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Back Alley Diner

#148 of 1,687 Restaurants in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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217 Arcade Alley, Nashville, TN
+1 615-251-3003
10:30 - 21:00
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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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Evansville, Indiana
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place may be a bit hard to find if your not a local but once you do you will be happily delighted if your lookin for good burgers of broadway. Non touristy. Nice little dive. Service good and friendly. Burgers are good. Beer is priced better than on Broadway. All in all. It's worth checking this place out.

Thank daleameyer812
Level Contributor
127 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location is pretty obscure. The venue is nice enough, the staff was nice enough, the food was nice enough.

Thank RichGTraveling
Culpeper, Virginia
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited this place in November based on reviews on this site. Our original thoughts when we arrived were that it appeared to be a cool off the beaten track place not too far from Broadway. Unfortunately things turned south when my wife ordered a burger (blue cheese) but was delivered a different burger (not that big... More 

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Smyrna, Tennessee
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304 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

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 4 December 2016 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 15 November 2016 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 

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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 6 November 2016 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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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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160 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 

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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 Alley, Nashville, TN
  • 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?