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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

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (90)
Special Occasion (76)
Romantic (65)
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Creative Cuisine (63)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (46)
Worth the Drive (43)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Cozy (37)
Notable Wine List (35)
Local Ingredients (34)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Authentic (28)
Fun (28)
Business Meals (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Casual (22)
Hot Spot (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Good for Groups (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Seasonal (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (9)
Happy Hour (7)
People Watching (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Spicy (5)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

Great experience. They put in the extra effort to make a very special experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing. Red Pony never fails. I woke up the next day talking about my lick-your-plate delicious halibut meal!!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely atmosphere and excellent food and service. It fit our special occasion dinner perfectly...even sitting by the kitchen window was entertaining. The personalized menu was a nice touch. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

First time and very impressed! My daughter is a CIA student and we always seek out fellow grads in the industry. Love your quac & Halibut was amazing! Great job will be back!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Normally I don't give all 5 stars because I feel like when people see it they don't take it seriously. Though this restaurant truly is all star. The food is so unique with so much flavor. The staff truly makes Red Pony the exceptional restaurant that it is.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Tuesday night was an outstanding choice as there was a 50% wine discount, and I had a delicious Cote de Rhone. I started with a really delicious Lamb lollipop appetizer that was four generous sized chops with parmesan and pesto. They were cooked perfectly and my favorite part of the meal. For the meal, I ordered the filet with risotto and asparagus. It was delicious and I highly recommend the dish. The filet was overcooked, but the server completely noticed and tried to re-fire the meal. I insisted that the steak was still delicious, so he and the manager comped my fantastic appetizer. This made for a fantastic over-all experience and I will definitely return. That is really good service and super management.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We love Red Pony--it is always dependably great! We brought friends from Australia and I had asked in advance for a nice table. We were seated at the best table (as far as I am concerned), on the second floor by the window. Our server was excellent; knowledgeable and fun. Our food was wonderful, as expected; shrimp & grits, scallops/risotto, steak + shrimp and grits. Very fresh and tasty salads. We will continue to return!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Overpriced loud and mediocre service. Fast. Casual with high end prices.

Tags: People Watching, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had another great meal at Red Pony. We had reservations and were set upon arrival. Apps (lamb chops) were amazing. I had the Elk Ragu, very tasty. My girl had the Filet. It was cooked perfectly. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our food and service was excellent. We with friends, and it was so loud that we could not hear the conversation across the table. Probably best for people who just want to party.

Tags: Live Sports, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Red Pony is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to! The food was delicious and great portions, so we didn’t feel over stuffed. We will definitely be back!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food , nice server but slow, we were seated in the back garden room which was awful, and on very uncomfortable metal chairs. Will not dine in that room again.

1 person found this review helpful.
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We love the Red Pony. Great location, right on Main St in Franklin, across from the Franklin Theater; perfect for dinner before an event. Wonderful food, attentive service. A little pricey, but well worth it for special occasions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The Chef is phenomenal. Serving meals with in season ingredients. The dishes here are always spot on. Their gluten free desserts are unbelievable, and I don't have to select them, I order them because they're delectable. The cocktail crafter Stephen is great. I recommend a "Walk in the Park" if you are not a wine drinker. The meals here are always spot on.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Absolutely incredible food. Wine prices were a little bit more than I am used to, but that's because they are all high end wines. Best service we have had in a very long time. Very easy to make reservations, and they will actually call you the day of to confirm them with you.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy, Authentic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

One of my favorite Williamson County restaurants. Consistently great service, outstanding food and ambiance.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful dinner!! 3 different entrees and all were delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Charming restaurant with outstanding food. Everything was delicious. We had one of the best waiters we’ve had in a long time (Tim). He was great! We’re from California and friends in Kentucky recommended this spot — we’re so glad they did!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food is always superb and the menu has something for everyone. The service is exceptional as well. They take their time to make sure you have everything you need.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fabulous food,great waiter and fun cocktails!
Good for any occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We went for our anniversary and they gave us the royal treatment! Even printed up special menus for us. Nice place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Our first time here and if we lived close-by we would be here a lot. The food was wonderful - imaginative and flavorful. The service was attentive and very friendly. I wish we had known to ask for a table against the wall instead of in the line of traffic from everyone coming in.

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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Waiter was attentive, food was excellent, wine list was outstanding. I'll be back next time I visit Franklin.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Red Pony compares well with the best restaurants in Nashville. Food was excellent, good service and unique vibe.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Server was terrific.....JACLYN e.
we would come back just to have Jaclyn serve us.
Ron & Peggy Cook

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

An amazing meal with lots of special touches as we celebrated our daughter's birthday!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service and recommendations. Cocktails, beer and food was excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Red Pony was a last minute decision for us, and was a bit of a drive from Nashville, but well worth it. The ambience was great, the windows into the kitchen were nice, and the service was friendly, knowledgeable and casually professional. The food, however, was the star. Amazed by the bacon wrapped rabbit, the scallops were wonderful, and the oyster appetizer was simply beyond words. We were talking about what we would get at our next visit on the drive home!! Well done!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our dining experience was perfect from start to finish. The ambiance was great. The drink and menu selection was phenomenal. Our waiter Jay was extremely friendly and knowledgeable of every piece of the menu. He did not miss a beat. Traveling from St. Louis, I will make this a must do if I ever return to Franklin.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nice drive in. Great food. Cool downtown scene. We'll be back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great for pre- theatre dining! Red Pony is a wonderful E experience. Excellent food, innovative menu that changes seasonally and has menu items not found on just any restaurant menu . The ambience is nice. We especially enjoy dining upstairs and have in a drink at the upstairs quaint bar pre-dinner. The service is always professional and yet warm. Our most recent visit was prior to a show at the Franklin Theatre, which is just across the street. I had the Branzino which was delicious. Everyone had a wonderful meal and enjoyable experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 11, 2017

They never disappoint! A gem in a wonderful city!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent service, ambiance, Manhattan, bartenders and FOOD! Bacon wrapped rabbit!

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Jacqueline is absolutely amazing! Her knowledge of the menu, specialties and drinks is truly awesome. She is very personable and polite.
Definitely impressed!

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was special and over the top! Staff was very kind and knowledgeable of the menu. Food delicious!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Tapas
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food and Service was outstanding! Thanks Red Pony for making my girlfriend ‘s birthday special.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Definitely glad I checked this place out after hearing about it from friends and family. Great atmosphere, unobtrusive and pleasant waitress, fun setting. I had the Almondine Bronzantine, which was cooked perfectly. You MUST HAVE the goat cheese gnocchi as a side. Seriously.

Tags: Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great experience at Red Pony. Fantastic good and great service makes for a wonderful night. Highly recommend the lamp chops and shrimp and grits. Definitely will be coming back!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Let them know if your reservation is for a special occasion and they can print something special on the top of their menu for you. They will also comp your dessert.

Great food, great service, and fun people watching in downtown Franklin.

Red Pony has been here for years and is still thriving.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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