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Catbird Seat

4.8
4.8
150 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Thirty two seats surround a U-shaped kitchen where chef Ryan Poli and his team will prepare your meal as you watch.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: First seating at 5:45pm, last seating at 9:15pm

  • Phone number

    (615) 810-8200

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 150 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly attentive and warm service by the entire staff made what is beyond delicious food even better. Every bite was not only fresh and creative, the entrees were fun and different from most plates in Nashville. We thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful meal.
  2. DW

    DinnerWinner

    Nashville

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Be prepared to be amazed and delighted. Every. Single. Person. There. Cares. About. You. And wonderfully they have a beautiful time creating a dinner right before your palette that is 1/3 elegant ballet, 1/3 uptown funk and 1/3 delicious, delicious, delicious food. We loved being loved on and will definitely be going back.
  3. l

    luv2dine

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the greatest culinary experience I have ever had in my life. Loved the Japanese influence on American food. Well done Catbird Seat.
  4. JB

    JasonB

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first visit to The Catbird Seat and the experience did not disappoint. The food was fabulous, the service even better, and the experience from start to finish was engaging and fun.
  5. TC

    TerryC

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and service. It was a dining experience, not just a meal. Highly recommend CatBird Seat for any special occasion or just a night out when you are looking for something different.
  6. N

    Nicky

    London

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here is special. And for such a high-end food experience the atmosphere and staff are anything but stuffy and formal - and this is meant as a huge compliment! It's hard to get a table and it is expensive - but Ryan and the team do such a phenomenal job at providing you with not just a tremendous meal, but a fantastic experience all round. We loved it and will return next time we visit Nashville!
  7. PB

    PatsiB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best meals we've had! We will definitely be back again !
  8. JD

    JulieD

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second time to the Catbird Seat. It's different but just as good. The most important things - the food was just as innovative, the chefs were just as passionate, and the service was just as attentive. We loved it.
  9. J

    Jenfoodie

    Birmingham

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Divine. The food and wine pairings were beyond perfect. Each dish was beautifully constructed and a delight to the palate. The staff were personable, interesting, and a delight to be around. One of our best dining experiences ever and we've done it all. An all around wonderful evening.
  10. a

    anniversarydelight

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Catbird Seat proved to be equal to its reputation as one of the nation's best restaurants for my wife's 60th birthday dinner. The food is excellent, the staff outstanding but the true specialness for us was the wine pairing. The sommelier Katie is in our opinion far superior to those in top restaurants such as Per Se and equal to the ones at Babbo in New York and Nina Dallas who we had previously considered the best we have ever experienced. The exquisite wine pairings added to the delicious food made a very special meal. Thanks Katie and Chefs.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it . If i could sbmit the pictures we add to our dininng adventure book you would see that we had no words but our face an mood said pure delight. Thanks to each of you.
  12. G

    Groupondining

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I went for our 5th anniversary and it absolutely blew us away. From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, we were treated like royalty. And the food? It was breath-taking. It was truly one of the most magical experiences we've ever had. We will definitely be back.
  13. m

    miami123

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    My husband and I are real foodies and have eaten at Charlie Trotter and Thomas Keller restaurants which were exceptional but -I felt the pace was very fast and that they just wanted me out there for the next grouping. One hour 30 minutes for 459.00 --not very good. I barely finished the wine and they were pouring more. Very rushed.
  14. TM

    TerrenceM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tastes and flavor combinations experienced in every course at The Catbird Seat were unexpected and delightful. Prepare to leave in awe of the beautiful plating, the delicate flavors, and the incredible things you've tried (like nasturtium leaves, and seaweed in dessert). Go for the experience as well as the food--it's a MUST if you are a foodie. If you want to come out of a restaurant overfilled with food you're familiar with, pass on The Catbird Seat. It's a far more special place that is in no way ordinary.
  15. SM

    SMJ1978

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I experienced the finest level of dining: exceptional service and attention to detail and beautiful, creative food. Ryan and Colby engaged with us several times explaining the dishes as well as inquiring about us personally. It is very evident that not only the chefs but staff love working there! It is a must if you are in Nashville !
  16. KR

    KRoro

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catbird Seat is a foodies' delight. The prix fixe menu was stellar; imaginative, inventive, fun and most importantly, delicious! The wine pairings ( thanx Katie! ) were perfection. A wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. It was a joy to watch this team of young chef's orchestrate our meal. They were well synchronized and were clearly devoted to providing an amazing experience to their diners. A special shout out to Colby for assisting us with how to spend our time when we arrived a bit early. The extra effort was so appreciated! At $115 for the prix fixe and $65 for the wine pairing, we found this to be a very fair price to pay for such excellence. If your not adventurous and have numerous dietary requirements, I'd say skip it, otherwise - ENJOY! We certainly did!
  17. R

    Ryan

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very memorable and special! Can't wait to go again!
  18. Y

    Ydnarani

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second visit to CBS was even better than the first (which was fabulous). Creative, delightful food courses, perfect wine pairings, and marvelous attention from the entire crew. It doesn't get better than this.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and the wine pairing set everything off to perfection. Absolutely loved the interaction with the chefs and staff. It lived up to exactly what we were expecting. We'll be back.
  20. L

    Launchgirl

    Naples

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening plenty of food plus wine pairing is a must.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was literally the best meal I have ever had. Be warned, if you are a light weight the wine pairing is a bad idea if you eant to leave sober.but all the wines were delicious!
  22. G

    Girlsnightout

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Ryan and his team were wonderful! The food was truly unique, great service and the experience of being able to watch the chefs prepare our meal and interact with them was so fun!
  23. K

    Kayla

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This will forever be a memorable dining experience. Came here for my birthday- first of all, we got lucky on a last minute reservation. This place is one of the hardest places to get a reservation at. We felt right at home, from start to finish. The chefs and rest of the staff were so very knowledgable and EVERY course we were left wanting more! An incredible experience. We WILL definitely be back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was a very unique experience because we were greeted by the entire staff before the service began and ended with shaking hands with the head chef. We were able to see the chefs preparing all of the food and were given a description of each course as we were served. Before we even arrived for our reservation, they inquired about any allergies or concerns in order to best accomadate us as guests. The atmosphere was interactive, however, there was more attention on the customers who chose to pair wines with the tasting menu. Our party consisted of 4 people which I would state as the absolute maximum amount per party. If we'd been a larger party, the environment wouldn't allow everyone to interact without shouting. As far as the food goes, most courses were well presented, but some lacking in wow factor. There were two courses that consisted of similar pastes that weren't a pleasing texture. I do like the fact that they supported local businesses. Overall, the value of experience versus cost makes me reluctant to repeat or recommend.
  25. s

    scott

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow. What can I say? The stress of achieving a reservation at this restaurant is well worth the experience. You are literally 1 of 22 people sitting around a U-shaped bar with the kitchen in the middle. Chef Ryan and staff were incredibly friendly and personable. The plates were perfect. One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. My only disappointment was not being able to get a seat at the Patterson Room to experience that as well. Nice work Catbird Seat! It was an unforgettable night!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was greeted at my vehicle, escorted to the entrance, and pleasantly delivered to my seat. The music and ambiance along with the crowd were just as eclectic as the food itself. Sunflower Risotto? Who would've thought. The wine pairings were spot on. I'm from Canada, and after my meal is converted into CAD from USD - still worth the money. What a great find!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!!! It's nice to see people do what they love! Truly a unique experience.
  28. VS

    ValerieS

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Catbird Seat is 100% worth the difficulty in getting a reservation and the price you pay. We went on a Saturday night at 8:30 PM. Be aware that you need to wait at the locked door to the restaurant until your exact reservation time. They will come out and get you then you will ride the elevator up to the seating area. We were promptly greeted by the chefs and server. Our first appetizer was fresh potato chips with a butter/sour cream dip (The chefs will probably kill me for butchering their awesome creation but that's the best I can compare it to). Let me say, all chips should be dipped in this stuff. It was amazing! We had 10 courses so I won't walk through all of them, but they were all creative, unique, and delicious. We did the wine pairing dinner, as well. I definitely recommend this as the wrong wine could ruin your food. The wine paired perfectly with each course, and we were provided a list of the wines we tasted at the end of the meal. The chefs chatted with us throughout the meal and all had jovial personalities. We really enjoyed watching them prepare our food. It was so precise with almost surgical tools used to create each plate. This place is a must-eat in Nashville! Trust me, I have rarely eaten at the same place twice in the 3 years I've lived here because the food in Nashville overall is just not great.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best if not the best dining experiences I have ever had!
  30. KG

    KG58

    New Mexico

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    graduation weekend from Belmont and made the reservations a month out. from the greeting at the lower level to the team greeting us at the entrance to the room all outstanding. one of our premier dining events of all time. my wife and I are in the restaurant business and what catbird is doing is top in class. we were disappointed when the dessert courses started because we didn't want the evening to end.
  31. A

    Amos

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an incredible dining experience!!! Recommend to those looking for an exceptional food and wine pairing.
  32. S

    Sknowdesign

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you spend $300 on dinner for two, and have absolutely nothing bad to say about it, that's saying something. It takes a lot to make $300 feel "worth it" but this absolutely just exceeded our expectations in every way! From being greeting by the chefs upon entering, to every last bite, it was a once in a lifetime super cool experience.
  33. TP

    TeaPartyRex

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food. We just moved from NYC, so the experience was definitely right on par with any high end restaurant we've visited there (read: several). Food was creative, but not overwhelmingly so. I appreciated the new take on old favorites (i.e., the sunflower seed risotto), inventive, but still comfortable. Definitely didn't pander to the "Nashville food scene" of hot chicken and gravy on everything, which I appreciated. While still quite good, I did not love the desserts. Tried a little too hard with too much variety. His and hers panna cotta and seaweed with chocolate? No thank you. I would have much preferred one more solid meat/main dish than three dessert type courses, especially given how underwhelmed I was by the one beef/true meat dish we had. Desserts are hard to please everyone, though, so don't let that sway you too much. I will say that my husband did leave a little bit hungry, and I was not completely full, which was surprising -given the close to $500 price tag and location in the south. Had that piece of it been fixed, I would easily make this part of our monthly rotation of date night favorites.
  34. J

    Jones52

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Loved Ryan, John and Johns brother (Dan). Especially liked the tuna, the steak w/chocolate eggplant , lemon and passion fruit desserts...I could go on, but everything was amazing. Would recommend and go back in a heartbeat.
  35. AC

    AnnC

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our evening at the Catbird Seat will stay with me for a long time. I found myself feeling very lucky to have been able to experience something so wonderful. Charming chef Ryan Poli conducts an orchestra of sorts. The chefs and staff move fluidly around the inside and outside of the U-shaped bar, attending to everyone and everything. Of course the food was divine, but so was the music, the atmosphere, the setting, the evening. I could have watched Poli and his team do their thing for hours more. I think we all hated for the evening to end.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most unique and definitely the best dining experience we've ever had. We loved the controlled chaos of the chefs, etc. We loved how each chef, etc "touched" (provided food, came over to talk, poured wine, etc) us at least once and each member of the team was great! Will hopefully be there again soon!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly. An intimate experience. Great food.
  38. TT

    TracyT

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It definitely helps if you are a Foodie. You will eat food combinations that you have never even considered. The experience itself is worth it. We will definitely be back.
  39. DC

    DCTransplant

    Nashville

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The food was beyond fabulous and the service was spectacular. Definitely the best restaurant in Nashville.
  40. D

    Daniela

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a completely unexpected culinary experience, with each dish out-doing its predecessor. More importantly, the wine-pairings have clearly had a lot of thought put through and it just demonstrates the chef's attention to detail and care for the dining experience. I cannot rage enough about how amazing this experience was - you just have to try it for yourself! Worth every dollar!!

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Catbird Seat is rated 4.8 stars by 150 OpenTable diners.

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    18th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Nashville

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: First seating at 5:45pm, last seating at 9:15pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

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