The Chef and I

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1200 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
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My son and I were visiting Vanderbilt and had an amazing meal at The Chef and I . I would highly recommend sitting at the counter to view the food prep !!! So delicious!!!

P
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent amazing brunch
Duck/Waffles to die for!! The Short Rib Benny fantastic! Bottomless Mimosa the only way!! Coffee excellent!
Great fun staff!!

Going back for dinner!’

OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did the 7 course with wine pairing. Everything was wonderful.

S
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service. Noise ok for conversation. Small plates were best. Lobster roll great. Smoky smell in restaurant permeated clothes. Had to leave outside to air out and then wash. Overall it was good

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so fresh and tasty! The service was great and everyone was so welcoming and personable. We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! The food was just perfection! The chefs menu is a MUST! Service was incredible!

D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing overall experience that exceeded expectations. The service and food were exemplary. I was recommended the Shrimp & Grits and it was outstanding! If you get there while still in season, Chef Liz's Dark Chocolate Bread Budding is devine :).

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. They ran pretty behind seating us, but made up for it with a complimentary appetizer. Definitely sit at the counter--culinary wizardry up close!!!

T
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was a restaurant where my girlfriend and I dined about 3 years ago, while it was located at the previous location in Lenox Village. It had sentimental value and was an experience which was frequently recalled with fondness. We loved the intimate nature, the food was delicious, and more than anything else, the continuous interaction with the chefs and other customers at the chef’s counter during the preparation of the meal made the evening one that was unforgettable. The new location in the gulch is a little bigger, with much more food prep space, but which allows virtually no interaction with the individuals preparing the food. It’s just a restaurant with an open grill where you can watch the food get made. We were very disappointed by the new format. the food was fine, but not memorable. Elk tenderloin was delicious and cooked perfectly, but was entenched in a sauce that didn’t allow for the enjoyment of the meat itself. Lobster bisque was lukewarm, at best. Each of us had a drink at the bar, an appetizer, salad, and entree, and the total for the night was $220+. Based on this experience, we will opt for one of the nice steakhouses in Nashville in the future for special occasions, and will likely not be returning to Chef and I.

SM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a cool space and the food was amazing. Very big portions. I sat at the Counter and had a great conversation with the chefs and that was a great experience to watch them cook and ask them questions. My server Kendall was lovely. I would highly recommend.

KK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at The Chef and I for us. Amazing food, great service. Everyone in the group of 6 raved about dining experience.

k
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasting menu was fantastic and the open kitchen made for a fun and engaging experience! Hip space, amazing food without any of the stuffiness. Each chef spoke with us and made for a special experience. They were able to accommodate gluten free also. The fig I e cream was truly the very best ice cream I have ever tasted..

TP
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chef and I was absolutely exceptional. My wife and I had the tasting menu with wine pairings. Highly recommend.

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic!

MR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great interaction with the staff. Top notch staff + experience.

M
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've ever had! I ate here on a trip last month and knew when I came back for a girls' trip this was #1 on my list of places to take my friends. Both times the food was absolutely wonderful!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Sat at the counter overlooking the kitchen. Great experience. Chefs were engaging and clearly love their jobs. Waiter was excellent. One of the best meals in Nashville. Would definitely go back.

KM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cocktails and bartenders were great. Overall decent food but my daughter’s scallops were so salty she couldn’t eat the dinner. Fortunately they took it off the bill. But it was her 17th birthday so that was kind of a bummer and they didn’t bring piece of cake w/ candle to celebrate which I thought they said they would when I told them it was her birthday.

J
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated at the counter on a corner so we could talk with each other. (2 couples). Our waitress explained the menu and answered all our questions with a smile. The food was amazing especially the roasted cauliflower ♥️. It was such a treat to watch the preparation and speak with the chefs as they prepared the meals. Everyone worked efficiently and with a smile, they truly enjoyed what they were doing. It was a fantastic experience all the way around

SF
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really loved the look of the restaurant. It was our first time and we were not sure what to expect. Its community dining so , I was thrown off a bit. It worked out well though, and we made some new friends. It is a bit loud but once we settled in it was fine. The food was really good. Excellent choices all around. Its different than any restaurant in Nashville. The appetizers were my favorites, yes try the Lobster roll!
The entrees had a lot of flavor and were on the rich side but so tasty. My only dissatisfaction was the dessert that I chose, chocolate bread pudding. It just wasn't the style I imagined. Not bad, just not traditional. We will definitely be returning!

WS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG! I love, love, love this place. The food is OUTSTANDING and the atmosphere is lively and engaged. Our server, Melissa, took amazing care of us. The drinks are the real deal. That salmon appetizer was divine. The salads delicious and bountiful. My scallop entree was just right. Overall, this meal was definitely a highlight of our trip to Nashville.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just delicious and the service great. Definitely worth splurging

CM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

definitely one of the best restaurants in nashville!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was fantastic. Sit at the counter and watch your food being prepared! Do not miss out on the cocktails here, I recommended the Dave Grohl! Also, make sure to order the cauliflower app!!!

B
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of us really enjoyed The Chef and I. My only tiny complaint was that it was a bit chilly inside, the temps outside were cold as well. Very creative food combinations which I like. I had the smoked hanger steak, the best I’ve ever eaten! Would definitely go again next time I’m in Nashville.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

c
St. Louis
37 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a spectacular experience at The Chef and I. It was our first time to dine there. We had the caramelized cauliflower and smoked salmon for appetizers. Both were delicious. We then had a lobster coconut bisque which was one of the best bisques I’ve ever had. It was a little sweet but when you ate it with the accompanying bread, it was a perfect balance. We then had scallops and the Sea Bass special. Both were served on dirty rice with tiny Peruvian peppers and were fabulous. We had an orange cake for dessert that was interesting as it was served with basil and candied oranges. It wasn’t my favorite but others at the table liked it. The service was great and the ambiance was fun and relaxed. We will definitely eat there again the next time we’re in Nashville.

JL
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time at Chef and I. Can’t wait to come back. One of the things I love most about this restaurant is the employees. When sitting at the tables around the kitchen, all of the chefs are so friendly and you can watch and ask questions about what they are making. It is so interesting to watch the whole process. I love this place.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service from our waiter and Chef Peter. Loved being able to chat with the chefs. Can’t wait to come back and try more!

JW
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I think we had too great of an expectation. While the food was very good and it was fun watching the chefs at work, it wasn’t as good as it should have been for the price. That being said, I would go back and try it again...the potential is high!

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it! Sit at the counter and watch the magic happen. Cauliflower and goat cheese app was extraordinarily good. Even my carnivore friends enjoyed.

OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food pacing was perfect. Service was stellar. Everything we ate was amazing! Spicy arugula and apple salad was my fave. We will be back soon!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was fabulous all around. We sat at a high top as it was as it was business dinner. Although If it were only 2 of us we would have loved to have sat at the bar! It was a true experience. The atmosphere was awesome and the space unique. The food and service were superb. We loved every single thing we ordered. I’m still thinking about the taquitos (elk) and the scallops!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Experience watching our meals being prepared and the food was outstanding

F
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great experience here at the Chef and I! The staff is friendly food is as beautiful as it tastes great! I love this place! I always get the Chef’s course meals ... you get a little bit of everything!

MK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O.M.G -- ABSOLUTELY no comparison. This was by far my BEST restaurant experience ever|!!! Sit at the counter and watch them prepare your food! Ask your chef to prepare something HE or SHE would want to have......you will NOT be disappointed, that includes your favorite cocktail. I had the Elk and my friend had the duck. Melted in your mouth. Bottomless Mimosas topped off our brunch. GO GO GO GO GO. That's all I have to say.

M
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Made so.e,new,friends. Chef Pete and Todd the Bartender were absolutely a pleasure to be around! Mosr definitely going back!

AM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic!! Make a reservation!! Would highly recommend!!!

GT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than the French Laundry in Napa. Everything was top tier from the hostess who went the extra mile to the manager to the cooks in the open air kitchen.

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