Catbird Seat

New American
$ $ $ $
1711 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

One of this list’s more original restaurants, The Catbird Seat is an informal, 32-seat, U-shaped counter only open Wednesday through Saturday. Irish chef Trevor Moran (an alumnus of Noma in Copenhagen) is at the center of the action, preparing meals for watchful guests. Offerings change daily, there’s no set menu, and diners don’t know what to expect until they arrive. To get in the right frame of mind, think oak-aged duck with burnt pear and whiskey sour-infused cotton candy. The multi-course meal costs $115 per person (plus tax and a 20 percent service charge) and takes three to three-and-a-half hours to play out, during which guests are encouraged to interact with the chef and discuss the meal being prepared. One thing is certain: Guests are in for a unique dining experience featuring only the freshest seasonal ingredients. 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015


  • Everyone raves about this new little restaurant, where chefs Erik Anderson and Josh Habigers tasting menu changes nightly, and reservations are booked solid a month in advance. Go mark your calendar.
  • The best dining experience in Nashville! 7 courses, in a U shaped restaurant with Chefs Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson. Prepare to be blown away!
  • With 32 seats wrapped around a U-shaped kitchen, diners have the opportunity to interact with the chefs as they are taken on a set, multi-course journey. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Those lucky enough to try the seasonally available, supercrispy chickenbrushed with sorghum and seasoned with paprikawill be thrilled with the work of chefs Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger.
  • The best meal I've eaten to this day. 3+ hours of 15 courses with incredible flavors where you can literally taste the passion in the dishes. Prepare to be a little adventurous!
  • Fucking amazing... Food porn
  • Plan in advance as this is not only one of Nashville's hottest restaurants, it's one of the hottest new restaurants in the U.S. Very small, very expensive but not very stuffy. Awesome!
  • "The Catbird Seat can seat 30 diners and will offer only a seven-course-tasting menu, which will be tweaked nightly." As seen in Town & Country, November, 2011, page 48
  • Don't be shy. Ask the chefs or incredibly knowledgable team anything you'd like to learn about their dishes, selections or approaches.
  • A great place to celebrate any occasion. The tasting menu was perfection. Treats at the end is a surprise you never dreamed of. A perfect meal and evening to remember, this is the place.
  • An unforgettable dining experience. The dishes were perfectly prepared, plated and spaced. We loved the unexpected drink pairings and charming dessert!
  • New chef Ryan is terrific. Get the drink pairing and be on your way to the best meal of your life.
  • The menu is very much in the vein of the Scandinavian foraging tradition. Very inventive food, fun experience, wonderful service. Not for everyone, but great if you're looking for something different.
  • The best restaurant in Nashville! Chef is now Trevor Moran. Phenomenal tasting menu served by friendly staff in a unique setting. Michelin stars to follow. A must though book early!
  • Check out The Catbird Seat as seen on Bizarre Foods America
  • Brad Paisley told me it was a life-changing experience.
  • You must try this place! Be sure to make reservations and prepare to be there for at least two hoursthis 9-course meal is worth it from start to finish.
  • Have to make reservations far in advance..
  • I highly recommend the pairings and being honest about what you will/won't eat when you make your reservation. We had an amazing experience and the chefs/staff were friendly and professional. Thanks!
  • Can't have a bad meal here! Reservations are hard to get but worth it. Put yourself in the chefs' hands and enjoy the ride!

Nearby places

1711 Division St (at 18th Ave S)