Caney Fork - River Valley Grille

★★★★☆
  • 2400 Music Valley Dr

    Nashville, TN 37214

    Map & Directions
  • 615-724-1200

4.0 12
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Caney Fork - River Valley Grille was?
Write a Review
.

It has been a while since a new review has been written on Caney Fork here. I recently wrote a review of Trip Advisor which was a very comprehensive review. My wife and I are locals and eat and drink here quite often. New management,

3
★★★★★

It has been a while since a new review has been written on Caney Fork here. I recently wrote a review of Trip Advisor which was a very comprehensive review. My wife and I are locals and eat and drink here quite often. New management,

.

Foodie80, I could have believed your review up until your suggestion was to go to Cracker Barrel. You said you weren't a foodie and there's not doubt of that. Cracker Barrel is slop. Anyone who seriously thinks that Cracker Barrel is fine southern dining was brought up on white trash cooking. It has always been slop. It will always be slop. Every time I've eaten there I end up with a stomach ache. Caney Fork is not the kind of place I would order ribs from. They aren't known for their ribs. They're known for their catfish.

Now to the review of Caney Fork. Catfish, the place is known for catfish. Order the catfish. Don't order the steak or the ribs or a Monsieur en crote. It will not be any good. Order the catfish. Going to Caney Fork and not ordering the catfish would be like going to Elliston Place Soda shop and ordering the hamburger. Why would you do that? Caney Fork is a passable good eating place so long as you stick to the catfish. They do a pretty good job of offering middle brow, catfish shack kind of fare. It's not the end all and be all of catfish joints, but they do a better than average job. It's worth the time and money. I decry the gimmicky atmosphere and movie set decor but then they're trying to appeal to out-of-towners.

4
★★★★☆

Foodie80, I could have believed your review up until your suggestion was to go to Cracker Barrel. You said you weren't a foodie and there's not doubt of that. Cracker Barrel is slop. Anyone who seriously thinks that Cracker Barrel is fine southern dining was brought up on white trash cooking. It has always been slop. It will always be slop. Every time I've eaten there I end up with a stomach ache. Caney Fork is not the kind of place I would order ribs from. They aren't known for their ribs. They're known for their catfish.

Now to the review of Caney Fork. Catfish, the place is known for catfish. Order the catfish. Don't order the steak or the ribs or a Monsieur en crote. It will not be any good. Order the catfish. Going to Caney Fork and not ordering the catfish would be like going to Elliston Place Soda shop and ordering the hamburger. Why would you do that? Caney Fork is a passable good eating place so long as you stick to the catfish. They do a pretty good job of offering middle brow, catfish shack kind of fare. It's not the end all and be all of catfish joints, but they do a better than average job. It's worth the time and money. I decry the gimmicky atmosphere and movie set decor but then they're trying to appeal to out-of-towners.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Whatever you do, please do not go there! It is the worst place for southern food. I had the rib eye and it was like cardboard! I asked for mid rare, it came done! My roommate had the shrimp and grits. How can you mess that up. You can by using salad shrimp! Not big or jumbo but salad shrimps! The best part of the meal was the H20! My friends would call me a foodie and trust this was not food. My dog would not even eat this type of tripe! Nasty with a capital N! Go to Cracker Barrel next door! Not happy in Nashville!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Whatever you do, please do not go there! It is the worst place for southern food. I had the rib eye and it was like cardboard! I asked for mid rare, it came done! My roommate had the shrimp and grits. How can you mess that up. You can by using salad shrimp! Not big or jumbo but salad shrimps! The best part of the meal was the H20! My friends would call me a foodie and trust this was not food. My dog would not even eat this type of tripe! Nasty with a capital N! Go to Cracker Barrel next door! Not happy in Nashville!

Pros: The H20, corn fritters, fried pickles and catfish.

Cons: Everything else!

.

I live for seafood and all kinds of it - local and exotic. We had been to a convention at Opryland Hotel Convention Ctr and in that general area, you have every kind of restaurant and chain to choose from you can imagine. We decided upon and went to Caney Fork just to see what it was like because it wasn't your typical run of the mill nationwide chain. For starters, the complimentary corn fritters they serve were so good. We had gotten caught in the rain just prior to going in there and the fritters were nice and warm and just what we needed to get started. Upon ordering entrees, I had the Oscar Salmon and it was absolutely to die for! A nice sized portion of salmon topped with hollandaise sauce that was just right and so creamy and then topped with lump crab that was very sweet and tasty. The asparagus spears on it just made the entee. They even went so far as to ask how we wanted the salmon prepared from raw to well done. The meal was absolutely excellent - no wait - fantastic service and a very personable waitress. My husband had the sirloin steak - said it was a little bland but extremely tender and he enjoyed it. One of our friends ordered the catfish - said it was the best catfish (paticulaly the breading they used and mind you the filets were huge & plentiful) he had run into in a very long time. The other friend ordered the Oscar Salmon just like I did and she loved it as well. The atmosphere was nice and family-like and very comfy. Wish there was one near me, I'd be a frequent visitor. Anytime I'm in Nashville Caney Fork will be a must for us. FABULOUS!

2
★★★★★

I live for seafood and all kinds of it - local and exotic. We had been to a convention at Opryland Hotel Convention Ctr and in that general area, you have every kind of restaurant and chain to choose from you can imagine. We decided upon and went to Caney Fork just to see what it was like because it wasn't your typical run of the mill nationwide chain. For starters, the complimentary corn fritters they serve were so good. We had gotten caught in the rain just prior to going in there and the fritters were nice and warm and just what we needed to get started. Upon ordering entrees, I had the Oscar Salmon and it was absolutely to die for! A nice sized portion of salmon topped with hollandaise sauce that was just right and so creamy and then topped with lump crab that was very sweet and tasty. The asparagus spears on it just made the entee. They even went so far as to ask how we wanted the salmon prepared from raw to well done. The meal was absolutely excellent - no wait - fantastic service and a very personable waitress. My husband had the sirloin steak - said it was a little bland but extremely tender and he enjoyed it. One of our friends ordered the catfish - said it was the best catfish (paticulaly the breading they used and mind you the filets were huge & plentiful) he had run into in a very long time. The other friend ordered the Oscar Salmon just like I did and she loved it as well. The atmosphere was nice and family-like and very comfy. Wish there was one near me, I'd be a frequent visitor. Anytime I'm in Nashville Caney Fork will be a must for us. FABULOUS!

Pros: Everything was great - no complaints whatsoever.

.

In general when I try a new place I like to give it a second chance just in case what I ordered wasn't their best or giving them the benefit of the doubt; in this case that was a mistake.
The fried pickles are great but not worth the rest of the experience.
On lunch my party waited 10 minutes for the server to take a drink order; although she did have 3 whole tables within 10 feet to deal with and chatting in the corner with other servers does take some time.
Once we finally got drinks she said she'd be back to take our orders, overlooking our reply that yes we were ready to order.
She finally brought these "famous" corn fritters which I have to say are great, however regardless of your long wait and server inattention they bring you 5 for 4 guests and offer to charge you for more; very unlike any bread course I've experienced before.
If you want to go please avoid the fish and chips. Mediocre, runny... something between the soggy batter and darkened "cod", and very little flavour for something that arrives nearly cold. Not to mention the take away I was given in the form of being sick for the rest of the day and the extra that cost nothing of spending most of that time in the bathroom.
Did I mention never getting a refill on my drink? I'd have sent the food back if I'd not been on lunch and had time to wait for a replacement.

In short, if you want mediocre food, poor service, and a country cabin atmosphere then this is the place for you. Just be prepared for a long wait, inattentive service, staring across the room while waiting for a drink refill that never arrives, and being asked to pay for that little something that may have made the inattention a little less biting.
For the management, keep track of your wandering servers. I understand that we all need breaks now and again but spending half my visit chatting with other coworkers standing around while guests wait for not so freshly cooked food... Not the way to earn my business.

0
★☆☆☆☆

In general when I try a new place I like to give it a second chance just in case what I ordered wasn't their best or giving them the benefit of the doubt; in this case that was a mistake.
The fried pickles are great but not worth the rest of the experience.
On lunch my party waited 10 minutes for the server to take a drink order; although she did have 3 whole tables within 10 feet to deal with and chatting in the corner with other servers does take some time.
Once we finally got drinks she said she'd be back to take our orders, overlooking our reply that yes we were ready to order.
She finally brought these "famous" corn fritters which I have to say are great, however regardless of your long wait and server inattention they bring you 5 for 4 guests and offer to charge you for more; very unlike any bread course I've experienced before.
If you want to go please avoid the fish and chips. Mediocre, runny... something between the soggy batter and darkened "cod", and very little flavour for something that arrives nearly cold. Not to mention the take away I was given in the form of being sick for the rest of the day and the extra that cost nothing of spending most of that time in the bathroom.
Did I mention never getting a refill on my drink? I'd have sent the food back if I'd not been on lunch and had time to wait for a replacement.

In short, if you want mediocre food, poor service, and a country cabin atmosphere then this is the place for you. Just be prepared for a long wait, inattentive service, staring across the room while waiting for a drink refill that never arrives, and being asked to pay for that little something that may have made the inattention a little less biting.
For the management, keep track of your wandering servers. I understand that we all need breaks now and again but spending half my visit chatting with other coworkers standing around while guests wait for not so freshly cooked food... Not the way to earn my business.

Pros: Fried pickles and corn fritters are great if you order to go

Cons: Service, cold food, inattention, and getting sick from the food is a poor way to earn repeat business.

.

I came to Nashville to attend a conference and a couple of my co-workers spotted this restaurant ten minutes from the convention center. The food was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!! The fried catfish, sirloin steak, salmon oscar, were all AMAZING!!! If you like fried green tomatoes, I would recommend you starting there with the catfish nuggets.Please do not leave without trying the CORN FRITTERS, they look like hushpuppies, but don't be fooled. The corn fritters taste more like beignets (with a deep fried southern spin), you won't be able to eat just one!, I'm telling you it could be a dessert alone.....The food was so delicious, we had to return for lunch the next day to explore the menu further. The CATFISH SANDWICH is southern fried and to die for. I truly enjoyed the southern hospitality, quick service, and incredibly low prices. This is the best kept secret in Nashville!!!!!!!!

2
★★★★★

I came to Nashville to attend a conference and a couple of my co-workers spotted this restaurant ten minutes from the convention center. The food was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!! The fried catfish, sirloin steak, salmon oscar, were all AMAZING!!! If you like fried green tomatoes, I would recommend you starting there with the catfish nuggets.Please do not leave without trying the CORN FRITTERS, they look like hushpuppies, but don't be fooled. The corn fritters taste more like beignets (with a deep fried southern spin), you won't be able to eat just one!, I'm telling you it could be a dessert alone.....The food was so delicious, we had to return for lunch the next day to explore the menu further. The CATFISH SANDWICH is southern fried and to die for. I truly enjoyed the southern hospitality, quick service, and incredibly low prices. This is the best kept secret in Nashville!!!!!!!!

Pros: clean, quick service

.

Went there Mother's Day. My wife's ground beef was over cooked, as in black and crunchy. We ordered medium well. When they brought her new plate, they neglected to bring her beans back. When we ordered the appetizers, fried green tomatoes, I ended up with one slice in my lap. After all this, as we were getting readey to leave, one of the waitresses dropped a glass on the floor. She picked it up and not only did she continue to use it for a customer's drink, she dipped the fresh off the floor glass into the ice bin, thereby contamintating the whole ice bin. We will not return

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went there Mother's Day. My wife's ground beef was over cooked, as in black and crunchy. We ordered medium well. When they brought her new plate, they neglected to bring her beans back. When we ordered the appetizers, fried green tomatoes, I ended up with one slice in my lap. After all this, as we were getting readey to leave, one of the waitresses dropped a glass on the floor. She picked it up and not only did she continue to use it for a customer's drink, she dipped the fresh off the floor glass into the ice bin, thereby contamintating the whole ice bin. We will not return

.

This is a great place to take a group of friends and family for a great meal. Prices are reasonable. The corn fritters are not to be missed. The catfish is excellent!

2
★★★★★

This is a great place to take a group of friends and family for a great meal. Prices are reasonable. The corn fritters are not to be missed. The catfish is excellent!

Pros: Fun atmosphere, good food

Cons: Sometimes a little bit of a wait for a table

.

I have to admit this is a find. We took my mother here for her birthday and of coarse it was free. We had 3 different dishes and all were excellent!!! This is a keeper for sure. We are thinking of ways to return to this wonderful new place. The ribs were fall of the bone, the grouper was very very good, and you can't beat the fish and chips. I think this restaurant should be rated at least a 9!!!!

2
★★★★★

I have to admit this is a find. We took my mother here for her birthday and of coarse it was free. We had 3 different dishes and all were excellent!!! This is a keeper for sure. We are thinking of ways to return to this wonderful new place. The ribs were fall of the bone, the grouper was very very good, and you can't beat the fish and chips. I think this restaurant should be rated at least a 9!!!!

.

I went here last night with my boyfriend for my free dinner! It was my birthday so if you got a birthday get there and get your dinner for free. Heck just get there regardless. My man doesnt eat fish so he had the ribs and he loved them! I had the fried cod and my God it was wonderful. This place also brings you powdered corn fitters instead of bread befor dinner and it was awesome. We got to sit by the fish pond also and watch one of the servers feed the catfish a corn fritter! It was awesome and romantic and delicious! Big portions also..Get there fast!

2
★★★★★

I went here last night with my boyfriend for my free dinner! It was my birthday so if you got a birthday get there and get your dinner for free. Heck just get there regardless. My man doesnt eat fish so he had the ribs and he loved them! I had the fried cod and my God it was wonderful. This place also brings you powdered corn fitters instead of bread befor dinner and it was awesome. We got to sit by the fish pond also and watch one of the servers feed the catfish a corn fritter! It was awesome and romantic and delicious! Big portions also..Get there fast!

Pros: EVERYTHING including great service

Cons: NONE

.

This place is AWESOME!! My wife and i were surprised at how great the service and food was.. They really give it a down home feel.. The Grouper Ruben Sandwhich was one not to be missed! And the Catfish was Fantastic! Make sure to look for 'Bubba' in the inside fish pond.. i am sure we will return again...

2
★★★★★

This place is AWESOME!! My wife and i were surprised at how great the service and food was.. They really give it a down home feel.. The Grouper Ruben Sandwhich was one not to be missed! And the Catfish was Fantastic! Make sure to look for 'Bubba' in the inside fish pond.. i am sure we will return again...

.

We are from Nashville and thought this would be a tourist trap, but it was actually delightful! I had the best piece of blackened grouper I have ever had, and my hubby's catfish was excellent. If you sit by the pond/waterfall you can watch the fish swim around. If you are not put off by hunting/fishing you will love the place, and the food is amazing. We normally do sushi and ethnic hole in the wall type places, but we will now add this to our favorites. Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

We are from Nashville and thought this would be a tourist trap, but it was actually delightful! I had the best piece of blackened grouper I have ever had, and my hubby's catfish was excellent. If you sit by the pond/waterfall you can watch the fish swim around. If you are not put off by hunting/fishing you will love the place, and the food is amazing. We normally do sushi and ethnic hole in the wall type places, but we will now add this to our favorites. Enjoy!

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Caney Fork - River Valley Grille, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review