Good Food, Music, & Atmosphere At Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville In Nashville

Jimmy Buffett's MargaritavilleAfter months of hearing about it last year, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville finally opened its doors in Nashville in November 2010. I’ve heard many things about Margaritaville but never experienced for myself. I finally got that chance last Tuesday before the Nashville Predators hockey game.

Jimmy Buffett's MargaritavilleLocated on the corner of 4th Ave and Broadway, this new casual, island-themed restaurant chain easily blends in with the rest of the array of neon lit signs down the streets of downtown Broadway. What many people may not know is that Jimmy Buffett started his musical career in Nashville. Inside you’ll find plenty of Jimmy Buffett memorabilia as well as a gift shop dedicated to the famous singer/musician.

Jimmy Buffett's MargaritavilleUnfortunately I didn’t have a whole lot of time to experience everything at Margaritaville. With only 50-minutes before the Nashville Predators hockey game, Haley and I decided to order a light dinner and opted not to get any of the signature margaritas that Margaritaville is known for. Despite this, I will say that Margaritaville was impressive on multiple levels.

Jimmy Buffett's MargaritavilleThe first was the service. We mentioned to our waitress that we were somewhat in a rush due to the Predators game and she did everything she could to help speed things along without being rude. Since it was our first time there, she gave plenty of suggestions on what to eat. Our food arrived fast, drinks were refilled, leftovers boxed up, and our check was delivered promptly… all within 45 minutes of us being there.

Jimmy Buffett's MargaritavilleThe second aspect is the atmosphere. Margaritaville is split up into different areas, all under the Caribbean-island-esque theme. On the first floor you have a bar with a stage for live music, a boat-themed dining room floor (also with a stage for live music), as well as a “Tiki Room” which is used for private parties. Upstairs, I was told that there is an additional bar, concert hall, and more dining areas. The coolest aspect of their atmosphere is a live band that plays every day. There are dozens of places in downtown Nashville that feature live country music, but Margaritaville adds some diversity by featuring live music for those that want to listen to something other than just country.

Volcano NachosLast but not least is the food. When I first looked over the menu, I was surprised at the pricing. Appetizers land in the $8-11 range, entrees start at $14+, and sandwiches float in the $8-12 range. What I didn’t realize is that while the food has a premium price, Margaritaville makes up for it by portions. Haley and I settled on the Volcano Nachos ($10.95), a Margarita Double of the Cheeseburger in Paradise ($11.95), a Turkey Burger ($8.95), and two draft Bud Lights ($3.25 each).

Volcano NachosThe Volcano Nachos rank as some of the best nachos I’ve ever had and this $11 appetizer is enough to feed at least four people comfortably. A towering pile of hot, crispy tortilla chips measuring at least a foot high are smothered with cheese, chili, guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños, tomatoes, and scallions. For $4 more, you can add grilled chicken or BBQ brisket. Haley and I have a tradition to order chili on the side whenever we eat nachos because it usually makes the tortillas a bit soggy. The sogginess ruins the structural integrity of the chip; making it impossible to eat with your hands unless you want your toppings to slide off onto your plate. The superstar here was the chili. Thick, meaty, and chunky with ground beef, beans, peppers, onions, and tomatoes; it’s heavily seasoned with spices and is good enough to eat by itself. Haley and I found ourselves dipping naked chips into this wonderful concoction.

Cheeseburger in ParadiseShortly after finishing the nachos, we were presented with our burgers with a side of fries and half a big pickle spear. I ordered the Cheeseburger in Paradise ($8.95), which is just a cheeseburger with American cheese, shredded lettuce, and tomato. I opted to have it as a “Margarita Double” ($3), which is just a term to double the meat on your burger. The patties are roughly over half an inch thick and cooked well done, but not to the point where it’s dry. The burger wasn’t dressed up as much as I would’ve liked but the size of it made up for its simplicity. I actually had to take half of it home in a box because it was too much to handle.

Cheeseburger in ParadisePast reviews of Margaritaville in the past months mention that there are some kinks that need to be worked out but on Tuesday night, Haley and I saw no kinks whatsoever. Everything was as good as you would expect with absolutely no problems. The next time Haley and I visit, we’ll be sure to take our time and enjoy everything Margaritaville has to offer.

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
322 Broadway Ave
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 208-9080 ‎

Bill Total: $41.90 For Two (With Tax)

Margaritaville Nashville on Urbanspoon

Food:3.5/5.0 ★★★½☆ 
Service:4.0/5.0 ★★★★☆ 
Atmosphere:4.0/5.0 ★★★★☆ 
Price:3.5/5.0 ★★★½☆ 
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