Great Southern Food served Family Style in Historic Nashville Settings.
Our menu changes each day. Enjoy Skillet Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Cheese Grits, Cornbread, Biscuits and Gravy, Pork Chops, and Pot Roast. Come on in, grab a seat at large tables and start passing the bowls to your left. Our set price includes meats, vegetables and salads of the day, plus drink and dessert.
“Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends.”
There is an old saying here in the South, ‘There is no such things as strangers, only friends we haven’t met yet.” Experience it for yourself at the original Monell’s location in Germantown. Equally popular is the Manor location at Colemere Mansion, built in 1898 by the architect of Nashville’s Parthenon. For diners on the go, try Cafe Monell’s on Bransford Ave near 100 Oaks Mall, open 7 days a week. Get details on our restaurant locations here, including hours, menus and photo galleries.
Morning person? Come try our Southern Country Breakfast, called the Best Brunch in Nashville by the editors of the Nashville Scene. Served 7 days a week!
Monell’s also offers award-winning Catering in Nashville, and our elegant Weddings options have earned Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice distinction for many years. Another way to experience Southern charm is a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner hosted by Monell’s.
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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CELEBRATE EASTER AT OUR RESTAURANTS
Join us for a special Easter Celebration. We’re serving breakfast and our special Easter Holiday Meal. Opening hours, menu & details available here:
CATERED MEALS FOR EASTER
A holiday catered menu is available just for Easter! But please order early, our Easter Catered Meal sells out in advance every year.
CATERING, WEDDINGS & REHEARSAL DINNERS
More than just a restaurant! Monell’s offers a wide variety of catering options for any special occasions that may arise.
A word from the owner, Michael King:
Monell’s Restaurant found me one day in April 1995, when I was driving around lost. The house was zoned commercial in a residential, historic neighborhood that had seen better days. Meeting with a realtor, I walked through the door and knew I would make it a restaurant. The first smell was Lily of the Valley. The next was of old clothes and gasoline, as a rock band was renting the home and every room was filled with clothes, band equipment, dirty dishes and a disassembled motorcycle engine. It was a realtor’s nightmare, but it was a dream about to come true for me.
Thirty days later, sitting across the closing table from the current owner, Mr.Winston, I asked about the Lily of the Valley smell, which was present during every visit I made to the property. Ms. Lilly Winston had died in the house on Christmas Day, 10 years previous. She was a fabulous cook, had eight children of her own, and adopted four more. Everyone came to Miss Lily’s to eat. Funny thing was I knew I would make my restaurant an old-fashioned, family-style boarding house restaurant. A Yankee in a Southern Kitchen. It was at this point I knew this was going to be bigger than me- which was a good thing, since I was unemployed, and my financing consisted of five gold credit cards and no savings.
Monell’s was born on Thanksgiving Day, 1995. Had I opened one day later, I would have been bankrupt. We served 80 people our first day. Where those people came from, I do not know; we had not advertised. To this day, Thanksgiving remains our busiest day of the year; we serve over 650 people in our cozy 72-seat restaurant. How thankful we were then! And we still are, to this day.
The name Monell’s came from my business partner, Bill Monell, who hails from Kentucky. Bill stayed at the restaurant for two years before deciding to move on. The restaurant has been mine ever since. Now with multiple locations, Monell’s has become a Nashville institution (and yes, I have the t-shirt to show for it).
– Michael King