About The Old School Farm To Table
The Old School Farm to Table, is a unique, historic, culinary destination experience. Situated on a nine acre farm, only ten minutes from downtown Nashville, The Old School Farm to Table boasts outside dining, a large event barn, a speakeasy style music room and a fully restored historic 1936 schoolhouse. At the Old School Farm to Table, giving back to our local community is not just a concept, it is our mission. When you eat at the Old School Farm to Table, you also support the Old School Farm whose primary mission is to provide employment to adults of all abilities. Eat, relax, and give back.
Nashville, TN 37218
Farm-to-table, Organic, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner and Full Bar
Wed–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
Old Hickory Blvd
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Old School is a unique, historic, culinary destination experience. Situated on a nine-acre farm, only ten minutes from downtown Nashville, The Old School boasts outside dining, a large event barn, a speakeasy-style music room and a fully restored historic 1936 schoolhouse.
The Old School Farm To Table Ratings and Reviews
Our Sunday brunch was a mixed bag. we were seated in the music room since other room was closed. We ordered beignets, root salad and Farmhouse items. the couple next to us had ordered root salad and they got their salalds and my Farmhouse. They sent back the Farmhouse and got right item. A few minutes later the root salad and a now recycled Farmhouse was delivered. Fortunately the eggs were still warm to hot. My major complaint was with the bacon--it seemed the bacon had been passed through heat but not fully cooked. Also our beignets were sent out after we pointed out they were missing.
Off the beaten path, outside of Nashville. GPS didn’t give good directions. Roads were icy & not salted, so it was difficult to get to. Not kid friendly (which was ok, my kids were fine and are used to traveling). Nice presentation. Cool atmosphere. The cheese grits were AMAZING!!! Great outdoor event facility. Our server was super sweet, but the service was super slow. If looking for a nice drive outside of town, try it out. Probably wouldn’t drive back out there, but it was nice to try once!
Just love this place. We've been here twice, once for dinner and once for Sunday brunch. The food was amazing both times. You can just see and taste all the care that goes into the menu and preparation of the food. Everything is locally sourced (many ingredients literally grown on the premises) and you can taste the difference. At brunch, we ordered an assortment of breads and pastries--each one was a masterpiece, and warm cinnamon rolls in a cast-iron skillet that were fantastic. The eggs were so fresh and the house-made green tomato and pepper bloody marys were delicious. The atmosphere is terrific too--great natural light filtering into the dining room and it's somehow fancy enough to work for a special date night but rustic and casual enough to be super family-friendly, especially at brunch. Finally, the service is outstanding. The servers were knowledgable, friendly, and attentive. We will definitely make the drive to return!
On our first trip to Nashville we decided to venture off the beaten path and make the drive (only about 15 minutes) to this interesting and worthwhile restaurant. I love the concept of the converted schoolhouse, as well as the great feeling of knowing that our meal was actually supporting the job training programs run by the associated agency at the farm. Even our stoneware dishes were made in-house! Almost everything on the menu is locally sourced (of course the Parmesan is from Italy) and our waiter did a great job explaining the menu and the concept. We particularly enjoyed the meatloaf, the charcuterie board and the smoked trout risotto. We did not find the meal over-priced, as the portions were more substantial than expected. As a matter of fact, our dinner for 6, with cocktails, app, entrees, coffees and a dessert, only came to a little over $200. My only complaint is that the music is really too loud to allow for dinner-table conversation. The artists were very good and I would have enjoyed them more if we'd been sitting a little further away.
The ambiance is the best thing about this restaurant. We went for Sunday brunch. They had Farmer and Adele for entertainment, and they are great! ( The main reason we went)....Other than that....Well, with a name like "Old School Farm to Table", I would expect recognizable items on the menu....This restaurant is in the heart of meat and three country, in middle Tennessee, but they seem to want to make it like your on the French Riviera.....There was absolutely nothing on the menu that appealed to me....All fancy schmancy Fwench cwap....No steaks, no burgers, no American menu items whatsoever. I ordered a Bloody Mary. It was made with GREEN TOMATOES !....I'm sure it was some bartender's pride and joy, but it was TERRIBLE ! When I inquired about it, I was told it was because red tomatoes are out of season. They made no attempt to rectify, and it was still on our tab at dinners end...I ordered "cast iron cinnamon buns"...only "okay" at best...My GF had Dandelion Greens.....Tasted like Dandelions....The only good thing was the "crispy potatoes", anybody can make them.....Way over priced....I say I would recommend Old School for the ambiance. I love the concept of the old renovated school house, the outdoor fire pit, the barn, and entertainment......But PLEASE, work on the menu!!!!!
We were delighted with the renovated school house restaurant and to find out about the non-profit it supports and the relationship of the farm gardens and other farm-to-table supporting the local farmers. The lamb sauce was delicious, had to order more great bread to sop it all up. And we love root vegetables to the turnips (with crunchy greens) and the beets were wonderful. We'll go back!
My mom and I had a fantastic experience at The Old School! Although it took a little while to be seated (which is understandable because it was very popular when we went), everyone there was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious and arrived in a reasonable time after we'd ordered it, and the dining area was clean and inviting, with lots of people enjoying each other's company but no one having to shout to be heard. We even got a tour of the area and a description of its history after we ate! I'd definitely go again, and I recommend The Old School to anyone who wants to have a delightful culinary experience in a beautiful location and support a good cause while they do so.
Wonderful all around .great really great Chop!! The little finger potatos are to die for i still smell them!!!the only thing the lighting is perfect for everything but reading the menu.larger print maybe? Idk..but i had all ready looked at the menu on the web so..... All good Will be back!!
This was my first dinner visit to The Old School (have had brunch there a few times). The food and service were excellent. There was a large event being hosted in the lower level, so we were able to eat in the relative quiet upper area. I'd definitely recommend it to others and I'll be back!
Overall I thought the food was good, and our server, Roxanna Jane, was superb in describing the features of each dish, offer suggestions and help us make up our mind; as well as her cheerful and perfectly timed checks to see if we needed anything. The space is a marvel of remodeling, and very comfortable and cozy. In a constructive suggestion, I thought the selection of draft beers was way too small, in my opinion, to offer a beer selection suitable to cover a reasonable spectrum of individual tastes. Hope to see selection expanded.
Will definitely be back to check out new menu, as it changes periodically. A great new approach,
"Farm to Table" and eager to learn and grow, to see to it , that every visit is completely satisfying.
Booked a seat for two at 7:00. We got there and apparently they had a special event going on. They asked if we could wait 5-10 minutes for the room to clear out some. No big deal: We grabbed a couple glasses of wine from the bar and walked the grounds. As we nestled up next to the tidy fire pit burning in the courtyard, an employee comes up to us asking if we’d like more logs or some s’mores. We declined due to the short amount of time we expected to wait, but it was a nice interaction. After a bit of walking, we went back inside to find they were clearing a table for us. Great news; Old School was packed this evening and we really wanted to sit in the main room. After a few moments, we’re following the hostess to what is undoubtedly the best seat in the house: a booth tucked into the back corner of the room, essentially behind the bar. This seat was worth the wait. The food was phenomenal. I’ve never been a huge fan of Pâté but theirs defied my expectations. Everything was better than I imagined and, after three courses, didn’t make you feel like laying down due to a food induced coma. Our experience here was a 10/10. Would recommend to anyone. Worth the drive
This was our 3rd visit and will be our last. We've always had really good service and great food but not this time. My children both ordered the burger (not a battle I was picking at the moment)(also, kids menu is burger or grilled cheese). The beyond well done burger arrived inside 2 burnt buns. After we mentioned it they brought us out the grilled cheese....and charged us for all 4. 4 people in our party ordered the meatloaf that was apparently made of the same meat and to the same temp as the children's burgers. My pork chop was undercooked and not edible. Our server was really rude and condescending. My mother was with us and asked questions....this annoyed him and he spoke to her like she was an idiot.
We love the ambiance as well as the idea behind the restaurant and it's unfortunate to know that we will not be returning.
This was my 3rd visit to the "Old School Farm" and I was pleased the first 2 visits a while back, but this time we did not have a good experience. This was the first time we were seated in the bar area. Our reservations were for 6:45 and we were not seated until 7:00. When I asked our server what the "Chef's Selection Board" was, he said you pick 4 different items from the list. I should have read further, he didn't say you could order 1, 2, or 3 items at a lesser price, and we were charged $21. We were given 2 crackers to eat all of the cheese and pate with, the cheese was delicious! I ordered the Spaghetti Squash at his recommendation, after my initial order of mushrooms & grits was out. It was very savory and the portion was adequate to satisfy my hunger. My son ordered the most expensive item on the menu (he always thinks it is better if it costs more), the Pork Chop at $26.00. The pork chop was a major disappointment. It was not quite cooked enough for pork and looked more like a rare fatty steak, and had no flavor at all. It was wasted as we only were able to eat a couple of bites. I do not believe we will visit again.
This was our second time to dine at Old School Farm to Table. The first was earlier this summer and the meal was good but the initial service poor. This time we sat for 45 minutes after our reservation with.no food or drink. We ordered a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board when we first sat down. We did receive rolls and water the rolls were stale. The charcuterie board was yummy as was the wine BUT we should have left after finally enjoying those because the food came and was cold and obviously made a lot earlier in the day. My personal food was warm and good but only because the waiter dropped it and had to have me a new entree made. It came after everyone else was through eating. No apologies from anyone. My opinion is they need more staff. The venue is adorable but if the service doesn't improve and they keep serving reheated food I predict they will not last long. There are too many other really good restaurants in Nashville these days to spend $225.00 for a meal for 4 people that is served cold and by poor waiters.
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