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Review: Char Restaurant Nashville doesn’t disappoint

Review: Char Restaurant Nashville doesn’t disappoint

Mississippi-based steakhouse chain delivers the deliciousness

Char is a client of mine. They recently purchased a dozen photographs from my Nashville collection for the restaurant decor. It’s my practice whenever possible to support businesses that support independent artists, especially if that artist is myself.

So, when I heard that Char had opened it’s new Nashville restaurant in Green Hills, I immediately made a reservation. My companion and I arrived early for our 1:00 pm lunch reservation, and were promptly seated. The restaurant was busy but not packed, but I overheard staff discussing the fact that they were slammed with upcoming dinner reservations.

A view of the bar from my table at Char
A view of the bar from my table at Char

Of course, my first priority was to locate my photographs. They weren’t immediately visible, and I knew from the designer that they were displayed in a narrow hallway, which I correctly guessed meant that they were en route to the restrooms. Not a glamorous location, but they look great nonetheless.

See all of my black and white photographs of Nashville on my main website here

Nashville photographs by Keith Dotson arranged on the wall inside Char Restaurant Nashville
Nashville photographs by Keith Dotson arranged on the wall inside Char Restaurant Nashville

Our experience at Char Restaurant Nashville

The service at Char was prompt and friendly. The waitstaff wears white jackets — similar to a short lab coat — over black slacks with black shoes (see the waitress with her back to the camera in the bar photo above). Our waiter was eager to be helpful when answering questions about the menu. He was also quick to point out that the selections on Char’s menu were tastier than similar dishes he’s tasted at other restaurants. He may have been right — our food was delicious.

My companion ordered the appetizer portion of New Orleans BBQ shrimp and grits, which she absolutely loved. I tasted it and it was delicious. The portion was plenty to make a meal for her.

I ordered the Char burger with a side of house cut fries. The burger was large, juicy, and flavorful. While I ordered it cooked medium, and it seemed closer to well done, the difference was slight. It was exactly what I would expect in a gourmet burger, and I would definitely order it again.

Prices for lunch are not outrageous. The two of us dined for about $35.00 including tip. Of course, neither of us had alcohol, and the dinner prices will be higher.

Free parking for Char is available in the garage in the new Vertis development in Green Hills. For lunch, we had no trouble getting a space in the garage, which is surprising because next door to Char is True Food, another VERY popular new restaurant, judging by the number of people waiting in the plaza outside the doors.

Char makes the Eater Nashville hot list

Today I saw that Char was in the number one spot on Eater Nashville’s hot list. Congratulations to the good folks at Char! And thank you for not only serving us a delicious meal, but also for supporting the work of a local, independent artist.

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