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The Chef and I

147 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
The Chef and I is built on a love story. That’s why it works. We serve innovative cuisine in a fun environment.

The Chef writes a new menu every week for dinner and brunch, inspired by what is in season, and only the freshest, highest quality ingredients from meat to seafood to produce. The food is gourmet but approachable; allowing folks to expand their taste profiles.

Come in and try our creations by ordering off the menu or letting the chefs put together a special meal for you with one of our tasting experiences!

Counter (Show Kitchen) seating is limited and generally require a reservation. If you desire Counter (Show Kitchen) seating, please indicate in the special requests section of your reservation.

High Top seating is all family style seating available for reservations and walk-ins.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Monday: Lunch 11a - 3p Dinner 4p - 9p Late Night 9p - 12a
Tuesday: Lunch 11a - 3p Dinner 4p - 9p Late Night 9p - 12a
Wednesday: Lunch 11a - 3p Dinner 4p - 9p Late Night 9p - 12a
Thursday: Lunch 11a - 3p Dinner 4p - 9p Late Night 9p - 12a
Friday: Lunch 11a - 3p Dinner 4p - 9p Late Night 9p - 1a
Saturday: Brunch 10:30a - 3p Dinner 4p - 9p Late Night 9p - 1a
Sunday: Brunch 10:30a - 3p Dinner 4p - 9p Late Night 9p - 12a

*Bar Menu available at the bar during business hours
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Phone number
(615) 730-8496
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Chris Rains
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The Chef and I has a large catering division and we cater onsite and at many venues in Middle Tennessee! We do corporate events, galas, fundraisers, weddings, private residential events, receptions and teambuilding!
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Cross street
Division Street
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Parking details
There is valet, pay to park lots, and street parking all around the restaurant.
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The chefs are the entertainment! If you choose to sit at the show kitchen, you'll become part of the story as the chefs create your food and everyone else's! See how it all unfolds, and connect with chefs while they cook!
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Special events & promotions
Let us know if you are celebrating a special occasion when you make your reservation! We love making folks feel special!
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine


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What 147 People Are Saying
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vipPA2DCDiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Food was great and place was very quiet for lunch during the week. Will definitely be back.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious. Creative and current. Decor very nice. Would like some more low table options. Hostess was super friendly! Server was excellent, but had to frequently apologize for not being attentive enough. Seems they were short staffed. The mother of the bartender helped as the evening went on and was friendly and informative. We asked if the Olympics could be on the tv and were told that the only sports shown were local sports and none were on that night. I completely understand and support limiting sports on tvs in nicer restaurants. I avoid sports bars for the same reason. I imagine your policy is to limit this vibe and would think that the rarity of the olympics would fall into the same exception category as local sports. We applaud the employee’s adherence to the rules but think she could have thought this through a bit. Overall we enjoyed the food immensely and will recommend it to others. Unfortunately we live 4 hours away. Best of luck and we hope to be back someday.

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Foood was good. Expected much more after reading reviews.
Our waiter seems a bit off and we had to ask for him every time we needed something.
To the manager and the chef defense I can say they try to do their best to make up for poor service. We got desert on the house and a glass of wine.

vipJoJo (Nashville)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food and service was amazing. All four of us ordered different things and all four raved about their choice. My husband has mentioned twice that we will return soon. The servers were attentive and friendly. We felt like they appreciated our business.

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We are from out of town and came here from a recommendation. Loved the brunch. Delicious food and great service. Cool atmosphere

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Unique dining experience! We sat at the communal high top tables which was fine, but if you are into cooking, book in advance for a seat at the counter. The chefs are cooking and talking to guests and it is awesome! I got to sit there for a few minutes, courtesy of the amazing staff, and it was the highlight of the night. The food was delicious and the staff was incredible. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Awesome new place. First class food and staff! We highly recommend this place.

vipelj23 (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding meal in a great setting.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

It was great! Thank you!

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing! Our server was very helpful in suggesting a dessert and a wine to go along with it. This will definitely be a repeated date night spot. This was our first experience and our late valentine’s celebration due to work. Well worth the money!