Salt & Vine
4001 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Mon – Sat: 10A – 10P
If you’ve visited this site before, you know that Tammy generally writes the recipe posts (unless they are libation-related), and I pen the restaurant reviews. This post will be no exception, but it is unique in that Tammy recommended this restaurant.
Tammy has been after me for a while now to visit her friend Mattie at Salt & Vine in the Sylvan Heights area west of downtown Nashville. Sylvan Heights, like its neighbors Sylvan Park and The Nations, has recently undergone a transformation similar to other trendy sections of Nashville. Where warehouses and industrial buildings once stood, restaurants and chic boutiques now dot the landscape. As citizens of – and visitors to – Nashville, we are the benefactors of this growth and redevelopment.
Salt & Vine is a full-service restaurant, wine bar, gourmet market, and retail wine market. That’s a lot to handle, but handle it they do…quite successfully.
After a reschedule due to a calendar conflict, we finally made it to Salt & Vine last Saturday night. We went for a light dinner and drinks with our friends Dave and Christina. It was a rainy, cold night, so the bright, clean interior of white and yellow was just what we needed. The atmosphere in Salt & Vine can lift any mood and brighten any day.
The interior is modern and clean, with both small and community tables and a large, inviting bar area. There is also a retail section where you can purchase lots of clever and useful gifts, as well as a well-stocked retail wine store. We were on a somewhat tight schedule the night we visited, so I’m looking forward to going back and doing some shopping.
The dinner menu contains snacks such as Olives and Peppadews, Ceviche, and Hummus. You can also choose from items to share, including Scallops, Beef Sliders, and Black Pepper Sorghum Steak, among others.
Salt & Vine also features both a small and a large daily market board, with cheeses, meats, breads, and crackers. For something sweet at the end of the meal, you can have a Frozen Cuban Bar, a Strawberry Lemon Tart, or something called Double Chocolate, which I’m definitely going to have to try.
Our party split a Daily Market Board and the Olives and Peppadews, then we all tried the Crispy Chicken Thighs, which are GF. In the spirit of full-disclosure, I must say I am no fan of the olive. These olives, however, were excellent. Not too salty, but savory and flavorful. In fact, everything we had was fresh and flavorful, and Chef Rahaf delivered it directly to our table. She’s delightful, by the way, as is the owner, Mattie.
We were at a wine bar, so we had to have a glass of wine, right? We each had red wine chosen specifically for pairing with the menu, but the winner for the night was the Tempranillo, a full-bodied, red wine from Spain. It was perfect for the meats and cheeses on the daily market board, and it didn’t overpower the chicken thighs, either.
For a look at the full menu, as well as information on wine tastings, click here.
And if you’re in Sylvan Heights and want a unique place to dine and drink, Salt & Vine is just the place.