Red Pony Restaurant

4.8
3828 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Specialized 4-Course Menu: Will be $85 per person plus a 20% gratuity. This will be the only menu as of December 31st, 2020. All reservations require a credit card to be held and the credit card won't be charged as long as the reservation is canceled 24 hours prior.

What 3828 people are saying
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Etown
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was our wedding anniversary and we got married at the McConnell House 6 years, which was noted when I made the reservation. We were very excited. However, the hostess were not aware and we didn’t get a decent table, which was disappointing. We did get one free dessert. We spent nearly $200 on a meal that could’ve been really special….but honestly just wasn’t.

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Willis
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My teenager went for a nice homecoming dinner last night. She shared shrimp and grits, which she usually likes, but said it wasn’t good at all. Her date and another had the chicken dish which they said was marginal. I made the reservation for them because I wanted them to experience fine dining and enjoy the atmosphere and delicious food. I think we are all disappointed.

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vipMBagley
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was amazing. Beat food I’ve had in Franklin since we moved back.

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LeslieF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott was AMAZING. Great recommendations. The food, wine, service was top notch. Do yourself a favor and GO!

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bobkim
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the cheese burrata with the butternut squash amazing !

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NASH37215
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last minute reservation and are so pleased we did! Service and food were outstanding! Their current (temporary) building is so cool, tables were well-spaced, and all staff wore masks. We felt very safe and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jason out waiter was fantastic

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vipMikeM
Fort Lauderdale
35 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful & the special dinners were great!

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RodC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best meal we've had from a restaurant in years. Absolutely outstanding food, and great service.

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vipMichaelL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!! Food & service outstanding!!! Heather was a fantastic, very informed & professional server!!!

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SherryO77
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday dinner! Wonderful food and service!

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DavidM
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner at RP
Lindsey was absolutely the best server I've ever had
She even showed me some of the special things that are a part of the old jail.
It was my wife's birthday and it was truly a special night.
Food was and is always the best.

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TonyZ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Temporary location is a southern gem, and glad we made the visit. Server a tad quirky, but we are in Nashville. Worth a trip for those visiting Middle TN

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, service, and atmosphere. On the pricier side of things but we’ll worth it. Would recommend for a date night or special occasion.

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AaronS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic time

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new location is beautiful. The food was outstanding and the service was superb. We had a lovely, relaxing date night.

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vipSteve
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Watch yourself at the “temporary” red pony. They’ll push their specials on you, talk about a “center cut filet” that’s really a butter drenched hockey puck sized type thing that doesn’t taste like a filet and then $75 will show up on your bill for it after the fact with no advance warning. I have zero issues and enjoy paying up for a high quality steak a) when I have an inkling for what I’m getting into (the comparable “tenderloin” on the menu was ~$40 as a comparison which is about right for a restaurant in this range) and b) when it’s a high quality, well prepared steak not being hidden in sauce and butter soup. This situation reflected neither. Just be careful here because this is a questionable tactic that usually reflects management culture vs the otherwise earnest servers who are marching to their beat. The rest of the food was otherwise ok but not as good as it used to be in their original location. We will not be going back as other options in Nashville and Franklin are better now and more trustworthy. I really don’t like sharing these types of reviews but we just feel like this was a trust-breaking experience. We’re also sad because we used to really like this place.

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vipJohnC
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

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MikeK
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red pony is always outstanding! It’s important to understand that it is not cheap, but the value for your money is worth the extra price. We could not decide last night who ordered the best entree!

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vipLarry
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Temporary location is awesome, old historic house on Bridge Street off the beaten track,

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First, Michelle was a wonderful waitress and made our evening special with great and friendly service.
Secondly, the food was superb. The only comment is that the chimichurri was over the too too spicy and garlicky. Having spent five weeks in Argentina and experiencing a variety of authentic chimichurri at many Parillas, I can only say that yours was not authentic and it detracted from the fine flavors from perfectly grilled lamb chops. I’d work on that a bit.

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HMooreM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - every visit is outstanding!
Our server was fantastic and fun.
Our food was perfect!

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vipMelissaJ
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

with the move to temporary location and some recent mixed reviews, I tempered my expectation but was pleasantly surprised with great food and service. The guacamole was as good as I've had in Nashville and tasted homemade. The shrimp and grits wasn't the standard take you've had multiple times before. Service was spot on and outstanding. We were seated near the bar and the noise level was a little higher than I would have like for dinner conversation. Other than that, I had a great dinner and will return again.

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GeoffreyB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome, food was great, haven’t been here in about four years, we went for our wedding anniversary And it did not disappoint.

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vipJSW2
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The lamb chops were superb. Wish they had more fish offerings.

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JonL
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far and away the best dining experience we’ve had in the middle Tennessee area. The food was outstanding!

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LesK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and the temporary location worked out well. Fine food, ambiance and a great evening.

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SheilaH
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed eating upstairs. Cydne was a fantastic server!!!

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vipIloveshoesLR
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. We started with flat bread and then salmon and orange cream dessert. I had the midnight sun cocktail at it was delicious. The flat break was amazing the Sal was cooked perfectly. We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the new location! The food as always was superior. Truly a wonderful dining experience.

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Tucker
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent. The food was delicious. I had the eggplant meatballs and they were Fabutique! The atmosphere was very pleasant.

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vipGeorgeS
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing server! Yummy wine and drinks! Food was good. Room was loud. Maybe need some fabric or sound absorbers. We will always be back. Local fav

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails, food and service killed it. Do yourself a favor and go here. I had a combo of shrimp/grits and lamb chops that I will never do without again. Just 🙌make 🙌 the🙌reservation🙌and goooooooo

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drinks! Great service. Roland was awesome! Will be back soon.

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Roxy
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were placed up stairs near a table of 5 men and 4 women, I believe. they were extremely loud and it made it hard for us to have a conversation. We all felt someone should have asked them to be a little quieter. I do believe they had too much to drink.

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DawnC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible meal!! One of the best dinners we have ever had anywhere in any state! Service was impecable. Food presentation spectacular. Food flavor terrific. Entrees we had were the blue crab pasta special, Ribeye, Beef tenderloin, Shrimp n Grits. We dare say that the tenderloin was more flavorful than the ribeye. Both steaks were tender and could be cut with a fork. Blue crab special and the shrimp n grits were "to die for". Bread basket was very nice with a selection of warm breads and 2 spreads (one being truffle lima bean puree, which was out of this world believe it or not!). The grilled romaine was decent but not grilled enough for us. German chocolate cake dessert was OK. We loved the ambiance of the temporary restaurant location in the historic McConnell house. Highly, highly recommend this restaurant. The food is outstanding!

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BeckyD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were top notch. Love the setting as well (even though it is temporary it is very nice). Would definitely dine there again!

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vipLynneMc
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous dinner. Love the temporary location!

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BrianS
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed all of our choices. We started with lamb chop apps, I had the shrimp and grits and my wife had the beef tenderloin. It was all very nicely seasoned and cooked well. Finished off with a great slice of german chocolate cake. It was very good and good value. We'll be back.

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HeatherG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent and creative food, great wait staff. Our group found many great choices with our keto, vegetarian, and gluten free needs.

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Red Pony Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 3828 OpenTable diners.

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.