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About Red Pony Restaurant

With two floors of casual fine dining (no elevator available to the second floor), Red Pony Restaurant has clearly become the favorite destination for great food on Franklin's historic Main Street. Chefs Jason McConnell and Carl Schultheis have teamed up to create a fun, wide ranging menu utilizing the freshest locally grown produce, meats and seafood. These two chefs have worked together for ten years and their diverse cooking styles appear in new items daily. Voted "Best New Restaurant 2006" by Southern Exposure Magazine, Red Pony's eclectic menu has been called "skillful in its simplicity while intriguing in its worldliness."

408 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Fourth Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(615) 595-7669

Website:
http://redponyrestaurant.com/

Catering:
We offer services for all occasions from weddings to corporate events. We can accommodate service for forty to four hundred. Specialized menus can be designed for all occasions with considerations for dietary and special needs.

Parking Details:
We have a free parking garage adjacent to our location. Street level parking is available as well as a public lot in the back of the restaurant

Public Transit:
Fourth Ave. and Main Street Franklin TN

Executive Chef:
Jason McConnell

Private Party Facilities:
Red Pony Restaurant offers an upscale atmosphere and professional service without the white gloves in Historic Downtown Franklin. From a rehearsal dinner to private company function, Red Pony can accommodate any type of event or party. Private events at Red Pony can range from heavy appetizers for organized social gatherings to seated formal diners.
Food for your private event is not confined to our menu but limited menu selections are required. There are multiple spaces available to reserve including a second floor patio for 30 guests. The upstairs dining room can seat 60 guests but if you're looking for a smaller space we have the ability to split the dining room with a floor to ceiling privacy separator. The entire restaurant or upstairs (includes upstairs dining room, deck & cocktail lounge)are also available for private events. There is a food and beverage minimum to reserve a private space. For minimums and additional details please contact our Catering Concierge

Private Party Contact:
Kari Mauk: (615) 595-6070

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Red Pony Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (63)
Special Occasion (54)
Creative Cuisine (48)
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Good for Anniversaries (45)
Romantic (38)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (34)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Cozy (31)
Local Ingredients (24)
Fun (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Bar Seating (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Business Meals (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Casual (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Authentic (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Organic (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great experience all the way around from the moment I stepped in. Nice people, great food and very good service. I would definitely return.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

The elk was rubbery and tasteless and the pizza overdone and salty. Lamb chops, lobster bisque w/o visible lobster were good as were shrimp and grits and guacamole appetizer Chocolate birthday special was just fine for 5. Nice setting if a bit noisy for old folks with hearing loss.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

It was my wife's birthbday and they printed the menu's with "Happy Birthday Heather" at the top. We brought our children (13 & 7) who enjoyed the meal as well. While it is not the normal place to bring children, Red Pony was very accomodating. Overall the price may deter some, but the food is excellent. This is our go-to spot for an evening out.
And... the waitstaff is excellent. We have had the pleasure of being served by a waiter (Tim) that we first met at another restaurant; all of the other waitstaff are like him, attentive and responsive.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

Rachel was great. Great evening.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 6 days ago

It was an excellent meal with very little to improve on. It lived up to my expectations.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 6 days ago

First time at the Red Pony. It was highly recommended by our adult children. The food and service was excellent. We will certainly visit again and tell our friends and neighbors what a great restaurant this is.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food/unique choices. Our server, Nadia, was fabulous !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service were excellent! We had an enjoyable evening and will be back again. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Likely the best restaurant in Franklin

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Perfect as always

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My wife and I have always wanted to dine at Red Pony but somehow never got around to do it. Finally we made the effort and so glad we did. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. Made us feel at home. The food was excellent from the appetizer, salad, to the main course. The dessert was a perfect way to end the evening. We'll be back!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent as usual. Taylor did an excellent job, from fielding menu selection questions to wine recommendations. Ambiance great as always and food wonderful.

Wonderful experience!

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

We enjoyed the Red Pony a year ago and we’re looking forward to a return visit. The service and atmosphere were good but the food wasn’t. The oysters were past their prime (fishy), the Brussels salad wasn’t prepared properly and the ingredients in the entrees weren’t up to the standards that one should expect from a restaurant as pricy as the Red Pony. After an incredible first experience a year ago, we were disappointed. We had recommended the Red Pony to many of our friends but, sadly, we can no longer recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Awesome food, wine and service

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 (Western KY)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had dinner here before a show at the Franklin Theater. Our waiter answered all of our questions and even asked if we had plans after dinner so that everything would be timed just right. We followed his recommendations and started with the Wedge Salad and Guacamole, both of which were excellent. Our entrees included Shrimp and Grits and Beef Tenderloin. They were both superb. Unfortunately we didn't have time for dessert but we will definitely be back again and allow a little more time for the dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Charming historic storefront conversion into a brick walled, high ceiling, white tablecloth restaurant. A BUSY bar downstairs, nice dining up. Be warned...the flight of stairs to the second floor is about 24 risers!
Four friends, four entrees, four delighted customers. 5 Star service. A great place to dine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Overall amazing experience. We were quiet about the bday we were celebrating and they brought us an additional appetizer in celebration. The food was absolutely amazing and we had wonderful service as well from Jason who took great care of us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was outstanding and the drinks are great!! You need to try the "Clint Eastwood"

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic and creative dishes. Our server (Jackie?) was a delight -- knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive without being overly involved. Highly recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic service! It was our first time there and server brought out complimentary tasting dish of gnocchi that was to die for. Rabbit pot pie and grits were both amazing. Little bit on the expensive side but worth every penny.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Red Pony remains one of our favorite restaurants, especially when out-of-town guests visit.It never disappoints, from the moment you walk through the door until you leave. The only downside (but still worth it) is that the noise level can be high when it is busy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food and Service were both excellent. Had an out of town business guest and he was equally impressed.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was exceptional. Food was wonderful. Atmostphere was low key and felt private. The one complaint was how long it took to get drinks as the night progressed. However, that would not prevent me from going back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was good without being overbearing (thank you). Food was excellent. We shared the "snack plate". Everything on that plate was tasty-meats, cheeses, and several different pickled vegetables. I had the Branzino-excellent, fish cooked perfectly, beets tasty, the gnocchi were fine but could have left them out and never missed it. My friend has the scallops and enjoyed them very much. It gets very loud. For me, that is a negative. Otherwise a wonderful experience. Would return for another meal.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always excellent with excellent apps and creative dishes!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

All the dishes we had were very thoughtfully crafted to bring together a great combination of ingredients, spicing, and presentation!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Most excellent experience, the restaurant made our special occassion more than outstanding. We had a special table and they even printed menus with congrats and the names of the special attendees. The attention to detail was above and beyond. We were treated like royalty and they were attentive ot all of our wants and wishes!!! The Red Pony went above and beyond and I HIGHLY reccommend them for any occassion.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The restaurant in Franklin TN was the perfect place to enjoy an evening with an old friend. This was our first visit there. It was excellent from the outset. We were greeted professionally. The decor and ambience were interesting but not overdone. We actually commented on the noise level - it was busy in a nice way, but we did not have to lean toward one another or shout to be heard. The perfect combination. The service was efficient and interested but not overdone. Suggestions on wine and food were accurate. The bar and wine lists were quite adequate and some of the wines were unusual and very rewarding. The meal was very good with no pitfalls in our experience. Overall it was just what we were looking for.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2018

What started out to be a potential disaster ended up being a very enjoyable meal. We were on time, but they weren't ready for us yet. There was no room at the bar, so we had to stand by the door. When we were seated upstairs we ordered a nice wine, but it ended up that almost none of the vintages printed were in stock, everything was much newer. We ordered the wood fire grilled oysters, but when they came, they were almost cold and rubbery. We sent them back and then they came out perfect. My wife ordered the scallops and I ordered the cowboy ribeye. We cut each of our in half and had our own version of surf and turf that was excellent. The crème brulee was excellent and they had French pressed coffee that was perfect.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

When we arrived, we were seated next to a table that was so close to us I felt like I was dining with the table next to us. There was no privacy so we asked to be moved to another table and we were accommodated. Our waitress, Jackie, was amazing! She was so polite and attentive. We ordered the lump crab meat appetizer and there were literally about 10 flakes of crab meat on top of french fries with a sauce. It was disappointing, essentially I felt like we paid $10 for french fries with a sprinkle of crab and the french fries weren't even tasty. The entrees were delicious. I had the scallops and my husband had the fish. We have frequented Red Pony for years, always our go to date night. I wish their appetizer choices would change more frequently. They typically have the same appetizers.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food. Not inexpensive, but worth a splurge.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Too loud!!!!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

They closed early due to cold weather. They locked the door in our face upon arrival and we were not allowed in.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I can’t say enough good things about Red Pony. My husband and I don’t get to come eat here often enough, usually just for special occasions, but Red Pony never disappoints! The food is exceptional: the steaks and other meat dishes are always seasoned and cooked to perfection, and paired well with excellent side dishes. The wine and drink menu is extensive, so they have plenty of great options to fit your taste and your meal. And the service is always prompt and attentive, but without hovering or smothering. Will definitely be back more often in the future!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I wanted to go somewhere different for my birthday, so I chose Red Pony from the options on Open Table mainly because it was something totally new to me. I was not disappointed. Every single thing that came to the table was amazing. My group all ordered different cocktails, each of which was a smash hit. We also got a couple of appetizers (Patatas Bravas [basically cheese friess] and some southern-style gnocchi [made with grits instead of potato]), which totally slayed at our table.

Then there was the pot pie. Oh god, the rabbit pot pie. I'm a big fan of pot pie. I could eat pot pie for every meal. But this rabbit pot pie was transcendent. I truly believe I died and went to pot pie heaven. My wife, who does not like pot pie, liked this pot pie. She actually said of the scallions she ordered, "I ordered the wrong thing." Do yourself a favor, and get the pot pie.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The cowboy sushi roll and elk ragu were tasty starters. We reordered the cowboy sushi twice. I’ve had the shrimp and grits, which are amazing so I ventured out and tried the sea bass with butternut gnocchi. It was fabulous. My husband had the broccoli beer cheese soup, which was also very good. Our cocktails were also delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent food and service as always. The Pony never disappoints! High end dining served with southern hospitality. So lucky to have such an awesome place right at home.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 5, 2018

LOVE the new menu!!!! Red Pony has always been consistently good. One of my iCal favorites!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Service, perfect (thanks Rachel!). Ambience, awesome. Food, superb.
Go, eat, relax, enjoy, repeat.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food and ambiance. From cocktails to desert, everything delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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