The Acorn Restaurant

★★★★☆
One of Nashville's Top Three Restaurants by The Nashville Scene Reader's Poll\n
  • 114 N 28th Ave

    Nashville, TN 37203

    Cross street: West End Avenue

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  • 615-320-4399

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I love this place from the first time that I was here. The people that work here are all very friendly and always smiling. They also have great set of dishes.

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★★★★★

I love this place from the first time that I was here. The people that work here are all very friendly and always smiling. They also have great set of dishes.

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I really like it here, I always plan on having dinner here once a week but never get the opportunity to do it. Last week was an exemption so we went here and the food was awesome.

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I really like it here, I always plan on having dinner here once a week but never get the opportunity to do it. Last week was an exemption so we went here and the food was awesome.

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Great food and drinks! Excellent selection! Their food is always delicious and fresh. Nice staff and their prices are reasonable too. Will be back next weekend.

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Great food and drinks! Excellent selection! Their food is always delicious and fresh. Nice staff and their prices are reasonable too. Will be back next weekend.

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When we got engaged almost a year ago, my fiance mentioned the birthday party we went to at The Acorn, which was fabulous. I emailed Julie right away, and couldn't believe she told us first that there was no reservation fee! After a short

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When we got engaged almost a year ago, my fiance mentioned the birthday party we went to at The Acorn, which was fabulous. I emailed Julie right away, and couldn't believe she told us first that there was no reservation fee! After a short

Pros: delicious, efficient, helpful, reliable, personable

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We only saw four entree's. No really, that was it! All started around $30. The place was empty. I do mean there was no one there and they asked us if we had a reservation. The screened in out door patio was covered in plastic. We left and went to a nice place down the road called Amerigo. Acorn has got to be the biggest joke I've ever seen. Don't waste your time!

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★☆☆☆☆

We only saw four entree's. No really, that was it! All started around $30. The place was empty. I do mean there was no one there and they asked us if we had a reservation. The screened in out door patio was covered in plastic. We left and went to a nice place down the road called Amerigo. Acorn has got to be the biggest joke I've ever seen. Don't waste your time!

Pros: I didn't find any

Cons: Very Small Menu

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My friend recommended the Acorn for our anniversary. We were seated on the patio which offers the great vibes of city, yet manages to balance an intimate dining experience. The service staff and manager were so friendly, it felt like we were welcomed into their own home. They made our night extra special.. and I haven't even got to the food yet. Each course was amazing. I loved the Halibut and my husband is still talking about the Lamb, something he would usually never order out, but glad he did. I can't stop talking about what a great night we had. All Around, from the ambiance, to people to the food, hands down the "Best Dinner Experience in Nashville"
Thank you Acorn!

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★★★★★

My friend recommended the Acorn for our anniversary. We were seated on the patio which offers the great vibes of city, yet manages to balance an intimate dining experience. The service staff and manager were so friendly, it felt like we were welcomed into their own home. They made our night extra special.. and I haven't even got to the food yet. Each course was amazing. I loved the Halibut and my husband is still talking about the Lamb, something he would usually never order out, but glad he did. I can't stop talking about what a great night we had. All Around, from the ambiance, to people to the food, hands down the "Best Dinner Experience in Nashville"
Thank you Acorn!

Pros: Loved the Patio, Super Friendly People

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Being a native Nashvillian and knowing this city, The Acorn is my favorite restaurant. When you first pull up to the front of the charming building you get a sense of a lovely, welcoming, glow. This feeling only intensifies as your greeted by one of the polite but laid back host or hostesses. Then of course, there is the food! We usually start with the perfectly cooked calamari and the locally famous acorn squash stuffed ravioli. Next to the Acorn caesar and the heirloom tomato salad. Now comes the conflict...the pork tenderloin, lamb shank, chorizo and potato crusted halibut, or my staple wonderful cut of filet cooked medium rare? Tough decision! However, accompanied by a fantastic pinot from the Acorn's unique wine list, I soon settle into remembering that whatever entree I get at the Acorn is always a treat. Then there is the deserts! Thnk I'm running out of room so let me close by saying...The Acorn is a Nashville Establishment, locally owned, that I am very proud to frequent, and have never been disapointed when I leave....

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★★★★★

Being a native Nashvillian and knowing this city, The Acorn is my favorite restaurant. When you first pull up to the front of the charming building you get a sense of a lovely, welcoming, glow. This feeling only intensifies as your greeted by one of the polite but laid back host or hostesses. Then of course, there is the food! We usually start with the perfectly cooked calamari and the locally famous acorn squash stuffed ravioli. Next to the Acorn caesar and the heirloom tomato salad. Now comes the conflict...the pork tenderloin, lamb shank, chorizo and potato crusted halibut, or my staple wonderful cut of filet cooked medium rare? Tough decision! However, accompanied by a fantastic pinot from the Acorn's unique wine list, I soon settle into remembering that whatever entree I get at the Acorn is always a treat. Then there is the deserts! Thnk I'm running out of room so let me close by saying...The Acorn is a Nashville Establishment, locally owned, that I am very proud to frequent, and have never been disapointed when I leave....

Pros: wonderful ambiance, truly fine food, superb service

Cons: none

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The building had a terrible smell, Allowed smoking at the next table, food was very overcooked, tables were much to small for 4 diners, couldn't fit all of the glasses, silverware dinner plates and bread plates on the table at the same time. I think it needs a complete overhaul.

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★☆☆☆☆

The building had a terrible smell, Allowed smoking at the next table, food was very overcooked, tables were much to small for 4 diners, couldn't fit all of the glasses, silverware dinner plates and bread plates on the table at the same time. I think it needs a complete overhaul.

Cons: Terrible dining experience

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The service staff is wonderful, and very knowledgeable both in etiquette and the menu. The General manger Robin was fantastic. Most of the food on the menu may not sound too good, but it is in fact some of the best food my wife and I have ever eaten. The drinks were priced well and good selection. The atmosphere was very intimate and relaxing. The noise level was a bit loud but we had a wedding party going on at the time. Prices are very reasonable for the product and service you receive. Not only will we return, but if they had a membership, we would be first on the list!

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★★★★★

The service staff is wonderful, and very knowledgeable both in etiquette and the menu. The General manger Robin was fantastic. Most of the food on the menu may not sound too good, but it is in fact some of the best food my wife and I have ever eaten. The drinks were priced well and good selection. The atmosphere was very intimate and relaxing. The noise level was a bit loud but we had a wedding party going on at the time. Prices are very reasonable for the product and service you receive. Not only will we return, but if they had a membership, we would be first on the list!

Pros: Food, Service, Drinks, Price, Atmosphere

Cons: Noise

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We dined at The Acorn last night and we agreed it had to rank as one of the Top 10 meals we've ever had...and we're in our 60's! Since it wasn't crowded (a Tuesay night), we decided to first have a drink at their warm, intimate bar where Steve was more than accommodating...and makes an excellent Mohito. After just 15 minutes, we felt like we had known him for years...and he new the menu inside & out. The bluecheese w/ pepper & berry jam and toast points appetizer we had at the bar was simply incredible.
When we decided to sit down in the main dining room, we were pleased to discover that Steve was also going to be our waiter. We had pretty much decided on our entres and we were not disappointed. We split their delicious endive w/ Granny Smith apple salad with apple vinigrete...I should say they split it for us, serving it on two unique rectangular plates. Plenty for two! My companion had their scallops which were plump, perfectly cooked and in a light sauce to die for. I had their crusted halibut with marinated green beans and chopped, grilled sweet potatoes...and like I said above, it was the best piece of halibut I've ever had. It was a very ample size and tasted like it had been caught five minutes before it landed on the grill, also in a delicious, semi-sweet sauce.
If you live in Nashville or plan to visit, do yourself a BIG favor and make a reservation at The Acorn...you will not be disappointed!!

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★★★★★

We dined at The Acorn last night and we agreed it had to rank as one of the Top 10 meals we've ever had...and we're in our 60's! Since it wasn't crowded (a Tuesay night), we decided to first have a drink at their warm, intimate bar where Steve was more than accommodating...and makes an excellent Mohito. After just 15 minutes, we felt like we had known him for years...and he new the menu inside & out. The bluecheese w/ pepper & berry jam and toast points appetizer we had at the bar was simply incredible.
When we decided to sit down in the main dining room, we were pleased to discover that Steve was also going to be our waiter. We had pretty much decided on our entres and we were not disappointed. We split their delicious endive w/ Granny Smith apple salad with apple vinigrete...I should say they split it for us, serving it on two unique rectangular plates. Plenty for two! My companion had their scallops which were plump, perfectly cooked and in a light sauce to die for. I had their crusted halibut with marinated green beans and chopped, grilled sweet potatoes...and like I said above, it was the best piece of halibut I've ever had. It was a very ample size and tasted like it had been caught five minutes before it landed on the grill, also in a delicious, semi-sweet sauce.
If you live in Nashville or plan to visit, do yourself a BIG favor and make a reservation at The Acorn...you will not be disappointed!!

Pros: Delicious & Creative Menu; Cozy Atmosphere; Excellent Servic

Cons: Dining Room Could Use Some Decorative Green Plants

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Our experience at the Acorn was superb - we were nervously planning a banquet for 75 college athletes and their parents after a championship meet in Nashville. The Acorn was recommended to us, but we live out of town and had never eaten there. But from the first phone call we made to inquire, the staff was delightful and attentive to every need. Julie Rahimi bent over backwards to assist us in planning a wonderful event. Robin and staff handled every detail the night of the banquet. The food was delicious (not the usual case at large sports banquets in our experience), tailored to our event, and portions so plentiful that even after feeding a ravenous men's swim team, Robin offered to allow visiting alums to eat as well. We highly recommend the Acorn and plan to return whenever we visit Nashville.

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★★★★★

Our experience at the Acorn was superb - we were nervously planning a banquet for 75 college athletes and their parents after a championship meet in Nashville. The Acorn was recommended to us, but we live out of town and had never eaten there. But from the first phone call we made to inquire, the staff was delightful and attentive to every need. Julie Rahimi bent over backwards to assist us in planning a wonderful event. Robin and staff handled every detail the night of the banquet. The food was delicious (not the usual case at large sports banquets in our experience), tailored to our event, and portions so plentiful that even after feeding a ravenous men's swim team, Robin offered to allow visiting alums to eat as well. We highly recommend the Acorn and plan to return whenever we visit Nashville.

Pros: Service with a personal touch

Cons: We wished we live close enough to eat here regularly

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I have visited Acorn several times in the past year. I have never been disappointed. Their staff always treat me like a special guest. If you go try the halibut and finish off the meal with the chocolate roulade...like eating a chocolate cloud!!!

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★★★★★

I have visited Acorn several times in the past year. I have never been disappointed. Their staff always treat me like a special guest. If you go try the halibut and finish off the meal with the chocolate roulade...like eating a chocolate cloud!!!

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I visit Nashville twice a month and eat out at every meal while I'm there. I went to Acorn recently (2/7/09) and it was absolutely terrible. The room was too loud, lights were at a strange level and the hostess walked by us about, 100-200 times during the short gross meal.

We asked the waitress for food and wine suggestions, which she gave quiet loudly but sweetly. The wine was fine. The food was horrible. The bread was stale and hard. The squash ravioli was bland and tasted like I could make it (I cannot cook). The waitress recommended the trout and veal as her favorites. They were horrible. The veal was fatty and deep fried.

Nashville has a great food scene, with inventive chefs making delicious food. Acorn is just not one of those places.

Stay away.

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I visit Nashville twice a month and eat out at every meal while I'm there. I went to Acorn recently (2/7/09) and it was absolutely terrible. The room was too loud, lights were at a strange level and the hostess walked by us about, 100-200 times during the short gross meal.

We asked the waitress for food and wine suggestions, which she gave quiet loudly but sweetly. The wine was fine. The food was horrible. The bread was stale and hard. The squash ravioli was bland and tasted like I could make it (I cannot cook). The waitress recommended the trout and veal as her favorites. They were horrible. The veal was fatty and deep fried.

Nashville has a great food scene, with inventive chefs making delicious food. Acorn is just not one of those places.

Stay away.

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By the second time we came here, the hostess knew us -- not only did she recognize us when we arrived at the restaurant, but she recognized my name and voice over the phone when I called for the reservation. Such attention to detail is a highlight at the Acorn, where the staff goes out of its way to make your experience flawless.

What a beautiful dining experience! The bar is intimate enough for an apertif, and it leads in well to dinner in the main dining room. There, service is impeccable; the waitstaff is knowledgeable without being pretentious, and they're clearly familiar with the menu and potential wine accompaniments. The food is delectable -- and their vegetarian options, which feature seasonal vegetables and seasonings, are no less complex and decadent than their more traditional fare. Any dessert with dark chocolate is a must-have here.

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★★★★★

By the second time we came here, the hostess knew us -- not only did she recognize us when we arrived at the restaurant, but she recognized my name and voice over the phone when I called for the reservation. Such attention to detail is a highlight at the Acorn, where the staff goes out of its way to make your experience flawless.

What a beautiful dining experience! The bar is intimate enough for an apertif, and it leads in well to dinner in the main dining room. There, service is impeccable; the waitstaff is knowledgeable without being pretentious, and they're clearly familiar with the menu and potential wine accompaniments. The food is delectable -- and their vegetarian options, which feature seasonal vegetables and seasonings, are no less complex and decadent than their more traditional fare. Any dessert with dark chocolate is a must-have here.

Pros: bar, wine list, menu offerings, vegetarian options, desserts, wait staff and hosts

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In celebration of my husband's graduation from law school, we decided to make reservations for our whole family to have dinner at The Acorn -- a place we had heard was wonderful, but didn't know much about. The day of our dinner reservation, I received a call from Nathan, the manager at the restaurant, asking if we were celebrating any special occasion. I told him we were, in fact, celebrating, and he chatted with me for a good 15 minutes, just getting to know who would be attending dinner, where we might like to sit, what kind of atmosphere we were looking for, etc. I was extremely impressed by his friendliness, but still wasn't prepared for the fantastic experience we were soon to have. When we arrived with our large group, we were greeted by Nathan, who ushered us to a big table on the first floor and assured us that we would be treated like "VIP's" for the night -- he was right! We were given a champagne toast, a chef's tasting, and wine pairings -- all with congratulations from the wait staff and management. In addition, the food was cooked to perfection and the flavors were exquisite. We ended up staying and talking until everyone else in the restaurant had left! Our parents were greatly impressed, we all had a fabulous time, and our families STILL talk about what a great dinner we had at The Acorn! My husband and I have since gone back again for his birthday and had the same wonderful experience. So, if you haven't tried The Acorn yet, GO! Go now! :)

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★★★★★

In celebration of my husband's graduation from law school, we decided to make reservations for our whole family to have dinner at The Acorn -- a place we had heard was wonderful, but didn't know much about. The day of our dinner reservation, I received a call from Nathan, the manager at the restaurant, asking if we were celebrating any special occasion. I told him we were, in fact, celebrating, and he chatted with me for a good 15 minutes, just getting to know who would be attending dinner, where we might like to sit, what kind of atmosphere we were looking for, etc. I was extremely impressed by his friendliness, but still wasn't prepared for the fantastic experience we were soon to have. When we arrived with our large group, we were greeted by Nathan, who ushered us to a big table on the first floor and assured us that we would be treated like "VIP's" for the night -- he was right! We were given a champagne toast, a chef's tasting, and wine pairings -- all with congratulations from the wait staff and management. In addition, the food was cooked to perfection and the flavors were exquisite. We ended up staying and talking until everyone else in the restaurant had left! Our parents were greatly impressed, we all had a fabulous time, and our families STILL talk about what a great dinner we had at The Acorn! My husband and I have since gone back again for his birthday and had the same wonderful experience. So, if you haven't tried The Acorn yet, GO! Go now! :)

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Nothing -- everything was perfect!

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My girlfriend prefers Yellow Porch, but my favorite Nashville restaurant is The Acorn. Their bartender makes fantastic, interesting cocktails while anything out of their kitchen is great. Plus, their outdoor seating can't be beat.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend prefers Yellow Porch, but my favorite Nashville restaurant is The Acorn. Their bartender makes fantastic, interesting cocktails while anything out of their kitchen is great. Plus, their outdoor seating can't be beat.

Pros: cocktails, food, service, and outdoor dining

Cons: can be a touch loud

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Delicious food - try the filet. Great service - everyone there seems really happy to be there. Creative menu - not too short, not too long. Inviting atmosphere - love the lighting and exposed brick. Had a drink in the big booth in the upstairs bar before dinner on the patio - tons of space, great drinks, patio is unique being on the second level. Everything was great so I decided to let people know about this great spot in Nashville. Great Job Acorn. Keep up the good work.

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★★★★★

Delicious food - try the filet. Great service - everyone there seems really happy to be there. Creative menu - not too short, not too long. Inviting atmosphere - love the lighting and exposed brick. Had a drink in the big booth in the upstairs bar before dinner on the patio - tons of space, great drinks, patio is unique being on the second level. Everything was great so I decided to let people know about this great spot in Nashville. Great Job Acorn. Keep up the good work.

Pros: Food, food, food. And service and atmosphere.

Cons: Closed on Sundays

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I was recently in Nashville for my cousin's graduation from Vanderbilt and my family had a fantastic time at The Acorn. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and the service was excellent. Our entire group loved the atmosphere (particularly the artwork throughout the building) and we enjoyed ourselves throughout our evening there. I had an Asian-style salmon dish which was simply delicious and the rest of my family left raving about their dishes. All in all, I would highly recommend this restaurant- you're in for a wonderful experience altogether!

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★★★★★

I was recently in Nashville for my cousin's graduation from Vanderbilt and my family had a fantastic time at The Acorn. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and the service was excellent. Our entire group loved the atmosphere (particularly the artwork throughout the building) and we enjoyed ourselves throughout our evening there. I had an Asian-style salmon dish which was simply delicious and the rest of my family left raving about their dishes. All in all, I would highly recommend this restaurant- you're in for a wonderful experience altogether!

Pros: Service, ambience, food

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My family was celebrating my nephew's graduation and my sister-in-law made reservations for us at the Acorn. I was excited to experience one of Nashville's restaurants it being my first visit to this beautiful city. I'm sure I'll return to Nashville but not to the Acorn. The staff was very polite and helpful but the restaurant seemed very run down. The elevator which carried my Mother-in-law upsides to the patio broke down with her in it. The fan located over our table was broken. It was a very warm evening and a fan would have been very nice. The little lights over our section of the patio were also broken. Now onto the food, it was awful. I ordered the lamb which was overcooked and dry, and the potatoes had the consistency and taste of reconstituted potatoes flakes. The rest of us had similar issues with the food. Over cooked, tasteless, tough, cold etc. We did have children with us and there was no child menu, which was not the Acorn's fault but they provided penne pasta w/butter and cheese for $9 a plate. Little pricey for boxed pasta. It was a sticky situation, if it had not been a celebration with 15 people I would have sent my food back or just paid for my drink and left. Overall we dropped over $500 for dinner and I must say if we had been in Atlanta we could have had an incredible dinner at "Bones" or "Chops" and still had money left over for a "Frosty Orange" at the Varsity.

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★★☆☆☆

My family was celebrating my nephew's graduation and my sister-in-law made reservations for us at the Acorn. I was excited to experience one of Nashville's restaurants it being my first visit to this beautiful city. I'm sure I'll return to Nashville but not to the Acorn. The staff was very polite and helpful but the restaurant seemed very run down. The elevator which carried my Mother-in-law upsides to the patio broke down with her in it. The fan located over our table was broken. It was a very warm evening and a fan would have been very nice. The little lights over our section of the patio were also broken. Now onto the food, it was awful. I ordered the lamb which was overcooked and dry, and the potatoes had the consistency and taste of reconstituted potatoes flakes. The rest of us had similar issues with the food. Over cooked, tasteless, tough, cold etc. We did have children with us and there was no child menu, which was not the Acorn's fault but they provided penne pasta w/butter and cheese for $9 a plate. Little pricey for boxed pasta. It was a sticky situation, if it had not been a celebration with 15 people I would have sent my food back or just paid for my drink and left. Overall we dropped over $500 for dinner and I must say if we had been in Atlanta we could have had an incredible dinner at "Bones" or "Chops" and still had money left over for a "Frosty Orange" at the Varsity.

Pros: The staff were very friendly>

Cons: The building was run down and the food was awful.

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If you are looking for a restaurant in Nashville that will give you that down home feeling this is it. A modern environment with the food of the south. The crawfish fritters are a must!

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If you are looking for a restaurant in Nashville that will give you that down home feeling this is it. A modern environment with the food of the south. The crawfish fritters are a must!

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The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was very relaxing and provided a wonderful base for any occasion. Great for birthday dinners, romantic dinner for 2, gatherings, meeting up with good friends and great conversation. You will be well taken care of, greatly respected, and will leave with a smile on your face.

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★★★★★

The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was very relaxing and provided a wonderful base for any occasion. Great for birthday dinners, romantic dinner for 2, gatherings, meeting up with good friends and great conversation. You will be well taken care of, greatly respected, and will leave with a smile on your face.

Pros: parking, service, food, ambience

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Recently had a ~30 person private dinner here. Servers were fun, polite, and attentive, and the food and cocktails were delicious. The ambience and decor is a great blend between modern and cozy... it's hip but not sterile, upbeat but not too loud. all in all a top notch experience. I've never written a review on here before, but I had such a wonderful experience I wanted to give them credit/an endorsement in public.

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★★★★★

Recently had a ~30 person private dinner here. Servers were fun, polite, and attentive, and the food and cocktails were delicious. The ambience and decor is a great blend between modern and cozy... it's hip but not sterile, upbeat but not too loud. all in all a top notch experience. I've never written a review on here before, but I had such a wonderful experience I wanted to give them credit/an endorsement in public.

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My husband and I go out to eat several times a week since we both work and never feel like cooking when we get home. We love to try different restaurants, but if we find one we like we stick with it. The Acorn impresses us every time we go. The food is consistently great, and they have many of the same servers we have been seeing there for years. They treat us like royalty when we walk in the door. Being recognized and taken care of for going back to the same restaurant twice is not something we would expect, but it makes the experience that much better. I don't think you can go wrong with The Acorn.

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★★★★★

My husband and I go out to eat several times a week since we both work and never feel like cooking when we get home. We love to try different restaurants, but if we find one we like we stick with it. The Acorn impresses us every time we go. The food is consistently great, and they have many of the same servers we have been seeing there for years. They treat us like royalty when we walk in the door. Being recognized and taken care of for going back to the same restaurant twice is not something we would expect, but it makes the experience that much better. I don't think you can go wrong with The Acorn.

Pros: Consistently Great Food/Service

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I have been going to the acorn since opening and the last visit was very disapointing. I used to consider the acorn as my favorite restaurant in Nashville, and apparently they have a new chef. The menu has changed completely. We ordered the lamb. The sauces for the lamb were very bland. We also a NYStrip steak that was over cooked and lacked the flavor that I used to love in their NYstrip steak. I will always enjoy the atmophere and the friendly service, yet this is experience will always stick out to me. I will try it again, yet I hope the next experience will be more enjoyable.

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★★★☆☆

I have been going to the acorn since opening and the last visit was very disapointing. I used to consider the acorn as my favorite restaurant in Nashville, and apparently they have a new chef. The menu has changed completely. We ordered the lamb. The sauces for the lamb were very bland. We also a NYStrip steak that was over cooked and lacked the flavor that I used to love in their NYstrip steak. I will always enjoy the atmophere and the friendly service, yet this is experience will always stick out to me. I will try it again, yet I hope the next experience will be more enjoyable.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: the new chef

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This is a staple for us. We have been thrilled with the food, service, atmosphere, everything, each time we have visited. The menu is filled with something for everyone and I haven't tried a single thing there that wasn't delicious and impressive. Its affordable, friendly, and the locatoin is awesome! This is SUCH a wonderful place to visit. You will love The Acorn!

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★★★★★

This is a staple for us. We have been thrilled with the food, service, atmosphere, everything, each time we have visited. The menu is filled with something for everyone and I haven't tried a single thing there that wasn't delicious and impressive. Its affordable, friendly, and the locatoin is awesome! This is SUCH a wonderful place to visit. You will love The Acorn!

Pros: The Best in town in every realm...food, location, ambiance, service, wine list, selection- impeccable.

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After dining at the Acorn several times, I did not think that the food could be topped. However, after a recent experience tasting the new chefs cuisine, my assumptions were proven wrong. The specials are mouthwatering, and the presentation is as tasty as the food itself. The excellent food is accompanied by stellar customer service. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation today!

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★★★★★

After dining at the Acorn several times, I did not think that the food could be topped. However, after a recent experience tasting the new chefs cuisine, my assumptions were proven wrong. The specials are mouthwatering, and the presentation is as tasty as the food itself. The excellent food is accompanied by stellar customer service. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation today!

Pros: upstairs patio, parkikng, service, location, FOOD

Cons: none

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Last Saturday was our first date night out since having our baby and we wanted to try something different. The restaurant was awesome from the vibrant atomosphere to the attentive service. I had the halibut and it was cooked perfectly. My wife raved about her fish special. Our server was very personable. We had a very special evening and will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

Last Saturday was our first date night out since having our baby and we wanted to try something different. The restaurant was awesome from the vibrant atomosphere to the attentive service. I had the halibut and it was cooked perfectly. My wife raved about her fish special. Our server was very personable. We had a very special evening and will definitely be back.

Pros: Ambience, Great food and service

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We have been going to Acorn for about 2-3 years now. We decided to head over and have a few "Diamond Martinis" on the patio. The restaurant was empty it was a Saturday night. I ordered my drink and it came out-with out the diamonds (sugar rim) while we waited for our friends to arrive. They got there a few moments later and my girlfriend ordered the same thing, and again it was minus the sugar. Which isn't a huge deal but its called this for a reason. As the waitress is setting down our drink she says to us its last call. Its only 10:30. So my friends ordered another birthday drink, and she promptly -and rudely brought it back out with our ticket. This was just a little rude. The other staff inside were sitting at the bar, almost pushing us out the door with the dirty looks. Our waitress probably paced back and forth the entire time we "downed" our drinks. So don't go for a place for a drink on a Saturday night. They will try to pour it down your throat as your being shoved out the door.

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★★★☆☆

We have been going to Acorn for about 2-3 years now. We decided to head over and have a few "Diamond Martinis" on the patio. The restaurant was empty it was a Saturday night. I ordered my drink and it came out-with out the diamonds (sugar rim) while we waited for our friends to arrive. They got there a few moments later and my girlfriend ordered the same thing, and again it was minus the sugar. Which isn't a huge deal but its called this for a reason. As the waitress is setting down our drink she says to us its last call. Its only 10:30. So my friends ordered another birthday drink, and she promptly -and rudely brought it back out with our ticket. This was just a little rude. The other staff inside were sitting at the bar, almost pushing us out the door with the dirty looks. Our waitress probably paced back and forth the entire time we "downed" our drinks. So don't go for a place for a drink on a Saturday night. They will try to pour it down your throat as your being shoved out the door.

Pros: Yummy drinks

Cons: Poor Service

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I was meeting my two sisters in Nashville for a weekend away ( I live in Chattanooga). I called the day before to make a reservation and the person on the phone was friendly and extremely helpful ( she suggested the balcony for atmsphere). We arrived at the time of our reservation and there was no record of it, no biggie since we still were seated where we had requested and immediately. The hostess was a little flighty and gave us only two menus (there were three of us) and no wine list. However, our server was wonderful, playing into our festive mood and making excellent reccommendations. The food was fabulous, you must have the salad with the apples and gorgonzola ( I Licked my plate) and the seviche. My sisters had the special, and loved them. We had the chocolate dessert and great martinis as well . The vibe is great ( several bars hidden throughout, perfect for a date) and the staff seems to enjoy working there. The only downside was a faint smell from the pond, but it was gone in moments.
Overall excellent experience.

2
★★★★☆

I was meeting my two sisters in Nashville for a weekend away ( I live in Chattanooga). I called the day before to make a reservation and the person on the phone was friendly and extremely helpful ( she suggested the balcony for atmsphere). We arrived at the time of our reservation and there was no record of it, no biggie since we still were seated where we had requested and immediately. The hostess was a little flighty and gave us only two menus (there were three of us) and no wine list. However, our server was wonderful, playing into our festive mood and making excellent reccommendations. The food was fabulous, you must have the salad with the apples and gorgonzola ( I Licked my plate) and the seviche. My sisters had the special, and loved them. We had the chocolate dessert and great martinis as well . The vibe is great ( several bars hidden throughout, perfect for a date) and the staff seems to enjoy working there. The only downside was a faint smell from the pond, but it was gone in moments.
Overall excellent experience.

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I took my girlfriend to The Acorn for Valentines day and it was well worth it. Although the chef had specifically prepared selections for the evening, I gave the restaurant heads up that we would need a vegetarian option and they were only too accomdating. Definintely a great experience overall.

2
★★★★★

I took my girlfriend to The Acorn for Valentines day and it was well worth it. Although the chef had specifically prepared selections for the evening, I gave the restaurant heads up that we would need a vegetarian option and they were only too accomdating. Definintely a great experience overall.

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I've had reservations a couple of times, but something has always come up. This past Saturday, I went with 5 friends for a birthday celebration. The staff was friendly and courteous (and very helpful when I realized I needed directions), the dinner was superb (menu was very inclusive of a variety of dishes...and very descriptive), and the environment was warm and comfortable. I couldn't have asked for a better meal or better company! I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to my next visit to Nashville so I can go again!

1
★★★☆☆

I've had reservations a couple of times, but something has always come up. This past Saturday, I went with 5 friends for a birthday celebration. The staff was friendly and courteous (and very helpful when I realized I needed directions), the dinner was superb (menu was very inclusive of a variety of dishes...and very descriptive), and the environment was warm and comfortable. I couldn't have asked for a better meal or better company! I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to my next visit to Nashville so I can go again!

Pros: Fast, friendly service enhanced by a divine menu and fantastic wine list

Cons: Parking is a little tricky if you don't want to valet - but not terrible.

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I have been meaning to go to The Acorn since it opened a few years ago, but for some reason, last week was my first time in. My friends have all been saying how good it is, and they were right. I took a date, and did not make a reservation. The place was nearly full, but we did not have to wait at all for a table. We were greeted with a smile when we walked through the door, and our server was just as kind. Wine knowledge is not my strong suit, and our server helped steer me in the right direction without making me look bad. The food was amazing and plentiful! We both cleaned our plates and did not leave room for dessert, so we are going back there on our second date!
I should have gone years ago! Dont wait, you are missing a great restaurant!

2
★★★★★

I have been meaning to go to The Acorn since it opened a few years ago, but for some reason, last week was my first time in. My friends have all been saying how good it is, and they were right. I took a date, and did not make a reservation. The place was nearly full, but we did not have to wait at all for a table. We were greeted with a smile when we walked through the door, and our server was just as kind. Wine knowledge is not my strong suit, and our server helped steer me in the right direction without making me look bad. The food was amazing and plentiful! We both cleaned our plates and did not leave room for dessert, so we are going back there on our second date!
I should have gone years ago! Dont wait, you are missing a great restaurant!

Pros: Friendly staff, great food & wine

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The Acorn is a good restaurant, but, it is not the best in town.
Our wait for our reservation was long which was quite embarassing considering we had my husband's business contacts in from out of town whom we were entertaining. The service was slow. The food was quite was average. I thought the veranda was a wonderful feature, I only wish we had been seated at the time of our reservation rather than 30 minutes later.
There are definitely better establishments in Nashville and we will not be referring anyone or dining there again.

1
★★★☆☆

The Acorn is a good restaurant, but, it is not the best in town.
Our wait for our reservation was long which was quite embarassing considering we had my husband's business contacts in from out of town whom we were entertaining. The service was slow. The food was quite was average. I thought the veranda was a wonderful feature, I only wish we had been seated at the time of our reservation rather than 30 minutes later.
There are definitely better establishments in Nashville and we will not be referring anyone or dining there again.

Pros: upper veranda

Cons: had to wait 30 minutes for our reservation, slow service, staff apathy

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Have you heard? The Acorn has a new Pastry Chef AND a new martini list! This is one of our favorite restaurants because of the consistently wonderful food and unusually great service. We always feel like VIP's when we go, and we love trying the Chef's special entrees. We saw the Pastry Chef on one of the local News shows, and had to go in to try her desserts! Wow! Don't miss the Pear and Aniseed Gateaux! We tried two of the new martinis, and they were both to die for! Go sit on the best patio in the city, have dinner and a martini, and save room for dessert!

2
★★★★★

Have you heard? The Acorn has a new Pastry Chef AND a new martini list! This is one of our favorite restaurants because of the consistently wonderful food and unusually great service. We always feel like VIP's when we go, and we love trying the Chef's special entrees. We saw the Pastry Chef on one of the local News shows, and had to go in to try her desserts! Wow! Don't miss the Pear and Aniseed Gateaux! We tried two of the new martinis, and they were both to die for! Go sit on the best patio in the city, have dinner and a martini, and save room for dessert!

Pros: Great Food and Service, 2nd floor patio!

Cons: Get a babysitter - Not great for kids

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Acorn seemed like a great place for happy hour on their open air patio and had some great specials as HEAVILY advertised on radio. It was after we were seated when my friends and I were informed that happy hour didn't apply to the patio. This is NOT mentioned anywhere on their website or radio ads. In fact, on the website, patrons are encouraged to go out on the patio right next to description of happy hours. You could see how one would be confused. The waitress happily informed us that it was ok, we could just order off the menu. I would expect to be treated like that at a used car dealership, but not a restaurant. It's just shifty and blatant gauging. We were also the literally the ONLY people in the entire restaurant which seemed odd. There are so many great restaurants in Nashville, I'd recommend patronizing them rather than this place.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Acorn seemed like a great place for happy hour on their open air patio and had some great specials as HEAVILY advertised on radio. It was after we were seated when my friends and I were informed that happy hour didn't apply to the patio. This is NOT mentioned anywhere on their website or radio ads. In fact, on the website, patrons are encouraged to go out on the patio right next to description of happy hours. You could see how one would be confused. The waitress happily informed us that it was ok, we could just order off the menu. I would expect to be treated like that at a used car dealership, but not a restaurant. It's just shifty and blatant gauging. We were also the literally the ONLY people in the entire restaurant which seemed odd. There are so many great restaurants in Nashville, I'd recommend patronizing them rather than this place.

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The food was terrific. The ambience amazing. I love the candles and decor. The music made it even better. Parking should not be an issue since valet is available.

2
★★★★★

The food was terrific. The ambience amazing. I love the candles and decor. The music made it even better. Parking should not be an issue since valet is available.

Pros: great food, great service, great ambience

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My waiter was rude, the other customers were pretentious and even laughable. I would receommend McDonalds around the corner over this place.

1
★★☆☆☆

My waiter was rude, the other customers were pretentious and even laughable. I would receommend McDonalds around the corner over this place.

Cons: parking, food, service

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The Acorn is a lovely place with a warm atmosphere and very nice employees. However, the food was tastless and overdone. I asked for my salmon to be medium, but the cook served me the end piece and upside-down so the dark part showed, and the filet was too thin to cook it medium. For $22, I expected a better piece of fish, and the accompanying risotto was pasty. My dinner companion did say her scallop appetizer was good, however.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The Acorn is a lovely place with a warm atmosphere and very nice employees. However, the food was tastless and overdone. I asked for my salmon to be medium, but the cook served me the end piece and upside-down so the dark part showed, and the filet was too thin to cook it medium. For $22, I expected a better piece of fish, and the accompanying risotto was pasty. My dinner companion did say her scallop appetizer was good, however.

Pros: lovely atmosphere, great al fresco, very nice staff

Cons: mediocre food, high prices

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Like most Nashville restaurants in the "upscale" price range, the Acorn disappoints. My party got the tuna, lamb, and NY strip. The lamb shank was overpowered by a KC Masterpiece BBQ-like sauce. The Strip was properly cooked to medium, but the outside was so charred that the overwhelming flavor was charcoal briquette. Additionally, the cut was thinner than what youd get at Outback. The tuna was the best selection; however, it was not of the same taste quality as you might find in similarly or lower priced restaurants. I'd happily pay $10 for a plate of the rice, however. On the plus side, our server was excellent and knowledgeable. We also enjoyed our appetizers: scallops and fried eulachon (a special). The pear salad was also good; the dressing on the Greek salad was poorly prepared and the olives were of low quality.

1
★★☆☆☆

Like most Nashville restaurants in the "upscale" price range, the Acorn disappoints. My party got the tuna, lamb, and NY strip. The lamb shank was overpowered by a KC Masterpiece BBQ-like sauce. The Strip was properly cooked to medium, but the outside was so charred that the overwhelming flavor was charcoal briquette. Additionally, the cut was thinner than what youd get at Outback. The tuna was the best selection; however, it was not of the same taste quality as you might find in similarly or lower priced restaurants. I'd happily pay $10 for a plate of the rice, however. On the plus side, our server was excellent and knowledgeable. We also enjoyed our appetizers: scallops and fried eulachon (a special). The pear salad was also good; the dressing on the Greek salad was poorly prepared and the olives were of low quality.

Pros: appetizers, service

Cons: value, entrees

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I was invited by a co-worker to a business dinner at the Acorn. I had heard the name, but had never dined there. Though initially hard to find, this remodeled house was alive and buzzing. The decor was warm and inviting, setting the tone for our meal. I enjoyed my lamb shank, and my co-workers were thrilled with their choices - two filets and a salmon. The server was attentive and not over-the-top, and we left fully satisfied. I am glad to have found my new Friday night spot.

2
★★★★★

I was invited by a co-worker to a business dinner at the Acorn. I had heard the name, but had never dined there. Though initially hard to find, this remodeled house was alive and buzzing. The decor was warm and inviting, setting the tone for our meal. I enjoyed my lamb shank, and my co-workers were thrilled with their choices - two filets and a salmon. The server was attentive and not over-the-top, and we left fully satisfied. I am glad to have found my new Friday night spot.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service

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The ambience is trendy and intersting, with one of Nashville's most attractive outdoor dining venues, on a breezy 2nd floor veranda. The problem is the food. It is not just poorly prepared, as might occur on an off-night, but bad in concept. The lettuce-wrapped beef apetizer is sticky, sweet and stewed. The calamari arrives at your table only minutes after your order is in, and is soaked in oil and heavy breading. The salads are over priced and dull, the bread is ordinary . . . virtually every item on the menu is overpriced. There are far better choices.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The ambience is trendy and intersting, with one of Nashville's most attractive outdoor dining venues, on a breezy 2nd floor veranda. The problem is the food. It is not just poorly prepared, as might occur on an off-night, but bad in concept. The lettuce-wrapped beef apetizer is sticky, sweet and stewed. The calamari arrives at your table only minutes after your order is in, and is soaked in oil and heavy breading. The salads are over priced and dull, the bread is ordinary . . . virtually every item on the menu is overpriced. There are far better choices.

Pros: out door veranda, interesting setting

Cons: food, food, food

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My wife and I finally stole some rare time away from our young children and decided to spend it at The Acorn. We couldn't have made a better decision! The relaxing, romantic atmosphere was the perfect setting for our evening getaway. The food was to die for and our server, Sandra, was perfectly attentive. We suggest the Halibut and the New York Strip, but don't leave without trying to Chocolate Grand Marnier Cake! Thank you Acorn for a wonderful evening! We look forward to visiting again.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I finally stole some rare time away from our young children and decided to spend it at The Acorn. We couldn't have made a better decision! The relaxing, romantic atmosphere was the perfect setting for our evening getaway. The food was to die for and our server, Sandra, was perfectly attentive. We suggest the Halibut and the New York Strip, but don't leave without trying to Chocolate Grand Marnier Cake! Thank you Acorn for a wonderful evening! We look forward to visiting again.

Pros: Romantic, Eclectic, Food

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I chose the Acorn because I planned to ask my girlfriend to marry me. I called during the week and specifically asked the hostess if we could get a quiet, romantic table. I was assured we could.

When we arrived, we were seated in the middle of a room under heat lamps with a view of concrete and plastic. The biggest problem was that it was clear that there would be tables with groups of 20 or more people in the room with us. Not quiet and romantic. When I talked to the hostess, she said she could move us, but all the rooms had parties in them.

Basically, I think that on the phone she told me what I wanted to hear. We left, and we won't be going back. I do NOT recommend this restaurant for a quiet, romantic evening.

1
★★★☆☆

I chose the Acorn because I planned to ask my girlfriend to marry me. I called during the week and specifically asked the hostess if we could get a quiet, romantic table. I was assured we could.

When we arrived, we were seated in the middle of a room under heat lamps with a view of concrete and plastic. The biggest problem was that it was clear that there would be tables with groups of 20 or more people in the room with us. Not quiet and romantic. When I talked to the hostess, she said she could move us, but all the rooms had parties in them.

Basically, I think that on the phone she told me what I wanted to hear. We left, and we won't be going back. I do NOT recommend this restaurant for a quiet, romantic evening.

Cons: Not Romantic, Parties in every room

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Being new to Nashville I was somewhat stressed out about where to take my wife for our 1 year anniversary. I obviously wanted it to be special, and I must say The Acorn delivered. Everything, the atmosphere, the service, and especially the food were outstanding. I didnt think you could get such fresh seafood this far inland. I had a Halibut dish that was exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an amazing dinning experience.

2
★★★★★

Being new to Nashville I was somewhat stressed out about where to take my wife for our 1 year anniversary. I obviously wanted it to be special, and I must say The Acorn delivered. Everything, the atmosphere, the service, and especially the food were outstanding. I didnt think you could get such fresh seafood this far inland. I had a Halibut dish that was exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an amazing dinning experience.

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I love this place! I have never actually had the food, but the bar scene is wonderful! The upstairs bartender on Saturday nights is the best in town!

2
★★★★★

I love this place! I have never actually had the food, but the bar scene is wonderful! The upstairs bartender on Saturday nights is the best in town!

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First of all, I love the feel of the restaurant, and the service was great. However, I felt the menu to be somewhat overpriced. The almond-crusted calamari was virtually flavorless, though the portion size was more than ample. But what good is a big portion if you don't enjoy the food included in it? Our entrees were fine, but not worth $24 and $27 . . . presentation could be worked on (must everything be served in a big bowl like a stew?), and my salmon was overwhelmed by the very rich shrimp bisque it swam in. If you have the money, it's not a bad place for dinner by any means. But if you want the most for your money when dining out, there are definitely better places in Nashville.

1
★★★☆☆

First of all, I love the feel of the restaurant, and the service was great. However, I felt the menu to be somewhat overpriced. The almond-crusted calamari was virtually flavorless, though the portion size was more than ample. But what good is a big portion if you don't enjoy the food included in it? Our entrees were fine, but not worth $24 and $27 . . . presentation could be worked on (must everything be served in a big bowl like a stew?), and my salmon was overwhelmed by the very rich shrimp bisque it swam in. If you have the money, it's not a bad place for dinner by any means. But if you want the most for your money when dining out, there are definitely better places in Nashville.

Pros: service, atmosphere, creativity

Cons: prices, overall food taste

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Walking into The Acorn was like walking into a restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, but with the warm personality so true to the south. From the moment we walked in, we were amazed by the attentive and friendly staff, delectable dishes, and hard-to-find wines. The view of the copper fountian from the deck upstairs only added to our experience. We couldn't leave without endulging in the Acorn chocolate cake that we had seen at the next table, and were more than satisfied by the delicious, and generously portioned chocolate layers. We now know where to take business clients for dinner when we need to impress them, and where to go when we need a little pampering ourselves. Nashville is truly lucky to be home to a restaurant this dynamic.

2
★★★★★

Walking into The Acorn was like walking into a restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, but with the warm personality so true to the south. From the moment we walked in, we were amazed by the attentive and friendly staff, delectable dishes, and hard-to-find wines. The view of the copper fountian from the deck upstairs only added to our experience. We couldn't leave without endulging in the Acorn chocolate cake that we had seen at the next table, and were more than satisfied by the delicious, and generously portioned chocolate layers. We now know where to take business clients for dinner when we need to impress them, and where to go when we need a little pampering ourselves. Nashville is truly lucky to be home to a restaurant this dynamic.

Pros: martinis, atmosphere, great food!

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My wife and I have been looking forward to a Valentine's dinner at the Acorn for quite some time. Most of the Pre Fix menu was pretty good, at least until we got to the entree. When I cut into my Grilled Balsamic Pork Chop it was RAW. The waiter was very nice about taking it back, but when he returned with the plate, I cut it again and it was STILL UNCOOKED. Mistakes happen....once, but for the prices The Acorn charges, there's no excuse for sending food out wrong TWICE. Theydid adjust the price by taking the inedible entree off my bill. Gee.. thanks! As far as value, The Acorn is the only restaurant I know that has the nerve to sell a SCREW TOP bottle of Lindeman Sauvignon Blanc for $27. Unless you don't care about price or food quality, you'd be "nuts" to go to the Acorn.

1
★★☆☆☆

My wife and I have been looking forward to a Valentine's dinner at the Acorn for quite some time. Most of the Pre Fix menu was pretty good, at least until we got to the entree. When I cut into my Grilled Balsamic Pork Chop it was RAW. The waiter was very nice about taking it back, but when he returned with the plate, I cut it again and it was STILL UNCOOKED. Mistakes happen....once, but for the prices The Acorn charges, there's no excuse for sending food out wrong TWICE. Theydid adjust the price by taking the inedible entree off my bill. Gee.. thanks! As far as value, The Acorn is the only restaurant I know that has the nerve to sell a SCREW TOP bottle of Lindeman Sauvignon Blanc for $27. Unless you don't care about price or food quality, you'd be "nuts" to go to the Acorn.

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After dining there with 5 other friends, I would have to agree with half of the posts so far. Specifically that the food is a primary issue of concern in terms of price versus quality. For the money, its not worth a return trip, but if trendy is your scene then this is the place for you. I have a feeling that some of these marketing add "posts" I have read are well written to counter a serious issue food enthusiasts have with Acorn.

1
★★★☆☆

After dining there with 5 other friends, I would have to agree with half of the posts so far. Specifically that the food is a primary issue of concern in terms of price versus quality. For the money, its not worth a return trip, but if trendy is your scene then this is the place for you. I have a feeling that some of these marketing add "posts" I have read are well written to counter a serious issue food enthusiasts have with Acorn.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Value

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What is the deal with trendy n-ville restaurants and only average food/service? If you are going to charge $30.00 per entree, it better be good. On my first and only visit here I went with the filet. It was an average cut of beef, at best. My wife had a vegetarian entree that she likened to shredded cabbage with a pixie stick poured on top. Open your minds, expand your menu, and stop skimping on meat cuts.

1
★★★☆☆

What is the deal with trendy n-ville restaurants and only average food/service? If you are going to charge $30.00 per entree, it better be good. On my first and only visit here I went with the filet. It was an average cut of beef, at best. My wife had a vegetarian entree that she likened to shredded cabbage with a pixie stick poured on top. Open your minds, expand your menu, and stop skimping on meat cuts.

 

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