Last night I was invited to attend a blogger happy hour event at the new Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in downtown Nashville. I was excited at the opportunity since I had already heard so many great things about the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant; so naturally I jumped at the chance to visit (even though it was our 2nd wedding anniversary). Since the event was right at the end of my work day, I figured “why not?” and stopped by for an hour. I am so glad that I did.
Upon arrival, I was greeted with a beautiful doorway that led into a dim-lit dining room with large windows that allowed for the perfect amount of natural light. The entire interior of the restaurant was gorgeous and no detail was left behind. Every piece of furniture, every wall hanging, and every tiny decoration served a purpose.
The bar area is stunning, and atop of the stage sits a beautiful, white mini grand piano that gets played for the patrons of the restaurant every evening. There’s a full stage behind the bar right against the large windows, which can house a full band as well.
I was asked to be given a tour so that I could pop my head into as many different rooms as possible. While heading toward the back of the restaurant, I saw the gigantic wine cellar behind glass and the shoeshine right outside of the restrooms. Yes, that’s right, a shoeshine.
I then took a peek inside both the women’s and the men’s restrooms because I knew those would be just as decorated as the dining room. Sure enough, the restrooms looked amazing inside!
The men’s room had a vintage barbershop chair from the 1920s along with a barber sign on the wall!
I then made my way over to the speakeasy room, which is the perfect setting for a small business meeting or private dining experience. The cabinet is over 150 years old and holds the liquor that is served at the bar. The table is glass that came from a clock tower from an old cathedral in London. The door to the speakeasy room was originally a door to an actual speakeasy during the prohibition era. Amazing, right?
Fortunately for me, I was able to pop into the Music City Room, which was being set up for a private event that evening, but I was told I could take a look before guests arrived. I loved the Nashville theme of the room, which came complete with curated memorabilia from country music artists. The chandeliers, carpet, curtains, and table linens were all gorgeous. The fireplace in the Music City Room was actually Al Capone’s old fireplace from his winter home in Florida.
^Photo c/o Nashville Guru
I don’t know which I liked better, the food or the decor. Everything was so, so good. The cuisine the servers brought out was delicious and so were the hand crafted cocktails.
Jeff Ruby’s is definitely unlike any other restaurant in Nashville. If you’re looking for a fancy place to go for a special occasion and love steak and seafood, I highly recommend paying them a visit.