The Chef and I

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1293 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Chef and I is built on a love story. That’s why it works. We serve innovative cuisine in a fun environment.
Folks can choose to order off the menu or do a chef’s tasting seven days a week.
CHEF’S TASTING:
We offer a chef’s tasting at two levels: five or seven courses; a culinary experience comprised of what’s in season and what the chefs are inspired to share with you that day.
REGULAR MENUS:
Additionally, we offer regular menus for lunch, brunch, dinner, and happy hour. Executive Chef Chris Rains and his staff carefully curate these menus seasonally.
Counter (Show Kitchen) seating is limited and generally requires a reservation. If you desire Counter (Show Kitchen) seating, please select "counter" seating when you make your reservation.
We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Any reservations cancelled within 24 hours of the reservation date/time is subject to a $20 per seat charge.
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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spot! Superbly prepared food and absolutely delicious.

C
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I visited The Chef and I on a Sunday night. From the moment our server, Michael, greeted us we were impressed. He provided us with some spectacular recommendations and his service was top notch. Our appetizers and main dish were delicious. The presentations and flavors were amazing. Couple amazing food with an outstanding sever we can not wait to go back. We would recommend yeh restaurant to anyone in Nashville!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! Definitely a spot we will take friends when they come and visit. We sat at the counter and watched the chefs prepare the meals. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the dishes and gave us great suggestions! My boyfriend and I split the 5 course chefs meal and then got 2 appetizers and it was plenty of food!
We will definitely be back for a date night!

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! Sitting at the counter gives you the chance to interact with the chefs. So interesting! Also the servers are beyond attentive. Mike was amazing and so much fun! Food is always on point. Cauliflower and Brussels sprout appetizers are my favorites.

GR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food I have had so far in Nashville. Feels like you’re eating at an amazing NYC spot. Loved it!!

M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, nice atmosphere. Deserts were amazing.

Z
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience!! Something different to do when in Nashville. It was nice to watch them prepare the food at chef counter!!

JC
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! We sat at the counter in front of the kitchen. Everyone in the kitchen was enjoying what they were doing and proud to explain what they were preparing. This was one of the best meals we’ve had in Nashville.

CP
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took parents here. We had a great time sharing some appetizers and entrees together at the corner of the bar. Definitely sit at the bar so you can watch the action. Excellent service! Very lovely restaurant!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great. I did the tasting and it was delicious. Reasonable prices too.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! We sat at the chef’s counter and watch the food being prepared. The chefs were friendly and interacted with us, which made it a very cool experience. The portions and flavor of everything were great and we left full and happy. Probably one of my favorite meals I’ve had in Nashville.

KM
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is the second time I've eaten at The Chef and I. I really like this place. The food is superb. I love getting the tasting menu! So many wonderful flavors and amazing combinations to tantalize my palate. The first time was a lovely, romantic dinner date. This time was a charming Sunday brunch. Two Thumbs Up!

MT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Great experience.

CS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal well worth every penny. Scott was wonderful and the rest team behind the counter was a joy to watch. Mikes service was impeccable! If in Nashville it’s a must!

KG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend going to The Chef and I! The food is delicious, the server was attentive and the atmosphere is great. We had a greater counter seat with a view of the kitchen and had an opportunity to chat with the executive chef. We will definitely be back the next time we're in Nashville!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu with wine pairings. Everything was delicious and the service was great. Very pleased.

SC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks! We will be back any time we visit Nashville!

SF
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite places in Nashville. My only complaint would be the high top seating, which places you across from your date and closely beside strangers. This can become loud. However, we ended up speaking to everyone and had a unique dining experience. Counter top seating is preferred facing the kitchen. Also am not crazy about the waitstaff walking up behind you to serve.

FF
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in Nashville! Such a fun experience! Make sure to sit at the counter to watch the chefs prepare the food.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding. My husband ordered the scallops and asked to have them blackened and said that they were one of the best meals he’s ever eaten. I had the duck and the combination of flavors was wonderful. Our favorite meal in Nashville! Michael was a great, attentive, patient waiter and made a recommendation for after dinner plans. Well done, Chef and I!

SC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome experience. Amazing food, engaging and attentive service, and a great atmosphere with chefs that welcome questions and conversation while they make your food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkable food, remarkable staff. They accommodated our large group, dietary restrictions, and special event. A fabulous experience, especially at the chef’s counter with Chef Sara

HH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to The Chef and I and it won’t be the last! Perfectly prepared and served...unique menu! We ordered about five different items and all shared. Our server, Todd, was AMAZING! Love the vibe and atmosphere! Thank you!

LA
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Such a great, hip spot. The food was delicious and beautiful. We sat at the chef bar, which I recommend. It was a bit difficult to talk because of the bar-like seating (there were 4 of us), but if you're on a date or 1:1, it would be perfect. If you're with a group ask for the corner or sit at a high top. I'll definitely be back next time I visit Nashville!

BW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Believe what you read about this place. Wonderful!

JW
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my son’s birthday. Everyone at the restaurant we friendly and attentive. Great food... you can talk to and watch the chefs as they cook...do the seven courses...fantastic!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection!!

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G
Charlotte
186 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is why I love Open Table, to find restaurants like this one. It was a culinary delight. It looks and feels cool. The servers and kitchen are friendly and the food unbelievable! They have an outstanding lunch option with flavors the excite the palette. I’ll be back.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and entire experience was great. Highly recommend the brussels, and butternut squash salad for apps.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a great place to dine at in Nashville. Outstanding!

KO
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and the menu was filled with such flavorful combinations. Not only was it delicious we thoroughly enjoyed watching them prepare the meal in front of us. The staff was friendly and engaging making it a fabulous experience.It is our new favorite restaurant.

j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and close to a top meal I’ve had. From beginning to end, the food was delicious. While the sea scallops were amazing on their own, the rice was just as delicious. The elk tenderloin and hangar steak were tender and tasty. Do yourself a favor and order the foil gras or roasted red bell pimento Cheese and House bacon shareable. You will not be disappointed. Service was outstanding as well.

t
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the chefs table and had a fabulous dinner with our daughters!

DT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Matt and David were extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We will definitely come back the next time we come to Nashville.

ET
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu and everything was excellent! Great service. Sat at the counter to watch the process - very fun. Will definitely go back!

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch! Watching the Chefs at work was a highlight! Food was delicious.

LJ
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant!! Food was tremendous and the service impeccable. A little more expensive but well worth the prices!

T
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chef and I has now become my FAVORITE Nashville fine-dining establishment. Every moment is perfect- from when you are greeted by the best valet attendant in town to the special attention that you get from the culinary, serving and bar staff to when you drive away. Every serving is exquisite- from the cocktails and small plate servings (get the brussel sprouts and cauliflower and ANYTHING with the smoked salmon) to the entrees (get the elk, veal or any fish) and desserts (get 'em all). The atmosphere is fun and the open kitchen makes you feel like family. Brunch is awesome too. This is a must for anyone visiting Nashville and long-timers like me.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael, the manager, was also our waiter. Outstanding!

DG
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding dining experience! Personalized, attentive from valet parking to serving to quality of food and conversation with chefs! Excellent in every aspect!

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