About Puckett's Boat House
Housed in Franklin’s old Boat Locker, Puckett’s Boat House will remind you of your favorite Southern beach side restaurant. We serve only the freshest in Gulf seafood. Delivered daily right to our kitchen, our menu features raw and grilled oysters, Gulf Coast grouper and shrimp, along with our wild caught catﬁsh and salmon. For the land lubbers, we’ve added Southern style hand padded burgers, chicken fried chicken and yummy homemade desserts. Our bar features your favorite local brews and spirits, and our patio is the best in town! As with all of our Puckett’s restaurants, we showcase live music throughout the week. Check out our website for the calendar, and be sure to sign up for the weekly newsletter while you’re there!
Seafood, Southern, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Lunch & Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We showcase live, local music throughout the week and live music is an important part of what makes us unique! Most shows have no cover charge, but the artists but each show varies, so please see our website calendar for full details at puckettsboathouse.com/events
From catering your office luncheon to hosting your next family reunion, renting out the entire restaurant for your company’s next party to a hosting a graduation party on our river side patio, Puckett’s Boat House wants to help you with your next event!
We have 4 exclusive parking lots- one along the front of the restaurant, another directly behind us and two across the street from the side of the building (located on 1st Ave N). The side lots are marked with signage. There is also a free parking garage just a short walk down Main Street. Free on-street parking is available as well.
The Franklin Transit Authority makes stops a block away from our location: The South bound route stop is #15 at 2nd Ave. & Church Street available Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. The West Bound route stop is #60 at Main St. & 2nd, available Monday-Friday 6am-5pm and Saturday 8am-5pm. Visit tmagroup.org/franklin-transit for more details!
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Puckett's Boat House Ratings and Reviews
Food prices do not reflect quality of qu ...
Food prices do not reflect quality of quantity of food. Mahi was cut thin, dry and no flavor. Shrimp was a single skewer (for $19). Raw Oysters were good and priced reasonably. Overall the value just is not there for return trips.
We always like PBH but this was our leas ...
We always like PBH but this was our least satisfying visit. It was a special occasion, a 60th birthday on our family, and we had made reservations a week in advance asking for seating near the live music. This was an off night for PBH though and we have always enjoyed our previous meals here, thus our return for a special event. Unfortunately, we were not seated near the music, we ordered a dozen oysters and received just 11, we waited about 30 minutes between the appetizers and the meal and the food was not of the quality during previous visits (i.e. the Mud Cat Mac & Cheese was watery and runny, etc...) We were a table of 8 so it wasn't like we were an unmanageable crowd. We will still return to PBH and anyone can have an off night but it was disappointing to have this happen during a special occasion.
I always enjoy my meal at PBH. It is the ...
I always enjoy my meal at PBH. It is the quintessential Franklin dining experience. Good drinks, nice ambiance, great food and great service. And you can almost always get a seat at the wine bar. Plus, as an added bonus, they have two outdoor seating areas that are always welcoming of our corgi.
Was seated immediately upon arrival. Tab ...
Was seated immediately upon arrival. Table was already ready go. That was very nice. We were greeted quick and asked for our drink orders and appetizers promptly.. One of my best experiences...
Highly recommend this place.. Food was amazing!
Took friends in from out-of town. Asked ...
Took friends in from out-of town. Asked for a quiet place when we made the reservations. They were very accommodating as Puckets can be very noisy. We both shared meals as we are seniors and can't each too much. Food and service were great.
The service could have been better, drin ...
The service could have been better, drinks weren't great but the food was very good and perfect temperature. Very crowded area to sit a group of 6 when there weren't many people dining in general. I feel like you should get more food for the money. I would definitely visit again though because the food was delicious
If you can't get to the beach but you're ...
If you can't get to the beach but you're craving seafood this is the place to go. Casual, fun with a real boat house feel. You can eat healthy if you want to but I go for the fried shrimp, oysters and fish. I'm a seafood snob and Puckett's Boat House measures up to my standards. I recommend it to all my friends.
Previous experience with Puckett's Groce ...
Previous experience with Puckett's Grocery (Leiper's Fork, Tn.) led me to want to investigate the Boathouse in Franklin, Tn. While visiting elderly in-laws in Nashville, we pre-arranged this visit to the Boathouse in anticipation of a treat for ourseves and these partially disabled elderly family members. I had pre-reviewed the menu on-line and had a sense of what to expect. We arrived ahead of our reservation but the staff accommodated us nicely and provided us seating that minimized the efforts needed to seat the elderly couple. We chose the fried pickle appetizer and were quite pleased with the taste & quantity. Two basket meals (catfish strip and butterfly shrimp) a two orders of the barbecue shrimp over grits completed our dinner orders. All were quite good. The baskets were overloaded with french fries, but that can be a matter of preference. We topped dinner off with Key Lime pie, Hummingbird Cake and Banana Pudding (X2), which were all quite good. The atmosphere was energetic, our waitress attentive to our needs and the evenings entertainment (Young Fables) was enjoyable.
The shrimp basket (fried butterfly) was ...
The shrimp basket (fried butterfly) was very fresh and fried well with a light breading. Will go back again for that shrimp! In lieu of fries (which can be soggy when placed below the fried fish when in a basket), I opted for the sautéed vegetables that were tasty, along with the cole slaw that comes with the basket. The included hush puppy was very good as well.
Another in our party had the grilled shrimp plate and said it was very good.
We also tried the Cajun Rolls---rolled with collard greens, smoked tasso ham, black-eyed peas and served with a jezebel sauce--which was exceptional and we will return soon to have those again.
Our server never put my order in. We wer ...
Our server never put my order in. We were also told we couldn't sit on the patio, yet the place was empty and they sat a group on the patio 20 minutes after we got there. Not thrilled about the service or willingness to accommodate.
What a great find! Located in Franklin, ...
What a great find! Located in Franklin, TN, about 20 miles south of Nashville, the town is the quintessential small town. The restaurant is old south decorated. The service was outstanding, drinks were good, and the fried oysters were amazing. Also fried green tomato's were also top notch. Allow extra time to explore downtown Franklin. Great find.
Great selection of seafood and other dishes. Hard to go wrong with all the different choices they offer. I would highly recommend going here for a great afternoon meal or dinner. The only bad thing I could say is that the chairs are SOOOOOO close together you feel cramped (at least at the six-top we were seated at). Great food and service.
Being a long term local resident and fre ...
Being a long term local resident and frequent visitor to the many Puckett locations (Leipers, Columbia, Downtown Nashville, other Downtown Franklin location) poor service was the very last thing I expected! I am ESPECIALLY disappointed because it was my Daughters High School Graduation Day!!!!! Our "Server" was less than attentive. Actually he was horrible from appetizers to getting the Check! Our order was was not correct, no silverware, wrong appetizer, no appetizer plates (twice) condiments........ you name it! Even a simple request for butter for grits and mashed potatoes (that had to be ordered TWICE) was actually Drawn Butter???? As a result food became cold etc.... Although I have never been so disappointed, writing this review truly PAINS me! My family LOVES Pucketts and have never had anything but the absolute best service, food and overall experience!
We had to send our French fries back bec ...
We had to send our French fries back because they were cold. The philly cheese steak sandwich had no cheese and only a small piece of pepper. It had to be sent back. The server apologized and brought us fresh fries and a new sandwich. The oysters on the half shell were great.
Not what we wanted
Like most of you, I read other reviews with a grain of salt and then decide for myself. This is one I wished I'd listened to. Not fancy by any stretch of the imagination. Tap beer was NG due to a piping issue. Backup beer choice just sold out. We had the shrimp and grits app and could not taste much if any shrimp. The sauce it came with and the slaw saved it - both were good. We shared a Rusty Bucket - fish, shrimp, oysters, hush puppies, and fries - very brown - reminded us of school lunches. Color variation came from ketchup, tartar and cocktail sauce. Pricey for what you get. That being said, the place was packed including two prom going couples so it's popular. Not for us, however, as there are bunches of choices in the area worth trying for the same price.
We visited the boathouse for lunch on a Saturday. It was delicious! I had the hot fish and while spicy, it didn't kill my taste buds and gave me a chance to enjoy the blackened fish. My husband had the fish tacos and really enjoyed it. The wine area was freezing this particular rainy day, but I enjoyed the decor in the bar area. We will definitely be back.
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