Italian for “motion” and the commonly used term for motorcycle or scooter, the word moto has been selected as a moniker for this cultural icon of Italian life. Paying homage to our warehouse location’s former life as a mechanics’ shop on MStreet in the Gulch, Moto Cucina + Enoteca’s design reflects the free spirit and gritty glamour associated with the Italian moto motif.
Moto features inspired rustic-modern Italian cuisine. Moto's menu is a contemporary approach to authentic Italian cooking that utilizes product consciously sourced from local farms and artisans balanced by premium product imported from Italy.
A large bar and lounge area welcomes guests into its ‘enoteca’ inspired environment where wine is king. Moto features over 30 ever-changing wines by the glass and 250 labels in total.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
"Moto Monday" Mondays from 5-9 PM / bites and wine tastings for $25
Monday-Friday 5-6:30 PM / Quartino Carafes (50% more wine) on all wines by the glass
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our Valet services are complimentary.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Moto Cucina + Enoteca's two private dining spaces combine the sleek sophistication and modern design that Moto has to offer in a completely private setting. From social gatherings to corporate functions, the versatility of these spaces will suit nearly any event.
Moto Ratings and Reviews
We wanted a new spot to celebrate both m ...
We wanted a new spot to celebrate both my mom and my husband's birthday last weekend and we decided that since we had never been to Moto, despite trying everything else in the Gulch, that it was time to go! Our waiter was great and had wonderful suggestions. The food was phenomenal but a little on the small side. If you're debating appetizers get them- you'll be glad in the end when you don't leave slightly hungry still. The flavors in everything were great and service was fast and attentive. Definitely work a visit back - if anything for more brussels sprouts!
We had a great experience with Moto for ...
We had a great experience with Moto for my wife's birthday. The staff was amazing. The food was to die for. We had the Peach and Prosciutto Pizza as an app. We also enjoyed the Black Spaghetti and the Short Rib as entrees.
I've been wanting to try Moto for awhile ...
I've been wanting to try Moto for awhile now so I finally made reservations for me, my Mom and my boyfriend. We got seated in a fantastic little booth by the window and stared off with wine and the pork meatball appetizer (yum!). The food was amazing and the waitress and staff were so sweet, helpful and gave us incredible service. Def a place to try so make a reservation now and go!
Outstanding experience from start to fin ...
Outstanding experience from start to finish. The food was amazing and the service was exceptional. From recommendations, suggestions to follow-up, the experience exceeded our very high expectations. I highly recommend Moto and will have my next business meal there.
Special thanks to our server trainer Robert and our server Erica.
Without a doubt this was the most pleasu ...
Without a doubt this was the most pleasurable dining experience we have had in Nashville in our 10 years of residence. The occasion was our wedding anniversary. We received hearty good wishes from 8 staff members thought the evening in the most wonderful fashion. The generosity of the staff was memorable and so kind. It was truly a fantasy evening for us. Thank you to manager Rebecca Janson and our personal wait staff person, Christina. Besides delicious food, we received excellent service, professionalism and graciousness . The entire staff made it an evening we will never forget.
Thank you for making our anniversary din ...
Thank you for making our anniversary dinner special. From the moment we walked in the door , the staff was excellent...Friendly, helpful, pleasant manners. The food was so different and delicious. We look forward to returning!
The waygu filet is always a favorite at ...
The waygu filet is always a favorite at Moto! They do steak right. Try it with truffle butter or hotel herb butter. The drinks are great too. Our server was a bit rude at our most recent visit, but typically we haven't experienced that.
We found the restaurant on-line, hoping ...
We found the restaurant on-line, hoping for a special night in Nashville (avoiding the typical chain, mass-feeding establishments so common, in every sense of the word, across the south. We love Italian food and Moto looked like it had a very interesting menu.
Fortunately, there was a table despite our making our reservation the night before. Unfortunately, it was for 6:30, a bit early for us. That said, we were never rushed or made to feel our table was needed for a later booking, despite two of us in a space for six (admittedly, two of our party had to cancel at the last minute).
The waiter was interesting, informative (offering small tasters of other wines) and attentive. An excellent mixture of friendliness and professional.
The appetisers were very good (chicken livers and a very good salad of baby greens). This was by far the best part of the meal. Focaccia was brought without our ordering, which was nice, as so many up-scale restaurants fail to provide those little courtesies.
My wife ordered another starter for her main course, the octopus, which she thought was delicious, and the creamy polenta, as a side. Sadly, the creamy polenta was essentially grits with cheese, not creamy, and lacking in flavour.
I ordered the black spaghetti, which was overcooked into a dark mush, though the seafood sauce was flavourful.
We were not hungry for dessert so cannot comment on that.
We had a bottle of Pinot Noir, and though our waiter was not aware of chilled reds, he readily brought an ice bucket to our table and we thoroughly enjoyed this light cool red on a very hot night.
We enjoyed our meal at Moto though clearly, my main course, and my wife's side dish could have been better. We were surprised to get over-cooked pasta in an Italian restaurant, especially one bragging on the fact that it was 'housemade.'
Your space is interesting and your service is top-notch. Improvements in the food would not go amiss.
Everything we ordered was exceptionally ...
Everything we ordered was exceptionally good. The service was perfect, with the waiter taking time to explain everything from the drinks to the food and the wine. While it was busy, he made it feel like we were the most important people in the restaurant that night. But it never felt he was hovering either. Overall just a very nice experience.
This was our first time at Moto, and eve ...
This was our first time at Moto, and everyone was so nice! The host was very genuine and apologetic that we had to wait on our table, even though we were early. Matt was our server, and he was very knowledgeable and personable. He made many recommendations for food and wine, but also made sure we didn't feel pressured into anything. We definitely plan to return!
When booking the reservation through Ope ...
When booking the reservation through OpenTable, I commented that I was visiting for a 'first-date' and that I'd appreciate a nice quiet corner. Moto met and exceeded my request putting us in a prime corner of the restaurant with a great view of the inside and surrounding outside area, and in as quiet a place as possible. Our server Kevin was exceptional, picking up the vibe and pace and giving us all the time we could want to make our choices, making excellent recommendations for wine, appetizers and main course.
Moto and the staff could not have created a more ideal experience and I'll definitely return.
Moto is Italian and the food here is of ...
Moto is Italian and the food here is of high quality. On this visit everyone was very happy with what we had. Our server was prompt and attentive but did make a couple of basic server errors, one of which he recovered from ok. The sides (brussel sprouts, potatoes) are to be particularly recommended.
Food was amazing. Our waiter, Robert, w ...
Food was amazing. Our waiter, Robert, was awesome. So helpful and excellent service. Great recommendations for drinks apps and main courses. One of the best meals we've had in Nashville and we eat at some great restaurants. Best Brussel sprouts in town. Food was delicious. We will be back.
The food was great, but the atmosphere w ...
The food was great, but the atmosphere was horrible. The service was decent enough at first, but our six-top got stranded by the waiter when a 20-person bachelorette party came in. We were finished but waited on our check for 20 minutes, then on someone to pick up the check for another 10 minutes and finally to bring back the credit card, 15 more minutes. We would've been out of there literally a half an hour earlier, making room for another table, if our server didn't completely forget about us.
Oh, Moto. I had such great expectations ...
Oh, Moto. I had such great expectations for this restaurant, having been recommended by my parents, Nashville residents and fans of the burgeoning food scene. I was hosting a group of seven and arrival, seating, and ordering our drinks went off without a hitch. We ordered a chef's choice charcuterie plate to start, with two bottles of wine and cocktails. Service was a bit slow (it took an hour for the waiter to take our dinner orders), but the entrées were delicious and we enjoyed the fact that we weren't being rushed through our meal.
We settled our checks and, with wine still in our glasses, we were asked to leave. Apparently, another reservation was coming in. We agreed not to loiter, but we still had drinks in our glasses and weren't about to chug them down. Not two minutes later, we noticed the manager on duty speaking to our server, who then came over and asked us AGAIN to leave the restaurant.
The fact that we were asked twice to leave in a five minute span immediately following the payment of our checks left us with a very bad taste, and is extremely indicative of poor management. Had there been an issue with double booking, it should have been resolved with service speed, not insisting that we leave before our drinks are empty.
I would hate to think what would have happened if we wanted dessert.
Won't be back, and absolutely will not recommend.
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