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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (69)
Special Occasion (60)
Creative Cuisine (56)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Romantic (46)
Neighborhood Gem (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (41)
Cozy (35)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Local Ingredients (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Fun (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Business Meals (21)
Casual (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Authentic (20)
Hot Spot (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Healthy (9)
Seasonal (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great Beer (5)
People Watching (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 12, 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 7, 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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·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 6, 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 5, 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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The Elk Ragu and Rabbit Pot pie were both excellent. I will say I was a little disappointed in the apple cake but my standards are pretty high so next time I go I’ll select my “dessert” from the bourbon list instead.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went on New Years Eve. Best experience that I have had at a restaurant. Not only was the food fantastic, but the manager was gracious enough to comp our drinks as our reservation ran barely late. Not to mention, my spouse and I misread the menu and weren’t looking at the NYE menu before reserving. This posed a problem for my girlfriend as she is a vegetarian and nothing was available. However, the chef kicked into action and made a special meal catered to her for all 5 courses. Service was outstanding, the manager was fabulous, and the food is unbeatable. This place is a must, if you are around the Nashville/Franklin area!

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Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Seasonal, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great Beer
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had an outstanding time. Staff was accommodating and friendly. We went NYE and it was super busy but the folks at the front and management came to check on us and update us on our table. The food was TO DIE FOR and the drinks were unique and very tasty!!! We will be back

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a New year's Meal here. Food was fantastic- great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for NYE and the set-menu was awesome with great choices at each course!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

My wife and I made our reservation for New Year’s Eve, and we had an excellent experience. Our waitress and the manager were very friendly and accommodating to us. The food was great, and the cocktails were very tasty and well balanced. The atmosphere lends itself to great conversation!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Table service and food quality was excellent. Bartenders are a little arrogant with their drinks. God forbid you try to order an after dinner shot, as we were told by one, "We are not that kind of place." Good to know.

Overall a great find in downtown Franklin if you are looking for a quiet, very laid back place. Like a place to take your parents or a significant other for an anniversary. I certainly wouldn't recommend taking a group of friends looking for some fun.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The Serving Team was excellent and friendly. Our finished dishes didn’t stay long on our table. The idea of a four course meal felt special for New Year’s. The food was good and was lovely, but it wasn’t excellent or seem to equate to the higher ticket cost. The rabbit croquette had good flavor. I wish they would have been more crunchy. The butternut squash bisque tasted good, but I wish it would have been thicker. The pork chop was juicy, but a little tough to cut into. The greens were excellent that came with the pork chop. The bourbon chocolate bread pudding seemed on target, and the accompanying caramel ice cream was good as well. I appreciate the special idea of a four course dinner, but the lack of more full flavors left me a little disappointed.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service and atmosphere were great however the food wasn’t what we were expecting. We went there for New Year’s Eve dinner and were really disappointed in the food for how much we spent. We had 4 different options for each course because of the designated New Years Eve menu. The appetizer was ok but really small. My soup and her salad were ok but nothing special. My wife and I both got steak because we heard how good it was. This was the worst part by far. Both of our steaks had fat throughout. The bread pudding dessert was really good. Overall it was ok but for a $265 meal for two people including 2 glasses of wine and 1 beer , the value was terrible. Just glad I had a $100 dollar gift card but still felt cheated.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We always enjoy ourselves and very much like the atmosphere

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Fun
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great anniversary dinner! Aaron was great! Very knowledgeable about wine list, as well as menu. Food was incredible!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, fantastic service. They brought us a small appetizer since it was our first time to the restaurant. They took us an hour earlier than our reservation time with no questions asked. Aaron was our server and when he heard we were visiting from out of town, gave us great recommendations of other places to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Only thing that could use attention is the reservation website said about $30a person, and it was priced higher than that.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been there many times before and loved it. But that night the food was not good. Really sad birthday dinner for my husband. Wouldn't recommend!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Enjoyed a special evening out as a family. Our server Chris was great - worked hard to take care of our daughter who is gluten free. Service - menu - setting all superb. We will be back!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Menu is interesting, though not enough fish/ seafood/vegetarian options. Main issue for me was the high salt content (and i normally add salt to my food!). Unfortunately, It ruined the eating experience for me.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Birthday Dinner

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our Christmas Holiday date- Great service- and enjoyed upstairs where used to be outdoor patio- lovely "sun porch" patio feel to that particular space- Service was great- and enjoyed perfectly prepared steak and variety of vegetable options. Well presented and enjoyed quiet ambiance upstairs. Good cocktails. Will definitely go again!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This was our first time at Red Pony, and what a wonderful experience. Jaclyn, our waitress, saw to our every need, and is without a doubt the best server I have ever had anywhere. She was so knowledgable and made wonderful recommendations for our dinner choices. I'm sure whatever we chose would have been delicious, but Jaclyn's insights and attentiveness really elevated the whole evening. We will definitely ask to sit in her section on our next visit!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our first visit and it was fantastic! Our waitress Nadia was incredibly knowledgeable about every dish and answered all our questions like a chef. I loved the upstairs cozy table for 2 at the windows. The menu changes regularly so our curiosity will have us going back for sure.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This is our favorite place to go in Franklin. We have been several times and will keep going. There’s always something for everybody on the menu.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The service was great. The meal started off good, but then took a turn when the special came out and it was all fat. You would think a Chef cooking a rib-eye would notice the shape the cut of meat was in prior to putting it on the grill unfortunately our friends got the worst meal ever, and were so disappointed as we had told them great things about Red Pony. Then the manager acted as if our friend had received a steak that was cooked to the wrong doneness. He actually made our friend cut into the next steak as if he were a five-year-old child; it was quite embarrassing.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Ordered the oyster appetizer, could not see or find an oyster , it was a joke, finally pulled one out smaller than 1/2 dime.
I think the restaurant needs to drop this from the menu unless I just happened to get a horribly small batch of oysters.
I got shells sauce and nothing else. Service was excellent. Ordered the scallops, it was the size of an appetizer.
Portions continue to get smaller here. We eat here regularly and went home hungry.
Very disappointed.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We always dine at The Red Pony prior to going to the Franklin Theatre, recommend reservations. They are always so accommodating for our request.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We've lived in the area for 20+ years and this was our first time to visit Red Pony, mainly because we don't think of downtown Franklin first when considering where to go out. We met another couple for a holiday celebration on Friday night at 6:30, prime time for Red Pony to shine.
Food was very good, with a fun variety of choices. We all had different meals which were excellent. The sides were well prepared and tasty too. Drink selection was good.
Now the reason for my rating: the service was terrible. Not that our waitress was inattentive, she just couldn't get anything coordinated from either the bar or the kitchen. Our friends received their drinks about 20-30 minutes before we did, so they waited until ours came until we were able to toast the celebration. Then when we ordered our food, three of the 4 entrees came out together, but the fourth (a burger!) took another 30 minutes to come out. This time we didn't wait to eat or our food would've been cold.
At least the split bill was accurate and timely.
So, now the question is, will we eat there again? I put a note on my signed receipt about my disappointment with the service and provided my phone number, but no contact as of yet. Maybe when they read this, I might hear from them. If not, there are plenty of other places to get a good meal, even in downtown Franklin.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food quality and selection outstanding. Service always helpful and friendly

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent, creative menu. Excellent server Jason - clever and quick without being at all intrusive - attentive without hovering! We were seated next to the window into the kitchen and had a great show with our meal. All in all, a very fine experience. We'll be back.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Top shelf restaurant!! Never disappoints. Staff is excellent as is the food.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

We celebrated our 50th anniversary and enjoyed very much! Did not see vegetarian options which I would have liked but had the special and very good! My husband had the filet and cooked perfectly. The complimentary dessert was just the finishing touch.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We took our teenage daughters out for our yearly Christmas weekend. Your restaurant came highly recommended by a close friend & we weren't disappointed. Our granddaughters loved their food & enjoyed everything about the restaurant. Thanks for helping our yearly Christmas outing become another special memory.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great, creative food. Not a whispering type place, great servers.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

My first visit to Red Pony. A great experience. Remember to always make a reservation ahead of time.....I did and got in this time. Loved it!

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

My wife's new favorite restaurant, cozy comfortable

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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