1808 Grille

Nashville's warm, New American eatery
VERIFIED LUXURY
Named for its address in Nashville’s West End district, 1808 Grille sits on the ground floor of the stylish Hutton Hotel. The light-filled, airy dining room has a sophisticated 1960s vibe and is dressed in reclaimed woods and a palette of blues, greens and whites. The open-all-day restaurant serves New American cuisine with a few innovative Southern twists. Chef Jake Strang whips up both refined country classics such as she-crab soup and cheesy grits as well as contemporary dishes like sous vide pork tenderloin and fennel-dusted scallops. An impressive selection of libations — from domestic and international fine wines to signature cocktails to single malt scotches — almost outshines the inspired food at this Music City standout.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
  • As the signature restaurant of the contemporary-chic Hutton Hotel in Nashville’s West End neighborhood, 1808 Grille is filled with out-of-towners and locals alike. The scene is warm, lively and sophisticated all at once.
     
  • With its open floor plan and two-story ceilings, it’s hard to find a bad table at 1808 Grille; but the best are the four booths in the middle of the Nashville restaurant. The cream-colored booths surround the floor-to-ceiling woodblock sculpture and are the centerpiece of the dining room. 
     
  • Although 1808 Grille boasts a stellar location in Nashville’s trendy West End, you won’t find jaw-dropping views outside. But that doesn’t mean you’re not surrounded by a great view inside.
Things to Know
  • In the morning, with the natural light pouring into the restaurant, you’ll feel comfortable wearing casual clothing — we recommend you skip the workout gear and opt for something a bit more put together.
     
  • Lunch at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is also casual, but you’ll see a range of outfits, from shorts (especially in the steamy summer) to denim to the occasional suit. Come dinnertime, you’ll see people in slacks and button-downs, cocktail dresses and stylish jeans.
     
  • Though you don’t need a reservation to experience 1808 Grille’s New American cuisine, it’s always a good idea to make one at this Nashville restaurant. The Four-Star restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and certainly accepts walk-ins — guests of the Hutton Hotel (where the restaurant is located) likely won’t ever need reservations for breakfast and lunch and can easily saunter in for a bite.
The Food
  • During breakfast, which is served between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. daily, you’ll find year-round options such as the sinfully sweet cinnamon challah bread French toast and the breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, queso blanco, scallion and salsa. While some dishes may change — like the fruit salad — breakfast remains the most constant of all the meals at 1808 Grille.
     
  • The lunch menu is divided into three sections: soups and entrée salads, 1808 Deli, and “meat and three.” The soups always change seasonally; perhaps fall may bring something like roasted pear bisque, while winter might feature white bean mushroom bisque.
     
  • As for the sandwiches, there are a few standards (the turkey melt, burger and crab cake sandwich); but there are also a couple of seasonal options. A recent fall menu featured a lamb meatball sub, while the winter menu had a bison “sloppy Joe.”
     
  • Dinnertime at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is satisfying no matter what time of year. A recent fall menu offered small plates such as Tennessee bourbon scallops, and entrées like classic braised short rib with a horseradish popover.
     
  • While the dessert menu may not be as expansive as the rest of the menus at 1808 Grille, it certainly offers several sweet treats worth mentioning. One fan favorite is the banana beignet, a unique take on the classic New Orleans fried pastry topped with hazelnut anglaise.
The Look
  • Located just off the lobby of the sleek Hutton Hotel in Nashville’s West End, 1808 Grille is both relaxed and sophisticated. The two-story dining room is light and airy, thanks to its organic color palette — think shades of green, blue and white.
     
  • But it’s the rich wood that sets the tone of the design — the centerpiece of 1808 Grille’s dining room is a floor-to-ceiling stacked woodblock sculpture.
     
  • Sticking with the overall contemporary feel of the hotel, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is modern yet welcoming. It’s the kind of place where you can enjoy everything from breakfast with an important business client to dinner with a loved one.
     
  • In the morning, sunlight pours in through the wall of windows, while evenings are more intimate with dim lighting from wooden chandeliers.
Getting There
1808 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
TEL615-340-0012
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