When dining becomes an experience in food decadence, you have arrived at Union Common Nashville, TN. Posh elegance is apparent from the moment you enter this hidden gem. Gold and neutral grey tones are complemented by the low lighting while soft jazz helps to create a quiet romantic atmosphere.
After visiting Nashville several times in the past we decided to venture away from lower Broadway in an attempt to escape the loud craziness that is downtown Nashville. A part of Nashville we had never explored is now a place that we intend on spending more time in the future. I would imagine Union Common sees its’ share of tourists, but I got the sense that this is where Nashville locals go for a heavenly meal and distinctive drink.
This establishment has expertly prepared concoctions of delight. Stepping outside my comfort zone, I decided to try The New Orleans Wildfire. Now I’m not a whiskey connoisseur but I sure felt like one after this stellar cocktail. This is the first restaurant that I have visited where my drink was prepared tableside. Rob, who I consider the master of the drink, took his time explaining each liquor and how it would impact the final product. Not remembering most of what I heard or truly understanding it since it is not my area of expertise, here are the highlights: Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye, Ramazotti Amaro, Absinthe, Angostura, Peychaud’s & Saigon Cinnamon. I also distinctly remember the word hallucinogen being used and that surely got my attention. The good news is that I didn’t leave the restaurant seeing things that were not there. The grand finale of our tableside bar experience was the pyrotechnic show of a fiery glass followed by flame and then extinguished with alcohol. The presentation leading up to the spirit was as amazing as the drink itself.
I asked our waiter Nicholas to suggest a signature dish. Wow.. Nicholas knew what he was talking about. I ordered the fifty day aged 16oz ribeye accompanied by blue cheese butter. I can honestly say this was the best steak I have ever eaten. The dry rub created a smokey crisp outer layer but was mouth-watering tender inside. Steve chose the Berkshire double pork chop butterflied seared, complemented with braised collards, bacon jam & pot likker. No need to worry if you don’t know what some of these ingredients are. Both entrees were absolutely delicious and true works of culinary art. The portions were massive and one dish could easily be shared between two people. The same could be said for the side dishes with plenty to go around. Hardly having room for desert how could we pass up cheesecake beignets topped with confectionary sugar & pineapple. Sinfully sweet bite-size cheesecake beignets capped off a wonderful dining experience.
There is nothing common about Union Common in Nashville, TN. The next time you visit Nashville take a break from the ordinary. The one place you must visit is Union Common where sophistication meets the ultimate fine dining experience.
Broadway & Division
1929 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Open Sun – Wed 5PM – 10PM; Thurs – Sat 5PM – 11PM
In the spirit of full disclosure my dining experience was hosted by the Union Common for my honest review.