About Holland House Bar & Refuge
HHB&R, located in the heart of historic East Nashville, less than a mile from downtown Nashville, has proved a welcome addition to the local culinary scene. Located in the shell of a long-standing neighborhood grocery, Holland House Bar & Refuge is a re-imagined neighborhood haven that sources local and regional ingredients, and offers an expansive menu of cocktails, sipping spirits, and craft beer. Voted Best New Bar 2010 and Best New Restaurant (#2) 2010 by the people of Nashville in the Nashville Scene's Annual Reader's Poll, HHB&R has been embraced as the leader of the city's all-encompassing restaurant experience. With a New American culinary style consistent with the casual and the elegant, and the bar overseen by celebrated mixologists, HHB&R continues to evolve and prosper with an ever-changing roster of cocktails and seasonal ingredients.
Contemporary American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Bar opens at 4:00 daily. Happy Hour 4-6
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
*This is an 18 and up establishment
$30 and under
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HHB&R is a corner lot surrounded by parking spaces on three sides. There is additional parking on the residential streets adjacent.
3 blocks east on Gallatin Road and West Eastland.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The James Room at Holland House is designed in the style of a 19th century parlor, complete with turn-of-the- 20th century chandeliers and classic and elegant wall treatments. There are no booking fees or additional fees of any kind to reserve the James Room.
Holland House Bar & Refuge Ratings and Reviews
My birthday was on a Monday this year an ...
My birthday was on a Monday this year and many Nashville restaurants are closed on Mondays, so it was delightful to find Holland House Bar & Refuge was indeed open. We've been there on a couple of weekends and it was VERY busy, so we were very pleased when the restaurant wasn't crowded on this particular Monday. The bar was busy and there was plenty of energy in the place but it was nice to have the atmosphere feel less hectic. Megan our server was excellent: friendly but professional, checking in at the right intervals to be sure we had what we needed. Our shared starter of grilled romaine was outstanding--who knew grilled salad could be so good? Our entrees of the burger and the chicken were also outstanding. A special treat was to have a complementary birthday dessert arrive at the table, complete w/ one candle and without any singing, thankfully. Our only criticism is the pacing of the meal. The starter arrived quickly but once it was cleared, there was a gap of at least 20 minutes before our entrees arrived and the chicken entree was almost at room temperature, suggesting it had been sitting a while--perhaps waiting for the burger? Overall, it was a delicious meal with gracious service and a great place to celebrate a Monday birthday.
While this restaurant was highly touted ...
While this restaurant was highly touted as one of Nashville's best places to eat it was the worst restaurant for us. We were visiting Nashville for the first time and were there for 3 days. All of the other restaurants we visited were top notch but this place was not. The food was less than mediocre and the wait staff seemed to have trouble understanding our orders and both of us are native born so we don't have a language barrier. Would not recommend this place to anyone.
Upon arriving, was immediately seated at ...
Upon arriving, was immediately seated at a high-top in the bar area. Not necessarily an issue, but I would have liked to be asked if I preferred a table in the dining room. My entree arrived @ my table right on the heels of my salad, which I never subsequently finished. A lovely room and very good food and drink were compromised by lackadaisical service.
Great for special occasions ! This is o ...
Great for special occasions ! This is our birthday / special occasion restaurant and we love the ambiance as it is eclectic and quiet for great conversations. Menu can be limited but has always been outstanding. Service is personal and attentive. Thank you for another great evening!
Great experience for a first date. The i ...
Great experience for a first date. The interior of the restaurant paired with the friendly service was worth the money, because it is a wee bit pricey. I would recommend it for people looking to get a drink and a nice date spot.
If I had taken a client or coworker to H ...
If I had taken a client or coworker to Holland House, I would have been very embarrassed and uncomfortable. Luckily we were with good friends so we had a nice time even with the dismal service. Not one smile, not one bit of attention. Our drinks remained empty. I counted and there was a stretch of time where the waiter cruised past our table a dozen times without looking at us, actually avoided eye contact. Our reservation was at 645 we ordered drinks, aps, and entrees by 7. Our entrees food not arrive until 8:30. Two entrees were hot and two room temp, including my fish risotto. They seemed not to care of we ever came back again. So we won't. We would've stayed and gotten desert and coffee, but we didn't have another 20 years to spare. Food good, service... well you couldn't even call it that.
We were a large group so we ordered 3 ap ...
We were a large group so we ordered 3 apps and one each of the entrees to share and try everything. Everyone was absolutely beyond impressed with the food. The bar made some excellent drinks two from the menu and one which was from the heart and it was truly a delight to drink. We all left with smiles, will definitely be coming back.
I'm red-faced to admit that this was our ...
I'm red-faced to admit that this was our first visit to Holland House. It was a very rainy day, and we were forced to park two blocks away, even for an early dinner reservation. We arrived soaked. But the staff and overall vibe of this East Nashville bar was warm and welcoming. I ordered the Base Burner cocktail - Four Roses (yellow label) bourbon poured over ginger ice cubes. Simple and ingenious. My husband ordered a gin martini - which we both felt was just okay. His second drink was a gimlet, which he liked better. The smoked olives small plate was mostly creme fraiche. Good but not satisfying. My husband ordered a steak; I got a burger. The portion size of his meal was about half what I got - fortunately, I had lots of fries to share. All of the food was very good. We enjoyed our visit to Holland House - next time we'll sit at the bar, because the bartenders are clearly serious about their craft!
This was our third or fourth time dining ...
This was our third or fourth time dining at Holland House over the past couple of years and the most disappointing by far. We had a reservation and the place was only about half full when we arrived. We were seated at a table for two just off the bar in the front corner of the restaurant. We sat there for 30 minutes waiting for our server, or anyone else, to offer us water, take our drink orders, and generally get the dining process going. As we were getting to ready to walk out our server finally showed up and offered water. She then left before we could give our drink orders and didn't come back for another 5-10 minutes. We were finally able to give our food and drink orders. The food was okay, the rabbit and meatball dishes were pretty good, but the beet salad was just okay and the veggie dish tasted like frozen veggies cooked in butter. My drink, a Corpse Reviver #2, tasted overly sweet. Once our dishes were served, we didn't see the server again till the end of the meal, no water service, nothing. We will not be going to this establishment again.
The atmosphere is my favorite aspect of ...
The atmosphere is my favorite aspect of this restaurant, but the food was also very good! And of course, my friend who recommended them was not kidding - their cocktails are amazing! Service was pretty standard; fair, but nothing to write home about. I would definitely go there again for a meeting with friends or a special occasion, even if just for the great drinks.
Love the ambience and drinks. Food is go ...
Love the ambience and drinks. Food is good too but the portion sizes are WAY too small. Is this a tapas bar? I paid $26 for fish that could barely fit in the small of my hand. The whole table laughed when they saw the food come out. I also think they need to change up their entree menu a little more often. This place has all the makings to be wonderful but need to find out why they still keep missing the mark. It used to be the service, but now I think it's the menu.
Great place for after work drinks, or a ...
Great place for after work drinks, or a hang out spot for cocktails. Their drinks are spectacular. Not a great place if you're hungry, small portions overall. We would visit again for their drink selection, but only after dinner.
I don't know if the AC was out, but it w ...
I don't know if the AC was out, but it was very hot when we all went in the other night, which made us want to rush our time there. The waiter we had wasn't great, just ok, and he seemed to be irritated at the amount of people we had. He forgot about 2 of our drinks and didn't check up on us very much. I have never had a bad experience, so this was a first for me! Kind of a disappointment, but I would still recommend this place.
We had 6:15 reservations. We arrived a b ...
We had 6:15 reservations. We arrived a bit early for Happy Hour cocktails. We sat at the back bar and had the bartender recommend a couple of his special drinks. They were very light and tasty.
We then were escorted to our table for a very tasty combination of small plates and entrées.
It was a nice delightful night.
The only sad part is that the Holland Ho ...
The only sad part is that the Holland House sits right on a very busy intersection, which makes it hard to enjoy the outdoor seating. Our waitress was outstandingly friendly! The menu didn't have many items on it, but I am sure that all the ones that were offered, must have been as good as the trout and the chicken we had.
Definitely order the mussel appetizer. Quite a nice presentation in an incredible good broth.
The small plates were good, however, por ...
The small plates were good, however, portion sizes were very small and prices were high. Larger portions or lower prices would be better. The pork large plate was disappointing. The pork was overcooked and under seasoned. The duck bolognese was almost good, too acidic. That could be said about most of the dishes, some restraint with the vinegar would help. Dessert menu was sparse, repeating many of the flavor profiles found on the menu. Again, the prices were far too high for the serving size. After trying nearly everything on the menu I left with my wallet lighter and still hungry. The dining room and patio were charming and comfortable.
Good rabbit, burger ordered medium and c ...
Good rabbit, burger ordered medium and came well done, fish excellent, mussels good and sides OK.
Drinks very good.
Watch gratuity if 6 or more. It is already added. We tipped on top not noticing and waitress did not say anything.
I'm sure it was an over site.
Food was good enough but not for the pri ...
Food was good enough but not for the price tag. Interesting parings to to challenge the norm. A group of 8, we had a good assortment of food to put a test at our table. The blueberry and caramelized onions on the butchers cut steak was really good. The steak was a little overcooked but still flavorful. Kale and strawberry salad was voted over the table voted at 75%. Inside was louder but outside was quieter and and relaxing with the unseasonably nice night despite the lights being out. The bolognese had a strong flavor of some spice-garlic or fennel maybe-that was a little too over the top. Overall-slower wait staff and it was a good meal but not worth the $75/person price tag. Louder, brighter, not as refined - the Pharmacy next door has very tasty food at a much better value.
We used to love Holland House, but we we ...
We used to love Holland House, but we were let down this time. The menu is not as strong as it once was, my partner and I both had a hard time deciding what to get. He settled on a burger, which was fine and I had the clams small plate and the cabbage small plate. The cabbage was great but the clams were fine. Not sure it was worth the price, but will certainly give it another shot given the past good experiences we had. They used to have an awesome hot chicken app which was gone. What a shame.
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