Jackson's Bar & Bistro

(615) 385-9968 | View Website

1800 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN | Directions   37212

36.136700 -86.800765

Open Hours

Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 AM Friday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 AM Saturday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 AM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 12:00 AM

 
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Price: $

Tags: Brunch, Dine At The Bar, Fireplace, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Notable Wine List, Outdoor Dining, People Watching

Cuisine: Cajun & Creole

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Hillsboro West End

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Reviews for Jackson's Bar & Bistro

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great lunch/dinner food – I have been to Jacksons a number of times, and love their lunch and dinner menu. Their drinks are always good, the food is awesome, and the dessert is AMAZING (cookie dough egg rolls).

One time, however, when realizing the line for Pancake Pantry was too long, we decided to go to Jacksons for breakfast because we liked it so much. Bad call. I got the French toast which was awful. I heard the egg dishes weren't bad, but I feel like there is a reason they aren't crowded in the mornings.

Long story short, go after noon and you will enjoy yourself!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Sandwiches with a side of sarcasm – OK, so I'm not going to sit here and tell you that this place is so good that you practically deficate your britches, but I think this is a solid lunch joint. They have decent selections for the price. Sure, the parking situation makes you want curse your brains out, but hey, this is Nashville. Parking is awful everywhere here, and it's nothing a few peach belinis can't take care of. Anyway, there's something latently delightful about the passive-aggressive waitstaff. Clad in black and covered in Wicka tattoos, it's apparent most of them never grew out of the Emo phase. However, waiters are quick both in service and wit. Never a dull conversation.

While I wouldn't recommend the biscuits (those puppies are canned), they have a killer fried-green tomato BLT. The pannini options are kind of predictable, but good. I thought the pannini was dead along with portabello mushrooms, green bell peppers, and salmon cooked on a wood plank. However, the very sandwich that Panera Bread brutally murdered, is delivered in a refreshingly simplistic way at Jackson's. Oh, and they have fried Twinkies. If nothing else, you can drop by for this delicious snack cake, and be back in your trailor before a morally-questionable blonde waves the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Decent – Like several others have said, I've gone back to Jackson's multiple times hoping for a better experience. They've got a killer location and tons of potential with all of that outdoor seating. Unless I'm going strictly for drinks or a dessert, I have no reason to return to Jackson's. The food is terribly mediocre. If you're starving, it gets the job done. The service is rather slow too. And one reviewer was correct - they act annoyed when you make a request, small or large. I'm not writing this review to vent and to complain. I genuinely want Jackson's to improve. But beware if you're a foodie like me: the menu looks promising, but it's extraordinarily bland and not at all satisfying. And servers: please put on a smile :) That's part of the dining experience.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Yummy, Fresh and Eclectic – As soon as I entered the place, I knew it was going to be a great experience. The place was packed with all sorts of people. Old woman with pups in the glitter bags and half way shaved head girlies with tats up their sleeves to boys and girls sporting those Ugg(?) boots that seem to be hip amongst the prep trend crew. It was all there as far as people gazing and fashion updating. As far as the food is concerned, every menu item made my mouth water. However, I opted for some sort of Fiesta Shrimp Wrap that was grilled, and filled with plump juicy shrimp, light oozing cheeses and perfect amount of spice. There wasn't too much on the menu that made your heart stop due to the fat and cholesterol content (well, except for the fried twinkies). All the girls I was with LOVED their meals ranging from a Turkey Rueben, Warm Chicken Wrap with hot sauce, and a big ol breakfast plate. (I sneaked peaks at the soups being served and have been craving them since) Anyhow, we all left tipsy from the delicious afternoon delight drinks and completely satisfied. The food was not overbearing, meaning, we did not feel like we couldn't continue shopping due to our lunch plump bellies. As for the service, our server gal was a doll and put up with the annoyances of the woman at my table better than I could. Everything came out as ordered for my table of 8 woman (which can be complicated). The owner even stopped through, looking handsome and all, and assured us our dining experience would be memorable and it was indeed.

SO if you like great food that will not weigh you down and is above and beyond freshly delicious, if you like a casual hip place with an eclectic customer base and artsy bar-chitecture, if you love a good hearty drink, EAT AT JACKSONS. YUM!

my only suggestion: find a APA or IPA and tap it up

But really, I had a great experience, feels good!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

service needs some work. – Well, the food is usually pretty good, as are the drinks.

However, I've found that the service can be a bit off. I guess the main thing that annoys me is that the last 3 or 4 times I've been in, someone just rushes by us and says : "Oh, you can just sit wherever you like." Ok...great....but once you look around, there usually doesn't seem to be a table currently available. This means you have to wander around sort of aimlessly in search of a table to accomodate you and your party. Something is usually available on the patio, but come on....they could keep track of it and let you know, rather that sprinting by you saying "wherever you want!". It's not the most welcoming way to walk into a place.

Also, I've had to endure a smarta** bartender more than once. Not cool.

Will I go back? I'm sure. Over all, it's a good place. Tasty food & good drinks. Some of the staff just need to overcome "head in a** syndrome" in my opinion.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Incredible food, service, atmosphere! – Jackson's is incredible. The food, the selection and menu items, the bar and servers, atmosphere, everything. This is our favorite place to go for lunch and dinner and we recently were blown away by the Sunday Brunch. When we lived in the area we were there every week dining and hanging out with friends. Since we have moved pretty far out, we still drive into town just to eat at Jackson's- its worth it. While we don't get to go as often as we used to, we go as often as possible and have never been let down. Its the best place in town to relax, enjoy the fantastic patio and 21st Avenue people watching- or just chill inside at the bar or at a table for a couple of drinks and some great food and indoor scenery like the local art placed on all the walls!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

good food, good beer, good brunch – first let me say that the review by "beamonwheels" below is a JOKE. i mean.. and absolute JOKE. It is state law now in TN to card EVERYONE for alcohol. if being carded at a restaurant makes you so upset you leave and write a scathing 1 star review on citysearch, you didn't want to have a good evening anyway. as to the personal reasons for this i can't speculate.

If you're interested in having some cocktails or beers outside with some friends in the summertime, this is a great place to go. It's hard to say whether Jackson's is primarily a bar or restaurant, as it's great for people seeking either one. Unlike most other bars there isn't loud music blaring all night. You can actually talk without yelling, which I must say is rare at a bar in Nashville.

The food is also good if you know what to get. Some of the dishes haven't impressed me, but I always enjoy the pasta alfredeaux and the philly cheesesteak. For dessert the popular cookie dough eggrolls are good, but I actually enjoy the "gooey butter cake" just as much.

If you're looking for a good place to hang out with friends and have a few drinks, or if you want a casual restaurant with some solid dishes, you'd do well to give this place a try.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

terrible service and terrible food – This is one of those places that is contrived to be hip, rather than just being hip. If the wait staff spent as much time taking care of their customers as they did picking out their neato clothes and accoutrements they would be better off. It's sad that there is such a dearth of good outside restaurants in Nashville. I've tried different items on the food menu, but you are better off eating somewhere else and enjoying a libation on the patio afterwards. I'm 36 and while I waited for my date to show (she's 33) I ordered a drink and was carded. No big deal, took it as a compliment. But when my date explained on the phone that she had a rough day and was looking forward to her martini, I thought it would be a smooth move to have it waiting for her at the table. When I tried to order it, the waiter inquired if it was for me or my date. I said it was for my date and he said, "I'm sorry I need to see her ID." First off, you already know I'm 36 and the chances of me being with a 20yr old is pretty slim. I understand that they cater to Vandy kids spending trust funds, and there is probably a higher volume of underage drinking, but the idea is to have it waiting for her. So make the drink and then card her when she gets there. Anyway the guy's attitude made me tab out and meet her somewhere else for dinner.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Not worth all the hype! Dont eat the French Toast! – Today was my first time at Jacksons, and I have heard lots of good things about it. I was painfully disappointed though, as upon entering (with my guests from out of town) they sat us in a overcrowded patio in the middle of a rain puddle so our pants legs got all wet.

The food was not good! I am sure they have some good stuff there as it is consistently busy, but none of us enjoyed our food. The french toast, my order, came out burned and cold so it was like trying to cut into a rock. I asked the server to stick it in the microwave so that i could at least cut into it and he actually had them make me another one that was much better as it wasnt burned or cold but still not tasty. I think people go here for the atmosphere or location more than anything else. Hope others have a better experience but I dont recommend it and dont plan to go back myself.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Sunday Brunch – My husband and I have made Jackson's a Sunday brunch stop on several occasions for several reasons. For one thing, you can sit and enjoy the view of the poor souls standing in line at the Pancake Pantry as you sip on your bl**d orange mimosa (apparently you can't say the "b" word on here, so forgive my asterisks). Their coffee and chai drinks are amazing and I have enjoyed each of the meals I have tried ranging from basic eggs, bacon and toast to a breakfast quesadilla. The servers are a bit on the funky side (and by that I mean it looks like they rolled out of bed and into work after a rough Saturday night) but they get the job done and the atmosphere is great. I always love checking out the latest artwork they are showcasing as well. So, go there if you're looking for a tasty brunch complete with libations and good people watching.

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