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Red Pony Restaurant, Franklin, TN
Red Pony Restaurant, Franklin, TN
Red Pony Restaurant, Franklin, TN
Red Pony Restaurant, Franklin, TN
Red Pony Restaurant, Franklin, TN

Red Pony Restaurant

4.8
4.8
4349 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Since it opening in 2006, Red Pony Restaurant has impressed guests by staying true to a mission focused on cuisine and service.
Chef owned and operated, Red Pony changes its menu about six times a year with the intention of keeping ingredients the season’s freshest and the variety of dishes dynamic.
While a great deal of the menu pays homage to the Sophisticated Southern foods Chef Jason McConnell grew up on, you will also see a reflection of his travels, that drive his creativity.
It is our belief that food is something to be celebrated. We also believe that experience is a huge part of dining. Whether it be enjoying a crafted cocktail at one of our bars or enjoying dinner at the table, we want each guest to be seamlessly guided through their time at Red Pony Restaurant.
We love our community and we love food.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (615) 595-7669
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jason McConnell
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (615) 595-7669
  • Neighborhood
    Franklin
  • Cross street
    4th Ave
  • Parking details
    Free street and garage parking are also available.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,349 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Nashville

    Contemporary American

  • Nashville

    Contemporary American

4,349 Reviews
  1. BenB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal, drinks and service - we'll definitely return soon!

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  2. AnnetteJM

    Calgary

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The ‘blow out of the water’ experience that the Red Pony promises on their website did not happen. Good food; not great. Good service; not great. Pricey for ‘good food’. (We eat out often and have eaten at some amazing places).

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  3. Ice32

    Nashville

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always! The Mahi dish was a bit too rich for my wife. The fish itself was great, but the add on items were sort of overwhelming. Excellent service!

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  4. breakfastking

    Los Angeles

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, our meal was outstanding beginning with Heather as our server. Heather was attentive, friendly and truly a most fantastic server. The smoked brisket flatbread was something my wife and I will dream of. It was incredible. The kale salad (we spilt the order) made kale taste like the best salad you ever ate and that isn’t easy to do with kale. The pork chop was flavorful and memorable. Red Pony is our favorite restaurant in Franklin.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Red Pony does not dissapoint-ever! Excellent food and unmatched service.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice evening out before a show at the Franklin Theatre. Staff were very friendly and attentive. I would recommend for a date night.

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  7. EricS

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a top shelf, casual experience with outstanding food and service!

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  8. Cuthy

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good, but not as first-rate as our previous visits. Limited menu well executed,but still could be more varied. The bread course was uninspired. Would recommend, but suggest that diners review the changing daily menu carefully before making reservations.

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  9. WMGray

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always on our list when we travel to Franklin. Food, service and ambience are consistently outstanding!

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  10. MichaelB

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very tasty and well presented. Service was attentive and friendly.

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  11. AndiS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time going to Red Pony Restaurant, you must go! Our waiter, John, was attentive and gave great advice when asked. Their gnocchi, not on their menu, but you must ask for it! It melts in your mouth, the best I have ever had. Shrimp and grits were full of delicious flavor; bacon, scallions, mushrooms, garlic and cheese. What's not to like! You must get the bread service, use the bread for dipping in that gnocchi cream sauce and those shrimp and grits! My husband got the coffee rubbed pork porterhouse, I didn't try any but it looked excellent! The main level had a nice bar, but was a little louder. We dined upstairs, which was just perfect! A great evening, we'll go again!

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  12. James

    Nashville

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I want to like this restaurant, but they have weird food. The charcuterie plate was sub par. Only one cheese and that was spreadable. No slices of cheese. Sausage on the plate tasted awful. Just not much there for $25. The filet was a good piece of meat, but had a sauce that tasted like mustard. Not savory at all which is what I think of on a steak. The mashed potatoes had too much blue cheese in them. Overpowering. The sister restaurant , Cork & Cow is much better for steak. Probably won’t be back to Red Pony anytime soon.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic! The nice paced meal allowed us to fully enjoy each course and our conversation with our friends without having to rush through each dish. The service was great and all four of our meals along with starters and sides were pretty phenomenal! Definitely a wonderful choice and would highly recommend especially for special occasions as it is also not a cheap date!

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  14. JustinS

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Rocky was very aware of our timing to make it to a show across the street, brought us a delicious gnocchi for being first timers and all the plates were delicious. Definitely recommend.

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  15. Amazing

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time we've eaten at the Red Pony...it was WELL worth the trip. Ordered the standing favorite 'Shrimp & Grits' and it exceeded our expectations. We'll be back!

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  16. KimberH

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding. The food was just fair, nothing was tasty enough to recommend to other people.

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  17. ScottB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good, but the food was outstanding! Having eaten there many times over the last 20 years, the food seemingly keeps getting better. Just an outstanding meal. Kudos to the current chef.

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  18. angiet

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Food served in historic Downtown atmosphere. Lots of options and a nice wine list. Yummy drinks and friendly, knowledgeable service

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  19. Randy

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Rocky was spot on with recommendations and provided great service. The food was delicious and the overall atmosphere relaxing and exactly what we were looking for. Red Pony is still a gem!

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  20. DongerNeedFood

    Nashville

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I’ve ever had. This place is amazing and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  21. Michelle

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and ambiance were wonderful. The food was subpar and not worth the price. I also ordered a dirty martini that was overly briny and did not like the olive juice.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most amazing dinner. My husband and I were celebrating his birthday and Franklin is where he wanted to celebrate it- more specifically- at the Red Pony. We shared the lamb chop starter which was divine… so good we had to pick the chop up with our fingers and make sure none was wasted. My husband had the tenderloin entree accompanied by broccolini and to die for mashed potatoes I had the shrimp and grits which was so delicious and although rich- I finished it because it was that good. Our server Jay was attentive and made the perfect recommendations when asked. We will be back!

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  23. NancyF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants ever! Food was amazing and our waiter, John, was excellent. I will come back to Nashville for many reasons and one of the top is to spend time in Franklin and dine at Red Pony again!

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  24. Minimuffin

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Valentine's menu. Food was great, yet some of it was really spicy. Other than that good portion size, quality of the steak, and good service.

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  25. JohnB

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Valentine special wasn’t special. Three coarse meal felt rushed. Serving size small. Flavor nothing special particularly Brisket with flavor and tenderness average at best. Given reputation and price, big disappointment.

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  26. LydiaB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine’s Day dinner at Red Pony was exceptional! An elevated, creative take on southern classics.

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  27. FranklinRes

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was amazing and Rocky, our server, could not have been better! We had a wonderful evening.

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  28. KathryneB

    Nashville

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Dinner & always love the ambience at Red Pony

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  29. timh

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant opened 4p, Reservation at 5p, arrived at 4:54, was told couldnt be seated till 6p....even when all tables in site were available.....was made to wait 6 MIN.....Jesus did great on table service

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  30. Dana

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and drinks here. Midnight Sun is my go to drink.

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  31. NealW

    Nashville

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, we left Red Pony somewhat disappointed. The cocktails were good. We had the flatbread starter that was black (either burned or from dirty grill) on the bottom and a bit soggy on top. I had the pork chop, which was good, but the brussel sprouts with it were burnt. My wife had the Portabella dish, which was over sauced and over cheesed.....would have been better if it was simplified. Best part of the meal was our server, Jenny, who was very pleasant and attentive.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Red Pony and we decided to check it out for our anniversary. Wow, everything was phenomenal, from the atmosphere to the service (Trey was our awesome, knowledgeable server) and the food. It checked all the boxes for us! They really made us feel special with the extras they surprised us with—gnocchi at the meal’s start and dessert and ice cream at the end. Thank you for an unforgettable meal and night. We can’t wait to return!!!

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  33. BigFood

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expertly executed food, drinks, and service for a large party.

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  34. TammyG

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner with out of town guests! Service was great !

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  35. SNichols

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don't really want to positively review/recommend as it's already so popular! Lovely in every way. Great mix of fine/casual dining in downtown Franklin. Want to make it our new "go-to" place!!!!!!!

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  36. DavidM

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Trey was an outstanding server. Very knowledgeable about all the specials and menu. He was super attentive but not overly so. Just another great time at Franklin’s best place.

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  37. all4vino

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely wonderful! Mixed greens salad and bread service were on point. The pork porterhouse was INCREDIBLE and the shrimp and grits never disappoint. Service was top notch as always.

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  38. annette

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We felt rushed through the meal on a Saturday night.

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  39. PaulJ

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From beginning to end, our experience was flawless. Jay, our server was a true pro. I’ve never left a review this glowing. Legit

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  40. BrandiC

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scott was our server. He was fantastic! All of his recommendations were right on point.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Red Pony Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 4349 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Red Pony Restaurant

408 Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064

Additional information

  • Cross street
    4th Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Franklin
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Free street and garage parking are also available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jason McConnell
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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