About The Standard at the Smith House
The Standard at The Smith House may very well be the best example of local Nashville flavor and service. The Standard Restaurant has been in operation since 2006 serving upscale Southern specialties complete with a full-service bar. Our townhouse was built in the 1840's and we are honored to be the current stewards of this fascinating work of architecture. We are happy to offer tours to our guests before or after their dining experience with us. We are located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, just blocks from the new Music City Convention Center and the famous Lower Broadway entertainment district. We are proud to offer some of the best steaks in town as well as fresh seafood and other items.
Hours of Operation:
Monday -Thursday evenings 5-9pm
Friday and Saturday evenings 5-10pm
Closed Sunday's and closed for lunch
between Commerce and Church Sts.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Entertainment is announced in advance and varies weekly.
Complimentary valet available, with occasional exceptions.
Chef Jared Hammond. Mt Vernon, Illinois
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Located in downtown Nashville, this 1840s townhouse is a unique experience for your next private dining event. As an award winning steakhouse, we have several private dining spaces that can accommodate your next event, whether it is a small dinner with close friends or a large corporate function.
The Standard at the Smith House Ratings and Reviews
This is one of my favorite restaurants. ...
This is one of my favorite restaurants. The service, food and character of the house make each visit a pleasure. Great staff of personnel starting with the valet parking gentleman. None better than Billy Corr the Operations Manager to make you feel welome. Halley, our Server knew all menu items offered plus all of the special chef offers of the day. I recommend this place all of the time. Go once and it will become one of your favorites also.
Good location for downtown especially wh ...
Good location for downtown especially when pArking is considered . Great food w/nice Southern touch on side dishes & deserts .
Service was excellent & staff was very sincere in taking care of your requests . Well done to The Standard .
Excellent place for a special occassion. ...
Excellent place for a special occassion. I had the rack of lamb and my wife had the Standard filet. Everything was cooked perfectly and was outstanding. It is a bit pricey, but for a special occasion was well worth the cost. Dinner for 2 with bottle of wine figure on $250.00.
We will be back.
We went to The Standard for a special ni ...
We went to The Standard for a special night and it was well worth it.
The ambience was excellent. We used the valet service which was quick and then were shown to our table by the maître d. We were lucky enough to get the bartender as our waiter and he made something up for my date that she loved. They had a good selection of liquors and aren't shy about the portions.
I had the New York Strip and Mashed Potatoes and both were excellent. The steak wasn't over seasoned and it nearly melted in my mouth. My date had the Standard Filet and was quite pleased with it.
Afterwards we had a skillet cookie with white chocolate and berries and it was delicious.
From beginning to end it was a lovely experience. I would note that (and this is not the fault of The Standard) it is near a popular street and so occasionally people with their bass blasting would cruise by and it could be heard, so take note if you expect a completely silent atmosphere. Aside from that small issue it was a great experience that I would recommend and plan to go again.
Went to dinner when in town with some co ...
Went to dinner when in town with some colleagues. Chose this place because of the rotating "Exotic Game" on the menu. The game of the day was Kangaroo, and it was great! One of my coworkers had "The Standard" steak and thought it was excellent!
The Standard has become our Special plac ...
The Standard has become our Special place, with the closing of the Stock Yard we where in a desperate need for a very Special place for dinner and we have found it in the Beautiful Standard Restraunt.
From the valet, manager Billy, servers and the cook we where made so very special and the food was great. I had a very nice NY strip steak, my Husband had Chilean Sea Bass. The steak was cooked excitedly the way I asked (medium). Chilean Sea Bass with caramelized corn was cooked to my Husbands taste.
We will be a regular customers, THAT IS FOR SURE!!!!!
Everything was great until dinner came o ...
Everything was great until dinner came out. It was too small a serving of poor food. The steak was overdone and the side dish was basically burned Ore-Ida hash browns. The blackening on the blackened sea bass had little spice and a horrendous excess of salt. The side dish was very run-of-the-mill mashed potatoes. Each meal probably could have fit in a one-cup measure. The great ambiance of this restaurant does not justify how it has skimped on its chef and its food.
The ambiance, service, food and drinks w ...
The ambiance, service, food and drinks were exceptional! We were celebrating our anniversary and we received 2 free glasses of champagne and a free dessert. Now on to the food! Appetizers - lump crab bisque was rich and the fried green tomatoes packed with flavor due to the horseradish crust. Entrees - the standard filet was to die for, the steak was like butter and the grilled rack of lamb was perfect. Dessert - the red velvet cookie was decadent and the right size for two people after a large meal. Our waiter was very attentive and the maitre d was so much fun. It was our first time in Nashville and we picked the right place!
We went to The Standard while visiting N ...
We went to The Standard while visiting Nashville since I had seen a top ten steakhouse list that included this restaurant. Notable Pluses Included:
--best valet service ever experienced
--best grits and mac 'n cheese ever eaten
--quality after-dinner drinks
--availability of a non-endangered exotic meat/elk
However, a steakhouse must be defined by its steaks and on this account I was disappointed. There are six steaks listed on the menu. I understand restaurants running out of specials. They should never run out of their printed menu items served each day. They had. Additionally, the waitress did not apprise me of this fact prior to my ordering as is standard practice in a pub or a fine dining establishment. I settled for a 14 ounce bone-in rib eye, which was fine but not exceptional.
Everything about the Standard was very n ...
Everything about the Standard was very nice. However, the food was not memorable.
I had the Rabbit (first time); just no flavor. The Sea bass was not memorable.
The service was very good and the atmosphere very romantic; a little jazz combo would have been nice. Got in the car and asked my date how she liked the food. She replied very good; I said NOT!. Both of us really want to like this restaurant because of its ambiance and very good service. We are going to keep watching reviews and see if there is improvement.
I've been to The Standard a couple times ...
I've been to The Standard a couple times. The food has been absolutely fabulous. The steak was cooked perfectly. The caesar salad had a wonderful smoky flavor. The service was timely and friendly. I highly recommend.
From Billy the maitre d who stayed on th ...
From Billy the maitre d who stayed on the phone to guide us to the restaurant, to the warm greeting of the parking valet, Kevin, to the service, the ambiance and the food, we give The Standard 5 stars. It was a special evening in a little jewel of a restaurant we just discovered.
We recommend it highly and look forward to our next visit.
I booked this restaurant for a pre-theat ...
I booked this restaurant for a pre-theater anniversary dinner. The service and hospitality were impeccable. I had mentioned in my reservation that we were celebrating an anniversary. After being greeted outside the door by name (!), we were taken straight to our table, which was quiet, as requested, though a bit small. We were brought complimentary champagne for our anniversary. I got the elk (special) with the truffle hash - both were delicious. He got the steak and it was also good. Both meats were cooked as requested. For dessert, we go the red velvet cookie with ice cream - unique and tasty. Overall, a wonderful experience - I would consider making this my Standard anniversary place ;)
Rarely has a restaurant impressed from t ...
Rarely has a restaurant impressed from the momemt I walk in. Exceptional greeting with complimentary champagne and perfectly pleasant host. The building takes you in and I couldn't wait to see one room after the next. Our server was on point with conversation levels and just knew when to approach the table. All 4 of our meals were above expectations and we talked about them all weekend. Each of us impressed and pleased. Lamb, salmon, tenderloin all exceptional. The grilled Caesar salad was such a surprising addition as we're the Brussels sprouts. The most surprising part of our dining experience was when we asked what was the quickest way to get to the arena. The valet went and got his car keys and drove us himself. Top notch service from beginning to end. Highly recommended.. I rarely writ reviews however this dining experience was by far one of my most memorable. Thank you standard smith house your staff are gems.
We'd never been to The Standard before, ...
We'd never been to The Standard before, and I have to say that it completely lived up to its great reputation. The food and service were both superb. I had informed the restaurant in advance that it was our 30th anniversary, and our server brought us complimentary champagne and dessert. Really a first-class experience all around.
I love the history of the Smith House - ...
I love the history of the Smith House - this is a very unique restaurant that has a lot of character! You immediately feel like you're in a different decade when you walk through the doors. The menu is solid and the food did not disappoint.
We were celebrating our 59th anniversary ...
We were celebrating our 59th anniversary with our daughter. The evening was wonderful from the beginning with champagne. Hally took very good care of us throughout the evening. Valet parking greatly helps in that area on a busy night. Did not have an opportunity to tour but hope to at a future time.
The food is always superior at the stand ...
The food is always superior at the standard at the smith house. Always look forward to see what the special of the evening is going to be. Excellent service & great food , ambiance also! What else could you ask for!!!!!
Exceptional service and attention from e ...
Exceptional service and attention from entrance to exit. Staff focus on personalized service and attention to detail. Shrimp and grits, salmon, and chicken dishes were very good. Ambience was very romantic and intimate. Definitely needs to be on your dinner list.
Wonderful experience from beginning to e ...
Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and cordial. Excellent wine list complimented the meal. Loved the historical house charm and the quietness of the dinning room. My wife and I could actually hear ourselves speak to each other!
There are few restaurants which catapult ...
There are few restaurants which catapult into my top 5 list, and none had done so in a first visit before The Standard at the Smith House. The fact that we were greeted by name outside as we walked up the sidewalk from our hotel began the evening in rare style. The maitre D' was immediately attentive and friendly as he showed us to our table, and we even shared a quick story about a movie we both liked about which I have a special connection. Our server was incredibly friendly, willing to share her opinions on the choices and anything we wanted to know about the history of the Snith House. The two separate meals we selected were exquisitely prepared, the wine list superb, and our selection perfect. I have rarely enjoyed every single element of a restaurant dinner and the staff's service, from entrance through departure. If I lived in Nashville, it would be a monthly visit. I will put this American restaurant on a par with Fouquettes in Paris, Simpsons in London, and others of my experience at which the cooking represents the finest example of their nation's cuisine. Thank you for one of the most enjoyable and memorable restaurant experiences I have had in many years, the moredo because it was here, in Nashville (just named the Unites States friendliest city), in my country, the United States.
My wife and I were on vacation in Nashvi ...
My wife and I were on vacation in Nashville this past weekend and this is where we went for a romantic dinner. The ambience is amazing as the building is rich in history. They can actually fit a lot more tables in each room but they elected to protect the intimate feeling, which is great. The phone was very very good. The steak quality was just slightly below the high-end chain steakhouses (Ruth Chris, Mortons, Del Friscos, etc.). The sides and sauces has a southern-cooking feel to them was makes the place distinguishable. We had a four course meal with a bottle of wine for $250 with tip.
This was the perfect place to take my wi ...
This was the perfect place to take my wife for her birthday while in Nashville! We loved the historic building, the excellent service (Wes was great!), and the old world charm. The atmosphere was great for a romantic dinner. Both the green tomato and shrimp & grits appetizers were great. We chose the Standard filet and the rack of lamb for entrees and we were not disappointed! Excellent food and a "to die for" chocolate mouse cake to end the evening.
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