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Jimmy Kelly's

217 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203-1811
+1 615-329-4349
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good18%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“corn cakes” (48 reviews)
“filet” (66 reviews)
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.All hours
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
217 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203-1811
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went with friends on a February Wednesday evening for dinner. I have a broken foot and am using a knee scooter. I was met at the bottom of the steps to the porch (the man appeared out of nowhere) and asked if I needed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my wife to restaurant for our monthly date night. I made reservations and received a text the day prior to confirm reservation which was a nice touch. Valet parking was average. We were greeted by the manager and were seated immediately. Our waiter was...More

Thank wmclaurin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jimmy Kelly's has been in business since the 1930s although its current venue is a bit newer. Still the restaurant, housed in an old mansion near Vanderbilt University, oozes atmosphere. Waiters who know the menu dressed in floor-length white aprons, a classic bar and a...More

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Mike K, Manager at Jimmy Kelly's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your kind review! We love hearing feedback from our customers and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experiences with us. Our goal here at Jimmy Kelly’s is to keep the southern hospitality tradition of great service and great food...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wait staff was knowledgeable and personable. Corn cakes were tasty... their "bread" offering... steak..i got cowboy steak was just ok. I really wanted to be blown away but the meat was bland? Not much seasoning on the steak and flavor didn't shine through. Overall nice...More

Thank sstiehm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I just got finished dining here. The mansion looked beautiful from the outside, especially the sunroom as there were pine trees wrapped with string lights that could be seen from the windows. I had hoped we would sit in that area but...More

Thank elleveeh
Mike K, Manager at Jimmy Kelly's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We certainly apologize for your unpleasant dining experience with us. I can assure you that we have addressed the matter with our Kitchen Manager and staff, and hope that you might consider dining with us again in the future. Regards, Mike Kelly Owner, Jimmy Kelly's...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always have a warm spot for Jimmy Kelly's- a true Nashville restaurant icon- but lately there have been a few cracks in the foundation and the overall experience on the last day of an extended restaurant week was somewhere between poor and mediocre. Valet was...More

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Mike K, Manager at Jimmy Kelly's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments concerning your dinner at Jimmy Kelly’s. Excellent service is what we strive to be known for; therefore your feedback is extremely important as it enables us to continually improve our service and provide a memorable...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had our first experience at Jimmy Kelly's last week during Nashville's Restaurant Week. The food was great! The filet was very juicy and tasty. The potato and corn cakes were great sides. The desserts (apple walnut crumble and blackberry cobbler) were terrific too! However,...More

Thank seger4me
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Went to Jimmy Kelly's last evening for my 36th wedding anniversary dinner. Yes... I brought my wife with me, she's put up with me that long I have to take her along! On to the restaurant. It is a old Southern Mansion that has been...More

Thank DaFadda1
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Best restaurant for ambiance. My wife and I go every year over the xmas holidays when we visit family in Nashville. Were from Chicago and JK is one of our favorites.

Thank Brad M
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We were in town for a convention when someone mentioned this restaurant. We went and were very pleased. I got the special that night which was the Kansas City cut filet that was out of this world. Very thick and tender and cooked to perfection....More

Thank ETNfamily3
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11 September 2016|
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Response from fizzy1991 | Reviewed this property |
I eat there and had no problem but I did tell them ahead of time that I was gluten free. Honestly though I would choose a different steakhouse if it were me. I have found the steaks at Mortons or Kayne Prime or Stoney... More
14 October 2015|
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Response from BluegirlMinneapolis | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so - this place can be pretty laid back - casual and dressy is OK. If you're coming with more than four though, I'd definitely make reservations
22 June 2015|
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Response from robfo | Reviewed this property |
Sure they are. We started bringing our daughter when she was about 10. Now that she is 23 it's still her favorite restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 217 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203-1811
    (State Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Davidson County  >  Nashville
  • Phone Number: +1 615-329-4349
  • E-mail
Housed in a glorious Southern mansion in the heart of Music City, Jimmy Kelly’s continues to be the standard by which all American steakhouses are measured. Founded in 1934 while the country was in the throes of the Great Depression and just one year removed from the repeal of prohibition, Jimmy Kelly made a promise to himself and his diners. Simply put, he would serve a great steak, a generous portion of whiskey and insure the service was always attentive. Making good on that promise has been the cornerstone of the restaurant’s success and enabled it to survive and flourish. Now over 80 years later and operated by the third generation of Kellys, it has earned a reputation as one of the grand old restaurants not only in Nashville but the entire southeast. Come anytime and enjoy a great steak and a generous portion of whiskey!
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