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The Chef and I

4.9
4.9
2417 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

The Chef and I is built on a love story. That’s why it works. We serve innovative cuisine in a fun environment.
Folks can choose to order off the menu or do a chef’s tasting seven days a week.
CHEF’S TASTING:
We offer a chef’s tasting at two levels: five or seven courses; a culinary experience comprised of what’s in season and what the chefs are inspired to share with you that day.
REGULAR MENUS:
Additionally, we offer regular menus for lunch, brunch, dinner, and happy hour. Executive Chef Chris Rains and his staff carefully curate these menus seasonally.
Counter (Show Kitchen) seating is limited and generally requires a reservation. If you desire Counter (Show Kitchen) seating, please select "counter" seating when you make your reservation.
We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Any reservations cancelled within 24 hours of the reservation date/time is subject to a $20 per seat charge.

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Booked 6 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Daily 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (615) 730-8496

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Executive Chef Chris Rains

  • Catering

    The Chef and I has a large catering division and we cater onsite and at many venues in Middle Tennessee! We do corporate events, galas, fundraisers, weddings, private residential events, receptions and teambuilding!

  • Private party facilities

    The Chef and I on Ninth has a private event venue, where we often host private events from corporate lunches to rehearsal dinners and everything in between! Our catering division can also come to your home or venue of choice, and provide a custom-designed private dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Carol Yates: (615) 852-0854

  • Area

    The Gulch

  • Cross Street

    Division Street

  • Parking Details

    We have street parking available as well paid parking lots.

  • Entertainment

    The chefs are the entertainment! If you choose to sit at the show kitchen, you'll become part of the story as the chefs create your food and everyone else's! See how it all unfolds, and connect with chefs while they cook!

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

Menu

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What 2,417 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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    Contemporary American

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  1. A

    Abelapeppers

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wife and I went for anniversary. Awesome experience!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible!

  3. J

    Julia

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our server was THE BEST! They lost our ticket so it took a looooong time to get our food. My pork was dry but the tomato mozzarella and squash salad was SUPERB as was the halibut! Fabulous drinks as well. Overall almost worth the price. Great ambiance.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and they were very attentive. We did the Chef’s Tasting and were able to sit at the bar right in front of the chefs. They were great too! They answered questions about dishes and food, made excellent small talk, and even gave us a little taste of the special they were cooking! Really enjoyed this food and experience. Would definitely recommend this to others!

  5. GF

    GreatFood

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great experience and highly recommend this restaurant, they always deliver.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome experience!! Food was great and the service was excellent!!!

  7. KK

    KevinK

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was all extremely friendly & welcoming. Food was authentic and prepared in front of you. We had the mimosa bucket which comes with 4 different juices. Definitely going back!

  8. AS

    AunnikaS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Truly one of the best restaurants in Nashville. The food is just incredible and the service is very personal and familiar. The restaurant is very laid back and it’s so much fun watching them create these delicious dishes!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb dining experience...attention to detail on every dish....entire party enjoyed every bite....highly recommend...

  10. KC

    KirstenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about chef and I were fabulous! Mike was a wonderful server, food was delicious and the cook was just as personable (can’t remember her name, sorry). A must try!!

  11. M

    Monydave

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was amazing but the coordination in the kitchen was superb! They worked like a well-oiled machine creating some very, very tasty dishes!

  12. CJ

    CassieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the most wonderful time at The Chef and I. The food was incredible and they made it such a memorable experience for my fiancé and I. 10/10 would recommend!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible experience! Chef was on point with everything! Our waiter Derrick was amazing as well!

  14. C

    Carianne

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were both superb! We are excited for their move to a new space with more parking options!

  15. JP

    JPJP

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend. Not only was the food exceptional, the staff & service was beyond expectations. The menu is unique and creative without being over the top. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will definitely go back again soon.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Prom night! Had a blast and the food was amazing as always.

  17. m

    mikes

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    World class cuisine, great service and a relaxing atmosphere.

  18. CH

    CynthiaH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I enjoyed this evening so much! Hats off to the chiefs!

  19. EL

    ELLEM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my mom here the Saturday before Mother's Day. The brunch was absolutely exquisite. We shared beef tartare, the duck and waffles, and the mimosa sampler. Our server was the absolute best there is. We just absolutely bonded, and I can't wait to come back and experience this place all over again soon. Highly, HIGHLY recommend The Chef and I.

  20. IC

    IreneC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at the Chef and I. I'm glad we got to experience the smaller space before the restaurant moves into a much larger venue. So much fun to sit at the open kitchen and chat with the chefs.

  21. NJ

    NicholeJ

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If I could give our server more stars, I would! The food and the service were outstanding. A highlight to our trip to Nashville.

  22. DW

    DaveW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was amazing and the service was great my only critique would be there should be a little bit more room at the counter for patrons. Elbow to elbow is a little tight.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience! Wish they were in Phoenix so we could dine again.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1

    The food and cocktails are great. We got the steak and the pork and both were so delicious. Also cauliflower appetizer was my favorite dish of the night. Great service and will return when they move to their new location!

  25. BC

    BrianC

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Staff and food are incredible. I highly recommend sitting at the countertop instead of a table.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for brunch and sat at a high top overviewing the chefs. Very cool experience, great food, and $4 mimosas!

  27. SP

    StephPH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an amazing brunch at the kitchen bar!!! Everything was outstanding. Not sure which meal was my favorite. We split a bunch of items and raved about them all!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All exquisite!

  29. K

    Katonahfoodie

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was warm and welcoming from the minute we sat down at the bar/ counter. It was great being able to watch the chef from 2 feet away and waiter was helpful in helping us decide what to order. The burger was so delicious and came with some warm potato salad that I am still thinking about. We also got a salad of tomato and butternut squash with mozzarella and pesto . Everything was delicious .

  30. KW

    KerryW

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely awesome! Lobster bisque good as advertised . Staff was amazing. This is a must visit!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, amazing service. We loved our experience at The Chef and I. Being able to watch the kitchen in action was a special extra. Would absolutely dine here again.

  32. EF

    EricF

    Indiana

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I love love love Chef and I! Our favorite restaurant in Nashville and hands down best culinary experience for foodies of all kinds. The entire Chef and I team is amazing and makes your dining experience so much more! The dynamic duo of Melissa and Marcela (mother-daughter) sets the rhythm for your time with Chef and I. Followed by the amazing chefs in the kitchen, especially the “toasted fan” Erin and “cut you with a knife if you pronounce my name wrong” Adrianna. (Hope I spelled that right?) The service all around is exceptional, and Addison made our time with the Chef and I family very enjoyable! Keep up the great work and we look forward to seeing you all again soon! Eric and Michelle

  33. RE

    RoseE

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding presentation- fun vibe - definitely would go back!

  34. N

    Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first time at Chef and I and we will be back! We did the 5-course tasting with wine pairing and every single item was amazing. Each dish had such a unique flavor and was paired perfectly with a variety of white, red, and rose wines. Cannot recommend this place enough!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was amazing, great ambiance.

  36. M

    Moonie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing. The chefs are all very engaging - not sure how they find that many fun people to work here! Also, the couple next to us at the bar was a lot of fun. All in, it was an extremely fun experience. Be prepared for a high pricetag though! Wow. My wife and I each had the 7 course option. Then we ordered dessert. We each had two cocktails. With 20% tip the total came to $450. To do it again, I think one of us would do the 7 course option and the other an entree and an appetizer. Probably save about $70 that way.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic Experience- Food and service was OUTSTANDING!!

  38. JM

    JoeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed their personalized attention, service and outstanding food. Thanks for the great service Addison. Say hi to you dad for us. Thank you Chef Erin and Chef Sam for the Incredible meal. Will see you again if we get back to Music City.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved watching the chefs prepare everything in front of us. Very unique dining experience! Food was AMAZING.

  40. JM

    JonathanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and the wait staff were on point!

FAQs

The Chef and I offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (615) 730-8496.

The Chef and I is rated 4.9 stars by 2417 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for The Chef and I

611 9th Ave S Nashville, TN 37203

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Division Street

  • Area

    The Gulch

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Daily 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    We have street parking available as well paid parking lots.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Executive Chef Chris Rains

  • Entertainment

    The chefs are the entertainment! If you choose to sit at the show kitchen, you'll become part of the story as the chefs create your food and everyone else's! See how it all unfolds, and connect with chefs while they cook!

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

  • Phone number

    (615) 730-8496

  • Catering

    The Chef and I has a large catering division and we cater onsite and at many venues in Middle Tennessee! We do corporate events, galas, fundraisers, weddings, private residential events, receptions and teambuilding!

  • Private party facilities

    The Chef and I on Ninth has a private event venue, where we often host private events from corporate lunches to rehearsal dinners and everything in between! Our catering division can also come to your home or venue of choice, and provide a custom-designed private dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Carol Yates: (615) 852-0854

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