The George Jones

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Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, The George Jones features live music, a Smokehouse restaurant, and Rooftop Bar dedicated to the life and legacy of country music icon, George Jones. From the tunes to the signature drinks, The George Jones’ creatively infuses details from George Jones’, also known as “The Possum’s,” life into the atmosphere of the restaurant. With an upscale honkytonk vibe, visitors can enjoy live music all day, every day. The sweeping view of the Cumberland River provides an unbeatable backdrop to our main stage. Crowd favorites from the menu include the Nashville Hot Chicken Bites and the Smoked Brisket Sandwich. Wash it down with our famous Nashville Lemonade—careful, it’s hard to have just one! RESERVATIONS ARE MAIN FLOOR ONLY. ROOF IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED! From the views to the music to the food, The George Jones excites all the senses. Visitors get the entire Music City experience all in one place—Nashville Happens Here.
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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:15PM - 9:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM

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HL
Indiana
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Great food & prices. Service was terrible though. Had to get utensils, etc ourselves four times. Waitress complained to us when we only left 18% tip

OT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our last night In Nashville and my husband thought this place was a huge hit! He’s the biggest GJ fan ever!! The food was good. We had prime rib dinner and the prime rib French dip sandwich. Service was a little slow but it was Friday night in Nashville‼️would visit again

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, but it was kind of overshadowed by the slow service. Our waitress came to our table pretty quickly after we were seated, and brought us our drinks and took our orders shortly thereafter, but once we got our food it was all over. My husband needed a drink refill, and after waiting... and waiting... and waiting..., he finally got up and went to the bar to get a refill. She came by a little while later and brought our check, then disappeared again. In her defense, though, I don't think it was her fault. It seemed like she was one of only 2 servers on the entire floor. I think they were very short staffed and it was just too much for 2 people to adequately cover. But the food was very good, the place has a great vibe, and the music was good, too. Not so loud that you couldn't talk to your tablemates. I'll definitely give it another chance and hope they have more staff next time.

s
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Atmosphere and music were fun even early on around 5:30. We're tried the brisket and ribs. Brisket probably better than the ribs. Weren't quite fall off the bone, but taste was great.

BL
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I would absolutely recommend The George Jones BBQ to all. It's a big place..the music was good and the food was very good. The pulled pork and chicken were delicious as well as the burgers. I would have to say no on the brisket....it is thick sliced and was pretty fatty...had 4 people at our table say "no" to the brisket. Corn muffins were way good as well as the chicken hot bites! The baked beans were good...but they were more of a chili baked bean..just an fyi cause not everyone likes the chili spice!!

BP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Good entertainment and off the noise of Broadway. Bbq was good but out of two sauces. Waitress struggled with her ability to focus on multiple tables.

DB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best RIBs in Nashville,very tender, good light smoked flavor,very meaty. You must try them,make reservations.

The George Jones
Responded on October 1, 2019

Wow! Thanks so much Don! Glad you enjoyed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Dinner before concert. Food was great and priced well. Service could have been more attentive. Took a long time to get waitress to check us out.

The George Jones
Responded on October 1, 2019

Sorry to hear that! Thanks for taking the time to say something! It is the only way we can improve!

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RL
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Terrible... we came for the ribs and they ran out at 6pm. Green beans were raw - tough and inedible. Drinks were good. Burnt Tips and Green Tomatoes good. Just not the great evening we were expecting.

The George Jones
Responded on October 1, 2019

So sorry to hear this! Looking over what might have happened with our Smokehouse par for that day. It doesn't happen often - but if we get a run on a certain item there is no fast and easy way to make it, since we smoke all of our meats in house (the ribs take 12 hours). No excuse -as we usually have our pars well under thumb, just want to look into that!

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Made reservations for a special occasion. We were seated at a booth without a River view, by the server station. It took a very long time for our server to take care of us. He was pleasant, though. The food was fine. Did enjoy the views from the rooftop bar.

The George Jones
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you so much for reaching out - -very sorry that your reservation didn't go as planned. We really do thank you for speaking up so we have a chance to improve - although that doesn't help with your special birthday.

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LB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good, as was the atmosphere. Our server greeted us and took our order, which was fine. She never came back to our table except to take our plate and bring our check, as if to say, “get out”! We we’re planning to have a few drinks and enjoy the music but our server was clearly done with us. If it had not been for Terrapin Brewery, who was there promoting their beer, we would never have gotten the only drink we were served. When we spoke to someone about the situation, she stated that it’s typical in that town to have bad service. I definitely do NOT recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for good service.

The George Jones
Responded on October 1, 2019

Sorry you had this experience, Lisa! I think your husband was kind enough to reach out with details and additional information on your visit! Thank you both so much for speaking up so we are able to address this!

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OT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is packed with fantastic flavor. We got the
Chicken pot pie, meatloaf, and spilt a wedge salad. It was very slow to come out. We had a reservation at 5:30 pm. The table service was not attentive as well as well did not have any water left after our salads, and they did not bring any more to the table. Additional, they took our silverware and we had to source new sets when we our meals arrived. The seating arrangement we had was unusually as there is communal style booth with another group.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first meal of our visit. We enjoyed the experience!

The George Jones
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you so much!

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L
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our server forgot a bunch of our drinks and was very slow. However the food was very good. We’d probably go back next time we’re in town

U
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Was able to make a reso on open table for 945a.m. but they only opened at 10a.m. Coffee machine broken for breakfast! They finally brought coffee from the basement in urns, but then didnt offer it to the people who originally asked. Eggs were bland - had to hunt down salt ourselves (not offered) but no pepper or hot sauce to be found. Drink deals were good though, and I'm sure it's a lots more fun at night. Wouldn't go for breakfast/brunch again.

SM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome. Great music. Definitely hit the roof bar.

SR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was GREAT!!
My husband was able to sign with band in the Restrurant! That was an experience we will never forget!!!

E
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is way overpriced, Tennessee lemonade didn't seem to have any liquor in it. Great ambiance and live entertainment was good. Rooftop bar was closed for a private event, so couldn't experience that.

c
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It's good for a large group - we had 8 people and sat comfortably on the first floor. They were out of a lot of food items, including a majority of their BBQ sauces, which was a bummer and confusing since it was 5:45 on a Saturday (compared to the end of the night).

BR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best brisket ever! Will definitely return and will recommend to my friends.

DV
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take out of town guests for the sights and taste of Nashville! Super view.

l
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very good and the music was excellent. The gentleman playing the guitar and singing was fantastic. We sat in the middle to back of the restaurant and could still hear him very well while still being able to carry on a conversation at the table. We did not wait very long for the food to arrive. The only drawback was that it was fairly busy and it took awhile to get another round of drinks. Our server tho did an excellent job - very friendly!

JD
St. Louis
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

The George Jones
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thanks, JimD!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and view of the river!!

The George Jones
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thanks!

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k
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere is great for a group! Live music and good brunch. Great drink deals!

The George Jones
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thanks!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Entrance smelled foul. Food was very salty and almost inedible

The George Jones
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi there Anonymous! Would be great if you could offer more specifics - this is the first time we have heard this? As for the salty food - when were you here? What did you order? Roof or Main floor? We take all of your feedback seriously and the entire purpose is to improve based on feedback! Thanks for any you might offer!

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SP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great bbq. A good middle ground, not too fancy but good quality

S
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A group of 11 of us went to George Jones before a concert one night. Our server did a great job with serving all of us quickly and being attentive-especially because we all came and ordered at different times. The food was delicious for everyone, but I will say the hot chicken is not the best Nashville has. There was just a lot of spice and not a lot of flavor. The burgers and smoked meats were all wonderful.

The George Jones
Responded on September 3, 2019

Glad to hear this Sarah! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! Glad you enjoyed!

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RW
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roomy, clean, great service and great food. What more could you ask for except a place to talk and still hear the music? The George Jones has it. There is plenty of room in the dinning area to either sit with the band or go to the back and talk. You wont be disappointed.

The George Jones
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks so much for the kind and fair review, Rick!

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OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to dine here. Pulled pork shoulder was delicious!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Couldn’t get in due to fire alarms and flooding in the basement.

The George Jones
Responded on August 19, 2019

HI there! Do to the a small fire in our dumpster area we were instructed by the Nashville Fire Department to vacate the premises for everyone's safety! We are thankful to report that the fire was contained quickly and no one was hurt thanks to the quick thinking of our manager on duty! Sorry you were inconvenienced. We take hospitality very seriously -but safety comes first.

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CA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Rooftop views were awesome! Service was great and food was served quickly. Food was your typical bar food, but was good!

The George Jones
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks, Christina!

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KS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 8 girls in town for a Bachelorette party and we ate here our last night. People got the pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket, ribs and wings. Everyone’s food was fantastic but the wings were a little dry. I still definitely recommend this place but stay away from the wings.

NN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mimosas were good and our waitress was great but we didn’t have silverware when our food came, the place was pretty empty and they didn’t have our reservations ready, music was awful in the middle of the afternoon, and my food was nothing special (brisket hash). I had so many potatoes and barely any brisket and it’s a BBQ place. The highlight was going up to the rooftop afterwards and the views. I would not go back though.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was slightly over cooked and some drink options were not available. However, management and service did an excellent job of going above and beyond service wise.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food,drink and music.
Not too loud, could have conversation with a great soundtrack. 😀

The George Jones
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thanks!

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J
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Said they could only make scrambled eggs, mimosa was served in a tiny plastic cup, not really too much on the menu. Didn’t get asked where we wanted to sit and the air wasn’t obviously not working well as it was hot in there

The George Jones
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hi there, Jade! Sorry you weren't pleased with your visit! We try to make our complete menu offerings available online so folks know what to expect - still sorry you were underwhelmed. As for the plastic cups - if you are planning to go to the roof, we do only provide plastic for safety's-sake. Hope you try us again!

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R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for 9:30pm and there was no hostess to check us in, it was open seating and the whole place closed at 10. We had one drink on the rooftop and left. The views were awesome and the music and dance floor were good. Not busy at all for a Thursday night and plenty of seating.

JD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a quiet time, not crowded, we loved the pulled pork, plentiful portions. Burnt ends were not actually that.. not burnt or crisp, but still tasty, tender meat. Live band was great, and we love the posters and decor. Service was fast, friendly and efficient. We will be back!

TL
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed I didn’t get to actually try this place. Driving back home to FL we decided to make a stop in Nashville for dinner and made a reservation here. We arrived and there were signs taped to the door saying they were closed for a private event. There was also no staff to greet guests as they came inside, so I couldn’t sort out the issue upon arrival and could not contact by phone. Management should have contacted OT to close reservations for the evening, since they should have been aware of a private event well ahead of time.

The George Jones
Responded on August 19, 2019

So sorry you had this happen. I am thinking you were with Lori and Tina L? We only had one reservation that we were unable to get a hold of that day . .and we definitely should have handled it better. Upon digging into this with the staff from that day - we did have a door person alerted that we had a reservation that we couldn't reach and had an option for y'all. So so sorry we never made that connection!

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