About The Chef and I

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.

611 9th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic

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

Cross Street:
Division Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(615) 730-8496

Website:
http://www.thechefandicatering.com/

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!

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!

Parking Details:
There is valet, pay to park lots, and street parking all around the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef Chris Rains

Additional:
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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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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The Chef and I Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (29)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for a Date (20)
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Tasting Menu (18)
Special Occasion (16)
Fun (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Casual (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Tapas (8)
Authentic (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Romantic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Seasonal (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Healthy (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 6 hours 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!

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·Dined 3 days ago

The service was outstanding. The chef came by twice even though it was Valentine's Day and very busy.

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·Dined 4 days ago

A wonderful experience. Food was fantastic. Staff was super friendly. Environment was super cool and the valet parking was a great bonus. The Kurt Cobain is a great cocktail. The fish was superbly prepared and house cured bacon and pimento cheese was soooooo good!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

It was very disappointing. The food was not the quality we were expecting with the price tag that it had. It’s not good when you and your spouse can’t get out of there fast enough, because your tong is so raw from how much salt was on the food. I will definitely not return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic! We sat at the chefs table and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Everyone was friendly. The chefs were fun to watch and the food was amazing! Can’t wait to bring friends!

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·Dined 6 days ago

We sat at the counter and enjoyed being able to watch the prep and interact with the chef's. Everyone there was friendly and the staff was very attentive. Excellent food and enjoyable experience but WAY overpriced. The price was about 4 times what it should be for what you get. Expect dinner for two with the tastings to run in excess of $200.00

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Short answer: Awesome! And and off the beaten path of newcomers to our dining scene. Definitely try it!

We first stumbled into Chef and I on a Saturday when we forgot Arnold's is closed. We decided to walk the block and see what else is there. When we walked in front, it looked...interesting. Then commenced a wonderful brunch that led us back with our "dinner club" neighbors to put it under the microscope. All were extremely pleased.

We started with the roasted cauliflower with goat cheese and roasted b sprouts, both of which were spectacular (yes, everyone does these, but few do these at this level). For entrees, two of us had the roasted chicken, which was as good as I have had in Nashville, and two had a three-level tasting. The tasting menu is very flexible (3/5/7, with ability to move some around).

The seating and overall environment will not appeal to everyone: 25 seats in a bar setting around the open kitchen (where we sat for a very uncrowded brunch on day three of their opening), then the main room seating is communal high tops, though roomy enough that we never felt the presence of our neighbors at the dinner. Fairly loud (but not oppressive) 70s rock is the background music (a good thing IMHO). The combined effect creates a lively atmosphere within the comfort zone of anyone from Baby Boomer to Millennial. Bottom line: good place to start a fun night on the town (e.g., Rudy's Jazz Room is a two minute walk). Maybe less so if looking for quiet or romantic.

Given that ambiance, it is no surprise the service is a nice balance between low-key and patron-oriented. Our server was super cool, yet entirely focused on our experience. The Chef also visited our group, and was not superficial--really interested in our experience.

This is a gem--give it a try!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very good menu selection and food was quite good. Noise level is loud and you sit at high top tables with others which if you want a quiet or private conversation its not possible. One side the people were fun and engaging - the other were not and clearly not pleased to have to sit next to people. Server was knowledgeable and good at explaining both the daily specials and what was on the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The smoked salmon was delicious.
The rub on the meat was spicy and added a wonderful taste.
We enjoyed seating at the kitchen and watching the prep and cooking.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing! Our new favorite restaurant in Nashville. Big thanks to Jordan and Chris!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service were impeccable; however, the table close tot the main door was uncomfortable, it was chilly all the time and the place was so loudly for me and my friends.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Absolutely outstanding. I will return as often as possible.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

So excited that they finally opened! We sat at the counter for dinner. It was fun watching the Chefs cook, interact with them and the manager. The pork tenderloin over hash was amazing. The whipped feta, pesto and cauliflower appetizer is a must. Squash, beefsteak tomatoes and mozzarella was very good. We are both returning soon- so many wonderful choices!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We were very pleasantly surprised. This is not your typical restaurant. There are no tables, per se, you have the option of the counter or a high top. It's all communal. If you sit at the counter, you are directly in front of the chef and his staff and get to watch them cook everything. They were all very friendly and engaged in conversation throughout the meal. The best part was the meal. We ordered tasting meals with wine pairings. The flavors were outstanding.

Not inexpensive ($350 including tip for 2), but we will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Never disappointed with this venue. Quality is first rate. The chefs & staff are AMAZING!!! I’ll come back every chance I get. And I always refer this restaurant to others!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Both the food and service were exceptional! I would highly recommend sitting at the counter and talking to the chef.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

We've been patrons of the Chef & I since it first entered the Nashville scene in Lenox Square. Just tried the new location on 9th Avenue in the Gulch. More spacious and still the best chef prepared meals in town! We had the three topas Sunday Brunch and were not disappointed. Anxious to go back and try some of the new entree items. Chef Chris, Peter, and Cameron are the best in their creativity, skill, and conversation. I give the Chef & I five stars and five thumbs up! Dine with the Chef & I and you will be in for an unforgettable treat!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Tapas, Late-night Find, Authentic, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fun, Organic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 4, 2018

A great meal, good times, felt cared for and listened to. Great vibe.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

A top dining spot in Nashville. The food is superb as well as the service. You must try the Chef and I at their new location. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

One of the best places in Nashville if you are a foodie. We’ve used them to cater several parties... great food and staff is outstanding. Sit at the kitchen island.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

So delicious. One of our new favorites for sure. We found ourselves wondering if each dish was the best thing we had ever tasted. Also appreciated a more mature crowd and not pretentious at all. Very comfortable. I recommend sitting at the counter so that you can get the full experience and see all the dishes. We had so much fun!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great new location with relatively new staff but the chef's know what they're doing and put out some great food. I let him know about their menu on the websites that they will update and it's a bit pricey for 3 course verses 4 course that they used to have. Now doing 3, 5, 7. Trendy and friendly staff who try hard. I suggest sitting kitchen side.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We had a great lunch!!! The food was excellent and we loved watching the chefs in action.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I've already been there for lunch and dinner. Absolutely the best meal I've had in Nashville in 10 years. This place is amazing and I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 31, 2018

we all got different dishes - all were amazing and generous portions

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I have always loved coming to the Chef and I! I love the new location! I can’t say that I have been to another restaurant that has been able to pack so much flavor in everything they serve! We try to stop by as much as possible anytime we are in Nashville. Eating at the counter where all the action is and ordering the tasting menu is the way to go! This place is a foodie paradise!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We couldn't wait to try this new gem. Chris and Erica Rains have created an even better version of their previous South Nashville restaurant. The location and easy access makes this a great location for locals and for Nashville visitors. We loved to sit and watch Chris or Peter cooking in the kitchen from the hightop counter. Don't miss this gem.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was great, will definitely go back and try some other things!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 26, 2018

***Request seating at the bar where the chefs prepare the meal, it's so much fun to watch and talk to the chefs.
-We had a successful first visit for my boyfriend's birthday dinner. We ordered the lobster bisque soup for an appetizer, 3 course meal with wine pairing, two specialty cocktails, and we each got our own dessert. They also brought us a complimentary goat cheese/bruschetta dish which was amazing.
-While we were waiting for our food, we had the pleasure of watching the sous chef/team. It was incredible to watch them prepare the meals for the entire restaurant right in front of you. The sous chef was happy to answer any questions about the dishes he was preparing and was overall friendly and welcoming.
-Our waitress was super sweet and helpful, we never went without anything.
-Free valet parking was provided
This was by far my favorite restaurant experience in Nashville, my boyfriend and I vowed to go back and try everything on the menu.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We went here for my wife's birthday and sat at the counter which we really enjoyed. We were able to interact with the chefs and watch how they prepared all the dishes. This even helped us pick what we wanted to order.

I had salmon and my wife had duck, both were very good. We also ordered the chef's 3 course tasting and ate it like an appetizer. We actually preferred our entries but it was all still very good.

We will definitely be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It is our new favorite!!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was great! Service was great! Great bloody Mary . We will be back !

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Had a wonderful lunch with our management team. Amazing food and a great atmosphere!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 23, 2018

It was our 37 th Anniversary. We have dined with The Chef and I at their Lenox Village location twice before. We love sitting at the food bar and watching the Chefs and interacting in conversation. We love trying new dishes. They definitely knocked it out of the park once again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

I don't understand how this restaurant has accumulated so many 5 star reviews. I can only guess that it doesn't take much to please diners in Lenox Village. Just 10 days in this new Gulch location, they will need to up their game if they are to compete in Nashville proper. The chef counter concept is not enough, the food must also be good and consistent - especially if served to the same party. I have no intentions to ever go back.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This was my second visit to this location. We went for Sunday brunch. I had a group of 12 and we were all seated promptly. Most of us elected to have the bottomless mimosas. Everyone was pleased with there meal. We will come back often.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food, friendly staff, great environment. Was one of the best meals have eaten in Nashville!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food is fantastic, the chefs are fantastic, the vibe is fantastic. Each time we've been to the Chef and I we leave there giddy about the meal we just ate. One of the best restaurants in Nashville and this weekend was hands down the best meal I've had in quite a while. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Outstanding place!
We tried the five course option with the wine matching.
Everything was delicious (scallops, mushrooms, pork, duck, ahi tuna).
The chocolate ganache we added for dessert was also wonderful.
Great casual, friendly, fun vibe to this place.
Chef Chris, Hostess Trudy, and manager Jordan were all gracious.
Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Awesome, energetic atmosphere and staff. recently moved to the gulch from another location. Food was excellent. Service was a little disjointed but overall this is a great addition to the downtown/gulch restaurant scene.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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