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Back Alley Diner

#151 of 1,693 Restaurants in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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217 Arcade Aly, Nashville, TN 37219-1911
+1 615-251-3003
10:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Mon 10:30 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri 10:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This small diner is full of atmosphere and live music, it is fun and friendly with great service. Bar food and pulled pork combos are the best for a night on the town!

1 Thank Russell O
Jacobie O, Owner at Back Alley Diner, responded to this review

Thank you for hanging out with us, Russell! Hope to see you again soon. We're glad you had a BAD time ;) More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A laid back alley bar with good tap choices and prices to match. Very friendly staff and patrons. We didn't eat there but the bar food looked good.

Thank Mike B
Jacksonville, Alabama
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144 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked away and not too easy to find, this place has really good food. We ate lunch here. Had the southwest burger and it was great. And the beer is cold and approximately half the price of beer two blocks away on Broadway. Look forward to going back.

Thank TheBigD2014
Muncie, Indiana
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Really in a back alley. Cool vibe. Great bloody Mary's, jalapeño poppers and chips. Highly recommend.

Thank DonnaMunchel
San Antonio, United States
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The name describes the place perfectly. Great burgers and soups. Not a very large place, but very good service and food. They have a happy hour from 5 to 7. Great for a burger or a sandwich and has a full bar.

1 Thank Sean P
Lafayette, Indiana
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Nice place to visit for a good meal. Would totally come back. The food was great, the service was good and they really took the kiddo into account.

Thank LKHS08
Evansville, Indiana
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This place may be a bit hard to find if your not a local but once you do you will be happily delighted if your lookin for good burgers of broadway. Non touristy. Nice little dive. Service good and friendly. Burgers are good. Beer is priced better than on Broadway. All in all. It's worth checking this place out.

Thank daleameyer812
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131 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The location is pretty obscure. The venue is nice enough, the staff was nice enough, the food was nice enough.

Thank RichGTraveling
Culpeper, Virginia
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

My wife and I visited this place in November based on reviews on this site. Our original thoughts when we arrived were that it appeared to be a cool off the beaten track place not too far from Broadway. Unfortunately things turned south when my wife ordered a burger (blue cheese) but was delivered a different burger (not that big... More 

Thank chris w
Smyrna, Tennessee
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312 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Friday special – BAD Food, BAD Drinks, BAD Service. They play a lot on their acronym which is cool. Downtown for a meeting and decided to hang around for lunch. Three of us gravitate to The Arcade. The other too had been here I think, I had not. It’s pretty hard to find if you haven’t been before. I have... More 

Thank room121

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 217 Arcade Aly, Nashville, TN 37219-1911
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville
  • Phone Number: +1 615-251-3003

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?