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The Chef and I

4.8
4.8
2443 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
The Chef and I is built on a love story between two people that began 15 years ago in Nashville, Tennessee.
Chris and Erica Rains grew the company from just the two of them to now more than fifty employees (family members) and many years of having the most amazing clients and customers in town!

We serve innovative cuisine in a fun environment. Guests can choose to order off the menu or do a chef's tasting any day of the week. A private chef’s table and an interactive show kitchen in addition to regular dining is what you’ll find at The Chef & I Nashville Midtown!

We are also able to accomodate walk-in guests in our lounge, backstage bar and other dining areas but there may be a wait depending on the day of week and time. Prime times are longer of a wait for walk-ins.

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Any reservations canceled within 24 hours from date/time is subject to a $20 per seat charge.
WE ALWAYS SAVE ROOM FOR YOU, PLEASE CALL 615.730.8496 FOR DAY OF AVAILABILITY

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri–Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (615) 730-8496

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Executive Chef Chris Rains

  • Catering

    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!

  • Private party facilities

    The Chef and I Nashville has multiple private event spaces where we often host private events from corporate lunches to rehearsal dinners and everything in between! Our catering division can also come to your home or venue of choice, and provide a custom-designed private dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Carol Yates: (615) 852-0854

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Cross street

    20th Ave

  • Parking details

    We have street parking available as well paid parking lots.

  • Public transit

    Our valet is located off the corner of 20th avenue south and Adelicia Street

  • Entertainment

    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!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,443 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Nashville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Nashville

    Notable Wine List

  • Nashville

    Contemporary American

  • Nashville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Nashville

    Notable Wine List

  • Nashville

    Contemporary American

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  1. D

    Duckhunter

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was amazing, the food was delicious and the wine pairing were very well matched
  2. AR

    ARose

    Savannah

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Let me preface by saying we LOVE our previous experiences with Them.Also we completely understand the fact the building was sold and things happen.. but this is why our experience was no longer the same. After receiving multiple reminder texts for our reservation we show up early to find the place had moved- no biggie we made it there on time but none of the reminders included this change that happens just 2 months ago. Much bigger location but it lost its charm or being cozy and casual. Also you don’t watch the chefs cook everything in front of you just a few apps and desserts with a big screen to watch for the kitchen. After being sat we were briefly greeted and brought waters. Couple next to us sits and is immediately greeted and doted on for her 23rd birthday. Sweet but - we also put that it was our anniversary- no mention of that to us. Kitchen and staff come to wish her a happy birthday- immediately gets drink order for them explaining the whole experience and menu. Then comes to us and the energy they had is gone- it’s just “have you dined here before?” We say yes and that we are there for our anniversary. Asked about the move of locations and was given a shot and somewhat pushy- is what it is. I notice the tasting menu says no substitutions however in the past- due to allergies or diets they would very lovingly accommodate. We were told flat no so we had to go with the 5 course versus the 7 with wine. 3 of our tastings came well before our wines- we finished the first two before we got them. 2 of our dishes were cold- cold steak shrimp. What puzzled me is we watched the kitchen and never saw them make these dishes at any point while we waited which leads us to believe they sat in a window waiting a while. Couple besides us asked for a desert menu- waiter again is oh no worries we will take care of it for you pick what you want! Same to the other side for a birthday- nothing to us. It’s not about free stuffWe just wanted the same treatment of feeling special
  3. f

    foodhead

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our servers were some of the best I have ever seen. I believe he said Ivan (sorry if I got that wrong) Mike and others were wonderful. The food was a little too spicy for my wife but she said in retrospect she could have chosen different items…I loved mine. Thanks for the love story….the song should be Closer to the Heart by Rush. We will try to get this way again when we come back to Nashville.
  4. J

    John

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Great fun place for dinner. Food is very good. Better than Etch where we went the night before.
  5. K

    Kelly

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone, especially Rueben, was incredibly friendly. Food was amazing and the new location is perfect.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful. The food was great and the staff was friendly.
  7. PT

    PassingThrough

    Las Vegas

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant when we come to Nashville. Food and people are amazing.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the Chef and I, I'm never disappointed.
  9. S

    Stef

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Food was great and the concept was fun but waiter did not seem to be interested. Usually they can make or break the experience and it was just bland. Plus the AC was down in the main dining room on the 1st floor. We could not do the tasting menu as it was centered completely on meat so we chose what was available to us from the main menu, also limited.
  10. JR

    JoannaR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was a very nice restaurant though very busy. Two of my companions ordered the chef’s choice and the delivery was sporadic. When it arrived it was good but one time they had to ask for their next plate. Maybe this was just a very busy night? If I am back in Nashville I would try it again.
  11. JL

    JeLu

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was really good. Don't skip the cocktails, they were decent as well!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    The tasting menu was not worth it. The salmon and elk were very good but the rest was mediocre. It was good but not worth the price of a tasting menu, nor did the experience feel as though it was upscale. Service was excellent. I would order a la cart.
  13. GM

    GaryM

    St. Louis

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Nashville and found the restaurant online. Fantastic. Had the 7 course dinner and wine pairing. Great evening
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    The chef tasting not good and completely overpriced. We left hungry and paid over $300 for dinner.
  15. RM

    RickM

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I was a little disappointed. We waited until 8:45 to dine so we could sit at a table that was not "standard" seating. Well, we sat in the middle of the room, could not see any of the food being prepared (as they advertised). The food was not really well explained to us. I did love the cauliflower, that was excellent. I ordered the beef medium rare and it came out medium well. Crème Brulee was burned on the top, not the light caramel look you want. For the price we paid, none of us were completely satisfied. I even mentioned during our reservation process that this was our 31st Wedding Anniversary-not even a "congratulations". I can safely assume the previous reviews giving it 5 star were before they moved locations. I hardly ever give bad reviews but I was so disappointed.
  16. LN

    LyubaN

    Hawaii

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the new location. Food is consistently great
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best chef choice evenings I’ve ever had
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best, hospitality and luxurious experience especially being in the new location!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, excellent service
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting Nashville for a convention and our 44th anniversary… a friend who is local recommended this restaurant. We did the 5 course Chef’s Meal with wine pairings. Everything was simply wonderful. The food , the spot on pairings, the very friendly and attentive staff, from manager all the way down to the valet parking kid. Highly recommend if you’re local or ever in Nashville…
  21. TV

    TomasV

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place!! The food was a amazing as was the staff. They even the Chef was engaging. Highly recommend this place
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a cool experience! Totally recommend!
  23. J

    Jaime

    Orlando

    149 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food and service was very good
  24. r

    rocket

    New York Area

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful tasting menu. Option of 5 or 7 courses each with excellent dishes. Wine pairing was superb. Restaurant is loud acoustics but lively large bar in center of dining room. Staff courteous and knowledgeable
  25. A

    Abelapeppers

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife and I went for anniversary. Awesome experience!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible!
  27. J

    Julia

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was THE BEST! They lost our ticket so it took a looooong time to get our food. My pork was dry but the tomato mozzarella and squash salad was SUPERB as was the halibut! Fabulous drinks as well. Overall almost worth the price. Great ambiance.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and they were very attentive. We did the Chef’s Tasting and were able to sit at the bar right in front of the chefs. They were great too! They answered questions about dishes and food, made excellent small talk, and even gave us a little taste of the special they were cooking! Really enjoyed this food and experience. Would definitely recommend this to others!
  29. GF

    GreatFood

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience and highly recommend this restaurant, they always deliver.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience!! Food was great and the service was excellent!!!
  31. KK

    KevinK

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was all extremely friendly & welcoming. Food was authentic and prepared in front of you. We had the mimosa bucket which comes with 4 different juices. Definitely going back!
  32. AS

    AunnikaS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly one of the best restaurants in Nashville. The food is just incredible and the service is very personal and familiar. The restaurant is very laid back and it’s so much fun watching them create these delicious dishes!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb dining experience...attention to detail on every dish....entire party enjoyed every bite....highly recommend...
  34. KC

    KirstenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about chef and I were fabulous! Mike was a wonderful server, food was delicious and the cook was just as personable (can’t remember her name, sorry). A must try!!
  35. M

    Monydave

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing but the coordination in the kitchen was superb! They worked like a well-oiled machine creating some very, very tasty dishes!
  36. CJ

    CassieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most wonderful time at The Chef and I. The food was incredible and they made it such a memorable experience for my fiancé and I. 10/10 would recommend!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience! Chef was on point with everything! Our waiter Derrick was amazing as well!
  38. C

    Carianne

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were both superb! We are excited for their move to a new space with more parking options!
  39. JP

    JPJP

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Not only was the food exceptional, the staff & service was beyond expectations. The menu is unique and creative without being over the top. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will definitely go back again soon.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prom night! Had a blast and the food was amazing as always.

FAQs

The Chef and I is rated 4.8 stars by 2443 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Chef and I

1922 Adelicia St, Nashville, TN 37212

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri–Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have street parking available as well paid parking lots.

  • Public transit

    Our valet is located off the corner of 20th avenue south and Adelicia Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Executive Chef Chris Rains

  • Entertainment

    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!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (615) 730-8496

  • Catering

    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!

  • Private party facilities

    The Chef and I Nashville has multiple private event spaces where we often host private events from corporate lunches to rehearsal dinners and everything in between! Our catering division can also come to your home or venue of choice, and provide a custom-designed private dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Carol Yates: (615) 852-0854

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