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Red Pony Restaurant

4.7
4.7
3882 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 48 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 / Brentwood

  • 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

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What 3,882 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Nashville

    Contemporary American

  • Nashville

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent setting, great service, even better food.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catfish étouffée was incredible. Service was great. Perfect little Saturday night spot.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I’ve been here a few times and this time was underwhelming. Service was very slow (45 min for drinks) and the food came out lacking any seasoning. Disappointing for sure, and not worth the cost.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always was one of our favorites as a local and now that we have moved - coming back as a visitor - it was just as a great! Amazing service by Greta and our sommelier helped us with a fantastic wine!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food
  6. RZ

    RogerZ

    San Antonio

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We visited this fine establishment based on reviews we had seen online. This place did not disappoint. The atmosphere was lively and cozy. The decor was well done and too notch. The staff here was very friendly and very accommodating, especially when I brought one more guest that the restaurant expected. The drinks and courses were presented were well done and delicious. This restaurant is an excellent place to visit if your in the area.
  7. JL

    JoanneL

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    First time visit to the highly recommended restaurant. Despite the early dining hour our table was on the two worst in the restaurant. During the meal we could hear incredibly shuffling from the dining room above. We ordered the beet salad which was good and had interesting flavors. The two $38 Salmon entrees had the smallest portions of fish I have every seen size of 1” x 2.5”. The sake glaze, grilled bok choy, oyster mushrooms, red potatoes, mushroom dashi was ok. Presentation in an extra large high sided dish hi-lighted the small portions. The side of broccolini was inedible as it had not been cooked though it was prepared charred. Service was ok. Only at the end of the meal were we were offered the chance to order a second drink which we politely declined
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Red Pony!
  9. B

    Brittany

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I wasn’t impressed. The food presentation was messy. Appetizer (buffalo halloumi) was way too salty. My shrimp and grits had way too much liquid, mushrooms, and bacon. Our waitress was nice but slow to take our order.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing lamb chops
  11. R

    Rubys1mom

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice table, per our request by the window. Our server Gretchen was pleasant and knowledgeable. The food was delicious. The wine and cocktails were wonderful as well. I would highly recommend this for a date night.
  12. b

    bunioncontrol2014

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we have be coming here for the last 10 years its always a pleasure and the food is always wonderful
  13. DM

    DavidM

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NEVER a bad time at Red Pony! We were disappointed at first to find out that Lindsey has already left town and we were hoping to have her one more time. BUT Jesus was great and we had a really good time as always !! The shrimp and grits were awesome as always and my tenderloin was cooked to perfection. Started with the Bruchetta and it was really good. finished with the creme brulee!!
  14. K

    Kford

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  15. J

    Jessica

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service at a very convenient location. Pulled pork appetizer was amazing.
  16. D

    Davidb

    Nashville

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food and service was great, there was a large party in the room, very loud. We could not interact at our table without yelling.
  17. GP

    GreerP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    A restaurant that is full of itself and that charges accordingly, but that is nowhere near where it thinks that it is. I ate an off-menu dish, pasta with chopped conch and grilled shrimp, a tomato sauce and various other items, all lovingly recited to us by a girl who imagined that she was working at Gramercy Tavern. It was muddled, overcooked, over-salted and genuinely dreadful. But at least I didn't pay another $15 to have truffles on top, which the restaurant seems to believe could go with anything. Ordinarily, one might say that a place needs to improve, but this place needs to close.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food and atmosphere are fantastic. The bartenders are always friendly and available and overly attentive. Wait staff this visit was a bit chaotic but I think he was new as every other visit the wait staff has been superb.
  19. m

    michelinman

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Disappointed. Food was underwhelming-Apps were good but the carrot appetizer was a tad undercooked. Smallest piece of salmon I have ever seen- and it was overcooked. Service was friendly and efficient. Usually had really good meals here- maybe it was an off night.
  20. c

    curtn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb and the service was very professional and friendly.
  21. FL

    FredL

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maggie was an excellent server!!
  22. CC

    ChrisC

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Alex was a great server and was knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. The food was delicious. This was a great way to celebrate a birthday!
  23. M

    Mkb53

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    on the expensive side. Quite noisy. Food over all very good. A little disappointed that even though I made reservations siting it was a very special occasion - birthday and arrival of son in law from New Zealand... no comments were even made to him. Other than that - all was good..
  24. L

    Lovefood

    New Mexico

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Slowest service ever. We will not be back. Good food. It’s a shame.
  25. F

    Fran

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was good, not great. We heard this would be one of best meals in town. Sadly, it wasn’t. Waiter did a good job and the bartender is excellent.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary: service was fantastic and very attentive with a free dessert.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Been going to this place for years aometimes 2 3 times per month. Then it juat went down. First time back in a year. Air conditioner was so cold we were miserable and the drinks came very late and where not what we expected. Sad. Miss the old pony
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Red Pony is our favorite place to celebrate birthdays! Always a great time with the best food and cocktail menu
  29. SS

    SavannahS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at the Red Pony was nothing less than devine. We were met with impeccable customer service, irresistible fare, and the perfect ambiance!
  30. LB

    LauraB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great local place. Intimate with an inventive menu which can be customized to accommodate many tastes/diet restrictions. Service was impeccable. We will return.
  31. DC

    DinnerClub

    Nashville

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our absolute favorite restaurant the food is always creative and delicious.
  32. PM

    PoliticalMom

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time dining at Red Pony. Last time we were at their temporary location. Both visits were wonderfully delicious and enjoyable. This time we brought out of town friends and they really loved the atmosphere too. Such kind, courteous service from everyone from the hostesses to the server and other employees. A great place to show off the friendly Franklin and Tennessee spirit even to world travelers like our friends. They were impressed and loved the perfectly executed food as well. Shout out to the chef for the complimentary creamy grits gnocchi - DELICIOUS!! Definitely a keeper! We will be back!
  33. ER

    EmilyR

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The creamy gnocchi grits that were compliments of the chef was to die for!!! Our server Alex, was extremely great at taking care of us. We were blown away by the service and culinary experience we had. We will be returning. Maybe even next week! Anyone living in Franklin who hasn’t ventured out to Red Pony, like us, is truly missing out on pure mouth-watering happiness.
  34. WO

    WhiteOakRd

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Consistent outstanding dishes from a short menu. A bit noisy and the staff occasionally overwhelmed--starters arriving well before drink order--but our "go to" place for a special dinner in Franklin.--
  35. N

    Nicole

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The duck was amazing. I feel there should be more food choices on the menu. Overall good experience.
  36. BG

    BrianG

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful experience at the restaurant. I was welcomed warmly by the staff as well as my server and even a server from another section stopped by to check on me. My server walked me through the menu, highlighting ingredients and making suggestions. The food was great, especially my entrée, Shrimp and Grits, which was probably the best I’ve ever had. I eat out myself often while I travel on business and never am treated nearly as well as I was at Red Pony. I hope to have the opportunity to return in the future.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a reliable experience for great food, impeccable service and nice ambiance.
  38. C

    Coryc

    Naples

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Dinner last night was a huge disappointment. Rairly will any of us ever return food to the kitchen, but last night was the exception. We had to return salads that were too salty to be eaten and a cocktail that was totally wrong. The shrimp and grits were very unusual. The three of us have eaten lots of shrimp and grits but nothing like this. None of us would ever order these again. There are many places to go for a great meal in Franklin. We had been here before and it was great but we will not return.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant, amazing service, and just spectacular food. Can't recommend enough.
  40. b

    bobkim

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Love the menu chef dishes but noise is high for a date night Overall a great meal !

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 4.7 stars by 3882 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 48 times today
Google Map for Red Pony Restaurant

408 Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Franklin / Brentwood

  • 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

  • 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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