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Back Alley Diner

#134 of 1,676 Restaurants in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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217 Arcade Aly, Nashville, TN 37219-1911
+1 615-251-3003
10:30 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Mon 10:30 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri 10:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Smyrna, Tennessee
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297 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Friday special – BAD Food, BAD Drinks, BAD Service. They play a lot on their acronym which is cool. Downtown for a meeting and decided to hang around for lunch. Three of us gravitate to The Arcade. The other too had been here I think, I had not. It’s pretty hard to find if you haven’t been before. I have... More 

Thank room121
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here because other place had 1 hour wait on a Saturday. They said we'll seat you now. Ok so maybe it wasn't our first choice but, oh boy, this place was good. It's a burger place. You want a good burger then go. You won't be disappointed. Go drinks too. Great Atmosphere. Go. Take a chance. You'll like... More 

Thank Anthony C
Loveland, Colorado
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice break from the hustle on Broadway. About two blocks walk from the Ryman and down a sketchy alley is BAD - Back Alley Diner. Close to printers alley as well. The approach from the outside will have you wondering "what have I gotten into" but once inside your fears will evaporate. Nicely appointed and quiet pub atmosphere is a... More 

1 Thank Straitjacket
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on our way to a concert. We had a hard time finding it. More signage would've made it easier for an out of towner. We ordered the potato chips, which were unbelievably yummy. I had the pulled pork sandwich with onion straws on the side. The pork is dry, something I am not accustomed to. BBQ sauce comes separately.... More 

Thank GretchenVO
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Cute little hole in the wall atmosphere. Stopped in for an early lunch. Turkey burger was great (I added guacamole to mine). Seemed to have a great selection of beer and spirits. Service was quick and friendly. Would definitely go back!

Thank Kate N
Springfield, Illinois, United States
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151 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

First impressions can be deceiving. We stumbled into this place, got seated and wanted to sneak out after we took a look around but were hesitant to do so and ended up having a beer and then ordering lunch. Clientele is a little sketchy but service is good and the food we had was great. The crispy fries were great... More 

Thank 1970DeeDee
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

A couple of friends and I came here for a quick, casual dinner before we went out for a night on the town. We ended up loving it here. The burgers and fries were delicious. The food came out quick and our server was very friendly. There was live music that we really enjoyed. I would come here over and... More 

1 Thank Rachelle M
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146 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

When they call their place the Back Alley Diner, they literally mean it! The restaurant is located in a back alley. The location is nothing to look at. However, when you go in, the place is very cool. It's set up so that guests can not only eat but enjoy live performers. They're known for their burgers and they didn't... More 

Thank LRG71
Fairview, United States
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Back Alley Diner is a fun place with a great location . Bar food . Burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and service; all good at B.A.D. Salads are fresh and the solups are made daily . Full bar. Small selection of drafts.

Thank Susan P
Palm Coast
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

My son and I were stopping downtown Nashville to break up our trip and see a new city. The first place we walked by was a bit expensive for what we were looking for, but we happened to see a small sign for this place and thought what the heck. We walked down this alley wondering what we were getting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 217 Arcade Aly, Nashville, TN 37219-1911
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville
  • Phone Number: +1 615-251-3003

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?