The Italian Kitchen

3.3
29 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Authentic Italian Restaurant. Pasta, Pizza and Seafood. Nashville's premier Italian restaurant. You won't leave here hungry. For over 10 years, a Nashville original, The Italian Kitchen serves the finest Italian cuisine using fresh local ingredients from some of Tennessee's finest. It has been a local Nashville favorite for over a decades. Lunch and dinner are served daily with a seasonal menu utilizing fresh, local ingredients, as well as a gluten-free menu with over verity gluten-free dishes.

Authentic Italian pastas, hand-made pizzas, fresh seafood and steaks offer something for everyone at The Italian Kitchen. And if your tastes veer towards wine, you'll enjoy our wide verity of carefully selected wine list.

Group reservations, catering and private dining parties can all be accommodated at The Italian Kitchen. So whether you're having a quiet dinner for two or a business meeting for 50, we have everything you need for an enjoyable dining experience.
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3.3based on recent ratings
3.4
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3.4
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3.1
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Hit or miss dishes (my ravioli tasted like Chef Boyardee but my husband’s was first-rate). They don’t need reservations because we booked at a busy Saturday night time and they just told us to sit anywhere. Very nice staff and great service - just expect more of a “no-frills” than the profile would lead you to believe.

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Josh1084
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We went ther for dinner for Valentine’s Day. It’s not a big place at all. Once we were seated it took several minutes before we were even greeted. The food was great though.

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BlakeM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was okay. I would not eat there again. The food was very overpriced and the service was sub-par. Multiple people left because they were not attended to.

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Chelsea
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The prices online are different than what is on the menu in the restaurant. I thought the meal was a $12-$14 meal, not a $20-$25 meal. Meatballs didn't taste like they were from scratch. My husband got the Chicken Broccoli pasta and the broccoli was almost raw and mostly stalks. The staff was horribly unorganized for it being Valentine's Day, which created a hurried, stressful experience. The lights were turned on super bright, which is fine, but when the tables are elbow to elbow, a dimmer ambiance could give it less of a lunchroom feel. I am happy to pay $100 for a nice night out, but the quality just wasn't there to justify the cost.

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viptinapais
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The booth we were given, I couldn’t get in cuz of high chairs and waitress would move them. Ordered the rigatoni and asked for soup of the day, told they don’t make soup. Only offered a house salad which was soaked in water, old with a bottled salad dressing in a Dixie cup on the side. No bread, olive oil served, no anti-pasta. This was more of an American Kitchen not Italian.
Disappointed on food selection.

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TerryS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food seemed frozen and processed. seemed to be more of a Robert orr sisco experience. expected more of a hands on freshly made experience.chicken Marcela was 23.00 . spaghetti meatballs 19.00 I would have expected 10-12 a plate.over priced but large portions.extremely nice staff very clean.

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robc
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere with excellent service. As others have written, pretty pricey for the caliber of food as you can get the same food at half price at the casual dining options.
That being said, not out of line for downtown Nashville. We will definitely go again

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Robert
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Too expensive for the experience. Food was alright, but way over priced.

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vipAmandaW
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The eggplant parmigiana was excellent. Table of 7 and everything was delicious!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Terrible! Tasted like cafeteria food. Prices were twice those in menu shown on OpenTable.

JA
JimA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

A store front restaurant with big glass windows and brightly lit. A little noisy. Food was surprisingly good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The food was good but there was one female server who was SO rude. Constantly complaining about customers where everyone could hear and slamming things around. Would not expect that from an “upscale” restaurant. Food tasted great but no kids menus so lots of wasted food and over the top pricing. Not worth it.

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vipStacyJ
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Yes and No: It was convenient to TPAC and was good for kids. The pizza and chicken parmesan were good but the ceasar salad was not. it has way too much salad dressing and croutons. The lettuce was very limp too. The tiramisu was the highlight of the dinner. So yummy!

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vipTeresaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and food for our large party!
Thank you

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vipEllenF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Poor quality food in terms of taste and preparation. For instance, I could not taste the eggplant in my eggplant parm, which was smothered in cheese. When I asked for oil and vinegar for my salad, I was informed that they didn’t have vinegar, and the oil did not taste like it was made from olives. My husband said the meatballs he ordered were among the worst he’s eaten. We asked for a glass of wine on the menu and were told that it had not been stocked there for a long time and the server didn’t know why it was still listed. We were visiting only a single night in Nashville and made a big mistake with our dinner choice!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Waitress was very pleasant! Meal was good but over priced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Nashville and looking for good Italian food. Loved it. Great food and service.

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Bianca
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for dinner (5:00pm) on a week night. We enjoyed our food and wine in a booth by the window. The wine mark up is very high, therefore only a fiour star for value. The restaurant was quite so we were able to carry on a nice dinner conversation. The waitress was friendly and service was very good. Overall experience 5.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Was simply the worst italian food I’ve ever had. Waitress was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

How can you have reservations for anything after 11am? I made reservations to eat at this place that didn’t even look like reservations were even needed. If you’re not open past 11am then you shouldn’t have times to be reserved

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Over priced wine which was terrible. Server left two bottle of Champaign on the table and didn’t open it for us. We were a large party so the servers tip was automatically included and she never checked in with us.

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localgirl
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent calzones, pizza and lasagna! Online menu prices and what is included with a meal is different - salad and garlic knots were not included in calzones or lasagna as seen online. Service was speedy, but a small crowd was there, so no rush. I would go again.

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vipMH75025
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spinach artichoke dip was best I ever had! Pasta excellent

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Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

A little pricey, and the food was not really spectacular enough to warrant $23 for chicken marsala or $19 for baked ziti. It was good, but not worth the money for me.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Super enjoyed it. Staff was friendly however, they seemed to be understaffed. But even with that, I recommend it & will be back!!!

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MarySunshine
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had Chicken Parm and fettuccine Alfredo. Both were great. Place was practically empty which surprised us for a Friday Night, but it was 8 pm. But we were very happy with our choices.

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vipBrannanB
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just ok. Entrees were overpriced and portions were less than stellar.

BJ
BJM1
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was really bad. Service was ok. Not many people three, now I know why.

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vipDrDory
Austin
45 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The ambience was highly energetic – high school students that had been traveling for competition. The staff was so incredibly busy! Andy took care of us and our service was flawless! They give a great pour on wine, The servings were generous and the food is totally flavorful! I had eggplant Parmesan, requested no cheese and extra sauce and that is exactly how it came out! My husband had chicken Parmesan. We Highly recommend!

FAQs

The Italian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (615) 732-1111.

The Italian Kitchen is rated 3.3 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.