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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%
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American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
217 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203-1811
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When I go to a steak house, I expect the steak to be great. Instead, my favorite part of the meal was my baked potato. If this were Outback, I would say it was okay, but I paid $40 for a ribeye and I expect...More

Thank Bryce20993
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and service at one of Nashville's long time premier restaurant. The building is a historical location. Servers and management will give you the history if asked.

Thank benmart41
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jimmy Kelly's is housed in an old mansion just a mile west of the downtown business district. Valet parking at the door. They are known for steaks and great service, and they delivered on both of those. We had a reservation and were seated immediately....More

Thank 1TNtraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the signature fried corn bread. Our entrees were 2 petite filets (ideal size for the ladies); a New York strip; and blackened salmon. Everything was cooked perfectly. Scott, our server, was informative and his timing for beverages and service was perfect.

Thank Beegee B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here for the first time last year and were not impressed then, but wanted to give this restaurant another chance. Food-wise, our 2nd visit was no better. Yes, the atmosphere is nice and service good but all that does not make up for...More

Thank OnTheRoadAgain2some
Reviewed 15 September 2017

This is my wife's favorite Steak House in the Nashville area and I will tell you why. It has 1) First class Service. 2)First class atmosphere. 3) and of course, First class quality of food. Our waiter was named Luke. Young man with the great...More

Thank Larry D
Reviewed 14 September 2017

my brother in law chose this place to celebrate his birthday. my steak was cooked to a perfect medium as requested. our waiter was very informative of the steaks and menu. only bad thing i would say is they sang happy anniversary to a table...More

Thank Chrisjon E
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Had reservation for table of 7 for 6:30. Manager & bartender were sitting at end of bar. No table ready for us. Sat at 2 tables of 4. Waiters finally comes over & pulls 2 tables together. head of our party walks length of bar...More

Thank Carolyn R
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Went there for dinner with some business associates, some traveling on meager per diems and you could tell the prices scared them. The place is in an old southern mansion which makes a pretty cool setting for a nice meal. I had the ribeye which...More

Thank AJS-NY
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit. The salmon was excellent as was the steak. The vegetarian option was satisfactory - pasta and veggies.

Thank Fulldistance
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12 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
15 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
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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
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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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