other items had to be asked for multiple times. I’m hoping it was a fluke and the service gets better and they can keep gumbo prepared.

SD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was a much more casual atmosphere than I expected, although not a complaint, just an observation. The food was delicious although small portions. 2 scallops is a tease even for an appetizer but this was an entree! The Brussel sprouts were divine - I’d go back just for that! My husband enjoyed his gumbo and Mac n cheese. A weird martini that was not what I expected & wouldn’t order again. All in all, we enjoyed our first meal there and learned some do’s and don’t’s for next time.

OT
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time here. We sampled new items tonight and they were fabulous. My new favorite

k
Nashville
73 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We chose to have dinner at the Gumbo Bar as we are big fans of Ludlow and Prime, their more formal restaurant in Brentwood. It was a very rainy night and the crowd was somewhat small. Located in 12South, I am sure they will do a great business especially in the summer.

On the recommendation of the waitress, we decided to share a gumbo bowl, which is very large. It was full of fish and rice and was excellent. My wife ordered fried oysters which were very good. I ordered fried catfish which was really outstanding. The wine list is almost identical to that at the main restaurant. The meal was quite filling, so we passed on dessert.

This is a casual, friendly restaurant, borrowing from the excellent quality of the main site.

OT
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour and oysters !

OT
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food and very reasonably priced. The craft sangria was amazing and Cara was a sweetheart

WL
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service...great food!

OT
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great find in our neighborhood! I had the beat catfish in a bowl of gumbo ever. Relaxed environment and they treated our kids like royalty. We will make this a new regular

GS
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The gumbo was disappointing as was most every thing else. This was our first visit & went on NY Eve, and they were short staffed. Our server was extremely slow & curt. He seemed to forget about us more than once. While we were waiting for our bill, he went to the restroom to change clothes for his plans after work. If he had been more attentive to our table, we would have been finished 30 min earlier.

BR
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were pleased with the overall experience however they were very understaffed the evening we had dinner. Our waiter did the best he could considering the circumstances. The gumbo had a great flavor but was missing the additional items stated on the menu, the scallops were cooked great but more of an appetizer than an entree, the fried catfish was spot on but the fried chicken tenders were horrible, more breading than chicken and also burned. The lobster mac and cheese was also lacking lobster. Definitely room to grow and learn but we will give them another try in a month or so! Happy New Year!

AL
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The gumbo was delicious! We loved the restaurant and atmosphere. The owner came over and answered all of our questions and was incredibly nice. We will definitely be back!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was awful! Fried chicken was burnt to an actual crisp + all the steaks were brought out well done even though we ordered medium rare. The waiter did his best, but service was very slow.

OT
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally something different and delicious in 12 South! Loved the gumbo, oysters & affordable wine list for my wife and friends, they had enough bourbon to keep me happy !

A
Nashville
90 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great time! Our food and cocktails were both fantastic! The scallops were delicious, loved the Truffle Macaroni & Cheese. Lots of choices on the menu so we can't wait to go back and try again!

JH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little southern restaurant on 12 south. Any of the Gumbo options are good choices but the rest of the menu is great too. Whole interior has been redone and looks great now.

JH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

OT
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place in the area. We were excited to try and could not have been more shocked on how good everything was. The crawfish hushpuppies, gumbo bowl with crab cakes & fried oyster s were all so flavorful. A must try in 12 South !

SK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had a great waitress and she understood all of the dishes. They were out of a few things but given the broad extent of the menu this is not surprising. The food was good but not great. Again they may be offering too much. They took over the space occupied by a previous restaurant and did not do much to change or improve that atmosphere. The two are very different so the atmosphere seemed out of place with the dining etc... Overall it was good. I may go back in a pinch.

MT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service! Love the Brussel sprout!!

WL
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Great service. This is on my list for one of the best restaurants in town.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I had a reservation for 8 on Saturday at noon for brunch. The restaurant was not busy (lots of open tables) but the service was terrible. We waited 45 minutes to get a drink and decided to leave and go to Urban Grub as it would have taken hours to get our food. The waiter was not apologetic at all. Best decision we made was to leave. I do not recommend this place.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Given how much we loved The Flipside & the great reviews that came out of Ludlow’s Steakhouse in Brentwood, we took a gamble to celebrate my graduation

It was next to empty. Our party of 11 required staff to pull menus from another table with people who hadn’t ordered. Red flag 1

We were seated, told the waitress it was our first time but had been regulars of Flipside. Asked her recommendations, she said bloody mary that carried over from Flipside, or drinks. No mention of food. Red flag 2

Order appetizers. Brussel sprouts & wings – out of wings. Waitress’ response – “it’s okay they weren’t good anyway.” Red flag 3. Sub for hushpuppies

Waitress disappears

We order

We wait

Drinks run dry. Waitress is no where to be found. Mind you the size of this place

45 min. *Bartender* finally brings appetizers – 2 plates of sprouts & 2 plates of puppies.

We wait

Table of two next to us leaves having only been served drinks & tired of waiting

We take our water pitchers up to the bar and ask for more. Waitress - “Oh my gosh I’m so sorry.”

90 min. Mac n cheese on the house

Our food arrives. Some of it anyway

Classic Ludlow Cheeseburger - turned out surprisingly well

“Hot smoked salmon” arrived next to raw. Waitress claimed “that’s how we serve it” - so not hot

Steak Fritz - like a shriveled up McDonalds patty on top of fries. Sad coming from a steakhouse

Seafood Gumbo - no mention of differences between sizes. CUP: no seafood - literally broth & a hushpuppy. BOWL: more broth, a hushpuppy and fried oyster that was more bread than oyster

Lobster mac n cheese - never saw it. Maybe they brought us earlier “on the house”?

Decided to leave offering to pay for appetizers we ate. Manager said we had to pay for all because “they were trying to run a business”

He knew the quality of the food “because *he* made it”

I’ve never had such a poor experience before. They cancelled my OpenTable reservation so I couldn’t review them. OpenTable opened it so I could

DINER BEWARE

a
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Friday night and got a last minute reservation for 4, which for 12 south, I thought was odd, but since it was a new restaurant.... Got there and lots of open tables and I didn't see a lot of workers - again, just thought new restaurant issues. We were seated, 5 minutes and got the drink order (not bad, not good, but not terrible). Drinks came fairly quickly, but 45 minutes later we hadn't been visited again except once when the waitress came by and said, they almost have your oysters shucked. 45 minutes to get an app is past my limit, even at new places. I think they literally had 3 people working that night and clearly no manager or anyone who cared about providing a good experience. Hopefully they right the ship soon or I don't expect it to be open 3 months.

KN
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ludlow's menu is spot-on, from delicious fresh raw oysters, rich gumbo, absolutely perfect fried catfish, and really crabby crab cakes. We had a part of 6 and our service was great. I'm so excited to have it in the neighborhood. Apparently, they have $1 oysters for happy hour....I am definitely looking forward to many returns. Try it out, people!!

FF
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made reservations for four...and upon arrival we were informed that they “decided to close early” and that they were no longer seating anyone. Very disappointing...since we made a reservation...someone could have called us to let us know the restaurant was closing early. We drove from suburbs (nearly 35 miles) just to eat at this restaurant.

4
Nashville
88 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently opened and light crowd but that won’t continue. The food is great. For starters, the fried oysters were just right. We then had gumbo which was awesome. Have not had any better, smokey with shrimp, crab and a fried oyster. Looks like they have a brunch on Sat. and Sunday. We will be back.