Geist

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$31 to $50
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American
Set in a ca. 1900 blacksmith shop in Nashville’s historic Germantown neighborhood, Geist is a charming bar and restaurant opened in early 2018. Sophisticated yet unfussy, an evening at Geist is akin to dinner at a fond friend’s home; a welcoming and familiar experience with a timeless approach to internationally-influenced cuisine and classic cocktails highlighting the best ingredients found regionally.

The Property Is A Stunning Renovation Of One Of The City’s Oldest Buildings And Features A Chic Bar And Dining Room Furnished With Handcrafted Pieces Commissioned From Local Artisans, As Well As The Champagne Garden, A Full Garden And Courtyard With An Outdoor Cooking Stove.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 30 April 2019

Ends: 1 May 2118

Availability: Tue 17:00-23:00

Happy Hour Every Tuesday - Thursday Geist Happy Hour Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Signature Cocktails $10 Wine - 1/2 off select bottles Wine - select bottles $8. Bar Bites and Geist Burger Special Prices!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 26 February 2019

Ends: 27 February 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 17:00-18:30

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Tue - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 259 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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JM
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with historic appeal. The champagne garden is beautiful.

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is the second time we've eaten here, and the food was amazing both times! Service was great the first visit, but not as great on the second. We sat at the bar both times. The cheese board was fantastic, and the hand cut fries are a total hit with me! We both had the burger and fries, which seems to be one of the best we've had in Nashville. Be sure and try the pink 75 cocktail, which is no longer on the menu, but delicious!

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Elegant atmosphere, but overpriced.The Charcuterie isn't worth $22.

NF
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Enjoyed an utterly fantastic meal at Geist. They have the best brussel sprouts I have ever had, house bread that could pass for a dessert (although you have to pay for it) and Salmon that is out of this world. The place is very cool inside, conveniently located and there are even places to park! For free!

Our only complaint, and it's a big one: The staff in the restaurant was a total buzzkill. Bunch of smug millennial types walking around, frowning, like they are either ticked off at the world or entirely too cool for their customers. The service isn't bad, but it's cold, reluctant and edgy. One of the odder experiences I have had. For that reason I don't know that I'd go back. The food's great, but who wants to hang out in a place like that.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow, and intermittent, cheese board was just ok. I think they can do a lot better. Maybe it was an off night. It’s a beautiful building , has it all great bar, outside area , dining area. Just tighten up on service and menu.

MS
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very nice dining place in a restored historic building. It’s a good area of town near ballpark and Germantown. Service was very good and food was delicious.

NF
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Just ok. I had brunch with two friends on a Sunday early afternoon. Service was exceptionally slow. It took almost 15min to get our drinks after ordering. The place was not very busy at all so no reason for that sort of wait. We did receive our cinnamon rolls almost immediately, but they were cold so had obviously been premade a bit earlier. The server never asked if we wanted another cocktail although we finished it prior to receiving entre. On a positive note, the burger and fries my friend ordered was great. Eggs benedict was decent but also cold. The venue is very cool so I will return again, but maybe just drinks at the bar.

FS
Nashville
43 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first time dining at Geist. We loved it and will definitely return.

The ambiance is great with brick walls and lots of candles. Multiple dining areas and large upholstered chairs make it feel cozy, comfortable and intimate.

We started our meal with a couple of signature cocktails. They were excellent. We had the octopus dish, shishito peppers and house rolls with butter to start. For dinner, we had the salad with buttermilk dressing and the salmon dish for our entree. Every dish was tasty and we loved each item we ordered.

The only slight negative of the evening was our server. He wasn’t enthusiastic at all and seemed like he didn’t want to be there in the least. Had to ask him whether there was a special that evening. Maybe he was having a bad day. We didn’t let his luke warm attitude affect our evening.

Definitely recommend Geist to others looking for a great date night venue.

LP
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and super cool building but the portions and the quality of the food are not really worth the price. My friend said her $38 filet was just okay and my other friend’s said his duck dinner wasn’t very good. I would definitely come back for drinks at the bar but probably not for another meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Second best meal I’ve had in Nashville.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The space was beautiful and the food was delicious. Our server was friendly and attentive, but not overly intrusive. Literally the best biscuits I’ve ever had.

AL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Ambiance & food were perfect for date night but unfortunately the service left alot to be desired. The service was pretty slow from the start & our server forgot a few things throughout the evening (he knew he was forgetting about us & did comp one of my drinks but no manager came by the table) as well as he came off very condescending & uninterested. We also totally would have enjoyed an after dinner drink we weren't offered so we finished dessert & had a night cap somewhere else.

BJ
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The history of this building made me want to see this place. It's super cute and have these big comfy chairs at the 2 tops in the dining room. Very posh... The cocktail glasses are vintage so don't be expecting a huge drink. The carpaccio app was outstanding but the grilled octopus was just ok. The lentils were aldente and I'm not sure lentils should be undercooked.... My filet came out rare when ordered medium rare~ they fixed it quickly. The scallops were big and juicy. Lovely. The guy next to us was served raw chicken...The two desserts weren't impressive and our French press was weak. They comped our desserts but didn't notice they charged me for an extra glass of wine. To top it off, they swept around us and asked if we were finished with our coffee and took the cups but left the French press! It was underwhelming to say the least. I may go back in a few months but they a few kinks to work out...

MM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent vibe at Geist. All staff was welcoming and accommodating. Menu was good with sharing plates, full appetizers, and entrees. A nice selection covering beef, chicken, fish and pasta. Relatively modest wine list but good choices. Nice bar/restaurant combination for business and private entertaining.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun night out with girlfriends. We sat outside by the massive and amazingly warm fireplace. It was pretty chilly out, but we didn’t get cold at all. They also had blankets for everyone! The fire added to the quaint ambience, which is hard to find so close to downtown. I highly recommend the burrata appetizer! We will definitely be back!

SW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Incredible
Service

AJ
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great quality food, beautiful interior.
Industrial chic, very warm and cozy.
Highly suggest for romantic dinner or fun place to hang as a group.

OT
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and presentation. A little pricey but more than adequate servings.

C
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous and swanky little restaurant. Great date night spot. Nubby had shrimp and grits and loved it. I had the half chicken and it was incredible. We also shared the house bread which was a warm, fluffy sweet bread. Excellent dining experience from start to finish.

OC
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening with friends. The side dishes were my favorite. Will definitely go back and sit on the patio outside

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Great service. Great food. Will be returning.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious brunch I have ever had! Definitely a must when in Nashville! I dreamt about the biscuits and gravy with the sorghum butter last night 😋

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Geist was highly recommended to us by friends and it did not disappoint!
Great atmosphere, service and fantastic food!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was SO good! Super cute place, would definitely go back again. The music was a tiny bit loud, if I had any criticism.

OT
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to Geist and I will definitely return. Loved the decor, the service was excellent and the food was top-notch

P
Nashville
40 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracious, delicious, plus the added delight of a birthday acknowledgment.

OT
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cozy atmosphere. Wait staff was fantastic. Appetizers were fantastic, the sides were great, the carrot cake was wonderful, wine was excellent. My only slight criticism would be my filet, while cooked perfectly, lacked flavor.
We will certainly be going back. Loved it.

AS
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was relaxed and inviting. And the noise level was a good balance; busy but not overpowering.
The food was perfect- the shrimp and grits was done just right, rich and flavorful. We even ordered dessert:)

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The ambiance was great. Our appetizer, the burrada was amazing. However, I ordered shrimp and grits and the grits were great but the shrimp was flavorless and chewy. My husband got the chicken and it was just okay. We told our waiter we would drink for a hike and then order. I told him it was my birthday and we were celebrating. He kept asking us if we were ready. It was a bit bothersome. We both ordered 3 drinks and we were trying to enjoy them. I feel it a really special touch when a restaurant does something nice for a birthday such as send champagne or a dessert. Our waiter didn’t do anything. I would t go back.

PH
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ambiance and service were great. Food was just ok. There are so many great restaurants now in Nashville, the bar is pretty high. For a $200 night out, there are plenty of other better places to go.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food and beautiful location. Thank you!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

30th birthday. Weather was perfect for sitting on the patio near the fire.

JS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you walk into Geist, you immediately are welcomed by the "feel of the place". The warm exposed brick, the music playing in the background, and the sincere greeting by the Maitre'd are all previews of what's to come. It was Oktoberfest in Germantown on a Sunday night, so you know the staff has had a big day by the time we arrived at 7:45. Our waitress was friendly, helpful, and engaged. Our party of 4 started with Bridlewood Cab, Shod Horse Chardonnay and an old Cuban. We all sighed satisfactorily as we toasted a successful week-end. My friends were in town from San Francisco, Paris and Lyon. They loved the place and I introduced the French to Shrimp and Grits, much to their delight! It was a great night and thank you Geist for making it so!

T
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Geist had a great atmosphere, and the food was delicious. We came for a “birthday brunch” and definitely enjoyed ourselves! We will be back to try dinner soon.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

When we arrived they clearly were not ready to start serving customers. The food was lukewarm and our sever was not attentive and for example did not bring hot milk even when asked twice.

The menu is overpriced for the quality of the food. I will not recommend Geist

DJ
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant! My husband and I had a lovely dinner. The food was delicious and the service was nice, too. The noise level was pretty high, but we were still able to hear each other.

Y
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service. A true gem in Germantown.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was my husband’s 30th Birthday! Our dinner was amazing and the ambiance was top notch. Our server was knowledgeable, sincere, and very kind. We enjoyed our night out and will definitely be back!

OT
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bartenders, fantastic food and a great vibe!