James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini is at it again with his highly anticipated opening of The Dutch within the W Hotel. The restaurant, which has a similar identity to Carmellini’s The Dutch restaurant in New York, opens at 300 12th Avenue South on October 6.
As the latest of upwards of 15 restaurants and Carmellini’s first Nashville venture, The Dutch is set to become a quick favorite in the pulsing Gulch neighborhood. Carmellini partnered with hospitality experts Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard (NoHo Hospitality) on the restaurant, which will feature classic American dishes and some more nuanced plates with an international influence for breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch. “We’ve been working on this project for seven years, so it’s amazing to finally see these restaurants come to life,” says Carmellini.
“Nashville has come so far since I first visited the city 20 years ago. The food scene here is incredible, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to be a part of it,” he says.
The Dutch’s menu leads off with raw bar options from oysters and tuna poke to chilled Atlantic red crab with bloody mary dressing, then graduates into small snacks and appetizers like a smoked beet salad and Ora King salmon tostada with pineapple pico and chipotle crema. Entrees are all meat-focused — ranging from marinated hanger steak with kimchi fried rice to Maine scallops with mezcal butter and smothered pecan duck.
A handful of sweet finishes range from ice cream and sorbet to old-school salted lime pie and dark chocolate pudding souffle. There are plenty of cocktails, wines, craft beer, and a lengthy spirits list with a focus on bourbon and whiskey.
New York City-based architecture and design firm the Rockwell Group paid close attention to create a welcoming atmosphere at the Nashville outpost. Bleached oak, aged white brick accents, and green leather banquettes along with design accents like inlaid tile, perforated metal screens, and light fixtures join the centralized interior fireplace and wrap-around patio inviting guests to not quite a “no country club, but it’s not ball game either” kind of atmosphere.
Dinner reservations are now open and available for booking online. In the meantime, take a first look at some menu items and the full menu below.
Starting October 6, the Dutch will be open for breakfast, Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and for weekend brunch Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stay tuned for opening information of Carmellini’s second restaurant, Carne Mare.