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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (80)
Special Occasion (72)
Romantic (59)
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Creative Cuisine (59)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Neighborhood Gem (46)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Handcrafted Cocktails (41)
Worth the Drive (38)
Cozy (37)
Local Ingredients (32)
Notable Wine List (31)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Business Meals (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Authentic (24)
Casual (23)
Fun (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Hot Spot (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Good for Groups (10)
Seasonal (10)
Healthy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Organic (4)
Spicy (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great dinner at Red Pony! The scallops were the best we’ve ever had and we love scallops. The steak dinner was great also. For not being a filet it was quite tender. We will be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Best shrimp and grits

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

A very special night celebrating my wife's Birthday. This is our favorite place for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food and wine were amazing. A tad loud for business meal, but didn’t interfere too much. The Elk Ragu was the best app. Had the Branzino for entree which was probably the best fish I’ve ever had.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Red Pony never disappoints! The food is on point and the staff is very friendly! Exactly what I would expect from a higher end restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was my second meal at the Red Pony and my expectations were high based on the first visit. The second courses and entrees were excellent, but we were a bid disappointed with with the appetizer course. We ordered a lump crab and a California roll entree and both were underwhelming. The amount of lump crab was about the size of a golf ball and was overwhelmed by potatoes and a spicy aioli type sauce and had insanely hot jalapeno peppers as garnish. The California roll was not nearly as interesting or textured as we had hoped. Not to dwell on the negative. The brussel sprout and cauliflower second courses were great as were our entrees, and the service and atmosphere were conducive to a great evening out with old friends. We enjoyed being seated upstairs.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of my favorite places in the Nashville area. They never fail to deliver excellent food and service. I’ve never had anything less than amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great location, ambiance, and most importantly delicious food and great service!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food and great service. What more can you ask for?

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I really like this place, but this time it was not as good as previous visits. Mind you, it was not bad, just not as good. The new menu wasn't diverse enough, and some good staple dishes were not offered. The town square was jam packed as it was the Christmas Tree parade, and it was busy everywhere. But that was not a good enough reason to have food delivered cold. Not even warm....... COLD! A $50+ steak not perfect is unacceptable. Management made good on all shortcomings, but they should not have happened.
Soooooo...... I will be back, and still recommend, but do not guarantee your satisfaction.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Only complaint is it was so noisy! We were downstairs by the bar so it was understandable!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and great service xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxzzxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very loud. Service was slow. After dinner, we ordered two chocolate dessrts and one creme brulee, we only recieved once chocolate dessert which we shared so we could just leave. We were not charged for the other two items. The server only came around when there was a purpose to deliver or pick. Water refills a miss.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food4
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great waiter!!!! Overcooked oyster appetizer.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Drinks were tasty and potent...pricey, but you get what you pay for. Food was outstanding.
We experiences brand new taste bud sensations. Waiter was friendly, but spoke too fast and
was actually overly attentive.....working for a big tip I surmise.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 27, 2017

They did an amazing job for my daughter’s 18th Birthday!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2017

For the fourth time I thoroughly enjoyed eating at the Red Pony. We sat at the bar to have a drink first and the bartender was outstanding. He let me taste three different wines before he got me the perfect glass. Our meals were great and I look forward to returning again.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent experience - made the Birthday we celebrated very special - look forward to going again for lunch or dinner

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Went above and beyond to make our anniversary a special night

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We loved everything we ordered. The oysters for a starter, Brussels sprouts for a second and the scallops and rabbit pie were awesome! Service was exceptional too.Can't wait to return to enjoy another great dinner.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Table two was smashed up against the kitchen wall with people no more 3 feet away. Made private conversations a struggle.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful food and great cocktails. Bartenders are amazing. Highly recommend

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My husband and I had just driven down from Illinois for an event the next day and had been referred here by a friend. One of the best dining experiences in quite awhile. From the bartender to the waitress to the meal itself. All five star. The chef is phenomenal and the combinations of flavored were interesting and serving sizes perfect. I had a cocktail called Marco Polo that was beyond words!! Will definitely stop in next time we are in town. Thank you!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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.

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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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