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Back Alley Diner

217 Arcade Alley, Nashville, TN
615-251-3003
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Ranked #111 of 1,727 Restaurants in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Soups, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Gainesville, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

My husband and I recently ate at this Diner and enjoyed their $5 burger on a Monday. The decor is very eclectic and cool and the diner tends to be more of a local hangout. We are thrilled that we found it and can honestly say it was one of the best burgers we have ever had! I would agree... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you’re from out of town you have to check this place out. It’s kind of hidden in the Arcade alley on 5th Ave. A quaint décor and great food bring the place to life with live music from local musicians. Say Big Dave sent you in for a special drink. You’re going to love it.

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Raleigh, NC
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Printers alley area. Relaxing lunch at the bar. Service was attentive although food was a bit slow at the late lunch hour. Burgers were average but soup and sides were good. Variety of drinks offered. Staff friendly. A nice change of pace!

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Barcelona, Spain
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79 reviews 79 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The B.A.D. acronym is a bit unfortunate as this restaurant simply isn't very good. Ordered a selection of dishes to share and, sadly, none of it was great. The catfish was so dry we didn't eat it. Service extremely friendly and the cocktails were nice but the food was a let-down.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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298 reviews 298 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Stopped in this unassuming place in a back alley. Actually felt a little shady coming down an alley but once you walk in, it's really nice inside. They don't really do breakfast we found out, but the server said they'd make it happen, thus the A for effort! The omelet we got were both under-cooked a bit, and they forgot... More 

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Nashville, TN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Okay, so it looks like a seedy dive---it isn't. Great pub food. Burgers, chicken cheesesteak. Good drink selection at really reasonable prices. Very quick and attentive service!

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New Jersey, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This place in in an alley (not a scary one) but one where too many cars dont drive through. Nashville has many awesome places to eat, but some of the good ones take a long wait with no reservations. We found this place and thought it was great. Many craft beers on tap, and above average pub food. The Jalapeno... More 

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Austin, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We stopped in on a Friday night with a party of 12 - we called ahead and they were able to accommodate us. Everyone seemed to enjoy their burgers and beer. A couple of our guests requested wine by the bottle. (B.A.D. is not the sort of place that offers wine by the bottle) ;), but our server was helpful... More 

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Nashville
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

When you head down the side alley to this restaurant you may have concerns. I know I did I thought it was a greasy spoon diner. It is very deceiving once inside. It is VERY nice inside and the servers are very good. It is not big at all inside so it can fill up fast during the lunch hour... More 

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Waterloo
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My girls and I ate here for lunch on Saturday before heading out to broadway for some day drinking. I saw that this place had 5$ bloody Mary's and mimosas on Saturdays so I figured it was a good place go start! The drinks were amazing! I ordered the white bean soup and it was very good! The atmosphere was... More 

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Address: 217 Arcade Alley, Nashville, TN
Phone Number: 615-251-3003
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Soups, Sandwiches

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