My experiences at The Diner Nashville

The Diner Nashville, which opened earlier this year on the corner of Third Avenue South and Demonbreun Street, is six floors of bars and dining tables with different options on each.

It is the second 24/7, seven-day-a-week eatery downtown. Just this week it became one of the only places you can have a drink in Nashville past 3AM.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed legislation to expand their hours of alcohol sales. Drinking is now allowed at 4 a.m. — and it doesn’t have to stop until last call at 3 a.m. the next day.

The Diner features an oyster and sushi bar on the sixth floor with private, sit-down dining areas on the third through fifth levels. A bar is on the second level with the first floor set up like a diner or soda shop.

Al Ross and Steve DiLeo are Smith’s co-owners in The Diner. Jonathon Scott is the general manager. Separately, Smith and Ross own Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Honky Tonk Central and Rippy’s Bar & Grill.

When I heard Nashville was getting a new restaurant called ”The Diner” I was expecting the traditional long counter, stools and breakfast food scene. You get a glimpse of that on the first floor but I was very underwhelmed with the decor.

The other floors have a very different feel. The higher you get, the more fancy it gets, in my opinion.

Since it’s opening, I have visited The Diner on three separate occasions, the first time for a birthday dinner. We had a private room with a TV and a great view of the city on the 5th floor.

I would definitely recommend it for events, birthday parties, or any other celebrations just be aware that the food and drinks are kind of pricey. I ordered a chicken tender kids meal (to save money) and a Stella and I believe I spent around 20 dollars.

Chicken tenders might seem like a basic meal but the menu wasn’t that impressive plus I was really in the mood for breakfast, I mean it’s a diner after all. I was disappointed and a little shocked when the waiter told me they stopped serving breakfast at 10:30AM on the weekdays and 2PM on the weekends.

The second time I visited I had dinner on the 6th floor…sushi and a glass of wine. The sushi was tasty and it got out to me fast. I wasn’t however happy about the prices yet again.

I was informed that if I had came during happy hour I could get a dozen oysters for $20 on the 6th floor or $3 drafts, $5 wine and $6 apps on the 2nd floor…weekdays 3-6 PM.

The Diner is one of the official viewing places for the Nashville Predators hockey games, that’s what brought me to The Diner for a third time. I was satisfied this visit because I got there a little earlier to enjoy the specials. My only complaint was that I couldn’t hear the TV over the loud talking bar patrons. That was expected I guess but it would’ve been nice to hear what the announcers at the game were saying.

Overall, I wasn’t that impressed with The Diner but I would go back. There were some pros like the complimentary valet parking, friendly workers and nice views. But there were also cons like overpriced drinks, a mediocre menu and plus I just didn’t get that diner feel I was looking for.

I imagine The Diner will get lots of business this summer especially with the extended drinking hours now into effect. I will give it another try and so should you.