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Arnold's Country Kitchen

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Downtown Nashville
As featured in Best Food in Nashville
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605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203-4102
615-256-4455
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10:30 am - 2:45 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 2:45 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • 314
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  • 35
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  • 10
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Greatcountry cooking

If you are looking for a place in Nashville for some great country cooking, look no further than Arnold's. They have great meat and three options including fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes and pies. You will have to wait in line, but there is always a spot opening up once you get your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
heatherbgale
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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130 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a place in Nashville for some great country cooking, look no further than Arnold's. They have great meat and three options including fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes and pies. You will have to wait in line, but there is always a spot opening up once you get your food.

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Clearwater
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly, I have to say on the outside it looks like a dive. You have to walk through a little construction to even get to the place. I visited a few days and liked the food so much I came each day, and each day it was packed. It's a cafeteria, so you wait in line and get whichever items... More 

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Key West, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arnold's is a cool little hole in the wall that serves up delicious blue plate style southern cooking (meat and three sides). There's nothing fancy or pretentious about it, pretty much what you see is what you get - but what I saw was delicious homestyle comfort food. All in all it's a delicious, inexpensive lunch that should definitely be... More 

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a Nashville "meat and twos/threes" this pretty much defines the genre. My son loved the place and there's something historical and vaguely charming about the place. The cook staff are super friendly and welcoming. I didn't really enjoy the food. Pretty basic and all a bit overcooked. Anyway make your own mind up.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing this restaurant on Diners, drive-ins, and drives and then seeing that it was listen #1 on Trip Advisor meant I had to stop by while visiting Nashville for my birthday. My wife and I visited for lunch on a cold snowy day which benefited us because the restaurant wasn't as packed as I've heard it usually is. I... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always packed for lunch but one of the fastest lines in Nashville. All you really need to do is look around. The easiest job in Nashville is the dishwasher at Arnold's. Most everyone's plate is completely clean. Some of my favorites are the trout, fried grouper, zucchini casserole and turnip greens. If you've had better mashed potatoes or Mac and... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried 3 different meats and liked the catfish the best. The greens were good also. I mentioned that the other meat portions were small and the people behind the counter became defensive and stated they measure every portion. They were still small and the food is not being given away cheap. I would go again and get the catfish.

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Thank 2421
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Arnolds at the recommendation of an Uber Driver. It was ok but not great. However, the turnip greens were fantastic.

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Thank Macholl
Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is real southern soul food at its finest. We tried the roast beef and the brisket - both were incredible. The brisket was smoky and fall-apart tender. The roast beef was perfectly rare and flavorful. The mac-n-cheese side was decadent and the fried green tomatoes were some of the best I've ever tried. Loved the collards, too. The sweet... More 

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is probably one of those "must go at least once" kind of places that exist in every town and city. It's a great introduction to "meat and three," and it's one of "the" places talked about in Nashville. I've been a couple of times when visiting. I try to go on Monday, early when Arnold's opens, for the once... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203-4102
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville>  > Downtown Nashville
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
  • Phone Number: 615-256-4455

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 2:45 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 2:45 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 2:45 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 2:45 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 2:45 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?