Skull's Rainbow Room

4.7
1167 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
Skull's Rainbow Room is a tribute to David "Skull" Schulman and the former fine dining establishments of Nashville's historic Printers Alley. Chef Gannon Leary's critically acclaimed menu showcases a continental twist on American classics. Premium cocktails and an eclectic beer and wine list complement the award winning cuisine. Skull's pays homage to the entertainment of yesteryear with burlesque and live music. Etta James, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis, and comedian Andy Griffith have all graced the original checkerboard stage.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–2:00 am
Fri–Sun 2:30 pm–2:00 am
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(615) 810-9631
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gannon Leary
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Church
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Parking details
There are parking garages surrounding the venue, one on Church and one on 4th along with street parking. Skull's does not offer valet at this time.
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Entertainment
We feature live music every day and burlesque multiple nights a week. Please check our website for burlesque showtimes.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1167 People Are Saying
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KB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, great service, burlesque show is a must see!!

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LP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of my favorite restaurants. The food was outstanding, service was on point, and the music was a great addition. So much history in this area, it was neat to feel a part of it.

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CT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was great -- but server ignored us and handed us the check before we could even try to order another drink.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there. The show and food were great!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The burlesque show was amazing!! The live band was great. My server was soooo nice. Overall a great experience. Can’t wait to go back.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first time to Nashville and we’re looking for somewhere to enjoy our anniversary. Skull’s fit the bill nicely. Great food and decent service and ambience.

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MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, music and service, but I recommend you come here for the food, which was absolutely delicious

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OT
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love it here every time! great new roomy booths in the back now!! gets better every month

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AW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Nashville. Service, food, and atmosphere is impeccable. Best prime rib around.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great environment. Great service

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved the food. My wife is vegetarian and has very particular taste but she didn’t leave a crumb from her plate. Everything was delicious. Good cocktails and list of wines. I’ll didn’t get the show but tho pianist was fantastic.

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SG
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fun spot very noisy and rich food

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I had the swordfish special. It was so salty I could barely eat it. My date had the prime rib & also said it was very salty. Caesar salad had zero taste. Definitely not worth the money & would never return.

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KV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant, great setting, good ambiance, our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and approachable. The setting feels nicely intimate, good mood lighting. The cocktails and food were all excellent, in our opinion. It is a nice upscale dinner spot, after the fun but casual bar scene in the area. It was really nice to dine in a spot that was not over-the-top noisy, as so many restaurants are now. Our group would highly recommend this place.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great all around

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chef great food.

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RE
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was in town for weekend will go back next time in town. Food and service were top notch, prime rib was awesome.

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JS
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has it all. Great food, service music and ambiance.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! We have tried nearly everything on the menu and absolutely love this place! The cocktails are great as well.

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e
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for having us! We had the most wonderful evening!

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BB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skull’s was the best overall dining experience imaginable! Our group of four had filets and scallops and they were absolutely wonderful. The appetizer meatballs were amazing. Our waitress was extremely gracious (thank you Brie). We all loved the ambiance and the history of Skull’s and would give it the highest of recommendations.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and music! Would highly recommend!!

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DC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations but the play we were attending ended earlier than expected, so we walked over to Skull’s & asked if we could be seated earlier than our reservation. Their answer: absolutely... and then proceeded to demonstrate how smoothly flawless they operate. The cocktails were simply amazing, the food was heaven to our palates, but truly, it was the service that made our visit to Skull’s Rainbow Room something spectacular. Every single staff person we interacted with was warm, friendly, professional & accommodating. I’m willing to visit Nashville again just for a visit to Skull’s.

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ZJ
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, wonderful dining with nice entertainment.

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skull’s Rainbow room was everything we hoped it would be. Delicious drinks (the best old fashioned I’ve ever had), incredibly vibrant and flavorful foods (the crawfish risotto was wonderful, so was the lamb) in a lively atmosphere. Definitely get reservations for burlesque nights, saves you the 20$ cover charge per person and gives a great view of the stage to enjoy the performance from. My wife and I loved it and are already planning to take friends the next time we visit Nashville!

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for a fun Friday night out and were not disappointed. We started with Drinks and Appetizers - the cheese plate was the highlight, though the crab cakes and bisque were also delicious. They had a nice selection of drinks and cocktails. For entrees we had the steak, swordfish and lamb all were very good. My lamb was like butter! The dessert selection could use a bit of work. They were out of the cheesecake which was a bit disappointing.
We stayed for the burlesque show. I’ve been to other shows in places like Chicago and New York. While this burlesque was ok, it lacked in storyline and in the kind of sophistication I expected. It was more like a higher end strip show than a real burlesque. I would give it a b-.
Still we had a wonderful evening and left full, and happy with our experience.

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r
New Orleans
129 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at Skull's...again. They never disappoint.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fuimos para que fuera algo divertido porque teníamos jóvenes solteros en el grupo

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went for an anniversary dinner - food was excellent, server very friendly and helpful,music pleasant,

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JR
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and such a cool space.
Don’t miss it when you are in Nashville!

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AJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool atmosphere; friendly attentive service, great cocktails, food was excellently prepared and delicious. Plus there was superb live jazz guitar music (amazing actually!) and later he was joined by a top-notch female vocalist with a voice like a bell. All around very enjoyable dining experience.

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Only complaint was the very limited menu...would have liked more choices. It was a great room with a lot of character

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LN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After many visits(we try to go at least once per visit to Nashville) to Skulls, it continues to never disappoint.
Our dinners were all excellent and of course the music and ambiance were all first rate!

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SF
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Waitress was good. I ordered the prime rib. I could only eat a little over half of it because of all the grissle in it. Very disappointing. When the waitress took my plate away, she must’ve noticed all the grissle on my plate but did not say a word about it.

It is a nice restaurant but hard to have a good experience when the meat is sub par.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Food, ambiance, service and music were all on point!!

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SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great service.

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy speak easy type of place. Great food. The prime rib was huge. Bartenders made fantastic drinks.

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience once again! Food is some of the best in Nashville.

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GO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and great service from Sarah!

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AD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for Dinner because of all the reviews on yelp. Unfortunately we were extremely disappointed. For appetizers we had the lobster bisque which had more creme fresh than bisque. The escargot was served atop mushrooms which were delicious but the sauce was so peppery it masked all the other flavors. In addition we had the fois gras. It tasted more like an over cooked chicken liver. The last appetizer we had was the special which was meatballs. They were very good. We had asked for some bread but they only had crostini. They called it crostini I called it stale bread. Worst part about it was when we got the bill that they had the nerve to charge $2.00 for it.!

We didn’t bother staying for dinner after the disappointment with the appetizers. I can’t comment on the dinner food but based on what we ate I’d pass.

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