507 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.151841 -86.784783
Monday - Thursday 5:30 - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30 - 10pm
Excellent menu and service – Finally a restaurant in Nashville that actually CARES about who and what it serves. I have eaten there on two occassions and had outstanding meals and service on both occassions. So far, I have had the filet and venison. Both were exceptional. I highly recommend this restuarant if you are turned on by a varietal menu and excellent service. When you leave, you actually feel like you got your money worth. Good job Watermark.
Nashville rarity – Finding beef carpaccio, braised rabbit, and foie gras in a Nashville restaurant was pretty exciting for me. Everything we ordered was fantastic, but the carpaccio was really outstanding. The whole restaurant and atmosphere are beautiful, but the menu is really what makes this a cut above other places in Nashville for me. Not to be snotty, but it's far more interesting and culinarily sophisticated than any other place I've been around here.
A chic Gulch restaurant with a regional menu and a downtown view. – In Short
Gray walls and floor-to-ceiling windows create a sophisticated, modern style at this refined hot spot. The dining room, located at the top of the stairs, boasts great views of downtown, making the space well-suited for business dining or romantic evenings. Executive Chef Joe Shaw's American cuisine menu features fresh, local ingredients and changes slightly each day. Distinctly Southern-influenced accents such as collard greens and a grits souffle make the menu even more appealing.
Great Atmosphere but still over rated – Yes, 12th ave is the place to see and be seen. The Watermark is a beautiful restaurant but the food is a bit overrated and the service is mediocre. I was really expecting more from this restaurant, although the decor is amazing the food and service are not on par with other fine dining places in Nashville like the Hermitage's Capitol Grille, Mortons or even The Sunset Grille.
Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and helpful with wine tastings but little things like our napkin being dirty and a insect on the table made our experience less than perfect. I dont think i would recommend this place over Sambuccas or even Rusans.
Cool place, but don't expect to be blown away by the food. – Stopped by on a whim and had read about it online. There is a great view outside from the patio area. However, the food was not good. My wife had the fish (which was the most expensive item on the menu that night) and the waiter (who was good by the way) said that the fish was excellent. (as if he'd say otherwise). It was so bland and completely vinegar tasting. All the items served with the fish tasted so much like vinegar it ruined the whole dish. The fish was the Pampano. I would avoid it. I on the other hand had the lamb, which was recommended. It was bland tasting. The items accompanying it were nothing special. Very disappointed in the food. I might give this place another try based on the good view and the waiter we had did a good job. I would just definitely get something else.
Service Beyond the Skyline – The skyline view and being in the new "in-location" clearly helps Watermark draw people in, but the service and food are the things that will make people return. The wait staff clearly works as a team and their professional attitude makes up for the somewhat sterile interior. The food was delicious and the portions ample. The wine list extensive and at first glance a bit expensive, but some of the best wines by the glass to be found!
One of the Better Restaurants in Town – I have been to Watermark several times and have enjoyed the food. Their signature appetizer - The Grit Souffle is very nice. I have also had the Veal Cheeks, another great dish. For the most part, the items I have tried or my guests have tried have been good. A couple of items I probably would not order again - the Foie Gras (average execution and average product) and the Fritto Misto (good but not worth $12). (Personally I think Nashville has an issue with trying to charge NYC, LA or SF prices for food which does not compare to what you would get if you paid the same price in these cities). We have had some service issues, but I have come to expect that in Nashville. It is the "in" place to go at the moment and we will continue to dine here.
Great Experience – I recently went to The Watermark for the first time with my girlfriend and we had an absolute blast. Valet parking was easy and we were seated immediately. We had a table on their upper floor and had the most amazing view of downton. The service was excellent... our waitress was there enough but not to much. The GM came over twice just to make sure everything was going good. The food was excellent and came out with perfect timing(Carpaccio was best I've ever had). Everything was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to go back!!!!
Glad the Watermark is in Nashville – It is so nice to see great restaurants opening up in Nashville. The dining experience at Watermark was remarkable. The food was seasoned just right and that is a plus since I did not see any salt or paper on the tables. Just one drawback. We had reservations and the host tried to seat us on the first floor near the host station. There was no excuse for this especially since the restaurant was not very busy. The first floor tables should be for overflow guest.
Watermark creates just that! – This is one of the best new restaurants in the city. Located in the Gulch, parking is as simple as valet. The choices on the menu are varied and the preparations and presentations are really nice. Service was excellent. Despite the large room, great measures have been taken to control excess noise, making the romantic evening very possible. We willl be back to enjoy more of the great salalds, deserts and entrees. This is a winner!
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