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
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.
Holland House is a cozy environment feat ...
Holland House is a cozy environment featuring wood furnishings, a large central bar,
and beautiful chandelier light throughout. The waitstaff seem knowledgeable. Our cocktails were light and refreshing. The littleneck clam plate was good, but not highly flavorful. The rabbit with peas and parmesan and the small whole quail plates were both excellent. The desert menu was limited; just two items offered on a Friday night.
Great drinks, bad food
I've been coming to Holland House since they opened. It's always been a pricey, but classy joint. While the cocktails and frites remain so good it's reason alone to go there, they food we had this past week was so bad, it just seemed like there was no understanding of good food. One dish we were served was raw snapper with raw jalepeno slices and raw corn kernels. On paper I was excited for the dish, but in person it had no flavor. And the textures were gag-inducing. We were also served some "meh" steak and chicken dishes. It was the straw that broke the camels back. Won't be returning anytime soon. (Except for the frites!)
The steak I ordered was bad. The servi ...
The steak I ordered was bad.
The service was good.
The ambiance was spoiled by the 85-90 degree heat. As we left the restaurant, it felt cooler in some other areas of the restaurant. But it was miserably hot and humid at the table at which we were seated (inside). We would have preferred outdoor seating but there was a threat of rain, so we were seated inside. We couldn't feel any air conditioning or fan to cool things down.
Celebrated our anniversary here, which was acknowledged with a cava on the house. Between us we tried five small plates. Everything was tasty and the service was attentive. The asparagus was my favorite. This was my first visit to Holland House, which is definitely a place to which I will return.
Spent $60 on two "entrees". No sides. No salad. No bread. Six bites of thin steak with some onion and parsley pieces... $26. Then a piece of fish resting on top of what seemed to be campbells's tomato soup... $25. Again, no sides. Not even enough to be considered a cheap appetizer. The fish and steak actually tasted good. But I will not ever pay that to eat for two minutes again. I appreciate a good steak, having paid $50 for an individual steak dinner multiple times. If I spent $25 on a 4oz cut of steak, there had better be enough of something to go with it that I don't have to stop and buy more food on the way home. The service was good. The water was room temperature. It was definitely a learning experience for us.
Good ambiance. Limited food choice.
If you like mixed drinks, Holland House has an impressive bar. The ambiance is very warm and intimate with good decor. I had ordered a chicken, which I was told was white meat. But, it turned out to be a tiny drumstick (I don't normally eat red meat) which was all of $25!! Although they offered to change it when told, it was too late as I had started eating, and I don't like to waste food. The wait staff should be better informed.
Dinner at Holland House
Enjoyed dinner very much. Had the chicken with sweet potatoes. Absolutely delicious! They have great specialty drinks. I had the Bees Knees. Happy hour from 4-6! Great atmosphere and wonderful service, would definitely recommend and will go back for sure!
Fantastic drinks and much improved food
This is definitely a spot where you can count on some of the best drinks in town, up there with I would say only other 5 places. They have been improving a lot their food too, and they now offer a more comprehensive and healthy menu, with enough variety and classics at the same time. The outdoor space is tremendously lovely as well.
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